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Ben Vane


Quick Facts
This is the height of the mountain above sea level. However, on the climb, it is the ascent that matters, i.e. the sum of all the uphill parts of the route.
915 m (3001 ft)

This is the standard notation used on Ordnance Survey Landranger maps.

Each reference consists of two letters identifying a 100,000 metre square block then three digits defining the Easting and finally the three digits defining the Northing with reference to the South West corner of the block.

NN166712 is the grid reference for the summit of Ben Nevis. Where you are given the map number ( For Ben Nevis = 41) it is acceptable to omit the two initial letters e.g. 166712. (Instructions on how to read the references are given on the OS maps).

Grid Ref.
An indication of this mountains height rank within its class. Where two mountains share the same height they are ordered alphabetically.
283 of 282 Munros
The number of ascent routes currently available on Munromagic.
Mountain names are usually in Gaelic, the native language of the Scottish Highlands, or have been derived from the old Scots and Norse languages. We give the most commonly accepted meaning, but accept that some of these are disputed.
Middle hill

The UK is covered by 204 Ordnance Survey Landranger 1:50,000 scale maps. Maps numbered 1 to 86 cover Scotland but for the highest mountains (Munros) only 23 maps are required. The name given roughly describes the area covered by the map.

OS Landranger Maps Required
  56   Loch Lomond & Inveraray

A description of the characteristics of the mountain including any hazards of which you should be aware.

Ben Vane is an "L" shaped mountain with a longer N ridge to Beinn Dubh (773m) and a shorter E ridge. Ben Vane is a rough mountain covered with rocky outcrops.

The normal ascent is via the E ridge on a well trodden path weaving through the rocky outcrops with many false summits. There are a few steep sections but no scrambling required.

Hazards you may encounter on Ben Vane include
 Steep slopes on or near ascent routes.
 Stony/rocky Slopes on or near ascent routes.
General Considerations
 Temperature decreases by 1degree C for every 100m of ascent.
 Wind usually increases with altitude.
 Visibility can change markedly with cloud level.
 River/Stream levels can increase markedly in one day.
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Ordnance Survey digital maps are also available to members.

 Weather & OS Maps
West Highlands
by MWIS (PDF format)
West Highlands
by Met Office
Ben Lomond
by Metcheck
Ben Vane Area Map
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The summary information of one or more ascent routes that include Ben Vane.

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 Routes that include Ben Vane
  Ascent Distance Time Including... Description Rating
1 940 m 11.98 km 4.5 hrs Ben Vane  An easy route, but Ben Vane has many false summits to dash your hopes before the true summit is attained.  
2 1614 m 19.04 km 6.5 hrs Beinn Ime and Ben Vane  Some handwork may be required on the SE shoulder of Ben Vane, but is very easily negotiated. Care should taken on the summit ridge of Beinn Ime when icy. No real difficulties on the route, but a fair amount of climbing.  

Pictures submitted by members on the summit of Ben Vane

 Baggers Gallery for Ben Vane

Me at the summit :-)

© Claire Cassidy

Image by Claire Cassidy

Ben Vane in the background, taken from the top of Ben Vorlich

© Alexander McMillan

Image by Alexander McMillan

See no evil, hear no evil, speak no evil.

© Daniel Hegarty

Image by Daniel Hegarty

Me at top of Ben Vane

© Jim Ryan

Image by Jim Ryan
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Ben Vane and Beinn Ime
by William McGilvray
Ben Vane
by Mark Rudzinski
Ben Vane
by David Dundas
Beinn Narnain, Beinn Ime and Ben Vane
by Angus Paton
Ben Vane and Beinn Ime
by Willie Parkinson
Ben Vane
by Alan Parker
Ben Vane
by Graham Gaw
Beinn Narnain, Beinn Ime and Ben Vane
by Derren Fox
Ben Vane
by Nico Boxhoorn
Ben Vane
by Kenny Mcneill
Ben Vane
by Brendan Waters
Ben Vane
by David McSporran
Ben Vane
by Paul Buchanan
Beinn Narnain, Beinn Ime and Ben Vane
by Stevie Yates

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Catriona Bamford
wrote on
April 21, 2014
Eric, Susan, Lydian and her dog Pip, Yaingdoon, Adrienne, Catriona and myself set off from Inveruglas with a mission to climb Ben Vane. The first leg of the journey was a bit of a slog down the tarmac road, we started our ascent as soon as we neared the quarry. The view was stunning and ever changing as we climbed. The ascent was steep and a bit of a scrabble in some places. The view from the top was equally as stunning. A beautiful mountain with a fun and challenging climb for beginners.
Colin Mochan
wrote on
May 8, 2011
weather not good on way up made up for it on way down,good day walking fun mountain.
Brian Tyrrell
wrote on
October 19, 2010
did it yesterday in a howling gale with rain all the way up and down ! the last 1,000ft were in cloud so I never saw anything ! good workout though.
Jim Fowler
wrote on
September 29, 2010
Our small group of three tackled Ben Vane from Inveruglas ,Sunday 26th September 2010, 09:45,weather was fantastic,not a cloud in sight, up and back down in 5hrs then to the Tarbet hotel for a few beers.
Kenny Wallace
wrote on
September 26, 2010
Set off at 0645 and found the route to the bottom of Ben Vane with no issues. The only issue I had was wasting about 30 mins as the OS map says the path up starts just before the disused Quarry but it actually starts next to a bridge. You can't miss it, just look for the boot marks. Hard slog from start with some boggy bits at the start. A couple of false summits on the way but it was a beautiful day so didn't before me. Made summit for 1000 and then back to Inveruglas car park for 1145. Excellent day with superb views of Beinn Narnain, Beinn Ime, The Cobbler, Ben Vorlich and Loch Sloy.

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