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Beinn Chabhair - a less boggy route

Beinn Chabhair - a less boggy route

Postby weaselmaster » Sat Oct 01, 2016 8:48 pm

Munros included on this walk: Beinn Chabhair

Date walked: 01/10/2016

Time taken: 7.75 hours

Distance: 21.1 km

Ascent: 1951m

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I was on call Friday night (only 2 more nights to do ever :clap: ) so didn't finish til 9am. A hill nearby was called for - Beinn Chabhair seemed to fit the bill, having several Simms around it that could be added on. I left home just after 8, fortunately no phone calls, and arrived at Inverarnan shortly after 9. There had been much low level fog on the way up, but by the time I got to the Drovers there was a fine sunny morning in prospect.

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Beinn Chabhair had been the third Munro we did, back in early September 2012. I remembered it as a bogfest, but - having climbed over 130 Grahams - wondered if my perception of bogginess would have been reset :lol: I made sure I had my :lol: gaiters on anyway. Walked along the edge of Beinglas Campsite , just onto the WHW and then followed the footpath up to the left after the bridge.There had been a lot of rain in the last 2 days, the burn and the falls were replete with white churned water. I lost and re-found the path a few times, crossed over the river and decided to go directly up Meall Mor nan Eag, by means of its notched gully. Steep but steady going to the top - a pleasant view to Ben Glas, the rocky promontary reflected in a still Loch a'Chaisteil. Onwards to Ben Glas, round the loch and again steeply up to the summit. I had to track back north a little to find a safe way down, as there are cliffs and crags on the side of Ben Glas facing my next target, Stob Creag an Fhithich. It would be a day of considerable ups and downs.

Crossing the bridge at Beinglas
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Beinglas falls
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View up to Stob Binnien and pals
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Meall Mor nan Eag
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Ben Glas, Stob Creag an Fhithich
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Meall nan Tarmachan was next, more descent then grassy ascent. i stopped at the summit for lunch and could seee the tourist track passing by below - no-one approaching. I reflected that it had hardly been boggy at all on the route I'd taken. Food-filled I dropped down to the track and followed this up towards Chabhair, meeting a man with his dog returning from the summit. Once at the peak I looked to see which hills were next on the menu - Parlan Hill was my destination after I'd dropped over Creag Bhreac Mor. I disturbed a small herd of deer, guarded by a fine stag in the process.

The way ahead, from Meall nan Tarmachan
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Summit Chabhair, looking towards Ben Lomond
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I was feeling the effects of all the ups and downs - for some weeks I haven't been able to run in the evenings due to my cracked ribs - starting to heal up now I think - so the effort was taking its toll. Made it to the top of Parlan Hill at 666m and was uncertain what my target was - from here the Graham Meall Mor catches the eye, sitting before Ben Lomond. Had Allison been with me it might have been included in today's walk, but I have learned not to do Grahams on my own :roll: There was another substantial loss of height down to the power lines then up a fencepost line to Beinn Ducteach. From here my intention had been to head over to the final two Simms - Stob nan Eighrach and Maol an Fhithich then head down the steep western slopes to join up with the WHW. I was concerned about the steepness of the descent route, especially since Maol an Fhithich seemed to have many crags defending its higher areas. After summiting Stob nan Eighrach I could see the rain coming down the valley from the north, noted it was around 4pm and decided not to press on to the final hill. I knew I'd regret that decidion when I got home, but I felt quite tired with the day's walking and didn't relish a further couple of kilometres and a dodgy descent.

Parlan Hill
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Towards Meall Mor
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Loch Katrine
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Beinn Ducteach
ImageDSC01880 by Al, on Flickr

Stob nan Eoghrach
ImageDSC01882 by Al, on Flickr

Loch Lomond looking to Ardlui
ImageDSC01883 by Al, on Flickr

I decided to head to the west of Lochan nam Muc and make for the easier slopes, following a burn down the hillside. There were lots of dying ferns on the hillside - grab at your ankles they will - and lower down they were joined by their prickly allies the bramble briars. Fortunately the trees were well spaced, no having to fight my way through close-knit forest. Then I was down on the WHW with about 3 miles to go back to Beinglas. I passed a number of walkers of the Way and enjoyed the autumnal colours glowing in the late afternoon sun.

Looking south down the loch
ImageDSC01884 by Al, on Flickr

Original descent route - a bit steep
ImageDSC01885 by Al, on Flickr

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ImageDSC01889 by Al, on Flickr
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Re: Beinn Chabhair - a less boggy route

Postby Collaciotach » Sat Oct 01, 2016 10:54 pm

Dathan boidheachd ...... smashin colors :D
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