Ben Vorlich (Loch Lomond)

Beginning of April myself, Kat, our friend Rachel and Kat’s Mum Morag climbed Ben Vorlich, the one at the north end of Loch Lomond. Not very nice weather wise but still great fun. First time have climbed a hill with a group of people and very much enjoyed it, looking forward to climbing more hills with people. I had walked around the area when younger and up to Loch Sloy but never done either of the two Munros so was looking forward to changing that.

Having to set off from Clachan meant that we have an early start, I was up at 5.30am with everyone else up at 6am. I am very much a morning person so was full of energy, I think to everyone’s annoyance,was singing along to music as I made my lunch for the day. Took just under 2 hours to get across to the Invergulas car park, got our waterproofs on as were going to need them ( Kat forgot her waterproof trousers, luckily had leggings and walking trousers ) and off we went.

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We walked up the hydro path towards to the dam, we came off that path a bit before the path up the hill that the guide books all talked about but it didn’t really matter. It then became varying degrees of very steep. Unfortunately it was very foggy so we could see very little; slightly worked in our favour in the fact that we couldn’t see how steep it was but would have been to see the glorious views that the area has to offer.

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As got we got higher we started to come across more and more snow. Was amazing how thick it was in some areas.

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With not being able to see anything at all was difficult to see how far we had to go or where the top was but we did eventually make it. Took us 5 hours not that it felt like it.

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Coming back down the weather cleared a bit and stopped raining, though we couldn’t see a huge amount more it was better that on the way up. We then all had great fun bum sliding a lot of the way back down. Meant we were a lot quicker and was easier on the legs with it being so steep. At the bottom we had all pretty much given up trying to stay dry or clean and were sliding through water and mud. Great fun! My trousers were a bit worse to wear afterwards but good bit of duck tape and all is now fine.

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The weather could have been a lot of better but thoroughly enjoyed the day. Would climb the hill again but would have to be good weather so could actually see the good views. Next Munro planned is Ben Vane which is right beside Ben Vorlich so hopefully will get good weather for that one.

The day was good training for Ben Nevis Midnight Challenge and also for the Tough Mudder.

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