Storm Hannah tried to wreck the planned Craggy walk to Ben Lomond. Thankfully, she had moved off quickish to allow the walk to be rescheduled to Sunday. For once wind was not going to be an issue, all the makings of a good hill day. So off we trotted.
While there were only a few folk heading in the same direction as us, there seemed to be a constant stream coming down Ptarmigan. I suspect this is a result of the route description in Walk Highlands. My body was having issues at moving at anything more than snail pace, earning me the title of Pace Setter of the Day for keeping us at a steady 1.9km/hr. I have to thank the gang for being super patient on what was a longer than anticipated ascent of Ptarmigan.
We had some Ptarmigan Ridge virgins in our midst, some requiring reassurance from Steve "trust me" Morley. Plus Quote of the Day 1 from Carol "so where's this ridge we're doing?" ( said at approx 700m on said ridge ) We eventually made it to the summit and joined the throngs for the descent.
As ever, there was a very eclectic crowd on the hill which is where quote of the day 2 was overheard - "maybe I should have suggested a smaller hill for the group for this first outing" from an exasperated chap and even more exasperated group plodding up the hill.
We even had a hero of the day - Frank for finding a shiny Samsung S10 as we descended. His version of the story - he ran back up to the summit to give it back to its owner. Real version - he phoned a random on the phone and the owner came back down to retrieve it.
We also had Observer of the day - Giovanni for ensuring we knew the fauna and flora on Ben Lomond. The final quote of the day goes to Marla - Carol and I have walked twice as far as everyone else as we've got short legs.
So thanks to Steve, Carol, Frank, Giovanni and Marla for a great day on the hill.