walkhighlands

Share your personal walking route experiences in Scotland, and comment on other peoples' reports.
Warning Please note that hillwalking when there is snow lying requires an ice-axe, crampons and the knowledge, experience and skill to use them correctly. Summer routes may not be viable or appropriate in winter. See winter information on our skills and safety pages for more information.

First Taste of Winter - A Visit to the Alps (In Arrochar!)

First Taste of Winter - A Visit to the Alps (In Arrochar!)


Postby dooterbang » Thu Dec 14, 2017 6:28 pm

Route description: Beinn an Lochain

Corbetts included on this walk: Beinn an Lochain

Date walked: 29/11/2017

Time taken: 5 hours

Distance: 7 km

Ascent: 900m

7 people think this report is great.
Register or Login
free to be able to rate and comment on reports (as well as access 1:25000 mapping).

Its been a while since walking with my old friend Woodsy but today would be our 2nd walk in two weeks. I helped him bag 6 Munros in Glenshee mid November before the snow made an appearance. Today was all about experiencing winter conditions, so we agreed on the steep Beinn an Lochain for some ice axe action :)

Being a short, relatively local walk, meant no need for a 4am alarm call! We left Glasgow after 7.30am, and started walking 9.15am. It was really cold but the steep start meant we soon felt very warm. The forecast was for 30mph winds and around -10 on the summit.

Looking back to Loch Restil
Image

Route Ahead
Image

You can see the summit covered in snow :)
Image

Woodsy taking over posing duties :lol:
Image

The route up was covered in ice so due care was given, crampons wern't required but would've provided some reassurance.

Views to the Arrochar Alps 8)
Image

Pretty quickly we reached the snow line, the smiles on our faces widened :)

Snow laden route ahead.
Image

Image

With about 100m to go we found a sheltered spot for a bite to eat, before some serious larking around :D 8)
Image

Image

Image

We set off for the final steep climb, however the route up the crest of the rocky ridge was non existent being covered with fresh snow. We decided to take a route left of the rdige up a steep rockless face. This turned out to be good fun, ice axe required 8)

Woodsy ascending the steep face :)
Image

Image

The snow was soft and deep, it was hard going in places. As we reached the top of the ridge we were exposed to the strong wind. Woodsy took over the last 20m, it was easy for me following in his footsteps. And soon we were on the summit, strangely the wind suddenly died :shock: :D

Summit
Image

Image

The other top along the ridge looked great so we went on our way, the sun belting of our faces :)
Image

Image

Image

Image

And then back at the summit for a sit down and quick bite to eat.
Image

Walking the hills in winter is truly awesome! The landscape changes, providing a glimpse of another world...Moontin Porn at its finest... :shock: :lol: 8)
Image

With the soft snow, rocky icy path, plus wanting to make the route circular I decided to descend South which would take me to the Rest and be Thankful Car park. Woodsy descended our ascent route.

It was a really nice walk out, and was good to be free of Woodsy's crap patter for an hour or two :lol:

Woodsy picked me up at the Car park and we managed to get back to Glasgow before rush hour traffic. This is a fantastic little steep hill, a good taster and confidnce builder for a hopeful winter ahead :) . The following week provided more winter fun on two crackers in Crainlarich - Trip report to follow 8)
User avatar
dooterbang
Mountain Walker
 
Posts: 1824
Munros:255   Corbetts:57
Grahams:18   Donalds:10
Sub 2000:7   Hewitts:18
Wainwrights:21   Islands:19
Joined: Oct 27, 2009
Location: Glasgow

Re: First Taste of Winter - A Visit to the Alps (In Arrochar

Postby Mal Grey » Thu Dec 14, 2017 7:50 pm

Superb!!! Fantastic images, it looks like the real Alps indeed.
User avatar
Mal Grey
Mountain Walker
 
Posts: 2875
Munros:110   Corbetts:20
Grahams:8   
Sub 2000:3   Hewitts:113
Wainwrights:71   Islands:5
Joined: Dec 1, 2011
Location: Surrey, probably in a canoe! www.wildernessisastateofmind.co.uk

Re: First Taste of Winter - A Visit to the Alps (In Arrochar

Postby denfinella » Fri Dec 15, 2017 1:29 pm

Very nice! Quite a change from the bottom to the summit. Lovely day for it.
User avatar
denfinella
Walker
 
Posts: 1007
Munros:65   Corbetts:34
Grahams:21   Donalds:13
Sub 2000:56   Hewitts:11
Wainwrights:6   Islands:45
Joined: Mar 19, 2012
Location: Edinburgh

Re: First Taste of Winter - A Visit to the Alps (In Arrochar

Postby Spade » Sat Dec 16, 2017 7:46 pm

Done this in similar conditions a couple of years back, It was very icy and like glass, but fantastic none the less. Best of all only a 1 hour trip from Greenock !! Marvellous report brought back great memories. :clap: :clap: :clap: Top reporting :clap:
User avatar
Spade
Mountain Walker
 
Posts: 62
Munros:79   Corbetts:5
Joined: Sep 23, 2010
Location: Inverclyde

Re: First Taste of Winter - A Visit to the Alps (In Arrochar

Postby dav2930 » Sat Dec 16, 2017 11:18 pm

Looks an impressive peak in superb winter conditions. Cracking photos :clap:
User avatar
dav2930
Mountain Walker
 
Posts: 1301
Munros:237   Corbetts:13
Grahams:10   Donalds:37
Sub 2000:1   Hewitts:161
Wainwrights:214   
Joined: Feb 13, 2015
Location: Cumbria

Re: First Taste of Winter - A Visit to the Alps (In Arrochar

Postby katyhills » Sun Dec 17, 2017 11:47 am

Smashing! Lovely set of photos :D

One of my favourite 'local' hills, and always good fun in wintery conditions. You had a great day for it and the views are superb when it's as clear as that.
katyhills
Walker
 
Posts: 340
Munros:119   Corbetts:28
Grahams:7   Donalds:2
Sub 2000:3   
Joined: Jul 7, 2015

Re: First Taste of Winter - A Visit to the Alps (In Arrochar

Postby spiderwebb » Sun Dec 17, 2017 7:50 pm

Now you're really getting to me :lol: Rucksacks packed with boots ready to just go, soon as.
Superb pics on a great day :D
User avatar
spiderwebb
Mountaineer
 
Posts: 1491
Munros:97   Corbetts:15
Grahams:3   Donalds:1
Hewitts:108
Wainwrights:68   
Joined: May 18, 2011
Location: Miltonduff, Elgin

7 people think this report is great.
Register or Login
free to be able to rate and comment on reports (as well as access 1:25000 mapping).



Walkhighlands community forum is now advert free

We need help to keep the site online.
Can you help support Walkhighlands and the online community by setting up a monthly donation by direct debit?



Return to Walk reports - Scotland

Who is online

Users browsing this forum: bobmackintosh, jimbell21, kevin_wheeler, NickF, Rossi, Sabbathstevie, Shaunniec, SusanG and 67 guests