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Ben Vane - Arrochar Alps

PostPosted: Tue Feb 01, 2011 9:39 pm
by jwramsay
Sunday 11th October 2009 and Ben Vane at Loch Lomond was the single munro of choice today. Doing it by myself.


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Parked up at the Inveruglas visitor centre and walked it down past the Sloy Power Station and under the railway. Followed the road (locked by a big gate, so no driving down it!) avoiding the numerous cow pats until the fork for Ben Vane. A majorly boggy section ensued but by the time you hit the distinctive path the route gets much better.

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The knobbly Ben Vane


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Rainbow near Sloy



It's pretty steep but no exposure - very enjoyable actually. You gain height quickly and there are many false summits. Then, near the top there is a bit of cracking scrambling (again no exposure here at all), and then you are on the large plateau summit. Looks good to combine this one with Ime and Narnain.

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Ben Vorlich and Loch Sloy


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Narnain, Ime and The Cobbler



I just stayed at the top for ages taking photos of the changing conditions. The autumnal colours over at Ben Lomond were superb.

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Plateau Summit with Ben Lomond


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Ben Lomond, Lock Artlet, Loch Catrine and Loch Lomond


Trace back the same path to descend.

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Sloy Dam with Ben Vorlich behind. Ben Lui in the distance I reckon.


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The path up Vane


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Ben Lomond


After hitting the boggy section at the bottom I spent a few minutes in the river getting my boots cleaned. The walk out back to the Inveruglas carpark took much longer than expected. I had a deadline to be home and got stopped for speeding through Dumbarton by an unmarked police motorbike. He let me off with a warning, nice man.

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Re: Ben Vane - Arrochar Alps

PostPosted: Thu Feb 03, 2011 10:20 pm
by skuk007
Nice report, and great views from the top. :)
Ime and Narnain can be done with Vane in one day though it's a bit of a trek!