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Ring of Steall

PostPosted: Thu Aug 23, 2012 8:27 pm
by Fcfraser
This was going to be my first "Wild Camp".... We found the ideal little spot along the river, which had been used many times before, going by the signs of the burnt grass (tut tut!) :crazy: ....a short sharp shower of warm rain, just after the last peg was pushed into the ground caused mayhem........the midges from hell rose up from the ground, we inhaled them, choked on them, what is it about ears and eyelids that they like so much? Suffice to say, tent was unceremoniously ripped from the ground and we wore it back to the car!! booked into a lovely wee B&B! :lol:
Wild Camp

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!!
Steall Falls

Tight Rope

Dragon Fly.....Look Hard!


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!)

The Route Ahead

The Ridge!

The "Tricky Bit"!


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! :lol:

Re: Ring of Steall

PostPosted: Thu Aug 23, 2012 8:30 pm
by rocket-ron
wow your fairly getting through the munros

Re: Ring of Steall

PostPosted: Thu Aug 23, 2012 9:04 pm
by jwramsay
Love the wild camp!

Re: Ring of Steall

PostPosted: Thu Aug 23, 2012 9:25 pm
by Fcfraser
jwramsay wrote:Love the wild camp!

..... Any port in a storm! :lol:

Re: Ring of Steall

PostPosted: Thu Aug 23, 2012 9:30 pm
by Johnny Corbett
Your idea of wild camping is exactly like my mrs :lol:

Re: Ring of Steall

PostPosted: Thu Aug 23, 2012 9:45 pm
by Fcfraser
Johnny Corbett wrote:Your idea of wild camping is exactly like my mrs :lol:

Ah but I made up for it on Braeriach last W/e... & loved the experience!

Re: Ring of Steall

PostPosted: Thu Aug 23, 2012 9:56 pm
by skuk007
Nice report and some great photos. Real shame you missed out on the views from Am Bodach, nice plan though as you'll have to back to this great range.

Re: Ring of Steall

PostPosted: Fri Aug 24, 2012 11:12 am
by Mountainlove
If wild camping would only be that cosy and soft :lol: :lol:

Re: Ring of Steall

PostPosted: Sat Aug 25, 2012 9:05 pm
by trekker53
A great set of hills and some nice pics. Always blessed when the weather is on your side. Pity about your lovely camp spot. Those midgies can be hell.
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.