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Solo Wildcamping in remote Mountains,41 km in the Wilderness

Solo Wildcamping in remote Mountains,41 km in the Wilderness


Postby Petr Dakota » Mon Jul 20, 2020 10:34 pm

Route description: An Sgarsoch and Carn an Fhidhleir

Munros included on this walk: Carn an Fhidhleir (Carn Ealar)

Date walked: 20/07/2020

Distance: 41 km

Ascent: 694m

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Movie of the Adventure - Night in the Wilderness, great pitch-view point:




Finally Lockdown lifted and the rules allowed to enjoy the oudoor fully again ! After the day out with my daughter Cheyenne in Glencoe & Glen Nevis incl. Steall Falls shortly after the lift and then our family hike on Ben Vrackie another week I had the opportunity to do something longer where I can stay one night. Because of upgrading some of my camping stuff, which I tried only in our garden during the lockdown, I was excited to go to the mountains and test it properly in the wilderness ! :D Decision made and after checking the weather which was not so good for the sunday, but offered some dry and clear hours in the South of Cairngorms, I planned the trip and wanted to enjoy as much freedom as possible so an remote area with the feelings of solitude would be the best ! Unfortunately the lockdown lifted, but the weather got back to the "normal" in the same time as we axperienced probably the best sunny and dry days in the time of restrictions...but nothing can stop us now, after the long time of waiting !


Photo - story:

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Nice nature friendly mini memorial just before Braemar
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Beautiful place for the headstone between Braemar and Inverey
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Linn of Dee car park, ready to go !
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Initial view just after the forest
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Along the way...
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Very long way ahead !
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Sign of the previous winds
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...a few miles later
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The ruins of Ruigh nan Clach
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Bothy in the view
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closer...
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...and from behind
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the Bothy back in the distance...
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Waterproof on as weather was changing many times, sun, rain, wind, fog, clear again...and again...and again...
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Spotted the forest and after checking the map, which shows it's the last one on the way, decision made - probably best place for the night !
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This would be the place...
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...with this view !
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Done !
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The forest is a great shelter from the rain and wind, it has hard and dry ground and hidden from the road view
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happy with the viewpoint also !
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Camouflage :-)
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Can you spot it ? Jus if you know about it ;-)
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Time ( limited ) to continue towards the hills
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Geldie Lodge ruin
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Looking back, hill"walkers" left their bikes there...
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Another angle a few metres later
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Closer to Carn an Fhidhleir
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The pathless, boggy terrain later on
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Looking back from the slope...there is my tent in the forest in the distance
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Sometimes dry...and sometimes wet !
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far from the tent
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...and back, closer to the tent again !
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Time to enjoy the camping ;-)
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...and relax
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No trace left in the morning
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It was a great trip, enjoyed my solo wild camping after many years as I'm mostly doing one day trips ( with crazy night starts if distance to get back home the same day and caring about my daughter Cheyenne ).
Last edited by Petr Dakota on Mon Jul 27, 2020 7:56 pm, edited 5 times in total.
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Re: Solo Wildcamping in remote Mountains,41 km in the Wilder

Postby sultan » Tue Jul 21, 2020 11:20 am

Loved this with the music. These hills are certainly in 'the big country'.
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Re: Solo Wildcamping in remote Mountains,41 km in the Wilder

Postby Petr Dakota » Tue Jul 21, 2020 6:48 pm

sultan wrote:Loved this with the music. These hills are certainly in 'the big country'.

Thank you :D
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Re: Solo Wildcamping in remote Mountains,41 km in the Wilder

Postby Sgurr » Tue Jul 21, 2020 7:06 pm

A long carry in. Couldn't persuade my husband to repeat these with me, so had to do them solo on a bike...almost wrecked my tourer as this was pre my mountain bike. Think your way would have been better as at least you got a nice camp. if not an orchestra.
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Re: Solo Wildcamping in remote Mountains,41 km in the Wilder

Postby Sunset tripper » Wed Jul 22, 2020 12:08 pm

A great adventure petr, and great video also.
That looks like a cracking sleeping mat too. :thumbup:

What is it and how heavy, if you know? Cheers :D
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Re: Solo Wildcamping in remote Mountains,41 km in the Wilder

Postby Marty_JG » Wed Jul 22, 2020 2:31 pm

The mat looks like a generic Chinese one, £30, they're about 650 grams.

https://smile.amazon.co.uk/Deeplee-Inflatable-interconnected-Ultralight-Backpacking/dp/B07RGD799B/

There are also some large/curved £45 Trekology pads, about 550 grams, that a lot of people are liking:

https://smile.amazon.co.uk/Trekology-Camping-Mat-Sleeping-Mattress/dp/B07N4KK854/
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Re: Solo Wildcamping in remote Mountains,41 km in the Wilder

Postby Petr Dakota » Fri Jul 24, 2020 6:47 pm

Sgurr wrote:A long carry in. Couldn't persuade my husband to repeat these with me, so had to do them solo on a bike...almost wrecked my tourer as this was pre my mountain bike. Think your way would have been better as at least you got a nice camp. if not an orchestra.

The bike is really useful on this route to do the two Munros in one day and still keep some energy after :) I was optimistic to walk so far with the heavy stuff as I did not want to stay too close of Linn of Dee where some campers had the base, I wanted to enjoy the solitude for my camping, the forest was best option in the weather, didn't fancy to wake up on opened windy area and very wet grass. My later start from the car park and my reduced fitness level after the 4 month of gap as I must admit, allowed me just to get close to the 1st summit, then turned back to at least enjoy the relaxing camping as it was something I missed for years :roll: :lol: Shame, so close, but the Munros will wait for next and it will be as light packing as possible :lol: Bike considering, but still prefer the walk in...
I had dilemma if continue to finish the two then get back to my tent in darkness and just sleep, but carrying it all so far camping was priority after many years, to enjoy more in the rest of daylight. The lack of time and also my energy gone in the steeper pathless slope...

I enjoyed the camping in the peace of forest and the opened views, great refresh ! :D
Last edited by Petr Dakota on Fri Jul 24, 2020 7:17 pm, edited 1 time in total.
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Re: Solo Wildcamping in remote Mountains,41 km in the Wilder

Postby Petr Dakota » Fri Jul 24, 2020 7:03 pm

Sunset tripper wrote:A great adventure petr, and great video also.
That looks like a cracking sleeping mat too. :thumbup:

What is it and how heavy, if you know? Cheers :D

Thank you :D Despite the light matt the rucksack was still too heavy especially after the long gap :lol: :lol: :lol:

I used this one: TRINORDIC Forest Green Ultra Light 520g
https://www.amazon.co.uk/TRINORDIC-Ultralight-Inflatable-Lightweight-Backpacking/dp/B07X6RCM9M/ref=sr_1_3?crid=Y2DCLGSI3DD1&dchild=1&keywords=trinordic+camping+mat&qid=1595613484&s=sports&sprefix=trinordi%2Csports%2C148&sr=1-3

Really happy with. light and comfortable :thumbup: and THIS PRODUCT PLANTS ONE TREE :D
Thanks for watching the video
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Re: Solo Wildcamping in remote Mountains,41 km in the Wilder

Postby Petr Dakota » Fri Jul 24, 2020 7:06 pm

Marty_JG wrote:The mat looks like a generic Chinese one, £30, they're about 650 grams.

https://smile.amazon.co.uk/Deeplee-Inflatable-interconnected-Ultralight-Backpacking/dp/B07RGD799B/

There are also some large/curved £45 Trekology pads, about 550 grams, that a lot of people are liking:

https://smile.amazon.co.uk/Trekology-Camping-Mat-Sleeping-Mattress/dp/B07N4KK854/


As above :wink:
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Re: Solo Wildcamping in remote Mountains,41 km in the Wilder

Postby Petr Dakota » Mon Jul 27, 2020 2:33 pm

Just added photos and descriptions finally, after the lack of free time
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Re: Solo Wildcamping in remote Mountains,41 km in the Wilder

Postby Huff_n_Puff » Mon Aug 17, 2020 12:42 pm

Wow ... beautifully put together. We had to laugh at this because we just got home from a very similar trip yesterday. Your report doesn't mention the midges :shock: :shock: :shock: Never in my life have I suffered such a sustained midgie attack - hot weather, no wind and bog - they loved it, and me :lol: :lol: (I look like a bad case of measles :lol: )

Massive walk after months of lockdown though, thank you for taking the photos and the movie :clap: :clap:
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Re: Solo Wildcamping in remote Mountains,41 km in the Wilder

Postby R1ggered » Mon Aug 17, 2020 5:16 pm

Great viewing again Petr. :clap:
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Re: Solo Wildcamping in remote Mountains,41 km in the Wilder

Postby Petr Dakota » Tue Aug 18, 2020 5:54 pm

Huff_n_Puff wrote:Wow ... beautifully put together. We had to laugh at this because we just got home from a very similar trip yesterday. Your report doesn't mention the midges :shock: :shock: :shock: Never in my life have I suffered such a sustained midgie attack - hot weather, no wind and bog - they loved it, and me :lol: :lol: (I look like a bad case of measles :lol: )

Massive walk after months of lockdown though, thank you for taking the photos and the movie :clap: :clap:

Thank you for watching the movie :) I was lucky to manage it without the midges :D I think the wind helped a lot so no any problem with them that time there :lol: :lol: :lol:
But one week ago on Ben Wyvis with my daughter Cheyenne, it was a different story !!! :roll: Midges everywhere, giving us the pace...any stop or any slowing down was properly rewarded by their "massage" :lol: My both hands are still spotty and itchy up to elbow :lol: :shock: :lol: :crazy: :lol: :roll: :lol: :lol: :lol:
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Re: Solo Wildcamping in remote Mountains,41 km in the Wilder

Postby Petr Dakota » Tue Aug 18, 2020 5:55 pm

R1ggered wrote:Great viewing again Petr. :clap:

Thank you :)
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Re: Solo Wildcamping in remote Mountains,41 km in the Wilder

Postby ere1 » Wed Aug 19, 2020 1:49 pm

Hi Petr,

What a nice walk! For now, I will not be able to enjoy hiking or swimming in the Highlands. I'll catch up with all that I have missed in Scotland, when the Coronavirus is past and it is safe to go again. By the way, I like your hip flask. :wink:

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