The key to a successful traverse of the Cuillin Ridge is being able to move fast. If you are serious about the attempt think very carefully about your equipment. Please refer to the equipment list for summer courses for more detailed information.


  • Lightweight trousers.
  • Base layer (long sleeves).
  • Lightweight fleece.
  • Socks.
  • Lightweight waterproof jacket and trousers.
  • Spare insulatory layer.
  • 2 pairs of small gloves.
  • Warm hat.
  • Sun hat (optional).


  • Small sleeping bag. Remember if it is cold you can always sleep in your clothes.
  • Bivy bag.
  • Sleeping mat.
  • Mug.
  • Spoon.
  • Dry socks.
  • Spare thermal base layer.
  • Thermal long johns.
  • Down jacket or similar.


  • You should be able to carry all your equipment in a c.30 litre rucksack. If you can't, you are probably carrying too much equipment. Everything in your rucksack wants to remain dry so small waterproof liners are are good idea.


  • Either your hill walking boot or specific scrambling boots. Scarpa do a very good range of approach shoes specifically designed for scrambling.

Little things

  • A good head torch. Either Halogen or strong LED's are the best.
  • An emergency small back up head torch.
  • Any personal medication and a small first aid kit to deal with common problems such as blisters, sunburn or insect bites.
  • A little whistle for attracting attention and weights nothing - the majority of Deuter rucksacks have one build into the chest strap.

Food & drink

  • Lunches x 2.
  • Main meal.
  • Snacks (50:50 savoury: sweet).
  • Breakfast.
  • Water carrier.

Technical equipment

  • A climbing helmet to protect the head.
  • A climbing harness is useful as something to tie into.
  • 8 foot sling + HMS karabiner.
  • Belay plate + HMS karabiner.

Fast & Light

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Cuillin Ptarmigan

Over half way

Grateful for dry slabs

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