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Ben Lomond Via Ptarmigan Ridge

Ben Lomond Via Ptarmigan Ridge


Postby lomondwalkers » Fri Jun 17, 2011 7:49 pm

Route description: Ben Lomond

Munros included on this walk: Ben Lomond

Date walked: 14/06/2011

Time taken: 5.5 hours

Distance: 12.5 km

Ascent: 990m

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Having had to turn back the previous week due to thunder, Del and I headed back to Rowardennan with high hopes of the views we "mist" in February when we did the tourist path. This time we opted for Ptarmigan Ridge, and weren't disappointed.

Saw this cheeky chappy in the garden just before the path starts heading up the hill. Can anyone shed any light on what kind of bird it is...
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Plenty reports on this walk, so will let the pics do the talking.
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Cracking walk, cracking weather, stunning views. Alot more enjoyable then the tourist route up, views from Glasgow right the way up to Ben Nevis. Ye cannae whack it 8)
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Re: Ben Lomond Via Ptarmigan Ridge

Postby hillwalker02 » Fri Jun 17, 2011 8:20 pm

Nice pics!
I have always done Lomond in reverse with Ptarmigan on the return as it seemed much steeper but must have a go this way next time myself.
ps.the cheeky chappie looks like a heron.

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Re: Ben Lomond Via Ptarmigan Ridge

Postby Jabber » Fri Jun 17, 2011 9:13 pm

Top shots 8)

I enjoyed this walk so much I did it twice in one week from both directions. Managed to get a phot of my westie standing still on Ptarmigan ridge for 5 seconds.
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Got to admit Ptarmigan ridge is the best way to do that.

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Re: Ben Lomond Via Ptarmigan Ridge

Postby skuk007 » Fri Jun 17, 2011 9:33 pm

hillwalker02 wrote:...I have always done Lomond in reverse with Ptarmigan on the return as it seemed much steeper...

My thoughts exactly, but it would be a good way to miss the crowds on say a warm weekend.
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Re: Ben Lomond Via Ptarmigan Ridge

Postby rockhopper » Fri Jun 17, 2011 11:01 pm

:D would tend to agree - have now been up this hill four times but didn't return via ptarmigan until the last time which was a definite improvement
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Re: Ben Lomond Via Ptarmigan Ridge

Postby lomondwalkers » Sun Jun 19, 2011 1:51 pm

hillwalker02 wrote:Nice pics!
I have always done Lomond in reverse with Ptarmigan on the return as it seemed much steeper but must have a go this way next time myself.
ps.the cheeky chappie looks like a heron.

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Havent got round to returning by Ptarmigan Ridge yet, gives me another excuse to go back 8)
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Re: Ben Lomond Via Ptarmigan Ridge

Postby lomondwalkers » Sun Jun 19, 2011 1:53 pm

Jabber wrote:Top shots 8)

I enjoyed this walk so much I did it twice in one week from both directions. Managed to get a phot of my westie standing still on Ptarmigan ridge for 5 seconds.
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Got to admit Ptarmigan ridge is the best way to do that.

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Cracking shot of your Westie, sometimes I wish I had the 4 legs too :lol:
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Re: Ben Lomond Via Ptarmigan Ridge

Postby lomondwalkers » Sun Jun 19, 2011 1:55 pm

skuk007 wrote:My thoughts exactly, but it would be a good way to miss the crowds on say a warm weekend.


We did this on a week day and even then it was fairly busy, didnt see anyone in high heels or flip flops tho :lol:
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Re: Ben Lomond Via Ptarmigan Ridge

Postby lomondwalkers » Sun Jun 19, 2011 1:57 pm

rockhopper wrote::D would tend to agree - have now been up this hill four times but didn't return via ptarmigan until the last time which was a definite improvement


That was my 4th time up it too, definitely far better than tourist path 8)
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Re: Ben Lomond Via Ptarmigan Ridge

Postby pollyh33 » Sun Jun 19, 2011 4:52 pm

Loved your report. I've only been up the tourist route a couple of times- both times with rubbish weather, so I really enjoyed your fabbie photos- looked like you really enjoyed yourselves :D
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Re: Ben Lomond Via Ptarmigan Ridge

Postby mountain-ju-drop » Mon Jun 20, 2011 1:54 pm

Just had a squint at your pics - I went up the same way today but, despite lovely blue sky, early morning mist covered the summit - so that's what I should have seen! Great photos thanks.
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Re: Ben Lomond Via Ptarmigan Ridge

Postby ChrisW » Mon Jun 20, 2011 2:58 pm

Nice pics LW - that bird is a young heron and your dog should have a cape on with 'Superdog' written on it with a pose like that :lol:
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Re: Ben Lomond Via Ptarmigan Ridge

Postby Paula Hubens » Thu Jun 30, 2011 10:28 pm

See, I thought that once you've done a munro that's it, ticked off the list. But no, it's not that simple.
After having seen your great pics Lomondwalker, I now want to do Ben Lomond again, via Ptarmigan ridge; and Beinn Chabhair from Inverarnan, and Beinn Bhuidhe through the gully (maybe), and .... HOW AM I EVER GOING TO COMPLEAT ALL MUNROS?
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Re: Ben Lomond Via Ptarmigan Ridge

Postby monty » Thu Jun 30, 2011 10:38 pm

Excellent route Lomondwalkers. I done the tourist route in the clag. Great pictures of the crags. :D Will have to go back and do this route some time. :D
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Re: Ben Lomond Via Ptarmigan Ridge

Postby Rossco » Fri Jul 01, 2011 10:16 am

Paula Hubens wrote:See, I thought that once you've done a munro that's it, ticked off the list. But no, it's not that simple.
After having seen your great pics Lomondwalker, I now want to do Ben Lomond again, via Ptarmigan ridge; and Beinn Chabhair from Inverarnan, and Beinn Bhuidhe through the gully (maybe), and .... HOW AM I EVER GOING TO COMPLEAT ALL MUNROS?


You done 17 in like a week. I think you'll complete the lot before the year is out at this rate! :lol:
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