Far north camping trip (Apr 2011)

30 April – 1 May 2011

Wild-camped near Poolewe in an attempt to visit midge-infested areas before the midge season starts. However too windy on Friday evening for midges anyway. Walked into the Fisherfield Forest wilderness, incredible wind on Saturday morning gaving rise to vortices like mini tornados on Fionn Loch. Luckily it eased during the day. Scrambled the NW ridge of A’Mhaighdean – fantastic views back to Poolewe about 17 miles away giving incredible feelings of remoteness. Crossed to Ruadh Stac Mor before starting the long walk back (total about 55km). Wild-camped Saturday night high up with lovely sunset views down Little Loch Broom. On Sunday climbed Am Faochagach with a detour to scramble the west ridge Cnoc na h’lolaire. Normally this hill is so boggy you need a snorkel and there’s a thigh-deep river crossing but with three/four weeks of no rain the river and bog was almost dry. So dry in fact that Liatach caught fire the same day.