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Ben Vane - 06.11.11
by xpfloyd » Mon Nov 07, 2011 9:10 pm
Route description: Ben Vane, from Inveruglas
Munros included on this walk: Ben Vane
Date walked: 06/11/2011
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2 Hrs 15 Mins up
1 Hr 45 Mins down
With Sundays good weather forecast and pigeons walk report from Saturday, my mind was made up that I was going to head to Ben Vane. This was my first outing since April due to work and bad weather so I was looking forward to getting back into it. On Saturday night I got all my gear ready and with the hope of seeing a nice inversion the next morning I packed my camera and tripod too.
I set of at 6am on Sunday with the intention of being a good bit up the hill before the sun came up. The drive to Inveruglus was crazy with the fog but even so I was parked by 6:45 and on my way. I followed the familiar route through the padlocked gate and along the access track past the pylons, across the bridge and started making my way up the hill. By this point I was out of the fog and was getting great views back towards Loch Lomond.
About an hour into the walk I stopped for a breather and set up the tripod to get a shot of the sun rising from behind Ben Lomond. Tripod set up, camera attached, swith it on "NO CF CARD"!!! flashing at me . It was at that point that I got the horrible sinking feeling and remembered that I had left the memory card lying beside my PC the night before. What a numpty! Luckily I had my camera phone with me so at least id have some memory of the great views I was getting.
In a bad mood with myself I continued on with the views getting better and better the higher I got. I got to the top at 9am and decided to have a seat and a bite to eat to take it all in. On the way back down I was really struggling at times with the steepness. I had felt it tough going on the way up at times with what felt like 45 degree slopes but it was even harder going the other way. My lack of hillwalking over the last 7 months was starting to show. When I got back to the access track the fog was alot further inland than before. It was alot busier too. It felt like a coach full of people had came through the padlocked gate as I was approaching it.
Without a doubt the best views I have experienced so far hillwalking. After the minor set back with the camera (and the fact I lugged an extra 5kg up and down the hill for nothing) it was a great day out. Only downside is the fact that my thighs are completely gubbed today and I can barely walk ! Roll on the next one.
by pigeon » Mon Nov 07, 2011 9:40 pm
by davgil » Mon Nov 07, 2011 9:41 pm
Looks stunning up there.
At least you were still able to get some nice pics to remember it by.
by xpfloyd » Mon Nov 07, 2011 10:31 pm
by skuk007 » Tue Nov 08, 2011 2:40 pm
Real shame about the memory card, the shots you got on your phone are still pretty good, love the one covering the Sloy dam.
by soulminer » Tue Nov 08, 2011 3:48 pm
A real walkers delight was Sunday, several for WH, and a whole lot more on the path up on my way out.
A cracker of a hill, certainly lets you know you have been on a 'big' walk- despite its deminutive size
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