So at the age of 57 ... with a desk job, and no exercise for 40 years.. I thought it might be a good idea see what all this hill climbing lark was about . Well, after the slowest ascent on record I can report that it is gruesome painful tortuous punishment .. with the sweet enjoyment of achievement once the aches are gone.,
Ben lomond was a complete mystery that day.. the cloud cover started at 1000 ft.. and at any stage..I had no idea how much further I had to go . Only other walkers on the return journey saying that I had about 1 hour to go. (make that 4)
After 5 hours of start / stop to catch my breath/ start again.. I eventually reached the trig point.
Despite all the rumours, there is no tearoom at the top, or a bus waiting to take you back down.
The descent took 4 more hours, as I painfully took tiny steps over the rain soaked slippy pathways.
I have to thank the angels (forrestry workers) .. who took pity on me, and gave me a lift in their truck for the last mile back to the car park.
It took almost an hour standing under a hot shower.. before relief swept over me.. then the deepest sleep in years.
Would I do it again... probably not
Would I recommend it to others. Yes you have to put at least one munro on your bucket list
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