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Beinn a' Choin in clag

Corbetts: Beinn a'Choin

Date walked: 22/04/2018

Time taken: 4.2 hours

Distance: 9km

Ascent: 770m

Bedraggled and disheartened by the constant downpour that had followed us on the 15km forest cycle from Kinlochard, me and Michael, a friend from school, gazed up into the cloud above us. The plan was to top the 3 hills of the Corriearklet circuit but it didn't look likely - an estimation that later proved correct!

With the bikes chained up at Corriearklet we trudged up the steep slope to Maol Odhar and visited a nice looking crag on the way.

From here we headed NE to Stob an Fhainne but in dense cloud we were unable to find the summit (is there a cairn?because I'll claim we were at some kind of a top if not!) and decided to aim instead for Beinn a' Choin.

Heading north, we stumbled upon a path and our enthusiasm returned with the knowledge that others had been here before and we had not, in fact, stumbled off the edges of the Earth into a realm of clouds and false summits. At Bealach a' Mheim we turned off the path and headed North East for the summit, there was a little snow in the north-facing hollows but only enough for a snowball or two!

Reaching two crags that appeared to tower hundreds of feet above us, we stopped for some hot chocolate and were delighted to see them shrink as the clag cleared - isn't it bizarre how distances warp amongst cloud?

As we reached the summit cairn, the weather gods heroically defied the forecast and the cloud cleared, giving us glimpses of Loch Lomond below us and the Arrochar Alps across the water, still clad in thick dark cloud at their snow-covered summits.


Making the wise, if cowardly, decision to choose cake at Stronachlachar over Maol Mor, we headed down to the Corriearklet burn and followed it back to the road - definitely a highlight of the day as the sun shone upon the tumbling mountain burn.

As we returned to the loch, Michael plummeted down the gully while avoiding a barbed wire fence prompting an untimely joke about parkour. Luckily he was fine and we made it back to our bikes in the sun for a great bit of carrot cake at Stronachlachar.

All in all, a great day with long spells miraculously sunny for the forecast drizzle - a nice surprise!

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Statistics

2018

Trips: 1
Distance: 9 km
Ascent: 770m
Corbetts: 1

2016

Trips: 10
Distance: 130.9 km
Ascent: 854m
Munros: 1
Sub2000s: 2


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