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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 Stùc a' Chròin

Munros included on this walk: Ben Vorlich (Loch Earn), Stùc a' Chròin

Date walked: 04/10/2009

Time taken: 6 hours

Distance: 13 km

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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.

Views of Loch Earn
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.

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!

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?

Look, I've done this one and that one over there!
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.

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!
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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.

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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.
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