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.

Ben Lomond

On Saturday I decided to venture out and attempt my first Munro, Ben Lomond. Looking at the forecast on the lead up to Saturday and it was looking cold and potential gale force gusts, but come Saturday it was a smashing day and the sun was shining.

The walk up was long, tough at times (due to my lack of fitness), and hot due to the sunshine - also having dressed for the colder temperatures that had been forecast didn't help! In the end I made it up to the summit after 3 hours of huffing and puffing, and it was well worth the trek. I was also glad of the warmer clothes I'd chosen to wear as it felt like the -5 that had been forecast, hat and gloves also made an appearance!

While up there and not too far from the summit, I had a close fly by from a sightseeing plane and almost missed it as I fumbled to get my camera!

Also, as if the walk up didn't seem hard enough a guy had carried his bike up to the summit.

So after a short stay at the top to take in the views, take some snaps, and catch my breath it was time to make the journey back down. I had contemplated going down the alternative route but in the end I opted for going back the way I came and 2 hours 10 mins later with some aching muscles I was back at the car.

Here's some more from the trip, enjoy!