I was quite excited about my climb today as it was a pretty well known mountain, after a quick breakfast of bacon butties I drove a few miles north to a car park at Rowardennan. I parked up and got myself ready, had a quick look at the local information centre and maps, then I headed off on my climb. My plan was to do a circular route and the first part of this route climbed steadily through a small woodland and then out into the open, a mixture of steps and paths for most of this first part. I soon found myself out onto open ground and I was already at about 200 mtrs above sea level, the incline was fairly steady and a few runners had passed me on their was up the mountain, the route was actually fairly busy and I had already passed some early walkers on their way down the mountain too. It was around this point that the rain started, I was well kitted out with my waterproof jacket but it really was wet weather for the rest of the climb up.
|First view of the high point|
|Ben Lomond, the highest point of Stirlingshire|
After a while I was back down at sea (or Loch) level and I had a short walk along some small roads back to the car park, I stopped to look at a lovely memorial and then I was back at the car and off back to my campsite finishing the day off with a nice meal at my tent and then a small wander along the banks of Loch Lomond. I also packed up a lot of my equipment as I was off on my travels further north to my next campsite the following day. The rain looked as if is was sticking around for the night but that didn't stop me enjoying this wonderful campsite for one last night.