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by cjwaugh » Tue Mar 24, 2009 7:39 pm
Route description: Beinn Chabhair, from Inverarnan
Munros included on this walk: Beinn Chabhair
Date walked: 24/03/2009Register or Login free to be able to rate and comment on reports (as well as access 1:25000 mapping).
From the lochan we headed north east for the bealach on the north west ridge and followed the winding path to the summit cairn this was all in cloud until we were heading back when the cloud suddenly lifted and we could see what we were missing on the way up
great views across to Ben lui
and Ben lomond
Here's another group leaving the summet
View across Glen Falloch
Followed the path back to the lochin
down to the burn then back to the Drovers Inn where the van was parked
This was a rewarding walk although it did take us 7 and a half hours but it did nt rain all day
by walker1 » Tue Mar 24, 2009 9:15 pm
by Paul Webster » Tue Mar 24, 2009 9:27 pm
A long, long time ago, together with another guy who also should have known better, added Beinn Chabhair to An Caisteal and Beinn a'Chroin. In mist we somehow managed to descend the wrong flank of the hill in spite of compass work - I think rocky bits kept making us go more wrong. Further down it was too late and we ended up descending to Inverarnan where we drowned our shame with a few pints whilst waking for the student club bus to come and pick us up (we were supposed to be in Crianlarich).
by cjwaugh » Tue Mar 24, 2009 9:43 pm
by druidsam » Wed Mar 25, 2009 12:56 am
cjwaugh wrote: my uncle who is my walking companion did it before in thick cloud and wasn't convinced he hadn't summited ,turns out he hadn't but no mistakes this time
that would be me
There was at least reasonable visibility but a bad gale and many horizontal snow/hail showers and some ice on the path (all avoidable). The last bit of the ascent and the ridge between the summits saw the wind doing it's best to hurl me down the steep side down the back. This put me off going back to the same col so I decided to descend South and then South-East (which the map said was okay and the angle looked okay). I found a path initially but it headed off towards the valley at the back (although it may well have turned back south lower down) so I just went down south-east. I managed to find a clear route down but when I looked round, I'd come down between some pretty big and brooding crags! I then went back to the loch and the 3 miles or so of bog to get back. The final steep 900 foot or so descent by the waterfall finished me off completely and I was mentally and physically exhausted by the time I got back to my car.
I comforted myself with a couple of drinks and a great soup in the pub and thoughts that I had done pretty well really... that was until I got back to the hostel and read Yokehead's account of how easy he'd found that hill in addition to An Caisteal and Beinn Chroin in the same walk!! Now I feel totally inadequate and unfit!
- mountain coward
- mountain coward
by Alan S » Wed Mar 25, 2009 9:23 am
the views from the top on a clear day are stunning from here
i did this last july on a baking hot day with no cloud and blue skies with a pretty miserable attempt at doing all 3.
i started from derrydaroch farm following the what for around 1/2 mile then cutting across the boggy fields following the allt a chuilinn burn then climbing the steep slopes eventually finding the path.with a quick decision to return we followed the path past the lochan which brought me back to the whw to not far from where you started with the long hard slog back to the car.
its good to see the right way to do this hill
by cjwaugh » Wed Mar 25, 2009 9:35 am
by kevsbald » Wed Mar 25, 2009 9:55 am
by yokehead » Thu Mar 26, 2009 7:13 pm
mc seems to me that you chose the hardest way to and from the summit so I'm sure that in retrospect, having covered different ground to everyone else, you think it was rewarding?!
by cjwaugh » Thu Mar 26, 2009 8:48 pm
Did I find my route rewarding? Definitely not! I've never been so knackered in my life and was saying to myself all the way to the Munro that it was the worst walk I'd ever done! Having said that, I did like the Munro itself when I finally got to it... Also, while the Munro guide said 3 of the intervening peaks were Grahams (which remembering them, I doubt somehow) I can't see them on the Graham list. I think they should be listed as obstructions!
- mountain coward