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BEATEN UP BY THE SMALLEST KID IN THE CLASS
by jamesjones » Mon Jul 01, 2013 12:29 pm
Route description: Ben Vane, from Inveruglas
Munros included on this walk: Ben Vane
Date walked: 30/06/2013
Time taken: 3 hours
Distance: 11 km
Ascent: 620mRegister or Login free to be able to rate and comment on reports (as well as access 1:25000 mapping).
I decided to head for Ben Vane as I wasn't to far away and seemed to be a pretty straight forward walk from what i had read. I did have my camera but taking photographs on this climb was not possible and with the cloud cover seemed pointless. I met up with a couple on the tarmac track who were heading for Ben Vorlich. They had forgotten their map so I hope they managed without it. The initial walk after leaving the track was the boggiest I have walked in. I got to about 450mts and the rain started to become more intense and the wind also picked up. I couldn't see any views in front or behind and I began to wonder whether there was any point in walking in these conditions. I decided to carry on for another 45 minutes and got to about 620mts when the grass/mud/slippy rocks became too much and after a couple of slips (nothing to major) I decided to call it a day. Coming back down was even worse and really had to be so thoughtful about where i was putting each step. Couple more slips (that one will result in a bruise).
Thanks Ben Vane for teaching me a valuable lesson, just because your the smallest shouldn't mean you don't deserve respect and your just as tough as your 281 big brothers on your day.
N.B. First time Munro walk without my 14 year old son who fell off his bike on Wednesday. I don't think he would have enjoyed the conditions either and would have stopped earlier if he's been present due to the slippery conditions.
by GillC » Mon Jul 01, 2013 12:49 pm
by ScottishLeaf » Mon Jul 01, 2013 1:55 pm
Mind Ben Vane is more or less a sea level start, so you have to work for almost every metre of it.... Unlike some higher mountains elsewhere in the country.
by simon-b » Mon Jul 01, 2013 3:27 pm
by dtr42 » Mon Jul 01, 2013 8:18 pm
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