by Jockstar » Mon May 14, 2012 8:36 pm
Route description: Ben Lomond
Munros included on this walk: Ben Lomond
Date walked: 12/05/2012
Time taken: 5 hours
Distance: 12 km
Ascent: 990m4 people think this report is great. Register or Login free to be able to rate and comment on reports (as well as access 1:25000 mapping).
. It was then that we noticed an lot of spectators as well as walkers who turned out to be doing the Annual Ben Lomond race to the top and back.
So what followed was Su, myself and Ruby setting off along the path at the back of the Tourist information building and following the path straight up the hill, where we found marshals and spectators lining the path. There was more spectators here than shoppers in Sauchiehall street!! Anyway it was a fine day and we pushed on coming out into the desolate wasteland that used to be a silver birch forest and it made a terrible sight that scarred the hill. There is work afoot to try and sort out an ecological remedy which would be great for the future.
It was just passed this point that we met our first runner coming back down and we sidestepped to let him by. Before long there was a steady stream of runners, both male and female racing down the hill some with nasty cuts and bloody noses such was the competitive nature of the run, some of them obviously fallen over.
There was a good number of spectators urging the runners on and we didn’t mind taking our time to get further up the hill, especially as Ruby wasn’t stressed by all the activity.
Before long we had started to walk up onto the shoulder called Sron Aonaich and steadily made our way up the well-worn path. We stopped for something to eat for ourselves and Ruby before continuing up the path. You could then see the views open up and Loch Lomond looked beautiful.
The path then zig zagged up the hill and eventually we made up the ground to reach a smaller wee climb taking us to the level path which had a bit of snow on and which would eventually lead us to the trig point.
The weather was good at this point and as we got higher the views behind of Loch Lomond were great and also across to Arrochar with the Cobbler clearly visible along with Ben Vorlich and Ben Imie.
To the south we could see Loch Katrine and the trossachs, which made our day. There was a splendid wall of stone which is the eastern Corrie just before the summit and that looked good with bits of gorse with their yellow flowers making a wee covering of the rock.
It was very cold however as the wind had picked up. I guessed this was the start of the bad weather that was forecast for Sunday and so we headed back down the way we came. There was an alternative route that had the weather been better we might have taken.
We were pleased to get back down and get out of the cold wind and as soon as we got back to the car it was change and head for something to eat at The Oak Tree in Balmaha. All in all a good days walk which lifted our spirits after last week’s walk. No walk for us this next week as we are off to the ‘flat’ south for a long weekend with family to catch up with and the highest we might get is the London Eye. We might see Scotland from there!!!!
by Bod » Mon May 14, 2012 9:19 pm
by StephenT » Wed May 16, 2012 10:20 pm
The race explains the red/white hazard tape I saw the day before, i wondered what it was for!
by jonny616 » Wed May 16, 2012 10:27 pm
If it is him he is not aging well
by Stretch » Wed May 16, 2012 10:47 pm
jonny616 wrote:'runner with buckfast'! I though Stretch was in the US
If it is him he is not aging well
It would have been me, had he been drinking Buckie out of a plastic cup!
Nice one Brian and Su, glad to see you two are able to get out on the hills more lately.
by old danensian » Thu May 17, 2012 4:52 pm
Enjoyed the report and photos - it's the first I've read since finally crossing the border at the end of last week and makes me more determined to get out and about from our new base in Ayrshire - once I've unpacked a few more boxes!
by 2dalmatians » Fri May 18, 2012 9:36 pm