Eilean Shona from the head of Loch Moidart, Lochaber, Highland, Scotland.
Crossing Smirisary hill I’m soaked through, have a pounding headache and it’s getting dark, it’s also much steeper than I expected and I slip alarmingly a couple of times due to fatigue. I collapse exhausted on a tussock staring dead eyed at the rain streaking horizontally in the head torch beam. I need to get into some shelter urgently and decide to camp here for safety even though it’s a very poor site. It’s a struggle to put up the tent as it’s whipped out of my hand by the wind and the loose boggy ground doesn’t hold the pegs so I need to tie the guy lines to heather. I scoop water from a shallow bog to cook dinner and to rehydrate which is probably why I have a headache, it can be hard to remember to drink enough in the winter. When I’ve sorted myself out I listen to music to forget where I am and awake having had a surprisingly rejuvinating night.
Shona Beag, Riska Island and Cruach nam Menn, Loch Moidart, Lochaber, Highland, Scotland.
Date of walk: 7/1/19
Hard to pass by this bench in Ardmolich Wood.
Life was made much easier by being able to walk below the tide line for a while near Eilena Shona.
Smirisary Hill in a rain storm having being unable to find flat ground for the tent for the previous couple of hours. I also kept getting boxed in by deer fences. I ended up descending to this valley to get out of the worst of the wind, using the fence as a ladder in parts as it was so sleep.
The slightly desperate campsite choice wouldn’t take tent pegs so I tied all the guy lines to clumps of heather.
Camp, Smirisary Hill, Lochaber, Highland, Scotland.