Running (Mixed) long (Fastpacking) 4:29:40 25.15 km (10:43 / km) +1101m8:48 / km ahr:120 max:163 shoes: Inov-8 Roclite 285 (red)
Pleasant run from the bothy on estate roads and then a DH mtb track through the woods to Craig, then across and up Allt a'Chaonais on the other side. The expected weather kicked in on this climb and all the goretex was needed for the rest of the day, but it was of little protection against the occasional strong gusts that stopped us in our tracks. Had thought of going over the tops to Bearnais bothy but the weather suggested the lower level route would be a better idea.
Crossed the river and headed up on a good track which became a stream towards the bealach Bhearnais, and on the other side we were off track and occasionally off our feet in the strong winds and driving rain. Started brightening as we approached Bendronaig bothy but we were soaked through, so very glad to find a very well stocked wood pile and choice of stoves to dry ourselves and our clothes for the rest of the day.
Running (Road)6:37  1.35 km (4:53 / km) +9m4:44 / km shoes: Inov-8 Roclite 285 (red)
Train sprint with full bag.
Running (Mixed) long (Fastpacking) 4:59:27 19.35 km (15:29 / km) +1438m11:17 / km ahr:121 max:152 shoes: Inov-8 Roclite 285 (red)
Had planned a few days on the Cape Wrath Trail, but the weather wasn’t playing nicely in our available window of opportunity, Thursday looking ok but then lots of rain forecast and plenty of river crossings not an ideal combination. So instead we concocted a shorter adventure around the Strathcarron valley which offered options for multiple weather scenarios.
Started from Achnashellach station and headed up towards Beinn Liath Mhor, dropping the bulk of our kit at the bottom. A good climb and lovely ridge of three peaks, with the weather improving throughout offering views to Skye by the end. We were moving pretty well, and the weather was playing nice, so descended and climbed up the other side for Sgòrr Ruadh too. The trail back from here was a delight to descend, before picking up our kit again and continuing north to stay at the tiny Easan Dorcha bothy, a very welcome midge refuge which we had to ourselves meaning no need to camp.