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Day 1 of a week in the hills

Day 1 of a week in the hills


Postby Steve B » Mon Oct 31, 2011 3:55 pm

Route description: Ben Vorlich and Stuc a'Chroin

Munros included on this walk: Ben Vorlich (Loch Earn), Stuc a'Chroin

Date walked: 24/10/2011

Time taken: 7 hours

Distance: 13.5 km

Ascent: 1140m

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This was the first day of a long planned week of walking with my mate Iain, he had come up from near Stratford upon Avon in England.
I had been away with work for the previous 2 weeks and the jetlag was a bit of a hinderance but what better way to get rid of it.
We set off from Glasgow around 07:00 and via Callander for Bacon / Egg rolls and coffee before arriving by Vorlich House to start around 09:30.
It was a pretty bleak start with rain on and off all the way so on with full waterproofs from the off.
1 - A wet start to the day.JPG

An easy walk into the hills followed and we chatted for a while with some folks from the National Park that were undertaking path maintenance.
2 - View back to the Loch.JPG

3 - The way up was not encouraging.JPG

A guy in shorts went by us as we were just getting into the clouds. I figured he might be underdressed for the day!
A bit of a slog onto the summit where the wind was blowing and the visibility at about 5 metres.
4 - Ben Vorlich and a hasty look at the next direction.JPG

A slow plod across the bealach where we stopped to have a brew and feed. Warmed up slightly we headed for the prow of Stoc a' Chroin.
5 - Going up the prow onto the next ojective.JPG

This was a lot easier than expected and any sense of exposure was limited by the lack of visibility.
6 - There is not going to be a view up here.JPG

6a - The prow again.JPG

On to the cairn at the top in quick time and then onto the final summit whare a quick picture was taken and headed down by the path avoiding the scramble descent.
7 - Stuc a' Chroin.JPG

8 - Out of the clouds and a rest.JPG

Once out of the clouds we stopped to admire the view, about the first for a number of hours. We arrived back by the house where the guy in shorts appeared behind us, he had taken in the 2 small summits to the east.
A wet day but a good one to blow away the cobwebs.
A short drive to Killin and eventually the Lawers Hotel for beer. food, bed to decide on the plan for the next day.
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Re: Day 1 of a week in the hills

Postby ChrisW » Mon Oct 31, 2011 4:10 pm

A week in the hills is always a good week Steve but I wish you better weather for the rest of it all the same :D Great report, I'll look forward to the next instalment :D
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Re: Day 1 of a week in the hills

Postby Steve B » Mon Oct 31, 2011 5:39 pm

Thanks Chris, unfortunately this was the pattern for most of last week. 2 more posts to come.
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