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In search of volcanic sunsets…

Posted in Sunset, Wild Camp with tags , , on April 16, 2010 by ayrshiretiger

In light of the very good weather forecast and the icelandic volcano apparently offering the chance of excellent sunsets and sunrises I thought I’d head out for a wild camp. I’ve only wild camped once before, last summer on the top of the sixth of seven Munros on the South Glenshiel ridge. This time I decided to have an easier mission and picked the Luss Hills just north of Glasgow on the west side of Loch Lomond.

I parked the car at NS357930 at 5.30pm and headed north west up towards Beinn Dubh. I quickly gained height and soon got good views back to the village of Luss and Loch Lomond.

Luss and Loch Lomond

Luss and Loch Lomond

I dropped off the north west shoulder of Beinn Dubh and found a nice grassy pitch overlooking the Arrochar Alps to the north.

Overlooking Arrochar

Overlooking Arrochar

As the sun went down the promised spectacular sunset didn’t quite materialise but it was still a fantastic night to be alone in the hills.

View of the Arrochar Alps from the tent

View of the Arrochar Alps from the tent

As darkness fell I went for a wander towards Loch Lomond. Inverbeg glistened below and I could just hear the odd car driving along the A82. To the south the orange glow of Glasgow’s lights did it’s best to stop the sky going completely black. To the north west the thinnest of crescent moons appeared above the Arrochar Alps. Next to it Venus (I think) shone brightly and gradually more stars appeared. I also saw a couple of satellites pass overhead (at least I know they weren’t aircraft as all flights across the UK were grounded due to volcanic ash high in the atmosphere!). I did keep looking for shooting stars but sadly didn’t see any.

I set the alarm on my mobile for 5am so that I would be up in time for sunrise but unfortunately my mobile died in the middle of the night! Not sure why as it was almost fully charged although it was pretty cold overnight (there was frost on the tent in the morning!). Anyway the upshot was that I didn’t wake up until 6am but I still got a good view of Ben Lomond.

Sunrise over Ben Lomond

Sunrise over Ben Lomond

After taking a few more photos I have to admit I crawled back into the tent and eventually got back up at 8am. Packed everything up and headed over at about 9am to Mid Hill and the steep descent down to Glenmollochan Farm and the long road back to the car. Despite being a tarmac road it was actually very pleasant with Jays, Great Tits and Robins for company. Made it back to the car at 11.30am and headed back to Ayrshire content and happy after my first solo wild camp.

South Glen Shiel Ridge Wild Camp

Posted in Munros with tags , , , , , on June 30, 2009 by ayrshiretiger

Yes I know, it’s been a long time since I posted anything but just for ptc* here’s a couple of photos of our weekend wild camp on the South Glen Shiel ridge!

Wild camp on Sgurr an Lochain

Early morning on the South Glen Shiel ridge

Trip report to follow, honest!

As promised…

So the weather forecast looked good for the weekend so we booked into the Trekker’s Lodge at the Kintail Hotel on Friday with a plan to do my first ever wild camp. Travelled up on Friday night with the obligatory stop at the Real Food Cafe for a fish supper. Arrived at the hotel at about 10pm, in time for a couple of pints.

We could have taken the car up to the Cluanie Inn, but the thought of having to make our way back there on Sunday didn’t appeal so we decided to get the bus. £6.20 each! For a 20 minute journey. And they wonder why folk don’t use public transport!

Anyway we got to the Cluanie Inn at 11am and set off on the long walk in. There was a fair amount of cloud which was a blessing as we plodded up the first Munro Creag a Mhaim from the south-east. However as we hit the ridge the cloud started to lift giving views of Ben Nevis, Knoydart, Rhum and Skye. We gradually made our way leisurely along the ridge with a plan to camp on the summit of the last one. However on reaching the 6th one Sgurr an Lochain at 8am we both agreed that it was time to call it a day. We pitched on a fantastic spot just below the summit. Nice and flat and soft moss made for a good night’s sleep only broken by the odd gust of wind. The only other problem were the midges which really shouldn’t have been so high up! So we ate our dinner on the summit where a breeze gave us some protection from them.

Sunday morning saw mist bubbling up from the glens and we were on our way by 9am. A fairly good path took us down to the road and now the only problem was getting back to the car at the Kintail Hotel. After about 20 minutes of trying to hitch a lift we saw a couple of lads coming off the hill after doing the Saddle. We asked hopefully if they were going back to Shiel Bridge, but no they were Glasgow bound. However after getting changed they came across and offered us a lift back which was very much appreciated!

As a first camp it was absolutely perfect, as those that know me I don’t do wet camping at the best of times and I really don’t see the point of wet wild camping!

So back south we headed for another well deserved fish supper!

Sunset from Sgurr an Lochan

Sunset from Sgurr an Lochan