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Assynt Overnight Experience With Mollie Hughes

SUMMER AND AUTUMN MOUNTAINEERING

About Us

We are passionate about the natural world and its beautiful wild places.

We have a deep respect and appreciation for the environment and a love for adventure and silent human-powered sports.

More about us

Spend a unique three day wild camping adventure with world record-breaking mountaineer, polar expeditioner and Ocean Vertical Director, Mollie Hughes.

Over the past 10 years she has taken part in many expeditions across the globe, including reaching the summit of Mount Everest from both the northern and southern route.

In 2020 Mollie became the youngest woman to ski solo from the coast of Antarctica to the geographic South Pole, covering 700 miles in 58 days.

A vast undulating moorland studded with a maze of dramatic mountains, coastline, and a thousand fresh-water lochans.

Assynt has the oldest rock in Europe as well as the earliest evidence of life anywhere in Europe. Step back in time into this extraordinary landscape of breathtaking beauty.

Uninterrupted by cars and phones monolithic peaks dominate the skyline. Lochs, rivers and waterfalls surround them and flow out to blue seas across stunning white sand beaches and jagged cliff edges.

It is one of the best places in Europe to see whales, dolphins and porpoises.

The jewel in the crown of the Assynt mountains is Suilven “The Pillar”. At 731m it is one of the most iconic mountain profiles in the UK.

A tight rocky ridge leads to the summit from the high Bealach Mor. It is as remote as it is beautiful.

This two night stay also gives us the opportunity to summit Canisp at 847m, Suilvens larger sister peak. With over 600m of prominence Canisp is a real watchtower over this ancient landscape.

Two nights in the wild and two remote peaks. One unforgettable adventure.

The iconic Scottish poet Norman MacCaig said of Assynt: “Who possesses this landscape? The man who bought it or I who am possessed by it”.

“It’s unlikely you will come back the same person after an adventure into this wilderness” Mollie Hughes

Adventures in Assynt

Trip Overview

Availability

April and September

Duration

3 days / 2 nights

Difficulty

Moderate / challenging

Language

English

Meeting Point

Location TBC prior to trip

Minimum Age

16

Total Distance

Varies

Mountaineering Time

15 - 18hrs

Group Size

Maximum 6

Minimum Number

3

Weather

If the weather is unsafe your Guide will choose an alternative mountain location

What’s included (and not)

Included

  • Experienced & qualified guide
  • Tent or bivouac bag
  • Ground mat
  • Evening meals and breakfasts
  • Ground transportation at the beginning and end of the trip

Not Included

  • Hiking boots - waterproof
  • Waterproof jacket and trousers
  • Warm clothing
  • Hat and gloves
  • Lunch
  • Sleeping bag

Optional extras

  • Mountaineering boots

What to bring with you

Hiking Boots – waterproof

Waterproof trousers

Please do not use cotton clothing

Wool socks

Base layer

Gloves – plus spares

Lightweight fleece

Warm hat – plus spare

Fleece or soft-shell jacket

Spare fleece / warm top

Trousers – synthetic that dry quickly

Lunch, snacks and liquid

Waterproof jacket with hood

Sun tan cream and insect repellent

Sleeping bag

Trip map

Edinburgh to Lochinver / 244 miles (392.7 km)

Accreditations
Adventure Activities Licensing Authority ASI Accredited School - Stand Up Paddle ASI Academy of Surfing Instructors NCC Promoting Safe Coasteering