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Gneiss day for More Munros in Assynt
by mountain-ju-drop » Mon Aug 08, 2011 9:59 pm
Route description: Ben More Assynt and Conival
Munros included on this walk: Ben More Assynt, Conival
Date walked: 06/08/2011
Time taken: 7 hours
Distance: 17.5 km
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We had taken two days to bag Ben Klibreck and Ben Hope in mixed but generally good weather.
Where to head to now was the question. We had looked at various options and checked out the weather - Beinn Dearg and Cona'Mheall? Quinag? We drove south still unsure where to stop. The weather was glorious, not even a puff of wind. The reflections on the lochs around Kylesku were amazing.
We drove and excitement grew - we could attempt Conival and just see what the ridge was like and then decide whether to try it or not. We were down to one child out of three but he's only 10 and we weren't sure what he would make of it - at least that's what we said!!!
So within 45 minutes of leaving the camp site we were on our way up the track by the Inchnadamph hostel.
We made good progress as, although it was warm, the path is clear and not steep at this point. We were overtaken by a chap going much faster than us tho!
We passed the route to the caves which we had visited a couple of years ago - we must have filled them with fear as all he could remember was those are the caves you will never get out of if you fall in!
The excellent path continues up the glen with much to enjoy along the way.
Soon the hills further south appear.
At this point the path gets a little steeper and there are a few boggy patches.
At this point we managed to deviate off the best route. We crossed the stream too early and, although the way was obvious and easily passable, the main route sticks well to the left of the water and only crossed much further up. Route finding much easier on the way down!
Once we reached the rock band we took a route which appeared as a zig zag much further right of the path. It was shingle but easily dealt with.
Once we emerged into the upper coire we could see a very obvious path which we joined. As you come out of this section the views really open up across the empty miles of beautiful, empty countryside.
There is still quite a way to go to the summit from here, the first part being quite steep which took us by surprise - probably the only down moment of the day. Then it levels out and the rest of the walk to the summit is easy and the views were amazing.
There were quite a few pesky midges about so we decided to press and have a look at the ridge. We'd met a chap coming back who said it was rocky but in no sense exposed so we felt our confidence rise.
We didn't feel the ridge presented us with any difficulty - and we are easily frightened! It needed quite a bit of concentration on where to step because of the rocks but that's all.
We took some pics and then decided to head back across - too many midges to hang about for long. On the way back we met a guy we had met the previous day who had walked down Ben Hope with us so we had a quick chat.
After a quick lunch we made our way back down - following the now obvious path much nearer to the burn and a few metres of easy scramble down the rocks.
Looking back you can just about pick out the path.
An added bonus was the view from the road to Lochinver of both summits.
And of course pies from the Lochinver larder!
We enjoyed the day so much. The weather was perfect and we had achieved more than we had hoped. The route has so much interest and for us it was a just a little more challenging than our previous walks.
That's the four northern Munros bagged and a fab few days to look back on.
by JGKES » Mon Aug 08, 2011 11:38 pm
by dooterbang » Tue Aug 09, 2011 10:41 am
My friend and i did these last year and didnt see a thing due to clag, winds and rain so its nice to see what the hills look like.
We did Hope and Klibreck the day before......Klibreck was so boggy! Was it the same for you?
Well done to the young bagger
by mountain-ju-drop » Tue Aug 09, 2011 12:11 pm
dooterbang wrote:We did Hope and Klibreck the day before......Klibreck was so boggy! Was it the same for you?
We didn't find the walk in to Klibreck too bad altho the middle section of walk in was quite wet. We walked from Strath Vagastie, north of the house, just south of the 182 point on the road. We crossed at an obvious bridge and followed a path round the south of both lochs and then climbed steeply up the hill side to join the path from Cnoc Sgriodain north west of the summit of Carn an Fheidh. On the way down we somehow found hit upon a slightly drier line. The summits of Hope and Klibreck were in cloud and Hope was so windy and cold but the weather on Saturday was awesome - don't think we would have attempted Conival and BMA is the conditions you had.
Just love the scenery so it was fab to see it!!
by Alastair S » Tue Aug 09, 2011 12:49 pm
by PeteR » Thu Aug 11, 2011 12:01 am
by mountain-ju-drop » Sun Aug 14, 2011 3:23 pm
PeteR wrote:A very enjoyable report of a couple of great hills. Wish I could get my two lads to get out on the hills when they visit. Your lad di well Did these two myself in mist, so it's good to see what I missed. It's about time I got myself back there
The lad is very keen at the moment and has it all worked out as to how many hills he needs to do each year to bag them all before he is 20..... not sure it will last but we'll make the most of it for now!
by rockhopper » Sun Aug 14, 2011 6:18 pm