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Report on Ben Lomond
13 November 2011

Today?s Craggys :- Gail, Irene and Neil

We started at the Rowardennan car park at around 10:30am and headed along the track past the ranger?s cottage. Immediately after crossing the bridge over the burn, the path through the trees is obvious but could easily be missed.

We headed uphill towards Ptarmigan. The summit of Ben Lomond was shrouded in billowing clouds and there seemed to be quite a wind blowing. As we neared Ptarmigan we could feel the drop in temperature and we were in the wind and cloud. We managed to shelter beside some rocks to have lunch before continuing up to the summit. We passed a crowd of Explorer Scouts on their way down, some dressed in kilts!

On the summit we were blessed with a cloud inversion. We could see the peaks of Ben More and Stob Binnean in the distance. The trig point had a poppy wreath attached so we think the Scouts had placed it there as it was Remembrance Sunday. The summit was busy as usual but be didn?t wait long and decided to descend back down Ptarmigan as the Tourist path is so boring and uninteresting.

On Ptarmigan we were shrouded in clouds again with a bitter cold wind blowing. We could hardly believe the number of folk we passed, some with children, still heading uphill and by now it was mid afternoon. It would be dark in just over an hour and we knew we would get down by then but some folk we past would be lucky to make it to the summit before darkness fell.

We got back to the car at 4pm and enjoyed a welcome drink in Balmaha before heading home. Another good day on our nearest Munro.

Irene Cahill

Loch Lomond
in the clouds
Ben Lomond
Gail on stepping stones
Ben More and Stob Binnien above the clouds
Summit on Remembrance Sunday
Descending to Ptarmigan
more clouds
clear of clouds
looking back up Ben Lomond from Ptarmigan

Photos: Irene Cahill

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