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Blue skies & bum slides on Garbh Bheinn: Kinlochleven Day 2
by Graeme D » Wed Nov 20, 2013 10:45 pm
Corbetts included on this walk: Garbh Bheinn (Loch Leven)
Date walked: 10/11/2013
Time taken: 3.5 hours
Distance: 5.9 km
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Nigel (Old Danensian) and myself had made plans to reprise our Sunday Corbett bagging exploits of last November on Beinn a’Chrulaiste, today’s target being Garbh Bheinn which looms large immediately to the southwest of the village.
After a seemingly endless round of farewells, Nigel and I headed off towards the parking spot just west of the bridge before the campsite at Caolsnacon. In the 10 minutes or so that it took us to get ready and set off, a steady stream of WH meet cars sped past us on their way out of Kinlochleven.
We were off by 9.45 under almost unbroken blue skies, although down here in the lower reaches of the glen it was still very cold out of the early morning November sun.
We opted to get up onto the north west ridge of Garbh Bheinn as quickly as possible to benefit from the sunshine and soon we were sweating buckets and shedding layers like it was high summer.
View down Loch Leven from the first set of crags climbing onto the ridge - cars visible just over the edge of the crags
Na Gruaghaichean and the back end of the Ring of Steall
Na Gruaghaichean zoomed
The ridge ahead
The views in all directions took in pristine white peaks under bright blue skies – firstly north to the Mamores and south to the Aonach Eagach, then as we gained height, west beyond Loch Linnhe and into Ardgour.
Vapour trail and Edinburgh couple
Back down the ridge - in the sunshine now
We quickly caught up with and passed a couple who had stopped to sit down at the top of the steep scrambly section and they then followed close on our tails until we reached the summit, which now revealed a 360° panorama of eye wateringly stunning winter mountain scenery.
One of the Edinburgh couple at the top of the main scrambling section
Lochs Linnhe and Leven behind Nigel
The Aonach Eagach
West towards Ardgour, and the Pap looks quite mighty from here
Sgurr Eilde Beag and Loch Eilde Mor
Summit in sight
The Edinburgh couple hot on our heels
The AE again
Loch Eilde Mor and Blackwater Reservoir from the summit
Nigel about to check in
We chatted to the couple over lunch – they were up walking for a few days from Edinburgh and he claimed that it was his first hill day in 10 years. If this was the case, what a day to end the famine! Another lone walker soon joined us before quickly heading off again. The Edinburgh couple had plans to head south off the summit before heading over the AE ridge and into Glencoe, whereas Nigel and I just wished we had somewhere else to head other than back to our cars and the road home.
The two of us framing a now not quite so mighty looking Pap
A couple of Corbetts between Loch Eilde Mor and Blackwater
Looking east along Loch Eilde Mor (zoomed)
A busy summit today
Another view east
Ben Nevis across the Mamores
Beinn a'Bhethir (zoomed)
On our descent, the snow towards and around the snowline had softened up quite a bit in the full daytime temperatures and remaining upright was not easy in certain sections. There followed a few near misses before the silence was pierced by some industrial language from Nigel as he went into a full scale bum slide down a sodden section of the path.
Nigel on the descent - prior to bum slide
An absolutely brilliant day that was over all too soon to round off a fantastic meet that was similarly over all too soon.
Before I drove off on my road back to Perth, something in my subconscious made me think that I couldn’t remember seeing or packing my black Arcteryx jacket this morning. A quick search of the car confirmed it was missing, so it was back to the hostel which was open and entirely deserted. It wasn’t in my room and did not appear to be in the kitchen/social area. I knew I hadn’t worn it on the hill the previous day (so there had been no need to put it in the drying room) and clearly remembered wearing it back from the pub the previous evening. I was about to give it up as a lost cause when something made me kneel down and scan the room at floor level, and there it was lying under one of the big armchairs in the corner by the pool table. Phew - £170 jacket safe and well!
by Collaciotach » Wed Nov 20, 2013 11:22 pm
Been eyeing this up for a while now looks a grand hill indeed !
by old danensian » Thu Nov 21, 2013 12:35 am
As you say, if only there had been a ridge to wander along.
Here's the "money shot" as promised.
- Exposure - what exposure?
by The Rodmiester » Thu Nov 21, 2013 10:31 am
by wjshaw2 » Thu Nov 21, 2013 12:15 pm
by Mountainlove » Fri Nov 22, 2013 9:21 am
by Johnny Corbett » Fri Nov 22, 2013 12:20 pm
by PeteR » Fri Nov 22, 2013 1:17 pm
Great Corbett this one and a fine winter objective. You certainly had the best of days for it and enjoyed some stunning views by the looks of your photos A bit cloudy and snowy when I was up there, but the eventual views I had to the AE and the Pap were ones to savour