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The Arrochar Alps: (The Cobbler,) Beinn Ime & Beinn Narnain
Map 364S; 9th July 2005 & 7th September 2007

Route with Cobbler: 1635m = 5400' ascent, 9.2 miles, 6.5 hrs.
Route without Cobbler: 1320m = 4335' ascent, 7.7 miles, 5 hrs.


The characteristic shape of The Cobbler. The summit block of The Cobbler.


Route It is well worth extending the route over these two Munros to include The Cobbler. This makes for a full but not overly long day, and adds interest if you like a spot of scrambling. The cost is around one extra mile and 1000ft of ascent (315m). Both the south peak and summit block of The Cobbler require exposed scrambling, and there have been fatalities there as a result. They are much easier in dry conditions when there is no ice or snow.
There are several routes up both The Cobbler and Beinn Narnain. I usually ascend The Cobbler by going up to a little beyond the very distinctive Narnain Boulders, cutting left to the SE ridge at the point where scrambling starts for the south peak, and then traversing the South Peak before crossing to the summit block.
The easiest path up the Cobbler is via the bealach and north ridge, and that up the corrie from the Narnain Boulders to the col between the North Peak and the summit block is a straight-forward alternative for some variety. Going the full length of the SE ridge from the weir is also possible.
Similarly, the easiest route up Beinn Narnain is via the bealach between the three hills and then up the NW ridge. I usually include a route between the Narnain Boulders and the SE ridge for either ascent or descent, but traversing all of the SE ridge is possible by using the straight line path up from the parking at Succoth.
Weather 9/7/05: Very warm & humid, cloud at 800m, rising to 900m, essentially no rain.

0830 Park at P on A83 at Head of L.Long NN294047    0   00.0 miles
0910 Track to Dam NN280051 3503501.35 miles
  Either continue path NW to Narnain Boulders
or go direct west to SE ridge
480
 
480
 
1.95 miles
 
1010 Base of Cobbler S top NN262056 750 2.67 miles
1025 The Cobbler, S top (Scrambling)
Take care on the descent from here!
8588602.85 miles
1045 C The Cobbler, summit 8849202.95 miles
1100 The Cobbler, N peak ~865 3.1 miles
1130 N to Bealach a' Mhaim, at boundary fence 637 3.85 miles
1220 N to M Beinn Ime NN255084
(no trig pt, only pile of stones in shape of trig post)
101113454.8 miles
1300 Return SE/S/SE to Bealach a'Mhaim (at stile) 637 5.8 miles
1335 ESE to M Beinn Narnain, trig pt NN271066 92616356.5 miles
1415
-1420
S down corrie to Narnain Boulders (climbed one)
(An alternative descent is via the SE ridge.)
475 7.25 miles
1435 Path SE to Dam NN280051 350 7.85 miles
1505 Track to P on A83 at head of L.Long NN294047    016359.2 miles


Route 7/8/07: The recently engineered track from the road to the dam is tedious & bland: well graded for cyclists, not pedestrians, and twice as long as a direct path. Take all the short-cuts possible. I'm unclear about whether either of the two old paths directly up the hill still exists; they are still on the map, but may be too overgrown in the summer. They would be preferable for a keen walker. From the dam up to Bealach a'Chlaidheimh the engineered path is excellent and very fast, but there is only a poor, sodden, peaty path N from there to the summit of Ben Ime.
Conditions 7/8/07: 17°C at lochside; continuous persistent light rain & wind; cloud to below bealachs (at around 500m).

1005 P on A83 at Head of L.Long NN294047    0   00.0 milesOrange
1015 Slow engineered path up to radio mast   95  95  
1045 Engineered path to Dam NN280051 3503501.35 miles 
1100 Fast engineered path to Narnain Boulders 4804801.95 miles 
1140 N up corrie to col on ridge NN275065 (No path) 785785  
1155
-1200
Path NW to M Beinn Narnain, trig pt NN271066
(There are several substantial cairns on either side.)
9269252.7 milesOrange
1225 N to Bealach a' Mhaim, stile at boundary fence 637 3.4 miles 
1315
-1325
Boggy path N to M Beinn Ime NN255084
(remains of broken trig post)
101113004.4 milesOrange
1350 Return SE/S/SE to Bealach a'Mhaim (at stile) 637 5.35 miles 
1400 Rough path contouring round to Bealach a'Chlaidheimh
(This eventually rises to meet the fully engineered Cobbler path.)
628 5.65 miles 
1410 Fast, fully engineered path SE to path split for Cobbler corrie 530   
1415
-1420
Path SE to Narnain Boulders 430 6.6 miles 
1430 Fast, fully engineered path SE to Dam NN280051 350 7.2 miles 
1450 Engineered path to radio mast     
1500 Path to P on A83 at head of L.Long NN294047    013008.5 milesOrange


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