It was an intense training block leading up to the world’s biggest 100+ mile race and psychologically I needed a break. The Cape Wrath Ultra® is Scotland’s finest multi-stage ultra running event. 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. 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). The Glenfinnan Viaduct, the first landmark along the Cape Wrath Trail. Part of the Cape Wrath Trail in winter conditions. Dry shelter and wet company. All Posts, Athlete Stories, UPDATE (December 13th): Damian Hall and Beth Pascall set a new Fastest Known Time for conquering Britain’s toughest trail on foot. Regarded as the UK’s toughest trail, the CWT is 230 miles through the remote North West Highlands of Scotland from Fort William to Cape Wrath. On the 2015 Spine Race, we ran most of the second half of the race in close proximity. The route of the Cape Wrath Trail. Nonetheless, my trip was amazing! UPDATE (December 13th): Damian Hall and Beth Pascall set a new Fastest Known Time for conquering Britain’s toughest trail on foot. Part of the Cape Wrath Trail in winter conditions. The route is roughly 230 miles, and it took me 15 days to walk it north to south. The Cape Wrath Trail is regarded as the toughest long-distance route in Britain and offers unparalleled freedom and adventure to the experienced and self-sufficient backpacker prepared to walk for many days in remote wilderness. I haven’t attempted an FKT since my run along the 630-mile South West Coast Path in May 2016, which was a really memorable experience, but really tiring (averaging three hours’ sleep for 10 nights). All orders are custom made and most ship worldwide within 24 hours. Damian en route to winning the 230km Ice Ultra in February 2018. Photo: Mikkel Beisner. Mount Wilson Trail Race, May 26,2012, Sierra Madre California. There are many variations. Good kit’s important. Midges prefer dark colours to light ones, so why they make black head nets (and more to the point, why I bought one) is a mystery. So I wanted to wait till I really felt an urge to lace up my running shoes again, which surprisingly, only took about a week. Mount Wilson Trail Race, May 26,2012, Sierra Madre California ... How NOT to do the Cape Wrath Ultra (250 miles in 8 … And it’s not really a trail. The Cape Wrath Trail (CWT) The CWT is not a way-marked trail. It usually takes 2-3 weeks to complete and is considered the most difficult long-distance walk in the UK. They run and hiked the 230-mile Cape Wrath Trail in Scotland in a time of 4 days, 9 hours and 43 minutes, bettering the previous record by a massive 3 days! From Fort William in the south to Cape Wrath on the far northwestern tip of Scotland. About two years ago I was scheming up winter adventure ideas with my good friends Ellie and Matt Green from Summit Fever Media. A guidebook to the Cape Wrath Trail, a long-distance trek through the Scottish Highlands from Fort William to Cape Wrath. Follow the live tracker map. Cape Wrath Trail is a hiking route that runs through the Scottish Highlands and along the west coast of Scotland. We’d only just started, when Ellie said, “I know! The book A comprehensive guide to the Cape Wrath Trail, one of the most challenging long distance walks in the UK, published by Cicerone and now in a fully updated Second Edition. Encouragingly I won a local seven-mile multi-terrain race here in Wiltshire. Map used courtesy of Walking The Cape Wrath Trail. The Cape Wrath Trail is the expedition of a lifetime, traversing 200 miles of Scotland's wildest and most beautiful country. The CWT is more of a route than a trail because it’s not blazed or way-marked and because you can connect the endpoints using any sequence of trails, 4×4 tracks, paths, roads, or off-trail segments to connect the two endpoints. 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. But a big bit excited. Ben’s run will be filmed for a feature length documentary by McGrath Digital Media, fulfilling a long-held dream of his to create a high quality story around one of his crazy projects, to share a positive message and encourage people to do good. It usually takes trekkers around three weeks. You’ll be carrying your pack for over 200 miles, so it’s a good opportunity to go … Crossing such empty country, it is for the experienced backpacker only. I can’t wait for all the glorious ouchy stuff, a proper British winter adventure, to begin. I clung on. Running Cape Wrath. Firstly, we didn’t know of anyone who’d run the Cape Wrath Trail in winter – probably for good reason. December 4, 2018 And thirdly… wait, er, who exactly is going to run it? The X-TALON 260 ULTRA – aggressive grip for soft and muddy ground plus a wider fit. knocking almost 3 days off the previous known record of 7 days, 9 hours, 31 minutes. Comments (0) But the right mindset is probably more important. We were delighted to support Beth Pascall and Damian Hall's self-supported winter fastest known time (FKT) attempt on the Cape Wrath Trail in December 2019. It’s all Ellie’s fault. What’s the difference? Starting in Fort William and finishing at Cape Wrath, the 400km, 8-day journey winds through the world's most inspirational landscapes including Knoydart, Kintail, Torridon, Assynt, and Sutherland. Photo: Dave MacFarlane. There are longer UK trails, but none avoid civilisation to the same extent. I met Beth on the Spine Race too. Unless things get ridiculous, a cold snap may also mean better underfoot conditions and less hazardous river crossings. It made the Cape Wrath Trail seem all the more appealing; I felt more confident than ever that this would be the attempt that took me all the way to Cape Wrath’s storm-blown lighthouse. Starting this Saturday (December 8th), ultra running friends Damian Hall and Beth Pascall hope to do it in less than seven days! I’m nervous about the rivers. Starting at Fort William and heading inexorably north to the northwestern tip of Scotland, the Cape Wrath Trail is 230 miles long, with around 12,000m of ascent. Photo: Mikkel Beisner. Overhaul your gear. Since then I’ve mostly been just running for fun. This book definitely does justice to the tough character of the trail. At 17:31 on Thursday 13th December 2019, the pair reached Cape Wrath and thereby set a … In winter.”  We stopped scheming immediately. There’ll be about six hours of daylight per 24. It takes place annually in Photo: Andy Jackson. Hopefully this jaunt will be mostly type one and two-level fun. 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. I’ll also take EXTREME THERMO MITTS and EXTREME THERMO SOCKS. The Cape Wrath Trail doesn’t exceed 750 metres of elevation at any point – but you’re not in for an easy ride. This is my Cape Wrath Trail, which I walked alone and unsupported in 2004. The Cape Wrath Trail is a 230 mile, 3-week challenge through wild and magnificent landscapes, such as Morar, Knoydart, Torridon and Assynt. 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. Damian Hall and Beth Pascall ran the 230-mile Cape Wrath Trail in north … Starting at Fort William and heading inexorably north to the northwestern tip of Scotland, the Cape Wrath Trail is 230 miles long, with around 12,000m of ascent. 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 serious (people have gone for their last swim in them). I’ve had a decent rest, I think, since Ultra-Trail du Mont-Blanc (ed – Damian finished 5th at UTMB). At the end of a long and (truthfully) somewhat boring walk along Loch Eil’s southern shore, I finally reached a point where I could leave the asphalted road behind and start heading north along a … Damian Hall finishing the 2018 UTMB in fifth place. Day 2: Kearvaig Bothy - Sandwood Bay It is a number of mapped routes through the western highlands between Fort William and Cape Wrath, following a mix of high and low quality jeep tracks, high quality footpaths, faint use paths, and off trail travel. Inspired designs on t-shirts, posters, stickers, home decor, and more by independent artists and designers from around the world. Highlights of my CWT hike in February 2019. The Cape Wrath Trail runs from Fort William to Cape Wrath on Scotland’s northwest coast, for approximately 280 miles. The Cape Wrath Trail is not way-marked at any time and often you will find yourself in pathless terrain. Damian said: “A brilliant few days exploring the golden glens and glorious remoteness of the Scottish Highlands. 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). At 17:31 on Thursday 13th December 2019, the pair reached Cape Wrath and thereby set a new winter FKT of. The Cape Wrath Trail is notoriously wild, remote and inhospitable, the terrain it winds through is regarded as the last true wilderness in Britain. To spice things up a bit, we’ll also be trying to set a new Fastest Known Time (FKT). Questions about the hike? This time I may have to furtively transfer my custard rations into her pack so slow her down. Hardly good training for Cape Wrath, but a boost nonetheless. Stuffing my cakehole is good practise for a 230-mile run, too. I’ll likely take a THERMOSHELL PRO insulated jacket too, but hopefully won’t need to wear it much. * Damian Hall and Beth Pascall will start their Cape Wrath Trail FKT attempt on the morning of Saturday December 8th. I’m really liking the new X-TALON 260 ULTRA shoes too, which, with an aggressive grip for soft ground and a wider fit, are designed for just this sort of thing. In 2020 I also walked a major part of it south to north on my Dover to Cape Wrath walk. Pack light. We were delighted to support Beth Pascall and Damian Hall's self-supported winter fastest known time (FKT) attempt on the Cape Wrath Trail in December 2019. We don’t know yet what the weather will bring, but I’m hoping for colder temperatures and snow. 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. The winds from the Atlantic can also get a bit feisty. The unmarked path winds 230 miles northwards from Fort William through some of Britain’s most rugged terrain to reach the lighthouse at Cape Wrath, which is the most north-westerly point on the UK mainland. I couldn’t run for seven weeks afterwards. High quality Upland gifts and merchandise. I’m sad it’s over. The current recognised fastest known time was set in April this year by Poland’s Przemek Szapar, who clocked seven days, nine hours and 31 minutes (more details here). 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. The Cape Wrath Trail from Fort William to the northwestern tip of Scotland is regarded as Great Britain’s toughest trail. I was in third place, hurting, but desperate to hold onto the last podium spot. I’m going to regret that sentence, aren’t I? The Cape Wrath Trail is a remote and challenging 200-mile hike through the Scottish Highlands. But that may depend on what the weather wants to fling at us. Damian will also post updates on his Instagram and Strava account when phone signal allows. Cape Wrath Trail: Strathcarron to Inchnadamph ( May 2014) Lagrannoch Boy: 21/05/2014: 4: … inov-8 ambassador Damian has penned the following blog post in advance of the epic run. To make things even harder, Damian and Beth (photographed above in The Alps this summer) are making their attempt in winter. I can see the last aspect especially making me a bit grumpy. It’s not actually a trail though, but a route. And when we get to Cape Wrath, we’ll probably need to cover another 15 miles on foot to get to the nearest road. Photo by Iain Harper (Walking The Cape Wrath Trail). Matt and Ellie, the award-winning film-makers who made Underdog, are bored of my dad jokes. The Cape Wrath Trail does not offer hikers the luxury of certainty: flexibility is a critical part of the trailblazer’s mountain kit. As my confidence grew, so did the scale of the coronavirus crisis. Photo by Iain Harper (Walking The Cape Wrath Trail). Iain has found a good balance between guiding the reader in rough terrain and offering challenging or safer alternatives. I kept a daily log on the walk and in the months that followed I expanded this into a … I’m a little bit frightened. Kit: TERRAULTRA G 260, TRAIL SHORTS, TEE. Widely regarded as the toughest trail in Britain, the Cape Wrath Trail extends from Fort William (near Ben Nevis, the highest peak in Britain) to Cape Wrath, the northwesternmost point in … And it’s not really a trail. Instead of taking yet another bus all the way to Cape Wrath, we walked about 8km along a dirt road through MOD territory to Kearvaig bothy, which is an absolutely lovely place to start your journey and is located about 3km before the official start of the Cape Wrath Trail. Please go to the Instagram Feed settings page to connect an account. She was in fourth place overall, as fresh as a daisy and speeding up. 13th November 2020. Beating the freezing temperatures – and the competition – at the Ice Ultra in the Arctic wilderness. Two runners have completed the UK’s toughest long-distance trail in a record-breaking time. We’re all passionate about showcasing this country as a place for genuine adventure (we met on the Spine Race after all). No big mileage, just pootling along at around 50 miles a week with some longer bimbles in the Brecon Beacons carrying a pack. Now I’m a freelance, I can (kind of) afford to allow myself time to complete the Trail in my own time, at a pace that suits the conditions and my own fitness. Cape Wrath Trail Tip 4 – take seven days’ food Cape Wrath Trail Tip 5 – Wear a Green Midge Head Net. So to mix things up for Cape Wrath, we’ve invited fellow Great Britain trail runner Beth Pascall (4th woman at the 2018 UTMB) along. A cheeky little record is just a bonus.”. The rest of it, I can’t wait for. Still. They run and hiked the 230-mile Cape Wrath Trail in Scotland in a time of 4 days, 9 hours and 43 minutes, bettering the previous record by a massive 3 days! Here’s what to expect: 1.Wet feet The Cape Wrath Trail travels up the west coast of Scotland, beginning in Fort William, and ending at Cape Wrath which is the northernmost point of Britain. The current FKT, set by Poland’s Przemek Szapar in April this year, is seven days, nine hours and 31 minutes. I walked the Cape Wrath Trail in the summer of 2017. The Cape Wrath Trail is often referred to as Britain’s toughest long distance trail, and is an unofficial route through some of the most spectacularly wild … Oh pants. Get To Grips With Trail Running – A Beginner’s... Jasmin Paris becomes first woman to win Spine Race... Running duo attempt to break 230-mile Cape Wrath Trail record, Nicky Spinks Completes Double Ramsay Round, Zegama: A Mountain Running Race Like No Other, 30 New Year’s Resolutions to help motivate, from inov-8 ambassadors. The Cape Wrath Trail is acclaimed as Britain’s wildest, most remote and toughest trail. Sourlies bothy. Cape Wrath / ˈ r æ θ / (Scottish Gaelic: Am Parbh, known as An Carbh in Lewis) is a cape in the Durness parish of the county of Sutherland in the Highlands of Scotland.It is the most north-westerly point in mainland Britain. We plan to get some shut-eye in bothies. Ourea Events also organises the Dragon’s Back Race®, site ©2020 Cape Wrath Ultra® | photography ©Steve Ashworth / Jimmy Hyland / Rob Howard | video ©Steve Ashworth / SFM Films, Entries open May 1st 2019 - find out more. I had a chance to see parts of the Cape Wrath Trail that I love (Knoydart and Torridon), enjoyed the physical and mental challenge and managed to write a guide for planning a trip on the CWT.. An ex-solider is attempting to smash the current record for the time taken to navigate a tough Highland route by more than 40 hours. 27th January 2019. Covering 330km (205 miles), the Cape Wrath Trail twists over Britain’s wild northwest from Fort William to Cape Wrath, the most north-westerly point of the British mainland. Cape Wrath Trail – Fastest Known Time April 2020 My name is Ben Turner, an adventure athlete currently training to break the Fastest Known Time of the Cape Wrath Trail (CWT) in Scotland. We knew that idea would be hard to top. I imagine the LONG SLEEVE MERINO HOODIE which, it will be thrilled to know, is in my top-three favourite pieces of inov-8 clothing, will get some use. This error message is only visible to WordPress admins. 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. In another way though, she isn’t a good companion, because she’s nails and likely to show me up. At the finish she looked like she hadn’t broken sweat. Essential reading: The best treks in the world Other resources online make it sound incredibly hard, but I think it is manageable for any prepared hiker. Kit: WINTER TIGHT, EXTREME THERMO MITTS. Starting on Thursday 6 th May from Banavie station Fort William and reaching Cape Wrath late morning on Tuesday 18 th May. Running duo attempt to break 230-mile Cape Wrath Trail record. Ben Turner is looking to break the record for the Cape Wrath Trail. *Timing courtesy of Open Tracking who provided the live tracking and timing for the attempt 9.12-13.12.2019, Did you know? In one way she’s an excellent companion, because she’s a doctor. 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