In 1969 I fancied the east face of Ben Lomond would give a good snow climb. My pal had a Mini and we approached up the land rover track from Loch Dhu. The track consisted of two deep ruts with a grass strip in the middle. We only got as far as Stronmacnair before the Mini became beached on the central strip due to the depth of snow and ruts. We had to abandon the car and were unable to cross the Duchray Water so we never made it. Our 1" to 1 mile map showed only a path to Comer farm from Glen Dubh cottage but now the track is good all the way - no ruts and no central strip.
In 1 hour I biked the 4 miles from Loch Dhu to the bridge over Caorainn Achaidh Burn and parked bike. Approach through Comer Farm is discouraged so over fields to ascend Ben Lomond's sharp north-east ridge with grand views of the craggy east side of the Ben. The summit ridge path is reached and top 974m in 3 hours after 5.9 miles 9.5km total and 1051m ascent (244 on bike).
Continuation is down north-west ridge on Ptarmigan approach path to 780m where it levels out and head north over easy grass to Cruinn a'Bheinn 632m in 2 hours (7.5 miles 12.1km 1021m ascent total). The return round NE, ESE then SE along and down the ridge is extremely tedious initially finding a way round intervening crags then down over ungrazed land with very awkward long waist high clumpy grass taking 3 hours back to bike but only half an hour out on bike.
Total 14 miles 22km (8 and 13 on bike) 1000m climbing and 500m total ascent on bike.
This is a good different approach route to the Ben and may provide snow gully climbs but the descent from Cruinn a'Bheinn is it's downside (pardon the pun).
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