At the third attempt, my first Munros of the modern era with an actual view from the summits!
The Boss had said "take a couple of days and get up to Scotland", (I must have been in a grumpier mood than usual), so as the forecast was slightly less pessimistic than usual the offer was snapped up. Leaving York at 5 am, I arrived at Arrochar at 10:30, and was leaving the car park 20 minutes later.
The path up to Narnain is easy to miss from the main drag, as the route guide suggests,
And on up across the hillside....
The views in front are of grass, path, rock and beads of sweat, so stop frequently and look behind for more inspiring visuals:
A small grassy plateau gives the one and only breathing space on the relentless ascent, and the mouth-watering prospect of the rocky clamber up to and past the Spearhead buttress
There is a small cairn on the top of the Spearhead, with the actual summit of Beinn Narnain a bit further on across the plateau.
There is a fair old drop from the summit of Beinn Narnain to the bealach between it and Beinn Ime, in fact at 1350m total ascent, this is fair old climb for the pair.
I don't know if it's just me, but there's also one of the noisiest wee burns higher up, you can hear it for ages, and when it comes into view it's nothing much at all. Maybe it was the altitude...
The summit of Beinn Ime is well met, with magnificent views all around (I was really getting into this "no cloud at the summit" thing), my favourite being the one back to the other Arrochar Alps:
It seemed to have taken all-day just to get up to the tops, and only half the distance of the walk is covered at this point, but the rest is all downhill! Through bog to the good path from the Cobbler back down to Succoth, the going is pleasant and the views ever-changing. But just to keep me in my place, the rain came back in from the bealach onwards, as if to prepare me for the following day (see Beinn Dorain - coming soon...).
Loch Long seems to remain tantalisingly close for a long time on the descent through the final forest, with plenty of zig-zags to keep the knees in good order. All in all this is a fine walk, on what was for me a fine day. And I think it's quite a tough one, with full on ascent from sea-level to summit for the first top with hardly a break. Nice one.
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