Midsummer Solstice wild camping meet, Seana Bhraigh, 21 June 2019

The plan was to meet at the summit of Seana Bhraigh at 10 pm on Midsummer’s Eve.  There were seven of us in four parties, walking in by three different routes at different times on Friday afternoon and evening.  What could possibly go wrong with that plan?

Robin was the solitary individual who made it to the summit at the allotted time and bivvied in the summit shelter.  He even set his alarm to toast the sunrise.  He was spotted striding purposefully up the North ridge just before 10 pm by Anne and Arthur; they had walked in from Inverlael and traversed over the summit a little earlier in the evening, dropping down to the little lochan on the North ridge to try to find a camp site with a bit of shelter from a biting westerly wind.

The lochan campsite

The sun set behind the Wester Ross and Sutherland hills – top photo – silhouetting Ben More Coigach, Stac Polly, Cul Beag, Cul Mor, Suilven and Canisp as the light got lower and lower on the horizon. It never really became dark, and the red glow of the sunrise soon started only a few degrees east of North.

Robin met up with Anne and Arthur on his descent back down the North ridge, as they were striking camp in the morning to retrace their steps over Seana Bhraigh and back to Inverlael. Not far behind he encountered Michael and Kirsty G. close to the lochan campsite; they had walked in along the track from the walkers car park at Corriemulzie lodge, choosing to overnight at Magoos bothy as time was getting on. Though the views of sunset weren’t as good as from higher up, they enjoyed a comfortable nights’ sleep in the bothy. They summitted at 10 am – just in time to see Arthur and Ann disappear into the distance.

Glen Beg bothy

Dougie and Kirsty R. took a long route in from Black Bridge via the Strathvaich hills. They encountered some pretty wet and cold weather, and dropped down from Cona Mheall to Glen Beg Bothy to spend the night. Kirsty walked out to Black Bridge in the morning while Dougie persevered with ascents of Carn Ban and Beinn a Chaisteil before heading home for a hot shower and a caffeine fix.

Participants: Robin, Anne, Arthur, Kirsty G., Michael, Dougie and Kirsty R.