After a hugely frustrating week in Ecosse todays ascent was a hugely welcome relief. Having resigned myself to no significent ascents during the week I got talking to Dave who was on the next pitch to me. He told me on Thursday evening that he was going up to do Conival and Ben More Assynt on the friday. Instantly producing a performance somewhat aking to a rat up a drainpipe I talked my way into accompanying him!
Had a fantastic day, we parked up at Inchnadamph and executed a long walk in towards Conival. The walk in along Gleann Dubh was quite a long one, it seemed even longer in a hailstorm when we extracted that evening. Ascending over poor and boggy terrain, we paused for air at the bealach between Conival, and Beinn an Fhurain.
At this point an elderly couple flew past us, I still do not know where they came from, as there was nobody behind us up until this point.
We thought it would be fun to ascend through the scree to the ridge, which it largely was, although I was happier once the ridge was attained. We then followed the ridge along to the summit shelter on Conival. It was at this point that the only other group that we met today went past.
We traversed the ridge to Ben More Assynt, and decided on sight that the easiest route of return would be the way we came. When we returned to the bealach below Beinn an Fhurain we descended into a cloud that saturated my trousers, and we were in the rain until we reached the car.
As above, I had a great day, not having visited the South top, I will need to visit these hills again at some point if I wish to complete the tops – but as I only have 7 Munros (inclusive), I’m not too concerned just yet!
Weather:Overcast, sunny spells and showers
Accompanied by:Dave from Ilkley
Estimated ‘Dead’ Time:1hr
0998m Ben More Assynt