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Ben Vrackie - first lone walk!

Ben Vrackie - first lone walk!


Postby fipriestley » Tue Oct 18, 2011 12:45 am

Corbetts included on this walk: Ben Vrackie

Date walked: 02/10/2011

Time taken: 3 hours

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Getting brave by now! Had a half day canyoning session booked at Ballinluig and decided to make a full day trip of this, so I set off at 7.30am for Ben Vrackie. I'd only just left the car park and started the walk through the woods when I had a call (surprise at getting a phone signal!) to say canyoning was cancelled due to the heavy rainfall! Not to waste my day out, I switched my session for white water rafting instead and carried on with the climb :D

The walk was well described on this site, I had printed off the map and it was paths all the way... just as well as there was thick fog for the whole trip! I did laugh at the description though - get to the end of the loch and climb the steps to the top, just like that! Given the poor visibility, I couldn't see the top though and hadn't appreciated just how many steps there would be, but I made it.

On the way back I decided to take the extra route round the loch even though I could hardly see it - figured it was safe to keep following paths. I managed to fork right sooner than I should have, so joined the path back at a point where there was no sign marked for Killiecrankie and wondered why my climb didn't feel as gentle as the description made out :o But I was delighted to come across said sign further on and the fog even started to lift as I got nearer the car park. Overall, very pleased with myself!

White water rafting was also lots of fun - highly recommend it!
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by now you can start to make out the summit!?
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from here you can see lovely views back to Pitlochry... !! :D
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follow path to end of loch (it's on the left here!) and just climb the steps!
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made it to the top (didn't stop long, too cold and windy!)
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almost back and fog begins to lift
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Re: Ben Vrackie - first lone walk!

Postby mamoset » Tue Oct 18, 2011 1:16 am

I guess they are photos of scotch mist :shock: Well done on carrying on in the clag :?

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Re: Ben Vrackie - first lone walk!

Postby sloosh » Tue Oct 18, 2011 9:08 am

Try doing this walk again when the weather is better. The views from the top are spectacular. :)
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Re: Ben Vrackie - first lone walk!

Postby Gavin99 » Tue Oct 18, 2011 10:46 am

White water rafting and hillwalking , two of our finest Scottish watersports :D
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Re: Ben Vrackie - first lone walk!

Postby jester » Tue Oct 18, 2011 11:18 am

sloosh wrote:Try doing this walk again when the weather is better. The views from the top are spectacular. :)

Agreed, it's worth a second visit. :D
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Re: Ben Vrackie - first lone walk!

Postby fipriestley » Fri Oct 21, 2011 1:03 am

Thanks! will definitely try this again in better weather.. heavy rain forecast isn't putting me off taking on another this weekend though. Quite enjoying hill walking as a water sport :D
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