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Suilven

Suilven


Postby Penguin » Thu Jul 08, 2010 11:57 am

Route description: Suilven

Fionas included on this walk: Suilven

Date walked: 23/03/2009

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Five of us headed up to northern Scotland to emark climbing this superlative mountain.

Having stayed in Suileag bothy overnight, we awoke early to the smell of fresh mountain air on a new day. Or did we wake up early because no-one was really sleeping due to the howling gale and rattling tin roof that was bouncing all night...! :?

Either way, we packed up out kit and left it in the bothy, before we travelled light up onto Suilven. We picked our way along the winding path, then over and around several boggy areas before we found ourselves standing at the foot of the slope of this impressive beast.

What followed developed into an all out scramble up the gully onto Suilven. Several sphincter twitching modes were experienced by some as we ascended at a variety of speeds. However, the views on top were breathtakingly superlatively tremendous. Possibly some of the best views I've ever experienced, combined with snow showers, sleet, brilliant sunshine and blustery conditions rolling around the mountain.

The descend down and back to the overnight carpark was a retrace of our route earlier and the previous day as we collected our overnight kit from the bothy.

Overall, it was an amazing 24 hours and would I do it all again? You bet! The opportunity and experience of walking in a remote area like this is truely rewarding.

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Re: Suilven

Postby mountain coward » Thu Jul 08, 2010 12:02 pm

It was a brave month to do all that :D I can imagine I'd have been one of those with the bum-clenching going on on the way up - it looks very scary to me... not sure if I'll ever do it but enjoyed reading your report :D
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Re: Suilven

Postby murphy999 » Thu Jul 08, 2010 12:28 pm

Excellent, well done! This mountain is on my list for this winter, and so is that bothy! Is it nice enough inside, long walk in?
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Re: Suilven

Postby Penguin » Thu Jul 08, 2010 1:04 pm

Thanks for your comments. Nice to know that my ramblings are read and enjoyed :D

mountain coward - if you ever get the opportunity to go, then you must! It's well worth it.

murphy999 - I forget exactly how long it took to walk from the carpark to the bothy, but it wasn't too far. If memory serves, it was around about 2 hours, if that. We were carrying food, wood etc, for the bothy as well as our own sleeping gear etc, so we didn't want to be walking too far. But it certainly wasn't excessive distance or time and the path is good. The bothy itself is good. We used the room on the left as you walked in. There was a large wooden bench to sleep/sit on, fire, and a small table. Perfectly adequate for our needs.
Although I went in March, I'd love to go again in winter, it'll be fantastic! Hope you have a good trip there - I'm jealous!

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Re: Suilven

Postby murphy999 » Thu Jul 08, 2010 1:07 pm

Cheers Penguin!
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Re: Suilven

Postby Graeme D » Thu Jul 08, 2010 10:35 pm

Nice one Penguin. Clearly an epic time was had by all. :D
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