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Ben Vane

Ben Vane

Postby seamus0 » Tue Oct 06, 2009 6:41 pm

Route description: Ben Vane, from Inveruglas

Munros included on this walk: Ben Vane

Date walked: 04/10/2009

Time taken: 5 hours

Distance: 11 km

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After a horrible Saturday with Gale force winds it was good to see the weather went 180 degrees, and Sunday was a perfect Autumn day with blue skies and no wind. We started from the Inveruglas Car Park (323098), a path on the opposite side of the road from the car park allows near misses with oncoming cars to be avoided. Walking south along the A82, passing the power station the path reaches Inveruglas Water and a gate. Passing through the gate, a well tarmaced track can be followed. Alternatively a rugged path follows the river and rejoins the track to cut a few minutes off the route. The track passes the power generators and views of Ben Vane are quicky available in front of you.

Ben Vane From Path

The road veers north-west and a view of Loch Sloy Reservoir appears in the distance.

Loch Sloy Reservoir

However, cut across the river on a good bridge about 1.5 km into the walk.

Bridge Actoss Inveruglas Water

Walking along this track for a few minutes you will aproach another small bridge, and signs of the path that leads towards the South-East ridge of Ben Vane. This section is quite boggy and a bit of marsh and remains boggy for a climb of about 50m. The path then gets a bit better. It is easily followed, and presents few difficulties.

Ben Vane From Path

As already mentioned there are several false summits and a couple of occassions towards the top where a bit of hand work is required but wouldnt call it scrambling. A small slab section near the top can be easily negotiated with little exposure.
Slab Section

There are two small cairns at the top which is relatively flat. We got great views of Ben Lomond and Ben Ime from the top.

Loch Lomond

Descend the way you come up for least annoyance. All in all a lovely autumn day!
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Re: Ben Vane

Postby Nicla » Wed Oct 07, 2009 1:49 pm

Great photos and report, think I'll definately be making this my next hill. I prefer when the path is quite defined, makes me feel better as I'm usually out and about on my own.
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Re: Ben Vane

Postby David.Ferguson » Wed Oct 07, 2009 4:00 pm

Great pictures Seamus.

I headed up Ben Vane a week earlier and below is my view from the summit.I found the route well defined but also a
bit hairy when the rock was wet. :(

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Re: Ben Vane

Postby seamus0 » Wed Oct 07, 2009 6:19 pm


Yeah, I'm not sure what I'd make of it in bad weather if you vear off the path, given the amount of wee crags and false summits on the hill. I guess the best approach is keep this one for a good day. David, your weather looked awful! I think I was up Stob Binnein that weekend too! Wasnt Nice..!
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