Cape Wrath Ultra – getting ready.

What is it?

The Cape Wrath Ultra™ is a once in a lifetime, 8-day expedition race weaving 400km through the Highlands of Scotland.  This extraordinary adventure will take place 22nd-29th May 2016.

Have a look here for a full explanation and all the details.  http://www.capewrathultra.com/

I’m one of the support team volunteers, working for Ourea Events, providing administration, logistics, mountain safety, medical, transport and welfare to an entry of 98 participants who will set off from Fort William on Sunday 22nd May 2016.

I’ve spent the last week or so printing information and briefing notes along with making sure I have the items of equipment you need for such a long event.  Because of the type of event the Cape Wrath Ultra is – an expedition, the overnight camps are very basic (think farmers field) with toilets and that’s all regarding facilities.  If you want/need a wash – you have one in the nearby stream or river.

Ourea Events provide – tents (for all participants), food (breakfast and evening meal) and transport of ‘dry bags’ from one overnight campsite to the next.  A large marquee type tent is erected each day to provide cover should the weather be inclement!  There are smaller (but quite large) tents used for administration, medical, catering and one for us volunteers to take refuge in when on our breaks.

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This is a typical overnight camp (this was the Dragon Back from last year). Ours will have 12 blue tents for participants (8 to a tent) and there will be the same number of vehicles.

Once participants are on their way (between 07:00 to 09:00) each morning, the camp is taken down, transported to the next overnight camp location and re-built.

Here I am the evening before I leave for Fort William with all my gear packed and ready to load into the car.

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A not well constucted heap of holdall, pod 50ltr Sack, tent, wellies (well, we are going to Scotland!), boots, jackets, camera and a bag of goodies!

I’d like to think I’ll be able to keep a diary, of sorts, during the 10 days of providing support, complete with as many photographs as possible, so I can prepare a multi part series of posts on my return.

So, that’s it then for now.  All things being equal, I’ll be back in 11 days!

Should you wish to follow the event, here is a link to the live tracker:

http://live.opentracking.co.uk/capewrath16/

 

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