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First time in the Mamores

First time in the Mamores


Postby jonny616 » Thu Sep 22, 2011 4:12 pm

Route description: Stob Ban (Mamores) and Mullach nan Coirean

Munros included on this walk: Mullach nan Coirean, Stob Ban (Mamores)

Date walked: 17/09/2011

Time taken: 8 hours

Distance: 15 km

Ascent: 1220m

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With the weather forecast looking dreadful for the west we left Glasgow at 6am with an 'oh well were going to get wet' kind of an attitude.

Two & a half hours later we pulled into the car park just before the bridge in Glen Nevis. Having past many Munro’s none of which we had seen with the exception of Stob Dearg which was clear bizarrely.

As we got suited & booted we had to contend with a midge attack. :lol:

We were doing the walk in reverse of the route on this great site as it had been suggested that going to Muliach nan Coirean first meant that all the stunning views were ahead of you. :lol:
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First target in the clag


The forest track is a few hundred meters down the road past the stream. The book I had read said there was a path that meant you could cut out a long switchback after about 50 meters along the track marked by a forrest walk sign & a cairn. Saw neither so followed the track. :(
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Pano from the track


Before the end of the track we were looking for a path going off to the left marked by a cairn & starting with wooden steps. Did not see either of these, but we did find a large pile of rubble & a stone staircase, so we took that. The book I read said that the route through the forrest was a bit rooty but dry. Un-true. A bit rooty & a muddy stream would be more accurate. Made slightly worse by the fact that there is path renovation going on with a one meter stretch of lovely smooth dry path every 300 meters or so just to help you realise how bad the current path is. Then over a stile with a make shift three plank bridge and into open Mooreland (bog land)
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Leaving the forrest
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Looking up Glen Nevis to Sgurr a Mhaim


From here you pull uphill on a reasonable path (stream) until you see the ridge to Muliach nan Coirean.. Great views open up here & the weather was much better than forecast we had a couple of showers with cloud coming & going. The sun was trying to come through also.
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Summit ridge of Muliach nan Coirean
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Nevis is in there
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Looking down Glen Nevis
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Climbing to Muliach nan Coirean


As if by magic the cloud came in again just as we reached the summit & I forgot to get a photo whilst I was taking a bearing as there are three faint paths leading from the summit all going in different directions.

It’s a good walk over various parts of the Stob Ban ridge with great views of Sgurr a Mhaim, the Devils ridge & beyond.
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Looking back to MnC
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Part of the Stob Ban ridge
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Stob Ban
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Zoomed
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Sgurr a Mhaim & the Devils Ridge
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pano


We met some folk along the way who said we had just missed a completion party on Stob Ban summit. When we did get there we had it to ourselves & our good friend the clag who as If by magic had joined us just as we reached the summit.
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Stob Ban Summit


When it cleared we could see the start of the descent path. There is also a cairn marking it. We took the path heading towards the lochan below Sgurr an Lubhair before our path goes of left, also marked by a cairn, & leads all the way back to the road.
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descent path
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Down we go
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The Devils Ridge & The Ring of Steall
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Sgurr a Mhaim & Devils ridge again
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Looking down Glen Nevis
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Stob Ban
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The ridges of Stob Ban
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What a difference a day makes!


All in all a great walk great views & much better weather than we expected.
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Re: First time in the Mamores

Postby Johnny Corbett » Thu Sep 22, 2011 4:40 pm

Now you've got a taste of The Mamores, you'll be dying to get back to get the rest done eh Enjoyed the report :D
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Re: First time in the Mamores

Postby PeteR » Thu Sep 22, 2011 5:07 pm

I caught the Mamores bug on the very same walk :D I'm sure you'll be back as these are great hills. Some fantastic photoes there too 8) :D
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Re: First time in the Mamores

Postby Malckyb » Thu Sep 22, 2011 9:18 pm

need to get myself up to these hills soon...looks fab. Great pics :-)
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Re: First time in the Mamores

Postby ChrisW » Thu Sep 22, 2011 10:00 pm

Great report jonny with some cracking pics - judging buy your first few paragraphs I think you need a new book :lol:
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Re: First time in the Mamores

Postby Bod » Thu Sep 22, 2011 10:43 pm

Ah brilliant, you cannae beat it! :D
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Re: First time in the Mamores

Postby skuk007 » Fri Sep 23, 2011 12:33 pm

Great report jonny, glad the weather wasn't too bad.
Certainly worth doing it in that direction after all, views do look fab. :)
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Re: First time in the Mamores

Postby jonny616 » Fri Sep 23, 2011 12:51 pm

Johnny Corbett wrote:Now you've got a taste of The Mamores, you'll be dying to get back to get the rest done eh Enjoyed the report :D


Cheers Johnny

Part of the reason for doing theese was to get a look at the ring of steall, which is our next mamores target.
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Re: First time in the Mamores

Postby jonny616 » Fri Sep 23, 2011 12:56 pm

PeteR wrote:I caught the Mamores bug on the very same walk :D I'm sure you'll be back as these are great hills. Some fantastic photoes there too 8) :D

Cheers PeteR

I think i'll work my way slowly east till there all done & then move to the other side of the glen
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Re: First time in the Mamores

Postby jonny616 » Fri Sep 23, 2011 12:58 pm

Malckyb wrote:need to get myself up to these hills soon...looks fab. Great pics :-)


So many to choose from Malchyb. Everytime i read a report of somewhere i've not been i think i must go soon, but there are not enough walking days in the year for me :lol:

Enjoy when you do
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Re: First time in the Mamores

Postby jonny616 » Fri Sep 23, 2011 1:01 pm

ChrisW wrote:Great report jonny with some cracking pics - judging buy your first few paragraphs I think you need a new book :lol:


thanks Chris

I use Ralph S (can't remember his surname) books, usualy spot on. So i'll let him off this once :lol:
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Re: First time in the Mamores

Postby jonny616 » Fri Sep 23, 2011 1:02 pm

Bod wrote:Ah brilliant, you cannae beat it! :D


you're not wrong :lol:
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Re: First time in the Mamores

Postby jonny616 » Fri Sep 23, 2011 1:04 pm

skuk007 wrote:Great report jonny, glad the weather wasn't too bad.
Certainly worth doing it in that direction after all, views do look fab. :)


thanks skuk007

The weather was a bonus & if it is clear it's stunning
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Re: First time in the Mamores

Postby rockhopper » Fri Sep 23, 2011 1:18 pm

Good report there jonny - despite the clag you still have some very nice photos...the mist almost seems to add atmosphere :D

I know exactly what you mean about the clag arriving just as you reach the summit - I suffer from the same ailment :lol:
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Re: First time in the Mamores

Postby jonny616 » Fri Sep 23, 2011 1:24 pm

rockhopper wrote:Good report there jonny - despite the clag you still have some very nice photos...the mist almost seems to add atmosphere :D

I know exactly what you mean about the clag arriving just as you reach the summit - I suffer from the same ailment :lol:


Cheers Rockhopper

Clag - almost comic timming always :lol: :lol: :lol:

I've saved the photo of the cloud just hanging on the ridge as my desktop for that very reason
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