The Cuillin Ridge Challenge Picture 1
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Best Time of Year: Year Round

Max alt:  992m


Min age:  18

Duration:  4

The Cuillin Ridge Challenge

Trek Adventure

Twenty-two peaks lie in a continuous chain stretching over twelve kilometres. They create the Cuillin Ridge Traverse-one of the finest and longest Alpine-style rock-climbing routes in Europe with over 4000 metres (13,000 feet) of ascent and descent. The Cuillin Ridge Traverse is arguably the finest climb in Britain.

You will meet your experienced Mountaineering Instructor in Mallaig, the lunchtime before the challenge and take the ferry to Skye and drive to your accommodation
Here you will have a full briefing and get ready for the adventure that lies ahead. Ensuring that you have all equipment ready and packed.
It may be that you are going to head straight out tomorrow if the weather is promising, or if not, it will be the day after.

In any case you will have three days of incredible scrambling on the Isle of Skye.

It should be noted that this is one of the toughest mountaineering routes in the Uk, and you must be in peak physical condition with excellent hill endurance. If this is not the case your leader will give you the very best experience he can, but it may not be possible to complete the traverse.

You have one day of preparation on this event, where you will get ready for the challenge ahead, and you will discuss team tactics during an easier scrambling day on the Cuillin.

You will discuss rope work with your leader, and discuss tactics for the two days on the mountain that are ahead. You may even put in place some preparations for your challenge by placing water and food out on the route ready for the 2 day monster challenge.

The event itself will see you starting very early from Glen Brittle and climbing to Gars-bheinn, before heading off on the traverse itself.
You will make the best progress you can on day 1, tackling many fine scrambling sections, and a fair few abseils too. Your mountaineering instructor will ensure that you are safely protected in locations where this is necessary.

You should respect your instructor's judgement, he will encourage you to make good progress, but if he considers that the traverse in its entirety is slipping from reach - take his word for it. He is employed t make good safe, sound judgements.

After completing a tough day 1 of scrambling you will bed down in your make shift camp for the night. You will bivvy wild on the ridge in a makeshift shelter (either beneath a tarp, or in a lightweight tent). A simple dinner and breakfast will follow - with enough calories to see you underway again and continuing with the challenge.

Your challenge will continue on into day 2 , and then see you descending down to civilisation once aga after probably the biggest and toughest adventure of your life!

You have a further nights accommodation before you head for home - the long journey south!



Pre Event
Clients travel under own steam from England t Scotland

Day 1
Meet Mallaig - 1200

Day 2
First day's preparatory scrambles on the ridge - possible food / water drop
Overnight Sligachan bunkhouse

Day 3
Set out on the Challenge itself - leaving very early from Glen Brittle
Overnight on the ridge - beneath the stars (hopefully!)

Day 4
Early rise once again and continue with the ridge
Leader to make judgement on how far to continue based upon condition of team
Descend at end of day to Sligachan
Overnight in bunkhouse at Sligachan

Day 5
Depart for home!



3 nights Bunkhouse accommodation (+ breakfast), 1 night bivvy on the mountain


What is a Level 5.0 Trekking Challenge Like?

For all of these events, we need to have a thorough referral on your fitness and endurance levels. These are serious challenges, and need to be approached seriously. You should have a lengthy history of completing challenges, and we shall ask for details and timings of your previous events. Trekking or running days can last up to 16 hours (running would be less), and can have extreme levels of hill climbing. You need excellent leg strength, endurance, and aerobic capacity. You will also need excellent resilience, in the face of altitude, the weather, as well as the normal physical nature of the challenge. Often these events involve some form of running - or at least fast movement over the ground. You should have good, well tested equipment, to suit the event you are taking part in.


How Fit Do I need to be to join a Level 5.0 ‘Trek’?

You consider yourself to have a very good to excellent level of fitness and endurance. You regularly push your limits and undertake strenuous exercise regularly. You must be capable of running 15km inside 90 minutes. If you go out walking in the English countryside, a walk of 8 hours and 22 miles should not present you with any difficulty. You should be able to walk up steep hills fast, and for long periods, climbing a peak like Ben Nevis via the tourist path should be easy to you, and you should enjoy striding fast up the climb. You would be able to climb Snowdon in under 1 hour and 45 minutes via the Miners or Pyg Track. You should also be very well prepared in terms of your personal equipment, especially your boots.


Medical Issues

Please note, it is extremely important for this physical challenge that you are in good health. If you have any pre-existing medical conditions, please consider carefully whether you should be joining the challenge. Please ensure you fill in the booking form accurately and honestly, this is important. In the case of serious conditions (epilepsy, diabetes, heart conditions, recent illness or operations), please discuss the challenge with your GP. Please also ensure you notify us of any allergies or similar.

You should be used to walking reasonable distances each day to contemplate this trek. It requires stamina and good aerobic fitness - but good willpower will also come in handy! Failure to disclose medical conditions is a serious omission - that could have serious repercussions on any of our challenges.


Included In Trip

3 nights accommodation, 1 night bivvy on the mountain, 3 days leading, 1 day is left open in order to accommodate for poor weather


Excluded From Trip

Lunch and Evening Meals, travel to and from the event


Equipment Required

Suncream, blister repair kit, plasters, vaseline, painkillers, sunbloc

Pack towel (lifesystems recommended), soap (small bar)
shampoo (not a full size bottle!), toothbrush, toothpaste (small size)

Hill walking items
Sleeping bag or sleeping bag liner - please check whether you require a sleeping bag
Day sack (25-35 litre)
Rucksack liner(s) / plastic liner(s) 
Bladder system (highly recommended - or other water bottles e.g. exercise bottle/Nalgene bottle)
Walking poles (highly recommended)
Sun hat (wide brimmed), neck scarf
Lunches - you may wish to pre-pack lunches, but please check this with us
Snack foods - we recommend good slow burning items - nuts, dried fruit, cereal bars etc.

Warm clothing
Lightweight fleece, medium weight Fleece
Lightweight gloves, heavy gloves (mitten type recommended)
Fleece hat, balaclava

Trek Clothing
Long cotton trekking trousers, 1 pair tracksuit bottoms
Comfortable trekking shirts (long/short sleeved)
Walking boots (broken in with ankle protection)
Gaiters (appropriate to moor wilderness / moorland treks - please ask!)
Walking socks, liner Socks, underwear
1 change of casual evening wear

Outer Fully Waterproof Jacket (Gore-tex, E-vent) & Outer Waterproof Bottoms

Toilet roll / pack of travel tissues, spare lace, camera, film / memory card / spare battery

Wallet, credit cards, cash, sunglasses, spare comfortable shoes, penknife

Mobile phone (packed in a plastic bag deep inside your day pack!), emergency rations (energy foods - for the tough days on trek), head torch with spare batteries and bulb

Kit Hire

It is possible to hire equipment via our specialist kit hire providers Outdoor Hire Ltd. We have negotiated a 10% discount for all our mountain challengers.


Safety Information

By nature all activities contain an element of risk.Your leader will be first aid qualified and will carry the appropriate safety kit for the activity, such as mountain safety shelters, walking rope and from time to time mobile radios. Safety equipment carried will be appropriate to trip. The leader's primary role is to ensure your safety, but it is your responsibility to listen to their guidance and instructions.



Weather in the far North West of Scotland is extremely variable - but in winter can be extremely cold - snow and ice are distinct possibilities. In Spring and Autumn one may get fine mild weather - but one should never count upon it! Good quality sleeping bag, sleeping mat, and outer protective clothing are essential.


Notes on Trekking Events

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Adventure Cafe Booking Terms and Conditions

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