Too windy and wet for two up by the A83
by rockhopper » Sun Jan 08, 2012 1:36 am
Route description: Beinn Luibhean
Corbetts included on this walk: Beinn Luibhean
Date walked: 07/01/2012
Time taken: 3.7 hours
Distance: 7.5 km
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Date: Saturday 7 Jan 2012
Set off later than usual from Glasgow where the sky was clear and starry – full of optimism that I could get a decent sunrise especially with mainly dry, sunny, and blustery weather forecast for Arrochar. Uneventful journey up – traffic lights at the landslide. Arrived in the “Rest and be thankful” car park – howling wind hammering the car with rain so I stayed put and had a snooze until daylight. No chance of a sunrise then.
Plan for the day was to walk back down the A83, go up and over Beinn Luibhean from the south to the north then up and over Beinn an Lochain arriving back at the car park. The plan didn’t quite come to fruition in the end.
Walked down the A83 almost to the start of the trees at a wee layby – view looking back up to Beinn an Lochain.
Then started steeply up the side of Beinn Luibhean until I reached the southerly ridge.
View up to Beinn an t-Seilich
The Cobbler and Beinn Narnain
Over to Ben Donich
Had various stops for waterproofs and extra layers. The wind wasn’t too bad as I was partially sheltered at this stage.
Walked up the ridge with some more dramatic views around due to the ever changing weather.
Further up the wind got a lot stronger. Not much snow but the ice axe came in handy for some parts but even handier for keeping me upright. Can’t remember ever having been in such strong wind – even the extra weight from festive dinners didn’t stop me being blown over several times !
Got to the top eventually but was finding it very difficult to stay upright.
No views from the top. Stayed for a while hunkered down behind a rock but the weather just wasn’t going to clear.
Headed off northerly but was soon beginning to think that it may have been better and more sheltered to go back down the ascent route. Kept going though because I was still thinking that Beinn an Lochain was possible.
That thought didn’t stay with me long though. Further down with the wind still very strong I eventually decided that one was enough and didn’t want to get blown off Beinn an Lochain – the rain and hail also helped with the decision.
There were some sections of snow where I was able to slide a bit.
The weather did clear up a bit further down to let me see more of Beinn an Lochain and Binnein an Fhidleir.
Took a fairly direct route back down to the A83 and then had to walk back up the A83 to get to the car. Met a cyclist who was walking his bike because of the strength of the wind. It was good to get back out after such a long break from the hills but the effects of the festive food were felt more than I’d anticipated.....
by lomondwalkers » Sun Jan 08, 2012 7:43 am
by Johnny Corbett » Sun Jan 08, 2012 9:50 am
by Huck Finn » Sun Jan 08, 2012 10:01 am
We did the Vorlich and the wind was mad as well, I managed to record gusts of 61mph, we had stronger but like you, I could not stand upright long enough to get a reading on them. Still enjpyed it though
by pigeon » Sun Jan 08, 2012 11:52 am
by dooterbang » Sun Jan 08, 2012 3:22 pm
Ive seen there photos and now reading this it appears the wind and rain made for poor walking - although that dosnt hinder me. I did manage a wee afternoon wandering the Campsie plateau, in the sunshine
I'm sure very soon that you'll be able to burn the indulgence of the festivities away with an epic trip or two.
Well done on getting back out after a lay off.
by Collaciotach » Sun Jan 08, 2012 3:38 pm
by mountain thyme » Sun Jan 08, 2012 3:40 pm
by mrssanta » Sun Jan 08, 2012 7:21 pm
by ChrisW » Mon Jan 09, 2012 3:41 am
by davetherave » Mon Jan 09, 2012 1:32 pm
Shame about not completing your plans, Beinn an Lochain is a fine Corbett. When we did Beinn an Lochain we combined it with Ben Donich and The Brack made for a good days walk, well worth thinking about.
by rockhopper » Mon Jan 09, 2012 9:52 pm
various reasons kept me off the hills - not a good final two months of the year so it was great to be back out on the hillsJohnny Corbett wrote:Good to see you out and about again Rockhopper, did you finally find the keys to your shackles?
looks like we're getting nearer and nearer - maybe 2012 we'll manage itpigeon wrote:We need to stop nearly meeting like this
I'll need to start looking in the "Outside Scotland" section nowChrisW wrote: Hoping to get my first hike in tomorrow and the thought of xmas excess and 3 weeks of hotel life leaves me a little ....concerned
funnily enough yours was one of the reports which got me thinking about joining some of the hills in this area up so thanks for thatdavetherave wrote: When we did Beinn an Lochain we combined it with Ben Donich and The Brack made for a good days walk, well worth thinking about.
by malky_c » Tue Jan 10, 2012 12:55 am
by Graeme D » Tue Jan 10, 2012 10:43 pm
by rockhopper » Wed Jan 11, 2012 12:56 am
malky_c wrote:Bit blustery looking but some reasonable views. Good to see you on the hills again though (and don't assume you've avoided the bad weather!)
Graeme Dewar wrote:Yeah, good to see you back out there again Rockhopper! I was starting to wonder ..... An interesting plan - shame the weather put paid to half of it. Nice to see you are keeping the Corbett count ticking over though!
Thanks guys - it was good to manage out even for just a short walk - private/personal reasons for the lay off but I'm hoping 2012 improves on the latter part of 2011