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Ledi/Vane Horseshoe from Brig o'Turk

Ledi/Vane Horseshoe from Brig o'Turk


Postby weaselmaster » Sat Jan 25, 2014 10:43 pm

Corbetts included on this walk: Ben Ledi, Benvane

Date walked: 25/01/2014

Time taken: 7.11 hours

Distance: 20.1 km

Ascent: 1285m

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I'm getting scunnered with this weather - all rain and snow and winds and avalanche risk when I want to get out there and get some hills done. Reckoned that we might get out on Saturday if we kept lower than Munro height and didn't venture up any avalanche prone slopes. So it's off to Brig O'Turk for Ledi & Benvane. Chose this route as there would be less snow on the south facing aspects.

A gentle start, leaving at 7.30, driving up via Balloch & Aberfoyle along waterlogged roads. Drowned fields were commonplace and everything looked as if it had been raining for weeks. Arrived up at the parking place at the end of the Glen Finglas road and set off through the woods towards Ben Ledi cottage, where we followed the track for a bit then headed up over wet grass and heather onto the hill slopes. Finglas reservoir was looking moody and mysterious in the heavy grey light. The going was reasonable, soggy ground giving way to patches of wet snow after around 550m. A family of ravens were out to play - 2 parent birds and 2 juveniles enjoying the strong winds, hanging stationary in the air before banking away with plenty of grokks, or hovering just inches above a rocky spot where they might choose to land or flap off upwards again. Looked like they were having fun.

Woods at the start
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Reservoir
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Lower slopes to Ledi
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View back to SW
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From about 500m there's a line of old fence posts and these provide a route to follow to the top. After about 2 hours we got to the top of the ridge and walked over frozen snow to the cairn at the top of Ledi. Winds were strong here, and before we turned and left the summit, a blizzard of snow and hail bit into us. The poor cairn is cracked all the way around, looking like it might hatch some cement creature. We didn't hang about, turned tail and made for the north ridge. Spotted someone climbing up from the eastern corrie, which was holding more snow than our ascent route.

Top of ridge, to Ledi Summit
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Sick Kid, north ridge behind
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Cracked Trig
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View back to Ledi
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Heading north along the broad ridge the line of fence posts continue helpfully along, making navigation straightforward. The only difficulties with this were when the posts were almost submerged in snow and water, or when they had been bent towards you, so that you could, if unlucky, impale yourself on one. We came to Lochan nan Corp - the little loch of the dead - where a funeral party of 200 were supposed to have come to their watery end, but tis nonsense, just happened to be situated on the route for carrying coffins. Anyway, we sat and had some lunch in meagre shelter provided by some rocks. A blizzard had got up again and goggles were put to use as we struggled onto Bioran na Circe and Stuc Dhubh. Occasional channels in the peat cut across out path, meaning a climb down 6 feet or more into a hag then up the other slippy slimy side. Every so often, one of our ravens would appear, do some tumbling acrobatics then shoot off again. A look over to the north showed the village of Strathyre nestled in green surrounds.

Lochan nan Corp
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Towards Benvane
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Benvane
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Strathyre
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We got along to the bottom of Benvane and dumped the sacks to do the last bit of ascent. Blizzard conditions had returned for this part, which was annoying and it obscured our view. we did have to leave the comfort of our fence post guide for the very last bit up to the cairn. Scampering back to the packs, happily reunited with my warmer gloves, we set off southwards following the shoulder of the hill. Views opened up to the reservoir after a bit, with Ben Venue beyond. The final section down has some crags to be picked around then it's down to the flatter land, heading for the tarmac road. There's a fence to cross, of if you're wiser, a gate to go through - barbed wire ripped my waterproof breeks right between the legs :shock: Some repairs needed there :lol:

Closing in on Benvane
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Summit
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Reservoir
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Ben Venue?
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Crags
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Ledi from south - new snow coat
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Back onto the track and before we knew it back at the car, with some late afternoon sunshine gracing our passage. There had been a fair dump of snow on the southern aspect of Ledi, which looked bonny against a sky with some blue patches in it. Rain returned on the drive to Glasgow, but a tasty meal at Stereo finished the day off well.


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Re: Ledi/Vane Horseshoe from Brig o'Turk

Postby rockhopper » Sun Jan 26, 2014 12:22 am

Ahh - takes me back - Ben Ledi was my first winter corbett. No crack in the trig point then (but it was almost exactly 27yrs ago :shh:) Have been looking to get up here since end December but have been holding off for better weather :roll: - might need to rethink though. Didn't look so great early on but at least it brightened up a bit towards the end for you - cheers :)
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Re: Ledi/Vane Horseshoe from Brig o'Turk

Postby Collaciotach » Sun Jan 26, 2014 11:45 am

Nice one

Cancelled a planned bag Loch Lomond yesterday and stuck to a 500m summit to keep the old legs moving


Aye the weather is frustrating just now ,roll on Spring
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Re: Ledi/Vane Horseshoe from Brig o'Turk

Postby wilkiemurray » Sun Jan 26, 2014 4:07 pm

Nice report - was up Ben Ledi yesterday too - nice to stretch the legs and weather wasn't as bad as expected :) only did Ledi circuit though - up stank Glen and down through the devastation of the forrest!
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Re: Ledi/Vane Horseshoe from Brig o'Turk

Postby Johnny Corbett » Mon Jan 27, 2014 4:32 pm

The north east was the place to be on Saturday, just a 20min heavy rain shower up Banchory way. :wink:
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Re: Ledi/Vane Horseshoe from Brig o'Turk

Postby ceaser » Mon Jan 27, 2014 9:39 pm

well done Al ,another walk without losing a camera :lol:
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Re: Ledi/Vane Horseshoe from Brig o'Turk

Postby weaselmaster » Mon Jan 27, 2014 9:43 pm

ceaser wrote:well done Al ,another walk without losing a camera :lol:


yep - that's 2 walks so far!
getting a new camera for my birthday soon, so have to chain it onto my rucksack :D
Using my current rather large bridge camera is a real faff
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