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Arrochar Alps - Ben Vorlich (Loch Lomond)

Arrochar Alps - Ben Vorlich (Loch Lomond)


Postby jwramsay » Mon Mar 05, 2012 7:52 am

Route description: Ben Vorlich via Loch Sloy

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

Date walked: 04/03/2012

Time taken: 8 hours

Ascent: 845m

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On Sunday 4th March 2012, Jim and Peter were joined by Dek and climbed Ben Vorlich from from the Inveruglas visitors centre. We went along the obligatory tarmaced road starting from the railway bridge, but swung up the smaller road to tackle the hill from the Loch Lomond side, a great move. We got the sun all the way up to the ridge, then a 20 minute blizzard and then up onto the top of the ridge, firstly doing the trig point and then the middle summit with the cairn (thankfully the highest, as we didn't tackle the 3rd top!)

We then followed the normal path back down the Loch Sloy side - christ that is steep in places, rejoining the road and heading back to the Inveruglas tourist centre car park.

Around 8 hours it took us, rather slow, but we did have photos and videos to take!

Dek loved his first time out with us - many more to come hopefully!

The route - up the front and down the back

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A look ahead to the target for today:
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Heading up to the Telecomms mast and Water intakes:
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A look over to beautifully snow topped A'Chrois:
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And up towards a lightly disted Vorlich Ridge:
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Dek posing in front of Ben Venue:
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Views of Loch Lomond start to open up:
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Varying shades of light:
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Ben Lomond peaks through:
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The summit of Ben Vorlich becomes apparent:
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Dek pushes on first:
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Our first view of Loch Sloy and the dam:
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The snow gets deeper toward the top:
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A look back towards Ben Lomond:
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Dek up top:
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A frozen trig point at the first summit - next one being the real summit!
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A look over to the Arrochar Alps:
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The descent is relentless and steep (and eroded):
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Getting there now, nice view over to Loch Sloy and the dam:
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And a look back up to Ben Vorlich:
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Ben Lomond looking magnificent in the late spring sunshine:
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And finally the Sloy Hydro station:
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Video of Ben Vorlich:
Last edited by jwramsay on Thu Mar 15, 2012 10:07 pm, edited 1 time in total.
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Re: Arrochar Alps - Ben Vorlich (Loch Lomond)

Postby quoman » Mon Mar 05, 2012 10:09 am

looked like you had a lovely day up there nice photo's and i liked the video.
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Re: Arrochar Alps - Ben Vorlich (Loch Lomond)

Postby skuk007 » Wed Mar 07, 2012 2:12 pm

Nice report JW, was my first Munro after I'd decided to bag them proper.
Lovely photos too, caught some nice light up there.

Can vouch for the steepness of your descent, as I went up that way, ouch! :)
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Re: Arrochar Alps - Ben Vorlich (Loch Lomond)

Postby ChrisW » Wed Mar 07, 2012 4:16 pm

Beautiful photos JW, but like a spoiled kid I can't help but want to see that first one :lol: (currently says unavailable) some stunning views throughout and lovely weather too, looks like springtime lower down the hills :D
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Re: Arrochar Alps - Ben Vorlich (Loch Lomond)

Postby jwramsay » Wed Mar 07, 2012 8:03 pm

ChrisW wrote:Beautiful photos JW, but like a spoiled kid I can't help but want to see that first one :lol: (currently says unavailable) some stunning views throughout and lovely weather too, looks like springtime lower down the hills :D


The first one is the route map. (EDIT - talking crap,fixed it now thanks Chris!)

It was very very springlike especially on the walkout.
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Re: Arrochar Alps - Ben Vorlich (Loch Lomond)

Postby mountain thyme » Wed Mar 07, 2012 8:08 pm

lovely pics.. my first munro!
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Re: Arrochar Alps - Ben Vorlich (Loch Lomond)

Postby Tomsie » Wed Mar 07, 2012 9:27 pm

Liked the video :D
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Re: Arrochar Alps - Ben Vorlich (Loch Lomond)

Postby jwramsay » Thu Mar 15, 2012 10:08 pm

ChrisW wrote:Beautiful photos JW, but like a spoiled kid I can't help but want to see that first one :lol: (currently says unavailable) some stunning views throughout and lovely weather too, looks like springtime lower down the hills :D


revisited this!

Fixed now, thanks for pointing it out!!
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Re: Arrochar Alps - Ben Vorlich (Loch Lomond)

Postby Paul_Antonia » Fri Mar 16, 2012 5:13 pm

Looks like a great day. Love the photo's, especially the different shades one and the colours on the shot of Ben Lomond. They're just beautiful.
So good to read another variation on this Mountain. We have unfinished business up here after we pulled out of an attempt last October starting from Ardlui.
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Re: Arrochar Alps - Ben Vorlich (Loch Lomond)

Postby Peter913 » Fri Mar 16, 2012 8:22 pm

Nice shots there Jim

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Re: Arrochar Alps - Ben Vorlich (Loch Lomond)

Postby 2dalmatians » Fri Mar 16, 2012 10:14 pm

Cracking report with some great pics JWR. I really enjoyed this hill even though I couldn't find the "ghost cairn" that marks the start of the ascent. Walked back and forth across the hillside for ages looks for a path lol!!
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