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Wilderness Camping – Lochcarron 1st – 3rd May 2015

It’s been a couple of years since we last ran a ‘wilderness’ meet in Scotland; it was resurrected this year, with a couple of us ‘needing’ some remote munros in order to complete our munro collections.  So this May Day bank holiday, a group of us congregated at a remote campsite adjacent to a delightful bothy east of Lochcarron in the far north west of Scotland. 

The bothy gave us a comfortable place to cook our food and chat in the evenings (and proved especially valuable on the Sunday, as shall become apparent), but as there was already six people in residence we were grateful of having our own tents where we could also retreat for peace and quiet.

Early May saw a return to winter in the UK, and the mountains covered in fresh snow were iridescent in the early sun of Saturday morning.  We set off to climb Lurg Mhor (translating to ‘big ridge stretching into the plain’) and Bidein a’Choire Sheasgaich (peak of the barren (or milkless) cattle).  These two very remote mountains are a greatly prised by munrobaggers; we had great views of the surrounding Torridon hills and had clear views over to the Cuillin of Skye throughout our walk.

It was obvious that the weather was on the turn (as forecast) and the wind was rising as we descended back to our campsite. We had a pleasant evening with a beverage or two in the bothy before retiring to our tents and a rather disturbed night with the tents being battered by the now gale force winds.  Sunday morning the wind was accompanied by sleet showers, so after a protracted breakfast (in the bothy) we decided to walk back out to Strathcarron and proceeded on our separate ways home (after coffee in the hotel of course.) 

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