The route and support points
Route choice: Clockwise/Anticlockwise
Anticlockwise was the original route choice culminating on Ben Nevis, but that is definitely the more difficult finish.
Clockwise is the by far the more preferred choice with most successful contenders favouring that option.
The choice is entirely that of the contender.
The route should be divided into reasonable manageable sections, with each section carefully managed by a selected support person who is comfortable and responsible for their section and all that it embraces.
The following descriptions are related to anticlockwise contenders.
Support Point 1
Coire an Lochan Mamres
At the west side of Sgurr Eilde Mor which can be accessed from the B863 at Kinlochleven from the road leading to the Mamore Lodge Hotel. At the hotel you can leave your car and continue on foot using the well defined track leading to the lochan.
This location is ideal for contenders coming off the Mamores via Binnein Beag before climbing onto Sgurr Eilde Mor and onwards towards Loch Treig.
Approx. distance by road from the start to the car park at Mamore Lodge Hotel: 20 miles, with a further 4 miles on foot from the Hotel to the Lochan.
Please be aware that the Mamore Lodge is now closed and that a gate is now located at the bottom of the hill leading to it.
This gate may be locked at times, restricting access to or exit from the lodge car park.
Support teams should be mindful that this restriction will necessitate car parking at the foot of the hill and an additional 2k walk/run/cycle to the lodge car park.
Support Point 2
Fersit Dam at the North end of Loch Treig is the ½ way point.
Accessed from the A86 (A82) north bound from Fort William follow the narrow road leading to Fersit and continue on foot approx 1 mile to the Dam head.
This location is ideal for contenders descending off Stob Coire Sgriodain before ascending onto Stob a Chorie Mheadhoin.
Support changeover at Fersit. (Picture supplied by
Dark Peak Fell Runners)
Approx. distance by road from the start/finish to Fersit Dam head: 25 miles.
Support Point 3
The Bealach between the Aonachs and Carn Mor Dearg
This location is ideal for contenders coming off the Aonachs before starting the ascent onto Carn Mor Dearg leading to the arrret and ultimately onto the summit of Ben Nevis.
From the Start/Finish: Proceed to the car park at the top of Glen Nevis, continue on foot through the Nevis Gorge to the wooden bridge at the Steall ruin.
From there leave the trail and follow the burn northwards to the stone wall at the bealach, which links the Aonachs with Carn Mor Dearg.
Approx. distance from the Start/Finish to the car park at Nevis Gorge: 4 miles.
Approx. time from the Start/Finish to the car park at Nevis Gorge: 1 hour.
Approx. time from the car park at Nevis Gorge to the bealach: 2 hours.
The support sacks with the necessary support items for both the contenders and their pacers.