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Beinn Chabhair, from Inverarnan

Beinn Chabhair, from Inverarnan

Postby Gavin Canavan » Mon Jul 16, 2012 2:35 am

Route description: Beinn Chabhair, from Inverarnan

Munros included on this walk: Beinn Chabhair

Date walked: 14/07/2012

Time taken: 6.5 hours

Distance: 14 km

Ascent: 1010m

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Beinn Chabhair, from Inverarnan

I chose this munro with the idea in mind that it would be a fairly easy one, its wider ascent made me think that it would be a less strenuous climb! How wrong I was! Beinn Chabheir was to be a hill I had totally under estimated.

I set off with my brother from Bearsden late in the morning thinking that I could bag the hill and be home in time for dinner, parked the car at the Inn in Inverarnan, geared up and set-off along the A82 towards the bridge over to the campsite.

Bridge to Ben Glas Farm and Campsite

I took some advice from the walk description and cut through the field rather than going through the campsite which was nice, I thought of those walking the west highland way and their long route all the way along the east side of Loch Lomond, a walk I hope to do soon myself.

It was here that I would make a slight error of judgment, taking a wrong turn I crossed the bridge and followed a trail through thick bracken away from the falls, It wasn’t till I couldn’t go any further that I realised I had taken a wrong turn, I retraced my steps and for a few moments was considering calling it a day to research the route a little further and return another time, but on the way back I caught a glimpse of a path on the other side of the falls and decided to go for it, this one mistake added 1.25 hours to my journey!

On a plus note I wouldn’t have gotten as close to the falls as I did had I not taken a wrong turn;

Ben Glas Falls

The initial ascent was very steep and it was nice to reach the top above the falls when we did, the path over the moors was very boggy and quite unclear at times but we pushed on alongside Ben Glas Burn to the ridge.

Summer Colours

My brothers sharp eye spotted this little guy on our way;

Wee frog

After a hard slog over the boggy moors we came to Lochan Beinn Chabhair and began our ascent onto the ridge.

Lochan Beinn Chabhair

Looking west over the moors we had just crossed, Ben Vorlich looking prominent on the left

Once on the ridge we were gaining height quickly and some fantastic views began to open up, the path was faint at first but after a few hundred feet became very clear and our walk was very enjoyable.

Looking south, Ben Lomond in the distance

View to the north-west, Ben Lui looking sharp!

We knew we were almost there when we could see An Caisteal and Beinn a'Chroin, a lovely wee shower cooled us down a bit and gave us this magnificent picture;

Rainbow in the valley, An Caisteal and Beinn a'Chroin from Beinn Chabhair

The summit's in sight!
Beinn Chabhair Summit

After 5 hours, bog and midges on the moors and a challenging ascent, we made it to the summit and it was definitely worth it, the views were fantastic and we really lucked out with the weather, we even had an appearance from Mr sun which gave me the opportunity to snap some excellent pics.

Obligatory summit shot

We found a wee spot out of the wind to enjoy a victory sandwich and enjoy the views.

Some photos from the summit;
Looking down the ridge from the summit

View south to Ben Lomond

I'm not going to get into too much detail of our descent, the path was much clearer on the way back and we followed it all the way back to the car, here’s some great pictures I got on the way;

Descending Ben Chabhair

Descending Ben Chabhair

Descending Ben Chabhair

Back over the moors, Ben Glas Burn

Back over the moors, Ben Glas Burn

Back over the moors, Ben Glas Burn

Back down the falls to the stile and over it to descend the final 150 meters or so and the end of a wonderful day;

The final hurdle

Arrived back at the car bang on 7pm, what a day! The only thing that let me down was my Scarpa boots, my feet were soaked through! I'll put that down to experience. :)
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Re: Beinn Chabhair, from Inverarnan

Postby basscadet » Mon Jul 16, 2012 8:43 am

Aye, it's a bonny part of the world, and you got a bonny day for it.. Lovely photos :clap:
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Re: Beinn Chabhair, from Inverarnan

Postby Fudgie » Mon Jul 16, 2012 9:42 am

I'm always jealous of people who get great weather for this one so well done and it's good to see what I missed :D
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Re: Beinn Chabhair, from Inverarnan

Postby weealig » Sat Aug 04, 2012 12:36 am

Excellent report and pics planning to do this myself later in the month hope I get as good weather!
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Re: Beinn Chabhair, from Inverarnan

Postby Stuart Angus » Sat Aug 04, 2012 10:31 am

Its just one big slog Beinn Chabhair isn't it.......................I get a shiver every time I drive through Inverarnan these days, think I'm scarred for life :D At least you've done it now though and dare I say, like me, won't be hurrying back anytime soon :lol:
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Re: Beinn Chabhair, from Inverarnan

Postby neilh23 » Mon Aug 13, 2012 9:01 pm

5 of us did this yesterday and we didn't get as clear a day as this. On the up side, given the dry spell recently, we encountered very little boggy ground. We could see where it could be very wet. I guess we just lucked out. :o We had been putting this off for so long so I'm glad we eventually did it. I thought it was a cracking walk. :D
I'm also intrigued as to what is on a victory sandwich :)
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Re: Beinn Chabhair, from Inverarnan

Postby LeithySuburbs » Mon Aug 13, 2012 9:08 pm

Some fine photos :D .

Gavin Canavan wrote:It was here that I would make a slight error of judgment, taking a wrong turn I crossed the bridge and followed a trail through thick bracken away from the falls

I did the same but in winter with frozen ground and little bracken so just ploughed on uphill and had to climb an awkward fence :?
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Re: Beinn Chabhair, from Inverarnan

Postby Themyarhills » Mon Aug 13, 2012 9:34 pm

Beinn Chabhair arrived early in my Hillwalking ventures.From Drovers Inn through the campsite and up the lovely falls is something of an early signal of how tough this walk can be.It`s very wet indeed on the walk up to Lochan Chabhair so best choose this one when there has been a dry spell.
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Re: Beinn Chabhair, from Inverarnan

Postby weescotsman » Mon Aug 13, 2012 10:42 pm

Did this one last Wednesday in the heat and I also made the same mistake going up the right hand side and into the triffid like ferns. But at least I also got some cracking pics of the waterfalls. Then I made a 2nd error and went off the path up a gully thinking it would be faster. Big mistake indeed. Had to go up and down several hillocks to get back to the path. But at least I had a view of Lochan an Chaisteill; that's how far I'd veered off. Sure was glad to eventually find the path...............

Lochan an Chaisteill

Was tempted to go for a dip on the way down but I was kinda running late, took me about 8 hrs for the round trip but I was taking plenty breaks for drink and photos...... honest.
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