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A Summer Solstice Wild Camp, high in the Glencoe Mountains

A Summer Solstice Wild Camp, high in the Glencoe Mountains


Postby wilkiemurray » Sat Jun 29, 2013 9:47 am

Route description: Beinn a'Chrulaiste from Altnafeidh

Corbetts included on this walk: Beinn a'Chrulaiste

Date walked: 29/06/2013

Time taken: 13 hours

Distance: 7 km

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A Summer Solstice Wild Camp, high in the mountains above Glencoe.

I have had a few “microadventures” over the last couple of years, but none have been in the bracket of the 5- 9 category. So having not been out for a few weekends, I was feeling the need for escape so planned a 5-9 microadventure.

Video report as usual:


In addition to needing to feed the rat, I also had my brand spanking new tent arrive a few weeks earlier which had sat unused since its arrival. I was itching to get out in the hills and try this out and had my eye on a camping spot with a view.

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With the Summer Solstice, I knew that this was the perfect time to do this so I finished up work at 17.00 hrs and headed north towards Glencoe. The car was parked at the Kinshouse and I was on my way a little after 18.30. The weather was great, sun was shining and the temperature was 17.5 degrees when I left the car.
I had previously visited this hill (Beinn a' Chrulaiste) many moons ago under a covering of snow and I remember the views being some of the best in the West Highlands and certainly the best in Glencoe due to the fact that it looks onto all of the iconic mountains.

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On reaching the summit at 20.00 the views were just as good as I remembered them: back towards the east , Rannoch Moor and its surrounding peaks (Schiehallion, Alder, Lyon, Orchy moutnains), panning North – the Trieg hills, Grey Corries and sitting above them all – The Ben, then immediately south and west and stealing the show the views down into Glencoe up past the three sisters to the might of Bidean, only outdone by The Buachaille itself!! An amazing sight! Although only a Corbett and seemingly a rounded lump – this hill has some of the best views I have seen – so not a bad spot to spend the night.

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It was now time to pitch up. My new tent was bought after my last tent was destroyed in an unexpected storm in the NW wilderness (an experience I really, really did not want repeated tonight!!- see video below of the tent wrecking storm!). I found a nice ledge about 10m west of the summit which looked down Glencoe and over to the Buachaille. Not a bad spot.

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Tent was set by 20.45 and the rest of the evening until about midnight was spent taking piccies and vids in an awesome setting. Most notably I remember being on the summit at about 22.50with still enough light for some pictures and the views over to Ben Nevis were stunning.

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The forecast for the following morning was not too great with a front moving in and bringing rain by 07.00hr, so I set the alarm for 04.20 (also in the slight hope I might get a stunning sunrise!!). I woke at 03.42!! and decided to get going. I looked out of the tent and the wind had picked up, pushing bits of clouds up and over the hill side – rather atmospheric.
Anyway by 04.20 I was on my way back to the car – no stunning sunrise as the fronts cloud had pushed across the country – time to get home before the rain!!
Back at the car by 05.20 and home ready for work by 07.10am.
Rat fed, and a happy camper – awesome experience 

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video of previous unpleasant wild camp mentioned above if interested in a disaster wildcamp lol :

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Re: A Summer Solstice Wild Camp, high in the Glencoe Mountai

Postby joonnifer » Sat Jun 29, 2013 10:34 am

How fabulous! Just love your videos :-) :clap:
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Re: A Summer Solstice Wild Camp, high in the Glencoe Mountai

Postby mountainstar » Sat Jun 29, 2013 1:08 pm

A great way to spend the solstice :D
Camping high is one of my favourite pastimes too.
And it's good to see another Scarp1 (I have one too 8) A tad better that a Eurohike!
Great video's btw :clap:
What programme do you use for editing your video?
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Re: A Summer Solstice Wild Camp, high in the Glencoe Mountai

Postby weescotsman » Sat Jun 29, 2013 5:28 pm

Fab video and photo's, this is one I must do................ :clap:
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Re: A Summer Solstice Wild Camp, high in the Glencoe Mountai

Postby trederdog 100 » Sat Jun 29, 2013 10:42 pm

Stunning photo's, looks like an amazing place to camp. I've only done one high camp before - escaping the midges, on the bealach near Devils Point. It ended in the tent being flattened with gale force winds to my face all night and some shattered tent poles.. Nice to have the clear weather on this one!
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Re: A Summer Solstice Wild Camp, high in the Glencoe Mountai

Postby Meatball » Sat Jun 29, 2013 11:02 pm

Thank you for sharing that!
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Re: A Summer Solstice Wild Camp, high in the Glencoe Mountai

Postby SAVAGEALICE » Sun Jun 30, 2013 8:10 am

loved that :clap: :D great vid as usual :D
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Re: A Summer Solstice Wild Camp, high in the Glencoe Mountai

Postby wilkiemurray » Mon Jul 01, 2013 7:34 am

joonnifer wrote:How fabulous! Just love your videos :-) :clap:


Thanks Joonifer - much appreciated
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Re: A Summer Solstice Wild Camp, high in the Glencoe Mountai

Postby wilkiemurray » Mon Jul 01, 2013 7:35 am

[quote="mountainstar"]A great way to spend the solstice :D
Camping high is one of my favourite pastimes too.
And it's good to see another Scarp1 (I have one too 8) A tad better that a Eurohike!
Great video's btw :clap:
quote]

Hi Mountins star - not wrong - te Scarp 1 is awesome (did love my eurohike - got more than my moneys worth from that little fella - but the scarp 1 is in a different league!!
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Re: A Summer Solstice Wild Camp, high in the Glencoe Mountai

Postby wilkiemurray » Mon Jul 01, 2013 7:36 am

mountainstar wrote:What programme do you use for editing your video?



I use power director program for editing - not too sure there is much difference between the different programs though :)
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Re: A Summer Solstice Wild Camp, high in the Glencoe Mountai

Postby wilkiemurray » Mon Jul 01, 2013 7:36 am

weescotsman wrote:Fab video and photo's, this is one I must do................ :clap:


cant recommend it enough :D
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Re: A Summer Solstice Wild Camp, high in the Glencoe Mountai

Postby wilkiemurray » Mon Jul 01, 2013 7:37 am

trederdog 100 wrote:Stunning photo's, looks like an amazing place to camp. I've only done one high camp before - escaping the midges, on the bealach near Devils Point. It ended in the tent being flattened with gale force winds to my face all night and some shattered tent poles.. Nice to have the clear weather on this one!


thanks - yes was glad the weather was a lttle beter than the last outing :shock:
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Re: A Summer Solstice Wild Camp, high in the Glencoe Mountai

Postby wilkiemurray » Mon Jul 01, 2013 7:38 am

Meatball wrote:Thank you for sharing that!

no problem - I d enjoy making the movies and taking photos - #geek :crazy:
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Re: A Summer Solstice Wild Camp, high in the Glencoe Mountai

Postby wilkiemurray » Mon Jul 01, 2013 7:38 am

SAVAGEALICE wrote:loved that :clap: :D great vid as usual :D


thanks Alice :)
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Re: A Summer Solstice Wild Camp, high in the Glencoe Mountai

Postby Collaciotach » Mon Jul 01, 2013 7:40 am

Up at that early , home and ready for work at 7.10am ........ your hardy a' bhalaich :clap:

Grand stuff :D
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