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My 1st Munro ! Ben Vorlich , Loch Earn
by steven65 » Tue Apr 27, 2010 10:40 pm
Route description: Ben Vorlich and Stuc a'Chroin
Munros included on this walk: Ben Vorlich (Loch Earn)
Date walked: 24/04/2010
Time taken: 4 hours
Distance: 10 km
Ascent: 985mRegister or Login free to be able to rate and comment on reports (as well as access 1:25000 mapping).
Now it was time for the best cup of coffee i`ve ever had and a wee sandwich & some fotos. We had hoped/planned to do Stuc a` Chroin as well - which we could partially see - but the quickly changing clouds below us put paid to that.So its for another , hopefully a fairer day. We could see Ben More & Stobinian off to our L/H side but nothing else at all due to the low cloud base all around. As we left to come down 2 huge black crows appeared to see if we`d left any goodies behind but they were onto plums ! On the way down we passed 40 + folk along the trail heading up , most said hi & were pleasant , coming down & looking back up the mist/clouds didn`t clear - so i don`t think anyone would have enjoyed great views. We were back at the car at 1120 - 2hrs 40 mins to go up & 1 hr 40 mins to come down. I wasn`t dissapointed as we hadn`t done Stuc a` Chroin , I was looking forward to the views at the top - unfortunately not this time. Better luck next time eh ! ........well not really I went up Dumyat on Sun 25/4 with my brother & our dogs , nice and early again at 7am , but at the top it rained all the way home and although much lower no views of Stirling ,too bad.
Unfortunately the rain & lack of views did nothing to impress Oskar my schnauzer on Dumyat - he peed on the cairn
Thats 3 hills in a row with cloud / sleet / rain / mist hopefully i`ll be somewhere nice in Scotland when our summer hits.
by Red Peak » Tue Apr 27, 2010 11:20 pm
Hope you get better weather for your next climb.
by acrophobic » Tue May 11, 2010 8:57 pm
But that is going to change ! Taking the plane to Scotland tomorrow (volcano ash permitting) and bag a couple more!
by gammy leg walker » Tue May 11, 2010 9:59 pm
by steven65 » Tue May 11, 2010 11:11 pm
I`m off to Glencoe on Sunday - weather permitting - with 3 mates , we`re either going to do Buachaillie Etive Beag & Stob Dubh , or Buachaillle Etive Mor - Stob na Broige & Stob Dearg.
They`re all more experienced than me so i`ll be in good hands, on a wee side note are these 2 routes suitable for a well behaved dog ? I`m keen on Oskar accompanying me on as many outings as possible - he thoroughly enjoyed Ben Lomond on May Day - Mon 3 / 5 / 2010.
by Freewheelin » Wed May 12, 2010 12:04 am
both hills are excellent - enjoy!
What an ornate cairn - must get up to that one soon and see it
- mountain coward
by gaffr » Wed May 12, 2010 1:40 pm
by steven65 » Wed May 12, 2010 11:10 pm
The BIG cairn was actually on Dumyat near Stirling / Menstrie -not as my post may have indicated on Ben Vorlich -sorry for any possible confusion , & aye folk had put some rubbish in it , why ? take it home with you !!
Finally , although i`ll be 45 in 4 weeks , there`ll be plenty of time to sleep when i`m old .I`ve always been keen to get up and on with the day hasta la sempre !
- mountain coward
by Graeme D » Fri May 14, 2010 7:30 pm
gaffr wrote:Can't remember seeing the 'brazier cum fire sigalling thing'. Has it gone up in recent times? Will be hard to extract the tins and rubbish from underneath the stones filling the basket.
Yeah, don't recall clocking that either. I know the vis wasn't great that day, but even still! Quite cool looking structure though.
by Poljes » Tue May 25, 2010 10:21 pm
It sounds as though you had the better of the two days as we had mist and some snow and rain, most of which I was actually not too unhappy about as it helped to cool down my ageing body (I'm 48). We had fine and clear weather on the Saturday but visibility at the top on the Sunday was almost zero and like you we didn't go on to do Stuc a` Chroin. I have to say thanks to you (probably) for the footholds we got on the ice for the last wee stretch to the summit, we had no ice axe just one set of poles that John carried - I must get some of those!
You practically wrote our day as we met a load of folk on the way down too. I haven't done my second yet but will get round to it soon. Great memory.
by smirnie71 » Tue Mar 01, 2011 1:03 pm
My first 'Big' Mountain was Snowdon which I loved but reaching the ridge on Cadair Idris on a winter walk last March just made me burst in to tears because i felt so proud and because to me it was an immense achievement. The feeling of reaching the top of my first Munro more or less defied words and I just wish I lived in Scotland in order to explore more! Here's a little write up on my first walk http://walkingwithfatty.blogspot.com/2010/09/scoring-sgor-gaoith-mounatin-of-mind.html
As for more scottish walks, I'm workingh on that - a move to gods own country is planned and hopefully will happen in next 5 years or so.
I see you've bagged a few more munros so it clearly suits you this walking malarky!
My next big excursion is Three Peaks with my dad in law who's 70, very fit and deafblind - his idea!
by 2dalmatians » Wed Mar 02, 2011 9:01 pm
by ChrisW » Wed Mar 02, 2011 10:26 pm