Memorable Monday morning in Assynt
by tombombadilio » Fri Apr 22, 2016 12:05 am
Route description: Ben More Assynt and Conival
Munros included on this walk: Ben More Assynt, Conival
Date walked: 04/04/2016
Time taken: 7.5 hours
Distance: 17.1 km
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This was another awesome experience in Sutherland. The impression of desolation of this place was made all the more so by the lack of human interaction and the eerie absence of wind - so quiet.
Weather conditions were not set to be perfect but the morning would see enough visibility to make it worthwhile with the possibility of some sunshine before clag moved in from the south.
So up at 0430 (apologies, Mark (another hosteller who was walking the Cape Wrath Trail) and thanks for submitting to my interrogation the day before on what's the best kit to use) to leave at 0500 from the Inchnadamph Hostel with head torch on for the long walk in on the landy track.
Totally worth it.
The variety of weather and terrain made this trip really interesting.
I wasn't too disappointed to lose the sun by the time I reached Ben More Assynt as I had had my fix early on and the visibility was still awesome.
The level of scrambling was well within my comfort zone and there weren't even any moments of mild peril. The cliff like section to reach the start of the ridge, once approached, actually had lots of very ergonomically placed food holds and was no probs.
Human interaction was reinitiated at approx. 1000-1030 on return leg (two couples). Glad that I met them at that post-ridge stage as I had rather selfishly wanted that ridge and those early morning sights all to myself. Yet it was nice to eventually share it and chat and tell them what was ahead.
Exploring the (entrances to the) caves was a perfect way to round the walk off (thanks, walking couple 001 for suggesting that!).
by Jaxter » Fri Apr 22, 2016 7:12 am
Glad you had such a good day. I'm looking forward to doing these in the summer so great to see what I have to get excited about
by Mal Grey » Fri Apr 22, 2016 9:24 am
by Alteknacker » Fri Apr 22, 2016 11:54 pm
by tombombadilio » Sun Apr 24, 2016 5:38 pm
Mal Grey, you're welcome. Yeah, I'm a convert too to the far NW. I know it's Munro-bagger's blasphemy, but even considering going back up there just to walk the smaller ones, the Suilvens, Canisps etc. They're really staggering beautiful.
Jaxter, thanks, would defo recommend the stupidly early to bed, stupidly early to rise approach approach for this one, but in the summer that might mean getting up at 0200-0300?! All totally, totally worth it though (but only if the MWIS + Met Office guys deliver, that is!).
by litljortindan » Sun Apr 24, 2016 11:14 pm
by Silverhill » Mon Apr 25, 2016 9:13 pm
by jamesb63 » Tue Apr 26, 2016 7:15 am
just something about the solitude I think
I still have these to do and really look forward to them