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Ben Vane - winter
by davgil » Thu Jan 20, 2011 1:48 pm
Route description: Ben Vane, from Inveruglas
Munros included on this walk: Ben Vane
Date walked: 19/01/2011
Distance: 11 kmRegister or Login free to be able to rate and comment on reports (as well as access 1:25000 mapping).
Parked at the visitor centre, along the main road, over the locked gate and up the tarmac road towards Coiregrogain.
Looking South West (left) from the road, a good view of A' Chrois.
Over the bridge South West (left) from the road, A' Chrois straight ahead.
Ben Vane up to the right, out of picture.
Ben Vane now showing it's top (not the summit) free of cloud, for the first time.
Halfway up and the weather on the summit wasn't looking too promising
One small section of scrambling, a couple of really difficult steps due to ice on the rocks which admittedly I was a little uncomfortable with. Aren't those difficult steps always a little more daunting when alone?
But the reward was worth it as the mist/cloud was intermittent giving some nice
changing and atmospheric views on the summit.
This is a beautiful summit with a very flat plateaux.
About 15 minutes later a couple of guys joined me on the summit.
We chatted a little then headed down together stopping for some lunch soaking up the views.
10 minutes off the summit and the cloud was clearing to reveal a beautiful blue sky.
Happens every time
Last pic of the day looking at Ben Lomond under some lovely wispy clouds.
Excellent wee hill, albeit with a difficult step due to winter conditions.
No idea how long I took as didn't check the time at either end of the walk
by rockhopper » Thu Jan 20, 2011 2:31 pm
by robertphillips » Thu Jan 20, 2011 4:47 pm
nice photos we met on my way down from summit yesterday
by davgil » Thu Jan 20, 2011 5:26 pm
Was good to meet you yesterday, should have taken a pic of you for the report!
by JTweedie » Thu Jan 20, 2011 8:49 pm
It always strikes me how easy it is to underestimate the snow on mountains, no wonder many people get in trouble during the winter. From your photo down at the bottom looking up at Ben Vane, it doesn't look like there's much snow there, but your summit photos say otherwise, they really do look like alpine peaks with the sparkling snow and jagged rocks.
by soulminer » Thu Jan 20, 2011 9:02 pm
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by davgil » Fri Jan 21, 2011 1:58 pm
Glenrothes - Yes you can cycle in a fair bit. In fact I met Robert Phillips, who commented above, coming down as I was still heading up and he had done just that. I reckon it might cut 15 - 20 minutes off each end of the walk.
by skuk007 » Fri Jan 21, 2011 10:50 pm
I remember those tricky little scrambly bits from when I did it in the sun. Don't think I'd like to try them when covered in snow.
davgil wrote: I reckon it might cut 15 - 20 minutes off each end of the walk.
Cheers for that mate. Still to do the southern Munros.
by xpfloyd » Sat Jan 22, 2011 9:58 pm
by xpfloyd » Mon Jan 24, 2011 10:37 pm
Did you require crampons for this one or did you do without? Im thinking of doing this one on sat but I dont have crampons yet and after my wee scare on Beinn a'Chroin last weekend im a bit apprehensive about it now.
by davgil » Tue Jan 25, 2011 12:23 am
I reached the summit without crampons...BUT...there's one very awkward icy step which I didn't fancy at all on the way back.
However, 2 guys came up behind me and they had come past that step and climbed a very steep, but short snow covered slope instead. This is the route we all took back down and I was glad of the crampons and axe for this 5 minute section.
Robert Phillips who was ahead of me on the way up (see his earlier post) didn't use them as far as I know.
So I guess my answer would be maybe very difficult to know what people are comfortable with!
Not much help, but best I can offer!