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Blue Skies in Argyll - rare sight

Blue Skies in Argyll - rare sight

Postby Fife Flyer » Thu Feb 04, 2016 8:13 pm

Corbetts included on this walk: The Brack

Date walked: 03/02/2016

Time taken: 4.2 hours

Distance: 11.5 km

Ascent: 835m

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Yet again this was another short notice outing, Tommy asked me on Monday if I fancied a trip to Arrochar to tackle The Brack. After checking the forecast yet again, this was a great chance to finally get out after the recent awful weather - that the weathermen called "Henry" :roll:
The plan was to meet up for a 9.30am start as per the WH route, as usual I was well early and as it turned out so was Tommy 8)
There is a large car park and a real bonus is not only is it free to park but there are toilets :shock:
We set off about 9am, hardly a cloud in the sky and it's not very often that has been said so far this year :( Because the car park is very sheltered, there wasn't a breath of wind all the ingredients for a cracking day 8)
We weren't sure what the conditions higher up would be like, it was fairly obvious where the snow level was and we took all the winter tackle uphill with us :wink:


Image Just in case you didn't believe me, not a cloud

Image Early morning shot of the Cobbler

Image The initial forestry track


The first part of the walk is along a good forestry track, was a tad muddy in places but after the few spots of rain we have had recently it is hardly a surprise :lol:
It isn't long before you leave the track and head uphill, there is a handy sign to remind you :lol:

Image The way ahead

Image The uphill climb begins

Image "Rest & be Thankful" land slip zoomed

Image Beinn Luibhean

Image Tommy's dogs Alice & Daisy having a great time

Image Looking north

Image First sight of The Brack

Image The way up, still not reached the snow

Image Water feature

Image Another shot looking north towards Rest & be Thankful

Image Tommy surveying the surroundings with the summit in the background

Image Dogs away in the distance

Image Angle of ascent, with The Cobbler & Beinn Luibhean in the background

Image Cobbler again, a few clouds appearing :(

The path uphill is easy to follow and you gain height quite quickly, which is another of saying it is quite steep :lol: Once the forested area is behind it is then just a matter of picking a decent spot ahead to aim for. Once we were out of the forest the ground had a very light sprinkling on it which got a bit of depth as we gained height. There were only a places where we found ourselves in 'deeper' stuff :lol:

Image Snow now reached

Image Partially frozen lochan in the twinkling sunshine

I know I shouldn't complain but the sun did interfere with the views to the south :lol: As we gained height the wind started to increase and when we reached the summit it wasn't very friendly. It turned rather chilly and the summit wasn't somewhere to stop any longer than necessary :( It had taken us less than 2 hours to reach the summit.

Image Snow getting a bit deeper

Image Yes that is the way up

Image First view of the summit trig

Image Looking down on Arrochar, Loch Long with Loch Lomond in the background

Image Arty shot

Image The view to the north, snow line very clear

Image Summit shot of the dogs

Image First outing for my goggles, there was a bit of spindrift, that's my excuse


Image Arrochar zoomed

We found a slightly sheltered spot just below the summit and had our pieces 8) Once we started the descent we had to use our 'modern technology' to navigate, mainly because the snow covering ensured the path was not visible. We knew roughly what direction we were heading as we could see the forest below that we were kind of aiming for.

Image Descending

Image The way ahead - down

Image Lochgoilhead

Image The way down, pick up the track this side of the forest

Image Looking south

Just prior to reaching the track back to the car there is a fence to clamber over. Once on the track it is then a matter of making sure you don't make a wrong turn as there are a few junctions :lol:
Initially the path descends fairly steeply but it soons levels off and you could be walking anywhere in Scotland.

Image Fence to negotiate

Image The dogs are off on patrol again

Image Path down

Image Looking back up

Image Hope there was no one inside

Image Recent flood damage

Image Where has all the water gone?

We arrived back at the car park after 4hrs 20mins and after the longish walk back along the track my boots had dried off a bit 8) The Brack is a great walk and it is well worth following the WH route, rather than the option of straight up & down :wink:
Thanks to Tommy for his great suggestion and company :clap:
We are back to grotty weather and a less than appealing forecast, hopefully I will get out again next week in the next weather window :wink:

Edited: Thanks Jimmy JjimboJim) for keeping me right :lol:
Last edited by Fife Flyer on Fri Feb 05, 2016 4:33 pm, edited 1 time in total.
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Re: Blue Skies in Argyll - rare sight

Postby Sick Kid » Thu Feb 04, 2016 11:25 pm

You lucky, lucky pair.....and yes, I'm a tad jealous! :mrgreen:
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Re: Blue Skies in Argyll - rare sight

Postby Alteknacker » Fri Feb 05, 2016 12:28 am

Wow - it's amazing what can be done with Photoshop these days..... :wink:
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Re: Blue Skies in Argyll - rare sight

Postby PeteR » Fri Feb 05, 2016 12:29 am

That's some dedication Martin........walking in such testing conditions :lol:

When I did the Brack it was precipitating quite a lot and I couldn't see anything :(
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Re: Blue Skies in Argyll - rare sight

Postby malky_c » Fri Feb 05, 2016 12:43 am

One of my highlights of last year due to an inversion and sunset at the top 8) . Glad you also had good conditions up there.
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Re: Blue Skies in Argyll - rare sight

Postby Borderhugh » Fri Feb 05, 2016 2:53 pm

Great report Martin. You make the Brack sound easy. The surrounding views look stunning. Yes that would be a 'shitter' if you got stuck in that portaloo. :crazy: :clap:
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Re: Blue Skies in Argyll - rare sight

Postby JimboJim » Fri Feb 05, 2016 4:04 pm

Hello, Martin and welcome back to God's country. Now you know why He makes it rain so much, so we don't get overcrowded by too many folk coming here! Great photo's as usual, especially the upturned Turdis :D (Think I maybe have to keep you correct on one however, as your "Beinn Ime," looks to me like Beinn Luibhean? How do you ever find your way :) )

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Re: Blue Skies in Argyll - rare sight

Postby tommyatr » Mon Feb 08, 2016 4:39 pm

Cracking report and pics Martin.
Cheers for the company on another great day out.

Roll on the next one.
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