cape wrath trail fkt

7th, Eiger Ultra Trail, 101K. Beth Pascall and Damian Hall are attempting to set a new, self-supported, Fastest Known Time (FKT) for the 230-mile Cape Wrath Trail. At Achnasaul I left the road heading up the track north on the long climb up to the high Bealach Carn na h Urchaire some 6-7km distant at about 650m in height. By Alice Morrison. Beth Pascall and Damian Hall attempt to break the self-supported FKT (Fastest Known Time) on the Cape Wrath Trail, the notoriously tough 230-mile trail in north-west Scotland, which stands at 7 days, 9 hours and 31 minutes and was set in April 2018. I imagine the Long Sleeve Zipper Merino Hoody – which, it will be thrilled to know, is in my top three favourite pieces of inov-8 clothing – will get some use. Der Cape Wrath Trail ist ein ca. The first objective was to reach the Oykell Bridge Hotel before it stopped serving lunch. I followed this until it turned North then headed down to join the river feeding Loch an Nid crossing it a couple of hundred metres before the loch to join the good path from Loch a Braoin. 2017. I reached the bothy at Glendhu at 11:45am, took the good path towards Kylesku and then branched off past another waterfall up the 4 x 4 track to Loch an Leathiad Bhuan. Day 2: Tuesday 7 May. Ein Weg, dem der Wanderer einfach … Inchnadamph to Inshegra, 14hours 24 mins. Stuffing my cakehole is good practise for a 230-mile run, too. On occasions I lost the path down to Glendhu and as the tide was in had to clamber over rather than around the huge rocks where it meets the loch. I reached Loch Stack Lodge shortly around 4.45pm and from here was still entertaining thoughts of continuing on to the Cape which would have meant crossing the last 8 miles over pathless moorland in the dark. I found the path very difficult to find and even once on it at times it was treacherous  - steep and scree ridden. Once at the contour it became clear the direction was towards another large rock on the horizon. I can’t wait for all the glorious ouchy stuff, a proper British winter adventure, to begin. So to mix things up for Cape Wrath, we’ve invited fellow GB trail runner Beth Pascall along. At Bearnais there is a path which climbs steadily north up to about 600m towards Craig a Chaorainn though on the plateau at the top becomes sketchy. reached at about 15.45. I’ll probably also wear a merino baselayer. As it was dry I was able to easily cross the outflow of the waterfalls and continued to within a few hundred metres of Dubh Loch Mor. This was relatively easy to correct as I ran two miles fewer than stage 6 on the Cape Wrath Ultra and therefore the total mileage for this stage was for my day 4 was 43. I have looked at the contours and estimate I climbed a further 200 ft during this 10 mile period  - it was mostly descent, so have added it to the ascent. By 21:00 I had reached the point of possible descent and opted to use the steeper descent path that begins near Loch an Fiona. 1st, Ice Ultra, 142 miles. From there I headed down a short length of road to the train station. Kit will be key and I have a feeling I’ll be grateful of my Protec-Shell Jacket and new Winter Tights, which worked really well at the Ice Ultra. I was pleasantly surprised to see what was formerly the Whistle Stop café, which had previously closed, was now under new management as the Gorse Bush and doing a roaring trade. The Cape Wrath Ultra® is a once in a lifetime, 8-day multi-stage ultra running race weaving 400km up through the Highlands of Scotland. I’m a little bit frightened. I also took pictures during the period when the watch was paused to prove I was in those locations. At the bealach the view North is to seemingly unspoilt wilderness. Day 1: Monday 6 May. Day 4: Thursday 8 May. Cape Wrath trail route The Cape Wrath Trail is one of the world's finest long distance walks. After being reassured another would be there within the hour I carried on the road to the Cape in sunny but windy weather which I reached at 11.05am, 5 days 7 hours and 35 minutes after I had left Fort William the previous Monday. DAY 1 - 37km (23 miles) Fort William to Glenfinnan - “Through Ardgour, the adventure begins!” ©Rob Howard These heavy items must once have been brought via cart as ancient way-markers. It crosses remote, sparsely populated and potentially dangerous mountain country. The initial descent was quite treacherous, made worse by a hail storm and a lengthy descent follows into the forest south of Achnashellach. We’d only just started, when Ellie said, “I know! I met Beth on the Spine Race too. It takes in 12,000m of ascent and the dynamic duo plan to do it in less than seven days. Reaching the loch at 6.15pm meant I still would have to push it to meet my revised objective and I hurtled across the narrow boggy path and then across the thankfully low Garbh Alt to reach Rhiconich by 7.30pm and Inshegra by 8.05pm where I splashed out on a three course dinner and a room. Wild Camp above Inverlael to Inchnadamph. I clung on. Hardly good training for Cape Wrath, but a boost nonetheless. After restocking food from the Kinlochewe Stores I sat down to a double breakfast at 11am and departed the village at 12pm, an hour ahead of schedule. The dry weather permitted an almost direct northerly (but largely pathless descent) to cross the River Loyne almost where it joined the loch. A B and B which I knew had a vacancy and for the first time in 4 days I had the luxury of a shower. The total ascent for the trip I estimate to be 29,530 ft. David Dean - Cape Wrath Trail (UK) - 2019-05-11, http://www.movescount.com/moves/move285740850, http://www.movescount.com/moves/move286056196, http://www.movescount.com/moves/move286056235, http://www.movescount.com/moves/move286056212, http://www.movescount.com/moves/move286056278, http://www.movescount.com/moves/move286056253. In December 2018, Damian Hall and Beth Pascall attempted to break the Cape Wrath Trail self supported 'fastest known time' (FKT) of 7 days, 9 hours and 31 minutes. I continued along the coast to a small gorge on the southern flank of Dunan Beag into which I descended following NE on an animal track on its grassy dry floor almost to the military road. Though mainly to my waistline, as I won a huge cake no one else in my family liked and I hate to see good food wasted. I can see the last aspect especially making me a bit grumpy. There’s no waymarking, it’s not on OS maps and there’s not really an official route; we’ll follow the one suggested by Iain Harper in his excellent Cicerone guidebook, Walking The Cape Wrath Trail. We don’t know yet what the weather will bring, but I’m hoping for colder temperatures and snow. The winds from the Atlantic can also get a bit feisty. I couldn’t run for seven weeks afterwards. The Cape Wrath Ultra® is a 400km, 8-day ultra-running expedition through some of the world's most inspirational landscapes, including Knoydart, Kintail, Torridon, Assynt and Sutherland - the UK's answer to the Marathon des Sables. Views from the bealach were spectacular and there is now effectively a path all the way to the bothy at Loch Glencoul. I learned on February’s Ice Ultra, how much I like that: how silent snow makes the world, how pristine, how it makes you run faster (to stay warm), how much better tea tastes. Here the river was actually in a gorge about 50 ft or more deep. At Carnach which I reached around 11.45am, I turned east up the good track to Iron lodge and from there north on the frequently trodden and in my case thankfully dry path to Maol Buidhe bothy. Unless things get ridiculous, a cold snap may also mean better underfoot conditions and less hazardous river crossings. Since then I’ve mostly been just running for fun. To spice things up a bit, we’ll also be trying to set a new Fastest Known Time (FKT). Day 5: Friday 8 May. Knowing tomorrow could be a long day I pressed on a further 2 miles through the dark to the turn off at Inverlael and into the forest. The route started up the Great Glen following the original route followed by David Paterson (effectively the inventor of the Cape Wrath Trail) in the mid-1990s as far as Bendronaig Bothy then swinging north via Achnashellach and Easan Dorcha to Kinlochewe and from there following the frequently used route via Oykell Bridge to The Cape. The Cape Wrath Trail, besides being Britain’s most remote long-distance trail, is also a noticeably unmarked trail. I turned off the path eastwards slightly ahead of the loch on the route used by the Cape Wrath Ultra. There are a million different variations, directions, and ideas when it comes to this route. Once the top is reached the view towards the mountains of Torridon opens out. „Trail“ in diesem Fall mit „Weg“ zu übersetzen mag aber bereits irreführend sein. Allbeithe Youth Hostel to Easan Dorcha Bothy. After the long descent, mostly on paths, I reached Inchnadamph shortly after 9.30pm where I was in luck. As you might remember, Beth Pascall and Damian Hall attempted to set a new FKT for the Cape Wrath Trail last December. The track narrows to a path which disappears about 2km short of the bealach. We plan to get some shut-eye in bothies. What to expect from the Cape Wrath Trail . What follows is a report of a recent self-supported solo journey from Fort William to Cape Wrath with the objective of being as lightweight and quick as possible, particularly given time constraints. 34.3miles (31.2miles). The weather was once again sunny (once the sun rose) and I took the road route as far as Blairmore to pick up the path to Sandwood Bay. You may be able to find more information about this and similar content at piano.io, Runner's World, Part of the Hearst UK Wellbeing Network. But that may depend on what the weather wants to fling at us. Für den Cape Wrath Trail sollte man je nach Kondition und Ausdauer 15-20 Tage einplanen und jeweils bis zu einer Woche an Proviant mitführen. Wikinger kehrten hier oft zurück in ihre Heimat. 6th Diagonale des Fous . Trip Report: Cape Wrath Trail in fewer than 6 days. 9.5K likes. What follows is a report of a recent self-supported solo journey from Fort William to Cape Wrath with the objective of being as lightweight and quick as possible, particularly given time constraints. Summit Fever Media has just released the film on Vimeo and we watched it from under a nice warm blanket. As I climbed up to the 525m contour I began to walk through fresh snow which heightened the sense of isolation. 320 km langer Weg durch die nord-westlichen schottischen Highlands von Fort William bis nach Cape Wrath ganz im Nordwesten. We earn a commission for products purchased through some links in this article. Beth and Damian made their attempt in winter when there is around 6 hours of light each day in Scotland. 1st, Ultimate Trails 55K. We knew that idea would be hard to top. The rest of it, I can’t wait for. Despite the rain I decided to continue on to Inverlael over the, frankly uninteresting, path from near Dundonnell House. With the weather and the approaching darkness this took some time to find and it was 21:30 by the time I reached the road at Clachan. Easan Dorcha Bothy to Wild Camp above Inverlael. Record/FKT Paddy Buckley Round, 61 miles . As a result I adjusted distances to match the Cape Wrath distance and also increased the first two day's mileage by 10%. Limited re-supply points mean you need to be self-sufficient for several days at a time. Beth Pascall and Damian Hall attempt to break the self-supported FKT (Fastest Known Time) on the Cape Wrath Trail, the notoriously tough 230-mile trail in north-west Scotland, which stands at 7 days, 9 hours and 31 minutes and was set in April 2018. From Loch Cruoshie I continued north, firstly over trackless ground then on a good path to Loch Calavie. It goes through ten places that could loosely be termed towns or villages in its entirety, but few of these will coincide with the end of a day’s trekking. We’re all passionate about showcasing this country as a place for genuine adventure (we met on the Spine Race after all). From here the views into Glen Loyne were spectacular. I’ll also take a merino wrag, Extreme Thermo Mitts and neoprene socks. The official start time is 7.48 which is when the Camusnagaul ferry left Fort William. The river from Sandwood Loch was as low as I had seen it. 4th Transgrancanaria. Photo: Ice Ultra / Mikkel Beisner. On this section I was able to follow a rough 4x4 track for almost half the way. The route is unmarked and there is no official line. But if you put some effort forward, you'll see some pretty spectacular scenery and get a damn good taste of the Scottish highlands. The Cape Wrath Trail is notoriously wild, remote and inhospitable, the terrain it winds through is regarded as the last true wilderness in Britain. At 17:31 on Thursday 13th December 2019, the pair reached Cape Wrath and thereby set a new winter FKT of 4 days, 9 hours, 43 minutes* Cape Wrath Ultra. I was in third place, hurting, but desperate to hold onto the last podium spot. Inshegra to Cape Wrath. Rather than continue to Shenevall Bothy I took the 4 x 4 track directly north over the hill and down to Corrie Hallie which I reached around 7pm. 15hrs 30 mins. The bus duly arrived and by 2pm I was hitching to Inverness which I reached at 6pm. I kept track of the route using a Suunto Ambit3 Peak watch. I kept going down the forest track until I reached an access road. But the right mindset is probably more important. As the week went on and I was more confident about battery life I alternated between "OK" and "best" which takes a reading every one second and is very accurate. A short boat trip and they are off running. Started at Fort William at 03.30 on 6 May and finished at 11.05 on 11 May, 5 days, 7 hours and 35 mins in total. In winter.”. As I walked quickly towards Loch Ailsh it became apparent that my original goal of reaching the bothy at Loch Glencoul would not be attained and that I would have to push just to reach Inchnadamph. 41.1 miles (37.4). We’re primarily running the Cape Wrath Trail to have an adventure, to explore somewhere new, to get our wildness hit (even if much of it will be in the dark). Still. 390km) from Fort William to the northwesternmost point of mainland Britain, Cape Wrath. We’ll be self-supported, meaning we can visit the very few shops en route, but though Matt and Ellie are meeting us at intervals to point cameras at us, they won’t be giving us any supplies or any other advantages. 1st Dark Mountains (Long Score) 2017. The Cape Wrath Trail is one of the most remote trails in the UK, going from Fort William to the Cape Wrath lighthouse, the most north-westerly point of Scotland. At each of the two major path junctions I took the right-hand fork which eventually took me on a gentle descent to the isolated but picturesque Easan Dorcha waterfall and its rudimentary bothy which I reached at 21:15. The Cape Wrath Trail FKT will also see a concurrent UK wide campaign launched under #BreakYourOwnRecord whereby I aim to get over 1 million people outside over and breaking their own sporting or fitness goals, where that is cycling to school or racing their fastest ultra marathon. Throughout Glen Douchary there is a sketchy path on the East side of the river which at times turns into a “hidden” gorge with picturesque waterfalls. Hugging the contour but swinging North I again headed towards a large rock and from there had a view down towards Glen Douchary marked it is southern end by a circular sheepfold. The Fastest Known Time (FKT) for the Cape Wrath Trail (following Iain Harper's Cicerone guidebook route) is four days, nine hours and 43 minutes, set by ultra runners Beth Pascall and Damian Hall (self-supported) in December 2018. Firstly, we didn’t know of anyone who’d run the Cape Wrath Trail in winter – probably for good reason. So I wanted to wait till I really felt an urge to lace up my daps again, which surprisingly, only took about a week. I did not carry cooking facilities merely a mug and spoon. Hopefully this jaunt will be mostly type one and two-level fun. Day 3: Wednesday 8 May. So when I get in trouble she’ll know which pills to give me to end it all (unless I’ve told too many dad jokes, then she might not). I’ve had a decent rest, I think, since Ultra-Trail du Mont-Blanc. I left this 1.5m East of Kingie heading north over a boggy path via another climb to Mam na Seilg at about 470m. After an hour’s break for lunch I set off down Glen Oykell, firstly on the 4 x 4 track but then, after Salachy, following the riverside path. 2018 (7th, Ultra-Trail World Tour) 5th, Ultra-Trail du Mont-Blanc (UTMB), 105 miles. In one way she’s an excellent companion, because she’s a doctor. The route is often many hours’ walk from a road, there’s little to no phone signal (both a good but also potentially bad thing) and river crossings can get pretty seriously (people have gone for their last swim in them). There are no signs or posts to show you the way; navigating this trail is one of the things you’ll have to take care of yourself. As I crossed towards the stone I also encountered stones deliberately laid to ford small channels en-route. The way is marked by a cairn and there is an intermitteent path passing slightly to the NW of Loch Meallan an Fhudair to Bellach na Croise. 5853ft Ascent. At this point the rain became steady and at times torrential driven by the wind. The aim was to source hot food and a sandwich for a later meal from one location en-route each day. 6332ft Ascent. We stopped scheming immediately. So for those of you interested in walking to Cape Wrath, it’s time to dust off those map-and-compass skills! From hereon the going is rough and pathless though no ascent is required. The Cape Wrath Trail is a long distance walk from Fort William to the northwesternmost point of mainland Britain, Cape Wrath. Wrath record attempt in Scottish Winter. Cape Wrath (Schottisch-Gälisch: Am Parbh, An Carbh in Lewis) ist ein Kap in Sutherland, Highland, im nördlichen Schottland.Das Kap stellt den nordwestlichsten Punkt der Insel Großbritannien dar.. Der Name Cape Wrath (auch englisch für Zorn oder Wut) stammt vom altnordischen Wort für "Umkehrpunkt". The ascent soon picked up a meandering path that eventually joined the old military road which I followed to the Cluanie Inn. 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