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Night trip to Assynt duo: wide views,inversion & heat

Night trip to Assynt duo: wide views,inversion & heat


Postby Petr Dakota » Mon Jun 06, 2016 8:35 pm

Route description: Ben More Assynt and Conival

Munros included on this walk: Ben More Assynt, Conival

Date walked: 05/06/2016

Time taken: 8.11 hours

Distance: 18.26 km

Ascent: 1196m

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Back in Scotland ! :D
After our short family holiday in North Wales, where we enjoyed the great weather, relax 8) and some of the best Snowdonia mountains ( Tryfan, Glyders, Snowdon Horseshoe via Crib Goch ), 7 wonderful Hewits in two days...we got back home and back to normal life. Then three busy days at work and finally weekend - fortunately and rarely off work :D

Reports from the Snowdonia mountains here:

Tryfan & Glyders - scrambling paradise:
http://www.walkhighlands.co.uk/Forum/viewtopic.php?f=16&t=63269


Crib Goch ( the scary-airy ridge ) & The Snowdon Horseshoe:
http://www.walkhighlands.co.uk/Forum/viewtopic.php?f=16&t=63276



Because I'm mostly working on weekends, for this free weekend I planned a mountain trip together with Mark long time before as he is often free on weekends. Mark got extra night shift for friday - finish on saturday morning which meant that sunday was the one and only day for long trip.
The forecast looked more than promising, especially for the North so I wanted to use the opportunity to get some great views from Assynt 8) :D
Despite the limitation that we both must be back home at the same day I prepared a plan - a CRAZY PLAN :lol: how to do the two Munros - far North in one day and get back home early evening :) Mark agreed, so we prepared all our mountains stuff during the saturday...then was hard to get sleep early because of the daylight, noise from the outside, hot temperature...but I managed to get to bed after 19:30 :o ...struggling to get sleep...alarm set for 22:00 :shock: ...meeting with Mark at 23:15 :crazy: :lol: :D
I am mad enough with my very early starts, but all my trips started always at least after midnight...often between 01:00 - 03:00 :roll: ...so this start moved even my borders :lol: :lol: :lol:
I know, we could do something closer and "normal", but it was really great and maybe very rare opportunity to have a successful trip to The North because of the weather forecast, many dry days before, long daylight for very early start of walk. Time is going quickly - how many free weekends I will have until short daylight come again and how many of them will offer the good weather and visibility :? :roll: :wink:
Well, decision made, determined and looking forward we both started our adventure at 23:30 ! Driving in the night via Stirling, Perth, Inverness and Ullapool and after several stops for some photo shots and breakfast we arrived in the Inchnadamph car park around 04:40 in the morning and then started our walk :D
Nobody else in the mountains yet :lol: :lol: :lol:

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Quinag from the road early morning


Despite the warm temperature, there was a cold air and wind in the morning :? Usually it's opposite, but the day was cold in the bottom and then very warm, without any wind from the higher level, on the top and both summits :shock: :? :o :roll: :lol:
Once we got to the beallach, warm air, sunshine and great inversion views opened for us 8) :D 8) :D we saw far away all directions, happy for the inversion bonus...Ben Hope also visible in the distance :D


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The great early morning inversion views...



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Selfie on the Conival summit ( Mark's photo )



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Ben More Assynt ahead over the ridge



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Mark enjoying the inversion ( Mark's photo )



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We had a great time there, enjoyed all the views 8) On the return way back the inversion disappeared and all the glens around opened clear views. We met some walkers on the way back, most of them on the last descent and in the bottom. I am sure they got the great views too, but they missed the special morning's inversion...


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Self - timer on Ben More Assynt summit




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Ben More Assynt summit



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Quinag from the top



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Inchnadamph - a wee Zoom from the mountains



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It was really very unusual when we experienced the change again when descending...much colder air and some wind while very hot temperature without a wind still on the top :roll: :? 8)

It was a great trip...great day in the mountains, happiness and satisfaction :D
The effort and sacrificing rewarded !!! :D 8) :D


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Suilven from the road...
:D 8) :D


We got back home shortly after 18:00...not so late for the long - one day trip...but need wake up at 03:00 another day for work :crazy: :lol: :lol:





Trip movie: sunrise, inversion, sunshine...photos and videos - wide views from both summits:




Some inversion shots:




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The inversion disappearing...




More photos in the Album from the trip:

https://flic.kr/s/aHskxQVSnu



It was a very productive...and enjoyable month - 17 mountains done in the last 30 days, 9 Munros & 1 Corbett in Scotland...and 7 great Hewits in North Wales :D :D :D
Last edited by Petr Dakota on Fri Oct 14, 2016 5:12 pm, edited 9 times in total.
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Re: Night trip to Assynt duo: wide views,inversion & heat

Postby Gordie12 » Mon Jun 06, 2016 9:12 pm

Wow Petr - how good did that look??

I always thought I was first on to the hills in the morning but you beat me hands down with this one.
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Re: Night trip to Assynt duo: wide views,inversion & heat

Postby Borderhugh » Mon Jun 06, 2016 9:14 pm

Good effort. Love the inversion. :clap:
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Re: Night trip to Assynt duo: wide views,inversion & heat

Postby jamesb63 » Mon Jun 06, 2016 11:00 pm

Again a great report Petr and great clarity in your pics
and talk about an early set out time :lol: :lol:
you must have been tired after this one
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Re: Night trip to Assynt duo: wide views,inversion & heat

Postby Petr Dakota » Tue Jun 07, 2016 8:43 am

Thank you all :D
It was such a great trip !
And the beauty of inversion in the silent morning...the pics can't describe....
Maybe by the videos from the summits...but still on reall it's something very special...all the feelings....
Grateful for it.
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Re: Night trip to Assynt duo: wide views,inversion & heat

Postby Andrea Rosslyn » Thu Jun 09, 2016 12:09 am

Beautiful view! Love the inversion on mountains :wink: Well done! :clap:
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Re: Night trip to Assynt duo: wide views,inversion & heat

Postby Petr Dakota » Thu Jun 09, 2016 4:06 pm

Andrea Rosslyn wrote:Beautiful view! Love the inversion on mountains :wink: Well done! :clap:

thank you :D the inversion in the morning silence was beautiful :D
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Re: Night trip to Assynt duo: wide views,inversion & heat

Postby ancancha » Thu Jun 09, 2016 9:05 pm

Looks fabulous Petr :clap:
Great photo of the Raven 8)
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Re: Night trip to Assynt duo: wide views,inversion & heat

Postby Petr Dakota » Thu Jun 09, 2016 10:03 pm

ancancha wrote:Looks fabulous Petr :clap:
Great photo of the Raven 8)

Thank you Craig :D I guessed you will love the raven ! :D :lol:
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Re: Night trip to Assynt duo: wide views,inversion & heat

Postby Petr Dakota » Fri Jun 10, 2016 7:45 pm

trip 7 ( trip 5. and 6. in Snowdonia - outside of Scotland ) - done in 30 days between 6.5. - 5.6.2016 - 17 mountains...thanks to the great weather :D
How many days like this...? the weather is changing now, hope just to refresh the air and splash the dust :D
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Re: Night trip to Assynt duo: wide views,inversion & heat

Postby Petr Dakota » Sat Dec 10, 2016 10:39 pm

Photo from the trip published in Outdoor magazine: :D


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Re: Night trip to Assynt duo: wide views,inversion & heat

Postby Mal Grey » Sun Dec 11, 2016 10:51 am

Wonderful, lucky you!

Doing these hills was one of the wettest hillwalks I've done, and we saw nothing...
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Re: Night trip to Assynt duo: wide views,inversion & heat

Postby Petr Dakota » Tue Dec 13, 2016 2:17 pm

Mal Grey wrote:Wonderful, lucky you!

Doing these hills was one of the wettest hillwalks I've done, and we saw nothing...

Thank you :) I was planning a trip there for a long time until the weather forecast looked more than promising...then the sacrificing of sleep and driving so far overnight was a good price for the views :D
Pity you had the wet experience in such a beautiful place, but at least a reason to come back again in a dry and clear day :wink:
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