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Mirror Mirror on the wall, who is the prettiest of them all

Mirror Mirror on the wall, who is the prettiest of them all


Postby Mountainlove » Tue Mar 29, 2016 12:49 pm

Corbetts included on this walk: Beinn an Lochain

Date walked: 06/03/2016

Time taken: 3.45 hours

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The weather had plaid a major part why I had not been able to climb to the top of Beinn an Lochain 2 week prior. I had been ok about it and had planned to climb the hill at some point in the future, after all I wasn’t bagging Corbetts (yet). Driving up the Rest and be Thankful, with plans to climb one of the other Corbetts I saw Beinn an Lochain rise beautifully above me and in that split second knew I simply had to climb it again to get to the top. :lol:

Parking my car like 2 weeks prior I geared up and made my way to the top. The weather was beautiful and made a huge difference to the gale force winds I had encountered the first time.
http://www.walkhighlands.co.uk/Forum/viewtopic.php?f=9&t=59776

Climbing a hill the secodn time is always so much easier and this time the beautiful scenery made me stop often and stare. Could Beinn an Lochain turn out to be my favorite mountain?

I will let the pictures tell the story and if you have the chance, climb this beautiful hill in winter...its a beauty!

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Beinn an Lochain from the west

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On the way up, looking back

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Panorama to the west

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The walk ahead

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Myself

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The part which can be quite difficult

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Check out the 2 climbers on their way down

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On the steep part myself...pretty cool

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Looking back

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The final part ahead

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The Top

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The Rest and be Thankful in the distance below

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The Clyde, Arran and Ayrshire in the distance

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Isle of Arran

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View from the top

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The way back down

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Pretty steep

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Beinn Ime, Beinn Namain, The Cobbler etc

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One of those reason why Ice axe and crampons are vital in snowy conditions

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Climbers in the distance on their way up

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Someone taking a group picture on Beinn Ime

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The Cobbler across the valley

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The Cobblers other top
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Re: Mirror Mirror on the wall, who is the prettiest of them

Postby Petr Dakota » Tue Mar 29, 2016 1:31 pm

Great photos ! :clap: :thumbup:
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Re: Mirror Mirror on the wall, who is the prettiest of them

Postby HalfManHalfTitanium » Tue Mar 29, 2016 1:40 pm

Superb photos of some Alpine climbing scenes!

Must get round to this one next time I am in the Arrochar area.
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Re: Mirror Mirror on the wall, who is the prettiest of them

Postby dav2930 » Sat Apr 02, 2016 7:37 pm

That looks fantastic! A proper bit of mountaineering, quite Alpine in character. Just goes to show that some of the best hills aren't Munros! What superb weather you had this time - kind of makes up for your previous experience on this hill; well done indeed :clap:

Looks like somebody might have abseiled from that bit of tat in the rock with the karabiner hanging from it. Great report and stunning photos. :clap:
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Re: Mirror Mirror on the wall, who is the prettiest of them

Postby Yorjick » Mon Apr 04, 2016 10:10 am

These are the sort of conditions when the hills are at their best! A lack of snow lower down means quicker access to the tops and then plenty of snow to play in when you get there!

You seem to have a very powerful zoom to pick out such detail of the neighbouring peaks. Fantastic day! :clap: Fantastic photos! :clap: Fantastic report! :clap:
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Re: Mirror Mirror on the wall, who is the prettiest of them

Postby jamesb63 » Mon Apr 04, 2016 10:59 am

Some stunning photos :clap: :clap: you certainly had the weather for it
Unlike the last time you were there :shock:
Its one I will have to do the views look great from it also looks a good climb :D
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Re: Mirror Mirror on the wall, who is the prettiest of them

Postby Graeme D » Tue Apr 05, 2016 3:12 pm

Stunning stuff Maja. Not bagging Corbetts then eh?????!!!!!! :lol:

This has been high on my to do list for years but still never got round to it! Must do better! :shock:
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Re: Mirror Mirror on the wall, who is the prettiest of them

Postby Steven001 » Tue Apr 05, 2016 6:36 pm

Wow, some of those photographs are truly stunning, you've certainly got an eye for a good composition. The weather conditions look equally amazing, I'll be gutted with the snow disappears this year. When I did Beinn an Lochain there was clag right from the roadside and I couldn't see a thing after the first 5 minutes :(
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Re: Mirror Mirror on the wall, who is the prettiest of them

Postby kevsbald » Wed Apr 06, 2016 12:39 pm

This is what people who only do Munros, miss out on. It's a stunning hill.
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Re: Mirror Mirror on the wall, who is the prettiest of them

Postby Mal Grey » Fri Apr 08, 2016 11:27 am

That looks fantastic!
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Re: Mirror Mirror on the wall, who is the prettiest of them

Postby Alteknacker » Fri Apr 08, 2016 11:39 pm

More important than pretty: really attractive and seductive! And what a difference a bit of the white stuff makes.

Really excellent pics :clap: :clap:
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