By the time you get to Naismith's there's this fantastic feeling of flow and reaching over for the good hold just feels instinctive! The 29-year-old, from Fort William, ran the epic 12km ridge on the Isle of Skye in just less than three hours. Uisdean Hawthorn Sets Cuillin Ridge Winter Traverse Record at 4:57:07. Show your support UKC Supporter badge on your profile and forum posts. On Sunday 16 June, Finlay set an impressive time of 3:14:58 - coming in just under Es Tresidder's 2007 record of 3:17:28. New Cuillin Traverse Record. He first did a Cuillin traverse about 10 years ago, and has since spent a lot of time learning the ins and outs of the range in all weathers. Skye Trail - Aimed at more adventurous walkers, this 80-mile route takes in part of the Trotternish Ridge and passes benrath the Cuillin. However, the technical scramble requires expert route-finding on exposed, sustained terrain; some guides have compared its physical challenge—3000 meters of elevation gain and another 3000 in descent—to solos of Mont Blanc and the Matterhorn, back-to-back. ', '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. 12 kilometers), Isle of Skye, Northern Scotland. Due to the rocky nature of the Cuillin they have historically been of little use for agriculture: this contrasts with the majority of the highlands, where the hills were used to provide seasonal grazing for cattle and sheep. 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. My ego was relieved yesterday when I saw he'd only broken it by a modest margin (2.5 minutes), but this morning I see the record should perhaps stand nearly 5 minutes faster again! Over the past six years I’ve often wondered who would break it and when. 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. 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. I admire Es for this achievement, as the ridge was/is one of my favourite places in the world. The words above may read familiar to those who have attempted the Cuillin traverse. 'The Cuillin record is a nice one to hold because it requires so much work to break it. After a bit of route-finding reconnaissance, he returned on May 4 to post a time of 3:17:28. "The day turned out to be one of the most spectacular I've ever seen," Tresidder said. Amazingly, Finlay ran a time of 3:10:30 the week previously - but in an impressive show of discipline decided it didn't count because he'd failed to touch the summit cairn of Sgurr Mhic Choinnich, despite passing 10 metres from it. He brought a small pack with a liter of energy drink, energy gels and Jelly Babies candies. Later on, from Bidein there are quite a lot of slabby parts where the margin for error was narrower in the wet and definitely slowed me up a bit. But it's not all about speed records, he says: 'The great thing is that there's such a lot of the Cuillin still to explore - I only recently did the Clach Glas - Bla Bheinn traverse, and have barely done any roped climbing on Skye at all.'. Share. A week before Tresidder broke the thirteen-year record, he ran the ridge, more circuitously than necessary and without enough water, in 3:59. Scottish runner breaks speed record for Cuillin Ridge. That record held until Andy Hyslop bested it by five minutes in 1984; Hyslop lost the lead in 1986, but regained it in 1994 with a time of 3:32. This has been read 26,343 times. This takes approximately 9-15 hours to complete in ideal weather conditions. The whole traverse certainly felt more serious than in the previous bone dry conditions, but it was still going well so I pushed on over the next more runnable section and by Bruach na Frithe was just behind Es Tresidder's 2007 split. If FW can do 3.10 then chunks of several minutes are still coming off the record, so you'd think there was no question it'll go under three hours in the reasonably foreseeable future. Its stand-out feature is the Inaccessible Pinnacle, or In Pinn, a 20-meter spire on Sgurr Dearg that most protect and rappel with a rope. 'Everyone is different but for myself I feel a solid grounding in all aspects of climbing and mountaineering are key' he told us. 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. Although I fell behind them I knew I was in with a good shout by the time I got to Bidein.'. This can be in a small way or in a larger package that includes discounted products from our sister-publishing company Rockfax. The Cuillin Ridge, Skye Britain’s premier mountaineering challenge! This traverse, in perfect running conditions, was my fourth this year. Here's what to do. 28th February 2018 New Cuillin Ridge Winter Traverse Record by Uisdean Hawthorn. Congratulations again Finlay. We need to look at ways to keep the site moving forward whilst maintaining our key aim of allowing free access to everyone to our main content. If you appreciate UKClimbing then please help us by becoming a UKC Supporter. It’s not the technical climbing that makes traversing the 22 peaks such a legendary challenge, although the 20-mile round crosses plenty of grade 3+ territory and takes in three (avoidable) Severe grade climbing pitches. Share. Since then I've not taken any climbing gear - but yes I do have a lot of climbing experience behind that.' The ridge never rises above 1000 meters, and the volcanic gabbro makes for relatively low-angle climbing. Please help UKClimbing continue to provide varied and free content by becoming an official UKC Supporter. 'I would say I know the main traverse route very well now' Finlay reckons. says Finlay. Fort William - based Finlay, 28, is a newly qualified GP but still finds time to run with Lochaber Athletic Club. What advice would he offer to anyone hoping to do a traverse? On Monday, 24-year-old Uisdean Hawthorn trotted across Skye's iconic Cuillin Ridge in 4 hours 57 minutes, knocking more than 1 hour 15 minutes off the previous winter record, set by Finlay Wild and Tim Gomersall in February 2016. Every time you go up you learn new wee bits and it all adds up to make time savings. Setting a new Cuillin Traverse record It takes the average walker two days, a mountain guide, good climbing skills and a great deal of guts to traverse the Cuillin Ridge on the Isle of Skye. In February 2016, Wild and Tim Gomersall made a winter crossing of the Cuillin Ridge … Tresidder downclimbing the venerable In Pinn above Scottish mist. O n Saturday 12th October Finlay Wild broke the speed record for the Cuillin Ridge traverse for the second time in a year, knocking a hefty 15 minutes from his previous record to log the first sub-three-hour completion of Britain's greatest mountaineering route. The Cuillin Ridge on the Isle of Skye provides exciting and dramatic scrambling terrain, exceptionally unique in both quality and quantity. Two incidents at the weekend, one on the Black Cuillin ridge and another at the Storr, took the team's tally for call-outs so far this year to 55. (Running) Saturday 05 May 2007 10:47AM. 'Sub-three hours would be great, wouldn't it!' One traverse last year (5.5hrs - weather got rubbish and a bit of snow in the air) I carried 30m of 6mm cord as I hadn't downclimbed the TD gap part before, but I didn't use it. 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. Myself and Suzy hid from the midges and rain showers at Glen Brittle campsite, then headed as far as Sgurr nan Eag well into the night as the skies cleared. 'Then some racing on rough terrain like Ben Nevis or Glen Rosa Horseshoe. As it turned out, the majority of the traverse was done in misty and slightly damp conditions. jcm, Exactly. Starting Gars-bheinn and finishing on Sgurr nan Gillean). On May 4 Edinburgh-based mountaineer and runner, Es Tresidder, scrambled—in record time—one of Britain's proud mountaineering feats: the Cuillin Ridge Traverse (primarily Class III and steeper, with four sections of 5.6, ca. 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. He's won the Ben Nevis Race for the past three years, and got the Glamaig Hill Race record last year (44m27). "The valley was slowly enveloped in a sea of mist, leaving the ridge the only thing floating above in the sunshine." 'A friend has done it onsight in 7hrs which is fantastic. 'Definitely a bit closer to that, anyway.'. 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