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Broken Spectre Ben Lomond

Broken Spectre Ben Lomond

Postby Broken Spectre » Fri Nov 02, 2018 8:39 am

Route description: Ben Lomond

Munros included on this walk: Ben Lomond

Date walked: 29/10/2018

Time taken: 6 hours

Distance: 12 km

Ascent: 990m

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The last attempt of Ben Lomond was 23 years ago,( 40 years ago was a Yes concert! ) and the point of Carol, the corrie before the final ascent will now have to be renamed. This was where the blisters won, forcing me down to the pub to await the others.The 'others' kept this detail along with dates of their first round of bagging and wee visit up the road resulted in this unexpected conquest, my 3rd Munro! Ignoring my protestations the 'others' took my wearing of walking boots as a sign to go Munro-ing especially as there was not much wind , not too chilly and little chance of rain. Undaunted by the by the first attempt my inner goat happily bounced from the car park and not until the first encounter of the mountain runners did I feel a little piqued. Taking sustenance at the 2nd gate we chatted to a mountain cyclist , from Lyon but working in Glasgow with individuals with autism. Off he cycled, giving a focus to our conversations as to the likelihood of doing such a thing, ever, bucket list or like me only if it would save my life. Several more passed all on the descent, although we were overtaken by some young athlete, who looked like he was out for a stroll. Most were fully kitted though others were in shorts, trainers, wellies not the most sensible choice and more discussions followed. Most looked younger than us and there was even a small child on the descent surely no more than 8 or 9! My favourite encounter was certainly the Daschund,who apparently only started whimpering at the summit, so was now being carried in their shoulder bed - only another 6lbs! Only another 10 minutes was my mantra and it wasn't of course! But then the summit, with cloud and mist which didn't matter. In fact it helped as those round rainbow things were everywhere and a spectacular one appeared, a huge shadow of me in the centre, doing semaphore with the walking sticks.The 'others' took this as a sign to do the Munro behind it near Gleneagles somewhere.so that's the Christmas walk sorted. The descent was a lot kinder until my wobbly legs slowed us down. On the plus side it gave time for views but meant roaming in the gloaming and torches for the last bit. The 'others' said I'd get my night walking certificate too. Welcome refreshment at the Oak Inn on the way back to Glasgow and the sleep of the dead!
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