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Ben Lomond

Ben Lomond


Postby bthom8465 » Tue Dec 11, 2012 10:07 pm

Route description: Ben Lomond

Munros included on this walk: Ben Lomond

Date walked: 09/12/2012

Time taken: 5 hours

Distance: 11 km

Ascent: 914m

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It seems as though everyone & their Granny has climbed Ben Lomond @ some point in their life..
So now it was my turn & we couldnt have chosen a better day, clear blue skies & lots of sunshine!
We set off from Rowardennan car park, up through the woods to the lower slopes of the S ridge
before zig zagging up the well maintained but steep path to the foot of the 800m Sron Aonaich ridge.
Up untill this point there had been very little snow but that changed quickly from here on in, the heavy
snow slowing me up quite a bit.Having finally made it along the ridge,i paused for breath on the broad plateau before heading along the edge of a very icy path on my way to the summit,the small surface area
@ the cairn was like an ice rink & combined with the 40 mph winds meant i wasnt hanging around there too long,a group of polish guys couldnt have timed it any better,emerging from the Ptarmigan ridge route before kindly taking the obligatory pix, a favour that i quickly returned before making my way back along the icy path & onto safer ground,it was here in the winter sunshine that i had some lunch,whilst taking in the amazing views of Loch Lomond & the Arrochar alps,all in all a fantastic day out in one of the most beautiful places in the world. :clap:
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Dougie showing the way not to go ha! ha!
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The sun saying its goodbyes!
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My two mates making their way back from the summit.
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Aonaich ridge
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@ the cairn but not for long!
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Stunning pix of the Arrochar Alps & surrounding hills
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The sun shines bright on Loch Lomond
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The view as we emerge from Rowardennan forest
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Re: Ben Lomond

Postby bobble_hat_kenny » Thu Dec 13, 2012 2:43 pm

Aye, people can say what they like about Ben Lomond, but it's still a grand mountain, particularly in the winter :D !
Some lovely photos there :clap: .
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Re: Ben Lomond

Postby SMRussell » Thu Dec 13, 2012 3:55 pm

We took a jaunt up BL on the same day - I recognise your mate Dougie (who I patronisingly told 'it's much more icy and windy up top' as I stomped passed on our descent :shifty: ). It was a grand day for photos, here are ours http://www.walkhighlands.co.uk/Forum/viewtopic.php?f=9&t=27415

It is definitely a nicer hill than I expected and the strong winds added a nice dose of danger :D
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Re: Ben Lomond

Postby dogplodder » Thu Dec 13, 2012 6:57 pm

I'll always have a soft spot for this one as it was my first Munro - 50 years ago. :wink:

You got a beautiful day and some lovely photos to prove it! :D
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Re: Ben Lomond

Postby bthom8465 » Fri Dec 14, 2012 9:20 pm

bobble_hat_kenny wrote:Aye, people can say what they like about Ben Lomond, but it's still a grand mountain, particularly in the winter :D !
Some lovely photos there :clap: .

Cheers Kenny :D
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Re: Ben Lomond

Postby bthom8465 » Fri Dec 14, 2012 9:23 pm

dogplodder wrote:I'll always have a soft spot for this one as it was my first Munro - 50 years ago. :wink:

You got a beautiful day and some lovely photos to prove it! :D

Thankyou & i hope i manage to climb as many Munros as you 8)
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Re: Ben Lomond

Postby bthom8465 » Fri Dec 14, 2012 9:32 pm

SMRussell wrote:We took a jaunt up BL on the same day - I recognise your mate Dougie (who I patronisingly told 'it's much more icy and windy up top' as I stomped passed on our descent :shifty: ). It was a grand day for photos, here are ours http://www.walkhighlands.co.uk/Forum/viewtopic.php?f=9&t=27415

It is definitely a nicer hill than I expected and the strong winds added a nice dose of danger :D

Your right everyone talks it down but i havent seen many better views from the other Munros i have done so far, as for Dougie i would have told him the same ha! ha! good enough for him :lol:
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Postby bthom8465 » Sat Dec 15, 2012 10:36 am

bthom8465 wrote:
bthom8465 wrote:
SMRussell wrote:We took a jaunt up BL on the same day - I recognise your mate Dougie (who I patronisingly told 'it's much more icy and windy up top' as I stomped passed on our descent :shifty: ). It was a grand day for photos, here are ours http://www.walkhighlands.co.uk/Forum/viewtopic.php?f=9&t=27415

It is definitely a nicer hill than I expected and the strong winds added a nice dose of danger :D

Your right everyone talks it down but i havent seen many better views from the other Munros i have done so far, as for Dougie i would have told him the same ha! ha! good enough for him :lol:

Your pix are amazing.
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Re: Ben Lomond

Postby bthom8465 » Thu Dec 20, 2012 11:32 pm

bobble_hat_kenny wrote:Aye, people can say what they like about Ben Lomond, but it's still a grand mountain, particularly in the winter :D !
Some lovely photos there :clap: .

Cheers Kenny!
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