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    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?

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    Looks possible - scroll down to Langur's post a third of the way down the page...

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    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 Suileagto 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 Lodgethen 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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    It's on my list of things to do - nice bit of grass with good views. When's your birthday ?

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    Thread hijack warning...

    Does anyone know what bivy is the one streapadair is using in that incredible Suilven picture??


    It's clearer in this picture:


    The nearest thing I can think of is the TN Saturn, but this has got a hoop in the middle as well. It probably weighs a ton, but it looks a nice shelter for summit camping.


    Sorry EF for intruding on your thread, and may you get a cloud inversion as good as that when you get there!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by ALoveSupreme View Post

    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.

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    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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    You could camp where there's a bit of dry stone wall in the col between the two tops of Suilven -- as long as your tent doesn't have a big footprint. Probably better by the little lochan on the ascent route tho -- plenty of water, better pitches and it's not long to the top.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Damien ONeill View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by ALoveSupreme View Post

    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.
    If you read the o/p you will see that he enquired about going in from Lochinver,from which the normal route will indeed take you by water almost until the bealach. Most certainly.

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    Wow.

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    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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