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Ben Lomond

Ben Lomond


Postby Jock McJock » Fri Feb 05, 2010 5:40 pm

Route description: Ben Lomond

Munros included on this walk: Ben Lomond

Date walked: 17/12/2009

Time taken: 4 hours

Distance: 12 km

Ascent: 940m

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Lovely clear day for a nice wee winter walk. Set out from the car park at Rowerdennan at about 0900hrs. Weather was cold and I could see that there was some snow and some ice on top of the hill.
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Top looking a bit icy.
Spent the first hour huffing and puffing my way up onto the ridge. Once up there the views opened out a bit and with the clear weather I could see well in all directions.
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Looking back down Loch Lomond.


Once I got up to the bottom of the main part of the hill the snow and ice really started to build up.
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Bit slippy now.
Wondered a couple of times about turning back but made sure to just take my time and be careful :? . Wasn't using crampons or anything so at times it was a bit slippy.

Got to the top after about 2 hours and found the trig point.
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Trig point with the Arrochar Alps in the background.
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Snow and ice on the top ridge. Spot the person on it?
Clear (but very cold now) weather was holding well and the views were great in all directions.
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From the top ridge looking west.
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The Arrochar Alps. From left to right - The Cobbler, Ben Narnain, Ben Ime, A'Chrois, Ben Vane and Ben Vorlich.
Met a couple at the top who had came up the Ptarmigan Ridge using crampons etc. They decided to go back down the 'tourist route'.


All in it took me about 4 hours from start to finish. Was a great day for a walk and I thoroughly enjoyed it.
Jock McJock
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