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A sunny Loch Leven duo

A sunny Loch Leven duo


Postby rockhopper » Wed Mar 02, 2016 2:13 pm

Route description: Garbh Bheinn, Loch Leven

Corbetts included on this walk: Garbh Bheinn (Loch Leven), Mam na Gualainn

Date walked: 28/02/2016

Time taken: 8 hours

Distance: 14 km

Ascent: 1700m

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Great forecast for the weekend - family stuff on the Saturday but free on the Sunday and my better half was off to play golf. Earlyish start from Glasgow - parked in the wee layby just past the bridge after Caolasnacon on the south side of Loch Leven. There was a car already in the layby before the bridge. Short walk back towards the bridge then took the track which heads SE up the hillside.

Most of the boggy section had frozen over so just had to avoid slipping.

Pap

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Euphemism for unrelentingly steep is....gain ground quickly. Hardly a breath of wind and getting warmer as the sun was starting to rise.

Towards Stob Ban

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Zoomed

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Up over Torran nan Crann then on to Stob Coire Sgoilte. Garb Bheinn looming ahead.

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Picked up a track here and there with some old footprints as an aid. Not a lot of snow higher up but very steep in places - decided on crampons and ice axe before it got too steep and slippery.

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Pap and Loch Leven

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Onwards and upwards

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Ben Nevis, arête and CMD

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Shadow

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Up to the top past a cairn then along the top to see over to Blackwater Reservoir

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Loch Eilde Mòr

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Ben Nevis zoomed

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Beinn á Bheithir

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Selfie

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Pano

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Loch Eilde Mòr on different setting

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Down to the village

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Mamores

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Schiehallion

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Part of AE ridge

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Set off back down taking a few photos on the way

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CMD arête

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Walkers on AE ridge

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Met a couple of walkers on their way up. Had a long chat about hills and trains then wished them a good day and continued on.

Back at the car just before midday - too nice a day to head home so had some lunch and drove over the bridge and round to just past Callert House - parked in the wee layby behind another car.

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Walked back to the start of the right of way then up through the trees

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A bit hazy in the distance but could see over towards Glencoe. Think this is An t-Sron / Stob Coire nam Beith

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Zoomed - can just see some walkers on the left before the final steep section

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Garbh Bheinn

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Just past the end of the trees, started more directly NE up the hillside. Became a lot steeper with snow soft and deep in places - made the going a lot harder.

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Kinlochleven

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Summit trig

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Memorial plaque

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More photos

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Schiehallion again

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Along the ridge

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Another selfie

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Glencoe

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There was a little wind now but still not really cold - started to head back down

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Tom Meadhoin didn’t look to far away with relatively little ascent required. Would probably have had time to get to it then get back down to the car but looked as though much of the way would be in soft snow which didn’t really appeal. Decided against it and headed back down to the car - a couple of days later the legs are feeling the effect of the ascent, must do some more stretching....
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Re: A sunny Loch Leven duo

Postby dogplodder » Wed Mar 02, 2016 2:29 pm

Oh wow what a perfect day - and photos to match! I'm gutted not to have been free at the weekend to enjoy such stunning conditions. :mrgreen:
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Re: A sunny Loch Leven duo

Postby Petr Dakota » Wed Mar 02, 2016 2:35 pm

That weekend was really great ! 8) :clap:
Beautiful views and fabulous photos :clap: :clap: :clap:
I love the winter shots 8)
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Re: A sunny Loch Leven duo

Postby RiverSong » Wed Mar 02, 2016 2:57 pm

Really enjoyed looking at these photos and seeing the mountains from different angles. :clap:

When I saw the title of the report I thought you meant the Central Belt Loch Leven and the Lomond Hills, then I thought Surely that's too easy for Rockhopper !!!! :lol:
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Re: A sunny Loch Leven duo

Postby litljortindan » Wed Mar 02, 2016 3:22 pm

Some really excellent pictures, particularly the zoom of Bheithir and the view across to the other Garbh Bheinn.
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Re: A sunny Loch Leven duo

Postby IreneM » Wed Mar 02, 2016 6:25 pm

Wonderful photos!
:D
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Re: A sunny Loch Leven duo

Postby Jeremiah Johnson » Wed Mar 02, 2016 6:57 pm

Brilliant photos!! Well worth the effort.
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Re: A sunny Loch Leven duo

Postby Fife Flyer » Wed Mar 02, 2016 8:31 pm

Up to your usual standard RH, fabulous photo's :clap: :clap:
Just a shame we don't have more weekends like that, especially when the white stuff is covering the high ground 8)
Cheers :wink:
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Re: A sunny Loch Leven duo

Postby Collaciotach » Wed Mar 02, 2016 11:42 pm

Sgionneil :clap: :clap: :clap:
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Re: A sunny Loch Leven duo

Postby dav2930 » Thu Mar 03, 2016 9:15 pm

What a magical day and a superb collection of photos. :clap:
With scenery like that who would want to be anywhere else? Beats golf that's for sure! :lol:
Well done for deciding to go up the second Corbett. :)
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Re: A sunny Loch Leven duo

Postby ChrisW » Fri Mar 04, 2016 4:51 am

I thought the last one I commented on showed Scotland in it's very best light....maybe I was wrong :lol: This is another genuine stunner RH what a wonderful day to be out enjoying the hills (there's not been many like it of late :roll: )

another cracker :thumbup:
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Re: A sunny Loch Leven duo

Postby Jaxter » Fri Mar 04, 2016 7:59 am

Amazing photos - was a day to be out wasn't it! :clap: :D

They're all brilliant but this one In particular is fab :thumbup:
rockhopper wrote:Image
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Re: A sunny Loch Leven duo

Postby spiderwebb » Fri Mar 04, 2016 8:26 am

Wonderful photos, what a day you had :D :D :clap: :clap:
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Re: A sunny Loch Leven duo

Postby rockhopper » Sun Mar 06, 2016 11:12 pm

:D thanks everyone :)

RiverSong wrote: Surely that's too easy :lol:
haven't been up that way for a while - given the gip my calves were giving me on Tuesday, definitely not too easy ! :roll: - cheers :)

Fife Flyer wrote:Just a shame we don't have more weekends like that, especially when the white stuff is covering the high ground 8) Cheers :wink:
the weekends have been quite good of late - makes up for the poorer start to winter I guess - cheers :)

Collaciotach wrote:Sgionneil :clap: :clap: :clap:
ceud taing [with thanks to google :wink: ] - cheers :)
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Re: A sunny Loch Leven duo

Postby ancancha » Mon Mar 07, 2016 12:37 am

You must have had a smile on a happy face all day long with this collection of stunning photos :clap:
Pleasure to read and see :clap:
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