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A Marilyn, A Munro and a scramble down A'chrois

A Marilyn, A Munro and a scramble down A'chrois

Postby JBSS71 » Wed Jul 06, 2011 1:04 am

Munros included on this walk: Beinn Narnain

Sub 2000' hills included on this walk: Cruach Tairbeirt

Date walked: 01/07/2011

Time taken: 10 hours

Distance: 25.2 km

Ascent: 1638m

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A great Friday for not being at work. My 'Support Team/Driver/Sherpa' was at work but agreed to drop me off somewhere so long as it didn't make her late for work.
So at 0630hrs I was ejected from the car at Firkin Point on Loch Lomond by a now late-for-work wife.

I didn't have a lot planned to be honest other than wanting to play with my shiny new Garmin GPS Oregon 450 :)
Cruach Tairbeirt the sub2000 was a definite but after that I wasn't firmly set on anything.
So glad I bothered with Cruach Tarbeirt. The day was perfect, clear for miles, not too hot and even the midges were just biting playfully.
Took the path under the station at Tarbet and then no messing up the path, keep straight into the forest, good clear track but was glad that I could GPS mark the point I left the tree line to make returning easier. Fantastic views in all directions. Spent the best part of 30 minutes looking around! very unusual behaviour for me. Well worth a look even if the smaller peaks aren't your thing. Toyed with the idea of finding another way off but common sense won the day.

Wandered across Arrochar and started up towards The Cobbler and Beinn Narnain. Have not done either before and even at this point hadn't made up my mind! Enjoyed the well trodden route up and my first close look at The Cobbler. Will be back when I have some-one on hand to take my picture threading the needle. When the path split I chose the Munro with the plan being to go up Beinn Narnain, across the ridge to A'chrois and then back down to Arrochar.

Was really on a high, the weather and visibility were great and the views better than expected. My photographs didn't do them justice. Spent a while pouring over the map naming the distant mountains visible.
Started playing with the GPS at this point and transferred my planned route onto it as waypoints. Had a coffee and some squashed cheese rolls then started off again.

Loved the ridge across to A'chrois. The day was hotter than expected and I was running low on fluids - should have refilled in Arrochar, learnt a lesson there.
Got up to A'chrois - at the time I thought it was a Corbett ....have since learnt differently but nothing will take away the experience. Enjoyed the views once again, this was definately a day for lingering at the summits. Had a planned route down from my trusty Loch Lomond & the Trossachs book (Cicerone books). Noted that the writer had used this route up. Checked and checked again, I wouldn't mind coming up this way as I would not be looking down. Not afraid to say my fear of heights kicked in - how steep !

Followed my planned route but large sections were spent inching down carefully on my bum, glad I was using a walking pole today for the first time ever, I shortened it and it gave a bit of confidence in parts. Kept straying from my carefully programmed GPS route as I back-tracked a few times looking for less steep options. I inched down telling myself to "man-up" and hoped no one was watching me through bino's thinking I was in need of rescue.

At one point I found myself metres away from a young stag - unfortunately he was off before my camera came out.
Soon reached flatter ground and then it was just the horrendous overgrown bit to get through before reaching the trees. Got straight onto the zig-zag forest road I was looking for. Zapped by the sun and a little tired I thought I knew better and took a quicker way down to the forest road. :lol: Improving - it was only five minutes before I decided I was being an idiot and retraced my steps. Got onto the forest road to Succoth and then Arrochar. Very pleased to be met at the bridge in Arrochar by my wife carrying two chilled cans of Irn-Bru. :D Great day

Note: Edited 7/7/11 to get the photo's in the correct order and add my route.

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Cruach Tairbeirt
Cruach Tairbeirt
The Cobbler & Beinn Narnain from Cruach Tairbeirt
The Cobbler & Beinn Narnain from bottom of Cruach Tairbeirt
Decision time... The Cobbler or Beinn Narnain
Views from Beinn Narnain
Loch Long and beyond from Beinn Narnain
Ridge to A'chrois (? Creag Tharauinn)
Ben Lomond from A'chrois
A'chrois summit (Loch Sloy & Ben Vorlich in background)
My route down A'chrois
View back up A'chrois
Last edited by JBSS71 on Fri Jul 08, 2011 1:28 pm, edited 5 times in total.
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Re: A Marilyn, A Munro and a scramble down A'chrois

Postby kev_russ » Wed Jul 06, 2011 1:09 pm

Nice pics there. Looks like you had the guid weather :)
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Re: A Marilyn, A Munro and a scramble down A'chrois

Postby monty » Wed Jul 06, 2011 2:10 pm

Well done JB on your second munro. Nice set of overcast photos :lol: Well done.

Re: A Marilyn, A Munro and a scramble down A'chrois

Postby kinley » Wed Jul 06, 2011 5:28 pm

Nice combination :thumbup:

I've had a hankering to do A'Chrois for a while, interesting addition of the Marilyn.

Any chance you could insert your route map?

Cheers - liked that. 8)
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