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Cuillin Ridge (Traverse)

Isle of Skye, SCOTLAND

Climbs 9 – Rocktype Gabbro – Altitude 993m a.s.l – Faces ?

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The Traverse of the Cuillin Ridge of Skye is the finest mountaineering adventure in the British Isles. In 12.5km there is 3000m of ascent and descent taking in in over ten Munros. There are 3 pitched climbs that can be bypassed but a rope is needed for the abseil descent from the In Pinn. The TD Gap and Naismith's Route are now graded Severe.

Allow 2.5hrs each for the approach and decent. The Traverse can take anything from 7 to 20 hours! (Or three if you're Finlay Wild.) Soloing virtually all but the climbs is almost essential for a single day push. Bivvying is popular but carrying kit detracts from the joy of so much good scrambling. Prepare well.

In winter, it is important to pick a good weather slot after snow and then hard frost. Most parties bivvy en route.

Weather forecast

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0.0mm rain
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13 °C
27 kph

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13 °C
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0.6mm rain
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11 °C
18 kph

1.4mm rain
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11 °C
20 kph

0.2mm rain
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12 °C
10 kph
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Guidebooks
Skye: The Cuillin (2012), Skye Ridge (2002), Skye Scrambles (2000)

Climbs at this crag

Sort climbs
 Climb nameGradex
1Cuillin Ridge TraverseVD ***350
2Greater TraverseVD ***4
3Cuillin Ridge TraverseIV ***24
 Climb nameGradex
4Thearlaich Dubh GapVD 125
5The Sligachan HorseshoeVD ***2
6Bidein Druim Nan Ramh3S ***8
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Access notes
Unrestricted access at present.

If attemping a winter traverse it would be a good idea to inform local rescue/police in case lights are mistaken for a distress signal.

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