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Ben Vane punches above it's stature

Ben Vane punches above it's stature


Postby Caledonia84 » Mon Jul 25, 2011 10:55 pm

Route description: Ben Vane, from Inveruglas

Munros included on this walk: Ben Vane

Date walked: 25/07/2011

Time taken: 5 hours

Distance: 11 km

Ascent: 930m

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After destroying my feet on my 40k excursion round the Pentlands I had to take a bit of time off to recover which is annoying as I was just getting into my stride with my walking. So first one back I went for Ben Vane, I saw it from Ben Vorlich on my last munro and thought I'd give it a go. Managed to convice my friend Ally to join me on this one, he hasn't done any munros before but I knew he wouldn't have any problems fitness wise.

I knew the long entry walk from Inveruglass as its the same one for Ben Vorlich, the weather was perfect great sunshine and a little breeze to keep the midgies at bay. Once you cross the bridge the path on to Ben Vane is easy to find but quite boggy, Id imagine in wet weather the whole of this area would be a swamp.

As you climb underfoot conditions become much more solid and defined, from here on in you can't miss the path its very clear and eroded in places only problems being loose stones. It is unrelentingly steep as are most of the Arrochar Alps but that just means you gain height rapidly and the views open up even quicker :D .

The views of Ben Vorlich, Ben Narnain,Ben Ime, and Ben Lomond are excellant, lots of photo opertunities. The weather was holding out as it was forecast to rain but lucky for us it stayed dry. There wasn't any shortage of false summits mind you! Although this is the smallest Munro it doesn't feel like it.

All in all enjoyed the walk and so did my friend Ally, he's even keen to do more :D
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Setting off

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Early View

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Ben Lomond in the distance

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Loch Sloy

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Ally enjoying the views

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Summit

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Cairn

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Return route

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Wee Grasshopper posing!

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Enjoying the views with some Ice Cream back at inveruglass
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Re: Ben Vane punches above it's stature

Postby skuk007 » Tue Jul 26, 2011 9:02 pm

NIce report and some good photos, good composition in some of them. I agree about it being unrelentingly steep, it was my second Munro and I can still see that slope in my head at times. :)

Cafe at Inveruglas visitor centre do a great 99.
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Re: Ben Vane punches above it's stature

Postby Caledonia84 » Tue Jul 26, 2011 10:25 pm

Thanks mate still learning, with the photos, need to get a better camera also just using my phone at the minute. Agreed on the 99 didn't have any irn bru though this upset me greatly
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Re: Ben Vane punches above it's stature

Postby kevsbald » Wed Jul 27, 2011 1:39 pm

Did this with two 'pros' back in 2002 - in 3 hrs up and down.
I had two pints of beer after and vomited. A steep wee f**ker.
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Re: Ben Vane punches above it's stature

Postby Caledonia84 » Wed Jul 27, 2011 2:27 pm

Kev I think you just described Ben Vane to T with those 3 words "steep wee F%$*er" :D
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Re: Ben Vane punches above it's stature

Postby Jabber » Mon Aug 01, 2011 9:44 am

Good report. Nothing wee about that cracker...She's a brute and certainly punches above her height. 8)
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