running-trail long 2:23:14  21.94 km (6:32 / km) +300m 6:07 / km
shoes: Inov-8 x-talon 212
Running adventure- day 3
Very sad and disappointed to have to report this, but a combination of things lead to this as i will now explain.
Firstly- i woke up to find light rain high winds but most importantly that the mist had closed in over the plateau and visibility was down to about 30m. this was fine though i would manage
Secondly-over the trip i had opted to use maps on the OS map app, this basically allowed me to download my route with surrounding OS map rather than carrying 5 separate OS maps which would have added a lot of extra weight. So in the morning I opened the app with a fully charged phone, to find that the map for this days route would not load. This was fine though i would manage, as my route was "fairly" straight i took a bearing in the direction of Avimore 40km away and set off into the mist.
Thirdly- my bearing led me into a rocky bog on a slope at around 8km, i continued but at 9km i slipped, i thought nothing of it at first until i looked at my compass and it was covered in blood. I looked up my arm and saw a deep cut down my wrist bleeding heavily, this concerned me but i /got out some micro poor tape from my bag and taped round my wrist 5 or so times quite tightly. After 10 seconds this was completely soaked through with blood, at this point i was getting seriously concerned, obviously the wrist is not a good place to cut yourself, i thought it wasn't arterial but again I wouldn't know how to be sure and that concerned me, that i didn't know. I got out my bag again slammed a compede on top which didn't stick because of the blood but which i figured might work as it is sort of water proof and then taped very tightly round lots of micro poor tape.
Fourthly- i was aware at this point that i did not have signal and that i had not had signal for the whole day or the 10km or so before camp the previous day. This really concerned me, were things to get worse i would be stuck, i didn't know where i would have signal next. This was the tipping point.
I reset my bearing to my emergency bearing and headed SSE this lead me down to a river which i knew to follow. Running with my hand elevated and my make shift bandage reduced bleeding dramatically. I pinged in two gels to keep my blood sugar up. i got phone reception and notified the fam letting them know rough location if worts came to worse, 12km later after an adrenaline filled run down the mountain i reached Newtonmore, there after getting sterrie strips and a real bandage, and ending my challenge when i was picked up.
Wrist looks fine now bleeding as stopped i will keep an eye on it but should be fine.
Really really gutted to leave my challenge this way. I feel i would have made it if it hadn't been for the combination of all of these things, and altho there is a part of me now saying i should have continued, i realise i probably made the right dissection and definitely learnt some valuable lessons.