Ascent of Ben A’an

On Sunday, six adventurous pupils joined Miss Macleod and I for an ascent of Ben A’an in the Trossachs. The sun was shining at the start of the trip but there were some ominous clouds in the distance as we started our walk to the foot of the cliffs. Hailstones greeted us but soon cleared up so we could have a packed lunch in the sunshine and get our harnesses on for the climb ahead. A short but steep 20 metre pitch warmed us up and got the muscles flexed and the blood flowing. We then moved together up the scramble above, helping each other up the rocky steps and looking down on the walkers below. Eventually we got within 20 metres of the summit but a steep rocky step blocked our path. Once we made our way around this, we all sat on the top together and enjoyed stunning views of Loch Katrine and the Trossachs below. Well done Ardvreck! (Mr Andy Robertson)