This was the first time I'd tackled any serious hills with my wife, Jessica.
I'd climbed a few big hills when I was younger but I can't remember which ones.
This was Jessica's first big hill, so I'm starting a fresh slate from here...
We arrived at a very busy Rowardennan Car Park about 10:30 Saturday morning.
The weather was near perfect; about 10-12 degrees(C), sunny with very little cloud & no wind.
We set off on the Tourist Path about 10:50 or our way to the summit. If anything, it was a little too hot on account of there being no wind at all. A gently breeze would have been nice, but no complaints.
The path / route is very straightforward, and this hill's popularity was clear obvious; you find yourself saying hello to strangers with a frequent regularity.
We arrived on the summit at 14:20.
We enjoyed a well earned 20 minute lunch rest with about 20-30 other walkers, enjoying the views in the summit sunshine.
After our summit shots were taken care of, we started our decent via the North-West Ridge & Ptarmigan.
Jessica's knees started to give her some trouble as we made our way down, which slowed us down and after a while became really painful for her. We slowed right down, taking several rests to give her knees a break.
As we neared the loch side, the view across the loch and towards the Arrochar hills, were fantastic.
We made it back to the car park at 18:10
We had picked a great day to climb Ben Lomond. We took a bit longer than we had planned and Jessica's knees were a bit of a concern on the way back down, but the weather was great, the views were amazing.
A great start to my Munro-bagging adventure.
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