Ben Vane - wintery scramble
by robbiemac » Fri Mar 11, 2011 1:21 pm
Route description: Ben Vane, from Inveruglas
Munros included on this walk: Ben Vane
Date walked: 09/03/2011
Time taken: 5.5 hours
Distance: 11 km
Ascent: 914mRegister or Login free to be able to rate and comment on reports (as well as access 1:25000 mapping).
And also the first time for my brother and I out on the hills together.
Weather from Glasgow teasing between heavy showers then blue skies - but decided to go for it. Setting off from Inveruglas was dry at least, and looked promising.
'Thread through rocky outcrops', the guides say, 'No scrambling required'! Aye right. Snow had covered any signs of paths, and we were confronted with walls of anonymous rock and ice, frequently on all fours and shimmying against vertical faces to seek out a potential crevice to scramble up.
Lacking iceaxes, crampons, compass, map, and then visability, we were preparing for an early turnaround, untill. . .
An exciting and speedy decent made for quite an impressive 5.5 hours considering the conditions.
by rockhopper » Fri Mar 11, 2011 1:41 pm
looks like the top came as a bit of a surprise.. .glad you got back down safely but at least you'll know what to take in future The weather at the start compared to the top was also totally different for us when my younger son climbed this with me as his first munro.robbiemac wrote:Lacking iceaxes, crampons, compass, map, and then visability, we were preparing for an early turnaround, until. .
by blueyed » Fri Mar 11, 2011 1:55 pm
i had an undeniable pleasure of walking ben vane just a week before you and had much better conditions )
have a look http://www.walkhighlands.co.uk/Forum/viewtopic.php?f=9&t=10263
by Paul Webster » Fri Mar 11, 2011 1:58 pm
Things are very different in winter compared to summer, when you are reading a guidebook it is referring to summer conditions. You really need to get yourself an axe, crampons and learn how to use; worth reading this.
by Merry-walker » Fri Mar 11, 2011 7:54 pm
Great pictures and cool first report
by Johnny Corbett » Sat Mar 12, 2011 4:56 pm
by gammy leg walker » Sat Mar 12, 2011 9:23 pm
by blueyed » Sun Mar 13, 2011 10:36 am