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Ben Vane - Arrochar Munros Complete!

Ben Vane - Arrochar Munros Complete!


Postby smeggles7 » Sat Jul 19, 2014 2:42 pm

Route description: Ben Vane, from Inveruglas

Munros included on this walk: Ben Vane

Date walked: 29/06/2014

Time taken: 6 hours

Distance: 11 km

Ascent: 915m

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So, some said I was mad attempting a hill walk after my University Graduation Ball the night before. BUT! I am a trooper and decided to still make the climb up Ben Vane on a Sunday afternoon with my Boyfriend and his sister as we had planned for weeks :lol: I thought it would be a better way to spend the day than sitting inside feeling sorry for myself after a heavy night.

It was a beautiful day with the sun blazing in the sky :D These days are the best and I would have been a fool to miss it! Arriving at Inveruglas car park we made sure to plaster ourselves in sun cream and put on our shades :D

Image10366274_248976891964236_7378699209217659371_n by meganccoombes

The three of us set off for Ben Vane all raring to go and looking forward to the challenge! It was nice to return on a sunnier, and clearer day of which I could actually see the top of Ben Vorlich this time! We made our way up the boggy, grassy first section of Vane and started to feel peckish and thirsty so we stopped off for an early snack on some of the rocks there.

Image10492375_248976941964231_2721598276340816652_n by meganccoombes

Image10502195_248976998630892_874356656132177313_n by meganccoombes

I appreciated the fuel that this stop off gave me as I felt as weak as a kitten already after my mental night the night before!

Ross had climbed Ben Vane before a couple of years ago, but it was Mhairi and I's first time and we were just loving the variety that Vane provided with the little scrambly bits and the rockiness of the hill :D

Image10500315_248976971964228_8770006083040117289_n by meganccoombes

We took our time this day given my fragile state and also took advantage of all the photo opportunities that were presented to us!

Image10351236_248977061964219_6504227562410658017_n by meganccoombes

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... you wouldn't believe how many times this took to get them right!!! :lol: :shock: We were having so much fun!!

Nearer the top I began to really struggle as I was just so tired and lacked the energy required. So, I decided to take a little nap at the summit in the sunshine while Mhairi and Ross had another bite to eat :D

Image10492589_248977451964180_2437297176663677156_n by meganccoombes it was magic! :D

We then took loads more photos and explored the area :D

Image10462696_248977128630879_2888060258595309199_n by meganccoombes

Image10447647_248977438630848_6917714957409952984_n by meganccoombes

Image10403438_248977365297522_3851759729230320636_n by meganccoombes

Image10458522_248977518630840_8292821141729667698_n by meganccoombes

Image10429231_248977318630860_3145748386474328983_n by meganccoombes

Image10426305_248977555297503_967443252392522161_n by meganccoombes

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Image10322846_248977185297540_3485685776416660881_n by meganccoombes

Amazing day! And great for everyone and anyone. The views were outstanding and well worth the trek up! I would recommend not going hillwalking when hungover though :lol:
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Re: Ben Vane - Arrochar Munros Complete!

Postby JimboJim » Sat Jul 19, 2014 9:57 pm

Nice pics. Specially liking the cliff edge one. Don't remember that spot from my trip up. Admire you, or anyone, tackling that hill after a heavy night out, tho, is that a can of T, I see :crazy: ?

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Re: Ben Vane - Arrochar Munros Complete!

Postby smeggles7 » Sat Jul 19, 2014 11:59 pm

Haha no! It was Mhairi's can of diet irn bru. Does look like a can of T though I'll give you that :lol:
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Re: Ben Vane - Arrochar Munros Complete!

Postby The Rodmiester » Sun Jul 20, 2014 7:31 am

Hi there smeggles7, looks like you had a wonderful and fun day on the hill, if nothing else it cleared the head :lol: Love the double star jump photograph, is this to be your trademark every time you go up a hill? Or does it take too long to set up :D well done the cameraman :clap: :clap: some fantastic photographs as a record of your day, thanks for posting :D
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Re: Ben Vane - Arrochar Munros Complete!

Postby AnnieMacD » Mon Jul 21, 2014 12:51 pm

I had great fun reading this - so you must have had fun doing it. Nothing like the hills for clearing one's head! Congrats on your finals too. What's next?
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Re: Ben Vane - Arrochar Munros Complete!

Postby Rossco » Thu Jul 24, 2014 9:27 am

It was a brilliant day out!

The next challenge though is going for two Munros in one day... :shock:

You will hate me. :lol:
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Re: Ben Vane - Arrochar Munros Complete!

Postby Fudgie » Thu Jul 24, 2014 10:35 am

Rossco wrote:It was a brilliant day out!

The next challenge though is going for two Munros in one day... :shock:

You will hate me. :lol:


My first double was Ben More & Stob Binnein. I probably could have picked an easier pair :lol:
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Re: Ben Vane - Arrochar Munros Complete!

Postby smeggles7 » Sat Aug 02, 2014 2:35 pm

I welcome the challenge!! :)
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Re: Ben Vane - Arrochar Munros Complete!

Postby smeggles7 » Thu Aug 21, 2014 12:26 pm

AnnieMacD wrote:I had great fun reading this - so you must have had fun doing it. Nothing like the hills for clearing one's head! Congrats on your finals too. What's next?


Thank you so much! :D

I've just secured a job and moving house too so it's all go at the moment!!

On here deciding what hill to do this weekend!? I need a challenge since I haven't been out in the hills for a couple of months and I miss it so much! Any suggestions?!
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Re: Ben Vane - Arrochar Munros Complete!

Postby simon-b » Thu Aug 21, 2014 3:28 pm

Ben Vane is a tough little Munro, well done. For your next trip, how about Ben Lawers and Beinn Ghlas? It's a relatively easy double which includes the 10th highest mountain in the country.
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