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sgurr a mhaim and Devils Ridge

sgurr a mhaim and Devils Ridge


Postby seamus0 » Wed Sep 14, 2011 6:52 pm

Route description: The Ring of Steall, Mamores

Munros included on this walk: Sgurr a'Mhaim

Date walked: 10/09/2011

Time taken: 6 hours

Distance: 10 km

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The intention was to do the ring of steall on Saturday, but given the horrendous weather, we decided to find a route that would be possible in the wet/windy conditions. The obvious answer was to do Devil's Ridge! We started from the wee car park beside the bridge at Achriabhach (ref-145684), went over the stile and followed the rather boggy path up the glen heading in a SE direction following the Allt Coire a Mhusgain.
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Waterfall at Start of walk

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Start of Walk - Path from stile

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Gate after 45 mins walking


This path itself was at a nice angle, slowly taking us up to the lochan just below sgurr an lubhair. After about 2 1/4 hours you reach a cairn of stones at the bealach.
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Cairns at Bealach

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Track leading to Bealach at a nice steady angle

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Stob Ban on your right as you walk up (for another time!)


At this point we followed the path directly round the west of the lochan, which then zig-zagged its way up between stob coire an lubhair and stob choire a Mhail. It was pretty wet at this stage, and minimal visibility. Luckily there was little navigation to do, as we were now starting the notorious Devil's ridge.
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Start of Devil's Ridge

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Fantastic Views!!

Although it was windy, it wasnt so bad to blow u off ! the ridge itself, is just an easy stroll as long as u put one foot in front of the other.
At one point there is a rocky scramble bit, which can be avoided by taking a lower path on either side. After 1/2 hr on the ridge you eventually come to a climb to the summit of the first munro of the day, Sgurr a Mhaim.
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Top of Sgurr a Mhaim (a bit wet!)

From here there is an obvious path which heads NW steeply down hill, over shale, and leads back to the starting point again. All-in-all, not the full ring, given the conditions, but good to do just to get a munro in!
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Route down which is quite steep but a decent path.

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path down

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at last!!the weather starts to clear!

As you can tell, terrible day for photos, but it did start to clear as we came down...typical! I managed to get one decetn shot of Stob Ban again.
Next time, I can concentrate on the ring via Stob Ban, and miss out the Devil's Ridge.
seamus0
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