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no rain on Ben Vane
by tomyboy73 » Wed Oct 06, 2010 10:31 pm
Route description: Ben Vane, from Inveruglas
Munros included on this walk: Ben Vane
Date walked: 02/10/2010
Time taken: 5 hours
Distance: 10 km
Ascent: 969mRegister or Login free to be able to rate and comment on reports (as well as access 1:25000 mapping).
I felt good as i carried on up and was about two thirds of the way up before i met people coming down, who had walked mainly in cloud. It was getting a bit chilly in the breeze and i stopped for some tea and pasta . All around me was clear for a minute or two and then cloud seemed to rise up from the ground and within minutes it was a total whiteout. It was great just watching the cloud appear from nowhere and then just as quickly dissapear.
I was soon off again climbing and scrambling up the steep path and felt a light spittle of rain so stuck my waterproof jacket on, but that was the last of the rain. As each peak appeared again and again i thought i was at the top, but had to laugh at myself at the amount of times i do this. I took a wander off the path to my left and climbed up a rock to gaet a view of the glen below and down to loch sloy dam, when what seemed like a rainbow appeared below but it soon formed into a huge rainbow halo, spectacular. I took some pics and then stood directly in front of the sun to cast my huge shadow down the mountain.
I thought this was great and really enjoyed the final parts where you can climb up through the rocks to the top. I hung around taking some pics and although it was quite clear the clouds wouldn`t quite shift from the surrounding peaks.
I headed back down, taking care on the steep path finding that i didn`t quite need to clamber down as there are alternative paths around the scrambly bits, and got back to the car about 6ish and feeling quite good about my day.
by rockhopper » Wed Oct 06, 2010 10:46 pm
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by tomyboy73 » Thu Oct 07, 2010 9:52 pm
- mountain coward
by tomyboy73 » Sun Oct 10, 2010 10:05 am
mountain coward wrote:Your Brocken Spectre (and glory - that's the halo bit) was only there 'cos you were there as it stems directly from your shadow being projected onto the cloud by the sun behind you. But the mountain peaks can have their own Brocken Spectre where the shape of the peak is projected onto the cloud - so yes, they do happen when you're not there to see them. Some good photies there - especially like the one looking up one of the scrambles...
Amasing brocken spectre. Excellent pictures. I loved Ben Vane with its false summits and scrambles. Well done.