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The Cuillin Round UK Ultras
This is a 24 hour 'rock and run' challenge taking in 59 Cuillin tops on the Isle of Skye. It involves running and scrambling across a distance of some 34 miles while ascending over 23000' to take in a dozen Munros plus a dozen more Munro tops (including Knight's Peak). Although no technical climbing is involved the route does include sustained exposed scrambling up to about diff standard. The challenge is to complete the route as an un-roped scramble. Rob Woodall advises anyone requiring roped assistance to consider taking the route at a more leisurely pace: a sub-24-hour completion is probably only feasible un-roped
The tradition of long days in the Cuillins dates back at least a century starting with the Cuillin Main Ridge (1911), followed by the Greater Cuillin Traverse (1939) and the Sligachan Horseshoe (around 1981). In 1998 Paddy Buckley and Rob Woodall devised the Cuillin Round as a new 24 hour benchmark challenge. It was first completed by Rob in 23 hr 28 min in 1999 followed by Yiannis Tridimas in 2000 in 21 hrs 22 min who added in the extra top of Sgurr a' Bhasteir. While relatively short on distance compared with the UK Big 3 challenges Rob considers the Cuillin Round to be no less an achievement due to the challenging rock terrain.
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Recommended Map: Harveys Superwalker Skye: The Cuillin, 1:25,000 with 1:12,500 Main Ridge enlargement.
The object is to complete a round of 59 Cuillin tops (defined by a 50' drop on all sides) within 24 hours starting from Glen Sligachan (NG 493287) or Coruisk hut (NG 487196). Rob Woodall's schedule contains a full list of the tops - see below. Assuming a Sligachan start, the Round takes in the Red Hills from Glamaig through to Marsco, then Garbh-bheinn through to Bla Bheinn with short detours to Belig and Sgurr nan Each. It then drops almost back to sea level before crossing Sgurr Hain and Sgurr na Stri. Then it's back to sea level at Coruisk before the steep climb onto Gars-bheinn. From here the Black Cuillin Main Ridge is soloed, with a short detour out to Sgurr Sgumain. After Sgurr nan Gillean, Knight's Peak is taken in, then a neat traverse leads out to Sgurr Beag, then after Sgurr na h-Uamh a surprisingly grassy descent is made to the Glen Sligachan path, and so back to the starting point.
Rob Woodall's route guidance notes:
This is an informal 24 hour round without rules or registrations although Rob Woodall would welcome news of any further successful rounds. A detailed route description is also available - Email: email@example.com
Links and Further Information
□ Long Days in The Cuillin, Rob Woodall (The Fellrunner, Autumn 2007) - includes a full history of traverses and rounds since 1911.
□ The Cuillin Round (The Fellrunner, October 2000) - report on Yiannis Tridimas's successful 2000 round. The pdf here includes additional photos plus a map and schedule.
□ 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.
□ Skye Ridge Mini Guide, Andy Hyslop A guide to running the ridge, overcoming the various obstacles, short cuts etc.
□ The Black Cuillin, Gordon Stainforth (Constable,1994) - contains an excellent detailed route description of this section. Out of print (2012) but route description available from Rob Woodall (see above)