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The Mountains are calling

IN THIS ADAPTED BOOK EXTRACT, FINLAY WILD, SCOTLAND’S PRE-EMINENT HILL RUNNER, IS ATTEMPTING TO BREAK THE RECORD FOR THE FASTEST TRAVERSE OF THE NOTORIOUS RIDGE LINE OF THE BLACK CUILLIN MOUNTAINS ON THE HEBRIDEAN ISLAND OF SKYE
Looking to Loch na Creitheach

BOOK EXTRACT

Finlay Wild stood on the summit of Sgùrr nan Gillean, the northern culmination of the Black Cuillin of Skye. The scree fountain of Glamaig across the deep trough of Glen Sligachan gleamed in dazzling sunlight; islands punctuated the glittering glass of the Inner Sound; away in the east, Ben Nevis stared impassively. The transcendent world of the so-called Isle of Mist was at harmony. The runner was not. He looked back along the ridge he had just negotiated – an eight-mile scythe of alpine pinnacles and splintered crags, flanked by plunging gullies. There is no greater examination in British mountaineering; it is, as Sir Walter Scott noted, unrivalled in its ‘desolate sublimity’. Finlay – a 29-year-old GP from Fort William, unknown outside the clique of hill running – had beaten the ‘unbeatable’, becoming the fastest to traverse the ridge, but something did not feel right. Doubt crowded his mind.

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