Ben Nevis Ultra™ 2018 Route Confirmation
We are delighted to now release the route, and to enable you to enjoy your preparations for this Mountain-Ultra-Extraordinaire, which will be the official 2018 Skyrunning World Championships ULTRA race.
The classic CMD Arête features in the Salomon Ben Nevis Ultra™ ©Steve Ashworth
There are some consultations still ongoing with various stakeholders along the route, but as the winter snow recedes from the mountains, our planning team of Gary Tompsett and Graham Gristwood have been hard at work ‘proving’ the race route.
First 15km: Course Planner - Gary Tompsett
In these first 15km of the route you'll find some fantastic stalkers' trails heading into the Mamores, and some wonderfully trackless terrain in your descent to the Water of Nevis.Posted by Salomon Ben Nevis Ultra on Thursday, 3 May 2018
Race Director Shane Ohly said, “Entries for all Salomon Skyline Scotland races opened on January 9th, and for the 2018 Salomon Ben Nevis Ultra™ it seemed only fair of us to open entries using a pre-registration list whilst the route was being radically redesigned over the winter to fit the future vision of Skyrunning. We are really excited to now confirm the course details with sufficient confidence that we are inviting pre-registered runners to secure their place. If you have pre-registered expect your invite today!”
Race Director's Invite to the Salomon Ben Nevis Ultra™ 2018
The winter snow is receding and we are delighted to confirm details of the 2018 course. Shane Ohly, Race Director, invites pre-registered participants to confirm their entry (look out for an email coming today).Posted by Salomon Ben Nevis Ultra on Thursday, 3 May 2018
The Salomon Ben Nevis Ultra™ is a challenging mountain ultra set in the most tremendous of mountain scenery. The race has the considerable objective of summiting the highest mountain in the UK within its route of 52km and 4000m ascent. Ben Nevis is certainly not the only Scottish ‘Munro’ in the route: Four other Munro’s are summited, famous glens are visited, tremendous waterfalls, rivers, gorges and lochs are passed, while two distinctly different mountain ranges are traversed: The Mamores (twice) and the loftier Grey Corries. Certainly, one of the strongest memories - at 20km - will be the passage along the airy CMD Arête, that connects the summit of Càrn Mòr Dearg to Ben Nevis itself. In-between the mountains, the route follows a mixture of ancient established paths, glen paths and forest tracks; many of which are the superb single track that trail-runners dream of! The final section of the route merges into the Ring of Steall Skyrace route for the completion of the final three Munros. World Class in all respects, this stern route will be a tremendous achievement, with a return to Kinlochleven, in sub 12-hours.
Please note: There is one particular region of the route where we continue to refine (literally metre by metre) the most sustainable route line with the stakeholders due to some environmentally sensitive ground, and as such we ask that you refrain from reconnoitring in this section until we release any slight amendment. It relates to a virtually trackless corridor 500m wide by 3km length, in the segment 16-19km, which is the approach to the saddle before Càrn Mòr Dearg.
Otherwise, the route line depiction and digital route (above) is good to go! Happy prepping!
Ecological Impact Assessment Process
Event Manager, Graham Gristwood, in conjunction with Event Ecologist, David Broom, explain the ecological impact assessment process and how this impacts on our route choice in designing the 2018 course.Posted by Salomon Ben Nevis Ultra on Thursday, 3 May 2018
For further details of the route please check out the Route Information