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The Cobbler

Posted in Cobbler with tags , , , on August 16, 2010 by ayrshiretiger

As Jennifer was away this weekend doing a Duke of Edinburgh Gold expedition practice it was just myself and Craig. The forecast looked good so I suggested that we do the Cobbler in the Arrochar Alps.

We arrived at the car park at about 12.30 and were soon on our way. Craig kept asking when we would get to the Narnain boulders and soon he got his chance to do a bit of scrambling.

Craig with the Cobbler in background

Craig with the Cobbler in background

On top of a Narnain Boulder!

On top of a Narnain Boulder!

We were soon heading up the front of the Cobbler and then made our way to the south top to watch some folk thread the needle.

Dad showing Craig how to thread the needle!

Dad showing Craig how to thread the needle!

We were going to have lunch but midges put paid to that! Not sure why but there were none lower down but hundreds on the summit. We headed back to the beallach where there was a bit of a breeze to keep them away. We then headed for the north summit then took the well made path down the north side back to the path down to the Narnain boulders this time for a joint clamber up one!

On top of the north summit

On top of the north summit

Dad and Craig on the Narnain Boulders

Dad and Craig on the Narnain Boulders

The only disappointment of the day was the football result in which the Tigers were mauled by the Lions 4-0. To make up for that we made a slight detour to the Real Food Cafe for some well earned fish and chips! And on the way home we popped in to the Drovers Inn to show Craig the infamous stuffed bear!

The Drovers Inn Bear!

The Drovers Inn Bear!

Winter Memories…

Posted in Munros, Snow with tags , , , on April 4, 2010 by ayrshiretiger

Just to get myself back into this blogging malarky I thought I’d post a few photos from this fantastic winter we’ve just had (and still having!).

Snow Snakes were here!

Snow Snakes were here!

Buachaille Etive Mor from the Devil's Staircase

Buachaille Etive Mor from the Devil's Staircase

Elaina descending Stob Mhic Mhartuin above the Devil's Staircase

Elaina descending Stob Mhic Mhartuin above the Devil's Staircase

Looking over to Rum and Eigg from Ben Hiant, Ardnamurchan

Looking over to Rum and Eigg from Ben Hiant, Ardnamurchan

Nevis Range and Grey Corries from summit of Meall na Teanga

Nevis Range and Grey Corries from summit of Meall na Teanga

Cobbler - Christmas Day

Cobbler - Christmas Day

Christmas Day Robin

Christmas Day Robin

We did Beinn Ime in the Arrochar Alps today and there’s still plenty of snow above about 800m. Will put some photos up soon.

Christmas Day

Posted in Cobbler with tags , , on December 26, 2009 by ayrshiretiger

As usual on Christmas Day I popped over to see the kids open their Christmas presents first thing this morning. Then I decided to head for the hills! I’d thought about the Luss Hills but as I drove towards them there didn’t seem to be that much snow on them so decided to carry on for an extra few miles to Arrochar to do the Cobbler.

Set off from the car park at 12.15 after meeting this cheeky robin…

Cheeky Robin!

Cheeky Robin!

Got some excellent views over to Ben Lomond…

Looking back to Ben Lomond

Looking back to Ben Lomond

The path was quite icy but eventually got on to the flat bit and a view of the Cobbler…

The Cobbler

The Cobbler

Also tried out my Kahtoola Microspikes on the way down. Absolutely brilliant! Not a replacement for “proper” crampons but really useful for those icy paths you so often get at this time of the year.

Kahtoola Microspikes

Kahtoola Microspikes

Hope everyone is having a good break…heading south to God’s Own County tomorrow with the Tiger Cub to watch the mighty Tigers against Man United…couldn’t get tickets for any games last season but finally managed to get tickets this year…after all those years watching them struggling in the 70s and 80s this will make up for it!

The Cobbler

Posted in Cobbler with tags , on October 18, 2009 by ayrshiretiger

Petesy and a few pals were planning a West Highland Way endurance test with an overnight at Tyndrum so we had arranged to meet up with them in the Real Food Cafe on Saturday evening.

Jamie also had a few days off and decided to fly up from Manchester to join us on Saturday before heading off for a Corrour wild camp.  So we picked up Jamie at Glasgow Airport and headed off to Arrochar to do the Cobbler.  Absolutely glorious day as we headed up to the Narnain Boulders.

Elaina and Jamie heading towards the Cobbler

Elaina and Jamie heading towards the Cobbler

Jamie couldn’t resist climbing on to one of the boulders with almost disastrous consequences…!

Jamie trying to fall off one of the Narnain Boulders!

Jamie trying to fall off one of the Narnain Boulders!

The Cobbler

The Cobbler

Elaina's balancing act!

Elaina's balancing act!

We were on the summit by 2pm but not before we met a young lad Kieran who proudly told us that he was “conquering the mountain” on his own as none of his pals were into hillwalking. Further enquiries found out that he was 14 years old and that while he had juice he had no food! So Elaina offered him a Snickers bar and we gave him advice on the easiest way down. We were well impressed that a young lad should be out in the hills on his own but something just wasn’t quite right…more on this later…!

Of course Jamie had not done the Cobbler before so had to “thread the needle”. I’d done it before so offered to take the role of photographer…well that’s my story and I’m sticking to it!

Elaina and Jamie threading the Needle

Elaina and Jamie threading the Needle

Time was getting on and as we had a rendezvous in Tyndrum we decided to take the easy way down round the back. At the Narnain Boulders we met up with Sandy who had spent last night wild camping on Ben Lomond and had decided to join us for a fish supper!

As we wound our way down the track we came across young Kieran again who was now walking with a group with another young lad.  That’s nice we thought, he’s met up with a family and he’s made a pal!  But then it became obvious from a comment made by one of the adults that Kieran was part of the family!  Ah well, so he wasn’t actually on his own, he’d obviously just gone on ahead from his family when we met him earlier, still we could forgive him for having his own little adventure and good luck to him in his future hillwalking career.  Still not sure about the Snicker bar though!

So onto Tyndrum to meet up with ptc and co.  We waited…and waited…Jamie had to leave to get his train to Corrour…we had our fish suppers…and hot chocolates…we were getting worried by this point as it was 8.45pm by this time but the lads staggered in for well deserved suppers of various descriptions and copious amounts of coffee!

All in all a cracking day, made even better by getting free fish suppers following a misunderstanding with our order…10 out of 10 for customer service to the Real Food Cafe…although I suspect the fact they know we are regular customers may have had something to do with it!