There are many ways to ascend the mighty and iconic mountain of Suilven set in the heart of the North West Highlands. But among my favourites this year have been on a 4 day expedition combining canoeing with hill walking and by helicopter for a filming project.
April hails the start of the Duke of Edinburgh expedition season.
This year the hail seems more literal. April usually brings an assortment of weather with sunshine and showers. But this year seems to have brought more sunshine and snow. Lambing snows might be a slight underestimation.
Suilven is a classic and unmistakeable outline on the northwest highlands skyline. The remote and isolated Graham sits at 731 meters high and usually requires a 3 hour walk in to access it’s steep and intimidating sides. Enter the Canoe, drifting silently across Loch Veyatie. Camping on Fionn Loch is most certainly my favourite way to access Suilven.
In between the 100mph winds there has been one or two really wonderfully calm spells, yet again the Summer Isles lives up to it’s name and produced beautiful and still conditions.
With the changing of the clocks on the first day of training we did wonder if anybody would turn up at the wrong time.
It was early as I parked up outside The Glasgow Academy. Met the group and started the long process of kit checks.
So it’s back to work and back into a Canoe. This time working for Active Stirling running a Duke of Edinburgh through the highland fault line.
The inverpolly loch system which runs in front of Stac Pollidh is a fantastic place to put the boats on and go for a bit of an adventure.