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Beinn Chabhair - bagged on 2nd attempt!

Beinn Chabhair - bagged on 2nd attempt!


Postby jwramsay » Sun Feb 03, 2013 2:22 am

Route description: Beinn Chabhair, from Inverarnan

Munros included on this walk: Beinn Chabhair

Date walked: 02/02/2013

Time taken: 9 hours

Distance: 18 km

Ascent: 1010m

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3 weeks ago, mid January, Peter and I made the decision to give up and turn back when we thought we were half way up to Ben Chabhair.

Given the great weather forecast for 2nd February 2013, we decided to try again. The previous short report for the aborted attempt is here:

http://www.walkhighlands.co.uk/Forum/viewtopic.php?f=9&t=28219

I'd mentioned to Duncan at work and he arranged to bring his wife Joyce. We arranged to meet at the Inverarnan Hotel at 9am. As Peter and I were running a little early, we stopped off at Firkin Point to grab photos of the sunrise and the snow topped Ben Vane and Ben Vorlich.

The sunrise from Firkin Point:
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Ben Vane, Ben Vorlich and Bin Dhubcraig from Firkin Point:
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After this we though the Cobbler at Arrochar might be looking good so popped over there to capture it and Beinn Narnain. We were not disappointed! What really amazed me was that Loch Long was partly frozen (it's a sea loch!). You can hear in the wee video I've attached the ice cracking! The pier with it's icy stumps reminded me of the Alien movie.

Beinn Narnain in early morning sunshine from Arrochar:
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The Cobbler from Arrochar:
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The pier at Arrochar:
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We then stopped off briefly at Inveruglas to catch Ben Vorlich and Ben Vane which were nicely illuminated.

Loch Lomond and Ben Lomond from Inveruglas:
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Ben Vorlich from Inveruglas:
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A'Chrois (not Ben Vane!) from Inveruglas:
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The road up from Tarbet toThe Inverarnan Drovers Inn was treacherous with black ice and twice the car drifted despite having winter tyres fitted! The drive home was uneventful thankfully.

We arrived at the car park just after 9am, Duncan and Joyce were already there. We sent off shortly after.

The Bein Glas waterfall from the Inverarnan Drover's Inn:
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The day was gorgeous, a lot of the snow from two weeks ago had gone and we only really hit snow on the open moorland section, just patches - check the difference from our failed attempt trip report 2 weeks ago!!!

Duncan with Ben Vorlich behind:
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Beinn Bhuide:
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Ben Lui, Benn Oss, Benn Dhubcraig from Ben Chabhair ascent:
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Duncan wanted to get right up onto the ridge, so we did that, passing the totally frozen first Lochan called Lochan an Caisteil, after that you drop down a bit and up a few times. This was using our valuable time up!

Frozen Lochan:
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Lochan with An Caistellm Beinn 'a Chroin:
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Ben Lui and Lochan:
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In retrospect, we should have stuck to the Walkhighlands route which keeps off the ridge and starts to climb just before Lochan Beinn Chabhair.

The view to the top:
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Duncan clearly enjoying the day:
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Anyway up high the snow was hard, so ice axes required. We reached the summit just as the clag moved in, so didn't hang around due to the extreme cold and the ravenous ravens - see video!

Loch Long from near the summit:
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Just before the summit, Duncan, Joyce & Peter:
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The final push for the summit:
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The summit itself:
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Loch Long from the summit:
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The descent:
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Sunset over Arran:
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The descent - last photo of the day!:
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We dropped down to the Lochan Beinn Chabhair as soon as we could as we were in a race against sunset! We followed the river back, a well known route to Peter and I and this time around found the higher (read safer) route at the gully I spoke about in the first trip report. It was the second style down before we had to get the head torches out.

Got back to the Hotel for 6pm so 9 hours on the hill!!! Totally exhausted what a hard shift. Glad to tick this one off!

Wee Video of the day:


And Peter's trip report and photos:
http://www.walkhighlands.co.uk/Forum/viewtopic.php?f=9&t=28638
Last edited by jwramsay on Tue Feb 05, 2013 9:41 pm, edited 3 times in total.
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Re: Beinn Chabhair - bagged on 2nd attempt!

Postby ChrisW » Sun Feb 03, 2013 3:56 am

Top drawer report JW, really enjoyed this. The video is pretty good too (sounds like hard work at 9:15 :shock: ) Some beautiful still photos throughout....an absolute cracker :clap: Congrats on getting back there and beating the hill this time around :D
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Re: Beinn Chabhair - bagged on 2nd attempt!

Postby jwramsay » Sun Feb 03, 2013 8:45 am

ChrisW wrote:Top drawer report JW, really enjoyed this. The video is pretty good too (sounds like hard work at 9:15 :shock: ) Some beautiful still photos throughout....an absolute cracker :clap: Congrats on getting back there and beating the hill this time around :D


You should have heard me nearer the top!! Very tough in the snow for me..

The fact this hill took a full 9 hours to complete vindicated turning back after 3 hours last time - 100% the right decision!
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Re: Beinn Chabhair - bagged on 2nd attempt!

Postby Jabber » Sun Feb 03, 2013 11:14 am

Absolutely Stunning! Can't wait to get my boots/crampons and axe out!
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Re: Beinn Chabhair - bagged on 2nd attempt!

Postby Stuart Angus » Sun Feb 03, 2013 11:45 am

:thumbup: That's a cracking set of pictures you've got there, really enjoyed that Jimbo! :thumbup:
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Re: Beinn Chabhair - bagged on 2nd attempt!

Postby Peter913 » Sun Feb 03, 2013 5:57 pm

Nice report and shots and another great day :D :D

Good to get back up a decent hill

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Re: Beinn Chabhair - bagged on 2nd attempt!

Postby jwramsay » Sun Feb 03, 2013 7:20 pm

Stuart Angus wrote::thumbup: That's a cracking set of pictures you've got there, really enjoyed that Jimbo! :thumbup:


Cheers Stuey ;-)
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Re: Beinn Chabhair - bagged on 2nd attempt!

Postby Silverhill » Sun Feb 03, 2013 7:28 pm

Aha, it's in the bag, well done! Looks like you all had fun.
I must go back to this hill, just for the lochan. I missed it when I did this hill, approaching it from An Caisteal.
Very nice pictures! 8)
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Re: Beinn Chabhair - bagged on 2nd attempt!

Postby Tomsie » Sun Feb 03, 2013 7:38 pm

Super photo's :clap: really stunning
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Re: Beinn Chabhair - bagged on 2nd attempt!

Postby David-Main » Mon Feb 04, 2013 6:10 pm

Great photos, did you take your D800 ?
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Re: Beinn Chabhair - bagged on 2nd attempt!

Postby audreywaugh » Mon Feb 04, 2013 9:11 pm

Geat report and photos, have done that hill a few times but never in snow, looks like great fun! Hate to be an anorak..but well I am :wink: that is A'Chrois you can see from Inveruglas, its commonly confused as Ben Vane, which lies much further in and on the other side of Ben Vorlich :D
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Re: Beinn Chabhair - bagged on 2nd attempt!

Postby annakerr » Mon Feb 04, 2013 10:36 pm

Great report with fantastic photos, and I loved the video :D I can't wait to get back up to Scotland in 5 weeks time!
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Re: Beinn Chabhair - bagged on 2nd attempt!

Postby davedanson28 » Mon Feb 04, 2013 11:25 pm

Great report and stunning photo's. it was a great day to be on the hills! :D
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Re: Beinn Chabhair - bagged on 2nd attempt!

Postby Simo » Tue Feb 05, 2013 12:52 am

Good report that. LOVE that pic of The Cobbler zoomed in. NO photoshop needed there :clap: That has got WOW factor
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Re: Beinn Chabhair - bagged on 2nd attempt!

Postby soapy27 » Tue Feb 05, 2013 3:34 pm

Great report there stunning photos to match , :clap: :clap: was up the Cobbler the same day and conditions were perfect
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