October Skies

After what seemed like an eternity, the weather forecast was looking promising for a clear night up high and with the moon setting before sunset equalling a dark night, hopefully a perfect opportunity for more experimenting with astro photography.

I'd been itching to get up the mountains to wild camp in these conditions but not only needed the above conditions, it also had to be on a night where i wasn't working the next day.

I looked at the weather and had a few locations in mind but the Goatfell area was looking the best option for minimum cloud cover( always still a bit of guess work and luck in the mountains!!)

With a clear night anticipated, i packed my rucksack with extra layers for warmth and warm coats for the dogs for overnight.

I set off from high Corrie at around 1630 and headed to the head of Coire Lan with the plan of finding a camping spot somewhere along the ridge between North Goatfell and Stacach.

On reaching the high point at the top of the Coire the sun was getting low and the light was just catching on the ridge of North Goatfell. I stopped here to take a few pictures - a view that never dissapoints!

Low light, North Goatfell

Mountain Layers, North Goatfell

After taking in the incredible views, it was time to head along the ridge to find a suitable spot for the night. I chose to come to this location as although the views from the summit of Goatfell are incredible, i wanted minimum light pollution and also something interesting to frame my nightscape photos.

Camping along the ridge achieved this for me as i had various options with the shapes of Mullach Buidhe and the ridge of Am Binnein, Granite stacks of North Goatfell and the ridge of Stacach with Goatfell standing tall behind.

Although slightly more exposed, i was willing to take the risk of no sleep if the wind increased.

After setting up the tent it was time to put on a few more layers and watch as the sun set to the West.

The clouds were heavy and distant rain showers added drama across the Western mountains as the last golden colours of the sun drained away.

Looking at the cl