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2 down, 280 to go - Ben Lomond

2 down, 280 to go - Ben Lomond


Postby Tammy1113 » Sat Oct 04, 2014 9:46 am

Route description: Ben Lomond

Munros included on this walk: Ben Lomond

Date walked: 30/09/2014

Time taken: 5.5 hours

Distance: 12 km

Ascent: 974m

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Finally getting round to writing this report after being busy at work, anyway! Tuesday off work again and it was time to do a Munro, having only done the obvious Ben Nevis I thought it was time to start ticking more off my list so we headed for Ben Lomond having heard a lot of people do that as their first or second Munro. We left the house at 7am and headed for the motorway, having taken the wrong turn at the roundabout off the M9 and heading for Callander instead of Stirling the day wasnt off to a good start, 2 hours later we were finally pointed in the right direction by a lovely WHW walker and we made it to the Rowardennan car park. At this point the weather was clear and cool.

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Rowardennan Car Park


We opted for the Ptarmigan Ridge Route up as we thought it would have been more quiet as well as a little more exciting than the main route. It was lovely.

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Ridge Route


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Making the way up look harder than it was so those at home think more of the climb..


As we headed further up we began to walk under the mist where visibility was very poor and there was no view of anything around us. As we continued on up what seemed to be a zig zag path which matched the map, we came to an almost flat path which we were confused about, was it the summit or not? We could barely see two feet in front of us so we couldnt even see if there was a higher peak in front. We stopped to ask two walkers who had started off at the bottom with us "is this the top?" they replied "we were going to ask you's the same thing" I wasnt convinced it was the top as it certainly didnt match any images I had seen so we continued on where we then met a man with his dog and asked him the same question, he told us we were 40 minutes from the summit, I was glad to hear it. Finally after some climbing almost on hands and knees we made it to a very windy and very wet summit of Ben Lomond.

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As we headed back down the main route the wind was almost picking me up off my feet, the only thing that was stopping me from getting blown back down to the Rowardennan car park was probably the weight of my bag. Only 15 minutes or so into the descent my knee started to go, this wasnt good. The way down was absolutely dire especially as the drops became higher and I was trying to balance more on one leg, safe to say I was going slower than I was on the way up.

As we were heading down within the space of about 10 seconds the mist disappeared and the view that I recognised from photos began to appear.

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Underneath the mist


After a long limp down we made it back to the Car park roughly 5.5 hours after we had started. Things I have learned from this trip - 1) Never underestimate a Munro, when you think youre at the top youre probably nowhere near it. 2) Never underestimate the weather and 3) Dont use google maps. Also on list of things to do, get knee fixed.
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Re: 2 down, 280 to go - Ben Lomond

Postby celt54321 » Sat Oct 04, 2014 12:13 pm

well done ,its a lovely walk up the ptarmigan...and your right dont use google maps,if you want an app for a smart phone use viewranger it works really well and dosent need a phone signal......sorted :clap:
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Re: 2 down, 280 to go - Ben Lomond

Postby The Rodmiester » Sat Oct 04, 2014 1:25 pm

That looks a better way to go, not done that way, the next time though! Pity about the low cloud and rain Glad you got the hillwalking bug :D see you on a hill sometime! :)
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Re: 2 down, 280 to go - Ben Lomond

Postby Jock McJock » Sat Oct 04, 2014 3:20 pm

My favourite route up my nearest Munro, love it. Pity about the cloud being down not giving you the cracking views from the top. But like you say, 280 to go, there'll be lots of cracking views to come :)
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Re: 2 down, 280 to go - Ben Lomond

Postby SecretSquirrel » Sat Oct 04, 2014 6:44 pm

Excellent report! Your pictures of the Ptarmigan route really show it well. Lomond was my first Munro and I went up and back on the standard busy track. I've always wanted to return and try the Ptarmigan path and your pictures have got me thinking about it again!

Looking forward to more of your posts :clap:
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Re: 2 down, 280 to go - Ben Lomond

Postby Silverhill » Sat Oct 04, 2014 9:24 pm

Great to see you’re back in the hills a week after your last trip! :D Ben Lomond was my first munro and feeling a bit apprehensive I went up the other route. I must still go back for the Ptarmigan ridge, which definitely looks the better route. 8)
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Re: 2 down, 280 to go - Ben Lomond

Postby Tammy1113 » Sun Oct 05, 2014 8:40 am

celt54321 wrote:well done ,its a lovely walk up the ptarmigan...and your right dont use google maps,if you want an app for a smart phone use viewranger it works really well and dosent need a phone signal......sorted :clap:


Ive downloaded that app just now so hopefully that will save us from getting lost next time :) thank you, celt!

The Rodmiester wrote:That looks a better way to go, not done that way, the next time though! Pity about the low cloud and rain Glad you got the hillwalking bug :D see you on a hill sometime! :)


SecretSquirrel wrote:Excellent report! Your pictures of the Ptarmigan route really show it well. Lomond was my first Munro and I went up and back on the standard busy track. I've always wanted to return and try the Ptarmigan path and your pictures have got me thinking about it again!

Looking forward to more of your posts :clap:


Im so glad we chose to go that way up, I would have actually went this way back down as well, I wasnt too keen on the main route up! I would definitely recommend it! - See you on a hill sometime Rodmiester and going by the way things are at the minute hopefully there will be plenty more posts SecretSquirrel!

Silverhill wrote:Great to see you’re back in the hills a week after your last trip! :D Ben Lomond was my first munro and feeling a bit apprehensive I went up the other route. I must still go back for the Ptarmigan ridge, which definitely looks the better route. 8)


Thanks Silverhill, until further notice I have a Tuesday off work so what better way to spend it!
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