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The Arrochar Massif - post-work speed round

The Arrochar Massif - post-work speed round


Postby Jaxter » Sun Aug 26, 2018 1:38 pm

Route description: Beinn Luibhean

Munros included on this walk: Beinn Ime, Beinn Narnain

Corbetts included on this walk: Beinn Luibhean, The Cobbler

Date walked: 25/08/2018

Time taken: 5.3 hours

Distance: 14.46 km

Ascent: 1637m

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It was back to reality with a bump this week - not only back to school but also working Saturday :shock: However, at least it was a Saturday morning’s work in Helensburgh which meant escaping up to the Arrochar Alps for the afternoon 8)

I headed up towards the Rest and Be Thankful, missed the intended layby and parked 50m further up the road. Boots on (old boots as I still hadn’t broken in the new ones :roll: ) and I headed straight uphill. Initially it was a horrible ascent – very steep, long grass, tussocks, bracken, those weird fuzzy bobbles that stick to you :roll: And then I had to climb a barbed wire fence and ended up in a burn. So much for it being dry :lol:

The steep climb gave good views of Beinn an Lochain
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Once above the bracken it became easier walking - still crazy steep but at least I wasn’t adding any more mountain to the inside of my boots :roll:

Once on the ridge I was exposed to the wind; nothing compared to what must have been at least 50mph on Beinn a’ Ghlo last weekend but enough to feel a bit chilly :crazy: It was a simple pathless wander to the summit of Beinn Luibhean where the views opened out nicely 8)
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Beinn Narnain and the Cobbler
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The Brack and Cnoc Coinnich
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Loch Restil and Beinn an Lochain
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Cruachan, my nemesis, in the background
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Towards Ben Lui and the Bridge of Orchy hills
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Next target – Beinn Ime
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I think this may be looking towards Arran
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The Paps of Jura in the distance
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Ben Donich
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Beinn Luibhean cairn and Ben Donich
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Once stopped it was chilly in the wind so wasn’t really hanging around weather. That was fine with me as I had one of my sort of open ended routes where I could keep going as long as I wanted :lol:

I headed back down the ridge a short way before heading North towards bealach a’ Mhargaidh. There was nothing difficult but some of the wet grass on steep slopes had me taking a lot more cre than usual as I was very aware of the lack of grip on my boots – I have my new boots on in the house as I type this :lol:

Narnain and the Cobbler from the bealach
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I’d picked up my assault route on Ime as I’d descended and it was much easier than I’d thought it would be. I guess a summer of wading through a lot of heather has made short grass and rocks seem like a doddle :lol:

Looking back – as I gained height I could see over tiny little Beinn Luibhean towards Beinn an Lochain
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I picked up the motorway (the usual ascent route) a few metres from the summit, along with hunners of people! A couple of minutes later I was on the summit of Beinn Ime 8)



Beinn Narnain and Ben Lomond
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Ben Vane – steep bugger :crazy: The last time I’d been up Beinn Ime I’d come over Ben Vane; not a good idea as it turned out :lol:
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Looking back to Cruachan – if anything the visibility was getting better 8)
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North to Tyndrum and towards Glencoe
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Beinn Ime summit pose
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Beinn Luibhean, Beinn an Lochain and Loch Fyne
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Again it was quite windy so after soaking up the views for as long as I could without adding more layers I headed off back down the motorway
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Loch Arklet and Loch Katrine
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On an actual path for the first time today made for some easy walking – a nice treat for now!
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The Cobbler
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Beinn Narnain ahead
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As I approached bealach a’ mhaim it got a lot more soggy underfoot and the big holes in my boots started to let water in…

I headed off piste up Narnain through bog, heading for the obvious path. Looking back to Ime I could see the impressive cliffs
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Looking down Coire Croe
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Soon enough I met with the path which made for easier walking although it was still steep going :shock: The last time I’d come up here had been in arctic conditions so it was definitely easier on this occasion :lol:

As I gained height I could see down to Loch Long – it really was a stunning afternoon 8)
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A short climb later and I was on the summit of Beinn Narnain! Less icy cold, less wind and blizzard and less catching crampons and face-planting than last time :lol:

The Spearhead with Loch Lomond and Ben Lomond
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Looking down Loch Long to the Firth of Clyde
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Looking at the Cobbler – should I go for number 4?
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The Beinn Narnain Trig and Beinn Ime
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Towards the Bridge of Orchy hills
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Glencoe and Fort William – Ben Nevis on the horizon
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Ben Nevis
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Loch Katrine and Ben Vorlich in the distance
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The Brack, Loch Long and the Luss grahams
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This took a couple of attempts :lol:
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It had taken me 3 hours to this point so I reckoned I might as well head up the Cobbler too :roll: I set off back down the path and spotted these big white bags of rocks – clearly there was going to be more path-building around here :thumbup:
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The Cobbler
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I followed the new path which led me down almost opposite the path leading up the Cobbler – all these paths made for very easy walking 8) It was an easy (but steep) climb up before the final climb to the summit.

As I reached the summit I was surprised to bump into Ben and Kirsty who had been climbing on the North Summit 8)
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I wasn't sure if I'd go up top but my boots seemed to give me enough grip on the rocks so I could hardly resist 8)
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Cobbler selfie 8)
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Looking over the Beinn Narnain
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The Brack and Loch Long
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Beinn Ime
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Beinn Luibhean and Beinn Ime
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It turned out that Kirsty and Ben were parked at the same place as I was so we headed back into the corrie before following a vague path down. It was slippery underfoot and care was required :lol: At the dam we picked up a much better path along the right hand side of the burn that they had spotted too late on their way up :lol:
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This looked like a great waterslide 8)
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The Brack
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We made it past the cows unscathed before crossing the bridge into the car park that I had missed earlier :roll:
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All I had was a couple of metres up the road to my car and a leisurely drive home. Cracking wee afternoon out on some great hills 8)


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Re: The Arrochar Massif - post-work speed round

Postby tomyboy73 » Sun Aug 26, 2018 2:52 pm

ahh the starfish route !

nice one and some great photos , must have been a joy !
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Re: The Arrochar Massif - post-work speed round

Postby iainR » Sun Aug 26, 2018 5:37 pm

Great report, love those hills and Beinn Luibhean certainly is a workout from the roadside !
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Re: The Arrochar Massif - post-work speed round

Postby malky_c » Mon Aug 27, 2018 3:59 pm

Nice one - it's a great (not so) little round :) .Glad to see you finally got a proper Cobbler summit photo :lol:
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Re: The Arrochar Massif - post-work speed round

Postby Jaxter » Thu Aug 30, 2018 10:51 am

tomyboy73 wrote:ahh the starfish route !

nice one and some great photos , must have been a joy !

I had a good laugh when I saw the shape of the track afterwards :lol: :lol:



iainR wrote:Great report, love those hills and Beinn Luibhean certainly is a workout from the roadside !

Cheers - at least it gets you up quickly! :roll:



malky_c wrote:Nice one - it's a great (not so) little round :) .Glad to see you finally got a proper Cobbler summit photo :lol:

Nae excuses with a friend there to take the photo :lol: dead easy after the Pinn though :lol:
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Re: The Arrochar Massif - post-work speed round

Postby Mal Grey » Thu Aug 30, 2018 9:05 pm

Hmm. My idea of a post short-day-at-work walk was a 3 mile trail along a fairly boring Forestry Commission trail. I may have to up my game.
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Re: The Arrochar Massif - post-work speed round

Postby Alteknacker » Thu Aug 30, 2018 10:11 pm

Nice one - some brilliant pics there. :thumbup:

Lucky you to be able to do this in an afternoon after work ... :sick:
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Re: The Arrochar Massif - post-work speed round

Postby Jaxter » Mon Sep 03, 2018 11:08 am

Mal Grey wrote:Hmm. My idea of a post short-day-at-work walk was a 3 mile trail along a fairly boring Forestry Commission trail. I may have to up my game.

:lol: :lol: :lol: well I knew that Sunday was going to be horrible so figured I would make the most of the weather 8)



Alteknacker wrote:Nice one - some brilliant pics there. :thumbup:

Lucky you to be able to do this in an afternoon after work ... :sick:

Thanks, yes Arrochar is a great spot to have on the doorstep, it’s an awesome area 8) 8)
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Re: The Arrochar Massif - post-work speed round

Postby past my sell by date » Mon Sep 03, 2018 5:26 pm

Jackie
Great walk and pics - but I'm afraid you've been outdone - you're going to have to up your game - though I don't think you should do this on the top of the cobbler :lol: :lol:
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Re: The Arrochar Massif - post-work speed round

Postby dogplodder » Mon Sep 03, 2018 6:09 pm

No Jackie don't up your game! Your poses are great as they are! :lol:
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Re: The Arrochar Massif - post-work speed round

Postby past my sell by date » Tue Sep 04, 2018 11:38 am

dogplodder wrote:No Jackie don't up your game! Your poses are great as they are! :lol:

Only joking Dogplodder :lol: :lol: :lol:
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Re: The Arrochar Massif - post-work speed round

Postby Jaxter » Tue Sep 04, 2018 10:17 pm

past my sell by date wrote:Jackie
Great walk and pics - but I'm afraid you've been outdone - you're going to have to up your game - though I don't think you should do this on the top of the cobbler :lol: :lol:
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Yikes....the bar has been raised :lol: :lol: I definitely don't have the balance for that. Its bad enough nearly falling off trig points. Now that would be an embarrasing mountain rescue call :shock:


dogplodder wrote:No Jackie don't up your game! Your poses are great as they are! :lol:

Thank you dogplodder! 8)
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Re: The Arrochar Massif - post-work speed round

Postby MartinMC » Sun May 26, 2019 3:28 pm

That’s an amazing time for the round. Well done. My son and I did the same in the opposite direction last Wednesday and we took 8 hours. I must say however we weren’t hill fit and did stop quite a bit, but even so. I also think our finishing on Beinn Luibhean may have been a mistake, as the climb from Beinn Ime and descent to the car was punishing after a long day. Great pictures by you too.
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Re: The Arrochar Massif - post-work speed round

Postby Jaxter » Mon May 27, 2019 11:08 am

MartinMC wrote:That’s an amazing time for the round. Well done. My son and I did the same in the opposite direction last Wednesday and we took 8 hours. I must say however we weren’t hill fit and did stop quite a bit, but even so. I also think our finishing on Beinn Luibhean may have been a mistake, as the climb from Beinn Ime and descent to the car was punishing after a long day. Great pictures by you too.

Wow this takes me back! I thought it better to get the steep pathless stuff out the way first,paid off I think as it was all gloriously easy paths after that :lol:
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