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Ben Lomond circuit

Ben Lomond circuit

Postby U059361 » Thu Jul 26, 2012 11:14 am

Route description: Ben Lomond

Munros included on this walk: Ben Lomond

Date walked: 24/07/2012

Time taken: 8.5 hours

Distance: 12 km

Ascent: 990m

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Participants: Isabel and Joe
Weather: Overcast, with low cloud to start, but lifting enough later to clear the top.
Route: along the track described in WH.
Wildlife: Nothing spotted, plenty of people about to clear the place.
Special Interest: flowers out, orchids for example. Saw float plane 3 times, once lading and taking off again north of Luss. Plenty of boats now taxi service is running.

As noted it's a popular hill, it was a procession all the way up, we had waited till 11am before setting out in the hope the cloud would lift by time we got up there and we timed it perfectly. Plenty of people coming down, even at that time, they saw nothing. We had our lunch after the first gate into NTS area. Kept pace with a group of German students all the way up, plenty of others passed us.
The float plane comes in to 'land' on the loch

Up onto the shoulder and it's all clear on Ben Lomond.

Then climbed on up in our slow but sure way. The top was clear for a while, then as we got close it came down again but as we got to the trig point up it went and stayed that way till after we left.
The moment we thought the view was going to disappear for good, looking back down the track to Loch Lomond

Ben Lomond Stitch - 750.jpg
Looking out over Coire a Bhathaich from the top

The track down to the bealach, if that family can do it, surely you can too, go on

Cold and windy at the top typical July, had a look at the drop down to Bealach Buidhe and it looked a bit scary. But managed to talk us both into going down and we were very cautious. Really glad to get to the bealach. Suddenly there was no one about after one couple passed us.
Coming down, after first scramble off the top

Looking back along the ridge from Ptarmigan to the bealach

Was worth it, the walk out to Ptarmigan gives gret view back to the Ben and at its top it makes you feel like you are flying above the loch so close and high are you here.
From Ptarmigan the path just drops straight back down to car park

One of the boats on the loch from Ptarmigan

Some drop down, but it's much simpler that the drop from the Ben with a great view all the way. Midges waiting when we reached the bracken getting worse as we got to the bottom. Glad to get back to the car and out of the clouds of them.
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