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Ben Lomond

Ben Lomond


Postby GillC » Mon Mar 28, 2011 10:12 pm

Route description: Ben Lomond

Munros included on this walk: Ben Lomond

Date walked: 19/03/2011

Time taken: 5.5 hours

Distance: 11 km

Ascent: 974m

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Lovely spring morning. party of 3 met up at Rowardennan, kitted up and headed off up the hill around 9:50am. Sun shining but the summit shrouded in cloud, catching the odd glimpse when the wind swept it clear.
When summit cleared, total whiteout,,impressive and made the hill look higher and ever so slightly unattainable.

Good day, warm under the sun but wind picked up as we gained height. No sign of rain at all. As we got to the snow fields around half way up, main route was pretty busy, started to meet folk already heading down hill. Wind picked up a good bit, giving John the chance to try out his bargain wind cheater jacket. Found a rock to settle on for a bite to eat and a cuppa around 12:15, 20 min stop off then last push to the top. Little chance to stop, wind really strong and whipping up ice particles from the snow surface,,sore on the old face. Reached the top at 1pm, half a dozen other climbers around us too, some had ascended via Ptarmigan and did NOT recommend descending that way,,very steep with full snow coverage, so decided to play it safe. John headed off sharp - places to be, Margaret and I took our time going down,,,ended up on our backsides more than once,,but I blame her!!

Back down at ground level, hard to believe just a couple of hours before, we'd been in such different conditions. Wore and old pair of leather boots for this that I bought in Millets about 15 yrs ago,,complete with a re waterproof repair on the sole, lasted a treat. Cold, windy day but a fantastic day for the hills, comfy, warm and dry all the way up and down.

Ended the afternoon with leftover lunch by the Loch and a coffee in the Rowardennan Hotel. Roll on more snowy climbs.
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Cold but still smiling
Last edited by GillC on Mon Apr 04, 2011 8:13 pm, edited 1 time in total.
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Re: Ben Lomond

Postby rockhopper » Mon Mar 28, 2011 10:25 pm

A happy, cheery, bright, colourful photo at the top - well done :thumbup:

Have been up this hill a good few times now; descended the last time via Ptarmigan but that was in summer so you were probably right not to attempt it. 8)
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Re: Ben Lomond

Postby GillC » Mon Mar 28, 2011 10:32 pm

Love that pic at the top,,as you say,,colourful and very smiley lol Last climbed Lomond on a very warm June day, several years ago,,both tremendous days.
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