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Meall na Fearna and Ben Vorlich

Meall na Fearna and Ben Vorlich


Postby rockhopper » Sun Feb 08, 2015 11:14 pm

Route description: Meall na Fearna, from Loch Earn

Munros included on this walk: Ben Vorlich (Loch Earn)

Corbetts included on this walk: Meall na Fearna

Date walked: 07/02/2015

Time taken: 6.8 hours

Distance: 16.1 km

Ascent: 1410m

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Forecast for Saturday looked to be quite good albeit with strong winds expected - didn’t materialise until later. Only one car parked before me in the roadside layby at Ardvorlich. Set off about sunrise south up Glen Vorlich.


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Followed the path initially, went over a wee bridge then gained more height. Left the path probably a little too early heading SW towards Meall na Fearna - some soft snow and heather to get through before gaining more height alongside Ben Vorlich.

Ben Vorlich

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Loch Earn and Ben Lawers range

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Ben Vorlich again

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Skirted west of Beinn Domhnuill then SE through some peat hags and snow fields towards Meall na Fearna.

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Stuc a Chroin behind Ben Vorlich

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Clear views from the top of Meall na Fearna

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There was a bit of a wind at the summit but not too bad. Set off SW down to Glen Vorlich with the intention of picking up the SE ridge of Ben Vorlich.

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Didn’t take long to find a suitable point to cross the burn.

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At the other side, stopped to don the microspikes just to give a bit more grip (crampons not needed) and undo the ice axe - then up steeply to gain the main ridge.

View over to Stuc a Chroin

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Towards Stirling Castle

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Onwards and upwards - was passed by a hill runner

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Got to the top and met a few other walkers. The wind suddenly became ferocious - difficult to stand some times in the gusts. Took a few photos then walked down to the SW out of the wind to stop and have some lunch.

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After lunch, continued down to the bealach above Coire Buidhe then northwards up Ben Our.

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Looking back

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A wee bit slippery descending from Ben Our but it does give some nice views over Loch Earn.

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Met some more people on the way back to the car - many more cars parked at the side of the road now.

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Re: Meall na Fearna and Ben Vorlich

Postby Collaciotach » Sun Feb 08, 2015 11:26 pm

Some nice pics there one of the Castle is good :clap:

Second Round of Munros then ? :wink:
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Re: Meall na Fearna and Ben Vorlich

Postby kev_russ » Mon Feb 09, 2015 12:50 am

Braw :wink:
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Re: Meall na Fearna and Ben Vorlich

Postby Alteknacker » Mon Feb 09, 2015 2:12 am

Brilliant photies. :clap: :clap: :clap: Great weather. Was planning to come up North at the end of next week, but the weather forecast is a tad inauspicious...
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Re: Meall na Fearna and Ben Vorlich

Postby PeteR » Mon Feb 09, 2015 9:18 am

Superb :clap:

Meall na Fearna was my final hill of 2014. Similarly sunny conditions with a good snow covering too. The view to Ben Vorlich and that long ridge is a stunner. I thought my photos weren't bad, but pale imitations compared to yours.
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Re: Meall na Fearna and Ben Vorlich

Postby Comacchio » Mon Feb 09, 2015 9:49 am

rockhopper wrote:Forecast for Saturday looked to be quite good albeit with strong winds expected - didn’t materialise until later. Only one car parked before me in the roadside layby at Ardvorlich.


Was that car a blue ford focus by any chance? My girlfriend and I started off at 6.45ish and done Vorlich and Stuc a Chroin. The prow was a wee bit scary!!

Looks like you had a great day! Fantastic pictures.

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Re: Meall na Fearna and Ben Vorlich

Postby Sarah86 » Mon Feb 09, 2015 2:47 pm

Cracking set of photos, really captures the day. Looks very picturesque in the snow, quite different to when I was up in November. Great views to be had from there.
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Re: Meall na Fearna and Ben Vorlich

Postby rockhopper » Mon Feb 09, 2015 9:26 pm

Comacchio wrote:Was that car a blue ford focus by any chance? My girlfriend and I started off at 6.45ish and done Vorlich and Stuc a Chroin. The prow was a wee bit scary!!

Yup - think it was - parked on the right at the start of the last wee layby before the bridge facing west towards a tree.

Might be the two of you in the photo below ascending the ridge at about 0920hrs ?

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Re: Meall na Fearna and Ben Vorlich

Postby malky_c » Mon Feb 09, 2015 9:30 pm

Looks like a fantastic day out :D . Makes me wonder why I've not been up Ben Our - it has great views of Stuc a' Chroin in particular.
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Re: Meall na Fearna and Ben Vorlich

Postby Fife Flyer » Mon Feb 09, 2015 10:48 pm

Nice one RH, some cracking photo's :clap:

You are obviously much fitter than me :lol: I was pretty knackered after Meall na Fearna, maybe the snow was softer :lol: Another excuse I could offer is no one else had been up before me :wink:
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Re: Meall na Fearna and Ben Vorlich

Postby Comacchio » Mon Feb 09, 2015 11:30 pm

rockhopper wrote:
Comacchio wrote:Was that car a blue ford focus by any chance? My girlfriend and I started off at 6.45ish and done Vorlich and Stuc a Chroin. The prow was a wee bit scary!!

Yup - think it was - parked on the right at the start of the last wee layby before the bridge facing west towards a tree.

Might be the two of you in the photo below ascending the ridge at about 0920hrs ?

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Aye - well spotted!! Fantastic day to be out in the wild. My calves are still feeling it!

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Re: Meall na Fearna and Ben Vorlich

Postby dooterbang » Tue Feb 10, 2015 5:04 pm

MnF reminds me of the time Mountain Thyme and I did it, was a total white out!

Some nice views and cracking photos.

Take it you didn't fancy a wee scramble up SaC :wink:
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Re: Meall na Fearna and Ben Vorlich

Postby mountain thyme » Tue Feb 10, 2015 5:48 pm

Great Pics RH. The hills looks their best in the winter. Round 2 ? Or corbetts first ?
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Re: Meall na Fearna and Ben Vorlich

Postby rockhopper » Tue Feb 10, 2015 11:39 pm

cheers all :)

colla, MT - focus on corbetts but add on others as I go this time.....about a decade methinks :roll:

dooters - SaC scramble....looked a wee bit too scary to me and am still unfit....
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Re: Meall na Fearna and Ben Vorlich

Postby Silverhill » Thu Feb 12, 2015 11:02 pm

Good to see how the views were supposed to be when I did Ben Vorlich. Your pictures are amazingly sharp! 8)
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