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 and Stuc a Chroin

Ben Vorlich and Stuc a Chroin


Postby Trossachsgirl » Sun Oct 04, 2009 7:30 pm

Route description: Ben Vorlich and Stuc a'Chroin

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

Date walked: 04/10/2009

Time taken: 6 hours

Distance: 13 km

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

What a fantastic day.

Drove to the Ardvolich Estate and found the parking place and directions for walkers as highlighted on this website. A good start!

To be honest I found Ben Vorlich quite hard going once you get beyond the Estate and over the styles. The climb just does not seem to stop and underfoot is tricky in places. However, my spirits were kept alive by turning around and admiring views of Loch Earn in the distance.

IMG_1419.JPG
Views of Loch Earn
IMG_1420.JPG
Good path at the start of the climb


The path changes from rocky steps to gravel, to bog, back to rocky steps but it is clear and easy to follow. Just be prepared to scramble from time to time.

The summit was reached without too much trouble, albeit from a lack of fitness from yours truly but the views from the top certainly made it worthwhile.

IMG_1426.JPG
Me at the top - Yeah!


Because of the good weather and the decent pace we had kept hubby was very keen on going on to Stuc a Chroin, which was rather ominous looking to me. However, it was early according to the books, it was smaller than Ben Vorlich!

IMG_1427.JPG
View over to Stuc a Chroin - Yikes!


This is where things went a little wrong. The clamber down Ben Vorlich was not easy especially with how much of the path seemed to be under bog. I found this out the hard way when one of my legs disappeared up to my knees. Hubby stopped laughing after about five minutes and we kept going.

Our big mistake, I think, was following a man and his dog, rather than consult instructions or the map. Indeed we ended up going directly up the side of the hill using hands and knees for most of the way. In fact we came out on the summit exactly mid-way between the David Ferguson Memorial Cairn and the Cairn at the summit (any ideas?). However, we made it and that is all that counts, right?

IMG_1432.JPG
Look, I've done this one and that one over there!
IMG_1433.JPG
Hubby with stunning views in the background


Again, the views were amazing; we could see the Wallace Monument, Grangemouth, and beyond that, Edinburgh. After a few smug photos and a sandwich stop, we started down.

For the next hour or so, I was no longer loving this walk. The scree path was very tricky and the path around the foot of Ben Vorlich was again very boggy. In fact despite keeping going it did not seem we were getting any nearer to views of Loch Earn.

However more photos were taken and eventually Loch Earn was ahead of us. The path even seemed to get a lot better and eventually we re-joined the route we took going up. Another 30 minutes or so we were climbing back over the styles and we were rewarded with a beautiful rainbow.

IMG_1437.JPG
Our pot of gold at the end of the walk


Back at home I am tired, sore and I doubt if I will ever wash all the boggy murk from my hands and legs. However I am chuffed to bits at what we achieved and look forward to planning our next ascent. On days like this, I understand how walking becomes so addictive. It was brilliant!
Trossachsgirl
Walker
 
Posts: 3
Munros:3   Corbetts:1
Joined: Sep 22, 2009

Re: Ben Vorlich and Stuc a Chroin

Postby David.Ferguson » Sun Oct 04, 2009 8:00 pm

Great report TG.I wanted to get out today but life took over a wee bit.You were so lucky with
your weather after yesterdays gale's and the low cloud last week.

David.
User avatar
David.Ferguson
Mountain Walker
 
Posts: 191
Munros:43   Corbetts:3
Grahams:1   Donalds:1
Joined: Aug 25, 2009
Location: New Stevenston (Motherwell)

Re: Ben Vorlich and Stuc a Chroin

Postby Paul Webster » Mon Oct 05, 2009 1:36 pm

Yes, cracking report - and you weren't so tired to write it up when you got home too :D Well done on Stuc a'Chroin, not one of the easiest Munros to climb that way, certainly not on your second walk, so good effort. Nice colours in the pics too.
User avatar
Paul Webster
Site Admin
Walker
 
Posts: 5184
Munros:282   Corbetts:222
Grahams:64   Donalds:39
Sub 2000:113   Hewitts:133
Wainwrights:134   
Joined: Jan 6, 2007
Location: Nr Grantown-on-Spey

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



Walkhighlands community forum is now 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: alexdw, aluticus, fifi, Jamief93, KirstyMcf93, lambda and 50 guests