Crampon time on Beinn an Lochain
by katyhills » Mon Jan 16, 2017 9:48 pm
Date walked: 14/01/2017
Time taken: 4 hours
Distance: 6.4 km
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Lovely skies on the way there, but the clag was sitting on all the Arrochar and Rest and be Thankful hills. Hopeful that the blue sky would magically appear on the summit by the time I got there, I set off.
Not too cold and the steepness of the walk means you only get cold when any wind catches you on the exposed sections. The path was still visible early on - just - but some other walkers, who were up earlier than me, had kindly made some good tracks for my short legs. Thanks gents!
Plenty of photo opportunities early on - The Cobbler under the snow filled clouds.
All the Arrochar hills had clag today apart from The Brack - it managed to escape the 'lou'ring sky'
Looking the other way, down Glen KInglas, there were good views to the Tyndrum hills beyond. Looks like they were getting a bit more sun
The monochrome landscape allowed for some good icicle shots
Great to see some snow, but it's a b***er when it gets in your way and you have to do a small detour
The clag higher up meant concentrating on some of the frozen rock formations instead of grand, distant views of surrounding peaks
because there certainly wasn't much to see at the summit!
Crampons went on, as many of the steeper sections were icy, and heading back down, Glen Kinglas had caught some of the low cloud
but there was a nice little glimpse of Loch Fyne out to the west
The clearest Beinn Luibhean had been all day
Almost back down to the A83 and the car, and a couple of buzzards were wheeling round. One stopped long enough on a rock
A last look back at a great little hill - or what was still visible of it!
It looked much clearer from Beinn Luibhean on New Year's Day though
by teaandpies » Tue Jan 17, 2017 2:38 am
I didn't close my pocket zips properly and ended up with puddles in my jacket before falling in the bog meters from my car. Probably the worst walk of the year for me. I was up and down in 2 hours 40 minutes. I didn't eat or drink after hitting the dry boak 10 minutes into the walk
I'm sorry you didn't get the grand weather on Saturday past (you should have been in Glencoe ) but your day out on this hill was still miles better than mine
by katyhills » Tue Jan 17, 2017 9:15 am
by teaandpies » Tue Jan 17, 2017 12:50 pm
katyhills wrote:You should have gone there the weekend before you did teaand pipes - it was superbly frosty and frozen. The boggy areas at the bottom were a joy to walk across!DSCF3255 (640x380).jpg
Bad timing on my part for sure but I had driven to this hill earlier in the year and drove away because of the weather so poor. I didn't want to do that again
by basscadet » Tue Jan 17, 2017 4:18 pm
by katyhills » Tue Jan 17, 2017 6:41 pm
The snow was changeable in terms of depth, and no issues as it was soft, but there was a fair bit of ice. Lots of tricky bits were certainly avoidable, but I made the decision to put my crampons on for coming down, just to make life easier. There was a couple of pairs of chaps who didn't seem to have used them - I couldn't see any marks, but there was another chap on his own who had his on for the descent - I could see his spike marks all the way up. Horses for courses!
by jmarkb » Tue Jan 17, 2017 6:59 pm
basscadet wrote:Strange how in just a short distance the conditions can be so different
Quite different slope aspects too, assuming you were on the normal Lomond circuit.
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