By Yon Bonnie Banks...

Great day on Monday climbing Ben Lomond for the second time. Set off reasonably early morning, although due to a Christening on the Sunday not as early as planned. With this in mind we headed up the normal route as it was decided that this would be less taxing than the alternative Ptarmigan Ridge - although we did descend down the ridge for something a bit different!

Started off with a little bit of rain but that soon cleared up and the sun was shining and it was shaping up to be clear and glorious views from the summit... then we reached the summit and the cloud closed in, the winds picked up, and worst of all the hail started. The hail lasted for about 15 - 20 minutes and it felt like being hit in the face repeatedly with needles, although I'm only guessing at this as I've never been hit in the face with needles.

Hail aside though it was still a good day, the sun came back out, and there were some smashing views to be had.