Covering 60 peaks in the Red and Black Cuillin, the Cuillin Round is an extraordinary hill running and scrambling challenge, to date completed by only a select few. Charlie Byers was inspired to try it solo and unsupported, a pure style but hardly the easy option. This is the account of how he fared.
Inspiring stuff, seems like this deserves more popular status among classic mountain rounds.
How come the likes of the Three Teeth and An Turaid are left out when the unnamed ones below An Stac and Am Basteir are included? Why not all or none of such minor tops? Is this just an arbitrary rule made by the first person to establish the round?
Andy, I think Rob and Paddy's criteria for the Main Ridge was something like all the Munros and Munro Tops (including Knight's Peak before it was remeasured), plus any tops with 50 feet prominence along the way. I've dropped Rob a note to ask if that's about right!
Yeah just interested to know the logic of what's included. I can't quite figure visiting Sgurr a' Bhasteir and not more prominent outlying peaks from the main ridge like Sgurr Thuilm and the Third Pinnacle, for example. But I guess things like this are always going to be slightly arbitrary if you scratch at them!
Sgurr a' Bhasteir is probably an outlier in more than one way as it was an extra top added during the second completion (I think as a bonus after being faster on the ridge than expected!). It's a nice addition and conveniently rounds the number of tops up to 60, but maybe breaks slightly from the logic of the rest of the route.
The line otherwise sticks to the ridge crest, apart from diversions for Munros/Munro Tops.
Would be fun to see a linkup some day that takes in a few more of the outliers from the main ridge - Thuilm, Third Pinnacle, Fheadain, Coire an Lochain, Dubh Beag, etc.
> Would be fun to see a linkup some day that takes in a few more of the outliers from the main ridge - Thuilm, Third Pinnacle, Fheadain, Coire an Lochain, Dubh Beag, etc.
Ha, do you not think doing all those as well would be psychologically brutal? So much awkward terrain and there-and-back extra elevation to go nowhere! At least as you say Sgurr a' Bhasteir is a pleasant and not too taxing add-on.
Hi Davie, yeah it's a good question. Definitely a compromise from a climbing perspective, but friends/family are mostly in the area and Cambridge is a great place in other respects. Good incentive to make the most of hill trips when possible! Cheers, glad you enjoyed the read.