walkhighlands

Share your personal walking route experiences in Scotland, and comment on other peoples' reports.
Warning Please note that hillwalking when there is snow lying requires an ice-axe, crampons and the knowledge, experience and skill to use them correctly. Summer routes may not be viable or appropriate in winter. See winter information on our skills and safety pages for more information.

Beinn Narnain and Beinn Ime

Beinn Narnain and Beinn Ime


Postby bio-man » Tue Aug 12, 2008 5:08 pm

Route description: Beinn Narnain and Beinn Ime

Munros included on this walk: Beinn Ime, Beinn Narnain

Date walked: 12/08/2008

Register or Login
free to be able to rate and comment on reports (as well as access 1:25000 mapping).

Beinn Narnain and Beinn Ime route description

Two of my favourite mountains in one of my favourite area and not too far from the house!! I climbed these mountains several times from all angles, together or on their own. In 2006, when I started my original sponsership attempt to complete all Munros within 5 years, I started my Munro count again as I was on a time restraint. These two were numbers 1 and 2 on New Years Day under heavy snow!! I climbed Beinn Ime first from Butterbridge along the stream that runs between the Munro and Beinn Luibhean, then followed with Beinn Narnain. I've also climbed Beinn Ime from Glen Kinglas and over Beinn Chorranach. A excellent alternative for Beinn Narnain is along the ridge from A'Chrois which is fun in the wet and poor visibility, stunning in good weather though!!

The last time I reached the summit of Beinn Narnain was from the Succoth end of Arrochar. I had come up on the sleeper and was intending catch the afternoon train back, so wouldn't have had time to take in Beinn Ime as well. It's still a great route of ascent. A bit of hands on and 926m of straight ascent from sea-level!! Oh and the views are stunning!! There are lots of rocks on this route as well as the stone blocks from the hydro project, this is a tricky route in the wet. Ignore all tracks to the left and right and head straight up. What looks like the summit isn't!! It's Cruach nam Miseag and once at the top, you get a great view of what's ahead. It looks imposing, but it isn't really. Once you've negotiated the scrambling, the Spearhead is obviouly in front of you!! On the right, a bit of pulling up and you are almost at the summit. There is a shelter cairn on the plateau which can come in handy!! Not needed on this day though!!

An excellent mountain in an area that I would recommend to anyone. 3 Munros and some difficult Corbetts.

On the approach from Cruach nam Miseag was where I heard the Golden Eagle chick, mentioned in a previous post. It was very loud and continous but stopped abruptly, so I'd obviously got too close.
Attachments
Ben Arthur (The Cobbler) 884m, Beinn Narnain 926m & A'Chrois 848m2.jpg
Not the same day!!! Taken from Ben Reoch at Tarbet
Me and Beinn Ime2.jpg
The Spearhead2.jpg
The Brack and The Cobbler2.jpg
A' Chrois from Beinn Narnain2.jpg
bio-man
Munro compleatist
 
Posts: 344
Munros:1   
Joined: Feb 20, 2008
Location: Perth

Re: Beinn Narnain and Beinn Ime

Postby goth_angel » Tue Aug 12, 2008 8:26 pm

Looks like you got the views. Is the ascent directly up the front of Narnain quite scrambly then? We haven't done Narnain as we were knackered after doing Ime which was our first Munro. Got stunning views from the summit though, this was in May.
Attachments
summit view 3.jpg
User avatar
goth_angel
 
Posts: 312
Munros:101   Corbetts:9
Grahams:4   Donalds:1
Sub 2000:13   Hewitts:70
Wainwrights:146   
Joined: May 13, 2008
Location: Too far awav from Scotland (Kent)

Re: Beinn Narnain and Beinn Ime

Postby canisp » Wed Aug 13, 2008 5:20 am

Cracking shot of The Spearhead, wouldn’t look out of place on Skye. Went up Beinn Narnain from the Bealach a’Mhaim, just a plod, but coming down the southeast side was interesting, had to backtrack a couple of times.
User avatar
canisp
 
Posts: 331
Munros:281   Corbetts:191
Grahams:28   Donalds:12
Sub 2000:3   Hewitts:196
Wainwrights:213   
Joined: Jan 2, 2008
Location: Barrow in Furness/Cumbria

Re: Beinn Narnain and Beinn Ime

Postby bio-man » Wed Aug 13, 2008 9:38 am

The ascent from Succoth does involve a bit of "hands-on" but not much. The initial section is rocky but straightforward and easier if you use the rocks to push yourself up. The latter stage is steeper but the route is obvious. Both areas would be tricky in wet conditiond, but not by much. The top you can see from the village isn't the summit!!! My photos were taken in early May as well!! Summertime!!

You're right about the Spearhead. It's very impressive from close up.
bio-man
Munro compleatist
 
Posts: 344
Munros:1   
Joined: Feb 20, 2008
Location: Perth

Re: Beinn Narnain and Beinn Ime

Postby helenw » Wed Aug 13, 2008 12:02 pm

Is the ascent directly up the front of Narnain quite scrambly then?


I recently walked up Beinn Narnain from Succouth on my own and didn't find any of the scrambling dificult or scary (and I am easily scared and have to wear reinforced pants on the Cullin!). Admittedly the day I did it there was blazing sunshine and the path wasn't too wet - I would't recommend this route after a lot of wet weather. The route meanders around the Spearhead on the right hand side and there are absolutely no difficulties there. A bit earlier on there are two sections where I had to use my hands but these were not exposed places and I was fine on my own (and I have been known to stand on friend's arms and heads when they are available to add a bit of height) - however I think this route is a lot better as an ascent, I think it would be tedious and harder to find the route as a descent.

Cheers
User avatar
helenw
Site Admin
 
Posts: 244
Munros:282   Corbetts:172
Grahams:16   Donalds:7
Sub 2000:6   
Islands:93
Joined: Jan 6, 2007

Re: Beinn Narnain and Beinn Ime

Postby bio-man » Tue Aug 19, 2008 4:36 pm

Agree with that Helen, not the best route of descent!! A traverse of the ridge to a'Chrois then back to Succoth is a better option. Ideal if you have time and energy to spare, but not enough to take in Beinn Ime!!
bio-man
Munro compleatist
 
Posts: 344
Munros:1   
Joined: Feb 20, 2008
Location: Perth

Register or Login
free to be able to rate and comment on reports (as well as access 1:25000 mapping).



Walkhighlands community forum is advert free

We need help to keep the site online.
Can you help support Walkhighlands and the online community by setting up a monthly donation by direct debit?



Return to Walk reports - Scotland

Who is online

Users browsing this forum: Andrew Stalker and 58 guests