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Assynt and the far north

November and December in the Highlands of Scotland can be a strange mix of full on winter or summer. Conditions can vary massively between individual mountain ranges even and a huge dump of snow can produce Narnia one day and be gone the next.

I did some private guiding for Tom who was keen to get out and explore Assynt and the far north (and a quick trip down to Torridon).

We started off on Ben Hope - the most northerly of the Munros. A warm gentle sunlight and breeze carried us up the hill until about 850m when a thin layer of frost and snow met us - along with some light mist which led to a magical orange glow all around us.

The next day we went on a circuit of Sgorr Ruadh and Beinn Liath Mhor - the two spectacular Munros to the south of the mighty Torridon Giants - Liathach, Beinn Alligan and Beinn Eighe. These Munros are an impressive and diverse circuit requiring minor scrambling, gentle walking and everything else in between. Again we were met with hoare frost, rime ice and some snow from about 800m but warm sunshine down in the glen. We were also joined by my friend Tim Hall who runs Out in the Hills which was also brilliant.

We had spectacular views across Torridon!

To finish off the week I had the privilege of taking someone out for their first ever winter Munro along with Tom. This is always a special moment and it's clear that she absolutely loved it!

We took in Conival but that was enough for the first day so Ben More Assynt can make it for another time!

With true winter just around the corner, have a look at the guided events and introduction to winter courses on my website. And don't forget that I can also provide private guided events for you and friends/family anywhere in Snowdonia, Northern England and the Highlands of Scotland!

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