Beinn Resipol – another hazy ascent. September 2014.

Date: Friday 5th September 2014
Distance: 12.2km
Ascent: 960m

The end of a week in Strontian – high pressure had brought benign conditions although sunshine had been in short supply and air clarity had been poor.

Friday had a forecast suggesting a good, sunny afternoon with good air clarity – we’d been keen to get back up Beinn Resipol that we’d climbed on a nice if rather hazy day in 2008.

Parked at the caravan site – no-one at reception to ask but no signage to the contrary.

There’s a marked path up the hill from the caravan site, the small hill track has been replaced by a rather large vehicle over the first 1.5km, followed by a squelchy ATV track.

Still a few dragonflies around.

Highland Darter:

Once on the ATV track views begin to open up.

H with Loch Sunart appearing:

I was rather miffed to note that despite a mountain forecast for superb visibility the air was about as hazy as last time. No good views out to the Small Isles and beyond for us then.

Hazy Rum and Eigg:

The tourist route follows Allt Mhic Chiarain all the way to its source just below the summit – not a great route choice in my mind as it constrains the views N and S by following the coire.

We broke off the ATV track and forded the Allt at about NM 738 653 to ascend Meall Mhic Chiarain and Carn Morn a Comhdail to maximise the views of Loch Shiel.

Lower slopes of Carn Mor na Comhdhail:

Loch Sunart:

Once the north edge of this ridge is reached there are great views of the entire length of Loch Shiel from Glenfinnan to Acharacle.

All the way to Glenfinnan:

A little rough on the lower slopes the terrain quickly becomes very nice for easy walking all the way to the Corbett summit.

Up to the summit:

A splendid panoramic view of the Loch catches the eye.

North Loch Shiel:

South Loch Shiel:

The length of Loch Shiel pano:

Hazel was still feeling well below par so we split up at the 500m lochans – I headed up to the summit and she pottered around on the slopes of Carn Mor a Comhdail.

There are grassy ramps all the way to the summit – quite jumbled terrain, but unlike the rough bounds to the north progress is reasonably direct.

Pool and Loch Shiel:

A large lochan sits at 750m at the head of Allt Mhic Chiarain, from there a last 100m to the top.

Lochan and Sgurr Dhomhnuill:

There was mist coming and going at the summit – the views were a bit obscured but got a look at the hills to the east.

Fuar Bheinn group:

Garbh Bheinn:

Didn’t hang about and headed back to the 500m lochans to meet Hazel again.

North to the Rois-bheinn group:

Had our snacks at the lochans tucked out of the cool breeze.

Lochan and summit:

One last look along Loch Shiel before heading back to the tourist track.

North to Harry Potter land:

H on descent:

A nice wander in lowering light back down to the car – the remains of the flowers will soon be a memory until the spring.

Bog asphodel gone to seed:

A nice route – I’d certainly recommend getting off the soupy tourist track and on to the ridge lines. The haze put this one straight back on the to-do list. I reckon an ascent via Ardery and Beinn an Albannaich with the descent over Carn Mor na Comhdail with a little road walk would make a nice jaunt next time.


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