Thursday, April 30, 2009

96. Beinn Chabhair (244) 25/04/09

On the way down south, I tried to find another hill of similar difficulty to that climbed on the previous day. I settled on Beinn Chabhair at the southern end of the Arrochar Alps, a very popular area for walkers due to its proximity to the West Highland Way. In fact, it was very busy, because it was a saturday and it was sunny.

We had perhaps slightly underestimated this hill, because it was fractionally longer than the previous day's walk and mum was starting with tired legs, but we still managed it. It started with a steep ascent, followed by a long flat section to get closer to the hill along a reasonable path, then a steep off-path section to gain the ridge and finally a path (described by one walker as more of a motorway) along to the summit. Despite the need for plenty of stops near the top, we made it and could make out quite a few hills around us from the top. There was a bit of haze, so we couldn't see far, but it was sunny and the nearby hills of Beinn Laoigh and Ben Lomond at least were discernable.

It was a good knobbly ridge to climb with plenty of false summits and I gather there were some nice flowers in places as well. We finished off with cream teas in the Drovers' Inn (formerly the 'Stagger Inn').

Looking back along the knobbly summit ridge, with Ben Laoigh just visible through the haze.


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