Ben Lomond - Hittin' the century mark
by Stretch » Sun Nov 21, 2010 11:51 pm
Route description: Ben Lomond
Munros included on this walk: Ben Lomond
Date walked: 21/11/2010
Time taken: 4.2 hours
Distance: 11.4 km
Ascent: 990mRegister or Login free to be able to rate and comment on reports (as well as access 1:25000 mapping).
I set off from the car park around 8:45 and fifteen minutes later I was shedding layers. The sun was coming out - thankfully the weather man was wrong today. I had the hillside to myself for about half of the way until 2 guys passed me and soon after a guy and his dog breezed by. The views back over Loch Lomond had me turning around to take a peek about ever 10 minutes, great stuff. Higher up as I made the turn up the final shoulder to the summit I had to put the layers back on as the windchill had picked up. There was plenty of ice on the tourist path the final 1/4 of the way up, but the going was fairly easy. I got a little break from the wind as the path curved around and within minutes I was snapping pics of the fine jagged eastern corrie. Minutes later I was at the trig point taking in the views. I toasted the hill with a bit of Glenmorangie and then got back to my camera work. A couple came up a few minutes later - it was the girl's first munro - she seemed to be enjoying the day as much as I was. If it hadn't of been so cold in the wind I would have had some lunch at the top, but I dropped back down out of the wind for a quick snack. At that point I raced off the hill (Monty style) and sped past loads of people coming up. It was a good decision to get an earlish start today. I was back down to the car park in no time, at which point I had a seat on the bench looking out over Loch Lomond and toasted the hill one more time.
After struggling up 98 & 99 on the previous day I was well pleased to have 100 finished and to have such great weather to walk in. I considered dropping down the Ptarmigan ridge, but my legs were telling me to get myself down and head home to sit on the couch, my mind agreed. So, for the rest of 2010 I'll probably keep the boots in the closet, but I can't wait to see what next year brings. I probably won't stay in Scotland for all of 2011, but I do hope to get 40-50 hills in before I have to leave. As Kinley and a few others have observed, there is a big blank on my munro map for the northwest, so with any luck I'll visit that area quite a bit.
Anyways, it's been an awesome year and it was really good to meet some of you guys and girls in the past couple of months. Looking forward to more meet-ups, more banter, more pictures of dead trees, and those unexpected fire alarms.
And one for the HDR folder . . .
by mountain thyme » Mon Nov 22, 2010 12:20 am
- mountain coward
by Stretch » Mon Nov 22, 2010 1:00 am
by Merry-walker » Mon Nov 22, 2010 4:11 am
by Jockstar » Mon Nov 22, 2010 9:55 am
Sorry we couldn't be with you but by the sound of it you were'nt short on company!
Glenmorangie? Is that a southern US influence?
by Alastair S » Mon Nov 22, 2010 10:07 am
Looks like the weather was miles better in the west than the east - pretty driech all weekend here - I had to resort to a bit of DIY (aka Don't Involve Yourself)
by Stretch » Mon Nov 22, 2010 10:11 am
Getting out in the forecast weather conditions this weekend took guts and with Saturdays walk you proved you have them in abundance. The gods were challenging you on Saturday and your reward was fine weather on Sunday. What a nice walk to do to reach your 100 on Scotlands most southern munro. 67 munros is a great achievement for this year so you should be proud. You have certainly shown dedication and determination this year as Saturdays walk has proved. Once again well done.
And as ever nice pictures.
Less of that running now, I don't want any competition
by mountainstar » Mon Nov 22, 2010 10:41 am
Any plans for some bothy or wild-camping for some of the remote Munro's?
PS If you ever want an early Alarm call......
by malky_c » Mon Nov 22, 2010 10:44 am
Looks like the best of the weather was down that way anyway.
If you're not going to get around all of them, then I'd definitely recommend sampling a bit of the Northwest - Beinn Eighe, Liathach, Ben Alligin or An Teallach would be my recommendations (or Suilven, Ben Damph or Beinn Dearg Mor if you can tear yourself away from the Munros ). Being close to that lot was a major contributing factor to me moving to Inverness!
by Stretch » Mon Nov 22, 2010 11:00 am
My plans for getting up to the more remote areas will definetely see me staying in a few more bothies Alan. As long as I bring mouse traps and check to see that there are no fire alarms I should have a good night's sleep Suilven is on the to do list Malky, it's too impressive to ignore. As for Liathach, I'll be looking to have some company along for that one. I'll try to plan a meet up for May in the Torridon area so hopefully more of us can experience the joys of the north.
by suhowfar » Mon Nov 22, 2010 1:18 pm
by nathan79 » Mon Nov 22, 2010 2:52 pm
I was over by Loch Earn, up Ben Vorlich at virtually the same time. Failing to get number 20 due to conditions. The summit was seemingly do-able but i didn't want to chance it.
by gammy leg walker » Mon Nov 22, 2010 2:56 pm