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Highland Summit Camps

23 May 2022 - 27 May 2022  |  £900

What to Expect

My most popular UK workshop has always been my summit camping trip in Northwest Scotland. The Northwest Highlands is undoubtedly the most photogenic mountain area in the British Isles, but its also particularly well suited to hiking and camping up high. Many of the mountain tops have relatively large grassy plateaus perfect for pitching a tent and of course the views are well worth the effort!

On this trip I'll be putting a bit of a focus on the Fisherfield/Dundonnel area, and particularly An Teallach, the crown jewel of the area! If the weather allows we will camp high on the mountain one night, and lower down on another night to gain two distinct perspectives on this iconic peak. We will also try to camp in the Assynt and Coigach area and this year I might take the group up to some lesser known points to the south.

AT A GLANCE

MountainPhotography
ActivityBackpacking
AccomodationTents
Group SizeFive Clients
Duration5 days

Booking

Please pay the deposit to reserve your spot.

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Itinerary

The itinerary below is just an example, one particular goal of the trip will be a camp on An Teallach, but aside from that I will adapt the itinerary to the weather and the group.

Monday – Meet 1pm in Ullapool (or 10am in Inverness). Shop for food and then head up a mountain in the Assynt/Coigach area

Tuesday – Bad weather. Hike off the mountain. Lunch in Ullapool. Roadside photography, camp low and relatively close to cars 

Wednesday – Drive to Dunndonnel and hike up An Teallach. Sunset from the summit. Camp about 200m below the summit.

Thursday –  Sunrise from alternate summit on An Teallach. Return to camp. Hike part way back down the mountain via another route and camp for a mid-level view of An Teallach. Clouded out at sunset.

Friday – Sunrise with an outstanding view of An Teallach. Hike down. Workshop finishes at 2pm. Optional dropoff in Inverness at 5pm.

I scouted this location in October. It will be a fantastic spot for sunrise with sidelight sweeping across An Teallach (right)

Tuition

Days are long in May in the Highlands so there is plenty of time to discuss all things photography. When the light is at its best you will still be my priority and I will be on hand for anyone who wants assistance, whether technical or creative. Usually I find the photographic experience of my groups to be a complete range, from those who are beginner photographers hoping to learn a lot, to more experienced photographers hoping to visit new and exciting locations. This balance tends to work quite well!

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 15-20kg backpack up a 1000m mountain. You do not need to be superhuman to do this, but you do need to be reasonably fit. This workshop is designed to suit most people with active lifestyles and, in the past, I have had men and women, young and old join this trip. You will find a great sense of camraderie. Every single group I have ever guided has worked together and has been happy to take a steady pace. It's just one foot in front of the other....

 

Equipment

A complete PDF kitlist is provided upon booking 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. I will be providing a full kit list once the trip is booked.

Additional Expenses

The trip does not include flights. You should provide your own food but from time to time we may go out for a pub meal or cooked breakfast. You will also require insurance.

An Teallach of course looks nothing like this in the summer, but even without snow it is one of Scotlands greatest ridges.An Teallach looks nothing like this in the summer, but even without snow it is one of Scotlands greatest ridges.

Cancellations due to Coronavirus

This trip has been planned at the end of January 2022 with the Omicron variant receeding in the UK. I am very optimistic that this workshop will go ahead without restrictions. However, if I need to cancel the trip you will be refunded in full including your deposit. You should seek your own insurance to protect you in the event that you test positive prior to the workshop and are unable to attend.

Another scene waiting on the right light. An Teallach is an incredible mountain!

Price And Booking

This workshop is priced at £900 with a £350 deposit required to book your place. The remaining £550 is due at the end of March.

 

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