Northwest Summit Camps
12 May - 16 May 2024
5 days, 4 nights
£990 (£440 Deposit)
What to Expect
The Northwest Highlands of Scotland is a mountain photography paradise. The geology of the area, Torridonian Sandstone on Lewisian Gneiss, produces isolated mountains which catch early and late light thoughout the year. The peaks are small from an international perspective, ranging from about 700-1000m and most have ample area for camping. In many ways this is the ultimate area to be a backpacking photographer, camping on summits and capturing remarkable scenery. You do need a bit of luck with the weather of course, but May is as good as your chances get!
On this trip we will be camping out for four consecutive nights, probably camping high on two or three occasions with low camps inbetween. We may go out for two consecutive nights before returning to the vehicles. We are likely to split our time between Assynt and Torridon but we may also visit Fisherfeild or the Coulin Hills.
We won't be providing a specific itinerary for this trip it will be adapted to suit the weather and the progress of the group. The photos you see are all highly representative of what we will hope to photograph, but the summits we choose may be different!
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. Whilst there is a lot to learn whilst actively taking photos, our time hiking will allow us to discuss many of the concepts that surround photography. There should be plenty of 1-to-1 time.
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. However, we will be taking our time and your ability to complete the hike is largely reliant on a good attitude and as well as the necessary baseline fitness! My Youtube videos from summer 2020/21 show a group from mid 20s to mid 60s, male and female, so there is no particular barrier, as long as you can get up those mountains!
A complete PDF kitlist is provided well in advance 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 (shared), Tarptent Scarp 1 tents (solo), 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.
Meeting and Leaving
We will meet at Kinlochewe at 11am on the 12th. I can provide transport from Inverness or nearby train stations / the airport. The trip concludes at 2pm on the 17th when I can transfer people back to Inverness.
The trip does not include food, drink or personal insurance.
Price and Booking
This workshop is priced at £990 total with a £440 deposit required to book your place. The remaining £550 is due 2 months before the workshop starts.
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