256 pages, colour illustrations
Ridges are epic. Graceful carved walkways slung between summits, twisted spines of stone - these can be the most beautiful of mountain landforms. With elegant lines and giddy exposure, ridge climbs emit a powerful siren call, drawing us out onto the rocks. Life on the edge has a special quality, born of the contrast of empty space all around, and intricate detail in close-up. The crests are strangely irresistible. Scotland's ridges are among the finest mountaineering lines in the country, every one a unique adventure. The variety of these routes reflects the breadth of the mountain experience: a rich mix of summer scrambles, technical rock and challenging winter climbs. This book covers both the popular classics and some obscure gems, aiming to celebrate these thrilling climbs as much as to document them. The chosen selection spans the grade range, with routes to suit all levels of ability. Whether an earthbound hillwalker or an accomplished climber, Scotland's ridges cannot fail to stir your imagination.
In short, this is a fantastic little book, which selects the best of Scotland's ridges, the best ways and days of enjoying them. Whether an enthusiastic young walker looking to move onto steeper ground, or a more experienced climber wanting to re-visit the scene of former triumphs, this book will prove stimulating to both and deserves a place in the bookshelf. Scottish Mountaineer, May 2006 Each of the 48 routes included in the guide is graded for difficulty, and features a navigable detailed route description. The in depth information, route maps and topos are what will be useful on the ground, but it's the photography that will get you out the door with your bootlaces still undone. Why bother with Europe when you eye's are opened to these gems.' Adventure Travel Magazine May/June 2006 There is no doubt that this book will prove of most value to mountaineers. Highly recommended.' Irish Mountain Log, Summer 2006 'I have always thought that if mountains were not meant to be climbed they wouldn't have grown ridges, what can be more natural than wanting to scale them? Included, as you would expect, are classic traverses of Aonach Eagagh, An Teallach, Liathach, the Black Cullin Ridge, along with lesser-know gems - Marathon Ridge on Ben Lair and Northeast Ridge of Sgurr Ghiubhsachain. Dan Bailey is a man who knows and loves his hills. To those who claim his book will merely encourage yet more feet on to our fragile mountains, he has this to say "If more people were inspired to visit the Highlands then perhaps their protection might move farther up the nation's agenda." And speaking as someone who rarely reads guidebooks, Scotland's Mountain Ridges certainly inspired me.' (The Scots magazine / March 2007)
Introduction Getting there Accommodation Sleeping out Maps Route descriptions - a note on the text Grades and difficulty Grade table Winter grades Gear and skills Seasonal notes Avalanches Access Arran and the Southern Highlands 1 A'Chir traverse 2 Pagoda Ridge, A'Chir 3 South Ridge Direct, Rosa Pinnacle, Cir Mhor 4 Glen Sannox horseshoe 5 Traverse of the South and Centre Peaks, The Cobbler 6 Coire Gaothaich circuit, Ben Lui Lochaber 7 Sron na Creise, Creise 8 Inglis Clarke Ridge, Creise 9 Curved Ridge, Buachaille Etive Mor 10 Crowberry Ridge via the Rannoch Wall, Buachaille Etive Mor 11 Sron na Lairig, Stob Coire Sgreamhach 12 Dorsal Arete, Stob Coire nan Lochan 13 Aonach Eagach 14 Ring of Steall 15 Castle Ridge, Ben Nevis 16 Ledge Route, Ben Nevis 17 Tower Ridge, Ben Nevis 18 Observatory Ridge, Ben Nevis 19 North East Buttress via Raeburn's Arete, Ben Nevis 20 Carn Dearg Meadhonach East Ridge and Carn Mor Dearg Arete 21 Golden Oldie, Aonach Mor 22 North East Ridge, Aonach Beag 23 Long and Short Leachas, Ben Alder The Cairngorms 24 Eagle Ridge, Lochnagar 25 Mitre Ridge, Beinn a'Bhuird 26 Pygmy Ridge and Afterthought Arete, Stob Coire an t-Sneachda 27 Fiacaill Ridge, Cairn Lochan 28 North East Ridge, Angel's Peak The North and West 29 Great Ridge, Garbh Bheinn 30 North-north East Ridge, Sgurr Ghiubhsachain 31 Forcan Ridge, The Saddle 32 South Ridge, Mullach Fraoch-choire 33 Cioch Nose, Sgurr a'Chaorachain 34 A'Chioch Ridge, Beinn Bhan 35 Beinn Alligin traverse 36 Liathach traverse 37 Northern Pinnacles of Mullach an Rathain, Liathach 38 Marathon Ridge, Beinn Lair 39 North West Ridge, A'Mhaighdean 40 An Teallach traverse 41 Stac Pollaidh 42 Suilven Skye and Rum 43 Traverse of the Rum Cuillin 44 Dubhs Ridge 45 The Spur, Sgurr an Fheadain 46 Pinnacle Ridge, Sgurr nan Gillean 47 Clach Glas - Bla Bheinn traverse 48 Cuillin Main Ridge Traverse Route Summary Table Appendices Appendix 1: Further adventures Appendix 2: Further reading Appendix 3: Useful contacts
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A Londoner by birth - if not inclination - Dan Bailey escaped the Metropolitan gravity field, travelling extensively, and orbiting through Yorkshire, the Lakes and Snowdonia. He has come to rest in Edinburgh, happily settled with a good woman. Half-heartedly bodging all manner of jobs from outdoor retail to industrial abseiling, Dan finally chose to write about travel and mountains, subjects that are close to his heart. It's a meagre living, but the fun outweighs the poverty. His work has featured in Adventure Travel, The Sunday Times, Trail, High, The List, The Sunday Herald and Scotland on Sunday, among others. He has climbed and walked in North and South America, North Africa, Asia and throughout Europe and the UK. He's seen the rest, but still insists that Scotland is the best. Ridges are a particular passion, though having climbed so many for this book he'd now like to climb more deep dank gullies, just for a change of scene.