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Ben Vane, ouch what a pain

Ben Vane, ouch what a pain


Postby 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: 930m

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Weather is looking peachy for the weekend seemed to be on everyone lips. So made a couple of calls to see if anyone wanted to join number one son (jack) & I. Target of choice Ben Vane. I had done it solo in the clag & Jack & I had been beaten back once from about 750 meters by wind & rain.

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.
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peachy looking weather!


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. :lol:

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.
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Below the mini cave


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.
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Up a chimney
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Looking back


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.
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Ben vane Summit
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Sun's out!!
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Narnain, The Cobbler & Ime
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Ben Vorlic
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Back down the chimney
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Steep wee bugger!
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Loch & ben Lomond
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Looking back up

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'
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Re: Ben Vane, ouch what a pain

Postby csjoiner » Tue Apr 12, 2011 12:39 pm

ha ha ha well done wee jack good report think i;ll try this next!
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Re: Ben Vane, ouch what a pain

Postby Jockstar » Tue Apr 12, 2011 1:10 pm

Well done on climbing the 'steep wee buggar!' Cracking photos and i'm will looking forward to getting over there to
tackle these peaks..... :D
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Re: Ben Vane, ouch what a pain

Postby sketch » Tue Apr 12, 2011 1:31 pm

Great report and some spectacular photo,s especially around the chimney.
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Re: Ben Vane, ouch what a pain

Postby smirnie71 » Tue Apr 12, 2011 2:17 pm

Fabulous report and photo's - it certainly does look like a steep wee bugger *leafing through calendar to find a date for it...*
:D :lol:
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Re: Ben Vane, ouch what a pain

Postby 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..... :D


Cheers Jockstar.

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. :lol:
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Re: Ben Vane, ouch what a pain

Postby jonny616 » Tue Apr 12, 2011 3:32 pm

sketch wrote:Great report and some spectacular photo,s especially around the chimney.


Thanks Sketch

The chimney was fun & not taxing
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Re: Ben Vane, ouch what a pain

Postby 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...*
:D :lol:


Thanks Smirnie

A great wee hill, but not quite as handy to get to for you as for me :lol:
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Re: Ben Vane, ouch what a pain

Postby jack616 » Tue Apr 12, 2011 3:50 pm

Nice one dad :lol:
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Re: Ben Vane, ouch what a pain

Postby IainWhite » Tue Apr 12, 2011 5:01 pm

Great report, and nice pictures to. It does look a steep wee bugger, might aswell add it to the to do list
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Re: Ben Vane, ouch what a pain

Postby 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


Thanks Iain

You will enjoy it :lol:
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Re: Ben Vane, ouch what a pain

Postby ChrisW » Wed Apr 13, 2011 1:59 pm

Great report and some real 'action shot's in the pics :D
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Re: Ben Vane, ouch what a pain

Postby smirnie71 » Wed Apr 13, 2011 3:09 pm

Good point Jonny, but I tend not to let the small matter of distance get in my way - am up in Scotland at least once a month for next three months... Really ought to move up! :D
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