week wild camping and paddling on Loch Shiel

Gailainne

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Great week out, really needed a sanity check, and this was it. Some pics;
The drive up on Sunday morning held stunning views, especially as you climbed up towards Rannoch moor;
Just above Tyndrum
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Glencoe ski area
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Corran ferry, there and back I just missed it and had to wait for it to return.
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I did’nt take any pictures of the drive over to Pollock, on the other side I drove into a valley which was still frosted over, and some of the switch back turns were still iced over.
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Finally arrived paddling into a setting sun, last time we’d see it for most of the week, the view back up the Loch
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I slept in my little Terra Nova tent the first night, but Rich and I did a recce the next day for a suitable spot to hammock for the rest of the week.
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View from my hammock
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New shroud was slightly too long for the superfly, but the pu coated nylon was well up for the winds and rains.
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Ventilation, these would normally be a lot steeper, but I kept the tarp very low
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While the rest of the guys were getting a pounding from the weather I got off relatively lightly, the material was nothing special, just what I had available but it worked quite well.
Foot end
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I also set up a lean to with a Kathmandu tarp, as a day camp, cooking area, that transformed over the week to various configurations, great bit of kit, kept me and most of my kit dry and wind free.
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Good trip enjoyed the banter, also enjoyed my time to myself, roll on the next one.
 

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dave53

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looked a fantastic trip guys loved the music in the vid i will get it from iTunes regards dave
 

coln18

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:headbang:Cheers Jason, very good pics, particularly like the one of you hiding in "Pirate Cove" have you been taking lessons from our Shewie on sneaking up on people "Pirate Style":canoe:
 

Toddy

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Lovely to see the photos :D
It really does look like one of those weeks where the company made the trip, even though the place is beautiful :)

Thank you for sharing :cool:

atb,
Mary
 

Jinsin456

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Great pics guys looked an awesome trip.

ps. I think you should paint your canoe battleship grey Col and that way you can regale us with more naval stories on a more apt craft :lmao:
 

Shewie

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Looks like you all had a great time. Where did you camp?

Cheers, Michael.


Camas Bhlathain beach, midway between the River Polloch and Eilean Fhianain on the southern shore, it looked very different to when we stopped there in summer a few years ago but still a good spot.
 

Shewie

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I've spent last week looking at various canvas tents and stove set ups :)

Did you manage to find anything yet?

I was looking around again trying to find something close to the Snowtrekkers, not much about this side of the pond though, but I did come across these guys in Europe ..

http://diejurte.com/category/ridgetents/

With a bit of tinkering I reckon you could get something pretty close to the shortwalls. The Rhone looks decent, but you're getting into Bell tent weights
 
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