A Scottish doctor has again completed one of the biggest mountain challenges in Britain.
Lochaber Athletic Club member Finlay Wild conquered the Cuillin Ridge Traverse on on the Isle of Skye with top mountain runner Tim Gomersall.
Dr Wild is the first man to break three hours for the arduous run – but that was set in good autumn conditions.
His latest traverse was in the winter and the gruelling route which includes 11 Munros and several sections of climbing took 6 hours 14 minutes and 17 seconds.
Dr Wild, 30, and Mr Gomersall, 23, conquered some spectacular scenic climbs en route.
“Several factors were key to our fast and light approach. The snow conditions were excellent, with both a decent base and a forgiving fresher covering on top,” wrote Dr Wild on his blog.
“The weather was clear and the wind not too persistent. Several parties had been along the ridge in the past two days and so there was a trail already broken – which took a very good line for at least ninety percent of the route. We also had the advantage of light equipment.”
Dr Wild, who is the first person to win the Ben Nevis race five times in a row, has a record summer time for the traverse of two hours 59 minutes and 22 seconds.
The challenge typically takes a competent hiker between 15 and 20 hours but it took the Fort William GP just a fraction of that time even in winter.