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Springtime on Garbh Bheinn

Springtime on Garbh Bheinn

Postby past my sell by date » Thu Mar 19, 2015 8:25 pm

Route description: Garbh Bheinn, Loch Leven

Corbetts included on this walk: Garbh Bheinn (Loch Leven)

Date walked: 14/03/2015

Time taken: 4.5 hours

Distance: 6 km

Ascent: 865m

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Another warm sunny day with very little wind. This really was a walk of two halves. While the bottom was horrendously boggy - I was really tired when I returned to the car from trying to stay upright during the last steep drop - the top provides great going with stunning views in all directions - even if today it was bit hazy in the distance. On the ascent I took the path around the lower rocky outcrops - while in descent I went straight over them - slightly better. Not a lot to say except to show the pictures.
Image The Western Mamores from near the start
Image Looking back from the first hump
Image The main challenge comes into view - it's not nearly as steep as it looks
Image traversing round the next hump
Image Looking down again - the "other" Garbh Bheinn (Ardgour) is on the horizon
I stopped for a rest at the foot of the main section. The going improves dramatically at this point where a stony little zig-zag path begins and in no time it seemed, I reached the point where the ridge starts to flatten out.
Image start of the zig-zag path Mam na Gualainn across Loch Leven with Mullach nan Coirean and Stob Ban behind
Image An eagles eye view down from the top of the rise
Image The whole Mamore ridge comes into view with the Ben behind
Image Looking up to the summit
Image The summit - looking N to the Ben
Image A wider view including Loch Eilda Mor
Image to the S the Aonach Eagach ridge looked really wintery: by contrast the Glencoe side was completely snow free: but that's Spring in the Highlands
Image A wider view to the south
Image Looking E over the Blackwater Reservoir
Image Looking down to the little "gendarme" that bars the way to the summit
Image Afternoon sun on the Aonach Eagach
A great day out - there are really some stunning Corbetts in this area
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Re: Springtime on Garbh Bheinn

Postby litljortindan » Thu Mar 19, 2015 8:39 pm

Lovely set of pictures and a fine looking top bit of the route up.
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