Beinn Chabhair

Apparently this is supposed to be a boring hill, but i found it anything but. It was a cracker! Scorching hot (27 degrees) temperatures made me a bt worried about whether it was a good idea to be going climbing, but weather like this is rare so i wanted to make the most of it. We took the route up behind Beinn Glas farm campsite - looks nice but the toilets were reeking though. Pretty steep going up through the trees beside the waterfall, could be a good location for some autumn photos when the burn has a bit more water in it.

Popped out into a wide valley with Beinn Chabhair looking miles away on the horizon. Day was starting to heat up so we stopped for a break and demolished the sausage rolls. I was carrying 3 litres of water (2 in platypus) and 1 in a bottle so i downed the bottle and filled up from the burn. Looked pretty clean and vie not got the shits so it must be ok.

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ben chabhair0

The next part of the walk was really easy, but you could see it would be hellish after a lot of rain because it was pretty boggy even after this weeks baking temperatures. We gradually made our way up alongside the burn and spotted a few pools which would be handy to cool off in later. Got up to the Loch and turned right up a faint path to the ridge.

I thought that once we got to the ridge it would be plain sailing, a bit like Beinn Vorlich… but no it was up and down, over and round and generally a lot longer than i thought it would be. Jo wasn't too sure if she wanted to go on as it was roasting hot at this point, but seeing a guy overtake us and then appear on the summit 10 minutes later spurred her on!

We got up to the top 4 hours after setting off, was aiming for three hours but the heat probably had an effect. Didn't have any tablet either! It was cracking at the top- really nice cool breeze and great views in every direction.

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ben chabhair1

We headed down to the pool we spotted on the way up, it was heaven! just floating about, cooling off! After that it seemed to take ages to get back down. The breeze had dropped and the valley was roasting. Jo was really tired on the way down and i felt bad for dragging her up another hill!

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ben chabhair2

A couple of cokes in the bar sorted us out though. Drove back down Loch Lomond. The views were stunning, its such a beautiful country in the sun… then we hit a traffic jam. This aways seems to happen when its hot, traffic was backed up from Inverbeg to Balloch! We did a u-turn and drove back to Tarbert and then down past Faslane. First time Ive been there - its shocking. What a waste of money. Billions spent on nuclear weapons which we will never use, and stored in scotland within 20miles of its biggest city. Its criminal, and to think they want to spend more money on this pointless deterrent when we're in a recession. Makes me livid.

Finished the day with some clownfood in Dumbarton McDonalds and nearly got attacked by a Rotweiller. Mad place.