Saturday 16th November Maps LR56 and OL39 or EX364 Arrochar
The Cobbler (884m, Corbett)
Beinn Ime (1011m, Munro) – Hill of butter
Beinn Narnain (926m, Munro) – Hill of the notches
This route takes in the three main peaks of the rocky, rugged range of hills known as the Arrochar Alps. Any one, two or all three peaks make a fine expedition. It all depends on how quick you are on a short mid-November day.
Start from the CP at the head of Loch Long, NN294048. Head SW up the track opposite the CP, which zigzags up to a dam where several paths converge. Continue NW alongside the Allt Bhalachain, past the Narnain Boulders. 450m further on fork W across the burn and climb up into the corrie below the three spectacular peaks of The Cobbler. The path steepens and tops out between the main and N summits. Scramble up NE to the latter. Return to the col and head SW along a broad grassy ridge to the base of the main summit rock. Pass through a hole and follow an exposed sloping ledge to the left, then scramble to the airy summit. Reverse these moves back to easy ground. The S summit is more difficult, requiring rock climbing skill and equipment.
*If not continuing to the Munros, the S summit can be by-passed on its W side and a descent made down the SE ridge to the spur at 530m alt, whence a pathex leads down ENE back to the Dam.
Alternatively, return to the col and descend by the outward route, or head N down the path to the watershed at the head of Coire a’ Bhalachainex, 628mex, turning SE to reach the Dam.
To continue to the Munros from the watershed, head N to Bealach a’ Mhaim and climb the path to the summit of Beinn Ime, 1011m. Return to the bealach and climb E to the summit of Beinn Narnain. Follow the path down its long SE ridge to another path that contours SW above the forested area to reach the Dam. Return to the CP by the outward route.
**Beinn Ime may be omitted, saving 380m ascent / descent and 3.5km.
15km, 1595m ascent
*10km, 900m ascent
**12km, 1215m ascent