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Icebows & Frozen beards on Beinn Chabhair

Icebows & Frozen beards on Beinn Chabhair


Postby AlexFrood » Tue Jan 27, 2015 10:31 pm

Route description: Beinn Chabhair, from Inverarnan

Munros included on this walk: Beinn Chabhair

Date walked: 17/01/2015

Time taken: 6 hours

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The early morning alarm went off like many other mornings in the van before. We got dressed and headed out from the parking spot we struggled to find the night before just off the A82 up from Glen fallcon farm.

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With the cold temperatures, snow fall from the night before and windless morning we were in a monochrome world, only shades of white and grey existed. The pink and golden light of a new day hadn’t penetrated the cloud

once again we were first out on the hill but not for long, we were quickly overtaken after about 45 minutes, which wasn’t too bad, at least someone else was going to be breaking trail for us.

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We followed there trail up Ben glad burn, we had planned to walk all the way up to the Lochan Beinn Chabhair. But this never happen, The two in front who were nicely breaking trail in the deep powder for us had started to head the wrong way, as they started to follow on the stream that feeds Ben Glas burn.

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They started to head up the burn coming from Eag Bheag. We knew there goal was Beinn Chabhair as well as we had a quick chat when they passed us the hour before.

We had to decide if we wanted to follow them or follow our original plan, but we would have to break are own trail. we went for following them and what a great idea it was.

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Following them meant we hit the ridge as lot earlier than planned. The down side of this way a lot more up and down as well as we went in and out of lots of wee reentrants. The upside was that we were at the cloud height and because of the bright sun above we were rewarded with almost an hour of off and on icebows and brocken spectres, which was a site to behold.

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We eventually reached the final board ridge leading to the summit. This is where we met the two who had been breaking trial again, they were returning from the summit, after a quick chat they said they had headed up too early on to the ridge, confirming my suspicions.

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At the same time we gained the summit ridge we ended up just above the cloud level and were shown a endless ocean of clouds with small white peaked islands protruding from its surface in the distance.

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Coming out of the clouds into the light we notice the cold temperature and watervaper from the clouds had started freeze all exposed hair, two guys with frozen beards and hair did make some good photo opportunities.

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It was time to say good bye to the sea of clouds with its pointed islands, and head back underneath the rounding waves of cloud. we only back tracked for a short way before take a reentrant down to Lochan Beinn Chabhair, the way we had planned to come up.

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From there we follow a trailed broken by others along the coire where by that time the clouds above had cleaned and cast a golden evening light appon us.

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we once again followed the Burn Ben Glas back down to the start of the walk, only need head torches for the final 15 mins of walking.
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Another good day on the hill, i am in fact happy but the photo doesn't make me look it :)
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Hope you have enjoyed this report.
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Re: Icebows & Frozen beards on Beinn Chabhair

Postby Mantog » Wed Jan 28, 2015 3:38 pm

Cracking pictures
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Re: Icebows & Frozen beards on Beinn Chabhair

Postby MunroMadMen » Wed Jan 28, 2015 11:36 pm

Crackin report with some of the best pics I've seen on this site m8, hard to believe your still in Scotland when you look at them. Showed the guys I normally climb with and the jelousy was pouring out lol

needless to say we will be on the mountains within the nxt cpl days

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Re: Icebows & Frozen beards on Beinn Chabhair

Postby AlexFrood » Wed Jan 28, 2015 11:45 pm

Thanks for the kind comments. Was going to drive back up today but the weather for driving isn't looking great, same again for tomorrow. But what ever happens I'll be up for the weekend and Monday on the west coast so more reports will be coming out soon.
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Re: Icebows & Frozen beards on Beinn Chabhair

Postby lindseym » Thu Feb 05, 2015 7:04 pm

These pictures are absolutely gorgeous! Hoping to get up Beinn Chabhair this weekend and if it's looking half as good as it does here I'll be happy. Awesome report :D
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Re: Icebows & Frozen beards on Beinn Chabhair

Postby Fife Flyer » Thu Feb 05, 2015 7:32 pm

Agree with Geo, fantastic photo's :clap: :clap:
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