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Double Figures with Ben Vane
by Del246 » Sun Jun 12, 2011 7:42 pm
Munros included on this walk: Ben Vane
Date walked: 12/06/2011
Time taken: 4.5 hours
Distance: 11 km
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So I set off the back of 8 this morning from the Inveruglas car park next to Sloy power station. Weather reports had said cloud free summits were greater than 90%. Somebody was telling a porkie !
As I had done previously with Ben Vorlich I doubled back down the A82, past Sloy Power station until a Land rover track takes you through a locked gate and under a railway bridge.
Again I followed the track and got my first look at Ben Vane, shrouded in mist !!
I continued on past the power station and when you see a track leave the main path over a bridge you follow this route.
I then followed onward checking Viewranger to see when I should leave the track for the path onto the hill. I didnt really need to as you cant miss all the footprints !! Just after leaving the track you need to cross a burn and enter a bogfest !!
It is certainly a steep little hill and quite relentless !!
After the boggy section a well defined path opens up and is quite easy to follow. I took my first breather at the cave.
The views from the cave are quite good. I got a view of Loch Lomond, Loch Arklet and a glimpse of Loch Katrine.
I continued up the steep path and got a look at Loch Sloy dam.
Onwards and upwards.
Then came a few scrambles !!
Views were still good at this stage although I could see the summit was covered
Then came another scramble
I continued up the path then came to a rather vertical wall !! As I was standing pondering it a chap on his way down told me the summit was just over the top. So I took a deep breath and went up.
And then I was on the summit and in the inside of a cloud !!
I didnt hang around for long and made my way back down. The views on the way down got better as the cloud cleared.
Getting into double figures in 6 months is good going for me as I have a young family and getting "me" time is at a premium !! Im delighted !!
by Stretch » Sun Jun 12, 2011 7:48 pm
by Caledonia84 » Sun Jun 12, 2011 7:51 pm
by Del246 » Sun Jun 12, 2011 7:53 pm
by Del246 » Sun Jun 12, 2011 7:54 pm
by pollyh33 » Sun Jun 12, 2011 8:06 pm
Couple of things ....how did Viewranger work out?
.... did you have a choice of taking a path near the summit???
by Del246 » Sun Jun 12, 2011 8:12 pm
by gammy leg walker » Sun Jun 12, 2011 8:19 pm
by rockhopper » Sun Jun 12, 2011 8:45 pm
by Del246 » Sun Jun 12, 2011 8:54 pm
by Del246 » Sun Jun 12, 2011 8:56 pm
by tomyboy73 » Sun Jun 12, 2011 9:02 pm
by Del246 » Sun Jun 12, 2011 9:11 pm
by chickadee » Sun Jun 12, 2011 10:54 pm
by cheekykarma » Mon Jun 13, 2011 12:27 am
And congrats! to double figures