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Ben Venue via Hell ;)

PostPosted: Mon Aug 23, 2010 7:36 pm
by ryppn
This was my second attempt to climb a hill after the failed attempt the previous weekend on Meall Ghaordaidh. We set off reasonably early and arrived at the Parking Area next to Loch Achray around 1pm.
Loch Achray by the Parking Area

The Countryside was quite pleasant and views up to the top started to appear in front of us as we walked toward the forested area.
It can see us coming!

We continued to walk along the path, marked by colour coded posts and after an eternity we came out onto an open area which crossed uphill over to another treeline. Once through this second wooded section we emerged out onto a boggy section up a raised area where we were delighted by the small waterfall. Upward and soon we passed the large cairn mentioned in the walk notes. As we continued to climb the views really started to improve.
Other hilltops appearing as we climb.

As we rounded a few undulations a loch suddenly appeared to our left.
Loch Katrine, can you see the goats down the slope in the foreground?

We then had a scramble to get up the last of the way but we were blessed with some great views as reward.
View from the top

Obligatory summit shot.

After this point the phone ran out of charge so I had no opportunity to record the horror of the return, including going over on my ankle three times (I have MS which makes me a bit clumsy), but filled with my usual determination we finally got back to the carpark. :D

All in all, a very worthwhile trip and we've already attempted Ben Chonzie since, but I'll write that up once we get to the top, hopefully on the next attempt!

Top lesson learnt so far... get a damn GPS! My brother can't read a map to save himself which caused the abort on Meall Ghaordaidh due to a wrong turn at the Shiellings.

Best laugh... marching to some unknown hill in the distance, then, after realising it's the wrong one, turning to my brother and asking "Did you bring the ring?"

Anyways, I hope you enjoy my first writeup :lol:

Best Regards,


Re: Ben Venue via Hell ;)

PostPosted: Tue Aug 24, 2010 11:08 am
by kevsbald
Well done, John. You should try the Tiso course on navigation (£40) as this is a good wee course for knowing how to navigate.

Re: Ben Venue via Hell ;)

PostPosted: Tue Aug 24, 2010 10:57 pm
by mountain coward
You're doing brilliantly to say you've got MS - well done. I haven't done that one yet - it does look nice though. Nice first report :D

Re: Ben Venue via Hell ;)

PostPosted: Tue Aug 24, 2010 11:05 pm
by LeithySuburbs
ryppn wrote:Ben Venue via Hell

Didn't realize Ibrox was so close to Ben Venue ;).

A GPS is a good idea but map and compass reading is a more important skill. As Kev says, there are good and reasonably priced short courses you can do. Also, IMO, map reading is more fun and you can pick out distant hills/features/towns etc that you can't see on a small GPS screen. If like me you're really sad, you may find yourself "reading" maps just for fun...