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Beinn an Lochain - magnificent mountain

Beinn an Lochain - magnificent mountain


Postby kevsbald » Sat Nov 27, 2010 7:16 pm

Route description: Beinn an Lochain

Corbetts included on this walk: Beinn an Lochain

Date walked: 27/11/2010

Time taken: 4 hours

Distance: 5.5 km

Ascent: 660m

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My original plan was to head North and grab a couple of Munros but at 0445 I was wakened by a rather worried woman - she would prefer I did something more local and as SWMBO, I accepted and went back to sleep. At 0800, I rolled out of a surprisingly snowy Glasgow and made for Beinn an Lochain. I had heard much about this hill and it always looked very dramatic from the Rest and be Thankful. In fact, I had climbed Stob Coire Creagach a few weeks back to see what it looked like from the North - very dramatic. Rather than parking right opposite the starting point, I parked about 400m further South in a layby and began the walk. It was cold but beautiful. My sense of anticipation for this trip was strong and I was really looking forward to one of THOSE days where I knew conditions were perfect. The great thing about this hill is that the views all round are fantastic, it's quite steep and offers a quick ascent. Furthermore, I love craggy peaks and this one was superb. It's all very benign up to about 600m but you can make out the summit peak at the end of the hill. Coupled with views over to the Cobbler, Beinn Ime and tranquil Loch Restil down below, could there be a better peak in Arrochar? I love the Cobbler but I love Beinn an Lochain, so which is better? Only one way....At 600m, you begin to make acquaintance with the North face and it is possible to pick out some lines, if you're into rock-climbing. As the sun blasted the Eastern slopes, the oppressively dark cliffs on the North face loomed and as I got higher, the track got narrower and more exposed. Nothing too serious but care was needed especially as much of the path was frozen in places. From below, it looks horrific but a good path wends its way higher and higher. The final push was fantastic and not that exposed but it still offered an exciting end to a great wee mountain. For such a super hill, I was slightly surprised at how small the cairn was but the views from the top were breath-taking. As I sat and drank in my water and the vistas, I felt at peace. Until this old codger scared the living shecht out of me by shouting "morning!" He had come up the other side of the face and was double ice-axed up. He must have been near 70 and rather than offer an apology to my sweary exclamation, he just laughed. Aye, I would have done the same, I thought! I proffered my good wishes and began my descent off the South summit, down through the crags. It wasn't long before I hit the road and began the trek back to the car. This fantastic mountain deserves a great day of weather and having done it in Winter, I would wholeheartedly recommend this. Brilliant.

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The summit viewed from starting boulder
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I love the way the mountain, tree and moon look here
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Beginning to get tasty
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Loch Restil from high above
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Interesting rock formation
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Mountain of contrasts
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A dobber and the cobbler
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Picture postcard - Beinn Ime and partner
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Re: Beinn an Lochain - magnificent mountain

Postby Graeme D » Sat Nov 27, 2010 7:28 pm

Cracking stuff there Kev. Hope and Klibreck bit the dust then did they? :lol:
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Re: Beinn an Lochain - magnificent mountain

Postby davetherave » Sat Nov 27, 2010 7:44 pm

I think this is a fab hill kev. I said to Julie when we did this hill earlier that I woul :D be back to do it again. :D :D
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Re: Beinn an Lochain - magnificent mountain

Postby bigbertie » Sat Nov 27, 2010 7:53 pm

Wow - the weather is nice over there, compared to north Northumberland. Nice pics. Luckily I did this when it was a Munro, so I have counted an extra one!
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Re: Beinn an Lochain - magnificent mountain

Postby Merry-walker » Sat Nov 27, 2010 7:56 pm

Your reports are great! :lol:

She that must be obeyed is a wise woman
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Re: Beinn an Lochain - magnificent mountain

Postby jwramsay » Tue Nov 30, 2010 12:30 pm

Great report and you are correct. This is an outstanding (ex-munro) mountain.
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Re: Beinn an Lochain - magnificent mountain

Postby baggervance » Tue Nov 30, 2010 1:19 pm

Nice report and pics ~ love the shot down to the Loch

This is a hill I fancy breaking my winter duck on. How would you rate it in terms of difficulty considering the possibility of a heavier snow covering than when you climbed it :?
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Re: Beinn an Lochain - magnificent mountain

Postby CurlyWurly » Tue Nov 30, 2010 9:30 pm

Nice report Kev, love the pic of you on the summit. For a moment, I thought you were at altitude!
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Re: Beinn an Lochain - magnificent mountain

Postby HighlandSC » Tue Nov 30, 2010 9:42 pm

Looks a cracking hill, Kev. I do like the craggy ones :)
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Re: Beinn an Lochain - magnificent mountain

Postby Graeme D » Tue Nov 30, 2010 10:10 pm

CurlyWurly wrote:Nice report Kev, love the pic of you on the summit. For a moment, I thought you were at altitude!


You mean near Denver? :lol: :lol: :lol: :lol:
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Re: Beinn an Lochain - magnificent mountain

Postby over2u » Wed Dec 01, 2010 7:16 am

nice report :) this has got to be my favourite "local" scottish mountain much prefer climbing it to ime and the cobbler etc around arrochar.

Climbed it last 8th Aug '10 in fantasic weather conditons.

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Re: Beinn an Lochain - magnificent mountain

Postby bootsandpaddles » Wed Dec 01, 2010 8:53 am

I agree - a great hill, especially in winter. I was up there in January this year (see my report Beinn an Lochain Take 2). It can be quite a serious prospect in icy conditions though - we witnessed an injured walker being helicoptered off.
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Re: Beinn an Lochain - magnificent mountain

Postby dooterbang » Wed Dec 01, 2010 1:15 pm

Great report Kev.

I havn't done this but your enthusiastic report has made sure i will, hopefully soon :)

Nice photos, that one of the creature they call the "dobber"....thought they were extinct :lol: !!.
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Re: Beinn an Lochain - magnificent mountain

Postby tomyboy73 » Fri Dec 03, 2010 9:12 pm

totally agree about this hill, it was my first real hillwalk a few years ago and went back up it again a couple of years later. I also have a picture of that wee tree growing out of a rock, it hasn`t grown much. We`re thinking of going up there again 2nd/3rd january.
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Re: Beinn an Lochain - magnificent mountain

Postby rockhopper » Sat Dec 04, 2010 12:31 am

Lovely report Kev - nice pictures as well.....Loch Restil from high above is still giving me vertigo just looking at it 8)
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