Ben Vorlich and Stuc a' Chroin
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Ben Vorlich and Stuc a Chroin are two classic mountains in the Loch Lomond & The Trossachs National Park at Loch Earn.
In this colder season we'll target the North and East facing slopes that offer our best chance of finding snow cover to exercise our Winter skills.
As well as enjoying a challenging day out we will actively seek opportunities to practice essential Winter equipment safety skills.
Ben Vorlich 985m (Munro)
Stuc a Chroin 972m (Munro)
Total ascent: 1145m
In order to be accepted for this event you should already be a fit, confident and experienced Summer mountaineer who is keen to extend their skills into Winter mountains. Previous Winter experience will be bonus.
All participants will need to come equiped with ice axe and crampons previously test fitted to appropriate boots. Please read the 'what to bring' section carefully paying particular attention to cold weather gear requirements that are essential to safe outings in challenging Winter conditions. Full water and windproof outer garments, winter hats and gloves (plus spares), face coverings and ski goggles are just the starting point.
Please message the event leader if you have queries about this event or your suitability for it. The exact nature of activities on offer will be dictated by the weather conditions on the day.
Dogs: This event is not suitable for dogs.
Photos: By david252 or other OutdoorLads members.
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What to bring
The main activity planned for this event is winter mountaineering, suitable mountain boots that can take crampons are a must along with clothing for any weather. Packing additional layers is recommended as average daytime temperatures are usually only just above freezing point.
Boots: Hiking boots are arguably the most essential piece of kit when hiking just about anywhere. Walkers should make sure that their boots are both waterproof and breathable, and provide good ankle support. Boots should also be in good condition and be crampon rated.
Crampons & Ice Axe: You will require crampons that are suitable for and have been test fitted to your boots. Boots are rated B1-B3 and crampons C1-C3, generally the numbers match for suitability. You should also bring an ice axe that is in good condition.
Socks: A good comfy pair of walking socks is essential really; they keep your feet warm and drier than normal socks.
Gaiters: Gaiters attach to the bottom of walking boots and extend to just under the knee. They provide waterproofing for the bottom half of the leg. They are not essential to have but you will feel the difference if you have them when walking through muddy or boggy ground or in snow.
Walking Trousers: You should have a suitable pair of trousers for walking in, jeans are not suitable as they take on water when wet and will make you cold. The same goes for jogging pants/tracksuit clothing. No shorts in Winter please.
Waterproof Trousers: Waterproof trousers are essential in case of wet weather. They are also good to be worn as a second layer as they can act as a windproof barrier, keeping the legs warm.
Base Layer: A breathable base layer should be chosen in order to let sweat escape from the body. This could be a cheaper sports top or you could go top of the range with a merino top, as cotton T-Shirts can become damp and uncomfortable when climbing a mountain.
Other Layers: On top of your base layer, you can have a variety of options such as a micro fleece, a fleece jacket or a rugby/sports top can sometimes be good. Having one or two additional layers gives you flexibility when the weather is changeable – the more layers, the more flexible you can be in adapting to the weather.
Waterproof Jacket: A good waterproof jacket is one of the most important pieces of kit you will require when hiking. Walkers should look for a jacket that is both waterproof and breathable in order for them to be protected from sweat. Materials such as Gore-tex are often the best choices but they can be expensive unless you shop sensibly, don’t forget your OutdoorLads discount for Full Members at Cotswold outlets.
Hat: As most heat is lost through the head a good hat is essential. Bring a spare, they are commoly lost in strong winds.
Gloves: Winter gloves are essential in the colder months, windproof or better still waterproof gloves are the best choice. Bring spares, they are commonly lost in strong winds.
Goggles: In Winter spindrift can blind you when the wind picks up and carries the snow about, having a pair of ski-ing goggles in your bag could make a difference to your day.
Rucksack: A good Rucksack that is comfortable to wear is essential, and required to carry both food and equipment. Day sacks should have a capacity of around 30 litres. As an option you could store your items in waterproof bags inside just in-case or ensure the bag has a waterproof bag to pull over the top.
Emergency Equipment: The leader of the group will normally carry some emergency items, but you are welcome to bring your own such as spare energy food, survival bag, personal first aid kit, head torch and a whistle. It is not essential that you bring all or any of these items but it will do no harm if you do bring.
Map & Compass: If you want to learn to be a leader or you just like to know where you are, then you can bring a map that covers the area. If you are not sure which map to bring, just message the leader. It is best to bring your map either in a map case or purchase maps which are waterproof.
Head Torch: Always essential at any time of year, and bring spare batteries or a spare torch, ideally both.
Mobile Phone: If you choose to bring your phone, then you are well advised to buy a waterproof bag or if that is not possible a simple food/freezer bag will suffice.
Anything else: Bring a smile, we intend to have fun!
Food & drink
Bring a packed lunch and ensure you have plenty of water and spare food in your rucksack.
The ideal is stuff that can be eaten in short fuel breaks in exposed locations as full lunch breaks may not be possible in Winter conditions.
Emergency food in the form of energy bars or confectionery can help provide a boost when tiredness sets in.
A flask with a ready made hot drink can provide welcome warmth in cold conditions.