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Wild Camp on Ben Narnain

Wild Camp on Ben Narnain

Postby FourLeggedPal » Fri Jun 12, 2015 11:29 am

Route description: Beinn Narnain and Beinn Ime

Munros included on this walk: Beinn Narnain

Date walked: 10/06/2015

Time taken: 15 hours

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We climbed Ben Narnain overnight on Sunday hoping to get some cracking sunrise photographs from the summit. We weren't sure how long the climb would take, ended up getting up there an hour before sunrise and it was so cold that by the time the sun finally did come up the dogs (our constant companions on our walks) were bored and cold so we left pretty much empty handed. Which was hugely disappointing because despite the cold the conditions were perfect for some great photos. Here's one of the very few shots we captured before making a hasty retreat.

ImageSunrise from the summit of Ben Narnain on Monday morning.

By Wednesday forecasts were showing much more summery conditions on Ben Narnain so we decided to make up for the disappointment at the weekend with a wild camp on the summit. The conditions couldn't have been more perfect - simply spectacular views and a warm, balmy night. What a difference a few days can make to the weather!

We set off a little before 6pm on Wednesday, heavily laden with enough gear to keep a party of 10 comfortable for a week - our little Beagles like to travel in comfort! Conditions were perfect for a climb - comfortably warm with a steady cooling breeze. There were still quite a few people coming down the mountain - we bumped into teaandpies from Walk Highlands and a couple of other people that recognised the Beagles from videos and photographs. The Beagles enjoyed the attention - until they realised there was no food on offer! By the time we reached the Narnain stone we pretty much had the hills to ourselves. We were at the summit before 8:30pm and looking for a spot to pitch the tent - the climb felt remarkably easy given our heavy load (and pesky Beagles).

We chose a patch of thick, springy moss just below the summit trig point with cracking views from the front door over the Cobbler and Loch Long.

ImageHome for the night

ImageWith cracking views of the Cobbler and Loch Long from our front door.

The Beagles are always a bit of a handful so the last thing you want at the end of a climb is to be spending ages pitching a tent. As the forecast was so good we'd decided to just take a popup festival tent - literally two seconds and we were pitched, gear stashed in the tent and heading off to explore the expansive summit and get some cracking golden hour and sunset shots.

ImageLooking towards Ben Ime

ImageLooking towards Ben Nevis

ImageTaken from inside our tent!

ImageThe obligatory summit shot

ImageSun setting behind Ben Ime

ImagePost sunset panorama looking towards Ben Ime

ImageAnd another from the tent looking out at the Cobbler and along Loch Long

We settled in the tent for a very comfortable night under the stars. Being so close to mid summer it never got truly dark. We popped out at around 1am when it should have been at it's darkest. The skies were completely clear but it was too light to see many stars. Most of the surrounding scenery was still very visible with deep blue skies rather than black. There was a terrific light show down below from surrounding pockets of civilisation!

ImageOur tent just below the summit trig point

ImageAnd the lights down below

A couple of hours more sleep then all too soon it was 4am and time to get up ready to greet the sunrise and a new day!

ImageAnd a new day begins!

ImageThe sun coming up just a little East of where it went down behind Ben Ime

A couple of hours of exploring, a bit of breakfast and it was time to go. Our tent packed away just as quick as it went up and we were soon on our way back down the mountain.

ImageHomewards bound

By 6:30am we were down on the main Cobbler path and already it was uncomfortably warm. We met the first of the day's walkers close to the bottom of the zig zag path through the forest - the had a hot day's walking ahead of them!

Here's a short video montage of our adventure on Ben Narnain:

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Re: Wild Camp on Ben Narnain

Postby teaandpies » Sat Jun 13, 2015 1:36 am

Cracking stuff :clap:

I was actually to sore to bend down to meet the dogs properly :lol:
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Re: Wild Camp on Ben Narnain

Postby onsen » Sat Jun 13, 2015 9:02 am

Great pics.... 8)
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Re: Wild Camp on Ben Narnain

Postby kevsbald » Sat Jun 13, 2015 11:52 am

Brill - can it get any better?
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