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Beinn Lochain, first walk out in the dark

Beinn Lochain, first walk out in the dark


Postby lomondwalkers » Thu Nov 17, 2011 12:21 pm

Grahams included on this walk: Beinn Lochain

Date walked: 10/11/2011

Time taken: 4.5 hours

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The plan was to go for Beinn Bheula from Lettermay, but as it was almost 2pm by the time we got there, we decided to head to the Graham to the North, Beinn Lochain. We followed the same track that would have taken us to Bheula until just before the fabulous fast flowing waterfall that tumbles down ahead of you, so fabulous that we didn't think to take a photo :lol: We then followed a mud track that looked to have been used for felling the trees which lead us nicely round to Curra Lochain. At the start of the Loch there were some trees left that we had to stoop under which brought us to a stile. Over we went and from there we struck up the side of the hill. We could see plenty of crags and boulders up above and it was a case of get to them then find a way over/round them, which was good fun. Eventually it levelled off for a bit then we were faced with a whole load of steepness and crags and it was a case of trial and error to get to the summit, which I wouldn't have fancied too much in thick clag, but as it was, the cloud was hovvering just around the summit and eventually we found our way to the top and the tiny cairn that I missed even though I was standing right next to it :shh: :lol: Pretty claggy around the surrounding summits, so not great views, though we had a good view down to the Loch below us and some of the surrounding crags. Took us over 2 hours to the summit, so we knew the walk out was going to be in the dark and wanted to get back to the mud track at the Loch before the head torches were going to be christened. Made it with a bit of time to spare, though the walk from the mud track back to the path proper got rather amusing when I went sliding off a wet log to land on my butt, a helping hand from Del Boy soon landed him on his too :lol: One fit of the giggles later we were safely onto the main track and heading to Lettermay.

Some photos...
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Beinn Lochain from the car
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Loch Goil
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Beinn Lochain
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Curra Lochain
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Towards Lochain nan Crialmh
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Beinn Bheula
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Ascent route, we went left of main crags....
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....here
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Down over crags and boulders to Loch
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More crags
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Summit
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At least somebody was getting some sun
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Cliffs
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Tiny cairn
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Initial descent
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Curra Lochain
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More crags
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Darkness descending
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Headtorches oot!!!
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Re: Beinn Lochain, first walk out in the dark

Postby pollyh33 » Thu Nov 17, 2011 12:37 pm

Fabbie report Dave.

Those photographs are just getting better and better :D

As well as all the new skills you've been learning on your course, do actually think more about your choice of subject??

PS No pics of your muddy butt? :D
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Re: Beinn Lochain, first walk out in the dark

Postby Johnny Corbett » Thu Nov 17, 2011 12:55 pm

Nice report of a little toughie. Shame you missed Beinn Bheula though you could link it up with the Marilyn when you returned. I'd hoped to do all three but after doing Lochain & Bheula not only were we knackered but we were running out of daylight
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Re: Beinn Lochain, first walk out in the dark

Postby lomondwalkers » Thu Nov 17, 2011 9:11 pm

pollyh33 wrote:Fabbie report Dave.

Those photographs are just getting better and better :D

As well as all the new skills you've been learning on your course, do actually think more about your choice of subject??

PS No pics of your muddy butt? :D

Cheers P :D
I wouldn't say I think too much more about my choice of subject, I just take the time to try and take a steady shot instead of one handed snapping while I walk type stuff :lol: oh and try to centre what I'm photographing, oh and the rule of thirds :crazy: :crazy: :lol:

No muddy butt shots, I've yet to acquire a wide angle lens :lol:
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Re: Beinn Lochain, first walk out in the dark

Postby lomondwalkers » Thu Nov 17, 2011 9:14 pm

Johnny Corbett wrote:Nice report of a little toughie. Shame you missed Beinn Bheula though you could link it up with the Marilyn when you returned. I'd hoped to do all three but after doing Lochain & Bheula not only were we knackered but we were running out of daylight

Cheers JC :D
Beinn Bheula looks a great rugged hill, will most definitely be back for it in the future and hopefully get it's wee neebur too.
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Re: Beinn Lochain, first walk out in the dark

Postby Bod » Fri Nov 18, 2011 1:04 am

Done some night-naving in the rain over Beinn Bheula and round about. A fantastic area to work on the skills... :D
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Re: Beinn Lochain, first walk out in the dark

Postby SusieThePensioner » Fri Nov 18, 2011 10:44 am

lomondwalkers wrote:I wouldn't say I think too much more about my choice of subject, I just take the time to try and take a steady shot instead of one handed snapping while I walk type stuff oh and try to centre what I'm photographing, oh and the rule of thirds


Dave, I'm impressed you're taking the time to do all that before you take a shot and it shows in your photos :thumbup: I usually totally forget about the rule of thirds but it doesn't always apply, particularly if you're taking something like a fantastic sky :D

Loved your report, as usual :lol:
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Re: Beinn Lochain, first walk out in the dark

Postby lomondwalkers » Fri Nov 18, 2011 3:41 pm

Bod wrote:Done some night-naving in the rain over Beinn Bheula and round about. A fantastic area to work on the skills... :D

It sure is, will probably be back again in the near future.

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lomondwalkers wrote:Dave, I'm impressed you're taking the time to do all that before you take a shot and it shows in your photos :thumbup: I usually totally forget about the rule of thirds but it doesn't always apply, particularly if you're taking something like a fantastic sky :D

Loved your report, as usual :lol:

Thanks Susie, with my luck for weather I doubt I'll be getting a fantastic sky anytime soon :lol:
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Re: Beinn Lochain, first walk out in the dark

Postby malky_c » Tue Nov 22, 2011 10:58 pm

Missed this one. I really like the look of the hills round there. Pity they are so far away! Nice report :D
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Re: Beinn Lochain, first walk out in the dark

Postby rockhopper » Tue Nov 22, 2011 11:58 pm

malky_c wrote: Pity they are so far away! Nice report :D
Not often there's an advantage to living in the Glasgow region compared to Inverness 8) :wink:

Starting to look at the corbetts and grahams nearer home - certainly quite a variety - and your report's giving me ideas - cheers :D
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Re: Beinn Lochain, first walk out in the dark

Postby lomondwalkers » Wed Nov 23, 2011 1:30 pm

malky_c wrote:Missed this one. I really like the look of the hills round there. Pity they are so far away! Nice report :D

Some great craggy hills round that way. Beinn Bheula looks a cracker, can't wait to get back and attempt it :D

rockhopper wrote:Starting to look at the corbetts and grahams nearer home - certainly quite a variety - and your report's giving me ideas - cheers :D

Yeah theres plenty to choose from RH, I'll hopefully be ticking off a few more in the area over Winter.
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