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Feeling the pain on Ben Vane
by LailaQuiche » Mon Sep 10, 2018 9:47 am
Munros included on this walk: Ben Vane
Date walked: 29/08/2018
Time taken: 4.93 hours
Distance: 12.4 km
Ascent: 986mRegister or Login free to be able to rate and comment on reports (as well as access 1:25000 mapping).
The walk in fairly eases you in and is not too taxing. The top of Ben Vane, and the other neighbouring hills, were shrouded in clag and I was not feeling hopeful about getting any decent views at the summit. I plodded on none the less, hoping that the forecast would prove true.
I found the subtle path that leaves the main track and heads up towards Ben Vane with no problems this time. I trundled along through the bog and it wasn't long before the steep ascent begun. And when I say steep...it is STEEP. I really struggled to motivate myself and felt like I was taking a very fitful pace up the steep incline. I felt like I was constantly stopping to catch my breath. The week before I had positively skipped up Ben Wyvis and had marvelled at my increased fitness...Ben Vane sucked all this confidence from me and I felt incredibly slow and out of puff. I had a sit down on a rock for a bit to have a few energy boosting snacks and give myself a slap around the chops. I carried on picking my way up - every time I looked back at my previous resting spot I felt like I had made hardly any progress at all. Some men coming down offered some encouragement and informed me that Ben Vane is one of the steeper ones. This cheered me up a bit. They also advised me to take some path branching to the right to avoid the scramble. I begun to find my stride a bit as I neared the top. Lots of false summits awaited but I was mentally prepared for these! I did NOT manage to avoid the scrambles and tackled these with the finesse of a drunk octopus.
I finally made it to the top which rewarded me with a nice clagless summit! I could see plenty of clouds swirling in the distance and felt chuffed for persevering despite my lack of mental motivation. I spent about half an hour eating my pieces and soaking in the surrounding landscape. I felt very at peace.
I started getting chilly so begun the treacherous descent. My poor knees were not a fan and there was a lot of slipping and sliding on the way down. It was a relief to get back to the level path that leads back to the main road.
Despite the fact I felt like a snail, I was surprised to see that I hadn't been quite as slow as I thought and had made it back to the car park in relatively good time considering my mental anguish!
by Coop » Mon Sep 10, 2018 3:56 pm
I read that Ben Vane as well as Beinn a Ghlo were earmarked for path repairs lower down.
That'll help with that boggy start.
by ArgyllGoSlow » Mon Sep 10, 2018 9:59 pm
by johnscot55 » Tue Sep 11, 2018 11:09 am