Northwest Highlands of Scotland Mountain Days
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This is a challenging event, requiring a good level of fitness and stamina.
This is a series of three consecutive mountain day walks, and 4 nights self catering accommodation in a hostel that normally sleeps 30, but we have sole use!
Which munros might we climb? There are loads of munros in this corner of Scotland. Some require a long walk in from the nearest road access. Some circuits can see us visit two or more in one day. Names such as An Teallach, Sgurr Mor, Beinn Dearg stir the mind. You don't have to reach the heights of munro status to have a stunning day as one of Scotland's most iconic mountains is well short of munro status but will stay in your memory for ever. This is Suilven.
Our location gives us options for alternative days out if weather conditions are against us.
One thing to bear in mind is we will almost certainly need to use cars each day so we shiuld be mindful of guidance on car sharing and chipping in for fuel if using others' cars.
What's the plan? We have sole use of the hostel which is located in a small town with access to food stores, cafes, restaurants etc. We'll gather on the Saturday and have a welcome briefing and discuss options based on the weather and our abilities in the group.
Great opportunity to sharpen your hill and mountain nav skills. If you're thinking of becoming a mountain leader, or just want to sharpen your navigation skills, there will be loads of chances.
All photos courtesy of me, Rob
What to bring
You should bring your own:
towel and toiletries
map and compass (especially if you want some nav practice!)
warm clothes and wet
Water: bring a water bottle, or better still, a hydration bladder, for the walks
Midge repellant and head net are strongly advised.
Medicines: if you have hay fever, diabetes, minor ailments etc., make sure you bring all medicines with you, for 5 full days
Day Rucksack: typically 20-30 litres, they are comfortable to wear and allow you to use your arms freely
Waterproof bags: keep spare clothing, electronics and anything else dry even when your rucksack leaks by using Ziploc type food bags or, better still, outdoor activity waterproof bags
Boots: waterproof and breathable hiking boots with good ankle support
Gaiters: recommended for wet weather or boggy conditions
Socks: proper walking socks will keep your feet dry and help prevent blisters, and carry a spare, dry pair
Walking Poles: always optional, love them or hate them, but give them a try and decide for yourself
Layered clothing: lets you quickly adapt to changes in the weather and body temperature. Go for a base layer (vest or t-shirt) and a mid layer (a micro fleece or shirt) and in cooler weather add an outer layer (a windproof jacket or thick fleece)
Trousers: no jeans for walks as they become heavy and cold in the rain, breathable fabrics are more comfortable and dry and on warm days shorts are OK
Waterproof jacket: essential when hiking in all but the calmest of weather, breathable fabrics are more comfortable and dry.
Gloves: Windproof, or better still, waterproof gloves are the best choice, bring a spare pair if expecting rain.
Hat or cap: stay warm in winter and shaded in summer
Sunglasses: for any sunny day, even in winter
Sun cream: can be useful even on cloudy and winter days
Snacks: bring biscuits, energy bars, gels, bananas, chocolate or dried fruit for example and put them somewhere easy to get hold of
Lunch: bring a packed lunch unless otherwise stated
Emergency equipment: the walk leader will bring any emergency equipment required for the group, but you are welcome to bring any that you have, such as additional high energy food, a survival bag, a whistle, a medical kit, a torch and something to make fire (either storm proof matches or a firelighter
Map and compass: the walk leader will have these, but if you like map reading or want to develop your skills, bring yours along
Mobile Phone: keep it in a waterproof bag for use in emergencies, and a spare battery/charger is a good idea. You should get a signal once we get high up.
Food & drink
This is NOT a catered event. You can bring food with you, or buy all the provisions you need once here. There are local stores as well as a Tesco nearby. There plenty of places to eat, from breakfasts through to cakes and evening meals. We can cook as a group some nights, something to discuss on arrival.