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PostSat May 13, 2023 2:24 pm 
We met up with my friend,Lyndsey (who is in the army as a Mountain Ranger Instructure). We've been climbing together for about 8 or 9 years now. I have wanted to do Suilven ever since I saw that it has this huge stone wall that has no reason to exist up there'
You can see a portion of it in the upper left. That slope is about 40 degrees. (if not more)
Suilven looms like the monolith it is. We carried full packs for 2 hours to the Suileag Bothy. Which was to be our base. After 30 minutes trying to decide if we wanted to hit the peak now. Or in the morning, which would mean that have we'd walk out the same day.
Go now was what we decided. Getting closer we could see the way up: That gully in the center for this shot. And it is as it looks:Straight up eek.gif The summit is still way to the right in this shot.
half way up.
The Wall. It extents down to the left about 30 meters. On the right about the same:Only it has a corner wall on it' My (every uneducated) guess is that those rectangular blocks weigh between 400 and 500 kgs. eek.gif So who? And why?
Passed the wall there is a path and some scrambling to reach the top. Which is way beyond the point in this shot.
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Lyndsey and her 3 dogs heading back the way we came after passing through the wall. By the time we got back to the Bothy. 7 hours had gone bye. We all slept very well. redface.gif =

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PostSat May 13, 2023 8:31 pm 
Nice! So you started from Lochinver? Suliven really stands out. I remember looking at it from Knocken Crag. Probably have a photo somewhere.

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PostSun May 14, 2023 5:35 am 
Yes. The walk into the Bothy is along a road of sorts. We felt fortunate that the Bothy was empty. We were also glad that the snow wasn't an ice sheet.

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PostSun May 14, 2023 1:33 pm 
That wall plastered onto the side of the mountain is something else!

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PostSun May 14, 2023 2:16 pm 
It's called "the Destitution Wall", explained in the annotation to this Flickr set. A 19th century "make work" project for the poor. Didn't matter if it served a useful purpose; pure charity was considered morally corrupting. Extended article here: Highland potato famine. Apparently Ireland wasn't the only place that had one.

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PostSun May 14, 2023 4:15 pm 
Well thank you Anne. No one I talked to in the area (tho not bunches) didn't have a clue.

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