walkhighlands

Share your personal walking route experiences in Scotland, and comment on other peoples' reports.
Warning Please note that hillwalking when there is snow lying requires an ice-axe, crampons and the knowledge, experience and skill to use them correctly. Summer routes may not be viable or appropriate in winter. See winter information on our skills and safety pages for more information.

Ben Vorlich at second attempt

Ben Vorlich at second attempt


Postby Alcorf » Mon Oct 24, 2011 9:21 pm

Route description: Ben Vorlich and Stuc a'Chroin

Munros included on this walk: Ben Vorlich (Loch Earn)

Date walked: 23/10/2011

Time taken: 4.5 hours

Distance: 10.4 km

Ascent: 870m

Register or Login
free to be able to rate and comment on reports (as well as access 1:25000 mapping).

Having been defeated by Ben Vorlich back in February, where James and I got to 2500 feet or so, only to turn back because of deep snow, poor visibility and gale force winds; we set off again at 9.15am on Sunday morning - the better day of the weekend. Although a bit grey, there was little threat of rain and temperature was about 7deg down at the road. We headed back up the hill from Ardvorlich, with a feeling of deja vu; determined to achieve Ben V, even if Stuc a'Chroin might be a Munro too far.
P1000721.JPG
Clouds shrouding the summit of Ben V

I had read Del246's recent report from Ben V (19 Oct) recording some of the first snow of the season, and was prepared for it to be a bit skitey near the top, and for Stuc a'Chroin to be out of reach.
Up we went, at a reasonable pace, with nobody else in sight. As we left the trees behind and started to climb above 1000 feet, we coud hear a stag rutting somewhere ahead of us. At times he sounded quite close, but we never saw him. At about 1800 feet we entered the cloud, and the views of Loch Earn disappeared behind us.
P1000739.JPG
the cloud layer hiding Loch Earn
. Temperature dropped, and the wind picked up a bit, but not as much as the previous day on Ben Ledi. The walk to the summit was relatively uneventful, with visibility of about 50 yards, and the occasional call from the stag.
We were disappointed to find all the snow Del246 had reported, now gone, with only a couple of sad patches remaining.
P1000744.JPG
all that remains of last week's snow

Although maybe we should have been grateful the snow had gone, - the going was relatively straight forward, and not at all slippy.
P1000746.JPG
at the true summit, views non-existent

After a couple of pictures at the top(s), we took the decision that Stuc would have to wait for another day - I did not want to risk going on with the visibility so poor, and a very good chance we would struggle with the second Munro, even if we could find it. Maybe we will give it a try from Loch Lubnaig via Ben Each some time when the views can be enjoyed.
On the way down, we met a couple of groups who were heading up, and both groups were planning to get to Stuc too - I hope they made it OK - they looked well prepared. Other than these two groups (5 guys in total) we never saw another soul, all day.
P1000748.JPG
visibility improving on descent

All in all, a good walk - and we will be back some time to have a go at Stuc a'Chroin.
Attachments

our_route.gpx Open full screen  NB: Walkhighlands is not responsible for the accuracy of gpx files in users posts

Alcorf
Mountaineer
 
Posts: 41
Munros:36   Corbetts:2
Grahams:3   Donalds:2
Sub 2000:2   Hewitts:13
Wainwrights:9   
Joined: Oct 16, 2010
Location: Newcastle upon Tyne

Register or Login
free to be able to rate and comment on reports (as well as access 1:25000 mapping).


Walkhighlands community forum is advert free

We need help to keep the site online.
Can you help support Walkhighlands and the online community by setting up a monthly donation by direct debit?



Return to Walk reports - Scotland

Who is online

Users browsing this forum: MJ Miller and 26 guests