Fri 10th Sep - Sun 19th Sep, 2021

UK Mountaineering Week

Andy Stratford

Gareth Williams

UPDATE AT 9th August 2021

We have a good number of experienced members who are intending to come on this meet - Andy S, Gareth, Stevie, Stuart, Robert, Cathy and Ann camping at Glen Brittle with Craig and Sue and the Marsden clan roughing it up the road in Portree and Colin and Mary also on the island.

KMC members UK Mountaineering Week - Saturday 11th September to Sunday 19th September

To be respectful of the Glen Brittle camp-site and of other groups and individuals in these sensitive times, the two meet leaders, have, with the full agreement and support of the committee agreed that this meet should be by advance booking with the meet leaders only. The two meet leaders will be there from the late afternoon or early evening of Saturday 11th September. Feel free to travel whenever works for you, and of course, do come for just a few days if that is what fits best. The meet leaders will try and co-ordinate.

This will be a long week spanning two weekends of camping, socialising, climbing, scrambling, walking, running, swimming and, yes Mountaineering. There are just a few select locations in the UK where the term 'mountaineering' is really justified when applied to most activities, and the Cuillin range of the Isle of Skye is one of them. 

On a more serious note, The Cuillin on Skye is a serious place for scrambling, climbing and mountaineering. If you have any queries or wish to book a place please contact either Andy Stratford or Gareth Williams directly.

PS - usually by this time in the season the midges appetite has been sated and you are less likely to end up getting eaten alive!


A few Guidebooks

Skye - The Cuillin (Mike Lates, SMC 2011) - Definitive Cuillin rock and ice climbing Guidebook

Skye Scrambles (Noel Williams, SMC 2011) – updated edition of the Cuillin Scrambling Guidebook including a detailed guide to the ridge traverse.

Skye Sea Cliffs and Outcrops (Mark Hudson, SMC 2012) - Covers most other climbing areas of Skye and is a super useful guide to have if the weather is crap in the Cuillin.

The Cuillin and Other Skye Mountains (Tom Prentice, Mica 2020) – Has a section dedicated to the ridge traverse but at 800g you wouldn’t take it with you….. More focussed on hillwalking / scrambles and covering the entire island with 100 routes, there is a good review of the book here on UKC

Cuillin Ridge Topo Guide – effectively extracted from the book above

Skye’s Cuillin Ridge Traverse (Adrian Trendall, Cicerone 2020) – possibly the definitive pocket size guide to the traverse and also ten self-contained scrambling / mountaineering routes that take in parts of the ridge.

Maps: the 2 x Landranger 1:50’s are useful for Skye overall, but for the Cuillin the Harveys Skye The Cuillin Superwalker XT25 is bay far the best.


Andy Stratford

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