Join me between 26th and 28th July to wild camp on the summit of Snowdon, Wales highest mountain as well as another adventurous wild camp in the mountains.
This challenging but rewarding long weekend will see you push your photography boundaries, camping high in the mountains to capture scenes at sunrise and sunset that most will never witness. This is why mountain photography is my favourite kind of photography.
You don’t need to be ultra-fit to walk up the mountains and wild camp, but it’s by no means easy either. You should be prepared for around a 4.5 mile walk up with over 2000ft of ascent, if not more, carrying up to 20kg in your bag. This however is part of the fun and allure, it becomes more than photography, it becomes an experience and an adventure and if the light comes, the effort is rewarded and you’ll wonder why you never done this before.
In terms of camping, it’s not that much different in terms of hardship than camping on a site. You are just rewarded with much better views high in the mountains! We will only need to think about extra’s like taking enough food & water for the trip and ensuring we are equipped for the weather.
We will meet early on the Friday and park up. We will discuss plans and decide which is the better night to camp on Snowdon given the weather forecast. For the other night we will camp somewhere such as Cwm Idwal or Llyn-Y-Caseg Fraith. If we camp here the first night it will give us plenty of practice with the camera ready for Snowdon.
For Snowdon, we will be leaving the car, catching the sherpa bus up to Pen-Y-Pass. From Pen-Y-Pass we have already took a good chunk of the ascent out, starting at 450m, but there’s still quite a bit to go. Fortunately it’s all over good paths, passing Llyn Llydaw and Glaslyn on the Miners Track. The hardest part is the steep section up to the zig-zags but then it’s plain sailing to the summit.
We will pitch on the other side of the summit café, where there’s enough room and a grassy pitch. We will capture both the sunset and sunrise from around the summit. The sunrise will be the money-shot, with the sun rising down the centre of the Snowdon Horseshoe.
Throughout the weekend we will look at techniques such as focusing, use of filters vs exposure blending, composition, working with the light and more. However, being an experience based workshop we will also look at how to get up mountains, best practices, how to and where to pitch and wild camping etiquette.
I am more than happy to discuss other more advanced techniques on 1-2-1 basis as well as to the group, depending on what is beneficial.
The weekend is tailored around you as much as possible and I strive to give each of you on the course the best weekend possible. At the end of the course, you will have hopefully learnt new techniques and taken away some imagery you will be proud of. I am a friendly and relaxed tutor and I welcome you to keep in touch with me after the course to ask me any questions you may have looked over.
There will be a maximum group size of 4 meaning there will be plenty of 1-2-1 time. I will be on hand throughout the day for any questions and my focus will be on ensuring you have the best day possible.
Loan kit can be provided for this trip if you are without yourself. This includes tent, sleeping mat and sleeping bag. Please let me know before the course. There is a £200 deposit on any kit to cover any mis-use or damages within your control. This will be refunded at the end of the course. Please note, there will be 2 x 2 men tents, so this also means sharing with another workshop member, please ensure you are comfortable with this.
Please also note, if the weather turns for the worst, we may need to rethink our options and head down to a hostel or cheap B&B. This will not be included in the price but your safety is always my first and main concern. We will still go out regardless for sunrise and sunset and hopefully be up high where possible.
Please note transport isn’t included due to size of wild camping equipment being too large to fit in a car as well as four people but I am happy to drive as many as I can and the rest should car pool if happy to.