Ben Vorlich and Stuc a`Chroin
by tomyboy73 » Mon Jul 12, 2010 5:06 pm
Route description: Ben Vorlich and Stuc a'Chroin
Munros included on this walk: Ben Vorlich (Loch Earn), Stuc a'Chroin
Date walked: 10/07/2010
Time taken: 5 hours
Distance: 15.2 km
Ascent: 1411mRegister or Login free to be able to rate and comment on reports (as well as access 1:25000 mapping).
Wasn`t exactly sure where this walk started so after i parked my car a couple of hundred yards from Ardvorlich house, which is just after the wee humpback bridge, I walked back there to find that you walk throught the entrance to the driveway and up by the house. It was just coming up for 1 o`clock and i thought if i was going to do these two munros and get back in time for the world cup final I`d better get my ass in gear. Although the sky was pretty bleak looking , it was really clamy and after ten minutes i`d stripped off the jacket,gaiters and zip offs of my trousers. Looking up to Ben Vorlich all i coul see was cloud i`d placed my trust in the weather forecast which said it would brighten up by mid afternoon, but looked like it was wrong again.
I soldiered on up the path towards the hill convinced that again after setting out to do 2 munros for the 3rd time , i was only going to do one. It`s quiet a steep path with no scrambling or much deviation to the route and as i was on my own and it wasn`t a very nice day, i found it quite boring. But the wind was really geting up now and a few walkers i met on the way down advised me to wrap up as they found it quite wild near the top. So after about an hour, i must have been about 3/4 up, i sat down behind some rocks out of the wind(well, almost) had some tea and sandwiches and put some more clothes on. As i approached the final climb to the summit the wind was blowing really hard and as i climbed up the scree i was glad it was quite a wide path.
Anyway, got to the top and had to stand against the trig point whilst i got my camera out for fear of being blown away It was also really cloudy and not much could be seen including Stuch a`Chroin, so i thought i`d hang around a bit and wait for the cloud to clear.
After checking with the map,and the clouds giving a sneak preview of the surrondings i headed for Stuc a`Chroin. The way down to the separating beallach was much rockier than the path up vorlich. I read that it was bit of a scramble up this one and i saw a path beyond a boulder field to my right and decided to go for that route instead. After bounding across the rocks i got to the bottom of the path and began to trudge up, as my legs were telling me to go back down, and i was hoping for better views from here as a reward to myself. Eventually i got there and the wind had died and the cloud had mostly cleared.
So i headed back down, slipping ocasionally on the scree and sinking into the mud as the ground is really marshy as you make your way round the side of vorlich, and eventually back onto the path back down to Ardvorlich.
- Ben Vorlich
by Bay Bloke » Mon Jul 12, 2010 5:21 pm
Definetely want to do the scramble at some future point.
by Jock McJock » Mon Jul 12, 2010 7:49 pm
by skuk007 » Mon Jul 12, 2010 8:28 pm
by Scotjamie » Mon Jul 12, 2010 8:57 pm
I have been saving these southern hills for a short winter day's walk but you make them look tempting for any outing
by Penguin » Tue Jul 13, 2010 12:15 am
by Graeme D » Wed Jul 14, 2010 1:49 pm