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You couldn't hide from me THIS time Ime!!

You couldn't hide from me THIS time Ime!!


Postby GillC » Sun Jul 10, 2011 8:29 pm

Munros included on this walk: Beinn Ime, Beinn Narnain

Date walked: 10/07/2011

Time taken: 6.5 hours

Distance: 12.2 km

Ascent: 1316m

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With determination, we set out to conquer Beinn Ime, my 13th Munro, via Narnain. Ime eluded us 2 weeks ago when a combination of the long route up the Cobbler and VERY poor visibility meant we abandoned our attempt at this trio in Arrochar.

After a fabulously warm and sunny day yesterday, we harboured some well known Scottish optimism, Of COURSE it'll be the same today! But, by the time we reached Succoth, the rain had started, cloud rolling around the hilltops but visibility was still pretty good. Midgies were biting, so booted up and headed off. Having climbed Narnain last year, (in the snow), the foothills were very familiar, although the map clearly stated the path takes a sharp left before heading up the hill, this might allude to an older path as ours clearly went straight off up the hill, not really sure where the left one went!.

The initial ascent goes up the route of an old railway line used in construction some time ago. In the wet conditions it was really like walking up a burn. You gain height very quickly here and the views down Loch Long are spectacular. The smirry rain was off and on, as were the waterproofs and hoods but little wind and pretty mild all round.

The scrambling on the upper reaches of Narnain are fab, lots of hand to rock, shinning up over boulders, grabbing clumps of grass, not too hard work and thoroughly enjoyable. Our memories of last years climb on Narnain, included 2 false peaks, first one kind of came and went,,the second is a pile of stones on top of a rock, then you see the huge boulders above you. These look almost unreachable but a scramble around them soon brought us to the plateau top and the stone built trig point. We hunkered down behind the shelter wall thats constructed there, (for sheep? dont know.)

It was pretty windy and rain was on again. Had a shorter stop than normal, other members of the party were feeling the cold a bit. We headed off and made a decision that due to the conditions (again!) we would give Ime a miss and head down.

Just off the top, John decided that this descent was not for him and that he would prefer to go back over the top and down the way we had come up. So, Margaret and I carried on down Narnain towards the Bealach a' Mhaim.
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Margaret and a Big boulder


At this point,,the cloud and mist surrounding Beinn Ime vanished, as if by magic. So tempted by this wonderful view, we seized the opportunity and decided to head for Ime. The 400mtr ascent from the Bealach is pretty boggy and uninteresting but the clear views stayed with us for some time, but by the upper third or so the mist and cloud had returned. The scrappy rocky/grassy ground makes it quite hard to keep to a path but we managed to reach the top.
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Intrepid conquerer
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Beinn Ime,,gotcha!
The old trig point has all but disappeared, nice wee shelter though, so had a spot more lunch, few pics and headed off down again.

The descent was made trickier by the poor visibility again and we veered a bit left of the path, this was actually a good move as the ground was much drier underfoot compared to the path we came up on. We had passed a few pairs of climbers over the last few hours and here met a party of 4-5 young guys who looked a bit lost but we assured them they were only about 100 yards from the top.

We had taken about 2hrs 20 to climb Ime from the Bealach and back down, we thought this was pretty good going.
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Beinn Ime, still a bit shy in the clouds
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The surrounding hills to the West.
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Beinn Narnain from Ime
By this time the Cobbler was standing clear and bright against a cloudy and sometime blue sky. Loads of people out and about. We were tempted to scramble up the rocky stairway, just for the hell of it...but....after a discussion about timescales and early starts for work tomorrow, we took the grown up decision and headed down the well trodden path to Succoth. This path, if used to make any ascents in the area, is really a bit of a cheat, although it gives a good view of the hills around and its pretty direct if you dont want to spend too long scrambling up and over the surrounding peaks.

Back in Succoth just after 5pm, raining pretty heavily but it was mild and really quite refreshing, Lovely.
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A Succoth Snog!!
Wee steak pie supper in the Arrochar chippy, (Fantastic) Then a drive home on a lovely sunny evening Another grand day out on the fine Arrochar Alps.
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GillC
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Re: You couldn't hide from me THIS time Ime!!

Postby Paula Hubens » Tue Jul 26, 2011 8:31 pm

Well done for sticking to your plan and bagging Ime! via Narnain! which you had already done in winter! :D
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Re: You couldn't hide from me THIS time Ime!!

Postby GillC » Tue Aug 09, 2011 12:34 pm

Thanks Paula, I love Narnain, lots of scrambling so didnt want to miss it on our way up to Ime. :D G
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