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Ben Vorlich (Lochearnhead) with Brocken Spectre

Ben Vorlich (Lochearnhead) with Brocken Spectre


Postby DougieRanger » Wed Oct 24, 2012 4:15 pm

Route description: Ben Vorlich and Stuc a'Chroin

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

Date walked: 24/10/2012

Time taken: 7.25 hours

Ascent: 985m

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Left Glasgow early on Sunday 21st Oct 2012, arrived at Ardvorlich House around 10:00.

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Ardvorlich House Path


As per the notice below, we stuck to the paths to avoid eroding the path surrounds.

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Estate Notice


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Ardvorlich House


We started to climb the path but very soon the mist started to envelope us on all sides.

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The "Clag" descended on us hiding the views on all sides.


We kept climbing trying to outpace the clag but it was never going to happen.

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The Clag rolled in from the loch and started to climb the hillside.


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It kept coming...


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and coming. Note the half-rainbow.


The sun briefly disappeared altogether and the temperature dropped a few degrees.

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Presently we reached the summit where we enjoyed a sandwich and coffee.

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The summit in the mist.


After we'd been at the summit a few minutes something very special happened, the light was shining from the South and projected our shadows onto a fogbank creating a Brocken Spectre... we spoke to an old fella who'd been hillwalking for over 40 years and had never seen one. I managed a very quick photo before the "spectre" disappeared. A very special moment.

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You can see the Brocken Spectre to the right of the photo.


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Summit path.


We intended climbing Stuc A Chroin and descended to the bealach but when we got to the face we were advised by the old guy with 40+ years experience it was too late in the day. We had headtorches but didn't fancy a rescue situation so we'll come back another time.

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The view south from the bealach.


We circled round the Ben Vorlich hillside admiring the views to the north.

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Looking north as the sun began to set and the temperature dipped.


This was my first hillwalk in well over a month and I enjoyed it immensely, must get out more often.

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Sun setting.
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Looking over to Stuc A Chroin, very imposing.
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