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Last of the Crianlarich-7... first of the walk reports!

Route: Beinn Chabhair, from Inverarnan

Munros: Beinn Chabhair

Date walked: 02/10/2020

Time taken: 4.5 hours

Distance: 14km

Ascent: 1078m

Today marked the last of the Munros at Crianlarich getting the 'blue flag' on my Walkhighlands map, with a walk up Beinn Chabhair. Somewhere on the way up, i thought I should do my very first walk report. I really enjoy the reports our community write, its about time I had a go. So here it is - be gentle! :D
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Decided yesterday to definitely take today as leave. Weather looked really good on the forecasts, let's do it. Time was tight for this afternoon, so had a look over a couple of single hills close to home. Nearly went for Ben Challum, but decided to finish off the Crianlarich set and go for Beinn Chabhair.

Alarm off at 5.10am. I really should try a holiday with a long lie sometime! Out the house at 6am, my first ice-scrape of the windscreen this year. Joys of working at home, don't see to need to do this at the moment. Arrived at the Drovers Inn around 7, and set-off from the car at 7.10am.

Weather was mild, but cloud around 1000-1500ft. I hoped it would clear up. Few hundred feet up, got the first photo in.

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After the first pull, the route reaches a plateau. The cloud was starting to clear, and the bog started to appear!

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That said, its a very enjoyable walk, plenty to see along the way as you hop from one squelchy bit to another!

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It really was a wonderful atmosphere with the lifting cloud and the low sun

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After a lot more bog-hopping, Lochan Beinn Chabhair appears.

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After the lochan, the ascent starts again. In my mind it was shorter than it actually was! At one point, the view north suddenly appeared. Beinn Dorain was clear - always think it looks like a huge traffic cone!

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The views just kept coming.

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After a couple of times thinking I was at the cairn (I actually love false summits) I was pretty sure I saw the peak.

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It really was a fantastic morning. Wind was low, sun was out, sky was blue, I was at the top of a hill rather than behind a desk. Nothing like it.

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I believe every hill has its day when nothing can beat it. Hard to argue that Beinn Chabhair was having a good one!

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So #73 done. On the walk back, I wondered if this was a brocken spectre. I have only read about this. I tried to snap a pic as quickly as I could... it was disappearing as i took it. Thoughts welcome!

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Had a quick walk down back to the car. Passed a dozen or so walkers on the way up. Arrived back at the car a few minutes before 12 o clock. Garmin says 4hrs 43 mins, with 3,537ft of climb.

And yes, it was wet on the plateau. But compared to Ben Lui or the Monadliath-3 walks I did this year, it was nowhere close to those!

If I was to do all these hills again, I would definitely tag Beinn Chabhair onto the walk of An Caisteal and Beinn a'Chroin. But it was a cracking day.

If you got this far, thanks for reading my first report!

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Trips: 1
Distance: 14 km
Ascent: 1078m
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