The High Camp
Usually when I tell people about wild-camping high in the mountains, they will look at me with surprise and say something like "Really? Isn't it scary and dangerous?". There will always be an element of danger if you are spending the night in the mountains, far from help. However this danger can be minimized significantly if you prepare and equip yourself properly. If you are as passionate about the outdoors as me then the risks are probably worth taking - I personally believe that there is no better way to spend time in the hills
Too often I found myself climbing a Munro and spending only 10-20 minutes at the summit before starting my descent. I wanted to spend much longer taking in the views and spending the night was the most appealing option to me. As a photographer, I also have the opportunity to watch the light change as the sun sets and rises which gives me the chance to capture incredible images.
It is very important to monitor weather forecasts before heading into the hills - more specifically the mountain forecast from the Met Office will give you a good idea of what to expect at 3000 ft. I only go out if I am confident that the weather is going to be decent.
It is very important to make sure that somebody knows about your plans. Leave as much information as possible - this may include details of the exact route that you are walking, the summit which you intend to camp on and where you are parking your car. All of this information will be useful to mountain rescue teams in the unlikely event that you need rescued.
If you get into difficulty, you should dial 999 from your mobile and ask for the Police who will liaise with the local mountain rescue team.
Below, I have listed the gear which I always take with me on wild camps regardless of season.
Large Rucksack (60L+) - I have a Vango Sherpa
Sleeping Bag (At least 3 seasons rated)
Tent - 1 or 2 man lightweight backpacking tent. My tent is a 2 man Vango Blade (pictured)
Camping stove + Spork - I have a Jetboil Flash
GPS/Paper Map (with knowledge of how to navigate using a map & compass)
Water Bottle x2
Clothing - All seasons
Warm Gloves (windproof)
Walking trousers (durable/windproof/water resistant)
Thermal Base layer
Long Sleeve Layer
Fleece (medium / heavy weight & warm)
Mobile Phone - For emergencies
SD Cards for camera
Dry Bag x2 (to keep valuables safe)
Plastic Bag (for rubbish)
Head Torch + spare batteries
Tin of beans x2
Bags of sweets
If you make the correct preparations for a high camp then you could find yourself spending the night in some of the most spectacular places in Scotland.