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A Glencoe Sunrise - A Buachaille Etive Beag Wild Camp

A Glencoe Sunrise - A Buachaille Etive Beag Wild Camp


Postby wilkiemurray » Mon Sep 04, 2017 6:22 pm

Route description: Buachaille Etive Beag

Munros included on this walk: Stob Coire Raineach (Buachaille Etive Beag), Stob Dubh (Buachaille Etive Beag)

Date walked: 01/09/2017

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I headed to Buachaille Etive Beag in the hope of some nice sunrise d sunset shots. Leaving the car park I headed for the bealach meeting the string of happy hikers making their way down. I soon reached the bealach.

I sat at the twin cairn gaping at the cracking view to the big Buachille and eventually dragged myself up to start the final ascent to the summit of Stob Coire Raineach. I had planned on another camp on Chrulaiste – however I guessed it would be busy with the forecast and the weekend looming. I was hoping for a quiet time up here 
The ascent is a little rocky in places from the bealach, but I was soon on the top taking in the views. At first glance I thought I would easily find a pitch with numerous grassy spots, however finding a place with grass and no rocks proved impossible. Eventually I succumbed and relied on the air ground sheet to do its best. Had I had my old rolly up ground matt, I’d have been in trouble ;)

Tent up, tea on and sunset was approaching. That wasn’t the only thing approaching – cloud was hugging the summits now and any thoughts of a spectacular sunset were dashed! 20.45 and I headed to bed- knackered!

couple of snaps from a cloudy sunset!

Imagestob dubh by Scotland's Mountains, on Flickr

Imagestob dubh by Scotland's Mountains, on Flickr

Usually I sleep poorly on wild camps but tonight I slept soundly…. Until 03.49 am! I wasn’t sure if I was still dreaming but the whoosh, whoosh, whoosh of propellers and engine noise was growing to the point that I eventually literally jumped out of the tent thinking the helicopter was about to join me inside. The cloud hadn’t cleared and the helicopter passed up the glen with it spot light illuminating a huge triangle of space. This wasn’t good, I hope all involved are safe and well. Watching in the darkness from the summit I could see the rescue operation unfold for the next hour somewhere in the darkness towards the top of Beinn Fhada. Once again it shows the bravery and dedication these heros go through to help someone likely to be a stranger.
I headed back to bed hoping that all involved were ok.
Sunrise was due at 06.15, so I set the alarm for 5.15, but for the first time, I slept right through it!! I woke with about 10 minutes to spare. At first glance it was still cloudy and I contemplated going back to sleep. However I thought I better check the eastern horizon – just in case! I was glad I did because the sunrise was spectacular… In a frenzied 10 minute spell, I fumbled with lenses and tripod’s and got the camera set up just in time to watch the sun illuminate the clouds and then rise over the banks of fog that covered Rannoch Moor – an amazing sight! It was over just as quickly as it arrived and I was soon checking my weather app. Blues skies forecast – mmmmmm – Not here, not now and in fact the low cloud rolled in reducing visibility to zero – time to head off… I descended quickly into the gloom and was back at the car for about 09.30.

some sunrise shots :

ImageSunrise over Rannoch Moor by Scotland's Mountains, on Flickr

ImageBuachaille Etive Beag Sunrise by Scotland's Mountains, on Flickr

ImageSchiehallion at sunrise by Scotland's Mountains, on Flickr
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Re: A Glencoe Sunrise - A Buachaille Etive Beag Wild Camp

Postby katyhills » Mon Sep 04, 2017 8:05 pm

Fab - as always :D
Currently watching The Grand Tours .... :wink:
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Re: A Glencoe Sunrise - A Buachaille Etive Beag Wild Camp

Postby Jaxter » Mon Sep 04, 2017 8:09 pm

Wow - absolutely wonderful stuff :clap: :clap:

Also just watched the Grand Tours - told you you're a celebrity :wink: 8)
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Re: A Glencoe Sunrise - A Buachaille Etive Beag Wild Camp

Postby Mal Grey » Mon Sep 04, 2017 8:20 pm

Now that, is special.

I knew I was in for a treat as soon as I saw the post, and it didn't disappoint. :clap: :clap: :clap:
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Re: A Glencoe Sunrise - A Buachaille Etive Beag Wild Camp

Postby rockhopper » Mon Sep 04, 2017 8:34 pm

smashing sunrise - also saw grand tours tonight and another good choice of camping spot :thumbup: - cheers :)
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Re: A Glencoe Sunrise - A Buachaille Etive Beag Wild Camp

Postby wilkiemurray » Tue Sep 05, 2017 7:31 am

katyhills wrote:Fab - as always :D
Currently watching The Grand Tours .... :wink:


Thanks - sunrise was worth the effort (on both videos ;))

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Re: A Glencoe Sunrise - A Buachaille Etive Beag Wild Camp

Postby wilkiemurray » Tue Sep 05, 2017 7:33 am

Jaxter wrote:Wow - absolutely wonderful stuff :clap: :clap:

Also just watched the Grand Tours - told you you're a celebrity :wink: 8)



Thanks Jaxter - was nice to get away camping again - I think this was the first summit camp I had done since filming with Paul Murton coincidentally :) A cracking wee hill

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Re: A Glencoe Sunrise - A Buachaille Etive Beag Wild Camp

Postby wilkiemurray » Tue Sep 05, 2017 7:34 am

Mal Grey wrote:Now that, is special.

I knew I was in for a treat as soon as I saw the post, and it didn't disappoint. :clap: :clap: :clap:


Thanks Mal - the sunrise was awesome :) - finding asuitable flat pitch however was another matter lol :)

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Re: A Glencoe Sunrise - A Buachaille Etive Beag Wild Camp

Postby wilkiemurray » Tue Sep 05, 2017 7:36 am

rockhopper wrote:smashing sunrise - also saw grand tours tonight and another good choice of camping spot :thumbup: - cheers :)


Thanks Rockhopper - yeah Creag Dubh gave a surprisingly great sunrise /set location. They didn't show much of the sunrise in last nights show - which in my opinion was more impressive than the sunset :)

Oh well - at least I managed to capture it with my wee gopro :lol:

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Re: A Glencoe Sunrise - A Buachaille Etive Beag Wild Camp

Postby inca » Tue Sep 05, 2017 8:49 am

Brilliant :clap: :clap:
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Re: A Glencoe Sunrise - A Buachaille Etive Beag Wild Camp

Postby litljortindan » Tue Sep 05, 2017 10:58 am

Who needs a blue sky when you can get a fiery one?
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Re: A Glencoe Sunrise - A Buachaille Etive Beag Wild Camp

Postby johnkaysleftleg » Fri Sep 08, 2017 8:47 am

Amazing video and images, top notch :clap: :clap: :clap:
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