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Not for the faint hearted

Not for the faint hearted

Postby GrantH » Sun Aug 30, 2020 5:22 pm

Route description: Ben Vorlich and Stùc a' Chròin

Munros included on this walk: Ben Vorlich (Loch Earn), Stùc a' Chròin

Date walked: 30/08/2020

Time taken: 7.5 hours

Distance: 17.5 km

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Ben Vorlich is a fairly simple walk following a well made path with some erosion owing to the number of visitors to this hill.

Stuc a Chroin can be accessed from a path that takes you away from the scramble which is advisable for anyone who is not experienced as this is not a simple scramble. The path up the scramble section is very narrow and underfoot it is loose so care must be taken not to dislodge anything that can then fall and hit other walkers below. You also need to take care when climbing not to shift weight until you are certain the rock is not loose. When you get to the top of the scramble you immediately are at a cairn, this is not the summit more a well done you survived marker. The walk to the summit is relatively simple and can be seen from where you are standing.

Once you get to the summit and you are starting the long walk back to Loch Earn you follow a path that starts fairly shallow and then turn right to a steep section on a very eroded path (nine out of ten people fall on their butts at this section). Once you get to the bottom of this you then have a very draining section through very very very boggy ground that skirts around the bottom of Ben Vorlich. When you meet up with the path leading to Ben Vorlich this is of great relief. The remainder of the walk is fairly simple following the track down that you started by coming up.

I extended my walk by going down the South side of Ben Vorlich to the glen below (rather than the path down the West side) and then turning back to eventually meet the track to Stuc a Chroin, this was also a very boggy area.

The walk was a great day out even though it was also very tiring.
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Re: Not for the faint hearted

Postby rebeccamcquillan1 » Mon Aug 31, 2020 7:55 pm

Sums up my thoughts on the climb up Stuc a'Chroin exactly!
The "well done you survived" marker :lol:
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