is it possible?
My 50th birthday approaching and how to celebrate it? I thought about camping on top of Suilven which is near Lochinver in Assynt! Has anyone here done this, has anyone been up Suilven and reckoned that there might be a spot to pitch a tent?
It would be nice to be up there watching the sunset whilst sipping a dram!
What's the path like from Lochinver to Suilven?
Was up there a year or so ago - plenty of places to camp along the ridge, you ascend next to a stream so water shouldn't be an issue - save a drop for your malt - there's a bothy at Suileag to fall back to in case of bad weather .. there's even a wall on the ridge you could shelter behind. The Pie shop in Lochinver is a good place to stock up - try the venison and cranberry. The path is initially a road to Glencanisp Lodge then a good fast track until just before Loch na Gainimh.
P.S. Probably best to leave the malt until after you've done the Meall Meadhonach end.
P.P.S Just checked my summit snaps - you could camp right at the top if you fancied.
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Does anyone know what bivy is the one streapadair is using in that incredible Suilven picture??
Sorry EF for intruding on your thread, and may you get a cloud inversion as good as that when you get there!!
ALoveSupreme wrote (see)
you ascend next to a stream
Not necessarily - you most certainly do not if you climb up from the South West.
Loads of space for a tent on top, though.
Well, I've answered my own query...
The tent is a Phoenix Phoxhole - single-skin Goretex, 3 hoops, 1.3kg. It was only produced for a few years around 1980. That's what the man himself said on UKC.
Bonnie wee tent.
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Damien ONeill wrote (see)
ALoveSupreme wrote (see)you ascend next to a streamNot necessarily - you most certainly do not if you climb up from the South West.Loads of space for a tent on top, though.
I was there
Yes. Wow! Ivo's photo is what I had in mind! October 15th is my birthday. Living in Darkest Scandinavia (Finland) means it's tricky to get to Suilven, the Lake District is easier and I had Sharp Edge & Blencathra in mind, but Suilven would certainly be something to remember!
June 2006 went up Ben Nevis & Ben Hope (northernmost Munro) but we didn't have time to go to Suilven, though we did drive through Torridon and saw Liathach & Beinn Alligin; and stopped at Ardvreck Castle which had a special interest from me having read the book "Montrose - Cavalier in Mourning" by Ronald Williams. This is a well-written book describing surely what must be one of the most fascinating episodes in British history, James Graham more or less single-handedly fighting for King Charles I against the Covenanters (a bit like the Conservatives against corrupt "New" Labour !??). I would recommend this book to anyone who has an interest in Scotland, and if there was a Heaven (apart from Scotland and the Lake District!) I would certainly like to have a chat with James Graham, First Earl of Montrose. Brilliant guy - sadly he ended up being hung, drawn and quartered, just like Mel Gibson before him!
Ivo - sending your picture onto my girlfriend, she's the one coming with me and the one who has to make my porridge in the morning up on top of Suilven
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