Vanguard Mountaineering in Scotland
For weeks we were planning a big trip. A trip not around photography but aimed at mountaineering, climbing and enjoying the outdoors. With talks of going abroad or staying closer to home in the UK. As with most, the usual problem was running out of time and working full time jobs.
Before we knew it we only had two weeks before we planned to go away so to make it easier and cheaper we changed from going abroad to remaining local with a week-long trip to Scotland, exploring the area of Glen Coe with hope to spend most of the week mountaineering and scrambling. It might sound odd, but photography was going to come second on this trip. It was about stepping away from the camera and social media and enjoying ourselves for a change.
One issue was the weather being very changeable across the whole week and any reports we were getting for the days ahead were useless. You could look at the reports for a few hours’ time and it would be changing all the time. We were sat in a micro climate and any plans became less scheduled to simply acting on them, there and then when the weather would be best.
After driving for ten hours we arrived in Glencoe village. Welcomed in by the rain which wasn’t filling us with hope to say the least. Determined not to be put off by the weather we pitched up at a local campsite, put our heads down for a few hours and then get some breakfast before heading back out in to the mountains.
Come 10am that morning the weather cleared up and the sun made an appearance. This was going to be a common theme with the weather that week. On wet days, spending time on lower levels exploring the coastal lochs and local treats of castles and walks with the warmer, somewhat drier days spent above 1000m on the mountain summits.