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.

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.
Looking back near the start
Looking up to the Brack on the R
The Loch Goil hills from the Lochan
The Brack from the high point
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 :(
Snow on Ben Lomond - but much of it melted during the day
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 .
The Loch Goil Hills
Looking down the Clyde - the round synmmetrical hump of Ailsa Craig in the centre, Arran on the R
Another view South - slightly further L
The Luss Grahams
Zoomed view North to Stobinian - Cruach Ardrain just to its L - Ben More is directly behind . Beinn Narnain on the L
Zoomed view - Arrochar and Ben Lomond - Stuc a Chroin behind maybe
N to Ben Ime and The Cobbler
Ben Donich beyond the summit cairn : I guess the sharp spikes behind are Beinn an Lochain
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:
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
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
Evening light on the Brack
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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