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Ben Lomond marque deux

Ben Lomond marque deux

Postby Catmeena » Fri May 16, 2014 3:39 pm

Route description: Ben Lomond

Munros included on this walk: Ben Lomond

Date walked: 16/05/2014

Time taken: 4.5 hours

Distance: 12 km

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My 3rd munro took 2 attempts. The first time we attempted it in early Spring, and naively left Glasgow expecting to positively sprint up the mountain. We weren't expecting snow. Foolish! Although the views from the bottom were certainly worth the drive

Nice views of the snowcapped hills from the Rowardennan carpark

So we made it around 1/3rd of the way up before we had to turn around as we had no gear with us to tackle the snow. Plus I'm petrified of falling on my ass and breaking my face so I wimpily didn't even try to get much further than the first sign of snow.

Thou shalt not passssss

Our second and successful (we think) attempt was a 4.5 hour blaze of mist and wind. Despite being able to see only around 3 metres in front of ourselves it was quite a nice walk! No views of course, apart from the carpark, and I'm not even convinced we reached the proper top as the visibility at the "top" was horrendous.

The (assumed) top

We've decided to mark it off the list anyways, sssssssssssssh ;-)

Mist starting to lift on the way back down
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Munros:13   Corbetts:3
Grahams:6   Donalds:1
Joined: May 16, 2014
Location: Glasgow

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