BEN VANE a perfect day out
by blueyed » Fri Mar 04, 2011 1:59 pm
Route description: Ben Vane, from Inveruglas
Munros included on this walk: Ben Vane
Date walked: 04/03/2011
Time taken: 6.5 hours
Distance: 11 kmRegister or Login free to be able to rate and comment on reports (as well as access 1:25000 mapping).
we decided there was no time to loose and definitely we wouldn't waste a sunny day doing nothing therefore we woke up EARLY morning, packed, and drove to inveruglas to tackle ben vane.
we arrived to the village just before 10.00.the day was nice and sunny, it was warm! ....well, kind of warm for february
at first, we followed a tarmac road, then after passing the old farm we turned into country road, and again, after passing a stream we reached the beginning of muddy and boggy path up to ben vane. since the very beginning, the views were spectacular - first to a'chrois and ben vorlich, then further up to ben lomond, loch lomond, beinn ime, beinn narnainn and the cobbler, loch arklet and loch katrine hills. amazing!
ben vane is hardly a munro but steep slopes make it a hard day out.
after passing about 1/3 of way up, the bog ends and terrain becomes rocky and rough. nice then after another 1/3 way up everything is just rocks (for us it was rocks and snow & ice)
actually there was only one tricky moment on the ascent - the rock step just after we passed snow line. the step was high (for my short legs anyway) and narrow... and covered in ice we would struggle there but luckily at this point we met two ladies who had ice axes and with their help we passed the bloody step actually since then we spent the day together, going up to the summit and then down to inveruglas.
in general- the day was great, we had some adrenaline, nice views, nice company and an ice axe experience.
ben vane was very busy, we met a lot of nice lads and gals (lol).
ok, now you go and see the photies
more pics at http://around-scotland.blogspot.com/2011/03/ben-vane.html
- a'chrois from inveruglas visitor centre car park
- ben vane
- let's rock, the path up
- ben vorlich
- ben vorlich and loch sloy
- further up
- the tricky step
- towards ben narnainn and the cobbler
- that's me :)
- the summit
- beinn ime from the summit
- a'chrois and beinn narnainn
- ben lomond, loch lomond and a'chrois
- loch sloy and the mighty three: ben lui, ben oss, beinn dubhchraig
- tricky step, going down
- loch lomond, loch arklet, loch katrine
- towards ben lomond
- benny L.
- evening cruise :) on loch lomond
by skuk007 » Fri Mar 04, 2011 2:16 pm
Second one makes the summit look quite clear of snow, but later ones show how you can be fooled, looks like there is still a fair bit up there. Good job you met those climbers with the axes - that step looks tricky!
by Del246 » Fri Mar 04, 2011 2:21 pm
by blueyed » Fri Mar 04, 2011 2:35 pm
the weirdest moment was when we reached some kind of wee ridge with a reasonably high snow drift boulders. although the day was nice and sunny, the wind picked up the snow from that boulders and blew it in our direction. felt like a wee snow blizzard, 5 mins blizard on a sunny day.
after the experience with ice axes i already bought one yesterday, just in case
by soulminer » Fri Mar 04, 2011 7:48 pm
Looks as if you really enjoyed the day
Great report and pics,
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by PeteR » Fri Mar 04, 2011 9:19 pm
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by blueyed » Fri Mar 11, 2011 1:59 pm
the jam at steeper part was made by us actually, 3 guys going up (they made it quite quick but waited for us to get down, in case anything happened) and 5 going down. basicaly we helped each other and made sure we did a good use of axes )
planning to head to ben vorlich or schiehallion this weekend for another wintery stroll.
by Merry-walker » Fri Mar 11, 2011 8:04 pm
That tricky step sure looks tricksy
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