Spring Newsletter March 2013


Spring 2013 News from Skye Guides.

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The Cuillin seem as popular as ever for the coming summer season. Fingers crossed the Jet-stream will head south again this year and leave us with the same dry sunny weather that we enjoyed in 2012. From mid-March til mid-July the number of wet days could be counted on 2 hands and most of August was also superb.
Coire Lagan
Our team this year is a mix of faces new and old, all professional mountaineers with a real passion for the Cuillin that can’t wait to show you our special mountains.


Winter kicked off very early with a huge dump of snow in early November and has continued to be superb pretty much ever since. Climbing with a record number of winter clients our guides have had some incredible days.
Knife-edge snow arete  The days traversing sections of the Ridge have been sublime with stunning climbing, situations and views. Something of a Cuillin renaissance has seen far more visiting climbers, many turning out new routes ranging from easy to desperate. The great news is that it is still very rare to see another soul here in winter; there’s lots to do & plenty of space for everyone! Over 40 BLOG entries from the past 3 months should provide plenty of inspiration to come and play next winter.

Many thanks to all of you who bought the 2013 calendars. We sold out at Christmas but have had enough enquiries since then to put together another small order. Please let us know if you would like to add to this order by e-mailing us asap. For the 2014 calendar we aim to use some of the best shots sent to us by clients through the coming season.
2013 Skye Guides calendar
We often receive requests for presents and souvenirs so a small selection of Skye Guides t-shirts and mugs will be available this year. Collect from the office when you are up on holiday or order direct for home delivery. We’ll have a dedicated page on the website once we are up and running.

Cuillin Ridge

A fantastic ambition for any fit client who enjoys scrambling is, one day, to traverse the entire 12km spine of the Cuillin Ridge. The ultimate alpine-style challenge in British mountaineering requires dry rock, very high levels of fitness and good confident scrambling technique. Our booking system is arranged so that clients only pay for this premium product when all conditions are favourable. Read about a few of the Traverses we attempted last year on the BLOG

Cuillin Rock

Whether it is an introductory day or dedicated course we all look forward to passing on some of our enthusiasm and skills. We provide Introduction to Climbing courses, designed to guide your transition from the indoors to the outdoors. Our guides will instruct you in those all important gear placement, belay and abseiling techniques. Most importantly we will always look to improve your movement on rock to make you a better climber.

Mike went to the Eveline in the Swiss Alps to stay with good friend Graham who runs FROST GUIDING in January. The view from Graham’s backyard is something to behold as the valley stretches right up to the Dente Blanche. Highlight of the week was climbing the 100m Cascade des Ignes after a snow-shoe approach but the photo that drew most attention was a postcard of a rubbish skier upsidedown. Some BLOG readers even thought it was Mike.
Not Mike skiing!
In Pinn

The Inaccessible Pinnacle
The Inaccessible Pinnacle (commonly referred to as the In. Pinn.) sits like a dorsal fin atop Sgurr Dearg and overtops the mountain by some 8 metres. It is well known as the hardest of all Munros to climb which requires concentration and a strong nerve. Skye Guides offer the expertise to lead clients to this unique summit. We appreciate that the Pinn. is a crucial peak for Munro baggers in order to keep the ambition to compleat  the Munro’s list. We make every effort to advise clients on the best way to achieve their dream and also to make the climb a real highlight. The vast majority of our clients find the ascent to be a surprisingly pleasant experience. With simple instructions and skillful ropework we are used to safely leading clients with a vast array of fears to the summit.
Cuillin Magic

Skye is often the first encounter with ropes for many clients. The prospect of having a rope available should not be feared but welcomed. Ropes are carried on all Black Cuillin outings because it allows the guide to keep the client safe and build their confidence. The rope is always available and the extent to which a rope is used depends upon situations and individuals.


We recently added a facility to comment on any photos or Blogs. Feel free to ask questions, give your version of the adventures or congratulate your friends. You can follow us on Twitter and we have finally even got a Skye Guides Mountain Guiding Facebook page which will allow also allow you to comment, like or share!

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