walkhighlands

Share your personal walking route experiences in Scotland, and comment on other peoples' reports.
Warning Please note that hillwalking when there is snow lying requires an ice-axe, crampons and the knowledge, experience and skill to use them correctly. Summer routes may not be viable or appropriate in winter. See winter information on our skills and safety pages for more information.

The Four Seasons

The Four Seasons


Postby jonny616 » Tue May 15, 2012 7:06 pm

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: 12/05/2012

Time taken: 12 hours

Distance: 16.5 km

Ascent: 1676m

8 people think this report is great.
Register or Login
free to be able to rate and comment on reports (as well as access 1:25000 mapping).

There have been a few good reports on this round recently, but here is my take on our day. It started over a year ago. We were going to camp in Glen Nevis & do the ring of steal. The month of May, plenty of light good weather & no midges. The weather gods conspired against us & we ended up on a day trip to walk Driesh & Mayer in the only part of Scotland not to have torrential rain on that day. :lol:
So fast forward one year & here we are after much texting & FB messaging standing at car park at the end of the glen. There is some white fluffy cloud, but lots of blue sky & sunshine. Ya beauty! 8) 8) 8)
The walk through the woods was great with everyone getting reacquainted or acquainted as the case may be. Some discussion about the bridge, the ridge & crossing at the waterfall.
The view as you emerge from the trees is great especially when it’s such a lovely day.
I think the phrase ‘the bridge was dispatched professionally’ is apt for 5 out of 7, whilst two of us sprinted knee deep through the river in a selfless act to get the best photos! :lol: :lol:
Next was crossing under the steal falls, which after all the rain was fairly tricky, not so much in the actual crossing but picking the right spot.
Once across it was time for the obligatory boggy section where I had to put up with a bit of stick from the gang! :lol:
Then the ascent starts on a great path with the views behind of the Aonachs, CMD, the arête & the Ben.
A wee food stop on a broad shoulder before the final ascent onto An Gearanach & the start of the Ring of Steall.
The first sight of the whole thing is amazing. We spent a while taking it all in before crossing to An Garbtanach where a bit of hand work is necessary. Dropped steeply down & as we did we could see a snow shower coming our way. Waterproofs on & tackle the ascent of Stob Coire a Chairn. Clag time, then clear again with the cloud above the summits & the ridge still in view, but starting to look darker & meaner than before. Good views across to Glencoe & the Big Bookle.
The wind started up & just got steadily stronger as the day progressed with snow showers, hail showers & clag coming & going for the rest of the day.
The ascent of Am Bodach was tricky. It’s steep & had a fair covering of snow but not enough to kick into. Just enough to cover the ball bearing like gravel under foot. Think An Stuc, but worse. :o
It is difficult to get lost on a ridge, but we did have to take a bearing to get off Am Bodach as we could see heehaw & the path appears to be just off the ridge on the left.
The cloud lifted again & we could see Sgurr an Lubhar (the demoted one). Over we went fairly straight forword to Sgurr Choire a Mhail & then Oh ok here we are! :-x
The next part was fairly nerve rattling with most people’s ‘ring of steall’ (cheers for the phrase Gammy) twitching. Slippery snow, very narrow ridge & the wind blowing! A bit of trouble finding the bypass around the trickiest bit, but that was no picnic in the conditions we had.
A great sense of relief & joy once across with the small matter of a knee deep in snow ascent of Sgurr a Mhaim.
Once off the broad ridge we shot down the scree section pretty quickly & looked for a sheltered spot for a last bite to eat before taking the path down to the lower car park. The wind getting stronger & the snow showers changing to rain as we dropped height.
A fantastic day a great walk & one I will certainly do again. Still buzzing & I know I’m not the only one.
Thanks to all my walking buddies whom I was with on the day. I’m sure they will want to add photos & comments. 8)
Mark pic 1.jpg
Out of the woods
DSC_0114.JPG
Take me to the Bridge!
Paul pic 1.jpg
Crossing under the falls
DSC03413.JPG
Heading for An Gearanach
DSC03414.JPG
The Ben
DSC_0152.JPG
Summit An Gearanach
DSC_0145.JPG
Gearanach to Stob Coire a Chairn
DSC_0146.JPG
Am Bodach to Sgurr an Lubhar
DSC_0147.JPG
Sgurr an Lubhar, Stob Choire a Mhail & The Devils Ridge
DSC_0148.JPG
Stob Choire a Mhail, The Devils Ridge & Sgurr a Mhaim
Mark pic 3.jpg
Team Shot An Gearanach
DSC_0158.JPG
An Garbtanach
DSC03419.JPG
Slabs of An Garbtanach
DSC03425.JPG
An Garbtanach, Nevis & CMD
DSC03430.JPG
Summit Stob Coire a Chairn
DSC03441.JPG
Am Bodach
DSC03447.JPG
Clag walkers Am Bodach
Mark pic 4.jpg
Summit Am Bodach
DSC03459.JPG
Looking back An Gearanach to Am Bodach
DSC03465.JPG
From Sgurr Choire a Mhail to Sgurr a Mhaim
DSC03468.JPG
Here we go!
DSC03470.JPG
Negotiating a small exposed chimney
DSC03477.JPG
Mark at the end of The Devils Ridge
Mark pic 5.jpg
Summit Sgurr a Mhaim
Mark pic 6.jpg
Homeward Bound
User avatar
jonny616
Mountain Walker
 
Posts: 1557
Munros:277   Corbetts:12
Grahams:2   Donalds:1
Sub 2000:1   Hewitts:17
Wainwrights:8   Islands:7
Joined: Aug 19, 2009

Re: The Four Seasons

Postby pigeon » Tue May 15, 2012 7:25 pm

Looked a bit scary on the ridge at times there jonny :shock: ,had my eye on this for a bit now,might wait till the weather settles a bit 8) Good report again :thumbup:
User avatar
pigeon
Hill Bagger
 
Posts: 1358
Munros:282   Corbetts:92
Grahams:35   Donalds:35
Sub 2000:16   Hewitts:2
Wainwrights:1   Islands:2
Joined: Apr 29, 2010
Location: Linlithgow

Re: The Four Seasons

Postby rockhopper » Tue May 15, 2012 7:55 pm

Well done all - looks a bit tricky in places. Crazy weather for May - am hoping to get up here but hopefully wait for better weather - cheers :D
User avatar
rockhopper
 
Posts: 6382
Munros:282   Corbetts:207
Grahams:60   Donalds:89
Sub 2000:8   Hewitts:2
Wainwrights:3   Islands:19
Joined: Jun 1, 2009
Location: Glasgow

Re: The Four Seasons

Postby Gavin99 » Tue May 15, 2012 7:57 pm

Great stuff Jonny though I'm with Pigeon on the weather conditions . No wonder you are still buzzing :D
User avatar
Gavin99
Walker
 
Posts: 1158
Munros:279   Corbetts:133
Grahams:75   Donalds:67
Sub 2000:25   Hewitts:14
Wainwrights:16   
Joined: Jul 26, 2011

Re: The Four Seasons

Postby kojak » Tue May 15, 2012 8:43 pm

I have had some epic walks this year thanks to some new found friends, and this is definitely one of them.. Even the adverse weather conditions added to the excitement of this day out, thoroughly enjoyed and just like you Jonny, still buzzing from this one :D Great report...
User avatar
kojak
Mountain Walker
 
Posts: 18
Munros:134   Corbetts:20
Grahams:6   Donalds:6
Sub 2000:17   
Joined: Jan 31, 2012
Location: Stirling

Re: The Four Seasons

Postby GillC » Tue May 15, 2012 8:48 pm

Great report J, I was over on the CMD/Nevis on the same day. Plenty good views over to the R of S, had never considered it,,but great pics,,again,,might wait until the weathers a bit more stable :lol: Well done, GillC
User avatar
GillC
Munro compleatist
 
Posts: 1507
Munros:282   Corbetts:37
Grahams:27   Donalds:30
Sub 2000:19   Hewitts:5
Joined: May 14, 2010
Location: Chryston

Re: The Four Seasons

Postby SusieThePensioner » Tue May 15, 2012 9:31 pm

Thoroughly enjoyed your report Jonny and some great photos :thumbup:

The ridge makes me feel ill....thats why I've never done Striding Edge in the Lakes....and won't now anyway :lol:
User avatar
SusieThePensioner
 
Posts: 1543
Munros:6   Corbetts:3
Grahams:4   Donalds:7
Sub 2000:3   Hewitts:108
Wainwrights:156   
Joined: Sep 7, 2011
Location: County Durham

Re: The Four Seasons

Postby Bod » Tue May 15, 2012 9:55 pm

Aye Jonny, great report on a great walk! This was the subjuct of my very first trip report on WH and I think I have still to finish it and put up a few more pics :lol: . Well done to all of you :D :D :D
User avatar
Bod
Munro compleatist
 
Posts: 1512
Munros:282   Corbetts:47
Grahams:27   Donalds:20
Sub 2000:29   Hewitts:9
Wainwrights:7   Islands:24
Joined: Jul 30, 2010
Location: Cowdenbeath

Re: The Four Seasons

Postby Jock McJock » Wed May 16, 2012 12:01 am

Nice one as always Jonny :D Kinda glad you guys had to abort this last year as I'd have missed it! :lol: Great walk on Saturday and a great wee weekend all round, cheers everyone :) I'll stick a few of my pics from the day on too.

DSCN0950.JPG
Crossing below the falls


DSCN0969.JPG
Ben Nevis and CMD Arete


DSCN0975.JPG
Heading up An Gearanach


DSCN0970.JPG
The Grey Corries


DSCN1010.JPG
Heading for Sgurr an lubhair


DSCN1012.JPG
On Sgurr an lubhair getting ready for the ridge


DSCN1013.JPG
The Devils Ridge and Sgurr a'Mhaim
Jock McJock
Mountain Walker
 
Posts: 448
Munros:170   Corbetts:5
Grahams:2   
Sub 2000:1   
Joined: Feb 5, 2010
Location: Dumbarton

Re: The Four Seasons

Postby andy millar1 » Wed May 16, 2012 12:21 am

Good report Jonny and well done to the R.O.S crew ,tough walk in mentalist conditions....I'm going to do this again at some point and I know most of you will tooo.
andy millar1
 

Re: The Four Seasons

Postby pollyh33 » Wed May 16, 2012 10:02 am

Fantastic report Jonny :D

Can't believe all the obstacles you guys had to cope with on this trip- like It's A Knockout but without the silly costumes!!!! :lol:

PS I'm noting that your selfless acts just keep on coming, expect a sainthood in the post any time soon!!!!

P XXX
User avatar
pollyh33
Munro compleatist
 
Posts: 2575
Munros:282   Corbetts:15
Grahams:5   Donalds:2
Sub 2000:1   
Joined: Mar 30, 2011
Location: Rutherglen

Re: The Four Seasons

Postby dogplodder » Wed May 16, 2012 11:05 am

Wow!

I always think of that wire bridge as a test and if you cannae hack that you cannae hack what's to come! That ridge pic looks well scary! :shock:
User avatar
dogplodder
 
Posts: 3482
Munros:226   Corbetts:52
Grahams:16   
Sub 2000:24   Hewitts:5
Wainwrights:9   Islands:21
Joined: Jul 16, 2011

Re: The Four Seasons

Postby Johnny Corbett » Wed May 16, 2012 4:05 pm

Good stuff and some fine photos. This is one of my favourite walks to date, even though a lot of it was in clag, as there's enough interest along the ridges that we wern't too fussed at missing the views :D
User avatar
Johnny Corbett
Hill Bagger
 
Posts: 2940
Munros:18   Corbetts:206
Grahams:160   Donalds:74
Sub 2000:269   Hewitts:1
Islands:14
Joined: May 14, 2010
Location: Livingston

Re: The Four Seasons

Postby Alastair S » Wed May 16, 2012 4:53 pm

Top draw stuff :clap: :clap: :clap:
User avatar
Alastair S
Wanderer
 
Posts: 1283
Munros:78   Corbetts:12
Grahams:6   
Sub 2000:13   
Islands:22
Joined: Dec 14, 2008
Location: Banchory, Aberdeenshire

Re: The Four Seasons

Postby morag1 » Wed May 16, 2012 6:37 pm

Great stuff although a bit scary, well done the Gang :thumbup:
morag1
 

8 people think this report is great.
Register or Login
free to be able to rate and comment on reports (as well as access 1:25000 mapping).
Next



Walkhighlands community forum is now advert free

We need help to keep the site online.
Can you help support Walkhighlands and the online community by setting up a monthly donation by direct debit?



Return to Walk reports - Scotland

Who is online

Users browsing this forum: No registered users and 8 guests
cron