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.
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.
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.
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.
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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