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Mountain Equipment Qupik

shutterstock_71540434Where does a Copywriter go on holiday? Well I’m off to try and complete The Cape Wrath Trail. Having spent a portion of last year in the Torridonian mountains (climbing the likes of Beinn Eighe, Liathach and Beinn Alligan) I fell in love with the area but regretted that I departed never having climbed An Teallach, ’the forge’, a mountain that’s been in my imagination for as long as I can remember. I’ve been eager to get back to the region, and I’m hoping we’ll incorporate this peak (as a day-walk) within a projected 2-3 week trek that starts in Fort William and terminates at the remote Cape Wrath lighthouse (and takes in camping at Sandwood Bay).

I love Wales (where I’m from) and New Zealand but there’s something really magical about Scotland’s west coast: The fact wild camping is permitted in Scotland certainly helps.

45419_139457Along with my good friend Matt (Hodson) I’ve been planning and getting excited about this trip for a number of months. It involves up to 6 days as at a time without even encountering a road so, along with midges and emergencies, transporting large amounts of food will probably be the chief difficulty. (Water shouldn’t be a problem with clean streams, river and lakes). However, we’re both really excited about using the almost endless days of a North Scotland summer to explore the wilderness, enjoy the silence and test our collective mettle.

I’m away for 3 weeks, so there will be no blog updates during that time.

Here’s my kitlist for the trip for those interested in such things. Emphasis has been placed on lightweight equipment:

3583036580_8cff2d09e6Tent: Force Ten Helium 100

Sleeping Bag: Vango Venom 200 Down with Rab silk liner

Mat: Multimat superlite 25

Bag: Berghaus Extrem 40 litre

Waterproof shell: Berghaus Velum smock (Gore-tex Active shell)

Insulation: Mountain Equipment Qupik Jacket (also used as pillow)

Baselayer: Icebreaker 150 Merino t-shirt

Also packed:

Telescopic fishing rod to (try and) catch wild brown trout

Panasonic Lumix camera

beinn-eighe-ridgeDeet (for midges)

Small camping stove (Matty is carrying this currently)

Compact dynamo torch

Compeed blister plasters

Sealskinz waterproof socks

Food tips :

Merchant Gourmet puy lentils come in a sachet, have 11g protein/100g and don’t require cooking

Ainsley Harriett couscous cooks with added water in 3 mins, is nutritious and is acceptably tasty after walking all day.

Also carrying – High 5 electrolyte tablets, protein flapjacks and my special trail mix which consists of brazil nuts, walnuts, almonds, peanut M and M’s, Jelly Babies and Haribo – The rule is you can’t eat a sweet without also having a nut.

Weetabix breakfast biscuits are palatable without effort in the morning

The trip begins when I head up to Glasgow after work tonight. I’m watching the first Lions V Australia test with my brother (He’s studying architecture at the Glasgow School of Art) before meeting up with Matt and getting the train onwards to Fort William tomorrow evening

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