Ben Lomond - The first Munro
by _Kerrinho_ » Thu Apr 12, 2012 3:39 pm
Munros included on this walk: Ben Lomond
Date walked: 12/04/2012
Time taken: 5 hours
Distance: 12.5 km
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We reached Rowardennan at about 10am. The weather was cloudy with drizzly rain, with the sun threatening to break through. Having just devoured a cream egg in keeping with usual Easter breakfast traditions, I was raring to go. This was to be my first official Munro, given that I have no evidence of mountain conquests achieved when I was younger.
Our four-man party quickly ascended the first couple of hundred metres through the sporadic woodland and moors that made up the majority of the lower slope, hindered only by a steep rocky section that required some minor scrambling.
We raced up a large section of the mountain with a shallow gradient, but our progress was unclear given that most of the summit was obscured by cloud. On more than one occasion we reached what we thought was the final ascent only for a new slope to emerge in front of us from the clouds.
As we entered deeper into the cloud the wind picked up and began to batter us. By the time we reached the steep final section it had become no less than a gale, completely obscuring any view we had of the loch.
After one final push we finally reached the wind and rain-swept summit. We met a group of gents who, judging by the shell suits they had worn for the occasion, were also from Glasgow. They kindly took our picture and offered us a can of the beverage they had been drinking on their way up. We politely declined.
Our descent started out as a brisk walk and quickly developed into a jog. Despite the worsening conditions, traffic on the slope was becoming increasingly busy as the day wore one. Our knees ached from the descent but the incentive of Easter Sunday dinner spurred us on, and five hours after our departure we arrived at the car park again.
As much as I can't wait for the next Munro, a return to Ben Lomond on a clearer day is a definite.
- Cream Egg = instant energy!
- Summit of Ben Lomond
by DarrenJeffrey » Thu Apr 12, 2012 7:04 pm
by quoman » Thu Apr 12, 2012 7:11 pm
by scotty72 » Thu Apr 12, 2012 9:34 pm
by SMRussell » Thu Apr 12, 2012 9:55 pm
As for beverages, good idea to politely refuse on this occasion. I do, however, find a hip flask of whisky or brandy is a fine thing for toasting a summit and perks you up on those dreich days
Hope to see more reports and fingers crossed you get the views next time
by Fudgie » Thu Apr 12, 2012 10:31 pm
by ScottishLeaf » Thu Apr 12, 2012 10:49 pm
That was also my first one, we could see down the loch, but not up it.
by Jockstar » Fri Apr 13, 2012 1:09 pm
What is your next hill?
by _Kerrinho_ » Sun Apr 15, 2012 9:51 pm
I have set my sights on Schiehallion for the next trip, inspired after enjoying a bottle of the namesake ale a few days ago. Hopefully the beginning of May will produce some better weather!
SMRussell, I like your idea of carrying a hip flask, will definitely try to remember one next time!