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Ring of Steall, a walk with nearly everything

Ring of Steall, a walk with nearly everything


Postby The Rodmiester » Thu Jun 30, 2016 2:39 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: 26/06/2016

Time taken: 8.75 hours

Distance: 16.2 km

Ascent: 1934m

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The day had arrived, this was now the end of June and I had not set foot on a Munro, this was to change today as four were to be done, only time would tell if walking the so called lesser hills the Corbetts had kept me fit enough for this challenge. Well I can honestly say to you Munro baggers the answer is a great big YES. With ninety nine per cent of this walk you are on good paths with firm underfoot conditions, a couple of wee scrambles where poles would be better in the rucksack and the only muddy section today was the part beyond the Steall falls but once you start climbing its a dawdle. Superb views and great company how could you not enjoy! We had the use of two cars so had left one at the finish car park marked on the OS map just before the bridge crossing over the Nevis Water £3.00 to pay, for those reading you have the bonus of knowing that after crossing the Nevis Water there is another small parking area a few cars with NO CHARGE.

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The two groups meet up at the start in the top of the Glen Car park
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Maybe we should not go, it maybe too scary, Bring it on!
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The first sighting of the Steall falls which we will cross later on
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Compulsory photo shot with the Steall falls behind
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Wire bridge over the Water of Nevis busy ahead
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The adventure starts
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Next one over no mishaps so far, well there's still the photographer to go over
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Below the Steall falls still to cross the very slippy rocks, care required if your to cross without a boot full of water
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Happy to have crossed unscathed
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Having negotiated the very wet boggy area beyong the falls we start climbing the Northern slopes of An Garbhanach, with Ben Nevis in the background
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Higher up on the North slopes with more zig zags on the route
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From the summit looking ahead towards the Munro top of An Garbhanach, Stob Coire a' Chairn (M) and Am Bodach (M)
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The summit pose for the group of four, time 2.5hrs
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Another summit pose with some food being consumed, well deserved after the initial climb
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The route ahead
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A view looking up the Allt Coire a' Mhail
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Heading off towards the rocky summit of An Garbhanach where an easy exposed scramble awaits
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Finding a route
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Summit of An Garbhanach
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Summit ridge
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Looking back towards the South ridge of An Garbhanach
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Summit of Stob Coire a' Chairn
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From the NE slopes of Am Bodach towards Stob Coire a' Chairn. It was about here that we were discussing if we were about halfway around the route and the word CAR was mentioned and that's what triggered someone to say, 'Ooooops I've left the keys in your car Rod', there was much laughter and further admissions of forgetfulness by all members of the party, mostly by yours truly
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Group photo on Am Bodach summit 5.5hrs. LIMIT OF 25 PHOTOS REACHED MORE TO FOLLOW.
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Re: Ring of Steall, a walk with nearly everything

Postby The Rodmiester » Thu Jun 30, 2016 2:45 pm

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More well deserved snacks to keep you going
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Approaching the summit of Sgurr an lubhair
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View over to Stob Ban from the cairn
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Heading down to the bealach before Stob a' Choire a' Mhail with Stob Ban in the distance looking impressive
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The start of the Devils Ridge and time for the walking poles to be put away
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Getting near to the wee scramble. We took the by pass to the left this time, probably the easiest
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Robert appearing from the depths with Pauline about to drop down
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The way ahead and the final climb to the highest Munroof the day Sgurr a' Mhaim
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Wild flowers on the ridge
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Looking back along the ridges we had come
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The Sound of Music comes to mind with this photograph
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On the final summit with the rain about to appear for the first time of the day
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Heading down from the final Munro. This final descent takes a bit of time and really shakes the old legs and knees. Time for me to head off towards the road and let the others take their time descending. The road walk just short of two miles and mostly uphill had the feet stinging by the time I reached the car in about 25 mins. My reward was a bacon roll at the Nevis campsite the next morning, That tasted so good! Two new friends made, all in all a great weekend, bring on the next day walking the hills.
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Re: Ring of Steall, a walk with nearly everything

Postby Naetroot » Thu Jun 30, 2016 3:24 pm

OK I confess.....I was that Ooooooo moment........Still a great day though.
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Re: Ring of Steall, a walk with nearly everything

Postby The Rodmiester » Thu Jun 30, 2016 9:13 pm

Naetroot wrote:OK I confess.....I was that Ooooooo moment........Still a great day though.


I take it you are referring to the wire bridge crossing. Hope you dried out by the time you had finished the round.
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Re: Ring of Steall, a walk with nearly everything

Postby Naetroot » Thu Jun 30, 2016 9:34 pm

Lol no....I'm. Referring to the Car keys moment
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Re: Ring of Steall, a walk with nearly everything

Postby The Rodmiester » Thu Jun 30, 2016 9:45 pm

Naetroot wrote:Lol no....I'm. Referring to the Car keys moment


Lol right enough, bet there has been loads of instances where this has happened, at least here it's just a short walk, but long enough after a big day on the hill. We had a good laugh anyhow, I will not say about our other confessions when we ground out, lol.
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Re: Ring of Steall, a walk with nearly everything

Postby Jaxter » Sat Jul 02, 2016 8:59 am

Eeek that river crossing looks terrifying!! :shock: :shock: Looks a fantastic walk though, thoroughly looking forward to doing it :D
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Re: Ring of Steall, a walk with nearly everything

Postby dogplodder » Sat Jul 02, 2016 8:10 pm

That was fabulous with photos to prove it! :D
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Re: Ring of Steall, a walk with nearly everything

Postby The Rodmiester » Sun Jul 03, 2016 8:08 am

Jaxter wrote:Eeek that river crossing looks terrifying!! :shock: :shock: Looks a fantastic walk though, thoroughly looking forward to doing it :D

Pick a good clear day and you will love it, I had forgotten how good it was:-D
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Re: Ring of Steall, a walk with nearly everything

Postby The Rodmiester » Sun Jul 03, 2016 5:05 pm

dogplodder wrote:That was fabulous with photos to prove it! :D


Thank you dogplodder, a great day had by all. No photos from the first time I did it, Kodak film and all that, lol.
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Re: Ring of Steall, a walk with nearly everything

Postby Silverhill » Sun Jul 03, 2016 7:35 pm

A grand walk, I look forward to doing it again at some point. Your pictures bring back happy memories. :D
I can't believe you had to wait for your reward, for getting the car, until the next morning. That is tough! :shock: :wink:
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Re: Ring of Steall, a walk with nearly everything

Postby Scotjamie » Sun Jul 03, 2016 8:48 pm

Just great Rod! :clap:
(and not a Corbett in sight)

I assume the Sound of Music was 'Delilah'
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Re: Ring of Steall, a walk with nearly everything

Postby The Rodmiester » Sun Jul 03, 2016 10:04 pm

Silverhill wrote:A grand walk, I look forward to doing it again at some point. Your pictures bring back happy memories. :D
I can't believe you had to wait for your reward, for getting the car, until the next morning. That is tough! :shock: :wink:


It's a hard life but the bacon roll was worth waiting for :wink:
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Re: Ring of Steall, a walk with nearly everything

Postby The Rodmiester » Sun Jul 03, 2016 10:05 pm

Scotjamie wrote:Just great Rod! :clap:
(and not a Corbett in sight)

I assume the Sound of Music was 'Delilah'


It had to be Delilah, and to think there is to be no Delilah at Inchnadamph :(
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Re: Ring of Steall, a walk with nearly everything

Postby pauline46 » Sat Jul 09, 2016 5:10 pm

Fantastic report Rod :D. It was a brilliant day can't wait to get out with you guys again
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