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The Route

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Participants line up for the start at Gairlochy - ten miles north of Fort William. A brisk stroll along the banks of the Caledonian Canal brings walkers to Fort William and the first checkpoint in the shadow of Ben Nevis. Britain’s highest mountain is not part of the route, but Challengers will complete the equivalent of two and a half ascents of it in the hours to come.

The climbing starts immediately after leaving the checkpoint in Glen Nevis, as the Caledonian Challenge joins the route of the West Highland Way to Kinlochleven.

From Kinlochleven, the route zig-zags from sea level to the 550m summit of the Devil’s Staircase. The rough and rocky descent towards Kingshouse punishes the knees, but the breathtaking view of Buachaille Etive Mor, and the realisation that it's mostly downhill from here to the finish some 27 miles away, makes the effort worthwhile.
Next stop, Glencoe ski centre for refreshments, painkillers and another change of socks.

CC Route Profile JPEGDarkness falls as walkers follow Stage 4 of the trail across Rannoch Moor towards Inveroran on the shores of Loch Tulla.

Crossing the A82 at Bridge of Orchy, the next incentive to push on is the feed station just six miles from the finish, and the hot soup that awaits.

Descending into Tyndrum in the early-morning light, fatigue gives way to thoughts of completing this epic adventure, and the pace picks up for a final flourish to the finish. You've done it! High-fives and medals all round.

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