Ben Lomond & the Ptarmigan

Munros: Ben Lomond

Date walked: 18/11/2017

Time taken: 4.5 hours

Distance: 17km

Ben Lomond might not come with a reputation for being the toughest, biggest, longest, steepest, rockiest mountain ever but does have the tag of being one of the most popular, due to it being the most southerly munro and close enough to central belt to be a little more than an hours drive from the other side of Falkirk or for my company for the day Ruaridh coming from west side of Glasgow.
But it provides a bit of everything and judging by the collection of folk tackling it on a Saturday morning, there really is something for everyone. It provides a more than significant hike up it's well-trodden southern flanks, some flattish sections up high before a bit of a steep zig zag to the final short ridge to the summit; and if you take the Ptarmigan ridge route off, there's an enjoyable rocky scramble descent onto the ridge itself.
We met more people coming up the Ptarmigan route than came up the more usual route up the southern shoulder of the mountain; a mix of serious climbers no doubt relishing the ascent to the summit up the rocky section at the north-west corner of the summit with some families who looked like they were out for a leg-stretch (and who looked more than a bit dismayed when they heard how long they still had to go; we hoped they had warmer clothing in their packs than they were sporting lower down where we passed them).
The route is straightforward; Rowardennan car park (£3 for the day) at 8am, up the path at the rear of the white building and the way up is clearly marked. The path literally takes you all the way and for the most part stretches out ahead of you.
Our climb was in lovely mid-November sunshine; but the forecast winter shower for 11am seemed to loom a bit earlier than anticipated and as we made the final approach to the summit the snow came on and the views disappeared completely. We spent around 10 mins on the summit and as we moved off to the path onto the Ptarmigan, the clouds dramatically blew through and revealed a spectacular view over to Crianlarich's munros and over to Ben Vane and Ben Vorlich. The Cobbler, Ben Narnain and Beinn Ime would be our constant companions as the ridge took us down gradually to the lochside.
The Ptarmigan presented few problems but with a light dusting of snow covering some icy patches, care had to be taken coming off the summit and down the steep rocky steps to regain the ridge path. Again, the path literally can only really be followed and before we knew it, walking south into warm November sunshine (4 seasons, 1 day etc) we were at the shoreline and a short walk to the cars. Definitely a good, quick day out - I'll plan a return and tackle it the opposite way round.

Click to mark this as a great report. Register or Login
free to be able to rate and comment on reports (as well as access 1:25000 mapping).

Meall nan Tarmachan: the real deal.

Attachment(s) Munros: Meall nan Tarmachan
Date walked: 13/11/2017
Distance: 17km
Comments: 9
Views: 2036

Mourne Mountains - Slieve Donard conquered

Attachment(s) Date walked: 14/10/2017
Distance: 10km
Views: 831

Corrie Fee, Mayar and Driesh

Attachment(s) Munros: Driesh, Mayar
Date walked: 09/09/2017
Distance: 14.5km
Comments: 6
Views: 1569

South Glenshiel Ridge 4

Attachment(s) Munros: Aonach Air Chrith, Creag nan Damh, Druim Shionnach, Maol chinn-dearg
Date walked: 17/08/2017
Distance: 26.75km
Views: 973

Beinn Ghlas: not to be dismissed.

Attachment(s) Munros: Beinn Ghlas
Date walked: 09/08/2017
Distance: 10.5km
Views: 780

Stob Dearg - The Buchaille

Attachment(s) Munros: Stob Dearg (Buachaille Etive Mor)
Date walked: 16/07/2017
Distance: 13km
Views: 769

Glenshee four in a row

Attachment(s) Munros: Cairn of Claise, Carn an Tuirc, Creag Leacach, Glas Maol
Date walked: 18/06/2017
Distance: 19.25km
Views: 1265

Ben Vorlich and Stuc A Chroin: Munros 3 & 4

Attachment(s) Munros: Ben Vorlich (Loch Earn), Stuc a'Chroin
Date walked: 07/05/2017
Distance: 13.5km
Views: 1321

Ben A'an

Attachment(s) Date walked: 11/04/2017
Distance: 3.7km
Views: 912


Activity: Mountaineer

Munros: 41
Corbetts: 1
Grahams: 1

Filter reports



Trips: 12
Distance: 179.2 km
Munros: 18

Joined: Feb 05, 2017
Last visited: Jul 20, 2020
Total posts: 33 | Search posts