Ben Lomond by the easy route
by ngm1scot » Sun Mar 25, 2012 5:09 pm
Route description: Ben Lomond
Munros included on this walk: Ben Lomond
Date walked: 25/03/2012
Time taken: 5.75 hours
Distance: 11.9 km
Ascent: 974mRegister or Login free to be able to rate and comment on reports (as well as access 1:25000 mapping).
We arrived at the car park nice and early at about 815 and by the time we had got kitted up it was 830 and off we went, leaving this behind: .
It was a cool start to the walk but based on what I had learned the previous week at Ben Chonzie, I started off with just a teeshirt. The only thing that slowed us down was this wall of stone and really didn't expect this on a tourist path but we clambered up over it once we'd figured out the best way -which it turned out wasn't. The best way is over at the right but we just clambered straight up the front!
Before you know it you're on to the mountain although even that is only obvious because there's a fence and boulder telling you. The mist or cloud was unrelenting as we headed on up the first bit and eventually the sun struggled to make an appearance albeit not a great one!
Not long after that we emerged gradually - so gradually it wasn't immediately obvious - from the mists onto the long shoulder of Ben Lomond and hey presto the clouds were below us. Our first inversion! That's the Cobbler about dead centre and in the misty distance. But now we could see the target and that always makes it easier and sometimes more motivating so off we went up hill again, stopping for a crazy pic once or twice on the way! and now it's all uphill again .Soon though we reached a bit that had been missed by the sunshine: the North facing cliffs on the right and a small patch of snow right at the top of the corrie. After a short haul further on we reached the top and got the customary pics taken. By the time we had finished lunch the misty tops had cleared a bit - We came back down by the same way except that occasionally went off piste by following a well trodden path across the moorland which cut out a few corners and gave our feet a bit of a rest from the hard paths. We even stopped to watch the local sport of mountain biking down the hill. It was a great day out, we got burned quite badly (only we were surprised by that) although we had commented about how badly burned the people were we met on the way back down.
It was an amazing day for the most popular munro in Scotland.
PS We had intended to come back down by Ptarmigan but someone on the summit said it was easier coming up that way and that it was quite difficult going down. So we decided against the challenge this time.
by Tomsie » Sun Mar 25, 2012 5:25 pm
by DarrenJeffrey » Sun Mar 25, 2012 8:04 pm
by ScottishLeaf » Sun Mar 25, 2012 11:07 pm
Mon The Spartans!!
by ngm1scot » Mon Mar 26, 2012 7:47 am
by Gable Gable End » Mon Mar 26, 2012 8:50 am
by ngm1scot » Mon Mar 26, 2012 2:20 pm