Wild Night on Suilven

My mate Andy Belshaw and I always wanted to undertake a photography trip to Suilven. The forecast for Tuesday 11 and Wednesday 12 October said clear blue skies, light winds (5mph) and temperatures of 5C. My ‘suncalc app’ told me the morning sun would rise directly over Meall Meadhonach, Suilven’s secondary peak. We set off from the car park near Glencanisp Lodge for the long walk in carrying 55lb/25kg packs of camping and photography gear. Very quickly my torn Achilles was giving me a lot of pain, but no pain, no gain. It’s a long trudge (very long) to the little stone cairn, then turned right and trudged (trudge was my favourite word on this trip) across the peat bogs and around the lochans

The Best View in the United Kingdom

I had been planning a photographic trip to Sgurr na Stri (SnS) on Skye for over two years and had made two previous attempts at it, each time being beaten back by the weather. On both those failed attempts I had tried to walk in from Kirkibost / Kilmarie (the short route), but on arrival at Camsunary Bay the river was in flood and the hill top was shrouded in cloud, so I ended up camping beside the old bothy. I was determined not to be beaten this time and took the decision to walk in from Sligachan (the long route) when a weather window presented itself. Easter Sunday / Monday looked good and I set off from my house, arriving at Sligachan about 1500 hours. I keep telling myself that I need

Frustrating but productive Winter

It's been a frustrating Winter. In late October, while descending a mountain I hyper-extended my knee. In effect, knees bend < this way, while my knee bent > that way. I tore my cruciate and medial ligaments and ended up in hospital. No more climbing until its sorted said the doctor. So I'm now waiting for an op to sort it. This has severely curtailed my photography over the Winter. While I would normally be strapping on crampons and climbing the mountains in Glencoe (I had even planned a winter wild camp in the snow), the fact that even a simple climb leaves me with days of pain, means that my photography has been limited. Putting all this 'wasted time' to good use has meant that I designed

The Reason Why?

Since I only started this website in January 2018, to get started my Blog posts are taken from my blog posts on WalkHighlands. Having previously wild camped on Suilven and Stac Pollaidh, Cul Mor the ‘big lump’ seen from both those mountains appeared to present fantastic photography opportunities and I waited for a weather window to try my luck. I left my home and travelled north: Stirling – dreich, Perth – dreich, Aviemore – not bad, on the A9 and down towards Inverness – not too bad. Garve – glorious, Ullapool, glorious. Won a watch here I thought. In my humble opinion (why do these youngsters have to abbreviate everything – IMHO), Scotland has 3 types of weather: Dreich, Not Bad and Glorio

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