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June 10, 2013

Wild camping – the one in a hundred weekend

by backpackingbongos

The actual walking this weekend often had me swearing and wondering to myself why I do such things.  Mostly this was when I was lurching through giant tussocks that were doing their best to break one of my legs.  All the time the sun was mercilessly beating down and with no shade I was a hot and sweaty mess.  To counter balance this the wild camping in between the lurching was simply sublime.

It really was one of those one in a hundred summer weekends.  The location, my frame of mind and the weather all combined to make the wild camping experience pretty much as good as it gets.  A write-up after I have finished the TGO Challenge posts.  In the meantime a few photos as a taster of wild camping heaven.  Summer only lasts for a few short weeks, grab your tent, pick a mountain and camp on it.

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It was worth carrying four litres of water up to the summit of Macaterick on a hot afternoon.  The views from this rugged little hill are superb and just got better and better as afternoon turned to evening and finally a midsummer twilight.  Darkness never fully arrived.

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Play spot the tent which is the same colour as many of the boulders on this craggy hill.

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The evening was so perfect and the midges still asleep that I slept with the door open.  At just gone 4.00am I opened my eyes and saw this from the comfort of my sleeping bag.  I should have got up and taken advantage to get THE perfect photo.  I snapped this without getting up and was soon back asleep.

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After descending the stupidly steep slopes in the background I was keen on getting pitched.  The southern ridge of Tarfessock provided the perfect place to do so.

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Another evening and night lounging with the doors open.  The sky was much moodier the second night, showing the huge whale backed hill of Corserine at its best.