/ NEWS: Cuillin Traverse Record Broken
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This is just brilliant. Congratulations.
Spreads on when this will go under three hours?!
Exactly. 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.
Brilliant! Congratulations again Finlay. I remember you both coming past me 10 years ago on my first (failed!) attempt at the ridge in a day and was impressed at the speed you were both going then.
Looking forward to seeing what happens at the Ben race this year...
Incredible effort from Finley! Only about 13 hours quicker than my traverse yonks ago... :-)
Sgurr a' Ghreadaidh 2.00.06
Sgurr a' Mhadaidh 2.07.47
So, 7min 41sec between two Munro summits. I'm guessing Munro didn't envisage that!
Amazing! ; ) Hats off.
Interesting actually how much emphasis FW's account places on learning the route rather than physical training. Perhaps the latter's just not interesting to write about.
I came close then when I did my traverse 10 years ago. I achieved it in 19 hours. However I am allowed a little leeway as I hit the stop watch when I arrived at my tent at the Slig.
I thought it interesting that the difference between dry and wet, or at least slippery, conditions was only five minutes.
Agreed - extraordinary. You have to suspect he can go faster than 3.10 in good conditions.
> Interesting actually how much emphasis FW's account places on learning the route rather than physical training. Perhaps the latter's just not interesting to write about.
Having read about his previous exploits, he doesn't need to train...the boy's a machine!!!
> Brilliant! Congratulations again Finlay. I remember you both coming past me 10 years ago on my first (failed!) attempt at the ridge in a day and was impressed at the speed you were both going then.
> Looking forward to seeing what happens at the Ben race this year...
Absolutely - I wonder if he could get close to (well, beat) that record. I'd love to see it happen!
Agreed, and tends to play second fiddle to the no more impressive techncial achievements.
Unless you have a truly exceptional runner then I think you need two or three fairly evenly matched runners really pushing each other to break records. An example would be Andy Styan's Langdale record - he had Billy Bland and Kenny Stuart on his shoulder at Blea Tarn neither of whom were exactly shrinking violets when it came to descending. No wonder few have got close to the record.
Well I'm sure you're right... But FW has been eating up the records (in Scotland) this year and last. I'm not sure if Rob Jebb is entered for the Ben race this year, but if he is and on form then it could be pretty interesting.
You do! :-)
Dammit! I bought a sleeping bag from Es Tressider on Ebay a couple of years ago, it doesn't seem so special now :-(
Blimey, outdoor speed climbing competitions..........
I'm not doubting he's exceptional but sometimes you need a little push and it's often hard to tell in a race if you are close to a record whether that's the course record or a personal PB, unless you are doing so much better.
Looking at Scottish Hill Runners his last two times have been within 5 minutes of Kenny Stuart's record or very approximately 5%. That's quite a bit to make up though not outside the bounds of possibility. Should be interesting.
Likewise, I'm well aware what 5% means in running terms and never said Fin's *going* to break the Ben record, but...
1. He *is* truly exceptional.
2. I'd say he's got as good a shout as anybody!
Good to see a second GP who has studied at the University of Aberdeen and who is now doing rather well in the Highlands!
Just wondering what's the consensus on using a rope for fast ascents? I would like to do a fast one day traverse but don't fancy downclimbing the TD gap and the Inn Pinn so would like to abseil these. Does this invalidate the traverse?!
There's a set of "rules" if you want to try and claim the record. But for mere mortals then get there however you can !!
It's all just personal ethics. As long as you start at Gars Bheinn and finish on Sgurr na Gillean and keep to the crest inbetween you can do what you like.
I think a good mountaineering 'rule' is don't rely on others, so you can carry as much equipment as you want but this obviously makes it harder as well as easier.
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