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Come to the Chabhairet

Come to the Chabhairet

Postby Craiging619 » Mon May 20, 2013 10:38 pm

Route description: Beinn Chabhair, from Inverarnan

Munros included on this walk: Beinn Chabhair

Date walked: 19/05/2013

Time taken: 7.5 hours

Distance: 12.75 km

Ascent: 1000m

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Yesterday saw me travelling to Inverarnan on the Citylink coach with two mates to climb our first Munro of the year, Beinn Chabhair. The climb itself had three distinctive stages: a very steep climb from the Beinglas campsite up through the clouds and past the Grey Mare's Tail waterfall to the moor, a trudge through incredibly boggy ground up to Lochan Beinn Chabhair and a final climb up into a second layer of cloud before traversing the knobbly ridge to the summit. All of this took four hours of pain, which was fairly worrying for me as I usually find the ascent to be the easier half for some reason! True to form I struggled much more than the other two on the descent, although we made it back down in just over three hours as the sun finally came out in Inverarnan. In a way it was a bad combination weather-wise, as the ridiculous rainfall of Friday night and Saturday left the moorland resembling Rannoch Moor on a bad day, while Sunday itself was warm and muggy without featuring any prolonged sunshine or views! :( Still, reaching my first Munro summit of the Crianlarich hills made for a good day, and while I was far too knackered to contemplate a pint in the Drovers Inn, the Highlander Burger was top notch. :clap:

The Grey Mare's Tail.

A very misty-looking upper section of the falls.

Eventually a pylon appeared out of the mist.

The closest thing to an inversion I've ever seen so far, although that's not saying much!


This part was a real bog-fest, with many faint and equally wet paths beaten into the moorland on the North side of the Ben Glas Burn.

The sight of the lochan was confirmation that we had gone too far East, as the Walkhighlands route had warned against.

Luckily the path was visible to the North, climbing between two headlands on the ridge.

The path climbed up to the right of this Am Bastier lookalike, heading East onto the knobbly ridge of Beinn Chabhair.

A typical sight on the ridge, with large hillocks all around and a wee bit of up-and-down. We noticed an eery lack of wind on this walk, which was only obvious when we all stopped climbing and listened to the complete silence in all directions.

Approaching the final climb.

Nearly there...

A very odd summit pose.

The path to the abyss? (Not as bad as it looks)

My old friend from Arran made a brief appearance.


After a second traipse through the bog, the Drovers Inn appeared to spur us on into Glen Falloch.

Zoom of Inverarnan.

Ben Vorlich and the Little Hills, bringing back bad memories for me after a bad misjudgment or two!


That stile has seen much better days. 'Beinn Dubhchraig bridge' springs to mind. :o

Beinglas Campsite.


A moody-looking Conic Hill and bonnie bonnie banks on the bus home.
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Re: Come to the Chabhairet

Postby Johnny Corbett » Tue May 21, 2013 11:06 am

Pity about the poor visibility, it's a nice walk this one :D
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Re: Come to the Chabhairet

Postby andyroog » Tue May 21, 2013 7:05 pm

Well done guys great effort cracking on with the conditions you had viz wise
some people may have not bothered great effort
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