Phew, what a scorcher! That about sums up the day to be honest although the clear skies that allowed the sun to beat down on me meant that the views were exquisite all the way up. Following the walk from the walk highlands website the hill looked pretty innocuous once it came into view but soon the rocky path started to drain on resources (and that bright yellow thing in the sky that decided to show for once), especially as the route comes up from the south and so there was no respite at all, and so I was glad that plenty of water had been stored up for the journey.
Passing over small dams there was a slight temptation to dive straight into the cool waters (helpful signs did advise against this) but instead onwards and upwards was the message of the day! The stone trail was easy to follow but higher up the cairn was indeed small, however the path it was marking to go up the slope was relatively easy to spot and thankfully the hot weather had made the boggy sections easy to navigate. A lone deer that had been watching made itself known by dashing off over the horizon, obviously unaware that it hadn't been sighted at all!
Once off the rocky trail the going became steeper but in a way more pleasurable as it was easier underfoot and it slowly became clear that this was the highest peak for miles around. Ben Vorlich to the south had been visible for quite some time but now Ben More became apparent in the far distance and the wonderful ridges and dips in between gave a marvellous sense of being on top of the world (even if it is actually only just Munro status).
Once on the summit plateau the fence that can be followed to the summit was a welcome site, but even more so was the remaining banks of snow on the north facing slopes as these allowed a quick head rub and relief from the relentless sun (there would only be moaning about the rain if that had been the conditions - never happy!). The summit gave great views over Loch Turret and north towards Ben Lawers and it was also nice to see other walkers enjoying the fine day and views. The slight breeze made lunch at the top a respectable affair before returning down the slope the same way!
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