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My first Munro
by Trossachsgirl » Wed Sep 23, 2009 6:31 pm
Route description: Ben Lomond
Munros included on this walk: Ben Lomond
Date walked: 19/09/2009
Time taken: 4 hours
Distance: 12 kmRegister or Login free to be able to rate and comment on reports (as well as access 1:25000 mapping).
So looking at options, which included on my part nothing too strenuous and within an hour of the house, Ben Lomond was selected and we took heed of advice on this site and set off nice and early. Indeed, ours was the first car in the car park and it was around 0810 that we officially started.
The walk through the forest at the start was very pleasant, especially as it had rained a little overnight and had that lovely 'fresh' smell that lingers in the damp. However, we were keen to get on and climbed steadily before turning around and enjoying our first views of Loch Lomond from the hillside. We were not disappointed. No, the sun was not reflecting in the still water, instead a low mist had descended, bringing with it a mystical setting, which I could have watched over for hours.
Instead, I was pulled back to reality and to the fact that the cloud was coming down faster than we really wanted it to. We stuck to the path and made our way up the rocky zig-zag route while the rain came down and the wind picked up. Visibility went down to around 50m but there was never a doubt that we would not complete the task in hand. In fact the summit arrived all too quickly (although from my point of view, that was a very pleasant surprise)!
We did not linger too long at the top. Sadly there were no views to admire and it was rather cold. But the obligitory photographs were taken and our smiles were just as wide as they would have been had it been a clear day.
Because of the weather and poor visibility we decided to re-trace our steps rather than extend our adventure via the Ptarmigan route (we will save that on our return visit). While we enjoyed the hill to ourselves on the ascent, the way down was very different. Once we got just below the clouds we could see lots of walkers, one group behind another, making their way up the path like an army of ants gathering food or debris for their nest. Everyone we met said 'hello'. Walking really is one of those past-times when people who meet can be called friends who have just not met yet.
We ambled down carefully as the path was wet and the limbs were tired and finished our round trip in under four hours. A flask of warm coffee was waiting for us in the car and our adventure finished with a warm drink, a stunning view and the two of us feeling very pleased with ourselves and planning our next Munro adventure.
To those who doubt their ability, take it from me, you can do it. I am not couch potato but I am by no means a gym junkie. Yes, I ached for about three days after the walk, but the natural high I got from making it to the summit is still with me. Can't wait to do another.
by skuk007 » Wed Sep 23, 2009 6:57 pm
Congratulations to you both on your first Munro, it's a great feeling to get the first one completed. Hope you have fun planning and eventually walking plenty of others.
Good luck on your next munro
by Paul Webster » Wed Sep 23, 2009 8:28 pm
Doing a first Munro and trip report on Ben Lomond looks like becoming a tradition on here.
Wait until you get a fine day up somewhere like that, then you'll really be hooked
- mountain coward
by Alan S » Wed Sep 23, 2009 11:09 pm
ben lomond was my first munro and i havent looked back,im sure there will be plenty more to come now that youve caught the bug
unfortunetly the mist will make an appearence from time to time, i think it follows me around the munros
good 1st report
by hills » Thu Sep 24, 2009 12:24 pm
by yokehead » Thu Sep 24, 2009 1:58 pm
by EmmaBemma » Thu Sep 24, 2009 8:10 pm
I like the way most people say hello too. I go out on my own but it's still nice to see a friendly face every once in a while.
Good report, hope it's the first of many.
by kevsbald » Fri Sep 25, 2009 4:46 pm