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Ring of Steall

Ring of Steall


Postby tombombadilio » Fri Aug 24, 2018 9:34 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: 06/06/2018

Time taken: 7.5 hours

Distance: 14.4 km

Ascent: 1691m

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Leaving lush and humid Glen NevisImage

Weird rock formationsImage

Ahead to Steall FallsImage

Cable bridgeImage

TickImage

Wadeable, but bridge was funImage

Steall FallsImage

Lots of switchbacksImage

Cairn to mark approach to An GearanachImage

Good pathImage

But narrowsImage

First summit, An GearanachImage

Whole ridge aheadImage

Looking to eastern MamoresImage

Fun ridge to An Garbhanach (non-Munro)Image

One tricky stepImage

Approach to Stob Coire a' Chairn, steep but not as much as to Am BodachImage

Stob Coire a' Chairn summitImage

SCaC looking back to An GarbhanachImage

Time to 2nd MunroImage

View ahead to 3rd summit, Am Bodach (left), steep approach, with Sgurr a'Mhaim (centre)Image

Am Bodach summitImage

ABImage

Loch LevenImage

Descent from ABImage

Ahead to Sgurr an Iubhair (non-Munro)Image

Devil's Ridge from Sgurr an IubhairImage

Stob BanImage

SB and DRImage

Devil's Ridge flowersImage

Stob Ban looking cracking againImage

Classic ridge shotImage

BypassImage

Sgurr a'Mhaim summitImage

SaM to SBImage

And to The BenImage

Looking back to what's achievedImage

Warped panoImage

Relentless screeImage

Glen Nevis still lushImage

Fence. Thereafter pursued by bigger flies, then midge to carImage

Good time, overestimated. Traverse of the 6 very possible that dayImage

Summary:
Left already packed car park about 0630 in midge headnet. Had to keep moving. Breeze once gained height kept them at bay, but loitering at summits brought them on again. That along with loud Americans (one of two groups seen on ridge, the other a man and dog) having a loud conversation on a silent ridge spurred me on to make good time. Narrow sections not a problem but it was dry and not windy. Bypass of Devil's Ridge safe. No water but snow patches still present, though not required. Long walk back to even more rammed car park for 1400. Strong sun out by now, mid-high 20s. Back at car, air con on and windows up until boots off and driving down glen, away from crowds of people and midges.
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