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The Mamores were so good, we had to go back for more
by martin.h » Sun Jun 14, 2015 3:07 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: 09/06/2015
Time taken: 8 hours
Distance: 16 km
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We spent the day before doing Stob Ban and Mullach nan Coirean in the Mamores and promised ourselves we'd spend another day Mamoring this holiday if the weather was kind and the Ring of Steall was a mountain day we really wanted to do.
I'd read a lot about this route and the only section I was a wee bit apprehensive about was the Devils Ridge but with the weather promising to be good, any slowing down on this section wouldn't be a problem.
We were dropped off at the top car park by daughter Louise and arranged to be picked up in the lower falls car park later on to save the walk back to the start point.
We followed the W.H.route up to Steall falls,
chickened out on the wire bridge crossing and opted for the paddle across the river which was easy enough with boots on although a bit slippy in parts, found the path and started the long climb up An Gearanach.
It was steep to start with but does ease higher up, height is gained very quickly and we were at the summit about 2.5 hours after starting.
From this first summit you can see the whole route on a clear day and the way over to Stob Coire a' Chairn, the next Munro, includes a nice ridge walk then a steep drop into the bealach followed by a fairly steep ascent to the summit.
From the second summit to the third, Am Bodach, the descent isn't too bad but the re-ascent onto the summit of Am Bodach is probably the steepest of the whole route and I found it a bit tiring.
Once at the summit the way forward changes from steep descents and re-ascents to a much easier broad ridge walk over much easier terrain and soon the top of Sgurr an Lubhair is reached.
From this summit there's a descent into a bealach and then an easy climb onto the start of the Devils Ridge.
I was a bit apprehensive about this ridge but in reality we found it to be great fun with no real exposure at all.
Once over the ridge the climb onto the last munro Sgurr a' Mhaim is steady enough but a bit of a trudge after a fairly hard day.
Once on the summit we had a good rest and prepared for the descent.
This was easy and steady enough to begin with but it soon turned very steep and very tiring, in fact we both found this to be the hardest part of the route and from last summit to the lower falls car park it took us two hours, it was tedious.
The whole route took us 8 hours but it was very enjoyable, one I would recommend to anybody wanting to have a go.
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