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Ben Vorlich & Stuc a' Chroin

Ben Vorlich & Stuc a' Chroin


Postby mamoset » Thu Oct 15, 2015 4:09 pm

Route description: Ben Vorlich and Stuc a'Chroin

Munros included on this walk: Ben Vorlich (Loch Earn), Stuc a'Chroin

Date walked: 13/10/2015

Time taken: 5.5 hours

Distance: 17 km

Ascent: 1250m

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Arrived at a sunny Loch Earn at 08.00 and set off, what turned out to be the wrong way!! :lol: Found a track to the west of the House and followed that until i met the main path leading up Glen Vorlich.
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Loch Earn.
I came to a fork in the path, and again, wrongly, took the left fork!!! :? Anyway, there is a path of sorts leading up, so i followed this, keeping Ben Vorlich in view all the time. :clap:
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Tree growing thru boulder.
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Ben Vorlich up ahead.
The views behind were starting to open up, with the Lawers group basking in sunshine.
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Lawers group.
It was hot going now, but even though the track wasn't the best, it was fairly easy going.
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Ben More & Stob Binnein.
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Looking East.
With about 300m to the top, i finally found the proper path, which is a bit eroded but certainly easier than the one i had been on :lol:
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Ben Vorlich & path.
I soon made the summit which is a trig point.
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Ben Vorlich summit.
Got talking to two Walkhighlander users, Joe (joedugsmith) & John. Had a chat for a while, before they headed off and i had some fuel. Was good talking to you both, and we crossed paths a couple more times over the walk to the next summit.
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First view of Stuc a' Chroin.
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East from the summit.
Refreshed, i headed down to the Bealach an Dubh Choirein. From the bealach, the noise from the rutting Red Deer was unbelievable, a constant roaring from here to the summit :shock: The ascent of Stuc can be made two ways. I decided to go for the straight up the front route, which from a distance looks daunting, but when you're up close, you can see it's not bad at all. :clap:
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Stuc a' Chroin up close.
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Looking back to Vorlich.
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Ben Our in shade.
It is a well defined path taking you up the front of Stuc, with no real feeling of exposure. I exited at the cairn marking Donald Stuart, and could see the summit some 500m away.
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Stuart cairn.
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Summit.
A quick amble across brought me to the summit of Stuc a' Chroin.
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Stuc a' Chroin summit.
There is great views all around, from Ben Lomond to the west, up to Ben Nevis and neighbours in the north.
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West to Ben Lomond.
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Ben Nevis & co.
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Lochan a' Chroin, with Ben Venue behind..
After another chat with Joe & John, i headed back to the bealach, to follow the path around Ben Vorlich. With hindsight, i wished i'd gone back up and Vorlich and followed the proper path, this path was god awful, muddy, slippy, boggy, you name it :(
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Looking back to Stuc a' Chroin.
After much slipping and sliding, i finally hit firm ground and from there it was a nice amble back down to the car. The autumnal colours were looking nice now that the sun was catching the trees and lighting them up 8)
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Down to Loch Earn.
Went passed the impressive Ardvorlich House, on the correct path :? before heading home, having had a great day out :)
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Ardvorlich House.
Last edited by mamoset on Tue Jun 21, 2016 3:56 pm, edited 1 time in total.
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Re: Ben Vorlich & Stuc a' Chroin

Postby dav2930 » Thu Oct 15, 2015 5:53 pm

Nice couple of Munros; you got some good photos of the views - it looked a cracking day. I remember skirting round the side of Vorlich to avoid climbing it twice and thinking the same as you; probably would have been easier going back over the top, plus you'd get the views that were behind you on the ascent. :? :)
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Re: Ben Vorlich & Stuc a' Chroin

Postby jmarkb » Thu Oct 15, 2015 6:16 pm

Some cracking views in there - really shows that autumn is here! :D

dav2930 wrote:I remember skirting round the side of Vorlich to avoid climbing it twice and thinking the same as you; probably would have been easier going back over the top, plus you'd get the views that were behind you on the ascent.


Another option is to go over Ben Our, which also has good (and slightly different views). There is a faint path from the col to the summit and then towards Sron Mhor where it fades out amongst some peat hags, but you can then make an easy grassy descent to pick up the track around NN630215.
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Re: Ben Vorlich & Stuc a' Chroin

Postby jamesb63 » Thu Oct 15, 2015 7:28 pm

Very nice pics :clap: :clap: I done this walk today and it was something else
had 360 degree Inversions and a Brocken Spectre thrown in for good measure :lol:
I stayed high of the path back after you come off Stuc and it was not to bad
in fact I wear approach shoes and had dry feet at the end :D
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Re: Ben Vorlich & Stuc a' Chroin

Postby KatTai » Thu Oct 15, 2015 8:27 pm

Lovely report and great photos! These two are on my to-do list for next year, think unless we get some very dry weather I'll just go back over Vorlich as I haven't read much good about the other way! And I hate getting my feet wet!
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Re: Ben Vorlich & Stuc a' Chroin

Postby mamoset » Fri Oct 16, 2015 7:41 am

dav2930 wrote:Nice couple of Munros; you got some good photos of the views - it looked a cracking day. I remember skirting round the side of Vorlich to avoid climbing it twice and thinking the same as you; probably would have been easier going back over the top, plus you'd get the views that were behind you on the ascent. :? :)

Thanks dav, it'll be once bitten twice shy if I ever go back

jmarkb wrote:Some cracking views in there - really shows that autumn is here! :D
Another option is to go over Ben Our, which also has good (and slightly different views). There is a faint path from the col to the summit and then towards Sron Mhor where it fades out amongst some peat hags, but you can then make an easy grassy descent to pick up the track around NN630215.

Hi jmark, I did consider going over Ben Our, but was wet, dirty and p***ed off by the time I hit that path :lol:

jamesb63 wrote:Very nice pics :clap: :clap: I done this walk today and it was something else
had 360 degree Inversions and a Brocken Spectre thrown in for good measure :lol:
I stayed high of the path back after you come off Stuc and it was not to bad
in fact I wear approach shoes and had dry feet at the end :D


Hi james, looks like you had a great day, some nice photo's there. You can't beat a good inversion :D

KatTai wrote:Lovely report and great photos! These two are on my to-do list for next year, think unless we get some very dry weather I'll just go back over Vorlich as I haven't read much good about the other way! And I hate getting my feet wet!


Thanks Kat, I would definitely recommend them. I think you would need a drought for that path to be dry :lol:
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Re: Ben Vorlich & Stuc a' Chroin

Postby joedugsmith » Fri Oct 16, 2015 8:27 am

Great photos,what a difference a good camera makes,hope you had a good drive home,mabey see you again on one of our next outings,Joe.
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Re: Ben Vorlich & Stuc a' Chroin

Postby mamoset » Fri Oct 16, 2015 9:54 am

joedugsmith wrote:Great photos,what a difference a good camera makes,hope you had a good drive home,mabey see you again on one of our next outings,Joe.

Hey joe, was great to meet you and John 8) Drive home was fine, glad you like the photo's :D
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