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by 2dalmatians » Sat Nov 06, 2010 9:10 pm
Route description: Beinn Chabhair, from Inverarnan
Munros included on this walk: Beinn Chabhair
Date walked: 06/11/2010
Time taken: 6 hours
Distance: 14 km
Ascent: 1010mRegister or Login free to be able to rate and comment on reports (as well as access 1:25000 mapping).
Anyway we finally got going up the climb which although absolutely stunning with the burn in full flow was very strenuous with difficult conditions under foot.
The next part of the walk across the boggy moorland was a complete nightmare. It was so difficult to stay on the path which had been badly broken up by the heavy rain in recent days and the walking conditions required full attention all the way. Even so we lost the path a number of times. We finally turned off north on the path which climbs up to the ridge west of Meall nan Tarmachan. At this point I was completely knackered and felt as if I should have already climbed 2 munros!! Rick (the Mountain Goat) seemed none the worse for the tough conditions and in fact I pretty much only saw the back of his head from a distance for most of the climb .
We finally reached the summit at approx 1.10pm, took a quick photo (thanks to very obliging French guy who seemed to be wandering about aimlessly in the mist) and started to head back down. (cloud cover was heavy so there was really no point hanging around up there). After approx 200 metres of the descent we bumped into an older couple - probably in their 70's- who we had met in the car park. We stopped to have a chat. The old gent then hit us with the sucker punch!! " there are 2 cairns and the summit is the second one further on" Well Rick and I couldn't remember seeing two cairns! After a bit of debate and some cursing we decided no option but to head back up...we did threaten the old chap (in a good humoured way) with serious harm if he had got it wrong So up we climbed again - see walk route! - and low and behold what did we find about 50 metres before the summit but the first smaller cairn which we had walked right past without noticing the first time. I have decided that although good natured and well meaning, neither Rick nor I are the sharpest tacks in the box!!!
Now as far as the walk down goes all I'm going to say is that you have to expect tall people to fall once in a while! Actually I only hit the dirt (boggy ground) twice (using poles) versus Rick once (no poles). The issue being that when I go down it is usually spectacular. Rick certainly enjoyed my fall.
We finally made it back to the Drovers at around 4pm where we had a well earned drink!
- mountain coward
by walk aboot » Sat Nov 06, 2010 9:51 pm
Bet the dog was confused
by 2dalmatians » Sun Nov 07, 2010 9:03 am
Walk aboot - As I said I don't think Rick and I are the brightest but we are definitely good for a laugh
by Merry-walker » Sun Nov 07, 2010 4:19 pm
not sure I want to go walking with you after all !!!
great report, love the vid n pics
by walk aboot » Sun Nov 07, 2010 6:31 pm
I didn't write a report as it would have seemed so negative against everyone else's glowing reports on it at the time...
- mountain coward
So much for the sunny weather forecast on Saturday So you liked this hill so much you done it twice Good effort.
by rockhopper » Sun Nov 07, 2010 11:13 pm
by chrisandbex » Sun Apr 03, 2011 4:33 pm
We had read that you could not take dogs on the path up Beinn Chabhair from Beinglass Farm. We are always in the hills with our border collie and were wondering if you came across any problems on your posted walk.