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Sunny Assynt Munros
by simon-b » Wed Mar 28, 2012 9:15 pm
Route description: Ben More Assynt and Conival
Munros included on this walk: Ben More Assynt, Conival
Date walked: 22/03/2012
Time taken: 8 hours
Distance: 17 km
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I parked at Inchnadamph and was greeted with a nice view of Quinag.
Another car rolled into the car park. The driver turned out to be a fellow Northern Englander, but now living in Lairg. He introduced himself as Peter and we agreed to hike together.
So we set off through Gleann Dubh alongside the River Traligill. After a while we looked back to see Stac Pollaidh appearing.
The route steepened as we bore left alonside the Allt a Choinne Mhill, heading towards the crag-defended bealach.
Climbing up to the bealach caused no problems, and soon we swung right, ascending Conival's north ridge. To the west, Suilven's head emerged from behind Canisp.
Further up the ridge, Breabag was down in front to the right, and as we came to the top we looked left along the ridge leading to Ben More.
We sat down for a bite to eat at Conival's summit, looking towards Ben More's south ridge and Dubh-Loch Mor.
Next we set off along the ridge to Ben More Assynt. This really is a great mountain walker's ridge, airy and bouldery, quite steep in places, but no problem for anyone who doesn't mind a little rough terrain. There was a fine view of Na Tuadhan down on the left.
And so we arrived at the highest summit in Assynt and the third most northerly Munro.
Again, there was a great view of Na Tuadhan, this time with Quinag behind.
At this point Peter decided to head off along the south ridge and return between Conival and Breabag. This was my fifth of seven successive days of Munro climbing, and I had the lengthy Beinn Dearg four to come the next day. So I decided to take things steadily, and go back over Conival again at a leisurely pace. An easy decision given the fine weather and that delightful ridge. March at nearly 1000 metres in the far north-west and it was actually warm!
There is some interesting rock scenery along this ridge.
Back at Conival's summit in the sunshine, I was in no hurry to leave.
But I had to descend eventually, and set off with a nice view to the south-west, and north-west to Loch Assynt and Quinag.
So I headed back towards Gleann Dubh with a last look back to Conival.
And on towards Inchnadamph, with Loch Assynt in view in front.
Then I heard footsteps behind and turned to see Peter had caught me up, despite his much more circuitous route. Well, I did say I'd taken it leisurely
To sum up, the two highest Assynt peaks may not be as unique as their celebrated lower neighbours, conforming more to normal British mountain structure. But they are superb, rugged hills with good, airy situations and excellent views. Especially with weather like this
by Johnny Corbett » Thu Mar 29, 2012 11:01 am
by L-Hiking » Thu Mar 29, 2012 11:25 am
by simon-b » Fri Mar 30, 2012 7:49 pm
L-hiking, make sure you get to Assynt, whichever peaks you choose to do up there.
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