- Tell me about Innerleithen Red
I'm off there for my first hack around the Red route at Inners on Saturday.
I'm very used to Glentress Red and Black routes, but have heard that the Red at Inners is much harder.
4 of us going, and we're all first timers there.
So, What do I need to look out for ?
Are there any nasty little suprises that I am likely to aproach at inapropriate speeds ?
Any other advice very welcome….Posted 8 years agorobgarriochSubscriber
Wouldn't call it harder than GT red – more of a straight climb up / fast descent down. Just keep your eyes peeled for what's coming up, and be careful on the rocky bits 'if' it's damp.Posted 8 years ago
There's an excellent bomb-hole just after a notice-post saying 'skids are for kids' – you'll probably want to section that a couple of times as it's a long climb to the top after it.shortbread_fanylionSubscriber
I don't think the red is that much harder than the Glentress stuff. It is, after all, a red route (although there are some bits graded black). I think the climb to the top is easier than the black at Glentress, apart from the first bit out the car park it's not very steep but nice and steady with a few nice descents too.Posted 8 years agoSpacemanMember
The first couple of sections off the top of the Minchmoor are great fun and any hazards are quite visable, you can see them coming if you know what I mean. Top section is like a bodsleigh run, berm after berm, ace.
Caddon bank could catch you out, there are three drop offs near the start that get progressively larger, the chicken run on the third one is even quite tricky. You should mibby walk these first but are all quite straight forward, imo the 2nd one has the worst landing, the third is higher but has a good transition on landing. All easily doable on a HT.
There are a few other bits that you could come a cropper on, but crashing is part of the fun isn't it?!
It's an easy cycle/push back up the DH pushup signed Make or Brake (I think) to the first fire road if you want to do Caddon Bank a few times without doing the whole route again.Posted 8 years agojamesMember
"Are there any nasty little suprises that I am likely to aproach at inapropriate speeds ? "Posted 8 years ago
thats the 3rd of the opening caddon bank drops (the biggest). Decide if you want to do the first and take it from there. The take offs are made up rock slabs so are quite obvious
Innerleithen XC used to be graded Black.Posted 8 years ago
Innerleithen Traquair XC Red/Black Route
Posted on 15 Apr 2008 by andy.dodds
“We've just finished building 1.7km of new red singletrack descent on the XC Route. The first new section (1.2km) comes after the Minch Moor descent and is packed full of jumps, berms and cheeky rock features. It will be open on Thu 20 March in time for Easter weekend. This section will replace the 'natural' loop back up and down the Minch Moor and link straight into the 'Enduro Track'.
The other new section, named Oh Deer!, is open now and provides an easier red-graded alternative to the hardest section on Plora Craig. There are still several rock sections to keep you on your toes!
With the addition of these new sections and tweaks to the more trickier sections of Stell Burn Climb, we are now able to convert the whole route to red grade, making the Innerleithen XC Route a great alternative to the Red Route at Glentress. Waymarking conversions and adjustments to the climb should be completed by the end of April, and updated maps are at the printers as we write.”Posted 8 years agocaledoniaMember
Now I'm excited !
I can't wait for Sat now ! I will have to check my speed it looks like, as Those drops look like they will bite any mistakes hard. 😯
The guys in that Vimeo video look tired just 5 mins in !
I have heard of the potential to hurt yourself a whole lot if you get it wrong, hence my OP.Posted 8 years ago
Thank you all for your responses so far.
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