A return to Ben Vorlich and Stuc a Chroin
by budvarone » Thu Jul 25, 2013 2:27 am
Route description: Ben Vorlich and Stuc a'Chroin
Munros included on this walk: Ben Vorlich (Loch Earn), Stuc a'Chroin
Date walked: 21/07/2013
Time taken: 9 hours
Distance: 13.5 km
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The weather forecast was cracking (again!), so we were looking forward to a good day on the hills! We arrived about 8.30, and set off 15 mins later....
The forecast may have been good but as we climbed the path we found ourselves in quite thick low cloud, but hoping it would burn off, we kept going on our climb. As we neared the summit, the cloud gradually cleared and we were granted some cracking views....and my first inversion, and what a sight! After 40 mins or so at the summit we headed down to the bealach to try for Stuc a Chroin. Do I head over to the right and go up the steep, but alledgedly, easier path, or do I attempt the scramble.....
Malcolm and Michael opted for the "easier" path off to the right, but as that was the path I took the last time I was here, I REALLY fancied trying the scrambly route, so after a few minutes deliberating, I watched my pals head over to the steep path and I headed upwards, if I didn't like the look of what I saw I'd turn round and head over to the other path! There were a few other folk on my path so it wasn't like I was going to be on my own, that gave me a bit more confidence! That said, I just stuck to the path that curves round to the left, I didn't even consider the climb up the rocky prow, the path was quite hands on enough for me, quite steep in parts with great views along the valley, it wasn't long before I reached the top! After recent scrambles on Ben Vane and The Cobbler, I was kind of getting used to this...I really enjoyed this path up! I joined Malcolm and Michael at the top and we made our way to the summit. By now the majority of the cloud had disappeared, and the views were fantastic, the best I've had in a long time, we could pick out the Lawers range and even Ben Nevis ...a..w..a..y....in the distance! We spent an hour on the summit, having lunch and taking in the fantastic panorama, it was breathtaking! The last time I was here the walk back was really boggy and unpleasant, this time however, much of the wet areas had dried out and made for a much better return walk.
A great walk, took us 9 hours but that was with 40 mins stop on Vorlich and a good hour on Stuc a Chroin, found it difficult to leave! One of the best days I've had in the Highlands, loved it!
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