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Ben Vorlich from the South

Ben Vorlich from the South


Postby Finlaysons » Thu Apr 07, 2016 1:54 am

Munros included on this walk: Ben Vorlich (Loch Earn)

Date walked: 05/03/2016

Time taken: 6 hours

Distance: 18 km

Ascent: 1120m

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Unfortunately this report is being written a month after the walk - but it's easy to remember such a great day out!

After a strenuous week enough was enough - time for an adventure. I dug out my snow gear and called my brother, “Get the first train down to Perth tomorrow morning".

After setting off from Edinburgh and collecting David we drove on to Callander. Taking the right turn to Braklinn falls we followed the road to Braeleng Farm, our starting point. It was the start of lambing season so Lucy (the collie) was kept on a short lead for the first part of the walk.

We followed the track until we reached the Keltie water - several new bridges had been constructed meaning we didn't have to ford it which was a relief. The views up the glen were fantastic. After crossing the Keltie water we followed the paths towards Arivurichardich. We then started to head for the low point between Stuc a'Chroin and Meall Odhar.
The View up the Glen.jpg
David & Lucy on the way to the low point between Stuc a'Chroin and Meall Odhar
There was a decent layer of snow at this point. The view of Ben Vorlich from this aspect was breath taking, so we decided to go for it, despite having to lose most of our hard earned altitude to reach it. We had great fun using the snow shovels as sledges to slide to the bottom of the glen! An exhilarating trick I learnt in Canada.
Posing.jpg
The View of Vorlich from the low point


The sun was out in force so we decided to have a bite to eat next to the crystal clear burn, sunbathing on some rocks. This was the perfect way to prepare for main event. We began our ascent up Ben Vorlich by climbing up the shoulder to meet the gradual ridge - we wanted to be on the ridge before meeting the snow/ice again. Thankfully it turned out to be soft and not icy for the most part - the wind was also coming out the north so we were sheltered until the last 200m or so. About halfway up we put on our crampons just to be safe. After carefully navigating the deeper snow and steeper sections we reached the summit, and were rewarded with some truly amazing views - especially across to Stuc a'Chroin which looked formidable in these conditions.
The view to Stuc a'chroin.jpg
Looking formidable
David Summit.jpg
We made it! Now put me down!
Jamie Summit.jpg
Obligatory Summit photo
The View North.jpg
The view Northwards
Loch Earn.jpg
The view of loch Earn


The original plan was to scale both these munros, so we headed down the other side of Vorlich towards Stuc a'Chroin.
Ridge Walk.jpg
David and Lucy at the top
At this point crampons and ice axe were a must - the wind had hard packed the snow and it was incredibly icy. The thought of sliding down the mountain was somewhat less appealing than our previous antics. At the low point on the ridge between these two munros we realised that Lucy – despite being quite the trooper - would need some crampons too to make it up Stuc a’Chroin and we decided to call it day.

We decided to follow the burn we had had lunch next to from its source and proceeded down the southern gulley. The water had frozen into a toboggan-like chute, and we made the most of it! We slid down the majority of the gulley in a matter of minutes, until the chute was beginning to melt. At this point we got back to our feet made back for the low point between Stuc a'Chroin and Meall Odhar, to finally retrace our steps.
Homeward Bound.jpg
Looking back towards Arivurichardich


This was one of the best days either of us have had in the Scottish hills. The route from the South is strenuous but worth it; I plan to return in the summer to conquer Stuc a’Chroin and its neighbouring corbett Beinn Each.

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Some attempted panoramas
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Some attempted panoramas
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Re: Ben Vorlich from the South

Postby Petr Dakota » Thu Apr 07, 2016 10:08 am

Interesting route, great views and some super shots :clap: :clap: :clap:
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Re: Ben Vorlich from the South

Postby jmarkb » Thu Apr 07, 2016 11:35 am

Nice report! And thanks for the info about the new bridges - do you remember where they are?
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Re: Ben Vorlich from the South

Postby Finlaysons » Thu Apr 07, 2016 12:31 pm

Thanks guys! The bridges cross the water downstream of the reservoir, below Arivurichardic. They seem to be have been constructed for vehicles. If you follow the 4x4 path from the farm you will eventually reach a fork in the road. The left route takes you up to the reservoir whilst the right one will take you across the water and the bridges. Hope this helps!
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