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The Cape Wrath Trail, part 1 Glenfinnan to Ullapool

The Cape Wrath Trail, part 1 Glenfinnan to Ullapool


by mountainstar » Sun Dec 20, 2009 5:40 pm

Route description: Cape Wrath Trail

Date walked: 02/05/2009

Distance: 326 km

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Re: The Cape Wrath Trail, part 1 Glenfinnan to Ullapool

Postby mountainstar » Fri Apr 01, 2011 6:48 pm

oceanroc67 wrote:I am inspired. I am planning on doing the CWT in Easter 2011 and your description is just what I needed.

So I have to ask - did you take all 10 OS Explorer maps with you or is there a short cut?

I think I will probably have to buy the maps in order to plan the rout I want to take - at a minimum cost of £60 - and then cut out the bits i need... It feels like a crime.
Are there any alternatives you might recommend or will you sell me the maps you used!!

All the best for the rest of the walk,
Oceanroc67


No way would I take all 10 with me, when on a trip like this weight and bulk is always a priority.
I did as bootsandpaddles did, Alternatively you could print them off from a website like:-
http://wtp2.appspot.com/wheresthepath.htm
I would never cut up my maps...too expensive and I want to use them again.
Which answers your "sell me" question.
as for "all the best for the rest of your walk", I did it all in one go, parts 2 & 3 are on this site also and there are links at the end of each report.

Edit, Opps i just reaalised I am replying to a question from last year, but hopefully you will get just in time for you trip in Easter....hopefully not too late.
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Re: The Cape Wrath Trail, part 1 Glenfinnan to Ullapool

Postby tuttsclump » Wed May 04, 2011 12:54 am

Hi mountainstar
Can you confirm how much your rucksac weighed for your CWT?
Thanks in advance
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Re: The Cape Wrath Trail, part 1 Glenfinnan to Ullapool

Postby mountainstar » Wed May 04, 2011 10:07 am

Never weighed it then, but I am doing a similar trip (TGO Challenge) in just over a weeks time, with an almost identical kit. My final weight this time is 13.3k, of which 1.7k is food for the first 3 days.
A few items are at a parcel drop to pick up on the 5th day which will be extra, which are Trowel, Towel, Phone Charger, with a extra total weight of 260 grms.

Here is my gear for this trip + weights :-
Waterproof Jacket 529. Waterproof trousers 354. Gaiters 256. Fleece 260.. Baseball hat 54. Ron Hills 227.
Lowe Tee 130. Berghaus L/sleeve 178. Montane Microlite 357. Montane Windsmoke 102. Shorts 140.
Socks (Walking-spare) 78. X-Socks 35. Underwear (spare) 58. Trainers 573. Buff 38. Gloves 30.
Pan 1 Ltr 142. Soap 28. Army Knife 22. Pan 500 ml 161. Batteries AAAx4 46. Razor/lotion 20
Batteries AAx1 23. Pen 8. Toothbrush 17. brush 20. Phone 151.Toothpaste 24. Mirror 24
Knee support 34. Camcorder 598. Pillow stuff case 53. Flannel 7.Camcorder Batteries 28. Pocket rocket 111.
Wetwipes 46.Camera 215. Pot cozy 126.Toilet roll 62. Compass/Whistle 42. Pot handle 33. Toiletries bag 36.
Puri tablets 8. Deoderant 27. Drybag Exped 53. Reading Glasses 51.
Drybag Trespass 51.Reading Glasses(sun) 64. Drink Holder 44. Ear plugs 6. Rucksack 1800. Earphones 24.
Rucksack cover 71. Paracetamol 6. Emergency kit 34.ibuprofen 15. Eye masks 7. Skin so soft 52. First aid kit 68.
Clothes bag 70. Freeloader 415. Sunglasses 63. Tick remover 8. Gas 356. Sun-lotion 62. Glu-sul/Vit C 8.
Gas Tripod 22. Scourer 4. Gas windshield 61. Sleeping bag Alpkit 780. Headtorch 87. Sponge 10.
Lexan spoon 11. Spork 15.Titanium Knife 17.Lighter 15. Trowel 46. Maps/Notes etc 86. Micro towel 18.
Washing up Liquid 14. Tent 1490. Water holder 37. Mug 67. Midge nets 23. Clock/Weather station 97.
MP3 33. Wetwipes 46. Neo Air 415.
Plus what I will be wearing :D
Hope that helps.
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Re: The Cape Wrath Trail, part 1 Glenfinnan to Ullapool

Postby tuttsclump » Thu May 05, 2011 2:04 am

Thanks for your detailed reply, it is very helpful. I hope you enjoy your TGO Challenge!
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Re: The Cape Wrath Trail, part 1 Glenfinnan to Ullapool

Postby Crabbit » Sat Jun 02, 2012 1:16 am

Man, what a great read. I honestly must say that it is the best read about stravaiging the Highlands I have read since reading Tom Weir's travails or Hamish Brown's Mountain Walk! Thanks. Saddest thing though is reading Paul Webster's comment ( OK was made in 2009, but is it still relevant? probably) " Fantastic first report MountainStar, loved that - lots of great pics. I've wanted to do that route for years too. Doubt I'll ever do it as a backpack now - until it becomes possible to run Walkhighlands entirely from within a backpacking tent ". Come on man, get out and do it! The site will keep man! So it goes down for a month, get on with it!

Inspired to do it now after long years dreaming!
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Re: The Cape Wrath Trail, part 1 Glenfinnan to Ullapool

Postby mountainstar » Sat Jun 02, 2012 9:50 am

Crabbit wrote:Man, what a great read. I honestly must say that it is the best read about stravaiging the Highlands I have read since reading Tom Weir's travails or Hamish Brown's Mountain Walk!

Wow! praise indeed, I thank you 8)
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Re: The Cape Wrath Trail, part 1 Glenfinnan to Ullapool

Postby Harmen NL » Fri Nov 30, 2012 2:57 pm

Paul Webster wrote:Fantastic first report MountainStar, loved that - lots of great pics. I've wanted to do that route for years too. Doubt I'll ever do it as a backpack now - until it becomes possible to run Walkhighlands entirely from within a backpacking tent :wink:


I suppose you could if you´ll trust us to behave while you´re away :lol:
More seriously, I reckon that you can. With a well-packed netbook, and a GSM that can be used as a modem, serving you with its own ´hot spot´. Of course, I don´t know how much work it takes to maintain this forum, but there will be rainy days to be spent in bothies.
Check this out on Yahoo answers. http://answers.yahoo.com/question/index?qid=20080210161822AAu95Wi And search the internet yourself, after all it is like a big forum :wink:

Where there´s a will, there´s a way, cheers,

Harmen.
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