Skye is a magical island with the most alpine like mountains in the UK. The 900+ metre Black Cuillin rises straight from the sea forming a classic ridge that many walkers and climbers aspire to traverse. The holy grail of British scrambling, and â€œarguably the finest climb in Britain.â€?
The ridge runs from Gars-bheinn on the left to Sgurr nan Gillian far right and can be done in summer or winter although the latter is quantum leap in difficulty and can be a bit of a suffer fest given the low temperatures and short daylight hours. The gauntlet was flung down by Leslie Shadbolt and Alastair McLaren on the 10th of June1911when they not only completed the first traverse of the Cuillin Ridge but did so in a day. Their time of 12 hours and 18 minutes from first to last summit is still credible today and lots of modern teams would be only to pleased with it. Over the years the record has fallen to a remarkable 2 hours 59 minutes and 22 seconds by Finlay Wild, a runner and climber of repute.
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