Ascent of Ben Lomond on 2020-03-02
|Date:||Monday, March 2, 2020|
|Ascent Type:||Successful Summit Attained|
| Location:||New Zealand|
| Elevation:||5735 ft / 1748 m|
Ascent Trip ReportSunny day, about 20°C, I left the BNB at 5:59. Arrive at the Tiki trail by foot at 6:24. I went up the trail (which start next to the gondola). Gondola wasn't open and wasn't planned neither. Gondola cost 44nz.
I forgot my head lamp and it was still dark at six so I had to use my phone until reaching the top of the gondola.
7:14, I was at the top of the gondola.
7:20, I reach the Ben Lomond track sign.
8:48, There's a bench with a incredible view in the col. You can't miss it.
The trail was easy to follow and well marked. Also there is not much obstacle other than a lot of denivelation. Saw goats, Kea (at least six) and lizards.
9:45, I was on the top with 3 other people. Took a long break (1:15). 360° view. Really incredible!! Could see all the summits far away (Mt. Aspiring) and others who still had snow!
11:00, leaving the top. Lot of people arriving since the gondola is now open. Many people on the trail way down.
12:30, back to the gondola, stop there to look at the stuff / views and restaurants. (30 minutes)
13:37, back down the tiki trail to the parking lot.
14:11, back to my place for a nap!
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