It’s been a while since I posted anything about my hill walking and as this is a healthy living blog I decided it was time to show you again why I love the great outdoors of Scotland. This recent outing to Ben Lomond, in which Lynne (my other half and the person who behind the scenes corrects my grammar and spelling mistakes 😉 ) accompanied me for her first Munro.
For those of you reading this from outside Scotland (greetings and welcome 😀 ) Munros are mountains here, with heights over 3000ft (914.4m) of which there are currently 282 designated ones. Ben Lomond is one of these at 3196ft (974m).
Ben Lomond is one of the closest and easiest Munros for us to reach from Glasgow and I try and climb it at least 2 – 3 times a year. For me, not only is it a great source of fitness and calorie burning, but it clears my mind from the many daily work and life pressures.
I’ve climbed to the summit of Ben Lomond in all weathers. From the extremes of hot unbearably uncomfortable summer days where you are plagued by the dreaded Scottish midge to the depths of winter where it’s time for wearing crampons and navigating through thick mist and fog in blizzard conditions with an ice axe for safely. 😮
However, from time to time the conditions are perfect and, on this occasion with Lynne they were amazing. It gave me an opportunity to actually get some pretty decent pictures showing the colour specrum that you can get in Scotland on special days like these and to enjoy a great day out together too. I just hope that Lynne doesn’t think that all hill walking days in Scotland will have this weather, with her now being really keen and going out and buying brand new boots! 😉
So, let’s start out in the Car Park at 08:30am:-
It’s nice and quiet and I always like to get there early. As this Munro is nearest to Glasgow it can get quite busy! Lynne is all ready and prepped (with shades 😎 )
Its a beautiful morning and the colours and sunlight on the surrounding hills and plant life are stunning.
A quick stop to admire the view. Stunning 🙂
The sunlight reflecting off Loch Lomond made the colour seem really blue and kind of like a tropical sea. Although I can assure you the water temperature certainly isn’t anywhere near that. Brrrrrr!
I have absolutely no idea what kind of variety these toadstools are, having absolutely no knowledge in that department whatsoever. If anyone wants to comment and let any other readers know, please do! All I know is I ain’t touching them 😉
Lynne decides how she’s gonna get over this hurdle….(this is a little one in comparison to the one’s that are to come)
Not all Munros have as defined paths (which are maintained by teams of volunteers) and certainly they don’t all have flat parts like this. But it gives you are great chance to admire the view and take a bit of a breather.
At the end of the flat bit you get a great view over to the East.
Panning the camera round and nearly directly into the rising sun in the South (sorry) you get this South East view.
And looking back down the path followed from the car park this is just before a harder climb and stunning view over Loch Lomond.
At the foot of the part of the harder climb Lynne admitted that she “wanted to cry”. And also a dog had apparently tried to “maul” her here? What actually happened was the dog was really friendly and went to Lynne for some affection……….
Up the hard part we go! I hear gnashing teeth and certain expletives which are unprintable in this healthy happy blog 😉
Lynne stops to survey “her” mountain. (Or tries to see if there’s a pub nearby)
I nervously hand Lynne my camera. Lynne immediately begins snapping everything in sight, believing herself to be a member of the wild fauna paparazzi. I quickly pose in order to retrieve my beloved camera.
We’re getting quite high up now, pretty much at the summit and you can see the distant Munro’s of the Crianlarich hills, including Ben More. These mountains are normally shrouded in mist or cloud.
Not everything goes to plan when you’re hillwalking and on this occasion the summit photographs came out over-exposed. This one was taken on our descent, back down to the Car Park.
When you are hill walking you’re using muscles that you’ve probably never even heard of. The next day Lynne felt that, but isn’t giving in and as I mentioned above has already bought herself a new pair of boots. Bravo! We might not get much more done now together with winter descending on us, but hey, there’s always next year.
If you’ve enjoyed reading this then head over to my other post Skye Hillwalking. I’d love to hear any comments below. Thanks! 🙂