A craggy Corbett with a big feel, Beinn an Lochain stands alone. Dominating the pass of Rest and be Thankful, its steep east flank looms a full 600 metres above the road. Following the top of this huge rambling face, before skirting around the mountain's sheer northern cliffs, the Northeast Ridge provides a dramatic route of ascent. Steep and exposed in places, the ridge nearly counts as scrambling in summer, while in winter conditions it becomes borderline mountaineering. As a short day with maximum impact, this one is hard to beat.
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Distance: 2.92 miles (4.70 km)
Total ascent: 644m
Time: 3:30 – 4:30 hours (Walking)
SummitsBeinn an Lochain 901 m
Layby on the A83, about 750m NE of Loch Restil, NN233088
It's a clear path all the way, with no route finding issues. The ridge is steep in places, and rocky in others, and though scrambling is limited there is some modest exposure. The most logical and enjoyable way down is to reverse the ascent.
In winter conditions the half-height steepening counts as the crux of the route, with a traverse across a snow slope above a serious runout. The final narrow arete also calls for competence. This route is best recommended to more experienced winter hillwalkers.
Weather and Hill Conditions: mwis: West Highlands – Met Office: West Highlands
Buses passing through Arrochar stop at Rest and be Thankful
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by Dan Bailey - UKHillwalking.com
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