Super snow on Beinn an Lochain
by PeteR » Mon Mar 14, 2011 11:30 pm
Route description: Beinn an Lochain
Corbetts included on this walk: Beinn an Lochain
Date walked: 13/03/2011Register or Login free to be able to rate and comment on reports (as well as access 1:25000 mapping).
Heading past the car park for the Cobbler and friends there were a few walkers about and so I had expected to see cars at the Lochain parking area, but when I arrived there wasn't a car in sight. It looked like I had the hill to myself.
As I parked up and got myself ready there was a bit of a breeze and I was reminded of my last visit here last winter, when a group of us had to turn back due to the gusts about two thirds up the hill. But undeterred I set off.
Even early on the views opened up
Lower down on the ridge it was a combination of bog and wet snow, which made for a bit of hard work either slipping or sinking. But thinks were improving the further I went and the higher I got.
Then I arrived at a nice scrambly bit, which is always fun.....
As I made progress, so the snow improved and became a lot firmer, if deeper in places. The wind was also picking up steadily, but nothing to get too concerned about at this stage.
Despite no cars at the parking area I suddenly became aware of fresh footprints in the snow ......so I clearly wasn't alone. Despite the prints I never caught sight of the other walkers on the hill.
Despite the cloud about I was lucky, as the views were always there and the route ahead always looked inviting.
But it also looked impressive when the cloud descended, although the wind was picking up now and any cloud that did appear didn't last for too long.
It was just great fun walking in the snow. By now the path was obliterated and it was a case of pick your own route. But that just added to the enjoyment of the day. It was pretty steep in places. A very different experience from my other visits here. I was taking it slow and steady, but was decided I wouldn't be returning by the same route as I didn't fancy coming back down what I was currently clambering up.
And a bit closer up
Nice views opened up toward the Arrochar Alps, with the Cobbler taking centre stage
As I hit the ridge before the final push to the summit the wind really picked up and I was being buffeted all over the place. Looking at the final ridge left me feling nervous and having already got it into my head not to go back down the same route I had a moments hesitation about carrying on Head back now or just go for it? Despite my natural caution hill walking has taught me that sometimes it's just a case of growing a pair and getting on with it. And so I found myself headed for the final push ..... and for a moment the wind speed dropped ...... ever so slightly!
And was I glad I did carry on? The walk up the narrow ridge was fantastic
More deep snow
And a window on the world
By the time I got to the summit the wind was well up. I was being pushed all over the place. Can't believe I was able to stand still long enough to take a quick photo. Then it was a case of continuing along to the south top and then off the hill.
Getting to the south top I decided to drop down the back of the hill, avoiding anything that looked even remotely steep. The plan was to bear left and pick up the ros back to the Rest and be Thankful. But then that left the prospect of a treck back along the road to the car. So..... I decided to bear right and pick up the road nearer to Butterbridge and the car. Well, it was a good treck, but little did I know how far it was, how much forest there was to navigate, how long it would take and just how far I was from the car still
I did get some good views in compensation
Still ..... eventually I spied the old bridge at Butterbridge, which meant's it wasn't much further to go. Soon I was back at the car, and just as well. Driving back toward the Rest and be Thankful and the rain set in. But that couldn't spoil what had been an excellent day on a cracking little hill.
by The-Big-Grey-Man » Tue Mar 15, 2011 1:56 am
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by yokehead » Tue Mar 15, 2011 12:37 pm
PeteR wrote:Despite my natural caution hill walking has taught me that sometimes it's just a case of growing a pair and getting on with it.
And well done in persevering, it was certainly worth it, also adds extra spice to the day!
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