Hills: Ben Vane
Date: Tuesday 30th July 2019
Company: Just myself
Distance: 12.1km, Ascent: 970m
Time: 5Hrs 20Mins

I decided to return from the Lake District today and instead ascend a Scottish Munro. I found the Lakes too busy in summer, I look forward to returning there again in winter when it is significantly quieter.

This morning I parked at Inveruglas for an ascent of Ben Vane. After paying the £4 car park charge, I set off walking along a track running parallel to the road to reach the tarmac track leading towards the Loch Sloy dam and the Loch Sloy hills.

I last ascended Ben Vane in 2000 and its neighbour Ben Vorlich in 2012.

Click here to see a map of the route undertaken

The bonnie bonnie banks of Loch Lomond, from Inveruglas:

Having walked the past three days in low cloud, it was great to at last get some views. I followed the Loch Sloy track for a couple of kilometres and then took a left turn onto the track leading to the base of Ben Vane.

Ben Vane capped in cloud:

The initial section of walk was extremely wet underfoot; Ben Vane is in serious need of some path repair work. I wonder if it currently has the worst condition track out of all the Munros. The Loch Lomond National Park Authority seem content to take £4 from walkers to park in the car park. Perhaps it is about time they used some of the income to help restore the path on Ben Vane.

Looking back towards Loch Lomond during initial ascent of Ben Vane:

The ascent of Ben Vane is steep and relentless. It was hard work today due to the heat. I stopped to re-apply suncream four times during the walk and a full two litres of fluid were consumed despite the walk being short in distance.

Approaching the steep section:

Despite the path being somewhat eroded, I don't think I would like to ascend this hill without the path. It winds its way up through a maze of outcrops.

Ascending Ben Vane:

As I gained height, the views just got better and better.

View during ascent:

Loch Sloy dam and Ben Vorlich:

The next photo gives provides an idea of the gradient.

Looking back towards start and down steep ascent:

Loch Lomond:

On reaching the eastern top, I ascended to its summit and then left my rucksack at the col as there was some scrambling ahead and I was now only a short distance from the summit. There are at least a couple of routes up the next section and I did not pick the easiest one. Coming down, I found an easier line.

Ben Vane from eastern top:

Loch Sloy:

On reaching the top of a false top I could see the actual summit ahead.

Final ascent to summit:

On reaching the summit I visited both cairns and took numerous photos. I was not particularly looking forward to the descent but at least gravity helps with getting down .

View from the summit of Ben Vane:

Arrochar hills from the summit of Ben Vane:

View from the second cairn:

Lochan between cairns:

Back to the summit cairn before starting descent:

I followed the same route back to the van with the exception of the easier line of scrambling down the section before the eastern top.

Looking back to Ben Vane from track:

I then drove to Kinlochleven to make use of the facilities at the Ice Factor including their shower and bar. A cracking day out .