An ascent of The Inaccessible Pinnacle is achievable for a fit hillwalker with very little scrambling experience. That said; a good head for heights and lots of trust in your experienced mountain guide is imperative as the crest is exposed and potentially hazardous especially in anything but dry and windless conditions. West Coast Mountain Guides have the experience and knowledge to assess your ability then make safe and calculated decisions for the best day, time or route to take to its airy summit.
The most popular route of ascent is via the longer but less steep East Ridge. Viewed side on this 68 meter route forms the shape of a sharks fin and is characterised as one of the narrowest scrambles of its type in the UK. However, it thankfully has large hand and foot holds that allow progress even for the less experienced climber who persist with a confident approach. Once triumphant on the once inaccessible summit, a short but simple abseil returns us to the ground.
If you are new to scrambling or anxious about using technical climbing equipment please don’t worry we are here to help. Throughout your time with West Coast Mountain Guides we will endeavour to teach you the technical skills needed for an ascent of the Inaccessible Pinnacle and offer tips and advice on how best to climb and safely descend this challenging but rewarding summit. Your guide will instil confidence in your equipment and manage all of the ropework in ascent and descent allowing you to enjoy this exciting and unique experience.
For the more experienced climber, the Inaccessible Pinnacle holds several more challenging routes to its summit. If you can demonstrate ability and capability to tackle a harder rock climbing route, we can provide a West Coast Mountain Guide to challenge even the most accomplished climber.
Course ratio: 1:4:
We can accommodate large parties for an ascent of the Inaccessible Pinnacle. We do this by providing 1 guide for every 4 participants. Whilst ascending the Inaccessible Pinnacle we guide on a maximum of 1:3 ratio meaning each guide will ascend with up to three people attached to the rope. Your guide will then re-ascend the In Pinn a second time with the remaining participants.
Costs and equipment:
Prices include guiding and instruction and the use of a helmet and harness.
You will also need to take accommodation, food, personal equipment and insurance costs into consideration.
There are plenty of accommodation options close to the Cuillins, below is a list of recommendations: