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Ben Lomond - 24/07/09

Ben Lomond - 24/07/09

Postby M4RTIN » Tue Apr 12, 2016 1:58 pm

Route description: Ben Lomond

Munros included on this walk: Ben Lomond

Date walked: 24/07/2009

Time taken: 7 hours

Distance: 12 km

Ascent: 1000m

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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...

01. The target of the day.JPG
01. The target of the day.

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.

02. Leaving the forest.JPG
02. Leaving the forest.

03. The obvious path.JPG
03. The obvious path.

04. Loch Lomond islands.JPG
04. Loch Lomond islands.

05. The neighbouring hills.JPG
05. The neighbouring hills.

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.

06. Lofty views.JPG
06. Lofty views.

We arrived on the summit at 14:20.

07. Summit.JPG
07. Summit.

08. Summit.JPG
08. Summit.

We enjoyed a well earned 20 minute lunch rest with about 20-30 other walkers, enjoying the views in the summit sunshine.

09. Lunchtime vista.JPG
09. Lunchtime vista.

After our summit shots were taken care of, we started our decent via the North-West Ridge & Ptarmigan.

10. Happy couple.JPG
10. Happy couple.

11. 1 down; many more to go.JPG
11. 1 down; many more to go.

12. Heading down.JPG
12. Heading down.

13. Ready for a little scrambling.JPG
13. Ready for a little scrambling.

14. Down the North-West ridge.JPG
14. Down the North-West ridge.

15. Heading down to Ptarmigan.JPG
15. Heading down to 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.

16. Looking back to summit (1).JPG
16. Looking back to summit (1).

17. Looking back to summit (2).JPG
17. Looking back to summit (2).

18. Looking back to summit (3).JPG
18. Looking back to summit (3).

As we neared the loch side, the view across the loch and towards the Arrochar hills, were fantastic.

19. Almost down.JPG
19. Almost down.

20. The Arrochar hills.JPG
20. The Arrochar hills.

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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