Climbing my First Munro, Ben Lomond.

Last month, Macb asked me to be a part of their campaign, Unleash Your Bottle, which encouraged people to set challenges for themselves that were out of their comfort zone. My challenge was to film myself doing three things that were out my comfort zone, the first being a dancing in public video in Glasgow City Centre (where I unleashed my best “dad” dance moves and made everyone jealous of my skills). In another of the videos, I tried frogs legs, (a huge deal for me because anyone that knows me knows that I’m extremely fussy!)

I chose to attempt my first munro for my second challenge (the video will be included at the end), so after scanning a list of “easiest munros to climb”, I decided on Ben Lomond. For anyone who isn’t familiar with the word, a munro is a Scottish mountain over 3000ft high, and there are 282 of them. Ben Lomond is Scotland’s most southerly munro and is 3193ft (974m).

After having a look at the route on Walkhighlands, I figured it seemed easy enough and set off to Rowardennan, dragging my friends Zoe and Brad with me.

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To get to the bottom of the mountain, we headed through the information centre, where at the back, the path is clearly signposted. It climbs steadily through woodland for a short while, eventually reaching a clearing (which reminded me of Jurassic Park, but then again, I seem to say that everytime I hike!)

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After about 15 minutes, the sweat was dripping off me (I’m so attractive) and I realised that the climb probably wasn’t going to be as easy as I thought. We joined another path further ahead and continued straight up, where the views started to become gradually more and more amazing.

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 As we climbed, the clouds slowly started to surround us, eventually making everywhere look completely white, and rather eerie.

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After some rather steep parts, the path levelled out along the Sron Aonaich Ridge. Looking down, we could see absolutely nothing but white, which was actually quite peaceful. As we climbed, the temperature gradually dropped and the layers we previously stripped off were back on. 20-30 minutes later, I could finally spot the trig point in the distance.

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Climbing to the top of a mountain and being unable to experience the view gave us a good laugh, along with the ruckus we caused after an enormous insect walked across my shoulder and proceeded to fly into Zoe’s face. After eating our sandwiches, we started the descent and to our delight, the clouds began to clear.

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Overall, the climb took us approximately 3 hours and the descent lasted 2 hours. After recently climbing my second munro (Buachaille Etive Mor, which I’ll also write a blog post about), I can see why this munro is classed as an easier trek than many of the others. It was an enjoyable hike with a brilliant, straightforward path and rewarding views of Loch Lomond.

If you are planning on venturing up this mountain, remember to come prepared and don’t underestimate the Scottish weather. As you can see from these photographs, what may seem like cracking weather at the bottom, can quickly turn into the complete opposite as you get closer to the summit. Decent walking shoes are required, as some of the rocks can slip under your feet during the descent.

I would highly recommend this as a starter munro for anybody. If I can do it, anyone can!

Happy hiking 🙂

Here is my video of the experience!

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14 thoughts on “Climbing my First Munro, Ben Lomond.

  1. Greg provine says:

    Wicked cool ! You should “enlarge” the one picture of you standing and looking down on the water !! Great picture !

  2. Jim Reid says:

    And you said you didn’t know how to blog, Erin. lol You see? Nothing to it, 🙂
    A couple things that I liked was you mentioned what a ‘munro’ was and also the spelling of locations was great too. Love to copy the word and throw it into the search engine for more research.
    Good content*, easy read*, informative (spelling too)*, Pictures to go along with the story* and having the video at the end, great for viewers who haven’t seen it*. (5 stars) lol. Yaaay 🙂
    Make it a Great night!

  3. Hi, Erin! This is adorable…especially the video. 🙂 I’m from the US and fell in love with Scotland when I visited in May. We did a two-week road trip, camping most of the time, but the whole time I was itching to get out of the car and climb those munros! I wrote about it here: http://barbarasinclair.com/haste-ye-back/
    I’m already scheming how I can come back and now I feel like I know what to expect thanks to your article/video. 🙂 Well done on your first blog post! Barbara

    • BeautyCreep says:

      Hello! Thank you :). Aww wow, I’d love to do a 2 week camping trip around Scotland myself! I’ll need to read your post! I’ll definitely be writing about more Scottish things 🙂 thank you!

  4. Sara says:

    Love these pictures! It really does look prehistoric!

  5. Jamison says:

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