Now, after seven hours since leaving camp, the rock treacherously slippy at times and so slowing us down, and with no visibility or views, we agreed there weren’t going to be enough daylight hours to complete the ridge. Terry Marsh. By the time we reached Sgurr Alasdair we were mostly out of the cloud. The first volume also includes a description of a winter traverse. Much of the ridge is narrow and exposed. To do the ridge in a day adds a certain pressure that things run smoothly and in good weather conditions. guidebook and the facts on the ground. He sheds light on many of the most frequently made mistakes and suggests dozens of practical solutions. On a sunny winter’s day the ridge definitely looks alpine. The full traverse of the Cuillin Ridge isn't to be underestimated, so there are four (full) pages dedicated to planning and tactics, which give a good impression of the challenge that lies ahead, and provides you plenty of sage advice on how best to deal with it all. "Skye's Cuillin Ridge Traverse" by Adrian Trendall is most certainly Your movement along the ridge needs to be smooth, an uninterrupted flow for- wards. The exhilarating Cuillin Ridge Traverse on the Isle of Skye is one of Britain's most iconic scrambles. Due to Coronavirus transport impacts, European shipping will be suspended until mid January. Skye's Cuillin Ridge Traverse by Adrian Trendall Strategies, advice, detailed topo booklet and 10 classic scrambles This pocket-sized book packs a real punch. Read the full review on the Climbing Gear Reviews Blog. Adrian advocates to attempt the winter traverse when the underfoot conditions and weather are benign, and for maximising your chances of success, this makes absolute sense. This was the most sustained scrambling and easy climbing with such exposure and consequences I had ever experienced, and the less than perfect conditions harboured a constant worry that we wouldn’t have enough time to complete the ridge in daylight. We are always grateful to readers for information about any discrepancies between a We shared the spot with two yachts who anchored overnight, and more than a few deer. Adrian explains that although the Cuillin Ridge is “a huge challenge, it is achievable by many climbers, and here lies much of its appeal.” His approach is deliberately set out to be helpful and puts great emphasis on making everything work in your favour through maximising information up front together with careful preparation. This was back in April 2019, when we attempted the traverse during a week's camping trip to Skye. We tried to stay positive that the clouds that were shrouding the ridge line weren’t threatening, and would surely pass. Mike Lates has been a mountain guide on Skye since 1995 and has completed more than fifty Traverses including a Greater Traverse and two in full winter conditions. Free 1st Class postage on UK orders. Worldwide postage from £3 per item. If you're not happy with your purchase for any reason, we'll give you a full refund. European postage from £2 per item. Browse and purchase our full range of guidebooks in our downloadable Catalogue. There is then 12km of continuous scrambling mostly along a narrow crest with concentration required on every step. We popped onto the ridge and into the cloud with a reduced ability to see the view and a deep sense of deja vu. Much to my relief, it became clear the clouds were swirling and not shrouding the ridge, offering glimpses of the beauty below. A handful of short rock climbs are encountered along the route but these are not a problem compared to the physical and mental effort required. A superbly written and well put together guide book for the Cuillin Ridge and other popular Cuillin Scrambles. The Cuillin Ridge Traverse is arguably the finest climb in Britain. Skye’s Cuillin Ridge Traverse is written for the more general mountaineer. With a watchful eye of the weather forecasts we spotted a possible window and made an impulse drive over to Skye to finish our holiday with Adrian Trendall's Cuillin Ridge Traverse guidebook, with a cautious hope that we might have some success. By late afternoon we had gone back to the ridge to retrieve our stashed water bottles, and the views were incredible. After pulling myself together we continued. Seeds of optimism crept back. Written by Skye-based guide Adrian Trendall, Cicerone's new guidebook to the Cuillin Ridge Traverse documents this classic mountaineering adventure to an impressive level of detail, says Dan Bailey. His work in the outdoor industry included 12 years at Ogwen Cottage in Snowdonia, one of the few places in the UK to regularly take secondary school students multi-pitch climbing. Walking up the westerly slope of … We had spent a chilly night at Glen Brittle campsite and had set off at 5am to start the never-ending trudge to Gars-bheinn (the start of the Cuillin Ridge traverse). However, not long after the clouds parted, it started to hail, complicating the descent of Sgurr Thearlaich before Collie’s Ledge where hands on rock were needed to navigate the slippy slabs, and I cursed myself for not putting mountaineering gloves in my pack. I’ve never met author Adrian Trendall, but clearly he is an accomplished climber as well as being a mountain guide and photographer. Due to Coronavirus transport impacts, European shipping will be suspended until mid January. Adrian and his wife, Bridgette, live at the foot of the Cuillin and feel they are living their dream life. Both strategies have the pros and cons, and Adrian carefully outlines the recipes for success. The Cuillin ridge traverse is simply the best mountaineering challenge in the UK. This slim volume weighs a mere 100 grams (20 grams more than the Harvey map) and contains all the information you need while climbing the route. In addition, Adrian has become the author of a new book, Skye’s Cuillin Ridge Traverse, published by Cicerone earlier this year. The pinnacle of guidebooks Cicerone’s new publication tackles the UK’s most epic mountain terrain. The ridge, while confusing in route finding and map interpretation, its difficult pronunciation of the 11 Munro’s, the corries and climbs; it’s expedition feel and stunning scenery, all leads to an incredible adventurous day out. I felt strangely relieved by the presence of others and reassured that we weren’t the only ones on the ridge. 2020/11/18 Adrian Trendall, a guide on the Isle of Skye, has written a book published by Cicerone called Skye’s Cuillin Ridge Traverse. The traverse is relatively straightforward until it gets to the Thearlaich Dubh Gap. He says: “I remember during my first trips post-redundancy on Skye, I was frustrated I couldn’t find what I felt was a useful guidebook for a Cuillin traverse. Strategy, gear, training, navigation and logistics are covered, and 10 classic scrambles are described. Skye’s Cuillin Ridge Traverse is a cleverly designed publication that consists of two volumes held together in a plastic sleeve. A rough walk in with 900m of ascent accesses the ridge. Find out the latest route changes with free guidebook updates. We apologise for this inconvenience, British Isles Challenges, Collections and Activities, North East England, Yorkshire Dales and Pennines, Poland, Slovakia, Romania, Hungary and Bulgaria, Pyrenees and France/Spain cross-border routes, Slovenia, Croatia, Serbia, Montenegro, Albania and Kosovo, International Challenges, Collections and Activities. No sooner had we dropped below the ridge line, but the clouds departed, and by the time we reached the road at the bottom of the valley, it was a beautiful blue-skyed hot day. What 2019 had taught us was that a wet and claggy start does not mean the ridge is lost, if you continue trudging. He has been climbing since the 1980s with a CV that includes Alpine north faces, big walls in Yosemite and first ascents on the White Cliffs of Dover. If you don’t love our mix of new books, articles, offers and competitions, you can unsubscribe at any time. After a very traditional schooling and a BA in history from King’s College, London, Adrian devoted himself to climbing and photography. It soon became clear that traversing the 12km-long Cuillin Ridge required far more than a mixture of blind optimism tinged with youthful fitness. 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