Sunday, 21 November 2010

Cruinn a`Bheinn.

Again the west coast had the best forecast.It`s hard to tell sometimes early morning as the mist tends to hang over the Clyde Valley but as I pulled out the driveway and up the hill Ben Lomond was sitting pertly on the horizon.I arrived at Bob`s house to find out that John and Chalkie were also on their way.A slight delay to John caused by the closure of the Clyde tunnel meant that it was almost 9 `o` clock when we left.Still,we weren`t going too far today,just up to Aberfoyle and then west along to Inversnaid.

Ben Vane and Beinn Ime came into view at the far end of Loch Arklet..


The carpark at the pier was pretty much deserted as we set off south along the shores of Loch Lomond...



...with Ben Vane being prominent across the Loch....


We continued for a few miles until we reached Cailness .Bob had been up Cruinn a`Bheinn years ago and convinced us it was best to ignore the path and head up the south side of Cailness gorge itself.Ever since Bob took us caving ,in Ayrshire of all places, John And I have been extremely wary of following him anywhere but you only live once so they say and we followed him upwards.Turned out there was no danger to life this time and we weaved our way up through through the woods on a carpet of oak leaves linking up traces of animal tracks.

Nice view back across the Loch to Ben Vorlich...





A short drop down took us to the Cailness burn beyond which lay the last 1,000ft to Cruinn a`Bheinn.Regular readers will know of Chalkie`s remarkable enthusiasm for humping anything on four legs regardless of size so,as there were some sheep in the far distance,we took the opportunity of cooling his ardour by making him cross the frozen waters of the burn which were just deep enough to immerse the offending anatomical parts and deep freeze them for the rest of the day.



Sheep may safely graze now hopefully .The hill steepened....


..and then eased off just before the summit....


John And Bob looking over to the rarely visited north face of Ben Lomond....




We didn`t hang around very long as time was getting on a bit,just like ourselves :)
We took a direct route back across the head of Gleann Gaoithe and were glad that we had listened to Bob`s advice to ignore the path on the way up.The ground quivered below our feet and there was no way of avoiding the bog.There was an ATV track but if anything that was worse so we just headed straight across.If you do this hill then follow our ascent route and then reverse it.It`s much nicer and you`ll have dry feet.

The Cobbler just before the descent to Loch Lomond...




The sun was sinking behind Tarbet as we descended.....



...and had just about gone completely as we hit the lochside.Bob spotted a Colin Prior style opportunity.



After that it as just a few miles back along the lochside in the dark to reach the car.



Another Graham which proves that the wee hills are harder than the big hills :)  An added bonus was finding this lovely lump of folded schist while scrambling through the rock band under the summit. The photo doesn`t do the contours or colours justice...




Three part special on Glencoe coming up when Bob gets his pc online again...

9 comments:

-maria- said...

Beautiful pictures and a nice trip report, thanks!

auntiegwen said...

Ooh more Scotland porn, lovely :)

Robert Craig said...

I will file the gorge advice for future info!

I'd like to do the northern corrie of Ben Lomond in winter. One of the early routes the Victorians did that has gone completely out of fashion now there are harder and more spectacular climbs about. Think it's a grade I ice climb. About my level :)

blueskyscotland said...

Thank you Maria.Tried posting a comment on your blog but can`t for the life of me get it to work.!

AG...having worked in Norfolk years ago I know well what it is like to be cast adrift on Albion`s Plain :)

Robert,there are a few "new" winter routes in the northern corrie that have been claimed recently on UK Climbing.I know for a fact that most of them were done at least 20 years ago by an acquaintance of mine and probably by others before him.!
The grade 1 sounds interesting as I can`t be bothered lugging gear uphill anymore :)

writesofway.com said...

Looks a grand day out; will give it a go upon my return from Albion's slightly bumpy bits.

Since fording a few raging torrents on Jura last month, I know just how Chalkie feels... or doesn't to be more precise.

Neil said...

Excellent as usual Bob, I've got this one marked down for next year so the advice about the route will be very useful. I'm all for avoiding the boggy bits!!

The Glebe Blog said...

I bet Chalkie felt like a brass monkey after his dip.
Glad to see there's no mention of explosives or pyrotechnics,It'll be interesting to see what the polis found up there.

Anonymous said...

Hi Boys,

Have you seen this (http://www.devilsplantation.co.uk/) ? Thought Bob would appreciate it??

Been out in the snow today? No blue skye in Paisley but Chalky appreciated being out in the park.

John

Alex said...

Aye John,I came across it a while back.Thought it a bit off the wall so probably Bob will like it :)

Snowed in yesterday and out and about in Bothwell with Bob and Andy today.