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Ben Vorlich and Stuc a Chroin
by 2dalmatians » Sun Oct 31, 2010 11:05 am
Route description: Ben Vorlich and Stuc a'Chroin
Munros included on this walk: Ben Vorlich (Loch Earn), Stuc a'Chroin
Date walked: 30/10/2010
Time taken: 6.5 hours
Distance: 13.5 km
Ascent: 1110mRegister or Login free to be able to rate and comment on reports (as well as access 1:25000 mapping).
Ruby and I set off at around 0940 from the roadside at Ardvorlich House and although the weather at that point wasnt great it was certainly looking much better than last time.
After about 30 minutes we caught up with 3 other walkers (Rick, Billy and Billy's son). Our pace was similar so we ended up tagging along for a while. They had travelled up by car from Musselburgh to do this walk.
As an approach to a Munro I think this is my favourite so far. You can see the mountain ahead all the way and although you are climbing it isn't overstrenuous at the start which means you enjoy the view up to the mountain.
As we approached the summit of Ben Vorlich the views just got better and better (apologies for the poor photos - I really need to get something else as the Blackberry just isn't good enough)
One of the aspects of climbing Vorlich that I really liked was that you can see the cairn stone looming above you as you climb up toward the summit - just out of reach!
It was very blustery at the summit and cold too! my fingers were numb at this point so we (Ruby and me) set off quite quickly towards Stuc to see if we could catch up with Rick who had been in front of us. Billy and his son were about 30 minutes behind
Descending down I spotted Rick about 20 minutes ahead and whistled to him. He obligingly stopped and waited for me to catch up. I was a bit relieved to be honest as based on the WH walk report I didn't fancy climbing up Stuc on my own (dealing with heights isnt one of my strengths!). After crossing the Beleach we had a little debate about whether to head up the grass scree or take the more difficult route up through the boulder field/scramble. Now at this point I could have played the "Ruby doesnt climb" card, but I know that she is a much better climber than me! So off we went through the boulders!! Apart from one section which I wasn't comfortable with and did play the "Ruby cant make this climb bit - honest!" we managed the climb without incident. (Rick was ahead of us here and managed to guide me to an easier section). We reached the summit just before 2pm. Unfortunately there was a bit more cloud cover and so the views were a little restricted. .
There was no sign of Billy and his son following behind and Rick was a little concerned that they would be suffering from a bit of exposure back at their car as he had the keys or that they may be waiting to ambush him when he got back! But not to worry as we approached the lochside they were both there in high spirits and satisfied with their climb up Ben Vorlich. This was Billy's son's first munro (I think) and he was (quite rightly) delighted!
An excellent walk with great company too!
by Merry-walker » Sun Oct 31, 2010 11:20 am
by pigeon » Sun Oct 31, 2010 8:53 pm
by walk aboot » Sun Oct 31, 2010 10:31 pm
Hey, that's the same Rick I met on the West Highland Way last month. He's a mountain goat isn't he, well done for keeping up with him and doing Stuc a Chroin as well .
by andyroog » Mon Nov 01, 2010 12:13 pm
by 2dalmatians » Mon Nov 01, 2010 9:26 pm
by 2dalmatians » Mon Nov 01, 2010 9:27 pm
by Merry-walker » Mon Nov 01, 2010 11:41 pm
Need a holiday!!!
by jwramsay » Tue Nov 02, 2010 8:58 pm
Stuc A Chroin (from A84 at Loch Lubnaig):
by 2dalmatians » Tue Nov 02, 2010 11:01 pm
by Grandpa Lee » Sat Nov 06, 2010 7:25 pm
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