Ben Lomond - 1st Munro
by lomondwalkers » Sun Jan 30, 2011 11:44 am
Route description: Ben Lomond
Munros included on this walk: Ben Lomond
Date walked: 06/06/2010
Time taken: 5 hours
Distance: 12 km
Ascent: 990mRegister or Login free to be able to rate and comment on reports (as well as access 1:25000 mapping).
So 6th June was decided as the date, and having a friend with Spina Bifida, the charity was chosen for us. The day arrived, not much sleep was had due to nervous excitement (or maybe the thought of vertigo sufferers being over 3000ft for the 1st time ). Weather was cloudy but dry, and at 10:10am photos at the path sign were quickly taken, then off we went towards a gloomy looking Ben Lomond
Made our way up the excellent path slowly, taking in the views that were already opening up over Loch Lomond, stopping for a wee *ahem* photo break....
We were surprised by just how many people were on the hill, even though we had been told it would be like Sauchiehall Street, good to see so many people out enjoying what Scotland has to offer, and a wee natter with some folks also on a charity walk helped keep our minds off the now struggling legs. A wee bit of welcome drizzle was falling by this time helping to cool us down. Views behind us weren't too great, but enough to show us that on a clear day they would be pretty damn good, and already we were talking about another visit on a better day.
Final push up to the summit didn't actually feel to bad, possibly because folks coming down kept telling us we were almost there, one couple also declaring that there was a free bar at summit Unfortunately all we found at summit were craneflies and midges (remember those wee blighters!!), so didn't hang around too long, other than to get the "look, we did it" poses at the trig point. Cloud did break slightly on descent giving us a nice view of the many islands of Loch Lomond, and towards what would be our next venture, The Cobbler.
We both really enjoyed our intro to the Munros, really caught the bug after this, though Tammy is now attending the physio for knee problems, but hopefully won't be out of action for too much longer. Great hill that we've done a couple of times since, including via Ptarmagin Ridge, which offers stunning views over the Arrochaer Alps. Hopefully that Munro tally will start kicking on this year
by fingeez » Sun Jan 30, 2011 11:55 am
It certainly gets addictive, you'll be marking loads of little baloons blue in no time
by lomondwalkers » Sun Jan 30, 2011 12:13 pm
by dooterbang » Sun Jan 30, 2011 12:15 pm
It does get a tad busy that hill - not to worry though as you will find the further North you travel it becomes more peaceful.
....apart from Ben Nevis
by lomondwalkers » Sun Jan 30, 2011 12:34 pm
by dooterbang » Sun Jan 30, 2011 12:39 pm
lomondwalkers wrote:Cheers DB. You're not kidding about the ben, we took a walk up to the hut to see the cliffs, place was mobbed, and that was on a tuesday!!! Plan to do that via CMD arete in summer, if the vertigo lets me
CMD is a fab route - not too scary if the wind is down.
by davgil » Sun Jan 30, 2011 2:25 pm
Nice report too.
I'll second what dooterbang said about the CMD Arete, in summer with decent weather you'll love it!
by gedme » Sat May 28, 2011 11:47 am