Arrochar

Euan and I were out in Arrochar with a Falkirk Community Trust Outdoors scrambling team of Ali, Kostas, Louise, May and Steve. We traversed The Cobbler starting from Loch Long and taking in the South Peak via it’s South-East Ridge and an abseil to descend before climbing the Central Peak via Doorway Route. Euan then returned to Loch Long to fetch the mini bus, whilst the rest of us headed down to Glen Croe.

Me, May, Steve and Louise on the summit of The Central Peak of The Cobbler.

It was raining and windy this morning with the mica-schist on the route requiring care in the wet. It cheered up as we summited and was dry for most of the walk out. The ground is saturated at the moment and any crags with seepage will take a while to dry.

More Cobbler Photos

On the basis that a picture paints a thousand words here are a few more photos from yesterday on the Cobbler kindly sent through by Nettle.

Starting the crux wall on The South-East Ridge

The Arete of The Centre Peak from The South Peak

Near the start of the 2nd pitch of The Arete

The summit block of the Cobbler (note ropes emerging from the Doorway)

Cobbler Traverse

Nettle and I were out on the Cobbler today. We did the classic traverse of up the South-East Ridge of the South Peak; downclimbing the start of Original Route then abseiling to the col; up The Arete to the summit of the Centre Peak and then descending by reversing Doorway Route. For good measure we also wandered up to the top of North Peak to complete the traverse. This provided a great day out although the second pitch of The Arete felt quite technical and pretty bold for the grade where you move up left across the slabby ground.

The Cobbler as we approached

The Cobbler was in cloud for large parts of the day and there was snow, including graupel, for significant periods. There was a fresh easterly wind and although there isn’t a huge quantity of snow in this area there are pockets of hardish windslab sitting on top of older soft snow on lee slopes and small scale easy fractures and shears of this slab were observed.

Nettle nearing the summit of the South Peak

The turf is very well frozen at crag height. The crags are well rimed and required a fair amount of clearing in places. Some ice is developing.

Nettle above the slabby ground on The Arete