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Vorlich and Stuc - girls back on form

PostPosted: Mon Jun 25, 2012 12:45 am
by fipriestley
A return to Loch Earn for me, repeating Ben Vorlich but this time adding Stuc a'Chroin, and a chance for Louise and I to get more practical navigation experience; lessons from our Ben Macdui trip very much in mind :think: :lol: Thought about alternate routes as per much appreciated advice on my last Ben Vorlich report, but in the end we followed the trade route as per WH. Still only saw 2 people all day! They were running off the hill as we started going up.

Winds were higher than forecast, tops stayed in cloud and it rained most of the day - until we were coming back down when it became dry and bright (clouds did go back over the tops though). Made use of GPS to check co-ordinates, read the map and used the compass... and we did it! No errors or wrong turns, enjoyed the climb up Stuc (reported to be a 'tricky scramble') and found even in the pouring rain it wasn't anything to be worried about. Very pleased with ourselves :D :D
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Heading to Vorlich - in the clouds
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Vorlich's trig on 2 feet! (was on all fours due to high winds last time!)
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crossed to Ben Vorlich's summit cairn
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heading to Stuc - views occasionally appeared as clouds moved around
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Louise takes an arty shot of the steep boulder field up Stuc
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not-so-bad scramble, only a short rock climb after this
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Stuc a'Chroin summit
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heading down to pick up the scree path
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Ben Vorlich now in sunshine!
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Looking back - Stuc a'Chroin also cleared!

Re: Vorlich and Stuc - girls back on form

PostPosted: Sun Jul 29, 2012 1:21 pm
by bobble_hat_kenny
Well done with this pair of hills in such foul weather :clap: - that Stuc is a tad steep from this side. I just did these two on a (rare) lovely day last week - I don't know that I'd have tackled them in weather like this; all credit to you for giving it a go :D !

Re: Vorlich and Stuc - girls back on form

PostPosted: Sun Jul 29, 2012 2:16 pm
by Bod
Great stuff! That's the way to do it! :D :D :wink:
Good map and compass work is always fun, and grid reference checking too. I like to work out the reference first and then see if the technology agrees?

Re: Vorlich and Stuc - girls back on form

PostPosted: Sun Jul 29, 2012 5:02 pm
by jonny616
Great stuff Fi. I once climbed Vorlic twice in one day due to dodgy navigation. Love the pics of Stuc.

Re: Vorlich and Stuc - girls back on form

PostPosted: Sun Jul 29, 2012 9:50 pm
by simon-b
A great couple of Munros, FI. I'm glad you enjoyed the scramble up Stuc, I agree it's not too bad.

In August 2011, I did the same route with both summits in the mist, then saw them clear on the way down just as you did (nice shot of Stuc's prow, by the way). Did you manage to get down the scree path without bringing half the scree down with you? I f so you did better than me :lol:

Re: Vorlich and Stuc - girls back on form

PostPosted: Sun Jul 29, 2012 11:02 pm
by fipriestley
Thanks Kenny!

Bod wrote:Good map and compass work is always fun, and grid reference checking too. I like to work out the reference first and then see if the technology agrees?
Me too! GPS is just for peace of mind.. might cause total confusion if I ever find it doesn't agree with where I think I am :lol:

Thanks Jonny, at least you made a start on your second round :roll: :lol:

simon-b wrote:Did you manage to get down the scree path without bringing half the scree down with you?
Yes, maybe just a quarter of it :lol: went quite slowly down there :D

Re: Vorlich and Stuc - girls back on form

PostPosted: Fri Sep 21, 2012 11:12 pm
by glenryder37
I have also done this one twice as my first munro and my 10 yr old sons first munro also last mnth........ have to say mist hangs over her regularly but both occasions i was rather fortunate to have breaks appear at the summit on both occasions......nice to see your still out and about :)

Chris

Re: Vorlich and Stuc - girls back on form

PostPosted: Sat Sep 22, 2012 3:45 pm
by ChrisW
Great effort on a pretty miserable day Fi, sickening when the damn hills clear as you look back at them :roll: but still a wonderful day in the wilds of Scotland :D

Re: Vorlich and Stuc - girls back on form

PostPosted: Sun Sep 23, 2012 7:55 pm
by Scotjamie
Nice report Fi
Was up there yesterday...busier than the M8 because of the holiday weekend.You got the solitude, but the weather was with us. Hate to be smug, but.................

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Will you manage the Glencoe meet?

Re: Vorlich and Stuc - girls back on form

PostPosted: Sun Sep 23, 2012 8:41 pm
by coachmacca
Fi we just did this yersterday in dry, bright sunshine ! How you managed that scramble (or had the bottle) in that grease is beyond me.

Hmm.. a new challenge has been set - time to man up I think :wink: