Awesome day, my first Munro! I was staying in Glasgow on a NEBOSH H&S course for 9 nights or so, including over the weekend (exam on Monday so should be revising over the weekend when in Scotland). Took the opportunity to get up to Ben Hope. Got up at 04:15 ish, and by the time I sorted my kit out and had some breakfast, I was on the road by 05:20. Made good time and got to the start point of the walk, just north of Altnacaillich, by 09:15. The sun was out with some clouds in the sky, temp around 5 degress. Set off up the well marked path and summitted by about 12pm. It was well boggy underfoot and got cold towards the summit - probably just below freezing but with 25 - 30mph winds. Visibility on the summit wasn't great but it did clear occasionally. Didn't see anyone else on the mountain until I got near to the car on my way back. Perfect. What an awesome day.
It is now 2015 and I haven't added to my first Munro. Got to get cracking on the rest of them!
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