Winter traverse of the Cuillin Ridge

The fun on Skye continued after our ascent of White Wedding on the Friday, with a 2 day traverse of the Cuillin Ridge Saturday and Sunday.  With good conditions on the ridge and an incredible weather forecast we decided that we would be daft not to attempt a full winter ridge traverse.  

After our climb on Friday we went round to my friends; Mike and Cat, for a meal and to watch the rugby...the temptation not to have a couple of beers was very hard to resist but we managed!  Even still we didn't get along from Broadford to the carpark at the Sligichan until mid-night and we still had to pack!  

We set-off just after 6am and could already see a teams head torches near the summit of Gillean - thanks for putting in a nice trail for us!  We made good time on the ridge and managed to reach and climb the Inaccessible Pinnacle on day 1.  We then cut a nice bivi ledge at the foot of the Inn Pinn where we spent a cold but comfortable night out.

The weather was supposed to be good again on Sunday but unfortunately there was a persistent layer of thick cloud hovering on the ridge.  Every now and again it cleared to help show the way and give some spectacular views across most of the North West of Scotland!  The day went well and we reached the final munro on the ridge at about mid-day.  It was very tempting to call it a day here but we were keen to traverse the ridge from the first top to the last - Sgur Nan Gillean to Gars Bheinn.  We were doing well for time and the weather was fine so we dropped our bags at the last munro; Sgurr Nan Eag, and continued to the very end before retracing our steps and descending through Coir a' Ghrunnda.

All in I think our moving time top to top was about 15 hours - with a bivi in between...nothing in comparison to the 6 hours Finlay Wild and Tim Gomersall did it in a few weeks ago but still a respectable time!  What a fantastic trip to Skye, very memorable!