Canisp: an Extraordinary Mountain
by Blokewithastroke » Sun Nov 09, 2014 2:36 pm
Route description: Canisp
Corbetts included on this walk: Canisp
Date walked: 22/07/2013
Time taken: 5.5 hours
Distance: 12 km
Ascent: 710mRegister or Login free to be able to rate and comment on reports (as well as access 1:25000 mapping).
And so it began. We started from the small car park on the road to and from Inchnadamph, very close to a person fishing in Loch Awe. For the first Kilometre or so it seemed quite straightforward, but after stopping for a quick bite to eat it soon became clear that no path could be seen and that we would have to pick our way around a heck of a lot of boulders if we were going to reach the top of this mountain. As we continued to climb it soon became clear that both my wife and son were not that happy to persist with this. In fact, they hated it! Boulders... boulders... and yet more boulders. I wasn't that happy too, I have to say, but I managed to persuade them to carry on... until eventually we reached close to the top and we had this tremendous view.
From the top of Canisp itself - what a view! - over the lochs and lochans of Assynt with the Summer Isles in the distance. Quite magnificent!
Unfortunately, my wife had noticed large stormy black clouds approaching, which meant that we had no time to sit around. Instead, we immediately set off and made our way down the mountain. Still, we had a very long way to travel and it probably took us getting on for two hours before we descended and made our way back to where we had parked the car.
The verdict? Well... even after all this time my wife and son's view - which they would be willing to share with anyone - is that they hated the experience of walking and climbing over so many boulders to get to the top of Canisp. My view? Between you and me, I think that it was a marvellous experience! To look out over Suilven and see that view was something never to be forgotten.
The storm? Well we managed to avoid it... just(!) - as this photograph taken later in the day from Lochinver can testify.
by Johnny Corbett » Sun Nov 09, 2014 4:28 pm
by bootsandpaddles » Sun Nov 09, 2014 4:28 pm
by litljortindan » Mon Nov 10, 2014 10:09 pm
by Silverhill » Mon Nov 10, 2014 11:10 pm
by Blokewithastroke » Tue Nov 11, 2014 1:29 pm
The photographs, by the way, were taken with just the one hand, which can be quite difficult at times! Still, it is the marvellous scenery that makes these photographs so striking.
by Alteknacker » Wed Nov 12, 2014 11:18 am
Suilven is one of the great mountains. Just a pity it's 11 hours drive away...
by BlackPanther » Wed Nov 12, 2014 2:55 pm
by BoyVertiginous » Wed Nov 12, 2014 3:57 pm