Ben Vane, ouch what a pain
by jonny616 » Mon Apr 11, 2011 4:51 pm
Route description: Ben Vane, from Inveruglas
Munros included on this walk: Ben Vane
Date walked: 09/04/2011
Time taken: 6 hours
Distance: 12 km
Ascent: 930mRegister or Login free to be able to rate and comment on reports (as well as access 1:25000 mapping).
Arranged to meet Colin at the Inveruglas car park at 9:45 for a 10:00 start.
No one had told Loch Lomond that the weather was meant to be peachy, but no mater I was sure it would clear up. Due to an sleeping in situation Colin & his friend Bob were running late so Jack & I set out & said we would wait just past the bridge of the main track.
Loads of other people had seen the same peachy forecast so the half hour wait flew by as we chatted to fellow walkers heading for Ben vane or steep wee bugger, its alternative name.
Once all together we left the track just after the stream, through the wet bogy stuff, up the first steep bit through some more wet bogy stuff till we popped out on the main ridge.
Then headed up following the well defined path to the mini cave were we stopped for a wee rest.
Then onwards & upwards, according to my GPS 720 meters of ascent in 2.4K, nice. Through a couple of chimneys, over the rock step & three false summits later we were at the top.
On the way up others coming down said the top was clear & sunny with cloud below. 100 meter (height) I asked a couple excitedly ‘is it still clear’ to be met with a resounding no. Yah boo sucks I say!
However when we topped out it was clear with the clouds coming & going around us with hazy views & warm. We chatted, lunched & generally took it easy for 45 mins before it was thigh pain time & down we went in the hot afternoon sun.
A good day out & a nice wee hill. On Sunday morning when moaning about my thighs, Jack says 'Dad its because it was a steep wee bugger'
by csjoiner » Tue Apr 12, 2011 12:39 pm
by Jockstar » Tue Apr 12, 2011 1:10 pm
tackle these peaks.....
by sketch » Tue Apr 12, 2011 1:31 pm
by smirnie71 » Tue Apr 12, 2011 2:17 pm
by jonny616 » Tue Apr 12, 2011 3:31 pm
Jockstar wrote:Well done on climbing the 'steep wee buggar!' Cracking photos and i'm will looking forward to getting over there to
tackle these peaks.....
Arrochar Alps are just over an hour from my house so i will be doing them often. Ben Vane is a great wee hill, but the tops of my thighs are still tight from decent.
by jonny616 » Tue Apr 12, 2011 3:32 pm
sketch wrote:Great report and some spectacular photo,s especially around the chimney.
The chimney was fun & not taxing
by jonny616 » Tue Apr 12, 2011 3:34 pm
smirnie71 wrote:Fabulous report and photo's - it certainly does look like a steep wee bugger *leafing through calendar to find a date for it...*
A great wee hill, but not quite as handy to get to for you as for me
by IainWhite » Tue Apr 12, 2011 5:01 pm
by jonny616 » Wed Apr 13, 2011 1:48 pm
IainWhite wrote:Great report, and nice pictures to. It does look a steep wee bugger, might aswell add it to the to do list
You will enjoy it
by ChrisW » Wed Apr 13, 2011 1:59 pm
by smirnie71 » Wed Apr 13, 2011 3:09 pm