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Suilven Night Out

Suilven Night Out

Postby HeroHeroine » Fri Jan 01, 2021 11:19 am

Route description: Suilven

Fionas included on this walk: Suilven

Date walked: 09/08/2020

Time taken: 6 hours

Distance: 20 km

Ascent: 842m

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It was a wonderful walk with an overnight bivvy on the top of the mountain to fully enjoy the sunset over to the West and a spectacular sunrise over the East.
A clear view of Cuillins on Skye.
Recommended to take the bike and cycle in along the forest track to the start of the path up Suilven. Easy going track.
The path is steep and narrow, but great with rewarding views in all directions.
The view from the top is spectacular all around.

We parked at the crowded car park at the start of the walk and headed along the track in the sweltering sun. It was a beautiful August day. The path was fairly busy due to the excellent weather. As I covered the long dusty miles on foot, I wished I had taken my bicycle with me. It would have been a lovely enjoyable cycle in.

I had wanted to climb Suilven for a long time, and finally that day had come. It was something special to see this distinctive peak rising high into the azure sky.

Most of the route felt like is going alongside the mountain rather than towards it. Finally the path narrowed and a steeper incline started. The path was heading directly for the mountain.Once we reached the foot of the Suilven, the path turned into a very steep climb up the side of this rugged, weathered mountain.
It was a tough climb up to the bealach, but totally worth it, as the views from there are spectacular.

Now we only had the last summit push to do. We passed a few tents on the way to the summit. A few more people had the same idea as us, it was a great night to spend up there. When we reached the summit and found more hikers setting up their tents.

We were the only two with nothing more than a bivvy bag. I think it gives you a more raw and genuine experience than sleeping in a tent. You are more exposed to the elements and thus more connected to the natural environment.

The air was fresh and the sky was so clear that it was possible to see for miles and miles. We could clearly pick out the Cuillin Ridge on Skye which would be approx. 120km as the crow flies. Incredible.
The sunset over the western isles was a bit cloudy, but nevertheless, the colourful reflection of the sun on the clouds was stunning.

The night was a bit windy. I was all wrapped up into my bivvy bag, but now and then I poked my head out just to take in the view of the star laden sky above me.

The sun rose nice and early. The intense red horizon was glowing for hours before the sun rose above the hills in the distance.

The colour intensity and change was unbelievable. As the sun rose higher in the sky, the sun rays lit up the ridge of Suilven and all the higher mountains all around.

I seek these moments, as they enrich my life. The natural beauty and wonders are what I live for.

After the spectacular sunrise, we packed up, went for a wee wonder towards the second summit, and walked back out. The steep climb down can be harsh on your knees, but luckily it is only a short section. The walk out was easy and relaxing in the cooler morning air before the sun heated up the day.
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Re: Suilven Night Out

Postby Sunset tripper » Sun Jan 03, 2021 5:26 pm

Great pictures. Amazing that so many people camped out up there but what a place to spend the night.
Cheers :D
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Re: Suilven Night Out

Postby maxie23 » Mon Jan 04, 2021 9:19 am

Fantastic stuff.
Loved the photos. :clap:
Well done.

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