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Garbh Bheinn (Loch Leven), a mighty fine climb! :) :) :)

Garbh Bheinn (Loch Leven), a mighty fine climb! :) :) :)


Postby Bod » Fri Nov 13, 2020 1:59 pm

Route description: Garbh Bheinn, Loch Leven

Corbetts included on this walk: Garbh Bheinn (Loch Leven)

Date walked: 07/11/2020

Time taken: 4.5 hours

Distance: 6.27 km

Ascent: 867m

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Val and I have enjoyed many years with our previous campervan called Hector exploring the Highlands, Islands and elsewhere, loving the life in a converted transit custom van. Now its a new era beginning in our slightly larger new wheels, a ducato van with heating and a few more mod-cons. Dougal is his name and adventuring his game :D :D :lol:

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Wakening up in Glencoe parked below Stob Dearg looking across here towards Rannoch Moor, Meall a' Bhuiridh and Creise mountains ranges after having arrived late the previous evening.
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The always impressive mountain peak Stob Dearg rising to over 1000 metres high, Buachaille Etive Mor the perfect back drop for breakfast :)
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The sun rising higher just before heading for the wonderful drive down through the Pass of Glencoe to the Village and taking a right turn onto the B863 for the start of our walk near Caolasnacon :)
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The beginning of the ridge seen from the parking space, Torran nan Crann the initial hike up :)
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Dougal the campervan there, parked up and enjoying his first thrill going mountain climbing :)
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Spectacular scenery quickly appears after the early boggy approach, and the weather was a treat to behold (well done Val, my own wee weather girl).
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The aspect westward taking in views of Sgorr na Ciche (or Pap of Glencoe) and the lands across the sea reaching Ardgour, Maclean country north of the Isle of Mull :)
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The Aonach Eagach ridge provides the views to the south, simply mesmerising :)
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Up on to Stob Coire Sgoilte now, a fancinating stage of the climb after a very steep section. Not far now up on the summit area of Garbh Bheinn :)
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A wee pose whilst enjoying a wee breather :)
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Wow, wow, wow .... this is some mountain, a very special place to be. Mountains and the sea, you cannae beat it. Loch leven stretching out there through Ballachulish and into Loch Linnhe :)
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Ben Nevis watching over us, and the Ring of Steall Mamores in the foreground there :)
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Aonach Eagach again from a bit higher up. This section of Garbh Bheinn is a pure joy! :)
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Val and I met two other couples at different stages on the mountain last Saturday and we all were clearly in awe and so grateful for the gift of freedom, despite these crazy days of 2020 :)
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Summit selfie time, its has to be done :)
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After savouring our time on top, it was time to carefully make tracks back down the mountain retracing our steps :)
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I always love an opportunity for a magical lochan shot! An skimming of ice present too :)
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Thank you Garbh Bheinn, tonic for the soul and what a day! :)
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One final higher up photo before descending descending down into the shadow of the glen :)


The hills, mountains, glens, burns, rivers, lochans, lochs and the sea are God's Country here in Bonnie Scotland, to be treasured and looked after forever. Scotland Forever, there's a fine tune and a song to go along with this :D :D :D

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Our weekend started here ......
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And ended on the hillside here on Sunday with morning coffee views over Loch Tulla before driving home, refreshed, renewed and dreaming of exciting times ahead whether it be further adventures local, near of far :) :) :)


:D :D :D :D :D
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Re: Garbh Bheinn (Loch Leven), a mighty fine climb! :) :) :

Postby PeteR » Fri Nov 13, 2020 2:18 pm

That's a very enjoyable hill Bod.... I'm sure it's overlooked by many, what with all the bigger hills close by. Looks like you had a great day for it too.

Just commencing my own van-life experience at the moment, but think my Scudo will be a lot more basic than your posh new van 🤣
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Re: Garbh Bheinn (Loch Leven), a mighty fine climb! :) :) :

Postby Bod » Fri Nov 13, 2020 3:26 pm

PeteR wrote:That's a very enjoyable hill Bod.... I'm sure it's overlooked by many, what with all the bigger hills close by. Looks like you had a great day for it too.

Just commencing my own van-life experience at the moment, but think my Scudo will be a lot more basic than your posh new van 🤣


Hi Pete, I hope you love having your van, stick with it! Once a van man always a van man, thanks for your comment :D :D :clap:
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Re: Garbh Bheinn (Loch Leven), a mighty fine climb! :) :) :

Postby IreneM » Fri Nov 13, 2020 4:08 pm

Great walk report Bod :clap:

Garbh Bheinn is an absolute cracker :thumbup:
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Re: Garbh Bheinn (Loch Leven), a mighty fine climb! :) :) :

Postby lochfyne » Fri Nov 13, 2020 5:16 pm

Enjoyed reading your report so much Bod, for both your Garbh Bheinn, (which I climbed on a fine day in October 2019) and campervan adventures.

We were parked up not that far from you on Friday evening at the Victoria Bridge car park in our campervan which my husband lovingly converted over the past 18 months. There were some fraught moments but my memories are a bit rose tinted now :lol: :lol:

We had the most amazing day on Stob a Choire Odhair and Stob Ghabhar on Saturday, sat on both summits for ages just loving life. For me it was extra special as it was my first Munros since having my kidney removed in February due to cancer, and I’m now looking forward to many more hillwalking expeditions in Ivor :) :)
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Re: Garbh Bheinn (Loch Leven), a mighty fine climb! :) :) :

Postby gaffr » Fri Nov 13, 2020 5:46 pm

First of all the fine images capture this hill.:-) myself I don't have any of this hill done before I had a camera. From sea level up direct to the summit very fine.
I was a much younger strider when I had a grand day out along with the other Corbett hill on the other side of the sea Loch.....no comparison though with this fine hill.
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Re: Garbh Bheinn (Loch Leven), a mighty fine climb! :) :) :

Postby Sunset tripper » Fri Nov 13, 2020 9:25 pm

What a good trip. Great pics, especially of the buachaille and of the pap. :D
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Re: Garbh Bheinn (Loch Leven), a mighty fine climb! :) :) :

Postby past my sell by date » Sun Nov 15, 2020 3:06 pm

Nice report and pics. Yes a much underated hill: you start near enough at sea level so it feels much more like a Munro.
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Re: Garbh Bheinn (Loch Leven), a mighty fine climb! :) :) :

Postby Bod » Sun Nov 15, 2020 11:08 pm

IreneM wrote:Great walk report Bod :clap:

Garbh Bheinn is an absolute cracker :thumbup:


Thanks IreneM, a cracker indeed :D
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Re: Garbh Bheinn (Loch Leven), a mighty fine climb! :) :) :

Postby Bod » Sun Nov 15, 2020 11:14 pm

lochfyne wrote:Enjoyed reading your report so much Bod, for both your Garbh Bheinn, (which I climbed on a fine day in October 2019) and campervan adventures.

We were parked up not that far from you on Friday evening at the Victoria Bridge car park in our campervan which my husband lovingly converted over the past 18 months. There were some fraught moments but my memories are a bit rose tinted now :lol: :lol:

We had the most amazing day on Stob a Choire Odhair and Stob Ghabhar on Saturday, sat on both summits for ages just loving life. For me it was extra special as it was my first Munros since having my kidney removed in February due to cancer, and I’m now looking forward to many more hillwalking expeditions in Ivor :) :)


That's great lochfyne, you so deserved a wonderful day in the Black Mount. It was an amazing weekend last week. I had a brush with cancer just over 3 years ago, and the outdoors a campervan adventures have been key to getting on with life :D :D :D
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Re: Garbh Bheinn (Loch Leven), a mighty fine climb! :) :) :

Postby Bod » Thu Nov 19, 2020 9:08 am

gaffr wrote:First of all the fine images capture this hill.:-) myself I don't have any of this hill done before I had a camera. From sea level up direct to the summit very fine.
I was a much younger strider when I had a grand day out along with the other Corbett hill on the other side of the sea Loch.....no comparison though with this fine hill.


Thank you gaffr, I am looking forward to a further visit to the corbett on the north side of the Loch :D
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Re: Garbh Bheinn (Loch Leven), a mighty fine climb! :) :) :

Postby Anne C » Mon Nov 23, 2020 11:25 am

Stunning! :clap: Those views down the loch with the Pap in the middle distance are gorgeous. Saw Garbh Bheinn when I went up Meall Dearg (Aonach Eagach) via the same starting point and thought it looked very impressive across the corrie.
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Re: Garbh Bheinn (Loch Leven), a mighty fine climb! :) :) :

Postby Bod » Tue Nov 24, 2020 3:27 pm

Sunset tripper wrote:What a good trip. Great pics, especially of the buachaille and of the pap. :D


Hi Sunset tripper, it was a great trip and a lovely weekend. So lucky we got out and about whilst still in tier 2 covid measures. Praying that may we all be free again soon in 2021, thank you :D
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Re: Garbh Bheinn (Loch Leven), a mighty fine climb! :) :) :

Postby Bod » Tue Nov 24, 2020 3:30 pm

past my sell by date wrote:Nice report and pics. Yes a much underated hill: you start near enough at sea level so it feels much more like a Munro.


Hi there, and thank you for your input on ascent climbed. Absolutely, probably more height gained than many munros :D
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Re: Garbh Bheinn (Loch Leven), a mighty fine climb! :) :) :

Postby Bod » Tue Nov 24, 2020 4:16 pm

Anne C wrote:Stunning! :clap: Those views down the loch with the Pap in the middle distance are gorgeous. Saw Garbh Bheinn when I went up Meall Dearg (Aonach Eagach) via the same starting point and thought it looked very impressive across the corrie.


Thank you Anne C, had this walk in my mind for 2 or 3 years now. Always wondering where next, you can't always plan, it just happens :D :D :D
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