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Ring of Steall
by alanmurray » Tue Nov 09, 2010 12:50 am
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: 06/11/2010
Time taken: 8.5 hours
Distance: 16 km1 person thinks this report is great. Register or Login free to be able to rate and comment on reports (as well as access 1:25000 mapping).
Weather clear, very little wind and potentially some blue skies.
First obstacle for me was the cable bridge - not keen but wanted to stay dry.
Couldn't get across the rocks at Steall Falls, had to take socks and boots off - icy cold water ensured I was fully awake.
Half way up An Gearanach, looking towards Ben Nevis (in the clouds)
Just left summit of An Gearanach, and walking along knife edge ridge to An Garbhanach - great ridge walk - very scary for me as exposure not my thing!
Summit of 2nd Munro - Stob Coire a' Chairn - great crisp views
On route to Am Bodach - impressive towering mound of rock in front of us (me & Jelly)
Summit of Am Bodach - very cold - fantastic views in all directions - looking towards Blackwater Res.
Another picture from summit of third Munro - looking towards Stob Ban
Stob Ban looking magnificent
Walking along the ridge towards the forth Munro.
I thought this Devil's Ridge is not too bad - but the first section of the ridge is ok, a little airy.
Jelly was about 30m ahead of me and stopped, turned around to me and said "you're not going to like this"
Tried not to look down - just concentrated on walking through the pain.
Looking back the Devil's Ridge was not too bad - very exposed and airy for me, only one bit I couldn't get over the ridge top - a wee path bypassing it to the left was ok, a little scramble up - (from the other direction climbing down onto a little ledge might have been too scary for me to do - going up easier for me)
Long slog up to fourth Munro - hard climb especially after the other 3 munros - at summit of Sgorr a Mhaim mist came in so nothing to see.
Descent long and tiring - seemed to take an age to get to the base of the mountain.
Although great views down the Glen helped the descent
All in all a great day - Steall Falls, a rope bridge adventure, another river crossing, 4 munros, two great ridges, Stob Ban (next on my list), top of the Ben in and out of sight, ptarmigans galore, and a pint in Fort William - what more could you ask for.
In my kip and and sound asleep by 10pm on a saturday night.
- mountain coward
by Alastair S » Tue Nov 09, 2010 1:56 pm
by The Summiteer » Tue Nov 09, 2010 3:10 pm
by Jockstar » Tue Nov 09, 2010 4:38 pm
by skuk007 » Tue Nov 09, 2010 10:39 pm
by alanmurray » Tue Nov 09, 2010 11:52 pm
Great walk, and a tough one - three tough ascents.
The bridge wasn't as hard as I made it look - it took me about 10 mins.
Jelly skipped across it in about 2 minutes.
I think I am getting more used to the airy sections - still scares me witless and have to really take my time and be coached over the tricky sections - couldn't do it on my own - cheers Jelly.
One of the best walks to date - the great weather helped.
Jockstar wrote:wow !! That's some day out you guys had! Great photo's that captured the experience. Glad I'm sitting down as I swayed a couple of times when I saw the photos Note sure about doing the bridge, but I'm hoping that it was easier than it looks. Well done
The bridge is easy and fun Also, if you fall off it, you just get wet - nothing to worry about there... but I've found there's a definite technique to crossing it if you don't want it to swing wildly in all directions (sometimes I do )... If you slide your hands along the top cables and each step you take, press firmly downwards, you don't swing about at all and the bottom rope just goes up and down a bit. But getting all the cables going in different directions is great fun
- mountain coward
by Merry-walker » Wed Nov 10, 2010 9:00 am
shame I had to work Alan, I would really have enjoyed this walk (although I fear I may have held you up)
that cable bridge looks just plain fun!!