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Ben Vrackie

Ben Vrackie


Postby mband » Tue Mar 22, 2011 10:12 pm

Route description: Ben Vrackie, near Pitlochry

Corbetts included on this walk: Ben Vrackie

Date walked: 19/03/2011

Time taken: 4.5 hours

Distance: 11 km

Ascent: 710m

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My friend had asked me to dog sit for her for the weekend in Pitlochry so I took the opportunity to have a walk up Ben Vrackie. Unfortunately the dog couldn't come with me as she is pregnant and the puppies are due soon.


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The view of the hill from the bedroom window looked really inviting.

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Ben Vrackie from bedroom


Although there was a bit of cloud on the top when I left the house it soon cleared.

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Ben Vrackie


Passed Moulin Inn and up through the forest to the open hillside where the views of Ben Vrackie were better.

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Soon I was up to the snow line, there seemed quite a bit of snow on the way to the top and I could see people slowly making their way up a snow field to the right of the summit.

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Ben Vrackie and Loch a' Choire


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Looking back towards Pitlochry


The walk up from Loch a' Choire was quite steep with the path covered in snow. I put on my microspikes which worked really well but I could see above there were a couple of snow fields to climb up and I was worried if they would be enough. There was a lot of people out on the hill and a couple of guys coming down said they had managed with just boots on although some people were wearing crampons. As I climbed up the snow field using steps others had made I could see evidence of bumslides, without an ice axe I didn't dare.

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Nearly there!


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Once at the top the views were great, although there was still a bit of high cloud you could see for miles.

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Looking towards Ben Chonzie


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Looking towards Beinn a' Ghlo


I then returned back the same route I missed out the extension round the loch and took the shorter route back home as I knew I still had to take the preggie dog out for a walk! A great day out.

OK Monty, I know it's not a munro but hopefully it does count as a hill :lol:
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Re: Ben Vrackie

Postby PeteR » Tue Mar 22, 2011 10:35 pm

Great report and some nice pictures. Looks like a good day out, especially with a bit of snow on the hill too :) Some nice views from the summit, even with the cloud about
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Re: Ben Vrackie

Postby ChrisW » Tue Mar 22, 2011 11:24 pm

fantastic, looks like you had some spectacular views from the top...munro or not :wink:
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Re: Ben Vrackie

Postby dooterbang » Tue Mar 22, 2011 11:27 pm

Nice report and pictures.

I really like this little walk.

Hope you enjoyed a beer in the Moulin Inn afterwards :)
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