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So I conquered my first Munro this week which should have been a joyful experience but turned out the complete opposite! A disaster to say the least.
Two days before, I was up the Kilpatrick Hills doing some mountain biking and basically wrecked my bad knee when landing a jump coming down the grassy section that finishes at Overton House. I continued on though and went back up to do the downhill section again as it was so enjoyable. Basically had 2900ft of ascent on the bike that day on a bad knee. Bad idea! Especially when I was planning to do my first Munro the following day. So I cancelled that and on the second day it felt fine. 100% actually, so I jumped in the car to Arrochar and set off on my route.
I had planned to do all 3 in the area that day, Narnain, Ime and The Cobbler so was looking forward to it. Following the guide from this site, I went straight up the old path, passing all the big concrete slabs. This was quite a steep climb but you very quickly got a good view back down to the start with Ben Lomond in the background.
It was about this time, that I started to feel my knee getting a bit sore. But I thought I’d press on as I didn’t want to give up on my first Munro attempt as I was feeling fit otherwise! Another false summit comes into view when you reach the top of the section with the large slabs. It’s pretty much a river you are walking up the whole way here but the weather had been dry for a while so there wasn’t much water around so was easy climbing really. I can only imagine how wet it would be with a few days of rain there.
After getting up the first rocky section I actually got lost and started to walk straight across to the left instead of turning to the right and heading straight up. I realised I’d made a mistake quickly though and got back on the path with The Cobbler coming into view now.
Once at the top of the next summit I stopped for a bite to eat and to rest my knee which was getting increasingly worse.
After the rest, I kept going up the hill and was greeted with this view. From this point it looked pretty steep but I stupidly continued on. I had started it and was well on my way so didn’t want to give up now.
The further you go, you descend a bit and you are then at the base of the rock looking up at the scramble ahead, looking quite tricky now.