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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:

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The Grey Mare's Tail.


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A very misty-looking upper section of the falls.


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Eventually a pylon appeared out of the mist.


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


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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.


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


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


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


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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.


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Approaching the final climb.


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Nearly there...


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A very odd summit pose.


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


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My old friend from Arran made a brief appearance.


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


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Zoom of Inverarnan.


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


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


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Beinglas Campsite.


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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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