I won't be providing a specific itinerary for this trip because I will adapt the plan to suit the weather and the progress of the group. However the approximate goal will be to complete two, two night stints focussed on Suilven and An Teallach respectively. On each of the two 'legs' of the trip there will be one high camp and one low or midlevel camp. I will try to adjust the itinerary so that the best weather coincides with our high camps.
We will try to meet at 9am on Monday at the carpark for Suilven (Lochinver). The trip will conclude back at the cars by 5pm on Friday around Dunndonnel. If the meeting place needs to change I will let you know before the trip starts.
I will be on hand at all times to help you with your images should you wish. Usually I find a mix of abilities on my trips which works very well with advanced photographers able to shoot with total freedom and beginners getting the help they require.
Fitness And Experience
You do not need prior mountain experience for this trip however you must be mountain fit! You will need to be able to carry a 20kg backpack up a 1000m mountain and then repeat it. We will be taking our time and your ability to complete the hike is really about having decent baseline fitness and the right attitude. My Youtube videos from summer 2020 show a group from mid 40s to mid 60s.
I've only photographed An Teallach in the winter, needless to say there will be no snow in July, but the views are spectacular year round.
I will send out a complete kitlist so you can be confident you have everything you need. I can provide high-end lightweight camping equipment perfectly suited for the trip. This includes Terra Nova Quasar tents, Rab Neutrino 400 sleeping bags and NeoAir Xtherm sleeping mats. If however you would prefer to use your own sleeping kit, or bring your own tent then you are welcome to. Aside from camping equipment which is provided, you will need suitable outdoor clothing, walking boots a rucksack and a number of other items.
Obviously tents will be single occupancy due to coronavirus restrictions. I have one lightweight 1-man tent to lend out otherwise you will either have to carry one of my two man mountain tents (3.5kg) or provide your own lightweight tent.
A summit camp on Suilven a few years back, my last time on the mountain!
Sadly the Highland Midge is a pretty real pest in the summer in the Highlands. Most of the time they are only slightly annoying, or not around at all, but if you are particularly unlucky they can be horrendous (essentially when its windless and humid). Midges can't fly in the breeze, nor do they like the sun, so our camp spots will be away from sheltered woodland etc. However you should bring midge repellant and a midge net (I recommend wide brimmed hats with inbuilt headnets. In all my trips to Scotland in the mid summer I have only had bad midges on a handful of occasions.
The trip does not include transport (unless the rules change in which case I can provide transport from Inverness), food or insurance.
The view into Fisherfield from An Teallach. There will be no snow in July but if we are lucky suset light will stream across this view
Cancellations due to Coronavirus
This trip has been planned within the anticipated restrictions. I think it is now highly likely that the trip will be allowed however, in the event that the workshop cannot take place you will be refunded in full.
Price And Booking
This workshop is priced at £800 with a £300 deposit required to book your place. The remaining £500 is due 1 month before the workshop starts.
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