An Gearanach (...and last sighting of the bridge alive?)
by HighlandSC » Thu Aug 05, 2010 10:08 pm
Munros included on this walk: An Gearanach
Date walked: 21/05/2010
Time taken: 6 hours
Distance: 9 km
Ascent: 1120m2 people think this report is great. Register or Login free to be able to rate and comment on reports (as well as access 1:25000 mapping).
Date - Fri 21/05/2010
Munros - An Gearanach
Route - Park at end of Glen Nevis - E along gorge path to Steall Falls - over wire bridge - ascend N ridge to summit. Retrace steps to return.
Weather - Very good…hazy sunshine, little or no wind.
People - Me / Michelle
Time - 6 Hours
Distance - 9.1km
Ascent - 1120m
Max Altitude - 982m
This report is from 2 months ago - walked 2 days before the bridge broke!
As far as I know it's being fixed but isn't done yet.
News item: http://www.walkhighlands.co.uk/news/steall-falls-bridge-closed/001722/
After some extreme low cloud the day before, the forecast for today was similar. Potential thunderstorms in the east made the Cairngorms sounds unappealing. Cloud to the N and W promised to cover most tops but otherwise it was a semi-promising day. We opted for an easy-ish day in the Mamores and managed to find some hazy sunshine
Made our way into Glen Nevis, parked at the end, and walked towards Steall Falls on the path along the Nevis Gorge. It was a hazy day, but there were no complaints about the sunshine and warmth.
Looking back across the glen
Instead of sticking to the path all the way to Steall, near the end we dropped down on to the massive boulders in the gorge for a look around – from there we scrambled our way out into the open Steall meadow area and made our way toward the wire bridge where we could see an elderly couple watching a guy make his way across. Passing the elderly couple, who were now walking away from the bridge, the guy said he’d have went across “if she wasn’t here” lol. We met the Geordie guy at the other side – he was just having a wander around, having decided against doing Ben Nevis that day due to time constraints. He returned across the bridge. We carried on up the path and on to the summit of An Gearanach.
We dropped down off the path on to some big rocks in the gorge
Thought it'd be fun to scramble our way out
Scrambling out of Nevis Gorge into Steall meadow
Crossing the wire bridge
Steall Hut & Ben Nevis
From here it was a steep but straight forward push up the zig-zagging path toward An Gearanach summit. Good views all the way.
Spotted a chopper going back and forth around the summit of Ben Nevis
A few minutes later it flew through the glen below us
Approaching summit (top left)
2 seconds after we hit the summit a couple appeared from the other direction, having just done the Ring of Steall. We chatted briefly – he remarked how they’d been out walking for days now – his trousers were thilthy – and he wondered when they’d start walking of their own accord! It was remarkably calm on the way up including on the summit – the midges took the opportunity to be a nuisance but luckily we were able to drop down one side to find a breeze and a spot to sit down for lunch.
An Gearanach summit. Looking S
S along ridge from An Gearanach to Stob Coire a' Chairn & Am Bodach
Sgurr a' Mhaim
An Gearanach summit cairn with Ben Nevis behind
As we made our way down a partridge walked beside us for a minute - quite unphased by our presence
Binnein Beag & Binnein Mor
Couldn't resist climbing a chunk of rock half way down An Gearanach
During the descent on the zig-zagging path we were caught up by a couple of Yorkshire guys. They were in need of water, stopping to collect some at a stream. They pondered how safe it was – I told them we'd drunk from it before and survived! They had been in the Cuillin the day before and got swamped in cloud – rather have a repeat performance they left early to get a day in the Mamores.
Quite a few frogs around
We crossed the boulders again infront of the falls
Then made our way back across the bridge and along the path above the gorge back to the car park. Our leisurely day, with a late start, meant it was 9pm upon getting back to the car.
A cracking day - and the start of a 2 week tour around the country taking in the far NW, Skye, Outer Hebrides and the Cairngorms
by kw1980 » Thu Aug 05, 2010 10:18 pm
by Stretch » Fri Aug 06, 2010 9:18 am
by Michelle » Sat Aug 07, 2010 3:38 am
That partridge was really something, we slowed our steps and it paced us for a good distance- almost like a friendly dog eager to tag along for the walk... strange!!
by robertian » Sat Aug 07, 2010 9:16 am
PS There's no way in this world , my wife is going to attempt the bridge !!!
by walk aboot » Sat Aug 07, 2010 9:32 pm
My sister-in-law photographed two partridges in her front garden recently (wee village outside Inverurie). Lovely wee things .
by HighlandSC » Sat Aug 07, 2010 9:38 pm
Do they take flight much? This one didn't seem bothered by our presence and just walked along near to us.
Found another pic of it: