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At long last, our first time in the Mamores.

At long last, our first time in the Mamores.


Postby martin.h » Tue Jun 09, 2015 8:02 am

Route description: Stob Ban (Mamores) and Mullach nan Coirean

Munros included on this walk: Mullach nan Coirean, Stob Ban (Mamores)

Date walked: 08/06/2015

Time taken: 5.75 hours

Distance: 13 km

Ascent: 1155m

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The Mamores are a group of mountains I've often looked at and fancied exploring so, with us being close to them on our hols we chose to have at least one day seeing what they're like.
After doing a bit of research on Walkhighlands we decided that Stob Ban and Mullach nan Coirean would be a worthy introduction so this is a quick tale of our first foray.

The weather was great for this walk, as promised by the forecasters.
We set off from the Lower Falls car park, P & D @ £3 all day not too bad, and started up the path which headed into Coire a' Mhusgain. This is a nice steady walk all the way to the bealach with views into Glen Nevis getting better as height is gained.
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Glen Nevis

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Stob Ban from the ascent path

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Gen Nevis again from higher up the path.

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Water feature.

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The cliffs and buttress' of Stob Ban

At the bealach we went right and started the steep climb up Stob Ban, this is mainly on fairly loose quartzite rocks but cause no problems and the summit is soon reached.
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Glen Nevis from the bealach

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Stob Ban from the bealach.

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Ben Nevis and Sgurr a' Mhaim.

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Bidean nam Bian

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Ballachulish munros, Sgorr Dhearg and Sgorr Dhonuill.

The views from the summit are extensive with Ben Nevis, Sgurr a' Mhaim and Sgurr an lubhair dominating and the rest of the Mamores stretching away east and the Glencoe mountains to the south and Mullach nan Coirean looking a long way away westish.
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Denise on Stob Ban, Mamores behind.

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Ben Nevis.

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Our next Destination Mullach nan Coirean

From the summit we travelled north briefly following the loose path downhill, then started to curve west to follow the rim of Coire Dearg.
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Sgurr a' Mhaim and Stob Ban from the cairn on the 910m point on the rim of Coire Dearg

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Mullach nan Coirean from the ridge.

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Stob Ban

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Cornice ready to fall

The walk over to Mullach nan Coirean is a joy and the views make the time pass without realising how far you've walked, we took our time taking advantage of the calm conditions, the ridge narrows for a short distance about half way over and then broadens to give easy comfortable walking before the final climb to the summit.
There's a large cairn on the summit big enough to give shelter on windy days. Again the views are great from this summit you can see all the Mamores, anybody taking on all ten of them in one day can see the challenge from here, well done to all who've done it, what a mammoth task.
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Denise on Mullach nan Coirean.

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Stob Ban from Mullach nan C

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All the Mamores from Mullach nan C

We headed north from the summit and then north east to gain the ridge which takes you back into Glen Nevis.
Lower down the path leads to the corner of a deer fence,
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Sgurr a'Mhaim and the Devils Ridge from the deer fence

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Ben Nevis from the deer fence

from here keep the fence on the right and follow it down. It gets steeper and very wet lower down and it was a relief to get to the stile where we clambered over to follow the new path down to the forestry track. Once on the track the walk back to the car park is straight forward.

We had a good day for our first Mamores walk, they are fantastic mountains, well worth another foray soon.
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Re: At long last, our first time in the Mamores.

Postby teaandpies » Tue Jun 09, 2015 8:13 am

Nice, I've read a lot of reports and watched lots of videos on these hill lately.

Nice pictures :D
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Re: At long last, our first time in the Mamores.

Postby The Rodmiester » Tue Jun 09, 2015 8:46 am

Wonderful stuff, some fine photos there Martin, looks like the weather has finally changed at last, you have picked a good week after all :clap: Looks like the munro count is going to be on target :wink: :) Enjoy your Scottish holiday.
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Re: At long last, our first time in the Mamores.

Postby PeteR » Tue Jun 09, 2015 12:26 pm

These two were my introduction to the Mamores too, although I did them the other way round. Stob Ban looks impressive from your route up :D

Certainly looked a good day for it................let's hope this weather is finally on the turn and summer is going to arrive :D
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Re: At long last, our first time in the Mamores.

Postby Beaner001 » Tue Jun 09, 2015 10:34 pm

Great introduction there Marts and Denise :clap:
I've still to venture into the Mamores, not sure when I'll break that duck :lol:
Hope the holiday is going well :D
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Re: At long last, our first time in the Mamores.

Postby martin.h » Thu Jun 11, 2015 12:39 am

teaandpies wrote:Nice, I've read a lot of reports and watched lots of videos on these hill lately.

Nice pictures :D


Hi teaandpies,
if you get the chance spend some time in these mountains its a fantastic area and the views are well worth the effort.
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Re: At long last, our first time in the Mamores.

Postby martin.h » Thu Jun 11, 2015 12:46 am

The Rodmiester wrote:Wonderful stuff, some fine photos there Martin, looks like the weather has finally changed at last, you have picked a good week after all :clap: Looks like the munro count is going to be on target :wink: :) Enjoy your Scottish holiday.


Thanks Rod, we're taking advantage of the weather that's for sure, reports to follow asap.
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Re: At long last, our first time in the Mamores.

Postby martin.h » Thu Jun 11, 2015 12:54 am

PeteR wrote:These two were my introduction to the Mamores too, although I did them the other way round. Stob Ban looks impressive from your route up :D

Certainly looked a good day for it................let's hope this weather is finally on the turn and summer is going to arrive :D


Thanks Pete, this group of mountains is special and the views of the Ben from them show just how it dominates the area.
Fingers tightly crossed about the weather :D
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Re: At long last, our first time in the Mamores.

Postby martin.h » Thu Jun 11, 2015 1:07 am

Beaner001 wrote:Great introduction there Marts and Denise :clap:
I've still to venture into the Mamores, not sure when I'll break that duck :lol:
Hope the holiday is going well :D


Thanks Matt,
You'll enjoy these mountains, they have a bit of everything, steep ascents, scrambly bits, broad and narrow ridges etc.
Roy and Lochy would be in their element.
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Re: At long last, our first time in the Mamores.

Postby ancancha » Thu Jun 11, 2015 8:19 am

Nice report, the mamores are definitely and interesting place.
Always fancied doing the ring of steall, hopefully this year :think:
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Re: At long last, our first time in the Mamores.

Postby martin.h » Thu Jun 11, 2015 6:01 pm

ancancha wrote:Nice report, the mamores are definitely and interesting place.
Always fancied doing the ring of steall, hopefully this year :think:


Hi ancancha,
We did the Ring of Steall on Tues 9th, highly recommended but quite a tough day.
Report to be posted asap.
Thanks for reading.
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