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Beinn Ime..but only just

Beinn Ime..but only just


Postby Bruadair » Sun Feb 06, 2011 12:53 am

Munros included on this walk: Beinn Ime

Date walked: 05/02/2011

Time taken: 7 hours

Distance: 13.4 km

Ascent: 1072m

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Again I was joined on my walk by my son Craig (he still hasn't had a haircut) and when we left the house this morning we were heading for SE hills, but whilst driving up M73 heard forcast for extremely high winds out on east side, so desided to turn and to West. Have you ever tried to head back towards Glasgow after diverting off A80 at current roadworks, what a nightmare....we ended up in the Motorway contractors compound.

Once we eventually found the way back onto the M80 towards Glasgow and M8 we headed across Erskine Bridge and up A82 towards Arrochar Alps and Beinn Ime. Arrived in car park at Succoth (NN295048) at approx 8.45am and got kitted up for the days walk......by the way the parking meter seems to have gone from carpark, and there is a for sale sign in situe.

After setting off up ZZ track to bench at (NN289046) it was desided that we would miss out the next set of ZZ's and continue along track past radio mast to woodland track at (NN284043) for our route of assent.
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Looking down woodland track that runs from NN284043
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Woodland track with Ben Lomond in distance
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Upstream view of burn that ruins parallel to track
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Downstream view
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Craig trying to fathom how his camera works...there was a nice wee summer bathing pool at this spot

After a bit of a wet / boggy assent through woods, we emerged at approx (NN284044) and continued up fire break towards dam at (NN279050) where we forded Allt a' Bhalachain a little further up stream and rejoined main track past Narnain boulders.
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1st view of Narnain as we exited woodland track
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The mysterious Ben Arthur
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East side of The Cobbler viewed from Coire a' Bhalachain track
Eventually Beinn Ime (or a portion of) came into view
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1st real view of Beinn Ime

Just about where tracks split for Cobbler / Narnain & Ime (NN262065) it started to snow lightly and as we trudged up Ime it really started to snow
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It's snowing Craig...taken from 700m (NN259073) with Narnain & Cobbler fading behind
and by the time we reached 750m height the snow completly hid Narnain & Cobbler from view. We continued onwards and upwards and eventually took shelter at rocks at 850m height (NN258079) in order to get out of the driving snow to take some sustenance.
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At 850m NN258079 as we sheltered behind rock face
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Still at 850m
The snow relented some what only to be replaced by major spindrift and visibility was down to a few metres and so continued upwards until we reached lower summit cairn by which time with spindrift and cloud we could only see down approx two metres and couldn't see correct summit after a bit of head scratching on which way to go, the wind subsided as did the spindrift and way forward was visible, so we set off again in direction of summit.
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Craig at Summit Cairn
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East(ish) taken from summit cairn
After the summit photo's, it was down asap to somewhere we could enjoy a hot cuppa......the desent included yours truely having a major two foot slip, which knocked the wind out of me, and a couple of intentional good bum slides and soon we were back at the
Bealach a' Mhaim
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Ben Vane ?? from Bealach a' Mhaim on desent
where we continued further down track to enjoy our tea sheltered by Narnain boulders....well I enjoyed some of Craig's tea because I broke my flask (must have been when I slipped) thereafter it was down remainder of track inclusive of ZZ's and back to the car and home.
My first real winter walk I would say.....intense at times but extremely enjoyable.

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Last edited by Bruadair on Sun Feb 06, 2011 1:21 am, edited 1 time in total.
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Re: Beinn Ime..but only just

Postby Merry-walker » Sun Feb 06, 2011 1:10 am

Wow, all that snow 8)

Great pictures :)
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Re: Beinn Ime..but only just

Postby fingeez » Sun Feb 06, 2011 1:20 am

nice report and pics :)

Maybe shoould have gone east like you first planned. I was up Glenshee way today and although there was a fair bit of wind, it wasnt too bad, but cloud was high up and good few spots of blue sky and bright sunshine :):)

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Re: Beinn Ime..but only just

Postby ChrisW » Sun Feb 06, 2011 1:24 am

The two footed flask breaker could have broken something worse :shock: great pics and report - thanks for posting :D
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Re: Beinn Ime..but only just

Postby Bruadair » Sun Feb 06, 2011 1:27 am

Merry-walker wrote:Wow, all that snow 8)

Great pictures :)


Thanks MW.

Reagrds.................B
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Re: Beinn Ime..but only just

Postby Bruadair » Sun Feb 06, 2011 1:32 am

fingeez wrote:nice report and pics :)

Maybe shoould have gone east like you first planned. I was up Glenshee way today and although there was a fair bit of wind, it wasnt too bad, but cloud was high up and good few spots of blue sky and bright sunshine :):)

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Cheers Ross,

To be honest a few times I called off walking because of such weather and then wondered what if afterwards, so I'm quite glad I went West and was able to tick that box.

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Re: Beinn Ime..but only just

Postby Bruadair » Sun Feb 06, 2011 1:36 am

ChrisW wrote:The two footed flask breaker could have broken something worse :shock: great pics and report - thanks for posting :D


Thanks for your comments CW................. I should have put a bar of toffee in my back pocket as I don't think the flask breaker thing will catch on.

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Re: Beinn Ime..but only just

Postby gammy leg walker » Sun Feb 06, 2011 11:19 am

Good work getting to the top in that white out.
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Re: Beinn Ime..but only just

Postby Bruadair » Sun Feb 06, 2011 11:35 am

gammy leg walker wrote:Good work getting to the top in that white out.


Thanks Gammy...... I see you & Stretch had a bit of a fun day yesterday.....the vid had me in stitches.

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Re: Beinn Ime..but only just

Postby pruney84 » Sun Feb 06, 2011 11:54 am

Good report Bruadair, some great photo's too, looked pretty wild when it was snowing!!!

I look forward to doing the rest of the Arrochar Alps sometime soon!
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