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. 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. 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. Day 3: Wednesday 8 May. Good kit’s important. 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. I’m nervous about the rivers. Firstly, we didn’t know of anyone who’d run the Cape Wrath Trail in winter – probably for good reason. I’m going to regret that sentence, aren’t I? I’m really liking the new X-Talon 260 Ultras too, which are designed for just this sort of thing. Damian racing the Ice Ultra. 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 Wild Camp above Inverlael to Inchnadamph. Photo: Ice Ultra / Mikkel Beisner. There is a trod down to the Abhainn an Loch Bhig and from hear an intermittent path can be picked up close to the derelict rusting fence. The route is unmarked and there is no official line. I took the northerly turn initially up a recently surfaced gravel road which I then left where it crossed a river headed from the Bealach an Sgoltaidh and headed almost directly north across boggy ground to Bearnais bothy where I arrived at 16.40. 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. 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). 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. I clung on. I was in third place, hurting, but desperate to hold onto the last podium spot. From here the views into Glen Loyne were spectacular. Most of the journey was speed-walked but with the occasional jog down gentle downhill sections and along the canal towpath. She was in fourth place overall, as fresh as a daisy and speeding up. I crossed the river to the open moor at around 7.30am and from here headed Eastwards to the cairn on the horizon. The winds from the Atlantic can also get a bit feisty. After a brief pause for lunch at the Sheiling I branched off west to Ben Dreavie and then descending across ground WNW towards a loch around two km away. Record/FKT Cape Wrath Trail, 230 miles . Wikinger kehrten hier oft zurück in ihre Heimat. 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. At the bealach the view North is to seemingly unspoilt wilderness. I left the hostel at around 8am from where there is a good path running westwards along Gleann Gniomhaidh to the start of the remote Glean Gaorsaic with its three linked lochans. Secondly, in doing so we would hopefully demonstrate how Britain – a comparatively small island with a lot of people on it – still has areas of magnificent wildness and unsettling remoteness. There are no pack-carrying services and often no clear paths. We knew that idea would be hard to top. 2018 (7th, Ultra-Trail World Tour) 5th, Ultra-Trail du Mont-Blanc (UTMB), 105 miles. The current FKT, set by Poland’s Przemek Szapar in April this year, is seven days and nine hours. The bus duly arrived and by 2pm I was hitching to Inverness which I reached at 6pm. Once I hit the 300m contour I turned almost north passing two smaller lochs to reach the path down to Loch Stack. 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. 2017. 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. I was conscious of the need to begin the journey back to Fort William to collect my things as soon as possible and that the first bus from the Cape was around 11.15am so I managed to drag myself from bed at 4am and was on the road at 4.40am to complete the last 18 or so miles. 5th Glen Coe Skyline. 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. Hall and Pascall knock three days off Scotland’s Cape Wrath FKT Anne Francis December 13, 2018. In another way though, she isn’t a good companion, because she’s nails and likely to show me up. We earn a commission for products purchased through some links in this article. 36.7miles (35.3). 15hours 23 mins. The Cape Wrath Trail is regarded as the toughest long-distance backpacking trail in Britain. Trip Report: Cape Wrath Trail in fewer than 6 days. 4856ft Ascent. I left this 1.5m East of Kingie heading north over a boggy path via another climb to Mam na Seilg at about 470m. 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. 11th Trail World Championships. By the time I had left the path to cross towards Loch a Garbh-bhaid Mor I had decided that reaching the Old School at Inshegra before it stopped serving dinner at 8pm would have to be the limit of that day’s objectives. 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. And thirdly… wait, er, who exactly is going to run it? As the weather was dry I was easily able to cross the Keisgaig river near its outlet (there is a stile into the MoD firing range just before this) and then began the steep climb up towards Cnoc a Ghiubais though I headed directly north from the 200m contour rather than summit. I kept track of the route using a Suunto Ambit3 Peak watch. 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". 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. 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. As a result I adjusted distances to match the Cape Wrath distance and also increased the first two day's mileage by 10%. I turned off the path eastwards slightly ahead of the loch on the route used by the Cape Wrath Ultra. I followed this past this beautiful church hidden in the woods to the Clan Cameron museum at Achnacarry. Wildly remote and packing in around 12,000m of ascent, the 230-mile route usually takes trekkers around three weeks to complete. 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. Hall and Pascall knock three days off Scotland’s Cape Wrath FKT The fifth-place male and fourth-place female from UTMB 2018 set out to conquer Britain's gnarliest trail–in winter. 1st Dark Mountains (Long Score) 2017. The last 200 or so metres of climb are particularly strenuous over rough moorland and, on the day I was there encountered light snow and the occasional hail shower. Since then I’ve mostly been just running for fun. But if you put some effort forward, you'll see some pretty spectacular scenery and get a damn good taste of the Scottish highlands. 2nd, Mozart 100, 64 miles. Hardly good training for Cape Wrath, but a boost nonetheless. 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). Having subsisted on snacks all day I was happythat my first experience of a self-heating meal was a successful one. There will be daily video updates here and our facebook page, plus live tracking here. Record/FKT Paddy Buckley Round, 61 miles . 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 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. Day 4: Thursday 8 May. Eventually the path took me to within sight of Locha an Daimh and I crossed directly over rough ground to join the 4 x 4 track. On December 8th Damian Hall and Beth Pascall will be starting their quest to get the fastest known (FKT) time for the Cape Wrath Trail which starts in Fort William and goes to the north-western tip of Scotland, Cape Wrath, over 230 miles of rugged Scottish countryside. The track narrows to a path which disappears about 2km short of the bealach. 1st, Ultimate Trails 55K. These heavy items must once have been brought via cart as ancient way-markers. 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. Feeling tired but clean I left Inchnadamph at around 5.45am in gloriously sunny weather, though on the climb to the pass NW of Loch Fleodach Coire there was frequent ice under foot. Aufgrund des schwierigen, oft weglosen und kräfteraubenden Geländes, ist es ratsam 1-2 Ruhetage während der Tour einzuplanen oder … At the finish she looked like she hadn’t broken sweat. Damian and Beth in the Alps. As you might remember, Beth Pascall and Damian Hall attempted to set a new FKT for the Cape Wrath Trail last December. At this point the rain became steady and at times torrential driven by the wind. And it’s not really a trail. On this section I was able to follow a rough 4x4 track for almost half the way. Photo Jim Mann, It’s all Ellie’s fault. The result was that the final climb to the pass, which I reached at 8pm, was only about 100metres. Cape Wrath trail route The Cape Wrath Trail is one of the world's finest long distance walks. 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. The Cape Wrath Trail from Fort William to the northwestern tip of Scotland is regarded as Great Britain’s toughest trail. Here I turned left, and a few hundred metres later turned right at the next junction to take me to the River Carron. Here the river was actually in a gorge about 50 ft or more deep. After reaching the Caledonian Canal at Banavie I ran down the towpath as far as Gairlochy and then followed the Great Glen route to about 1km before Bunarkaig where there is a left turn marked St Cian’s church. There I was able to sample a freshly made coffee and walnut cake and also received a tour of their innovative new bunkhouse. Stuffing my cakehole is good practise for a 230-mile run, too. I doggedly stuck to the path on the Eastern side of Glen Oykell preferring to take a more circuitous route to the pass between Conival and Breabag Tarsainn in order to limit the final climb. I found the path very difficult to find and even once on it at times it was treacherous  - steep and scree ridden. 320 km langer Weg durch die nord-westlichen schottischen Highlands von Fort William bis nach Cape Wrath ganz im Nordwesten. As I climbed the forest track spectacular views opened up SE to the snow-covered Beinn Dearg group. A mile east of the Inn a track branches north up the spectacular An Caorann Mor to the junction with Glen Affric. 6th, Madeira Island Ultra-Trail, 71 miles. As the main objective was merely to walk the 7.5 miles to Kinlochewe by 12pm when the Kinlochewe hotel opened for lunch this could be described as a leisurely morning. As I climbed up to the 525m contour I began to walk through fresh snow which heightened the sense of isolation. 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. From Loch Cruoshie I continued north, firstly over trackless ground then on a good path to Loch Calavie. Fortunately, the rain had ceased during the night enabling me to get away before 6am. In one way she’s an excellent companion, because she’s a doctor. After the long descent, mostly on paths, I reached Inchnadamph shortly after 9.30pm where I was in luck. We stopped scheming immediately. I can’t wait for all the glorious ouchy stuff, a proper British winter adventure, to begin. I did not carry cooking facilities merely a mug and spoon. Trip Report: Cape Wrath Trail in fewer than 6 days. DAY 1 - 37km (23 miles) Fort William to Glenfinnan - “Through Ardgour, the adventure begins!” ©Rob Howard 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. This time I may have to furtively transfer my custard rations into her pack so slow her down. 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