Scottish 6 Days Day 5 at Craig a Barns - M21E 13.5kmLoggator Routegadget
This was the only day that I was particulary nervous for, mainly after my bad experience as an M20 doing the JK in 2012 where I was out for 3 hours and got very lost. Hadn't amnaged to source myself a gel but had a pocket stuffed with jelly babies to get me though.
Steady to 1 then had planned a bold route to 2 until I picked up the elephant track path and decided it was a safer and faster. Was followign this until near the crag at 8 where I had managed to accidently go down an unmapped elephant track / mtb track thinking it was a path which took me West and not South West. Still tried to make it fit and I only noticed quite a long way down the hill. Found the control fine and arrived at the same time as Ali who had spiked it from above but confirmed I had already binned over 3 mins and added a hefty amout of climb.
Stuck with Ali for #3 and followed Nathan into 4 and 5 I then was very much solo. Steady for the next few. Came out of 9 too far south and ran down the same path for 50m before realising I'd missed the junction fo had to backtrack.
GG and schminty went straight through me on 13 where I'd thought this signalled the point where I would see no one else but to my surprise I sumbled across a very tired Ali at 15 who had no intention on running with me and soon went to retire.
Slow and steady through the rest of the open (I'd be lying if I said I was running quickly as the TV stream has evidence otherwise). Still time for one miss though on 22 when I got caught out by a classic #pathorcrag. I thought the crags to the north was a just a small path so when I hit a line of crags I wasted 4 mins hunting there.
Stumbled round the last loop.
Winsplits says 8:25 wasted.