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Binnean nan Gobhar - on its own, alas!

Binnean nan Gobhar - on its own, alas!


Postby rob munbett » Thu Apr 23, 2015 3:59 pm

Sub 2000' hills included on this walk: Binnean nan Gobhar

Date walked: 23/04/2015

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It was a beautiful sunny spring day and the Gobhar/Uird circuit from Cashel seemed a perfect route for such a day. In retrospect, perhaps I was a bit ambitious, given that I've been nursing a suspect calf muscle lately and, as I was to find out, this injury gets 'found out' on the rough ground of hills like these. Anyway, I parked at Cashel (£2 in the box) and set off up the excellent 'green trail' to reach Queen's View in about 25 minutes.
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Looking back down on Cashel and Loch Lomond
Just past QV, the road leads into the forest though a red gate.
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The red gate and the road into the forest
I followed this road, turning right up an older looking trail at a large turning circle and eventually came out on to the rough hillside through another gate.
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Coming out of the forest on to the rough hillside. My route was up the left-hand grassy gully.
I managed to follow some very rough, squelchy vehicle tracks for quite a bit of the way but eventually I had to plough through some pretty horrible large ball-shaped tussocks lurking under knee-high clingy heather. Just lovely!
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Ascending the unnamed (but well-cairned) south top
I could see the trig pillar on Beinn Bhreac off to my right but I decided to climb to the cairn on the unnamed south top. From here I could sit and look across to the summit of Binnean nan Gobhar.
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Looking over to the summit of Binnean nan Gobhar
From here it was a short distance and short climb to the summit cairn at 586m.
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The summit of Binnean nan Gobhar with Beinn Uird and Ben Lomond beyond
Unfortunately, by this time my calf muscle was causing quite a bit of pain and there was some rough ground to negotiate even if I just made my descent from here, never mind the trek across to Uird, so reluctantly, I had to head back down. I didn't want to cause so much damage that I'd be out of the game for some time. Where did I suddenly develop this good sense? I enjoyed what I did, though, and Uird will still be there another day, by another route probably.
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