'Then some racing on rough terrain like Ben Nevis or Glen Rosa Horseshoe. 28th February 2018 New Cuillin Ridge Winter Traverse Record by Uisdean Hawthorn. 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. Access to a year's subscription to Rockfax Digital. Follow what Finlay gets up to on his blog. [Photo] Ben Wear. Fort William - based Finlay, 28, is a newly qualified GP but still finds time to run with Lochaber Athletic Club. Share. 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. 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. Tresidder broke the ridge traverse record on May 4 with a time of 3:17:28, fifteen minutes faster than the previous best. Spreads on when this will go under three hours?! I left Gars-bheinn at 5am, expecting the cloud to lift and the temperature to shoot up. 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. If you appreciate UKClimbing then please help us by becoming a UKC Supporter. The exposed nature of the low-angle ridge makes it difficult to go fast; the scramble usually takes a fit climber between twelve and twenty hours to complete. 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. Rubha an Dùnain, an uninhabited peninsula to the south of the main ri… 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. (Running) Saturday 05 May 2007 10:47AM. In 1967 Eric Beard ran the ridge in four hours and nine minutes. The ridge never rises above 1000 meters, and the volcanic gabbro makes for relatively low-angle climbing. 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. 16th February, 2016. This takes approximately 9-15 hours to complete in ideal weather conditions. The Cuillin Traverse record is set on a ridge from first summit of Gars-bheinn to the final summit of Sgurr nan Gillean. 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. Dan Bailey - UKHillwalking.com . 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. Despite the lack of earlier human presence in the hills themselves, there is much evidence of historic settlement in the surrounding glens, with prehistoric hut circles found in Glenbrittle, and a stone circle identified in Glen Sligachan. After a bit of route-finding reconnaissance, he returned on May 4 to post a time of 3:17:28. 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. To complete the traverse as fast as possible, he carried only the essentials—a bit of food and drink. Due to such a lot of recent time on the ridge the route finding went very well, except for an error descending Sgurr na Banachdich. 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. Show your support UKC Supporter badge on your profile and forum posts. Uisdean Hawthorn Sets Cuillin Ridge Winter Traverse Record at 4:57:07. Over the past six years I’ve often wondered who would break it and when. 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. The Cuillin Ridge seems to be a never-ending source of interest. 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. There is then 12km of continuous scrambling mostly along a narrow crest with concentration required on every step. For his successful attempt Finlay had no support on the ridge, which meant soloing all the graded pitches. Skye is the largest and northernmost of the Inner Hebridean islands and its deeply indented nature gives it 400 miles of scenic coastline. 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. This can be in a small way or in a larger package that includes discounted products from our sister-publishing company Rockfax. 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. 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. 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. 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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. The adventure has long been considered one of Britain's greatest alpine challenges and has a forty-year history of speed ascents. I admire Es for this achievement, as the ridge was/is one of my favourite places in the world. Over 4000m (13,000feet) of ascen… 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. 'Definitely a bit closer to that, anyway.'. 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. The words above may read familiar to those who have attempted the Cuillin traverse. ), but I know it well so just took my time. To save time, like other speed contenders, Tresidder soloed the ridge ropeless. You can show your support in one of two ways; both come with rewards, and one includes discounted products from Rockfax. 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. Brilliant! 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. Incredible effort from Finley! The last section is super exposed, so you don't want to rush it because you're really tired." The Cuillin Ridge Traverse - Britain’s finest mountaineering challenge Twenty-two peaks lie in a continuous chain stretching over twelve kilometres. Here's what to do. "The valley was slowly enveloped in a sea of mist, leaving the ridge the only thing floating above in the sunshine." It offers 11 ruggedly beautiful Munro peaks, often a nemesis for hill-walkers due to the exposure, complex terrain, and difficult route finding. Cuillin ridge record! This has been read 26,343 times. Scottish Highlands based GP, Finlay Wild, has broken his own Cuillin Ridge speed record. So far, all we've asked of you is that you visit and interact with the site but we are in uncertain times. 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. The next week was lived in a sort of limbo of checking weather forecasts and mental preparation for the next run. Matt gallantly dashed backwards and forwards over the rough ground, bobbing amongst the gabbro like a chamois, following our instruction over radio comms and patiently waiting for the right wisps of cloud to frame the shot. Tresidder downclimbing the venerable In Pinn above Scottish mist. ', 'It was really good to have my own splits to try and keep to. So it was that I returned on Saturday night for an optimist's weather window Sunday morning. Congratulations. The weather didn't improve but as I was making good time I kept going. Skye Trail - Aimed at more adventurous walkers, this 80-mile route takes in part of the Trotternish Ridge and passes benrath the Cuillin. Some experienced mountaineers might pull off the 12km feat, with 3000m of ascent and descent, in … 'Over the past year and a half it has been a project and a dream to go faster on it and so I have had loads of great days out reccying various sections... One of the most memorable times was the day after I broke the Glamaig record and, still buzzing, headed up to Bealach Coire na Banachdich through the mist. 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! The person I admire most however, is Eric for starting it all off and of course The Skye Challenge will take some beating. 'I thought about bailing at the top of the TD downclimb as it felt a bit 'grubby' (for want of a better expression! Congratulations again Finlay. As it turned out, the majority of the traverse was done in misty and slightly damp conditions. It is an Alpine-style rock climbing route with scrambling over exposed terrain of grades I, II and III. 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. But during the run you're so focussed on the route and what your hands and feet are doing that you don't really have time to think about being tired. This traverse, in perfect running conditions, was my fourth this year. 'The Cuillin record is a nice one to hold because it requires so much work to break it. 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 also run with a GBR vest in the Dolomites. 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! Login with your username and password below. There's more from Es about this in a recent blog post here. Share. We were now looking directly at the Cuillin mountains again, but from the other side, and had a fine view of the northern part of the ridge. He downclimbed the spots that are usually abseiled. Early on Friday morning Es Tresidder set off from his bivy at the south end of the Cuillin ridge. ', '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. Es Tresidder scrambling off Sgurr Mhic Choinnich with the In Pinn in the background, Cuillin Ridge, Isle of Skye, Scotland. You can help us by becoming a UKC Supporter. © UKClimbing Limited. Awesome and humbling!'. © Rob Beaumont. "The day turned out to be one of the most spectacular I've ever seen," Tresidder said. 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. 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. 'Anyone who does it onsight in a day must've had a brilliant day out' he said. Scottish runner breaks speed record for Cuillin Ridge. 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. At one point coming off Am Bhasteir, Tresidder lost his way in the fog but regained familiar rock to finish on Sgurr nan Gillean. The Cuillin Ridge, Skye Britain’s premier mountaineering challenge! 12 kilometers), Isle of Skye, Northern Scotland. I hoped the ridge would dry out nicely overnight, and in the morning a beautiful cloud inversion below us boded well. The victim was left in a critical condition after Friday’s incident on the Cuillin Ridge on the Isle of Skye. On Sunday 14th Feb Finlay Wild and Tim Gomersall pulled off probably the fastest ever traverse of the Cuillin main ridge … Finlay Wild on Gars-bheinn the night before a recent Traverse. ', 'I've really enjoyed watching Fin's progress towards the record, wondering if he would break it and how much by. The length is around 12km with some 3000m of ascent. 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 remember you both coming past me 10 years ago on my first (failed!) The site will continue to be mainly funded by a subtle level of outdoor-only advertising but we now need extra support to ensure we can continue to provide the UKC that we all know and love. Uisdean Hawthorn. Approaches and descents to the Ridge take a total of 6 hours. Only about 13 hours quicker than my traverse yonks ago... :-). In doing so he smashed his own previous two records, both of which he achieved earlier this year. [Photo] Esmond Tresidder. So how much faster could times for the route get in future? 'I've spent a lot of time up there in the wet and mist so felt confident of my route finding - especially having had such a good look at it all just a week previously' he said. 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.'. On Sunday conditions were far from ideal too, with mist and damp rock to hinder his progress. In February 2016, Wild and Tim Gomersall made a winter crossing of the Cuillin Ridge … Jump to: navigation, search. I knew it would be close so shoved some more jelly babies in and continued onwards to Naismith's and arrived delighted at the summit of Sgurr nan Gillean in 3h14m58s, as the sun decided to briefly show face. 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 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. New Cuillin Traverse Record. Finlay Wild at the Fairy Pools after his traverse© Suzy Devey, Inaccessible Pinnacle / Sgurr Dearg 1.24.08, Bidein Druim nan Ramh (Central Peak) 2.28.50. 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