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Viewranger: a Night on a Hill with Friends

A night on a hill with friends. Fabulous.
A place I have never been before. Uplifting.
The first swifts of the summer. Ditto.
More girls than boys. Rare (for me).
Rotisserie chicken. Better than pasta.
An insane sunset. Glorious.
A night of relentless rain in a bivvy bag. Really, really grim.

A few pics…

(One thing that is really noticeable to me here is that, convenient though phones are, and excellent their cameras may be, the photos you get with a ‘proper camera’ are so much better…)

(pic @hettykey)

This was a quick overnight microadventure to make a film for Viewranger. I am an ambassador for them, so I’m probably contractually obliged to say this (if I read the small print), but Viewranger is brilliant. It’s a map app and I used it for my walk through Spain even before I linked up with them. It’s free too, so worth testing it out, for the Skyline feature (below), if nothing else, which is really cool.

Amongst our mob were Rob (who made the amazing Ben Nevis drone film), Chris (this superb timelapse), Jon (outdoor kit guru), Oli (outdoor dad), Hetty (outdoor nut and writer), and Sophie – I don’t know what she does, but she laughs A LOT and that is handy when you spend a night in the rain.

Hetty enjoyed her eyrie perch and pasta, but I reckon I trumped her with a still hot rotisserie roast chicken!

Here’s how I roll…



Oli tried to convince us that his sleeping mat was really comfortable. I disagreed. In the end it would matter little: an entire night of rain meant that none of us slept much at all.

What. A. Sunset!

(pic @hettykey)

(pic @hettykey)

And so to bed.

Then the rain began…

We emerged in a morning of misery to heavy skies, all of us just pleased to be able to get up and put the night behind us.

To counter the “isn’t my life wonderful” showing off of social media. Here’s me after a grim night of rain in bivvy bag. Unamused!

Note to self: next time, pack a tarp!

Overall verdict? Brilliant!

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  1. Wonderful photographs Al! You are right you cannot beat a proper camera for capturing great memories! Looks like a perfect location too.
    Thanks for sharing all your adventures big and smaller 🙂

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