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Beinn Narnain (Arrochar Alps)

PostPosted: Thu Feb 03, 2011 11:35 pm
by jwramsay
On Saturday 27th June 2009, me, Megan and her friend Lorna set off early (7am) to climb 2 munros and a corbett, namely Beinn Narnain, Beinn Ime and Ben Arthur (The Cobbler).

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We started out at 9am from the Succoth car park at the top of Loch Long, just round from Arrochar. Despite having scoured google maps, we missed the start of the old hydro electric path and did the newer zig-zag path up until it meets the "road" near the Mobile phone mast.

We then headed right along the road, left takes you via more zig zags to the cobbler path. We picked up the traditional path a few hundred yards down. Its quite steep to get onto it from the road, as the stream runs down here. You walk over lots of old concrete foundations as you ascend this path, until eventually you are at the top in some open fern land. A path leads off to the left and that meets the cobbler path again (we came back this way from the Cobbler).

Hands on scrambing:

C'mon girls:

Getting scary now:

The Spearhead approaches:

The top:

That Narnain boulder is big!:

You start to get great views from here, and it involves some scambling at points. Eventually we caught a glipmpse of The Cobbler which had mist in the centre but we saw the two outside peaks. After that, the mist rolled in. It was so eerie, only being able to see 10 feet in front of you. As we gained height we felt the presence of "The Spearhead" - A quite awesome rock, even enshrouded in mist! We scrambled up the side of it and that was us, on the Plateux. We heard a group at the trig point, so followed the noise. Some guy was celebrating 1000 munros with a bottle of malt! Couldn't see a thing, and were glad to be accompanied down with another group.

So, gave up on Ime and The Cobbler - another day!


Re: Beinn Narnain (Arrochar Alps)

PostPosted: Fri Feb 04, 2011 10:53 am
by ChrisW
Great report and some great pics on the vid, the girls look freezing in that trig point pic .... damn that sensor dirt :x
:D :D

Re: Beinn Narnain (Arrochar Alps)

PostPosted: Fri Feb 04, 2011 12:36 pm
by skuk007
Nice report, looks like you took quite an interesting route up. Those boulders look impressive, calling out to be climbed!
Isn't boulder 2 the one that hardened climbers/walkers use as a howff?

Re: Beinn Narnain (Arrochar Alps)

PostPosted: Fri Feb 04, 2011 4:59 pm
by Bruadair
Hi JW,

You're fair firing in the reports............ I tried to et the three in at back end of last year, but time was against us so dropped Ime in favour of the was much better than you had and I absolutely loved Narnain, took a similar route to yourselves.... what a great wee far I think this is my favourite.

The girls look well impressed and I bet they totally loved you for that shot.

Again..........good stuff.