Beinn Narnain,Beinn Ime and Ben Arthur
by David.Ferguson » Tue Oct 13, 2009 8:21 pm
Route description: Beinn Narnain and Beinn Ime
Munros included on this walk: Beinn Ime, Beinn Narnain
Corbetts included on this walk: The Cobbler
Date walked: 13/10/2009
Time taken: 7 hours
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Set off just before 6am yesterday,wanted to miss all the Glasgow traffic.
Got to the Succoth car park for 7:15 and got on my way for 7:30.The sun was just coming up behind Ben Lomond.
Headed up the zig zag path and Loch Long looked terrific in this early light.
Continued on up and not being sure where or whether their was a path up the front of Narnain that was easy
to find i followed the path to the Cobbler and then turned right approx 100yds before the small dam on the cobbler path.
Couldn't see an obvious path as i walked across the bottom of Narnain so just picked a spot and headed up towards
Creag an Fhithich.I did cross a few "paths",well they had some human footprints before hitting the path. .
The views all round were fantastic and not a breath of wind so i was sweating like a swetty thing,but when i took
my light fleece off i got too cold.
A wee self portrait at Cruach nam Miseag before heading on up.I know the rucksacks a bit big but the only one
i have so almost empty.
There is a bit of scrambling but nothing too bad for a scaredy cat like me.
Made it,with the top of Ime just showing in the background.
Started to head down from Narnain after i had a wee seat and changed my socks.!
I had worn my new boots today ,Scarpa SL, after having used them for the last 4 weeks for dog walking and short
jaunts.In my wisdom i thought i would wear my new smartwool socks today and not the slightly thicker and heavier
Brasher socks i had worn whilst breaking in the boots.Result,2 x heels with no skin left as my heels were lifting on
the steepest bits. .Luckily i had a pair of the Brashers in my rucksack and surprisingly had no other problems on
this trip and the heels stayed pain free.
The next shot is of Ben Vane and Ben vorlich behind.I had camped out a couple of weeks previous in this valley.
Gleann Leacann Sheileach.
On a day like yesterday there were no navigation aids required except my map,the route
ahead could be easily identified.
The path up Ime is a bit boggy in places and a slog but not difficult.
Me on top,when i had been sitting a while the slight breeze on top started to chill,so jacket
and hat on whilst sitting around.
A quick decent and then for the Cobbler,i was going to give it a miss but the day was so nice and
i am so glad i went up as this is a rather spectacular and beautiful corbett.It was busy by this time
with climbers,kids and their families on top.I had a look at the "eye of the needle" but as i said earlier
i am a big scaredy cat and my stomach was churning just watching others do it.
My favorite shot from the day.
I headed off down the east face of the Cobbler after a good chat to some really nice folks on top.
I often think it is very difficult to convey the scale of the hills to someone so the next shot of the
Cobbler East face has a couple half way up,just left of centre.Kind of mauve/blue jersey.
My feet,knees and hips were complaining now but an easy walk back to the car following the path.
I had a terrific day,made all the more special by the weather,and some chips in Arrochar before heading home.
A highly recommended wee route.
by skuk007 » Tue Oct 13, 2009 8:53 pm
Those people on the Cobbler are very brave, and a bit crazy, especially the guy standing right on the edge. Makes me a wee bit queesy!
by Alan S » Tue Oct 13, 2009 10:10 pm
Looking to do this route soon
- mountain coward
by HighlandSC » Wed Oct 14, 2009 7:42 am
Took a minute but I got the speck of purple clothing in the pic. Funny thing is I initially didn't spot anything when I glanced at the 2nd pic - not even the arrow you've put on! Only got it when I took another look.
How big is the drop for the eye of the needle bit? Has anyone got a pic that shows it well?
by skuk007 » Wed Oct 14, 2009 7:59 am
by kevsbald » Wed Oct 14, 2009 4:47 pm
by Liebestoter » Wed Oct 14, 2009 10:04 pm
Some good pics there, all I got was clouds.
by David.Ferguson » Mon Oct 19, 2009 2:04 pm
by billgerrie » Sat Nov 28, 2009 9:07 pm
I am heading up tomorrow from Troon, and was wandering if ther was any snow to worry about.
by davidmhodgey » Mon Nov 30, 2009 2:01 pm
by David.Ferguson » Mon Nov 30, 2009 2:22 pm
Yip i thoroughly enjoyed my day,the right weather doesn't half make a difference.
Bill,hope you had a good day yesterday.There was indeed snow as can be seen from some of the reports.It was also very clear Sat and Sunday as i could see Ben Lomond and some of the surrounding hills with their white bunnett's on all the way from New Stevenston.
by billgerrie » Tue Dec 01, 2009 1:27 pm
Had a great day on the Sunday, thanks.
Could see how you missed the Narnain path.
It is literally only a hundred yards or so, very easy to miss!
We nearly did, it was only when heard voices on what we thought was too small a path to be The Path, that we turned back , and were finally on our way.
It's ten years since I was aat the Succoth car park last, and then both the Cobbler and Narnain paths headed up past the concrete blocks.
There were also more trees at the beginning.
And the zig zag path up the cobbler didn't exist, all very confusing.
When was it finished?
From up top and on the way we spotted "your path" up,there were others.
The easy scramble! you showed became more interesting with crampons on and a howling gale.
From Narnain, Ben Ime seemed a doddle even in the wind.
We had time to add the cobbler, but walking in the snow fairly sapps, your strength.
Will have to write a log some time.
by David.Ferguson » Tue Dec 01, 2009 4:26 pm
Glad you had a good day,don't know if i would have managed all 3 in the weekend cold and wind.
I can imagine the scrambly bit would be interesting in the ice and snow.
I will get a chance to try out my crampons and ice axe, that Santa is bringing me,over the next 2 or 3 months.