|Every year we go camping over Christmas and the New Year, somewhere in the UK. Last year was Wasdale in the Lake District and we only just escaped before the storm and the floods, and having walked and mountain biked most of the mountains in that area, this year we strayed much further North. We have had plenty of holidays in the Highlands before, but this was the first time my husband had camped in Scotland in the winter, (I spent most of my childhood up there staying there upto 3 months a year (if you add all the bits together)).|
We camped in Glencoe arriving on Christmas Eve and stayed 2 weeks. So we spent Christmas, our Wedding Anniversary, my Birthday, New Year's Eve and New Year's Day either walking or climbing in Glencoe and the surrounding area.
Mostly the weather was fantastic, and the conditions on all but 2 days were amazing. One of those days, it snowed. That day, was great getting out in the car and getting some lower level photos.
Most of the photos are naturally of mountains. Some include an unwilling husband, and a few actually have something other than mountains in them, just sometimes I take other pictures, but not very frequently. My heart lies in the mountains, and I love to photograph them, simply to remember and look and remember a little more.
The holiday was most defintely a success. Christmas Lunch was cheese & pesto sandwiches, homemade Christmas Cake and a mug of coffee. Most years this has been dug into a snow drift or the likes. This year it was at -5C (it would have been -15C on the tops) sitting in the middle of a burn (river) crossing after having crossed the ford (unneccessarily as it turned out).
Christmas Eve saw us arrive, and that was to clear skies and amazing starry nights. It froze that night, -10C at 6am near the sea. It stayed that way for nearly a week until it suddenly warmed to -2C and snowed, which then saw the need to carry the ice axe and crampons. Conditions then improved and the weather cleared and froze again, and only warmed up again on our very last day... a definite hint that it was time to go.
2 weeks walking/climbing/driving and 700 pictures later, I'm still sorting and processing the photos...
I took 2 cameras, my Canon EOS 350D with 3 batteries and a car charger, all 3 lenses (EFS 18-55mm USM, EF 18-80mm USM & EF 75-300mm USM), my 2 Gb compact flash card, a 256Mb (free) compact flash card, all my filters, though only really used the polarising filter and the UV, normal and mini tripod, cable release and a little digital camera (5Megapixel which packed up the first time we used it in the cold).
And for those who have realised that you can't fit 700 RAW images on a 2Gb compact flash card, a works laptop to download onto each night...
Would I do it again - most certainly and we will be returning there at the end of March... - hopefully we won't be rained out...