"Peaks and pinnacles, jagged crests and fantastic outlines; a wilderness of weird shapes, dark, solemn and awful. Sunshine occasionally illuminates their rugged crests… but the darkness of eternal night dwells in their gorges."
– C.R. Weld
The iconic ridge of the Black Cuillin on the Isle of Skye is the UK's most challenging mountain range. Over 11 kilometres long and above 3,000 feet in places, the ridge contains 11 Munros and 16 other summits. In The Black Ridge, Simon Ingram offers a powerful distillation of the atmosphere, history and experience of the ridge: Britain's ultimate mountain range.
Split into two parts, the Ascent and the Traverse, the narrative of this book follows a complete, continuous expedition across the treacherous ridge. The narrative of this journey is interwoven with history of the region and of the explorers who have braved the climb, the natural history of the area and its artistic and cultural significance over the ages. The result is the definitive book about the atmospheric experience and cultural history of Britain's most unique and most dangerous peaks. It is simply the hardest place in the land: a place described by the explorer Frank Smythe as 'Britain's only true mountains'.
Simon Ingram was born in Liverpool. An outdoor journalist and writer for over ten years, he is the editor of Trail, the UK's bestselling hillwalking magazine, and the author of Between the Sunset and the Sea: A View of 16 British Mountains. He lives in Stamford, Lincolnshire.