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The Ring of Steall - ca m'a coupe le souffle

The Ring of Steall - ca m'a coupe le souffle


by kevsbald » Sat Apr 14, 2012 11:04 am

Route description: The Ring of Steall, Mamores

Munros included on this walk: Am Bodach, An Gearanach, Sgurr a'Mhaim, Stob Coire a'Chairn

Date walked: 13/04/2012

Time taken: 8 hours

Distance: 11.8 km

Ascent: 1717m

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Re: The Ring of Steall - ca m'a coupe le soufflé

Postby scoob999 » Sat Apr 14, 2012 8:19 pm

gammy leg walker wrote:Great report Kev,cannie wait till its my turn for this,thanks for making me even more s*** scared than before. :lol:


It's not scarey! admittedly i done it without snow on it but i found the tricky bit was between An Garbhanach and its top, the Devils ridge was easy :D
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Re: The Ring of Steall - ca m'a coupe le soufflé

Postby Paula Hubens » Sat Apr 14, 2012 9:43 pm

Very enjoyable read. Well done to the 3 of you. Love the picture of Stob Ban!
Although I'm nowhere near the Mamores yet (still lurking in the Tyndrum area), I have already done some planning for the Ring of Steall. Hence your pictures come in very handy. Thanks.
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Re: The Ring of Steall - ca m'a coupe le soufflé

Postby snodland » Sat Apr 14, 2012 9:57 pm

Excellent Kevsbald

Some really illuminating and very good photos. And a report to which I will go back when I eventually get the umpph to do An Gearanch and An Gharbahnach. The photo looking back at your colleagues on the side of the hill is teriffic
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Re: The Ring of Steall - ca m'a coupe le soufflé

Postby xslawekx » Sat Apr 14, 2012 10:24 pm

Bonzer 8)
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Re: The Ring of Steall - ca m'a coupe le soufflé

Postby CurlyWurly » Sun Apr 15, 2012 7:34 am

Perfecto Kev!

Totally agree about that bad step on the Devil's Ridge. There was no way I was revisiting that 'bad boy' on my way back across for Stob Ban and Mullach nan Coirean so I took the lower bypass path instead. Top Stuff!
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Re: The Ring of Steall - ca m'a coupe le soufflé

Postby gammy leg walker » Sun Apr 15, 2012 9:51 am

Graeme D wrote:. One other thing - and Gammy is probably not going to thank me for saying this - but that bad step on the Devil's Ridge (the WTF moment as you called it) definitely ranks as my scariest moment on a mountain ridge. In the squeeky bum stakes, it outdoes any bum clenching I did on the Aonach Eagach, Am Fasarinen on Liathach, Crib Goch or the Horns of Alligin, which until yesterday had been my top bum clenching ridge experience. :shock: :shock: :shock: :shock:


Many thanks for this wee quote Mr Dewar,will find out if its true very soon,Next month in fact. :wtf:

PS...........its a long time with no sleep till May. :lol: :lol:
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Re: The Ring of Steall - ca m'a coupe le soufflé

Postby Bod » Sun Apr 15, 2012 10:16 am

Great report Kev, enjoyed that loads........the winter coat as Monty says makes it look even better, and obviously made quite a difference to the Devil's Ridge section. I remember it being really quite straight forward on a summer's day.... :D :D :D

Great to see you all so obviously enjoying yourselves and savour your 200th when it comes :lol:
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Re: The Ring of Steall - ca m'a coupe le soufflé

Postby davgil » Sun Apr 15, 2012 11:11 am

Great report kev!
Hats off to you guys for completing this in 8 hours.
I did this the day after you in similar conditions, taking 9.5 hours and we we pushed hard
on all the ascents although we do faf about a bit on the summits :D
Have to agree about how stunning this walk is and with it's slight winter coating all the more so.
Well done guys!
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Re: The Ring of Steall - ca m'a coupe le soufflé

Postby kevsbald » Sun Apr 15, 2012 11:54 am

Davgil,

no worries - we were overtaken by two local guys from An Gearasdan and they did this in about 6 hours 30. They were thankful for the lift back up to the car park though!

Cheers folks for all great comments.

Kev
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Re: The Ring of Steall - ca m'a coupe le soufflé

Postby Gavin99 » Sun Apr 15, 2012 6:19 pm

Wonderful stuff Kev , a fine and amusing report with some lovely photo's ,it certainly is breathtaking :D top class ! 8)
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Re: The Ring of Steall - ca m'a coupe le soufflé

Postby metafor » Sun Apr 15, 2012 8:25 pm

Great report Kev! and absolutely stunning photos! although descriptive photos is probably a better term as you can see and possibly feel the scare factor of the descents and ascents.I done ( and it done me!) the RoS last October when conditions were blustery to say the least! It was a day of misfortunes, first my camera wouldn't power-up then it would, then it wouldn't,**** it I"ll use my phone, got to the last munro and discovered my phone was set for video! ****,****,****. but the good thing about having done the RoS is looking back at the one or two photos that I did get , along with other people's photos and especially yours ( Devils ridge ) ( looking over to Stob Ban ) and saying ***k me! did I come down that!
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Re: The Ring of Steall - ca m'a coupe le soufflé

Postby LeithySuburbs » Sun Apr 15, 2012 8:42 pm

Great report Kev but what is that French you are murdering :lol: ?
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Re: The Ring of Steall - ca m'a coupe le soufflé

Postby jimandandrea » Sun Apr 15, 2012 9:06 pm

To coin your phrase- stunning, stunning, stunning. :clap: :crazy: :crazy:
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Re: The Ring of Steall - ca m'a coupe le soufflé

Postby Johnny Corbett » Sun Apr 15, 2012 9:26 pm

scoob999 wrote:
gammy leg walker wrote:Great report Kev,cannie wait till its my turn for this,thanks for making me even more s*** scared than before. :lol:


It's not scarey! admittedly i done it without snow on it but i found the tricky bit was between An Garbhanach and its top, the Devils ridge was easy :D


Good stuff guys and have to agree with Scoob, nothing to worry about. Definitley up there with the best of them this walk :D Also liked the facial expressions you got of Graeme :lol:
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Re: The Ring of Steall - ca m'a coupe le soufflé

Postby SMRussell » Sun Apr 15, 2012 9:32 pm

kevsbald wrote:Cheers folks. For the 200, I'm not sure at all. Have a week in Skye planned for May but something before then. Maybe Liathach?


Go for Liathach! Would be eager to read a report on Liathach from Kevsbald's perspective :D
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