The itinerary will be entirely flexible with no set plan for the trip. The plan below should give you an idea!
Wednesday: Flights to Glasgow or meet in Glencoe around 4pm. Low level sunset shoot. Meet and greet with Rich, our mountain leader over dinner.
Thursday: Early start and low level photography. Winter skills and a sunset shoot from high up. Back to the Clachaig.
Friday: Long hike. Camp in a sheltered location high up in the mountains, spend most of the day hiking and practicing winter skills. Sunset high up.
Saturday: Sunrise from the mountain top. Hike down, rest in the afternoon with a trip out for sunset.
Sunday: Sunrise from an accessible hill. Return to cars for the trip home/back to Glasgow.
Fitness and Experience
You should have done a mountain or two in the past and have reasonable overall fitness but you don’t need to be an athlete. If we get the chance to camp then you will have to carry at 20kg pack into the mountains. More important than fitness is enthusiasm and a sense of adventure! We are likely to be out all day in the cold and if rolling around in the snow practicing self-arrest techniques sounds like fun this could be the trip for you!
You should provide your own winter walking kit. Clothing should include baselayers, mid-layers, a down jacket and full waterproofs (jacket and trousers). You will also require B2 boots (stiff winter boots that take a crampon). Crampons and ice axe can be rented in Fort William (as can B2 boots but it is preferable to have your own).
I would recommend keeping camera kit simple – an SLR, a wide-angle lens, a telephoto lens, filters and a tripod.
For the camping portion of this trip you will be provided with Rab Neutrino 400 sleeping bags and winter Neo Air Xtherm sleeping matts. We will be staying in Terra Nova Ultra Quasar tents, perfectly designed for high mountain use. Although the sleeping bags are comfort rated to -5 and therefore suitable for winter use, colder sleepers and particularly women (who experience the cold more) may wish to bring extra insulation. Equally if you have your own sleeping kit please bring it. You will also be provided with stoves. From a camping kit perspective you will also require a rucksack – 60L-70L.
For those flying I will be at Glasgow airport on Wednesday afternoon and return on Sunday afternoon at the end of the trip. I can offer a small discount to anyone who is driving up and willing to take another client up to Glencoe in their car.
We will be staying in Glencoe at the Clachaig Inn. The rooms are dual occupancy, there is a £200 single room supplement. These rooms have been booked for all 4 nights, we will only go camping if the weather is favourable!
This workshop is priced at £690 with a £300 deposit required to book your place. This includes accomodation and transport from Glasgow (see above) but excludes food and drink. The remainder will be due 1 month before the start of the workshop. There is a £200 single room supplement.
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