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Mamores 10 in a day

Mamores 10 in a day

Postby alyg95 » Mon Sep 05, 2016 10:56 pm

Munros included on this walk: Am Bodach, An Gearanach, Binnein Beag, Binnein Mòr, Mullach nan Coirean, Na Gruagaichean, Sgùrr a' Mhàim, Sgùrr Èilde Mòr, Stob Bàn (Mamores), Stob Coire a' Chàirn

Date walked: 30/07/2015

Time taken: 18.5 hours

Distance: 35.8 km

Ascent: 3600m

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My first report, feel the day warranted it

Left Perth about 2am. Up the A9, down the Laggan road dodging dozens of deer, only able to go about 30mph for awhile. Driving down Glen Nevis by 4.45. Parking machine at Achriabhach broken so happily saved some money.

Started walking just after 5.30 and took a bad route onto Mullach nan Coirean over a cut down forest having completely missed any path. Summited 7.40. Nice easy path to follow to Stob Ban for 9am summit. Clag down to about 800m so far.

Mullach nan Coirean

Achriabhach from approach to Stob Ban. I ascended up through the felled trees just to the left of centre

Stob Ban

Descended slightly awry for a minute before realising and taking the right direction off towards Lochan Coire nam Miseach. Met first person of the day here. Had some water straight from the loch outflow, then ascended the zig zag stalkers path to gain the Devil's Ridge. Clag lifted by now, no wind, giving perfect walking on the exposed arete before topping Sgurr a'Mhaim at 11am. Ben Nevis top just in the clouds.

Stob Ban from the South of the Devils Ridge

Sgurr a Mhaim

The Devils Ridge

Am Bodach

Nice easy pull up Am Bodach (12.45pm) after coming back along the Devil's Ridge. Very steep descent off towards Stob Coire a'Chairn where I met a young German couple. Also met a father and his son and then an older couple on SCaC. Steep descent to the North then dumped the bag since I'd be coming back after An Gearanach. Met 5 young guys about my age who turned to me and asked where we were! Thankfully a guy who'd compleated the munros came up at that point and said he'd take them over the next few hills and back to the valley floor allowing me to continue towards my goal of all 10.

Stob Coire a Chairn

An Gearanach

Having retrieved my gear I made directly for the 783 point at the bealach. Hit my physical wall here and struggled up this ascent not helped by thinking I'd reached the 7th munro before realising it was a little further on. Na Gruagaichean at 16.50. Reasonably easy walk along the ridge towards Binnein Mor, my first 1100+m hill, for 17.50.

Na Gruagaichean

Binnein Mor

Sgurr Eilde Mor

Backtracked over the 1062 point and then an extremely steep initial descent to the west of Coire an Lochan. Took the opportunity to drink half a litre straight from the loch and fill my bottles up. Had a couple of horrible SIS energy gels here. Could see 5 or 6 guys camping at the eastern end of the loch. Nice place for as there were no midges to speak of.

Sgurr Eilde Mor

Binnein Beag

Ascent of Sgurr Eilde Mor was a horrible scree slope on really tired legs that had already climbed almost 3000m. Summit gained about 7.30pm. Back down then followed stalkers path to Binnein Beag. At this point my legs felt fine and climbed this last 200m without stopping for a 9pm summit. Sense of achievement here was immense. Ate pretty much my last food here as I descended to the West making the decision to avoid trying to find the marked path as felt it would be too hard to find for the benefit it would give.

Just reached the bottom of Glen Nevis at last light. Thankful for the low river level so I could just hop across some stones, stopping for a large drink. I had been counting on the Glen path being dry and easily visible in the head torch light. This wasn't to be and spent the next hour plodding along through endless bog meaning it took a bit longer than expected. Passed Steall Falls, couldn't see it at all but could definitely hear it. Last few km's along the road to the car were done in auto mode, one foot in front of the other. Reached the car just after midnight.

Got a few hours sleep in the car before leaving Glen Nevis and the drove through Glen Coe at dawn on the way home to Perth. Slightly shamefully haven't yet been back to climb any of them a year later.

Weirdly my legs felt absolutely fine the next day
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Re: Mamores 10 in a day

Postby huwthomas » Tue Sep 06, 2016 11:31 am

That's a great achievement. Definitely on my to-do list.
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Re: Mamores 10 in a day

Postby Huff_n_Puff » Tue Sep 06, 2016 12:06 pm

Just reading that left me breathless - congratulations, what an achievement :clap: :clap:
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Re: Mamores 10 in a day

Postby dav2930 » Tue Sep 06, 2016 5:54 pm

Yes indeed an epic achievement, well done :clap: :clap:

Isn't it really annoying to encounter folk on the tops who've no idea where they are, especially in clear visibility? :roll:
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Re: Mamores 10 in a day

Postby simon-b » Tue Sep 06, 2016 8:14 pm

Well done, aly :clap:
Respect to anyone who manages all 10 in a day.
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Re: Mamores 10 in a day

Postby Coop » Tue Sep 06, 2016 11:03 pm

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Re: Mamores 10 in a day

Postby IanEzzi » Wed Sep 07, 2016 8:31 am

Ooof! Big day! Knowing the fiddly terrain between Binnein Beag and Sgurr Eilde Mor I think I would have preferred to do the route in reverse, but I guess you wouldn't want to be descending through that forest on MnC at 9pm!
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Re: Mamores 10 in a day

Postby FromDownSouth » Wed Sep 07, 2016 9:15 am

Bravo Sir, Bravo! Superb achievement :clap: :clap: :clap:
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Re: Mamores 10 in a day

Postby Alteknacker » Sat Sep 10, 2016 11:25 pm

Great report, and a great route! Glad you had good weather for it too. I've already cancelled a couple of planned goes at it this year because of bad weather forecasts; but having looked across at it from the North side of Glen Nevis, I'm determined not to do it in anything but good weather.

That trudge in the bog down Glen Nevis is truly dreadful! So I'm planning to do the round from Kinlochleven...
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Re: Mamores 10 in a day

Postby Jaxter » Tue Sep 13, 2016 10:20 am

Ooh I love an epic, nice one! :clap: :D

Definitely one for a good day :D
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Re: Mamores 10 in a day

Postby Wimpie » Mon Dec 12, 2016 8:59 pm

This is definitely one that's on my list!!! Great report as well.
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