Share your personal walking route experiences in Scotland, and comment on other peoples' reports.
Warning Please note that hillwalking when there is snow lying requires an ice-axe, crampons and the knowledge, experience and skill to use them correctly. Summer routes may not be viable or appropriate in winter. See winter information on our skills and safety pages for more information.

Ben Lomond

Ben Lomond

Postby norriew » Mon Jun 04, 2012 9:47 pm

Route description: Ben Lomond

Munros included on this walk: Ben Lomond

Date walked: 28/05/2012

Time taken: 4 hours

Register or Login
free to be able to rate and comment on reports (as well as access 1:25000 mapping).

This was my first ever munro walk. I had read that this was one of the easiest climbs and thought this might be a good starting point. The temperature however was an extraordinary 25 degrees with virtually no wind. After about 500m I began to think I'd made a terrible mistake, this was not what I had in mind! I plodded on until I reached just beyond the second gate then decided I would go back. I plotted an area a little further up and stopped to have a drink, having made my mind up I'd be heading back. A couple passed by as I sat a little dejected and I began chatting to them. They sympathised, offered some words of encouragement and went on their way. After sitting for around ten minutes I decided to try and go a little further and did so successfully, using the same mindset "just a little further" and having a little break every now and then. I made it to the top much to my own surprise and was delighted with my achievement. The views overlooking loch lomond are absolutely stunning, views that I would never have experienced if I hadn't been so stubborn. This has spurred me on to try another (then maybe more).
Mountain Walker
Posts: 7
Munros:63   Corbetts:3
Grahams:3   Donalds:6
Sub 2000:4   
Joined: Jun 4, 2012

Re: Ben Lomond

Postby psticks » Mon Jun 04, 2012 10:07 pm

Hi Norriew, we just did our first Munro today as well. We did Schiehallion. Obviously it was a lot warmer with you, it was about 13 where we were. Yeh! its a bit dispiriting if you look up too much and constantly see how much further it is. Turn around and see how far you have come. We had decided to take all day if need be.Sounds like Ben Lomond could be a good one for us. anyway well done! :clap:
Hill Bagger
Posts: 31
Sub 2000:1   
Joined: May 19, 2012
Location: Perth

Re: Ben Lomond

Postby Fudgie » Mon Jun 04, 2012 10:16 pm

Well done on making it to the top. You'll always have moments when you question your sanity (usually it's in the middle of a snowstorm or on a wet and windy day :D ) but it's a great feeling standing on the summit.
User avatar
Mountain Walker
Posts: 994
Munros:97   Corbetts:20
Grahams:3   Donalds:7
Joined: Aug 30, 2010
Location: Port Glasgow

Re: Ben Lomond

Postby ScottishLeaf » Mon Jun 04, 2012 10:21 pm

Congrats on getting your first munro. :clap:
Ben Lomond was my first one as well, back in February, only you actually got to see the views from the top!
User avatar
Hill Bagger
Posts: 355
Munros:114   Corbetts:6
Grahams:2   Donalds:2
Sub 2000:6   
Joined: Mar 13, 2012
Location: Stenhousemuir

Register or Login
free to be able to rate and comment on reports (as well as access 1:25000 mapping).

Walkhighlands community forum is advert free

We need help to keep the site online.
Can you help support Walkhighlands and the online community by setting up a monthly donation by direct debit?

Return to Walk reports - Scotland

Who is online

Users browsing this forum: Aimless, c11lrk, HailChickenWing, JenTedford, jim forrester, meepmeep13, NickF and 114 guests