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First Munro of 2013 with Zero Visibility at the Top

First Munro of 2013 with Zero Visibility at the Top


Postby rdtoward21 » Sat Jan 05, 2013 10:44 pm

Munros included on this walk: Ben Lomond

Date walked: 05/01/2013

Time taken: 5.3 hours

Distance: 12.2 km

Ascent: 974m

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After an early rise (05:30) and a 2 1/2 hour drive we arrived at Ben Lomond and where off and walking by 8:50. There were quite a few people already setting off up the main tourist route.
After reading several WH reports on the route we decided to follow the route up Ptarmigan ridge. The going was tough but once height was gained the views where lovely.

Once we reached about 600m the cloud engulfed us, and we saw very few people, 1 guy passed us going down and 3 lads passed us going up. A tough route with snow in patches and high winds making things harder.

Reached the summit about 3 hrs after setting out, didnt linger long as no view. On the way down the tourist route we passed at least 30 people heading up, some with the right gear and clothing. However one guy was wearing a hoodie jumper and carrying nothing but a plastic bag (No thought about conditions).

Finished back in the car park about 14:30. A great walk but few photo ops. Route was well defined and very easy to follow.


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Ben Lommond Summit Trig-copy.jpg
Summit Trig Point

Pam and I Summit-copy.jpg
Pam and I at the Summit

Loch Lommond-copy.jpg
Our view of the loch once lower down
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Re: First Munro of 2013 with Zero Visibility at the Top

Postby Play2End » Sat Jan 05, 2013 11:01 pm

Lovely day out on the hills. Owing to cut backs, snow will in short supply until the current economic climate rapidly improves. Please note... walkers are requested to bring their own snow if they wish to go 'winter' walking. 50 weeks claggy weather, 2 weeks snowy weather.
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Re: First Munro of 2013 with Zero Visibility at the Top

Postby ScottishLeaf » Sun Jan 06, 2013 2:11 am

This was my first ever Munro and it sounds like you got exactly the same views I did!
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Re: First Munro of 2013 with Zero Visibility at the Top

Postby grahamdrew » Sun Jan 06, 2013 12:14 pm

Glad the photo on the summit came out ok
was a great walk and some strange sights were seen
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Re: First Munro of 2013 with Zero Visibility at the Top

Postby Tomsie » Sun Jan 06, 2013 12:18 pm

Same views as us yesterday, but ye still enjoyed it which is the main thing
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Re: First Munro of 2013 with Zero Visibility at the Top

Postby johnaird123 » Sun Jan 06, 2013 3:34 pm

I also done Lomond yesterday (just the main route up and down). I probably passed you guys when you were on the descent, I left off about 11.40 and was back down 3.20ish.

Could not agree more with some people being under-prepared, seen one guy with plimsolls on.... I was actually frightened for them! Although, I didn't actually put on my jacket until about 750m.

The gusts at the top were quite strong and visibility was down to about 1m. I must say I was actually quite scared, as this was my first solo Munro and first Winter one.
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