For some years now, I’ve done a birthday walk – normally a Munro. In 2015 this was Beinn Narnain.
Beinn Narnain can easily be done with Ben Ime to create a circuit route for a day of walking, however having done Ben Ime some years previously we chose instead to do The Cobbler. At around 900m The Cobbler does not quite reach Munro status, but is a spectacular Corbett and very enjoyable to explore.
A well-defined path leads to The Cobbler, or if followed further over to Ben Ime. My previous memories were simply of being cold – we’d done Ben Ime in late November and it was freezing. This time, beautiful sunshine flooded the valley and the Munros.
We ascended The Cobbler by breaking off to the east of the main path rather than using the steps at the north of the Corbett – choosing to return that way instead, allowing us to cross directly over to Beinn Narnain for the afternoon.
Beinn Narnain was rather mundane following our time exploring the jagged peaks of The Cobbler, but with stunning visibility the views were superb. We enjoyed a relaxed pace on the ascent, taking in the (unusual) occurrence of a cloud free Munro.
Around half-way up our ascent, it seemed that somebody had got into difficulty on Ben Ime. A mountain rescue helicopter came flying up and criss-crossed the south-western slopes of the Munro. Pausing for some time to try and spot the walker, unfortunately we were unable to see or hear anybody.
Carrying-on the ascent, we reached the summit in early afternoon. Given the fine conditions, we would normally have paused for longer; but birthday Munros mean birthday dinners so it was back to Edinburgh for a curry.