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Ring of Steall
by Fcfraser » Thu Aug 23, 2012 8:27 pm
Route description: The Ring of Steall, Mamores
Munros included on this walk: An Gearanach, Sgurr a'Mhaim, Stob Coire a'Chairn
Date walked: 14/08/2012
Time taken: 8 hours
Distance: 13.4 kmRegister or Login free to be able to rate and comment on reports (as well as access 1:25000 mapping).
So! up and refreshed with a lovely breakfast, off we went to Steall... I have to say, I was rather worried about the famous Steall "tightrope" bridge!! it turned out to be a childs playground, too many tourists for my liking! all playing on the bridge......I mean, playing? having fun? when there are serious hills out there to climb? already feeling nervous, I wasn't about to make a complete fool of myself, so I decided to cross the water, it was reasonably low, and no problem to cross, only my silly hesitation on one stone below the water caused one foot to become soaked, small price to pay, compared with falling from the bridge!!
First hill of the day was An Gearnanach, a straightforward ascent, making good time and clear path to follow to the summit, views were stunning, weather perfect. Onwards we went to Stob Coire a Chairn, and still well pathed and easy to follow, from here, we were unsure as to whether to include An Bodach, the path clearly misses the summit of this Munro, and we were a little concerned about time, having left much later than intended in the morning (bit too comfy in the B&B!)
Executive decision was made, we stuck to the lower path and missed An Bodach. Onwards towards the "Devils Ridge" I was a little concerned about it beforehand, but no need, it was a dawdle (after some of the scarey stuff I have done lately!!) Views were magnificent, absolutely stunning, could see for miles and miles..... Wow! reminds me as to why I climb hills! So we got over Sgurr an Lubhar and Sgurr a Mhaim. By now, my feet were rubbing, one in particular (the one that got soaked earlier!!) But we were on the homeward straight now, and got down to be met by an abundance of Midges.........
Fort William Swimming Pool....Thanks for the Shower!!
Wild Camping? ......nae chance!
by rocket-ron » Thu Aug 23, 2012 8:30 pm
by Fcfraser » Thu Aug 23, 2012 9:25 pm
jwramsay wrote:Love the wild camp!
..... Any port in a storm!
by Johnny Corbett » Thu Aug 23, 2012 9:30 pm
by Fcfraser » Thu Aug 23, 2012 9:45 pm
Johnny Corbett wrote:Your idea of wild camping is exactly like my mrs
Ah but I made up for it on Braeriach last W/e... & loved the experience!
by skuk007 » Thu Aug 23, 2012 9:56 pm
by Mountainlove » Fri Aug 24, 2012 11:12 am
by trekker53 » Sat Aug 25, 2012 9:05 pm
A few years ago when doing the Rob Roy Trail we camped for the first night in a forest. Couldn't get to sleep because of the midge intruders. Tossed and turned but no sleep. Suddenly my brother said he had enough and got up. The 3 of us decided to pack up and continue our walk. We arrived at our next accommodation ( Callander hostel ) at breakfast time. She said we were a bit early but took pity on us when we told the story. We had some breakfast, and after a wash and brush up we hired some bikes and enjoyed a cycle to Loch Katrine. We managed to overcome any tiredness and had a wonderful day.
Later at Kenmore when we should have camped we checked into the hotel and enjoyed it's comforts with quite a few beers. Sometimes you just have to adapt to the conditions.