Introducing the young


As much as I love the outdoors and exercise I am always careful on pushing this love onto my two youngest girls.

This week the girls have been on a sort of half term break of school for Monday-Wednesday. We decided with an amazing forecast to climb the Cobbler …

The Cobbler (Scottish Gaelic: Beinn Artair) is a mountain of 884 metres (2,900 ft) height located near the head of Loch Long in Scotland. Although only a Corbett, it is “one of the most impressive summits in the Southern Highlands”,and is also the most important site for rock climbing in the Southern Highlands. Many maps include the name Ben Arthur(an anglicisation of the Gaelic), but the name The Cobbler is more widely used.

 

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girls and grandad

 

The walk starts from near sea level and goes up steeply through a wood section and continues from there, following a burn known as the Allt a’ Bhalachain. this section is open with a beautiful vista ahead up towards the Cobbler.

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From here the path bypasses the Narnain Boulders, steepening at around 600 metres (2,000 ft). The path splits and you can go left and straight up the face between the two peaks but this was heavily iced and we had no crampons or sticks or even axes. We followed the path around and ascended from the rear.

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The back was still very snowy and it meant an ascent where we had to kick the steps into the snow. the youngest (9) was keen to be first but after 10min let me do the steps until we were 20feet from the top and then took the lead again.

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We made the top – with photographic proof

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whilst sister (11) and grandad were still ascending

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it was so unseasonaly hot with nary a breath of wind. So mild in fact we had lunch at the top.

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and then down to the pass again before the descent.

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And home to a fire ….. asked the girls the next day whether their legs were sore at all.

NO

What more could you want.

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I took her up the Cobbler and other weekend stories


 

The Cobbler (Scottish Gaelic: Beinn Artair) is a mountain of 884 metres (2,900 ft) height located near the head of Loch Long in Scotland. Although only a Corbett, it is “one of the most impressive summits in the Southern Highlands”, and is also the most important site for rock climbing in the Southern Highlands. Many maps include the name Ben Arthur (an anglicisation of the Gaelic), but the name The Cobbler is more widely used

Misty first thing but the promise of burning off
Misty first thing but the promise of burning off

then the sun came out and it felt warm – stripped off two layers and with not a breath of wind the way was clear.

panoramic of the cobbler on the left
panoramic of the cobbler on the left

path only iced up quite close to the top

see you soon - ascent is through the gulley
see you soon – ascent is through the gully
hot by the time we had climbed the ice
hot by the time we had climbed the ice

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view to the west saw the clouds come in

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panoramic

1481152_10152082596994993_1809554580_nbalancing stone at the top

colder now
colder now

the view at the bottom was amazing 3pm and the sun low on the horizon

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here is the route

on strava
on strava