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Great Wilderness Trek

24 May 2020 - 29 May 2020  |  £840

What to Expect

The Great Wilderness is one of my favourite areas to photograph in Scotland. It is one of the most remote areas in the British Isles. Our route takes us past the point that is furthest from a road in the whole UK!  But this is not remoteness for remoteness sake. The summit view from A'Mhaighdean is widely regarded widely regarded as the most spectacular vista in all of Scotland, yet as the most remote Munro, the views are rarely photographed. The other mountains on the trip also offer spectuacular views over wild land. If the weather allows we'll tackle Beinn Airigh Charr, A'Mhaighdean, Beinn Tarsuinn and Slioch before finally finishing at Kinlochewe. So if you'd like to join one of the greatest adventures Scotland has to offer, this trip is for you!

AT A GLANCE

MountainPhotography
ActivityBackpacking
AccomodationTents
AccomodationB and B
PhysicalityHard
Group SizeFive
Duration6 days

Booking

Please pay the deposit to reserve your spot.

Itinerary

The itinerary below is hypothetical based on a mix of weather.

Sunday – Meet at Inverness Airport or train station by noon (ideally!), pick up food/supplies in Inverness. Drive to Kinlochewe (where we finish), leave the cars, hop in a tranfer minibus to get us to Poolewe then start hiking up Beinn Airigh Charr. We will eat dinner onroute and should arrive on the summit in time for sunset. (bad weather alternative hike to Carnmore Bothy and camp nearby)

Monday – Descend Beinn Airigh Charr and continue up A'Mhaighdean (this is a very challenging day if the weather is kind enough to allow this route!). Summit Camp with astounding views within meters.

The view from Beinn Tarsuinn - can't wait to shoot this in good light!

Tuesday – Continue on to Beinn Tarsuinn. This is a short day, only a few kilometers and should give us a bit of a rest. We'll camp part way up the mountain and ascent for sunset.

Wednesday – Hike up Slioch or alternatively camp lochside depending on the group and the weather.

Thursday –  Return to Kinlochewe. Low level sunset shoot and camp.

Friday – Low level sunrise. Return to Inverness for trains/flights any time after 12.

Tuition


I will be on hand at all times to help you with your images should you wish. With a small group size (maximum 5) there will be plenty of opportunity for 1-to-1 time. The level of independence and tuition is entirely flexible, depending on individual interests and needs. You certainly won’t be marshalled around in minibuses!

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 15-18kg backpack up a 1000m mountain and then repeat it! You do not need to be superhuman to do this, but you do need to be reasonably fit. We will be taking our time. Previously I have done this hike with clients in their 50's, but you need the right attitude! 

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.


One year I ran this trip in early May and we found ourselves camped in the snow. It should be warmer this time!

 

Additional Expenses

The trip does not include flights, food or insurance. 

Price And Booking

This workshop is priced at £840 with a £300 deposit required to book your place. The remaining £540 is due 2 months before the workshop starts.



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