I enjoy a solitary experience sometimes, but there are many perks to exploring with others. For example, I recommend getting out into the wild with experienced outdoorsy people or with friends – this way, you can learn and make new relationships. In fact, I met my partner of 17 years in the middle of Ben Loman.
While soaking up the sun and enjoying a coffee rest, my partner (to-be) and her friend passed by unprepared. It was a hot day in May; she'd run out of water and didn't have the right kit. So, I provided warmer clothing for the summit, chocolate bars and a coffee!
So, the lesson is: always ask for advice and unless you have solid experience, try to find a pal to explore and learn with.