• Back, sack and crack (Ben Wyvis)
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  • Variable - some wet spots, or some dusty spots but overall good conditions
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Back, Sack & Crack starts at the cairn on Ben Wyvis at the top of the An Cabar ridge, which is a nearly 800 m hike a bike up from the Ben Wyvis car park on the A835. Today there were numerous hill-walking Munro-baggers who seemed bemused to find a guy carrying a bike up the hill. The pedal over the top of Ben Wyvis past the trig point and on to Tom a' Choinnich is for the most part fairly easy, with a steep descent down to the very rocky, scree covered Carn Gorm where the trail is indistinct in places and exclusively made up of very sharp baby head and shoebox sized rocks. While the trail is not technically difficult, extreme caution and slow speed is recommended at this location. This part of the route was originally a deerstalkers path and seems rarely used now. The descent lower down Carn Gorm towards Loch Bealach Culaidh is probably the best part of the route with the opportunity to get off the brakes for a few seconds at a time. However, lower down the trail becomes a rutted atv track and caution is again recommended due to the overgrown vegetation obscuring the ruts. The pedal back along a well-made 4wd road involves quite a lot of ascent/descent for the best part of 6 miles with the last 3 miles a fairly fast descent.
All in all, the trail is not worth the effort involved as there is little reward for the effort and little opportunity to get off the brakes on the descent.

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