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BEINN IME - a perfect day

BEINN IME - a perfect day


Postby blueyed » Wed Nov 17, 2010 11:12 pm

Route description: Beinn Narnain and Beinn Ime

Munros included on this walk: Beinn Ime, Beinn Narnain

Date walked: 14/11/2010

Time taken: 7 hours

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what a perfect day it was!!!!
on saturday i was planning my next walk and couldnt really make up my mind between ben lawers and beinn ime. i expected some snow on both of them and wasnt sure where will be more -yes, i wanted more :) finaly decided to head to arrochar.
when alarm went off on sunday morning (actually felt like the middle of the night) 6.00 i just checked situation outside the window and was rather depressed to see heavy rain. then i got up and checked weather forecast for arrochar again - sunshine. impossible to believe. i thought, i'm not loosing anything (just few hours of sleep and few hours drive) lets give it a chance... so i got up :)
i drove in heavy rain utill i reached glasgow (i'm based in edi), then the rain stopped. and i felt some hope for a 'not-too-bad' day. when i arrived to arrochar everything was still asleep, but weather surprised me nicely - hardly any clouds, some blue skies...wow! and this nice frost around. that was a start of one of my best days out ever.

and, the funniest thing - i met the same couple which walked with us 2 weeks ago on an caisteal :)

i left the car park at 9.15 (ticket machine worked!!!) and went towards the glen. it took me exactly an hour to reach the dam (well, i'm not a fast walker, i like enjoying myself and taking pics etc.)
first views to the cobbler were just amazing - a little bit of snow, blue sky and yellowish grass. stunning!
i was surprised how busy it was -plenty of people here and there.
walk thru the glen was a nice one, views -perfect, the path itself was frozen :)
finally i reached bealach a'mhain, had some hot tea and started ascent to beinn ime. a little bit boggy but most of the time bog was frozen (great!!!) so that actually wasnt too bad.
about half way up beinn ime, the snow started. again, i think it is so much better to walk on snow than on the bog. snow was quite deep at some points, deepest was, i think, knee deep.
final 20 mins the 'path' was 'icy snow' and that was quite unpleasant. when i finally reached the summit, the cloud covered everything :( i met 2 guys on the summit, we had few words and each of us started descent. i decided to fix my crampons for the ascent and i must say it was quite a good idea.
i came back the same way. the whole route took me exactly 7 hrs.
i must mention - the views from beinn ime were spectacular, in every direction.
i will definitely go back to visit mr ime in the future :)
you can find more pictures here : http://around-scotland.blogspot.com/2010/11/beinn-ime.html
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loch long, still asleep
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Benny L -first views
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beinn narnainn
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spot the walker :)
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mr cobbler & mr narnainn
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frozen path
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beinn narnainn from start of the path to the cobbler
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beinn ime, summits
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beinn narnainn & ben lomond
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shy mr lomond
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deep snow
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just managed before the cloud's eaten my views!
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the summit. recognise me by blue crampons :)
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oh no, the cloud again!
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down again, beinn ime
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anyone recognises himself?
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reminds me of mushrooms...
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last rays of light
Last edited by blueyed on Wed Nov 17, 2010 11:43 pm, edited 1 time in total.
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Re: BEINN IME - a perfect day

Postby mountain coward » Wed Nov 17, 2010 11:33 pm

Nice pics there - I have to say the blue crampons must be pretty unusual - I've only ever really seen yellow straps before! :lol:

I have to say that Beinn Ime is just about my perfect winter hill :D
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Re: BEINN IME - a perfect day

Postby blueyed » Wed Nov 17, 2010 11:37 pm

yeah, crampons -blue is kind of unusual, i've only seen yellows and blacks before :) those i bought overseas
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Re: BEINN IME - a perfect day

Postby Stretch » Wed Nov 17, 2010 11:42 pm

Some nice pics there blueyed. Think you may have put the date down wrong as you said you did this Sunday, which was the day after Gammy and I were up there. By not going Saturday you missed out on the exciting 50mph wind gusts and horizontal snow blasts! :lol:
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Re: BEINN IME - a perfect day

Postby Alastair S » Wed Nov 17, 2010 11:50 pm

Blue crampons to match the blue eyes?? :D

Looks like a great day & some cracking photos - really like the first one of the misty loch.
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Re: BEINN IME - a perfect day

Postby Merry-walker » Thu Nov 18, 2010 4:48 am

Beautiful area, great pictures and report :thumbup:
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Re: BEINN IME - a perfect day

Postby soulminer » Fri Nov 19, 2010 8:52 pm

Hi Ela,
You did seem to enjoy your walk :) Some nice images as well.
Will stop and talk the next time instead of just a 'Hi'
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