ALBA MOUNTAINEERING

Fort William

Scrambler

Grade: Strenuous Scrambling

Fort William is at the hub of some of the best ridges and scrambles on the mainland. It is a natural centre for those wishing to try scrambling for the first time, or for the more ambitious to practice new techniques.

The Aonach Eagach ridge in GlenCoe is described as “The best ridge on the mainland ". Narrow and committing, it's lofty pinnacles are a scramblers dream. Ledge Route and the Carn Mor Dearg Arete, is one of the finest circuits on Britain’s highest mountain. These are just two of the many fine ridge scrambles we would hope to attempt on these weeks.

Some use of ropes will be necessary to traverse these routes. Instruction on the correct use of ropes in a scrambling situation will be covered during the week. Due to the nature of the terrain the ratio of clients to guide will be kept low.

Maximum of four to one.

SKYE MUNROS

Grade : Strenuous Scrambling

They're unique! That's the only way to describe the mountains of Skye. The Cuillin are the most stunning mountain scenery in Britain. Challenging mountains with airy crests surrounded by precipices. There are a few walking routes to the tops, and climbing these mountains is very different from most of the mainland Munros. Most of the Cuillin peaks require some scrambling to reach their summits and one, the Inaccessible Pinnacle, requires rock climbing. In many places on the ridge the exposure and narrowness of the routes are such that a slip might have serious results.

These weeks are strenuous, rough and rocky underfoot. Sure-footedness and a good head for heights are essential, and some previous scrambling would be useful. Some use of ropes will be necessary to traverse these routes and some instruction in the correct use of ropes in the scrambling situation will be covered during the week

Accommodation: The week will be based in comfortable Bed and Breakfast accommodation in the islands capital, Portree. Centrally located, the B & B’s are within easy walking distance of all the local Pubs and Restaurants. Portree also has a good camp-site and bunk house accommodation for those wanting to choose the ' Walking only' option.

Due to the nature of the terrain the ratio of Clients to Guide will be kept low.

Maximum four to one.

SKYE RIDGE TRAVERSE

Grade : Scrambling + Some Rock Climbing.

The Black Cuillin of Skye has the greatest mountaineering challenge available to us outside the Alps. A traverse of some nine miles and ten thousand feet of ascent from Gars Beinn to Sgurr Nan Gillian. During these weeks we would hope to attempt the full traverse in one go. This will normally require at least one bivouac up on the ridge.

Overnight kit need to be carried on the traverse attempt a sleeping bag plus waterproofs and gloves, hat and spare clothing, food and water and a rope. A typical traverse rucksack should weigh no more than 9 kgs (20lb). This reduces as water (2 litres) and food is consumed. It may even be possible to pre-place the sleeping bag by arrangement.

During the rest of the week we will do other mountaineering routes in the Cuillin such as the Clach Glas Ridge on Blaven and climb the Cioch on Sgurr na Ciche.

To attempt the ridge we require good weather. If this is not available other alternatives will be substituted.

Maximum two to one.


Fort William Availability 2017 (Sunday arrival dates)

5 Days guiding + Bed & Breakfast accommodation: £ 575.00  Walking Only: £375.00

May: 7th    June: 4th    August: 13th , Sept: 3rd  


Skye Availability 2017 (Sunday arrival dates)

5 Days guiding + Bed & Breakfast accommodation: £ 600.00  Walking Only: £375.00

April: 30th  June: 11th , 25th  September: 3rd  , 17th

 


Skye Ridge Traverse Availability 2017

2 Days Private Guiding. 1 : 1 £500 or 2 : 1 £600

Arranged on request any date.


5 Days guiding + Bed & Breakfast accommodation: £ 800.00  Walking Only: £600.00

April: 30th  June: 11th , 25th  September: 3rd  , 17th

  


Summer Scrambling Weeks 2017


If our dates do not suit you, please give us a call or email and see if we can organise a trip just for you or your group.

We can also organise individual trips for small groups to more remote areas such as Knoydart, Ben Alder and Fisherfield. In fact just about any hills you have a desire to walk.

Have a look at the ‘Bespoke Page’ for more details