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Ring of Steall, Winter whiteout and wind.
by sneaks » Fri Jan 23, 2015 3:12 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: 22/01/2015
Time taken: 10 hours
Distance: 14.5 km
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Forecasts were looking favourable for us and the snow was more stabalised in the Lochaber region so the plan was made to head to Glen Nevis yesterday from Edinburgh for a day out on The Ring of Steall.
Upone reaching the carpark we were met with this lovely view:
So boots on and off we went.
Sadly at around 900m the cloud engulfed us and it remained like this for the majority of the day only occasionally giving us a glimpse of what was around.
My friend Fraser enjoying the viz:
The view from Am Bodach:
Looking at An Garbhanach:
Some more visibility, just in time for the decent to Steall meadows.
Overall this was a very full on day, with the wind blowing 30-50mph and sometimes gusting higher. Visibility was limited and navigation from the summits & along the wider ridges required skill and patience.
Crampons and axe were required all day long.
Disclaimer: Please do not attempt this route unless you are 100% happy that once you're up there you could be in the whiteroom all day and at risk of being blown off the ridge. There is also serious exposure at points.
by onsen » Sat Jan 24, 2015 8:47 pm
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by Alteknacker » Mon Jan 26, 2015 1:14 am
by sneaks » Wed Jan 28, 2015 7:28 pm
onsen wrote:Challenging conditions ! Well done.
Alteknacker wrote:Looks like it was pretty challenging! DId you use hand or GPS nav methods??? I've walked in circles more than once in whiteouts, even with a compass
Hi Alteknacker, it was indeed challenging at times but great fun! All map and compass methods for the duration of this walk.
It's a shame I didn't get more good pictures, but with the weather and viz being so poor they just didn't turn out right!