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Ring of Steall

Ring of Steall


Postby gman » Fri Sep 14, 2012 4:31 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: 12/09/2012

Time taken: 9 hours

Distance: 16 km

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Weather was OK on Wednesday, so got these in while we've still got some light in the evening. There's a gap in the route above as GPS couldn't find a satellite at the start of the walk. Car park was fairly busy even on a Wed. The path is easy to follow from the far end of the car park, through trees with a burn/waterfall below. Soon got to a valley & GPS started working:
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Got to the cable bridge, there were a few guys there so I thought I'd be able to check out tightrope techniques before trying it, but they just waved me on - and gave a round of applause when I reached the other side!
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Followed path to waterfall, quite a strong current so I crossed at a shallow bit further down. Also a bog, knee deep in parts. Not even on the hill yet & already it's more interesting than Ben Chonzie last week :)
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Steep stony path zig-zags upwards:
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Got up onto the ridge and saw the ring - Am Bodach, Sgurr an Iubhair, Sgurr a Mhaim:
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Getting colder up here, rain on and off but not too windy. First cairn at An Gearanach:
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Some scrambly bits up here, quite an interesting ridge:
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Looking back from cairn on Stob Coire a'Chairn:
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Onwards to Am Bodach:
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Glen Coe hills from the top of Am Bodach:
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And Pap of Glencoe:
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Cairn and Devil's Ridge:
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Path initially rocky the grassy leading up to Sgurr an Iubhair:
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Sgurr a Mhaim from the top:
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More Mamores, Stob Ban:
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Devil's Ridge:
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Tricky step, got halfway along but rock was wet & a bit slippy - and a mountain rescue helicopter was flying past - so I bottled it and took the bypass path:
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Looking back to the ridge:
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Sgurr a Mhaim had been in and out of cloud all day, cairn:
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Stob Ban again:
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Descent route initially on loose scree then wet grass so I fell over a couple of times. Didn't take too long to get to the path, it was getting much warmer the lower I got and the midges made first appearance of the day.
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Looking over towards Ben Nevis:
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Got back to the road, but decided to take the path instead of walking on the single track road. The map showed a bridge but the path veered upwards and away from the river so I thought I'd either missed the bridge or it had been removed. Anyway I backtracked and found a reasonably safe place to cross the river, getting boots totally soaked. Followed the single track road and soon saw the bridge d'oh! :lol:
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Re: Ring of Steall

Postby Fudgie » Fri Sep 14, 2012 4:43 pm

I was a few miles away from you at Corrour and it looked as if you got a fair bit of rain and hail. Doesn't seem too bad in your pictures :D

Cracking picture of Ben Nevis :thumbup:
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Re: Ring of Steall

Postby Johnny Corbett » Fri Sep 14, 2012 4:55 pm

One of the classic rounds this and looks like you got not a bad day for it, nice one. :D
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Re: Ring of Steall

Postby gman » Sat Sep 15, 2012 12:41 pm

Fudgie wrote:I was a few miles away from you at Corrour and it looked as if you got a fair bit of rain and hail. Doesn't seem too bad in your pictures :D


Just a couple of showers, definitely getting colder up there though!

Johnny Corbett wrote:One of the classic rounds this and looks like you got not a bad day for it, nice one. :D


Cheers, conditions were ideal apart from a boggy start. Had to keep an eye on the clock too as the A82 closes between Crianlarich & Tarbet at 10pm.
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Re: Ring of Steall

Postby budvarone » Sat Sep 15, 2012 11:07 pm

Excellent walk! We got as far as Steall Falls a few weeks a go, we'd walked from Glen Nevis campsite! I'm unfamiliar with the area but thought the peaks on that side of the road would make for a crackin' day out! I'd have chickened out at the bridge tho!
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Re: Ring of Steall

Postby BoyVertiginous » Sun Sep 16, 2012 4:53 pm

Some cracking shots and views on that one, gman.

The more reports I see on the ring, the more I want to have a go. A must for next year on a good day.
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Re: Ring of Steall

Postby PeteR » Sun Sep 16, 2012 8:18 pm

Great pictures of a gret route in a great area :D Still one of my favourite days on the hills. Glad you got such a good day for it too :D
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Re: Ring of Steall

Postby gman » Wed Sep 19, 2012 1:55 pm

BoyVertiginous wrote:Some cracking shots and views on that one, gman.

The more reports I see on the ring, the more I want to have a go. A must for next year on a good day.

PeteR wrote:Great pictures of a gret route in a great area :D Still one of my favourite days on the hills. Glad you got such a good day for it too :D


Cheers, had a few miserable days on the hills so decided to wait for reasonable weather :D
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Re: Ring of Steall

Postby Stuart Angus » Thu Sep 20, 2012 8:56 pm

Whit a man gman................pictures are de bomb 8). Awesome :thumbup:
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Re: Ring of Steall

Postby gman » Sun Sep 23, 2012 3:41 pm

Stuart Angus wrote:Whit a man gman................pictures are de bomb 8). Awesome :thumbup:


Cheers, can't go wrong in the Mamores :D
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Re: Ring of Steall

Postby tomyboy73 » Thu Oct 04, 2012 6:46 pm

great pictures, will keep this report in mind when i go for this round
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Re: Ring of Steall

Postby LeithySuburbs » Thu Oct 04, 2012 7:02 pm

Great pics of the ridges :D . Yet to do this route but appetite whetted :D .
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Re: Ring of Steall

Postby ted goater » Sun Oct 07, 2012 4:41 pm

Lovely photos. I came down off An Gearanach some years ago, after doing 'horseshoe' starting Binnein Beag, so had to cross 'Water of Nevis' both ways. Higher up on way out - easy. On return, wire bridge - no way! It was c 9pm on a summer evening, so boots & socks off for a slippery paddle. Almost there before losing it, sitting down and wet trouser seat. Fortunately no-one else around!
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Re: Ring of Steall

Postby joekell » Sun Oct 07, 2012 7:19 pm

LeithySuburbs wrote:Great pics of the ridges :D . Yet to do this route but appetite whetted :D .
gman wrote:
ring of steall 12-9-2012 actual.gpx

Weather was OK on Wednesday, so got these in while we've still got some light in the evening. There's a gap in the route above as GPS couldn't find a satellite at the start of the walk. Car park was fairly busy even on a Wed. The path is easy to follow from the far end of the car park, through trees with a burn/waterfall below. Soon got to a valley & GPS started working:
Image

Got to the cable bridge, there were a few guys there so I thought I'd be able to check out tightrope techniques before trying it, but they just waved me on - and gave a round of applause when I reached the other side!
Image

Followed path to waterfall, quite a strong current so I crossed at a shallow bit further down. Also a bog, knee deep in parts. Not even on the hill yet & already it's more interesting than Ben Chonzie last week :)
Image

Steep stony path zig-zags upwards:
Image

Got up onto the ridge and saw the ring - Am Bodach, Sgurr an Iubhair, Sgurr a Mhaim:
Image

Getting colder up here, rain on and off but not too windy. First cairn at An Gearanach:
Image

Some scrambly bits up here, quite an interesting ridge:
Image

Looking back from cairn on Stob Coire a'Chairn:
Image

Onwards to Am Bodach:
Image

Glen Coe hills from the top of Am Bodach:
Image

And Pap of Glencoe:
Image

Cairn and Devil's Ridge:
Image

Path initially rocky the grassy leading up to Sgurr an Iubhair:
Image

Sgurr a Mhaim from the top:
Image

More Mamores, Stob Ban:
Image

Devil's Ridge:
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Tricky step, got halfway along but rock was wet & a bit slippy - and a mountain rescue helicopter was flying past - so I bottled it and took the bypass path:
Image

Looking back to the ridge:
Image

Sgurr a Mhaim had been in and out of cloud all day, cairn:
Image

Stob Ban again:
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Descent route initially on loose scree then wet grass so I fell over a couple of times. Didn't take too long to get to the path, it was getting much warmer the lower I got and the midges made first appearance of the day.
Image

Looking over towards Ben Nevis:
Image

Got back to the road, but decided to take the path instead of walking on the single track road. The map showed a bridge but the path veered upwards and away from the river so I thought I'd either missed the bridge or it had been removed. Anyway I backtracked and found a reasonably safe place to cross the river, getting boots totally soaked. Followed the single track road and soon saw the bridge d'oh! :lol:

great looking walk been trying to get up there for a while will do soon
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Re: Ring of Steall

Postby monty » Thu Oct 11, 2012 3:38 pm

A festival of photos on one of my fav rounds Gman. Loved it :D
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