walkhighlands

nd two slow hikers

Route: Ben Vane, from Inveruglas

Munros: Ben Vane

Date walked: 25/07/2021

Time taken: 7 hours

Distance: 14.5km

Ascent: 945m

My old college friend and are are in the category of slow walkers. We are 59 and 61 years old and take the attitude that it doesn;t atters how long it takes or even if we don't reach the top; we are still enhancing our lives in these beautiful mountains.
Today we reached the top!

We knew it was going to be a hot one so reached Inverglas car park by 7.4o and we walking by 7.55am.
The route is easy to follow from both the walkhighlands website or an OS map and we made our way up the long road past the recent additional hydro installation works.

The morning was warm despite the low cloud and we took our time with light packs and plenty of water.
The first section of paved steps is feels relentless but up we went and soon started to gain height and meet the first of many rocky outcrops and false summits (I think I counted 7 of the latter).
There was no view due to the cloud inversion but as we got higher we were motivated by comments of those starting to come down of the clear view of mountain peaks around us, popping through the cloud.

There was one bigger scramble near the top but I pushed through my vertigo and eventually we got to the top taking 4 hours. We are slow! This is mainly due to my poor lung capacity after having swine flu a few years ago. It doesn't stop me though!
Path was excellent the whole way.

The way down was much hotter and as always I was very glad I liked to start early. I wondered what the descent would be like on these steep rocky slopes but there was not too much bum sliding and we made our way steadily back to the road and the lng walk back to the car park.

Very enjoyable day. Loch Lommond was glistening despite the saddness of several deaths in the water during this past simmering week.

A good climb for those wanting to move from easy paths to something with a bit of a challenge.

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Ben Ledi at it's best

Corbetts: Ben Ledi
Date walked: 25/08/2013
Distance: 10km
Ascent: 760m
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Activity: Mountaineer
Place: Bute
Gear: Timberland trainers

Munros: 12
Corbetts: 3
Grahams: 3
Donalds: 1
Wainwrights: 1
Hewitts: 1



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Statistics

2021

Trips: 1
Distance: 14.5 km
Ascent: 945m
Munros: 1

2013

Trips: 1
Distance: 10 km
Ascent: 760m
Corbetts: 1


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