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Working from Home on Ben Vorlich (Loch Lomond)

Working from Home on Ben Vorlich (Loch Lomond)


Postby skullhead » Tue Sep 29, 2020 7:52 pm

Route description: Ben Vorlich via Loch Sloy

Munros included on this walk: Ben Vorlich (Loch Lomond)

Date walked: 14/08/2020

Time taken: 2.2 hours

Distance: 14 km

Ascent: 921m

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I'd been looking for a hill that I could do from Glasgow on a weekday and hopefully get home before 9am and work started. Clearly pre-COVID there would be no danger of making it into Glasgow City Centre for 9am showered etc but I thought home in a sweaty mess might just about be achievable if I got up at around 4am.

I'd been utterly spoiled weather wise with a brilliant day on Ben Nevis a few days before so I was keen to see if it was like this every time (I found out a few days later on Beinn Bhuidhe that this is certainly not the case!). So the challenge was set. I left the power station car park at around 5:40am ish and made good progress along the hydro track getting to the stoney path still in the mist. No route finding mishaps this time.
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Hydro path back down toward the Loch
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Start of the path up the hill


I found the path pretty steep and it was quite humid so a pretty sweaty affair. I was definitely the only person on the hill at 6am that day. The mist was only broken by shadowy sheep emerging and running off frantically in random directions.
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Spooky sheep
I thought that I must be at least 2/3rds of the way up by this point judging from distance traveled. I noticed that the sky was brightening - little did I know what I was in for!
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Clouds what clouds?


I've never been in a cloud inversion before and didn't think this was a likely experience in the west of Scotland. I can only describe it as being similar to emerging from underwater the contrast was really that stark.

The going became a lot easier and I was totally absorbed by the views - fantastic in every direction. The only disappointment was that I wasn't really sure what the other hills I was looking at were. I spent a good forty minutes or so with the watch paused just enjoying the summit before realising that my clocking in time was fast approaching.
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Wow!
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Beinn Ime?
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More wow
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Ben Lomond peeking out?
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And again
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again
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again
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again
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terry towelling making a comeback
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The road to?


Taking one or two last looks I then descended back under the cloud layer with an immense sense of satisfaction
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Bye bye sun!
. The descent was pretty hassle free but a little slippy in the wet and every slug in the west had decided to slither (does a slug slither?) onto the path. No matter it felt as if I was running on air all of the way back down the hydro track. I did pass a couple of others on the way but didn't give away what I'd just seen - it was probably gone by the time they were at the top.
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Time to go!


I got back to the car and afforded myself the luxury (or misfortune depending on your view) of McDonalds pancakes and coffee and eventually pulled back into the drive at about 9:20. Not bad going before breakfast!

A great hill with lots of character that I'd like to visit again highly recommended. A bike could be useful for the track to the start of the path up the hill. My guess is that it is about 3-4km each way.
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Re: Working from Home on Ben Vorlich (Loch Lomond)

Postby Alteknacker » Fri Oct 02, 2020 10:35 pm

Nice to see what this one looks like. I've only been up in quite heavy clag!

Takes a lot to beat a good cloud inversion - glad you experienced one!
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Re: Working from Home on Ben Vorlich (Loch Lomond)

Postby weedavie » Sat Oct 03, 2020 9:48 am

I once did Narnain, Ime and Vane in inversion, with the cloud at about 913 metres. Each time after Narnain I was on tenterhooks about what I'd see from the next one. It was amazing emerging each time, with cloud more or less at my ankles on Vane. Knackering day, but.
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