The ridge is usually done in one or two days and may well involve scrambling as the night draws in. One or two days, the choice is yours. Light and fast works well especially if you are with someone who knows the route well; navigation is complex and compasses are badly affected by the magnetic rocks. The rock is Gabbro with Basalt intrusions running through it. The Gabbro is extremely rough and grippy and makes for excellent climbing but beware fingers and hands will easily be trashed or “gabbroed”. In the wet the ridge can become a real challenge with the basalt in particular becoming treacherously slippery. Many of the more technical sections on the ridge can be bypassed by easier options which are often equally spectacular. The next Munro, Sgurr Mhic Choinnich can be climbed by King’s Chimney which is steep and exposed but not as hard as it looks. The easier alternative is a walkway known as Hart’s Ledge. Equally exposed, it traverses the side of the mountain in an airy position. Much of it is a walk along ledges but there is some adrenaline fuelled scrambling in places. The famous trials bike Danny Macaskill who grew up on Skye has even ridden along it, His video shows much of the Cuillin Ridge.
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