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Midsummer camping at Altandhu

posted 4 Aug 2012, 03:15 by Jon Bowyer
Friday 22nd - Sunday 24th June 2012 

Our midsummer camping meet this year headed up to Altandhu, north-west of Ullapool, to enjoy the ultra-long daylight and catch some coastal breeze to blow the midges away. One group headed off from there to sample the scrambling on Suilven:

After staring at pretty much emptiness all along the flat tops and scrambles of Suilven the sharp end of Meall Beag suddenly loomed over us out of the mist and all that was missing were cracks of lightning and a scattering of resident crows. It was time to get off Suilven - fast. The only option was to follow Allan and slide down the NE gully into the mist and hope that it didn't end in a straight drop to the bottom.....well it didn't :o)

Meanwhile another group had set off to bag Ben Hope...

Back at camp with the long still evening and the Summer Isles across the bay it was time for Juan to give us a lesson in casting with a lure. Sadly, the fish were elsewhere and we had to call it a day once we worked out that we were the live bait. Catherine's birthday cakes made a great dessert.
 
On Sunday Stac Pollaidh was equally enticing and us remaining die-hards braved lashing rain to weave our way among the stacs on the ridge. A successful scramble at the crux led us to the summit only to regret not leaving a trail of breadcrumbs to guide us back through the mist.
 
Finally after drying out in Ullapool with a bowl of soup we stopped off for a look at Corrieshalloch gorge and the shoogly bridge before heading home.

Meet report by Berenice Hunter


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