Archive for June 6th, 2012

June 6, 2012

Sleeping high in the Highlands

by backpackingbongos

It’s easy planning a backpack over several mountains from the comfort of your sofa.  You then find reality giving you a big sweaty slap in the face as the second Munro of the day towers above you.  Anyway, despite gasping lungs, wobbly legs, ripped trail shoes and a dinted camera I have just spent a splendid bank holiday weekend roaming the Scottish hills.  The most magical part for me was the opportunity to pitch my Trailstar close to the summits each night, an array of peaks filling the horizon.  What really surprised me was how quiet the hills were considering it was a bank holiday, apart from the tops of a couple of Munros I only had sheep and deer for company.

It will be a week or so before I do a write-up as the Bongo is getting dusted off this weekend for the No Direction Home Festival.  In the meantime here is a photo taken during what was a dull and overcast evening.  Laying in my sleeping bag the Trailstar walls suddenly turned a vivid orange and I got up to witness a magical sunset.

Pitched around the 840 metre contour near the summit of Cam Chreag, with the sun setting behind the Bridge of Orchy hills.