Solo wild camp on Ben Cleuch

Route: Ben Cleuch circular

Grahams: Ben Cleuch
Donalds: Ben Cleuch

Date walked: 10/08/2012

Time taken: 24 hours

Ascent: 721m

Got finished work early on Friday. Weather was nice, already had my gear packed ready for the weekend so showered and off I went. Decided to head south to the Ochils. Went into Tullicoultry outlet for some supplies. Then headed over to hill road and park up next to the local pub. Got the boots on and started up the steps towards the quarry, through a metal gate and then on to the grassy zig zag path. Around the path then had nice views down onto the bridge. Down the steps and Boom! The path is closed! Doesn't matter, there was a few routes to a few hills. Crossed a little wooden bridge to the right. A very steep hill with a rocky scramble then up onto a steep grassy path. The sun was beaming down, I had to stop for a wee rest. A couple of local lads with only trainers and shorts come screaming past me. " Alright Lad, You on your way up or down?" "Up" I sighed! :roll: After a wee minute I started off again. Got about another 200m and decided it was far too hot to carry all my gear and I decided to leave the path and head around the hill to find a wee spot to pitch the tent out of the way.
Found a great wee spot with views over Tillicoultry. Got the tent pitched and headed down to a wee burn with another tin bridge. Braw!! Got the boots, socks and t-shirt off and done a spot of sun-bathing with feet dangling in the water.

Once the sun started to cool down again, I headed back up to my tent. Had a quick drink and headed for the summit. The view's were great. Only seen one other walker on the way up. Back down to the tent and got the stove out and made Thai Green chicken curry straight out the bag... I was well impressed! Lovely! But as the sun dies down... out come the Midges! Ahhh... Little &%^$^$%£" Time to zip up the fly sheet! My tent was pitched on a slight slope with my head at the top of the slope recliner tent! Perfect night's sleep! :wink: As the sun went down all the street lights came on underneath me in Tillicoultry and Edinburgh across the water, perfect wee spot!

My first solo hill climb and my first wild camp on up a hill... Done! Braw, loved it and will be doing it again soon. Think I'll do 2 or more nights next time.

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Location: Perth, Scotland
Occupation: Plumbing & Heating eng
Interests: Hill walking, mountain climbing, wild camping
Activity: Munro compleatist
Pub: Cherrybank Inn
Mountain: Mount everest
Place: Sutherland
Gear: Pocket rocket
Camera: I-phone
Ideal day out: Any hill or mountain with good views and a clear sky. Camping in the wild.
Ambition: Complete all 283 Munro's

Munros: 4
Corbetts: 1
Grahams: 1
Donalds: 1
Sub 2000: 3


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Distance: 22.5 km
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