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Munro no.2 - Ben Vorlich (Loch Earn)

PostPosted: Tue Oct 26, 2010 10:31 pm
by rockhopper
Again, some very old pics here (Pentax MX with 35mm film) is more for my own record keeping information. [Note - not sure about the order the ascent/descent photos were taken]

Ben Vorlich (Loch Earn).JPG

We parked at Ardvorlich on the south side of Loch Earn so that we could start on the usual track to Ben Vorlich. We had thought about tackling Stuc a Chroin as well but were concerned that it may be a bit too tricky for us in wintry conditions.

From Ben Vorlich towards Ben Lawers group......I think.JPG

We started heading south on the track up Glen Vorlich but fairly early on headed off in a SW direction towards Sron Mhor and then headed up and over Ben Our. From there it was a fairly straightforward walk SE to Ben Vorlich.

Ben Vorlich - summit.JPG

Ben Vorlich - summit  (me on the right).JPG

I think maybe looking north to Ghaordaidh, Tarmachan, Lawers group.JPG

After stopping at the top for pictures and food we again thought about Stuc a Chroin........and again decided to leave it off for another day as we were still not sure we could manage it [note - still haven't been up Stuc a Chroin over 20 years later but hope to soon......]

Some more pictures as follows:

Ben Vorlich - possibly bhealach leading from summit.JPG

Ben Vorlich - silhouette.JPG

Re: Munro no.2

PostPosted: Wed Oct 27, 2010 1:41 am
by Jockstar
Was this walk quite straighforward then? Sorry but haven't ventured that way yet. !

Re: Munro no.2

PostPosted: Wed Oct 27, 2010 8:34 am
by mountain coward
I'm looking forward to Ben Vorlich (that one) - it looks a great hill! Some superb pics there, especially like the first summit shot :D

Re: Munro no.2

PostPosted: Thu Oct 28, 2010 9:06 pm
by rockhopper
It was a fairly long time ago but I think it must've been fairly straightforward as we were quite new to hill walking and it was in the snow in winter. That said, we didn't go on to Stuc a Chroin as it was supposed to be a bit trickier with scrambly bits and we thought it may have been too slippy for us at that point.

Thanks. After the end of 1987 I hardly climbed any hills at all for over 20 years and am only now getting back into it. :D

Re: Munro no.2

PostPosted: Thu Oct 28, 2010 10:00 pm
by Graeme D
Wow! Stunning! And from 1897 as well! Thought you looked a bit different to my recollection of you when I bumped into you recently on Oss! :lol: :lol: :lol: :lol: I hadn't paid attention to the date at first until I read the first couple of replies. This report actually really chimes with me - I climbed Ben Vorlich the following year, 1988, although I honestly do not know whether I truly summited that day or not. It was my final year at school and it was a charity fundraiser event. I had little real interest in the hills in those days and had never even stopped to contemplate the idea of actually climbing all the Munros. Not surprisingly I had no camera with me that day in 1988 so sadly I cannot submit a retro-report like this one. It was another 16 years until I stood on the summit of Schiehallion and officially counted that as my first Munro and more than 20 years until I reached number 3! I have since been back and officially registered Vorlich, but ironically I forgot my camera that day so STILL have no photographic evidence. :(

Re: Munro no.2

PostPosted: Thu Oct 28, 2010 11:59 pm
by rockhopper
Cheers Graeme. There seem to be quite a few people who climb a small number initially then leave off for a long time. I'm starting planning a few longer trips but probably won't manage them until next year.
Also, I've never tried wild camping (last time I slept in a tent was in the BB in the 1970's) but I'm thinking about getting a tent etc to try it..........mostly down to you and your reports I must say :D :D

Re: Munro no.2

PostPosted: Fri Oct 29, 2010 12:11 am
by houdi
Nice pics. I have done these two twice - once in summer and once on New Year's Day. They definitely look better with a covering of snow, especially Stuc a Chroin. Saw my first (and only) mountain hares on Vorlich.