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Munros One Hundred and Ninety Eight to Ninety Nine

Munros One Hundred and Ninety Eight to Ninety Nine


Postby Chris Henshall » Tue Jun 08, 2021 6:13 pm

Route description: Ben Vorlich and Stùc a' Chròin

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

Date walked: 29/05/2021

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Saturday, 29th. May, 2021:
Son Tommy and I left Kent at 4.30.am. and, by 5.00.am., we were sitting surrounded by lorries in stationary traffic at the Dartford Crossing. Further delays south east of Glasgow cost us more time but, nevertheless, we were north of Dunblane by 1.30.pm. and, compared with endless motorway driving, the single track road up Glen Artney was a delight. Although the car park towards the road end was located just over a kilometre further east than I had anticipated, we still had time to explore the glen's upper reaches and we set off up the road with a spring in our strides; it was good to be back in Scotland!
1a. Day One - Heading up the glen towards Vorlich.jpg
Heading up Glen Artney towards Vorlich and Stùc a' Chròin
It was pretty quiet - we met two other people and saw only an isolated tent in the glen - but it didn't take too long to reach Vorlich's south east ridge. As we began the climb, however, the silence was interrupted by a couple of helicopters buzzing around the bealach between the two Munros. The summit, though was relatively quiet - especially after the larger helicopter disappeared - and it wasn't until we started the descent that we caught up with the smaller of the two as it took off from the ridge; we never discovered, though, why they were there.
1b. Day One - Tommy on Vorlich.JPG
Tommy on the summit of Vorlich
1c. Day One - Helicopter encounter.JPG
Helicopter encounter above the bealach between Vorlich and Stùc a' Chròin
There then followed an excellent scramble up Stuc a Chroin and a gentle descent down a long grassy ridge with sky larks overhead in full voice as the afternoon drew on.

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The last couple of miles back to the car park took a bit of resolve - the walk probably came in at a shade over fifteen miles - a bit more than had been needed off the back of nearly ten hours driving - but we made Comrie for an early evening beer and met up with Steve and Alex, our partners on the hill for the next few days, in Crianlarich Youth Hostel at around 9.00.pm.
1d. Day One - A beer in Comrie before heading to Crianlarich.JPG
A beer in Comrie before heading to Crianlarich
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Re: Munros One Hundred and Ninety Eight to Ninety Nine

Postby Munro Mary » Tue Jun 08, 2021 6:36 pm

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Re: Munros One Hundred and Ninety Eight to Ninety Nine

Postby R1ggered » Wed Jun 09, 2021 3:44 pm

Great effort. :clap: :clap:
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Re: Munros One Hundred and Ninety Eight to Ninety Nine

Postby SummitViews » Thu Jun 10, 2021 12:12 am

Looks an interesting way to do those 2
Looks more preferable than the Loch Earn approach
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Re: Munros One Hundred and Ninety Eight to Ninety Nine

Postby Chris Henshall » Mon Nov 08, 2021 2:37 pm

Looks an interesting way to do those 2
Looks more preferable than the Loch Earn approach.


Thanks Summit Views,
I did think that the "straight up and down" approach looked rather uninspiring and I always enjoy simply picking a route off a map. The approach from Glen Artney looked interesting and logical so, while it wasn't full of spectacular crags and razor sharp ridges, it was pleasant enough. The glen was quiet and, in its lower reaches, Cultybraggan Camp (on the way to the pub just to the south of Comrie) was also worth a look.
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Re: Munros One Hundred and Ninety Eight to Ninety Nine

Postby weaselmaster » Tue Nov 09, 2021 8:43 pm

Ah, good to see someone doing the route I looked at when we were there last Friday.
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