Jesper and I on our FIRST Munro. Ben Lomond, Ptarmigan route up, Tourist Route down.
Some background - Jesper is a Dane visiting from Tanzania where I have been involved in mapping since 1990, we have both climbed Kilimanjaro in Tanzania, I climbed it in 1992 and Jesper several times, in more recent years Jesper has also climbed extensively in East Africa including Mt Kenya, Mt Meru and the Ruwenzori Mts. - so he decided to drag my 61 years body up some Munro's during April / May 2012.
A very pleasant and comfortable climb up the Ptarmigan with the view of the loch and surrounding hillls improving every step, nice and peaceful too, always good to start early on Ben Lomond. Nearing the Ptarmigan the early risers, some hill runners, start appearing on their descent.
On the summit and in the clouds with a very biting wind, hope its a bit warmer once the jeans and trainer brigade arrive.
Too cold to spend any time on the summit, so its back down the tourist route to meet the hoards on their way up. It's tough on the old knees on the way down, a long relentless descent on a good but unforgiving stone/rock path. Interesting range of people (and dogs) passed on their way up, very young & old, fit & unfit, well kitted out & of course the jeans, trainers and lipstick brigade. A great day out on our FIRST Munro despite the cold and clouds on the top, expect some reaction from the old legs about Tuesday !!
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