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All by myself.... on Ben Lomond in June???

All by myself.... on Ben Lomond in June???


Postby mountain-ju-drop » Mon Jun 20, 2011 1:49 pm

Route description: Ben Lomond

Munros included on this walk: Ben Lomond

Date walked: 20/06/2011

Time taken: 4 hours

Ascent: 1010m

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The weather forecast looked good for the morning but due to recent rainfall a hill with good path seemed the order of the day - decided on Ben Lomond. Started walking at 6.45am and headed up the Ptarmigan path. The morning was beautiful.
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The views start opening up

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Quite a few orchids beside the path

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Another one!

After a few zig zag climbs the "ridge" is reached.
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Good dry path despite all the rain

Looking ahead mist is gathering around the summit :( - I press on hoping to avoid the worst of it.
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Mist enveloping the summit

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Views of the Arrochar hills, cloud on the tops today

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Looking back down on the path as the climb steepens

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Cloud sweeping across

The rest of the walk was in the white stuff - very dry but no visibility. :(
Not sure if the fact that I couldn't see down helped or hindered me - felt a little exposed for a few moments - it hit me then that my dreams to complete all of the Munros may be a tad optimistic :? - but hey, no point worrying about that yet, plently to do along the way.
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Summit reached in 2 hours 15

I hung about for a bit to see if it would clear as the sun was trying to burn it off but think I would have had to wait over an hour - so had my tea and headed off down the tourist path. Guess I will have to go back!
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Cloud lifted over Arrochar

About half an hour down I started passing a stream of people going up - they would prob get to see the views :(
Back to the car and, although such a shame to have missed the views, I loved being up there alone!
And home in time for lunch and Wimbledon :lol:
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Re: All by myself.... on Ben Lomond in June???

Postby ChrisW » Mon Jun 20, 2011 3:01 pm

Nice report and some cracking pics - think that is the first time I have seen a report on this hill where you're not surrounded by tourists so at least you got something (even if you missed the views) :D
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Re: All by myself.... on Ben Lomond in June???

Postby mountain-ju-drop » Mon Jun 20, 2011 4:18 pm

Thanks ChrisW - not quite up to your standard... but then neither is the camera! :lol:
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Re: All by myself.... on Ben Lomond in June???

Postby monty » Mon Jun 20, 2011 5:16 pm

Nice report Moutainjudrop.
Love the Orchids. I suggest this will not be the first or last munro where you see nothing from the summit :lol: :lol: We have all been there. Don't worry about compleating just enjoy as you bag them :D Nice photos. :D
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Re: All by myself.... on Ben Lomond in June???

Postby mountain-ju-drop » Mon Jun 20, 2011 6:59 pm

monty wrote: I suggest this will not be the first or last munro where you see nothing from the summit :lol: :lol: We have all been there.


Thanks Monty. Yes we have already been on several summits in the cloud - thought I had the weather sussed on this one tho! But you never can tell. :lol:
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Re: All by myself.... on Ben Lomond in June???

Postby kinley » Mon Jun 20, 2011 7:02 pm

Read the title and thought - you would be lucky!

And you were :lol:

It was heaving last time I was there
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Re: All by myself.... on Ben Lomond in June???

Postby chickadee » Mon Jun 20, 2011 7:10 pm

It looks very peaceful and the orchids are gorgeous. I'd be afraid if I couldn't see where I was going! One of my Munro fears, as a newbie.
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Re: All by myself.... on Ben Lomond in June???

Postby mountain-ju-drop » Mon Jun 20, 2011 9:06 pm

chickadee wrote:It looks very peaceful and the orchids are gorgeous. I'd be afraid if I couldn't see where I was going! One of my Munro fears, as a newbie.

Finding the path isn't a much of a problem on Ben Lomond !! but yes it is very disorientating to find yourself in cloud :?
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Re: All by myself.... on Ben Lomond in June???

Postby icemandan » Mon Jun 20, 2011 9:18 pm

When I was up there the puddle around the trig point was a small lake and I was soaked to the skin. Happily they had a fire in the Rowardennan. Like the orchid pics - for a minute I thought that the Day of the Triffids had arrived.
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Re: All by myself.... on Ben Lomond in June???

Postby skuk007 » Wed Jun 22, 2011 8:20 pm

Nice report, so lucky to have that summit in particular to yourself. When I did it I had it for about 5 minutes only but loved it.
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Re: All by myself.... on Ben Lomond in June???

Postby Rossco » Wed Jun 22, 2011 9:46 pm

Wow, Ben Lomond on your own. Maybe I will do it soon then. Crowds of people on a Munro just doesn't sit well with me. :lol:
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