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Cloud Inversion on Ben Lomond

Cloud Inversion on Ben Lomond


Postby Quadbarrel » Sun Nov 23, 2014 10:26 pm

Route description: Ben Lomond

Munros included on this walk: Ben Lomond

Date walked: 16/11/2014

Time taken: 4 hours

Distance: 12 km

Ascent: 950m

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So, we have a free morning to go and climb up a hill, so we need to make it easy. Obvious choice - Ben Lomond.

Although Ben Lomond is easy, is it not a bit boring and also absolutely mobbed, though, I have to ask Dad, who's been up it twice already. He says I suppose so, so I tell him I want to go up Ptarmigan and really early.

So, we did!


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Headed out past the memorial on the West Highland Way

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The war memorial

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Looking up the loch


Turned off right and began to climb up onto the ridge. The views started to open up to the south.

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Clouds beginning to form...

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Getting lighter

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Me


Once we finally got onto the ridge and out of the shadows, we saw where we were heading for.

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I can see summit!


The Arrochar Alps had all come out to play.

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Sloy Dam looks huge

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The view south from a bog


Headed along the ridge.

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The stepping stones over the HUGE river


We headed for the intimidatingly steep ridge to the summit. It looked quite scary, until we remembered what the last hills we'd climbed were - the world famously easy and gentle Cuillins!

Reached the summit with not much difficulty at all.

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Me - the only person on the summit of Ben Lomond on a beautiful day!

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Dad

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Us

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Me


You can see another version of that photo here (no. 5)! :D

It was then that we noticed some cloud below us... 8)

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The path inviting us to leave, but look at what's behind...

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Cloud inversion to the east

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The trig and cloud inversion to the south

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I like cloud inversion

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The cloud inversion in the Forth valley

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It's time to leave


Started to head down :(

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Goodbye!

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Heading down

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We've been up there!


It was now that we were reminded that this is the most accessible munro, as there were billions of people passing us.

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Of we pop!

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At the bottom


Off for McDonald's (not renowned for being super energizing but oh well!)
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Re: Cloud Inversion on Ben Lomond

Postby PerthAlly » Sun Nov 23, 2014 10:47 pm

Super photos. Well done :clap:

Did Ben Lomond in the late 80's on a grim grim day. Pleased the sun shone for you
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Re: Cloud Inversion on Ben Lomond

Postby jepsonscotland » Mon Nov 24, 2014 12:23 am

Great weather for you. :D
Well done. :clap:

We were across the Loch on Vane & co that day, it really was quite beautiful.
Plus the extra treat of an inversion. 8)

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Re: Cloud Inversion on Ben Lomond

Postby 2manyYorkies » Tue Nov 25, 2014 9:37 am

Days like that live long in the memory. I was on Ben Vane as well, just across the way, and the inversion to the south was very atmospheric.
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