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Beinn Narnain - a Su-perb outing
by Stretch » Mon Nov 08, 2010 1:36 pm
Route description: Beinn Narnain and Beinn Ime
Munros included on this walk: Beinn Narnain
Date walked: 08/11/2010
Time taken: 5 hours
Distance: 10 km
Ascent: 950mRegister or Login free to be able to rate and comment on reports (as well as access 1:25000 mapping).
Higher up the terrain became more interesting and some of the smaller scrambling sections were reached. This is just a warm up to what is to come I explained to Su. Just past halfway up we were rewarded with our first view of the Cobbler, what a sight! It looks alien to this area I have to say, but I'm dying to get up it now.
After the initial easy scrambles we made it to the flat spot below the imposing Spearhead. Gammy and I assured a slightly nervous Su that the path looked worse than it actually was and that we would stick together and get up in no time. Meanwhile, Jockstar's eyes lit up, he gets this summit fever look in his eyes sometimes, especially if a scramble is involved . So up we went, taking our time to make sure everyone made it through the slippery steep bits. The cloud was really closing in at this point which made the towering Spearhead look all the more daunting. Upon reaching the bottom of the gully I assured Su that it would all be over in a matter of mintues. So up we went. About midway up the gully I stopped to help Su up a tall section of rock and she was shaking nervously as I pulled her up. The worst is over I said, well done! Just a short bit later we were at the trig point on Narnain and Su had a huge smile on her face after getting through the Spearhead.
After a quick lunch break we made our way down to the bealach where Gammy and I decided that as a group we would not have enough time to tackle Beinn Ime. So the decision was made to head back around the Cobbler and back to the cars. Conditions were deteriorating and the light would have faded before we made it back if we had tried Ime so it was the right call in the end. There were loads of people, mostly in jeans and trainers heading up the path toward the base of the Cobbler as we walked out. Hopefully they weren't planning to attempt a climb at this stage in the day.
Overall this was really a fun day out with some great company. Just to see the sense of joy and accomplishment on Su's face after reaching the top of Narnain was enough to make this a great day on the hill. It was also good to meet Gammy and his fine and most obedient spaniels. Now I can't wait to get back and combine Beinn Ime with the Cobbler!
by Alan S » Mon Nov 08, 2010 1:54 pm
Stretch wrote:There were loads of people, mostly in jeans and trainers heading up the path toward the base of the Cobbler as we walked out.
I noticed that when i was up last year on the 14th of november,its surprising how many people where walking up the path very late on in the day.
I have to congratulate the 3 of you..... how on earth did you get gammy leg to smile in his summit pic
by Jockstar » Mon Nov 08, 2010 2:11 pm
Maybe we're missing something about the attire of the afternoon walkers that when the temperature dips they feel the need to adorn jeans, t shirts and trainers...after all we're well hard in Scotland
Loved the other photo's and along with GLW's photos I might find it difficult to find one as good as you two guys have took. Still watch this space..... ( great title by the way !!!)
by mountainstar » Mon Nov 08, 2010 3:31 pm
The Cobbler will test you yet again, threading the needle to get to the summit is fun!
by weemistermac » Mon Nov 08, 2010 4:40 pm
by nathan79 » Mon Nov 08, 2010 5:06 pm
Date walked should be the 7th ? First picture is stunning. Full of colour whereas the cobbler hdr looks like its the entrance to MORDOR
by kinley » Mon Nov 08, 2010 6:36 pm
Not done the Spearhead route - looks fun.
by Stretch » Mon Nov 08, 2010 7:02 pm
I'm still tinkering about with the HDR, it brings a neat twist to some really interesting scenes. No tripod for this Stuart, just a steady hand and a sharpen command in photoshop. If I had more time I'd watch some more video tutorials on the HDR process to learn how to add layers which can sometimes fix the sky in certain images. But for now these are just basic HDRs.
The Cobbler looks like it belongs on some Sci-fi space film.
by gammy leg walker » Mon Nov 08, 2010 8:29 pm
by skuk007 » Mon Nov 08, 2010 9:44 pm
Looks like you all had a great day.
- mountain coward
by Merry-walker » Tue Nov 09, 2010 6:01 pm