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Ben Venue

Ben Venue


Postby Astrid » Thu Aug 05, 2010 10:20 pm

Route description: Ben Venue from Loch Achray

Grahams included on this walk: Ben Venue

Date walked: 29/07/2010

Time taken: 6 hours

Distance: 14 km

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My first Graham!

I know most of you super mountaineers will probably try very hard not to laugh your heads off :lol: , but remember... this is a girl who is used to fighting wind(-mills), not steep ascents... I'll beat you on a bike in a Dutch polder anytime!


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Was knackered when I got on top, but the views... the views... still getting used to a three-dimensional world, but LOVING it!

Okay, here's the walk in colour

The route

Route.jpg


What's yet to come...

Ben Venue.jpg


The first views half way up

First Views Loch Achray.jpg


Once through the dense conifer forest, blue skies!

The boggy bit.jpg


An fellow traveler basking in the sun (still have to find out what caterpillar?)

A fellow traveler.jpg


Then for the final climb! Getting steeper!

The rocky bit.jpg


Ascent, descent, ascent, descent... driving my legs to despair...

On and on and on.jpg


And then finally...

Top Ben Venue.jpg


... the top and the stunning views!

The reward - view toward Loch Achray and Loch Venachar.jpg


And then they ask me why I moved to Scotland...

I'm in love.jpg


Well, partly to escape people... :wtf:

Bloody tourists.jpg


... find true wilderness... :roll:

Bloody Christmas trees.jpg


... and enjoy a smooth pint after a walk... 8)

View from the Harbour Cafe.jpg
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Re: Ben Venue

Postby LeithySuburbs » Thu Aug 05, 2010 11:21 pm

Astrid wrote:My first Graham!

I know most of you super mountaineers will probably try very hard not to laugh your heads off :lol: , but remember... this is a girl who is used to fighting wind(-mills), not steep ascents...


No laughing here, but I'm no super mountaineer ;). It's all about the experiences you have and enjoyment you gain. Looks like the sort of views to get you hooked on this hillwalking malarky though :) . Heights and hill groupings are just for sad baskets like me :lol: .
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Re: Ben Venue

Postby Astrid » Fri Aug 06, 2010 9:03 am

So true, it's all about the enjoyment. Being 'out there'. Reviving all the senses. I couldn't do without it to be honest.

Still, I very much admire your walking / scrambling and climbing experience! Reading your (and other) blogs is an enjoyment on its own so thanks for sharing! :D
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Re: Ben Venue

Postby blueyed » Fri Aug 06, 2010 10:59 am

hiya, i must admit i've never seen so many people on the same track in scotland!!! you must have been really lucky.. not!
anyway, nice pictures and nice hill to walk, definitely much better when without too many companions :)
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Re: Ben Venue

Postby Weeshazza » Sun Aug 08, 2010 10:35 am

Good photos......Ben Venue is on my "to do list".
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