Ben Nevis and the first snows of winter

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Munros: Ben Nevis
Date walked: 15/10/2020
Distance: 17km
Ascent: 1352m
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Not so grey on an autumn day Sgurr Choinnich Mor

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Attachment(s) Munros: Sgùrr Chòinnich Mòr
Date walked: 12/10/2020
Distance: 16.5km
Ascent: 1326m
Views: 51

Coast to coast : dawn to dusk

Route: Cùl Beag

Corbetts: Cùl Beag

Date walked: 29/09/2020

Distance: 10.5km

Ascent: 729m

As we progressed through the strange time of semi lockdown and restrictions in the autumn of 2020 I found my thoughts wandering to Assynt, so we decided to give up the tyranny of munro bagging for one day a head for an Assynt corbett. There were some good reasons for this, first of all we both love Assynt, secondly the hills there are doable in a day trip from home and thirdly we could take our elderly spaniel, Biggles, with us. He'd been retired from long hill days last year but at thirteen and a half he was still showing healthy signs of enjoying the great outdoors. Cul Beag should be within his limits.

The start was relaxed, even time to take some dawn views of the Cromarty Firth before we left.

Dawn with a jack up

An easy run to Ullapool (only spoilt by the inconsiderate behaviour of a group of fat middle aged men in confederate style bikng gear using their bikes to prevent anyone else using the Petrol Station :( :shock: causing massive queues down the main road). But once we were on the road north their behaviour was forgotten, eclipsed by the grandeur of the landscape.

Cul Beag and Cul Mor at the start of the walk

with a clear message for walkers

reflective mode

Cul Beag with Roger and Biggles off in front.

Biggles making the most of a rest stop :lol: :lol:
he got his rewards :D

Cul Beag getting closer

with Cul Mor over to our right

Skyscape to the south

Juniper - I've never noticed as much juniper as on this hill

Humans fuelled by cake, but not the type for sharing with a dog :( :(

Looking south west towards Ben More Coigach and Sgurr an Fhidhleir

then north east to the Assynt Munros across the amazing pancake rocks of Meall Dearg

From the bealach between Meall Dearg, Biggles investigates

we admire the lochan

before starting the final (steep) ascent (with rest breaks :lol: :lol: )

Roger and Biggles safely at the summit

Even when I know the views from the top will be stunning I wasn't really prepared for just how stunning

Stac Pollaidh

Loch Lurgainn

Stac Pollaidh crept into the viewfinder again :lol: :lol:

Looking north east over Assynt

Coastal view north

On the return trip Biggles decided to investigate the lochan further

South west cliffs of Cul Mor

and the Assynt Munros

Almost back, Cul Mor reflection

Not quite sunset :lol: :lol:

Last look at three stunning hills

We drove home happy with the day and delighted to get Biggles out into the environment he has learned to love. Sadly we didn't realise that this was going to be his last hillwalk. Over the next two and a half months he walked up (little) local hills, went on forest walks and coast walks, but then, just before Christmas, his kidneys failed and we had to make the sad decision that prolonging his life would not have been kind. This was a double hit for us, Bertie, his life long canine companion, had died from cancer at the end of June and so our two great hill companions had gone. They had beaten us to the top of over a hundred Munros; one day I'll write about them and the great times we had together - but not yet.

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The hills of Glen Orchy: views to the left of them ...

Munros: Beinn a' Chreachain, Beinn Achaladair
Date walked: 19/09/2020
Distance: 21.5km
Ascent: 1206m
Comments: 6
Views: 662

Neptune's Magic on a sunny day

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Date walked: 18/09/2020
Distance: 4.5km
Views: 41

What news from the Mist Covered Mountains?

Munros: Stob Choire Claurigh, Stob Coire an Laoigh
Date walked: 17/09/2020
Distance: 17.2km
Ascent: 1385m
Comments: 8
Views: 599

Carn Mor Dearg

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Attachment(s) Munros: Càrn Mòr Dearg
Date walked: 06/09/2020
Distance: 11.5km
Ascent: 1306m
Views: 58

In praise of a devil

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Attachment(s) Munros: The Devil's Point
Date walked: 31/08/2020
Distance: 30km
Ascent: 1033m
Views: 55

Binnein Mor and Na Gruagaichean on a temperate day

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Munros: Binnein Mòr, Na Gruagaichean
Date walked: 24/08/2020
Distance: 14km
Ascent: 1336m
Views: 65

Forty years in the wilderness but the devil must wait

Attachment(s) Munros: An Sgarsoch, Càrn an Fhìdhleir (Càrn Ealar)
Date walked: 15/08/2020
Distance: 50km
Ascent: 1226m
Comments: 7
Views: 1381


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