This has been read 26,343 times. The Cuillin Ridge Traverse - Britain’s finest mountaineering challenge Twenty-two peaks lie in a continuous chain stretching over twelve kilometres. Share. As it turned out, the majority of the traverse was done in misty and slightly damp conditions. At a time where accurate information about Covid-19 was vital to our community, this was the right decision – even though it meant a drop in our income. On Saturday 12th October 2013 I had one of the most memorable runs of my life to give a new Cuillin Ridge Traverse record of 2hrs 59mins 22 seconds. What advice would he offer to anyone hoping to do a traverse? The adventure has long been considered one of Britain's greatest alpine challenges and has a forty-year history of speed ascents. Es Tresidder has been helpful with discussion and info – very sporting given that I was chasing his record. You can help us by becoming a UKC Supporter. The weather didn't improve but as I was making good time I kept going. So how much faster could times for the route get in future? On Sunday 16 th June 2013 I recorded a time of 3 hours 14 minutes and 58 seconds for a Cuillin Ridge Traverse, under the Hyslop 'rules' (all 11 Munro summits, plus the Sgurr Thearlaich and Bidein Druim nan Ramh tops, including the four main ‘climbing’ sections. This traverse, in perfect running conditions, was my fourth this year. New Cuillin Ridge winter traverse record by Uisdean Hawthorn On Monday 26th of February 24 Year old Scot Uisdean Hawthorn set a new record for a winter traverse of Skye’s iconic Cuillin Ridge with his time of 4 hours, 57 minutes and 7 seconds knocking more than an hour and a … So you sit there as record-holder knowing that in order to break your record someone will have to put a lot of effort in, and that in doing so they too will have some amazing experiences that you can re-live vicariously. [Photo] Ben Wear. If you appreciate UKClimbing then please help us by becoming a UKC Supporter. Skye Mountain Rescue leader revisits dramatic Cuillin mission 1 December 2020 1 December 2020 The leader of the Skye Mountain Rescue team has commended team members for going “the extra mile” during a dramatic nine-hour evacuation on the Cuillin Ridge earlier this year. Its all about moving fast in the mountains - which is what I enjoy! After descending back to Glen Brittle I had a relaxing time on the beach and a fantastic meal at Sligachan – by now the cloud had cleared a bit and I spent a lot of time looking up at the Cuillin, repeatedly. To complete the traverse as fast as possible, he carried only the essentials—a bit of food and drink. The person I admire most however, is Eric for starting it all off and of course The Skye Challenge will take some beating. 'Definitely a bit closer to that, anyway.'. New Cuillin Ridge Winter Traverse Record by Uisdean Hawthorn Uisdean Hawthorn On Monday 26 th of February 24 Year old Scot Uisdean Hawthorn set a new record for a winter traverse of Skye’s iconic Cuillin Ridge with his time of 4 hours, 57 minutes and 7 seconds knocking more than an hour and a quarter off the previous quickest ascent. Two friends were stationed at the In Pinn and on Bruach Na Frithe to help him refuel and rehydrate. Inn pin downclimb. The Cuillin traverse is a 12km long, technical (up to Very Difficult in the British rating system, or lower 5th class in the US system) ridge traverse with about 3000m of ascent. Over 4000m (13,000feet) of ascen… The Cuillin Ridge, Skye Britain’s premier mountaineering challenge! 12km long, 3000m of ascent, 11 Munros (peaks over 914m or 3000ft), over 30 summits and technical rock climbing up to Very Difficult (if the easiest line is taken) makes the Cuillin ridge traverse the most challenging mountaineering journey in the United Kingdom. I remember you both coming past me 10 years ago on my first (failed!) On Monday, February 26, 2018, Uisdean Hawthorn set a new record for a winter traverse of Skye’s iconic Cuillin Ridge with a time of 4 hours 57 minutes 7 seconds. Uisdean Hawthorn. Tressider, a climber and mountain runner from Edinburgh, completed the seven-mile route in 3 hours 17 minutes 28 seconds, about 15 minutes faster than the previous best. "It was like running in heaven.". attempt at the ridge in a day and was impressed at the speed you were both going then. It had been raining heavily overnight and everywhere there were bright cables of white torrents flowing down from the dark rock, glimpsed through the mist - that felt very special.'. There is then 12km of continuous scrambling mostly along a narrow crest with concentration required on every step. They create the Cuillin Ridge Traverse-one of the finest and longest Alpine-style rock-climbing routes in Europe with over 4000 metres (13,000 feet) of ascent and descent. "The valley was slowly enveloped in a sea of mist, leaving the ridge the only thing floating above in the sunshine." New Cuillin Traverse Record. Scottish Hill Runners Long Distance Records - the long distance section contains a brief overview of the Cuillin Round in the context of previous Cuillin challenges. For his successful attempt Finlay had no support on the ridge, which meant soloing all the graded pitches. Skye Ridge Mini Guide, Andy Hyslop A guide to running the ridge, overcoming the various obstacles, short cuts etc. The horseshoe-shaped ridge spans a number of peaks, eleven of them Munros (3,000'+ peaks), beginning at Gars-bheinn and ending at Sgurr nan Gillean. On Monday 26 th of February 24 Year old Scot Uisdean Hawthorn set a new record for a winter traverse of Skye’s iconic Cuillin Ridge with his time of 4 hours, 57 minutes and 7 seconds knocking more than an hour and a quarter off the previous quickest ascent. A handful of short rock climbs are encountered along the route but these are not a problem compared to the physical and mental effort required. He's won the Ben Nevis Race for the past three years, and got the Glamaig Hill Race record last year (44m27). 'Anyone who does it onsight in a day must've had a brilliant day out' he said. In 1967 Eric Beard ran the ridge in four hours and nine minutes. In February 2016, Wild and Tim Gomersall made a winter crossing of the Cuillin Ridge … Rubha an Dùnain, an uninhabited peninsula to the south of the main ri… So it was that I returned on Saturday night for an optimist's weather window Sunday morning. Jump to: navigation, search. The next week was lived in a sort of limbo of checking weather forecasts and mental preparation for the next run. The words above may read familiar to those who have attempted the Cuillin traverse. Only about 13 hours quicker than my traverse yonks ago... :-). The 29-year-old, from Fort William, ran the epic 12km ridge on the Isle of Skye in just less than three hours. Follow what Finlay gets up to on his blog. Over the past six years I’ve often wondered who would break it and when. Andy Hyslop's guide is also really helpful as a starting point.'. 'I thought about bailing at the top of the TD downclimb as it felt a bit 'grubby' (for want of a better expression! Skye Trail - Aimed at more adventurous walkers, this 80-mile route takes in part of the Trotternish Ridge and passes benrath the Cuillin. At the start of the pandemic in March we took the decision to make online access to our news free of charge by taking down our paywall. Though I could never come near his standard. The Cuillin Ridge on the Isle of Skye provides exciting and dramatic scrambling terrain, exceptionally unique in both quality and quantity. There's more from Es about this in a recent blog post here. Tresidder broke the ridge traverse record on May 4 with a time of 3:17:28, fifteen minutes faster than the previous best. Finlay Wild has set a new speed record for the Cuillin Main Ridge Traverse, shaving about 2.5 minutes from the previous fastest time, despite misty and damp conditions on the day. Lots of days spent reccying the start, middle and end sections, as well as other great routes like Pinnacle Ridge, which isn't part of the main traverse. On Sunday conditions were far from ideal too, with mist and damp rock to hinder his progress. This was my third traverse in three weeks – a week ago (9/6/13) I ran a time of 3h10m30s in perfect weather only to realise I had inexplicably omitted to touch the summit cairn of Sgurr Mhic Choinnich, despite passing 10 metres from it! Congratulations. Finlay has a solid climbing background too - experience that's arguably essential to any runner on the ridge. Matt Hardy was our body double for Finlay Wild, record holder for the Cuillin Ridge traverse and the subject of our capture in a couple of days time. ', 'I knew I had the strength for it having done it a week before, so it was the weather that played on my mind really. Early on Friday morning Es Tresidder set off from his bivy at the south end of the Cuillin ridge. says Finlay. ', 'It's so intricate that even the best runner/climber in the world couldn't just turn up and break it onsight. ', 'To start with I wondered about getting running shoes re-soled with climbing rubber, but actually I found that well worn-in Walshes were perfect. After a bit of route-finding reconnaissance, he returned on May 4 to post a time of 3:17:28. Wild has the fastest known time for the Cuillin Ridge traverse on the Isle of Skye, completing the crossing in 2:59:22 in 2013. 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