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Ben Venue

PostPosted: Thu Mar 31, 2016 2:35 pm
by ParresaAmirsedghi
So it all started off fairly straightforwardly. We parked at the carpark by Loch Achray and began walking the signed pathway (bearing in my mind, my hill bagging experience is minimal and my fitness is lower than minimal...), so i was happy. There were signs. I probably wasn't going to get lost, snowed under, frozen or whatever.
Anyway, we passed over the boardwalk, through the forestry area, diagonally over the forestry track and on through the hole in the fence...
Then the signs stopped and so did any path, so it seemed. And all turned to bog.. Fab - the one day i didn't wear my hill walking boots and opted for trainers instead ( I wont be making that mistake again)
I had a moment of mild panic when I couldn't make out any obvious track but then i found a pretty waterfall and humped over heather and mud to take some pictures of it, whilst the husband dutifully waited and looked at his watch (several times..)
So on we carried, despite not seeing any clear route but we managed to get up round and in to the col and found the cairn (hurrah! We weren't totally lost after all) we chose to have our lunch stop here as it was slightly sheltered and the views were magnificent (I think this part looks over Loch Katrine but correct me if i'm wrong).
The next part was also a bit of a guess as to where we should scramble up and which way would be the easiest for our dog- turns out that she is as nimble as a mountain goat anyway and we needn't have worried (look out for the goat herds by the way!)
We chose a relatively safe route with a bit of rock scrambling on hands (maybe it was just me on my hands...) and after about three or four separate scrambles, we reached the trig point. Absolutely delighted with myself and overwhelmed by the views. The hill bagging bug has definitely set in....!

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Re: Ben Venue

PostPosted: Tue Apr 12, 2016 10:42 am
by SecretSquirrel
Looks like you had some great views from the top :thumbup:

Funny you mention the waterfall. When doing this route, I remember, at the top of a small corrie, reaching an area of slabby rocks and being unsure which direction to head next. It was the sound of running water that got me moving and heading in the right direction across a wet section, picking up the path towards the bealach and cairn.

ps ... did you also visit the cairn at the 729m spot?

Re: Ben Venue

PostPosted: Sun Apr 17, 2016 8:19 pm
by ParresaAmirsedghi
Oh it was absolutely stunning and such a relief to actually be able to SEE the view as with previous hills where the fog has just got in the way! I'm a sucker for a waterfall photo but I really did think I was lost at that point! (Slight over reaction as it turns out...)
I'm not sure about the other cairn, to be honest... I was just hellbent on getting to the top by that point I think! :lol: