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Living on the Edge- An Assynt Summit Camp

Living on the Edge- An Assynt Summit Camp


Postby wilkiemurray » Sun Jul 24, 2016 7:17 pm

Route description: Cul Mor

Corbetts included on this walk: Cul Mor

Date walked: 23/07/2016

Time taken: 12 hours

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Living on the Edge

Film -


A short outing again but a fantastic adventure.

Left Early evening and got home around 10.30 the following morning:) What a place and would recommend the short outing to Sron Gharbh which felt like the Edge of Scotland... Not many words as many have described this better than I could.


Will let the film and piccies describe the adventure:)

Cul Beag on walk in from summit of Meallan Diomhain

ImageCul Beag by Scotland's Mountains, on Flickr

Pitch with a view :)

ImageSuilven Views - Wild camping on Cul Mor by Scotland's Mountains, on Flickr

ImagePitch aerial Cul Mor Assynt by Scotland's Mountains, on Flickr

Later the sun made a brief appearance...

ImageSitting on Cul Mor by Scotland's Mountains, on Flickr

Cul Beag with Geological foreground ;)

ImageCul Beag 2 by Scotland's Mountains, on Flickr

And the wonderful Stac Pollaidh..

ImageStac Pollaidh from Cul Mor by Scotland's Mountains, on Flickr


My favourite selfie in Assynt;)

ImageCul Mor Selfie by Scotland's Mountains, on Flickr

27/7 update - More time to write a fuller description :

Living on the Edge….. Assynt High Camp

Another Edge – The Aonach Eagach - this was my last foray into the mountains and the weeks were mounting since this visit. A couple of weeks usually pass before I need to exercise my inner chimp and get a dose of medication from the great outdoors but June and July were always going to be a busy time what with weddings, work and family trips away. A further few events reduced the likelihood of a mountain trip but when a work trip up North on a Friday afternoon was required, the mountain mojo started to bite away at my mind and soon a short, sharp mountain getaway was being put into action….
Early Friday evening - and I parked up at the rather busy (deservedly so) Knockan Crag visitor attraction. As families we readying them self for a walk through history and some geology teachings, I was eyeing up my (light as ever;)) house and belongings that I was about to carry up a mountain. “Am I insane!”. This is always the question I ask when I do summit camps. The weight of the camping equipment is bad enough but it’s the camera equipment that is the real leg buster (I blame the batteries!). However as soon as the tent is up the whole ordeal slips away and the real enjoyment begins…
The stalkers path is excellent up until it petered out when the climbing begins, the path becomes more boggy and the ground more rough until Meallan Diomhain is reached. Here I sat for my first real rest (I had been crawling along at a snail’s pace, the views were good and the pack heavy!) and what a view!
Dominating the view ahead of me was my destination – Cul Mor and its sister summit Creag nan Calman, intersected by a green bealach and coire which was to be my descent route around 12 hours later. To the south was the magnificent Cul Beag and to the North the shark fin of Suilven was peeping out and Canisp just clear of cloud. The North ridge of Cul Beag was the route up and I was soon padding my way along. The views were getting better and better. No sooner than I reached the skyline and the ground fell away revealing the wonders of Assynt, more H2O than terra firma, it sparkled as the sun rays caught and flashed across the lochs and lochans. It was here that I also got a glimpse of my camp for the night- the ridge of Sron Gharbh, it looked spectacular. As is often the case (thinking of Creise, Beinn Deag etc etc) , if it were not for its neighbours then Cul Mor would be talked and praised (and probably visited) more than it is – perhaps a good thing?
Anyway after a final steep and boulder hopping ascent I soon found myself at the summit cairn – and in the cloud. I had a brief 5 minutes when Suilven was in full view but the weather Gods decided that the summits were to be in the clag tonight;( All was not lost however as my camp site on “The Edge” was 100m lower down along the ridge. As I picked my way along Sron Gharb (the highlight of the mountain IMHO) the cloud started to dissipate and I found myself touching the clouds base. My camp spot was just cloud free and no more. It was rather windy with a stiff SW breeze so I pitched to the NE side and in relative shelter. The wind was to be my friend though as it picked up and for spells I had a clear views with the surrounding summits revealing themselves at times.
Sitting on the end of Sron Gharbh, I felt like I was on the Bowsprit with Assynt before us. Loch Sionasgaig was shining and Stac Pollaidh was protruding from its southern shore like a Scottish Mohawk, this WAS “ The Edge of Scotland”. The hours passed, the mind was restored to a restful state and the chimp well exercised;)
A clag filled landscape greeted me on my wakeup call of 0430. Any thoughts of a sunrise experience were dashed but that didn’t matter as I had filled the cup the night before. Tent away and an atmospheric hike through the mist with the deer saw me back at the car before 7am. It’s a long drive home but by 1030 I was sipping coffee and enjoying brunch with the family…… Another short, sharp and rewarding adventure…. Assynt – it’ll not be long before my return…….
Last edited by wilkiemurray on Wed Jul 27, 2016 8:44 pm, edited 1 time in total.
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Re: Living on the Edge- An Assynt Summit Camp

Postby Avocetboy » Sun Jul 24, 2016 8:14 pm

Cracking. Did the same a couple of years ago. Clag moved in as we camped and stayed until we left, never saw a thing!
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Re: Living on the Edge- An Assynt Summit Camp

Postby wilkiemurray » Tue Jul 26, 2016 8:40 am

Avocetboy wrote:Cracking. Did the same a couple of years ago. Clag moved in as we camped and stayed until we left, never saw a thing!


Thanks AB, must admit I was a little disappointed when I stuck my head out of the tent first thing, just means I'll need to return for a sunrise shot another time :) :crazy:

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Re: Living on the Edge- An Assynt Summit Camp

Postby Jaxter » Tue Jul 26, 2016 1:47 pm

Oooh that looks wonderful, lucky lucky you :clap: :D So many good options for summit camps there :D
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Re: Living on the Edge- An Assynt Summit Camp

Postby wilkiemurray » Thu Jul 28, 2016 8:14 am

Jaxter wrote:Oooh that looks wonderful, lucky lucky you :clap: :D So many good options for summit camps there :D


Thanks and it was :D Got plans to to go back already to try and find more too :)

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Re: Living on the Edge- An Assynt Summit Camp

Postby Alteknacker » Sun Jul 31, 2016 10:12 pm

Absolutely brilliant, as usual :clap: :clap: :clap: :clap: Helped by the place, mind: I could look at that view out to Stac Polly for ever. And the view of Suilven is also pretty amazing. Wonderful. Just frustrating that it's so far away for me :(
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Re: Living on the Edge- An Assynt Summit Camp

Postby ancancha » Mon Aug 01, 2016 12:49 am

Cul Mor photaes are braw :clap:
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