Swamps, swamps and more swamps
So, I had a relatively nice overnighter on Mull a couple of weeks back, with a dry, calm night followed by a very, very wet day. I'm glad the night didn't involve much weather, as the the place where I pitched my tent left a bit to be desired!
Turned out that everywhere was a bit of a swamp, regardless of altitude or the gradient of slope, and I wasn't wholly willing to trust in the groundsheet of my tent to keep me dry. I eventually found a little dry flat platform (on the north slope of Glen Clachaig, below An Cruchan, if you were interested) after a good hour of clambering and a 250m ascent leaving me rather more hungry and tired than I'd have liked!
Similar conditions pop up all over the place... big expanses of peaty moorland where everything oozes. Question for you folks... how do you go about finding a good camping spot in that sort of terrain? Or is the answer "avoid camping anywhere near there"? If I go back again, it is tempting to do it in the depths of winter when it will have frozen nicely!
There are times you just can't avoid it. But I know from experience I can trust my groundsheets.
On one occasion I pitched on thawing snow in Norway, when I woke up the next morning those bits of groundsheet not weighed down were afloat! Plenty of condensation on it, but no leaks!
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