Meelmore Solo Overnighter

Over the weekend I had a small solo camp on the summit of Meelmore. I usually can only go camping when the car is packed with luxuries for the other half, but with things and the way it worked out, I was able to do a bit of proper camping 🙂

I paid for overnight parking at Meelmore Lodge and began the short trip up the lane.

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I followed the natural track along the wall and skirted round the bottom of Meelmore. I wanted to do something easy to break me back in. I think that even a few months without any real hiking, will have a massive effect on your fitness. I cycle to work everyday and train at nights so I would say I’m in decent enough shape, but I was still feeling it towards the end of the walk.

Looking up

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Looking back down

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Stopping for a quick break at the perfect Bivvy spot

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I reached the final stage that nearly took it out of me, but with 1 small break for water and a photo on the way up, I was able to make it to the top. The conditions were great as the sun was just setting behind me, so it was warm enough but not ‘baking’.

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Once at the top, I was able to take in some great views and then pick my space for the night ahead.

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I climbed over the wall and took shelter in behind, as the Westerly winds were due to gust up to 80kph. I pitched my tent (which was a Zephyros 1 this time) over the wall and got dinner on and took in some brilliant views. While looking over up onto Bernagh I was able to see one, maybe two people. Anyone on here up?

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I forgot to bring a fire log so I retreated back into my tent to watch a film on the phone and have a glass of red. Although the wind was howling all night, I still managed to get a decent nights sleep and slept right through until about 8 the next morning. I made my ration pack Beans, Sausage and Egg breakfast over the Trangia and then packed away before leaving site after a last few photo’s. I brought a Gopro and also my good camera and lens, so I had to make use of it. I’ll upload some more pictures once I have a flick through them.

One thing I will take from this trip, is that Meelmore is an absolute nightmare for tent pegs…

Some other pictures:

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With thanks to AdamMc5. Original post here.

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