Thursday, June 20, 2019
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A new extreme sports record has been set on the Black Cuillin Ridge.

A team of British slackliners set the record for walking the highest altitude highline in the UK, at 3209 feet.

Skye man Matt Urquhart, Sarah Rixham, Benedict Russell-Smith, Joshua Leupolz, Jack Chandler, Jediah Doohan, Lewis Docherty and Charlotte Stait worked together to set the new record.

The idea came from Matt, whose family home has a view of the mountains.  The goal was to span the 137 feet wide gap above the Great Stone Chute between the ridge of Sgurr Alasdair and the peak of Sgurr Thearlaich.

A four-day weather window between April 27-30 gave the team the opportunity to scout, set up and successfully walk the line.

The team told The Skye Times: "People wait years to get as perfect, clear conditions on the Cuillin ridge as we were lucky enough to get.

"The traverse required technical rigging and a steel nerve.

"The gabbro rock is known for its brittle nature with parts of the ridge still falling off, therefore finding good rock and rigging the line in a safe and redundant manner was challenging."

 

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