This is our first ever report on our first ever attempt at our new hobby! No idea why we chose to tackle Ben Lomond but it seemed like a great idea at the time! It was actually supposed to be a practice run before the 'young uns' took on Ben Nevis a couple of weeks later for Marie Curie fund. Seemed like a good idea at the time...
We thought we were well equipped for the task but how wrong we were!
It was a beautiful sunny morning as we set out, chilly but clear blue skies. We had followed all the advice we read and had plenty of layers as we set off. Within half an hour we were down to our last layer!! Good job we had plenty of room in our backpacks! We had to eat some sandwiches to make more space for all the layers we stripped off!
2 things we never brought, anti-midge cream and sun cream! At the end of the day we were burnt and eaten alive! So much for the Scottish weather
Oh well, live and learn I guess! This was our first attempt after all
Ok, back to the walk. We started at the back of the Information centre, once everyone had paid a visit to the loo. We set out through the woods and began the climb through the trees and mud.
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