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First winter snow on the new corbett

Corbetts: Cnoc Coinnich

Date walked: 05/11/2017

Time taken: 4 hours

Distance: 8.5km

Ascent: 670m

I'm not a great fan of the drive to Arrochar - the section between Ardlui and Tarbet is narrow and twisty - though the road works which used to cause long delays are finally over. I thought I'd finished the Arrochar Corbetts but then a newly promoted one Cnoc Coinnich was added and it seemed a good choice for a November day. As I dropped down into Arrochar, the Cobbler was resplendent in the sunshine and I had to stop and take a photo.
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I pushed on down to Ardgartan drove along the road to the parking place, set off up Collason Glen, branched off onto the path on the L and continued boggily to the cairn at the high point on the Cowal way with a small lochan beside it. The Loch Goil hills suddenly come into sight.
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Looking back near the start
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Looking up to the Brack on the R
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The Loch Goil hills from the Lochan
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The Brack from the high point
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Across to Ben Luibhean, Ben Ime and The Cobbler
There were a couple resting by the cairn who'd just done the hill - " it's boggy" they said, They were right. I sploshed my way between the white poles that mark the route : after about half a Km I turned diagonally L towards the North ridge and promptly plunged in knee deep, fell forward and soaked both gloves :(
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Snow on Ben Lomond - but much of it melted during the day
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The steepest part of the ridge
Once on the ridge, the terrain was a bit better, and I reached the pleasantly airy cairn quite easily. There was still a trace of snow and a chilly NW wind, but just below the top on the SE side there is a wonderfully sheltered ledge where I sat down had some lunch and admired the splendid views :D .
VIEWS FROM THE TOP
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The Loch Goil Hills
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Looking down the Clyde - the round synmmetrical hump of Ailsa Craig in the centre, Arran on the R
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Another view South - slightly further L
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The Luss Grahams
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Zoomed view North to Stobinian - Cruach Ardrain just to its L - Ben More is directly behind . Beinn Narnain on the L
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Zoomed view - Arrochar and Ben Lomond - Stuc a Chroin behind maybe
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N to Ben Ime and The Cobbler
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Ben Donich beyond the summit cairn : I guess the sharp spikes behind are Beinn an Lochain
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Cruachan in the distance on the L - 35Km away

While I was sitting there a Raven appeared and landed on the cairn. i got one photo, but as I tried to get nearer it flew off laughing at me raucously :lol:
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I decided to head directly back - the map showed no big outcrops and the terrain could scarcely be worse than on the ascent. :) I headed firstly towards Ben Lomond and then traversed down and L towards the edge of the forest
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I headed towards Ben Lomond
The terrain steepens quite a bit above the forest and I went a fraction too low and had to climb up 10m or so a couple of times to cross gullies. The golden rule in this situation is "follow the deer". It never fails. I duly reached the gate into the forest and returned to the car. The whole landscape was lit up by a vivid yellow orange light :D
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Evening light on the Brack
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Tullich hill - across Loch Long
This continued all the way to Tarbet and beyond , but stopping the car is not easy on that road: I managed to snap Ben Lomond from Inveruglas, but it was much better earlier. Altogether an excellent day :D
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past my sell by date


Activity: Mountaineer
Mountain: Weisshorn
Place: Torridon
Member: FRCC, AC, John Muir Trust
Camera: Lumix G6
Ideal day out: remote mountain where i'm unlikely to meet many people

Munros: 282
Corbetts: 82
Grahams: 27
Donalds: 6
Wainwrights: 159
Hewitts: 146
Sub 2000: 3



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2017

Trips: 6
Distance: 29.75 km
Ascent: 2766m
Munros: 1
Corbetts: 2

2016

Trips: 16
Distance: 210.95 km
Ascent: 12449m
Munros: 3
Corbetts: 8
Grahams: 4

2015

Trips: 16
Distance: 143.9 km
Ascent: 10590m
Munros: 1
Corbetts: 7
Grahams: 8
Donalds: 1

2014

Trips: 6
Distance: 80.6 km
Ascent: 5180m
Munros: 2
Corbetts: 6
Grahams: 1

2013

Trips: 4
Distance: 42.9 km
Ascent: 3887m
Munros: 3
Corbetts: 2
Grahams: 2

2011

Trips: 2
Distance: 32 km
Ascent: 2397m
Corbetts: 1

2010

Trips: 2

2009

Trips: 2

2007

Trips: 2

2006

Trips: 2

2003

Trips: 4

2002

Trips: 3

2001

Trips: 5

2000

Trips: 6

1999

Trips: 1
Distance: 20.2 km
Ascent: 982m
Munros: 1

1998

Trips: 1
Distance: 36 km
Ascent: 1760m
Munros: 4

1996

Trips: 1
Distance: 70 km
Ascent: 3700m
Munros: 8

1995

Trips: 1
Distance: 16 km
Ascent: 1398m
Munros: 1

1994

Trips: 1
Distance: 13.7 km
Ascent: 1050m
Munros: 1

1993

Trips: 1
Distance: 38 km
Ascent: 1950m
Munros: 2

1969

Trips: 1
Distance: 7.3 km
Ascent: 962m
Corbetts: 1

1960

Trips: 1


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