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Ben Lomond

Ben Lomond


Postby dansound » Sun Feb 27, 2011 5:21 pm

Munros included on this walk: Ben Lomond

Date walked: 26/02/2011

Time taken: 5 hours

Distance: 12.4 km

Ascent: 1052m

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Well...

first Munro and loved it!

Work up early, ready for being picked up by a friend at 6:30, then off to meet more friends at hearthill on the M8 before going to Ben Lomond.

Arrived around 8:30...well some of us did...waited around for the others to arrive just before 9am.

Weather could not have really been better, a sharp 7degrees but little wind and dry :-)

Started the walk and 6 of the 8 started to make very quick progress(they are in training for the 3 peaks this year)and the other 2, me included took a more sedate pace to enjoy the views.
Couple of tricky parts to start of with, mainly due to a couple of fallen trees, but once past them it was fine until the snow started to cover the track and we decided to go straight up and miss the path for a bit, was heavy going!
around 2000 feet the snow was getting really deep in places and took a fair bit of energy to get through.
Progress was good and made the sumit in just under 3 hours.
Views were spectacular, although every changing! one min, 10foot visibility, next min100miles in all directions :-)
Felt pretty good making it to the top of my first munro and made good progress down, brief downpour of snow and then started to see a lot of interesting sights!
mountinbiker at around 2500 feet, topless man at around 2000 feet, family all with wellies on at around 1500feet and a chatty bunch of foreign students at 500 feet who asked "will this path take us to the top of that hill" & "how long is it going to take" hope they all made it back safe, a though i don't think skateboarding trainers or knee high boots were a good idea for them :shock:

Got down and went for a well deserved lunch :-)
Slept rather a lot that afternoon!!

here is a link to my GPS download http://connect.garmin.com/activity/70227681
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Re: Ben Lomond

Postby yokehead » Sun Feb 27, 2011 5:34 pm

Fantastic, many congrats and well done on your 1st Munro and I bet it won't be the last! :) A superb and memorable set of photos there, you did get some wonderful changing conditions 8)
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Re: Ben Lomond

Postby fingeez » Sun Feb 27, 2011 7:13 pm

Glad to see you enjoyed it Dan :)

Nice report, def some changing weather as is the nature of scotland lol

im guessing thats the hook firmly set, and we'll be seeing plenty more reports this year :D

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Re: Ben Lomond

Postby skuk007 » Thu Mar 03, 2011 5:57 pm

Congratulations on your first Munro, no going back now you've started.
Some good pics there too. :)
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Re: Ben Lomond

Postby allister3 » Thu Mar 03, 2011 6:21 pm

well done on you`re first hill,you got good view`s,that was my first as well and we did`nt see much for the cloud`s,where next ?

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Re: Ben Lomond

Postby SouthernUplandKing » Thu Mar 03, 2011 6:37 pm

Hello mate, congrats on your first Munro and a cracking report ! What was the snow conditions like up there as Im thinking of going and doing it myself this weekend but I dont have crampons or an Ice axe ?
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Re: Ben Lomond

Postby dansound » Thu Mar 03, 2011 6:45 pm

thanks for the Kind words.

allister3 - this weekend coming is Ben Chonzie as we are a bit tight on time this weekend and it looks like it should still stretch the legs.

SouthernUplandKing - as long as there has been no snow this week you won't need crampons or an axe. it's hard going in places as the snow that was there last week was deep and wet in places.

as you can read in my report, there were all sorts of casual walkers out :)

Cheers,
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Re: Ben Lomond

Postby SouthernUplandKing » Thu Mar 03, 2011 6:48 pm

dansound wrote:SouthernUplandKing - as long as there has been no snow this week you won't need crampons or an axe. it's hard going in places as the snow that was there last week was deep and wet in places.

as you can read in my report, there were all sorts of casual walkers out :)

Cheers,
Danny


Cheers for that mate, I'll probably make the trip up if my dad fancies it :)
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Re: Ben Lomond

Postby BadEgg » Fri Mar 04, 2011 2:18 pm

Well done :D

Was my first (and only) munro, you certainly got better views than I did when I was up there last July.


My view from the summit

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Re: Ben Lomond

Postby adgent47 » Fri Mar 04, 2011 2:20 pm

Ben Lomond was my first Munro as well, we went up via Ptarmigan ridge and back down the tourist path. There was absolutely hundreds of folk when I was there though.
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