Beinn an Lochain
by Steven001 » Wed Jan 09, 2013 7:48 pm
Route description: Beinn an Lochain
Corbetts included on this walk: Beinn an Lochain
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I set of later than planned and fought my way through the traffic on my M77 towards Glasgow. The forecast was sun with minimal clouds and from what I could see so far, it was looking great! As I drove over the Erskine Bridge - looking east over the River Clyde - I saw what I can only describe as the perfect sunrise. The sun huge, bright orange in colour and was reflecting onto the river, covering the sky in crisp orange light. A silhouette of a plane was just entering the scene on the left hand side, heading for Glasgow Airport, it was perfect. I wanted to stop the car on the middle of the bridge and take some photographs, but in fear of causing a massive crash (ha), I had to settle for a mental picture.
This got me excited for my walk, hoping for some nice pictures from the summit of Beinn an Lochain. I arrived at the parking lay-by of the mountain and was greeted with this:
So much for my crisp, clear and sunny day! Oh well.
The route - I had my OS map (to try practice working out my location) and the directions from Walk Highlands website. It's fairly straight forward; perform an Olympic long jump over the burn - as the stepping stones were covered in water - then I followed a small bogg/path until I reached the top of the forest, then joined the main rubble path that travels along the northeast ridge. There was some minor scrambling on the way up but nothing difficult. It was however an incredibly steep assent! I gained height very quickly and seemed to keep going and going forever! It was a great leg workout - half way up and my quads were screaming at me!
Unfortunately the whole route was covered in thick clag which limited my visibility and meant I could see none of the beautiful scenery, except from a small window appearing through the thick clag
Some of the minor scrambling involved
Think the summit might be up there... somewhere
A brief opening of the clouds down to Loch Restil
Another false summit
I sat on the top shaded by a small crag and had some lunch. It didn't take long before my fingers became unbearably cold, so I packed up and headed back down.
Having a steep ascent unfortunately means having a very steed decent. It became quite tricky at times, especially at the scrambling sections. There were sections whereby, if you put a foot down wrong, or became unbalanced, you were most certainly going to fall some distance (sometimes sheer drops) and badly injure yourself. That being said it wasn't anything too difficult!
The clag began to lift as I got half way down, opening up some beautiful views:
I really enjoyed walking Beinn an Lochain, just a little gutted about the weather. But hey, there's always next time!
Please ignore me talking to myself!
by mrssanta » Wed Jan 09, 2013 7:54 pm
by Fudgie » Wed Jan 09, 2013 8:58 pm
by Steven001 » Wed Jan 09, 2013 9:04 pm
mrssanta wrote:ach weel that is scotland for you! and that wee part of Argyll seems to have its own particular wet microclimate. However it did give you some superb shots of bits of daylight or view through wee gaps in the cloud. and it does help one appreciate it all the more when the sun shines. Well done
Haha, looks like it! Thanks for commenting.
Fudgie wrote:My first few outings down that way were always in the cloud and it wasn't until my 5th visit to the Arrochar Alps that I got a view! Great wee hill though.
Well the first time I was there I did Beinn Narnain and it was very similar weather as today. I went back and did Ime, Narnain and the Cobbler a few weeks later in glorious sunshine, I could see all the way to Nevis! Really want to get all the Arrochar munros done, I've got Vane, Vorlich, Bhuidhe and Lomond to go... just a few
by tomyboy73 » Wed Jan 09, 2013 11:31 pm
by Del246 » Fri Jan 11, 2013 4:35 pm
- Rest and Be Thankful from summit
- Alps !!
by old danensian » Fri Jan 11, 2013 4:46 pm
It's just another excuse to go back
by jonny616 » Fri Jan 11, 2013 7:41 pm
Great wee hill
by soulminer » Fri Jan 11, 2013 8:57 pm
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