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Breakfast mistake

Breakfast mistake


Postby Fife Flyer » Tue Aug 28, 2018 7:59 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: 25/08/2018

Time taken: 8 hours

Distance: 16 km

Ascent: 1680m

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With George back off his holidays I was looking for a weather window and Saturday looked the best option, so contacted George and he was kind of keen, secretly he fancied something easier as he hasn't been out since Skye and that was 6 weeks ago. Contacted Parminder but he is on holiday at his top secret location, just north of Inverness.
I volunteered to drive and arranged to pick George up at 6am, the roads were nice and quiet - complete opposite to our return journey.
George partially did the Ring last year and it is 5 years since I was last there, not long after joining WH.
I arranged with George on Friday that we would stop in Tyndrum for our breakfast, that would give us an extra 5 minutes in bed. We both opted for a bacon roll with a coffee, it wasn't until later that we realised having a bacon roll was a big mistake as we were both rather thirsty and ended up getting through all our on board liquid.
We arrived at the end of Glen Nevis at the car park and were met by a squadron of midges who were looking for breakfast, we didn't want to be on the menu so rapidly kitted up and set off on our way. It was at this time that George realised he had forgotten his poles, not a huge problem, but they would have helped crossing the burn under Steall Falls.

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Plenty of overnight rain

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Glen Nevis from the path

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Steall Falls from a distance

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Closer view of the Falls

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The one and only bridge

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George taking a very close look at the water, missing his poles

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Nearly back on the old feet

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Wet slippy rock and wet boots could = more than wet feet

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The falls again

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Anyone who has tackled the 'Ring' will sadly remember the swamp

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George trying to be twinkle toed

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Glen Nevis from a bit higher up

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Bit higher up

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The 4th hill is in the distance

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Grey Corries

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The Ben with her hat on

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George was struggling on the going up bits, understandable as he hasn't been out for 6 weeks

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Our final hill, plenty of going up and down still to be done

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Our first summit, An Gearanach looking across to the Ben

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The way ahead to the next summit

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Looking across to the Eastern Mamores of Binnein Beag & Mor

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Yes that is the way ahead

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George leading the way

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Looking across to where we will eventually get to

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2nd summit, looking back to the first

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Looking east

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The way ahead again

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Pretty obvious path all the way round

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Still along way to the 4th summit

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Looking back, George enjoying the ascending

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First glimpse of Blackwater Reservoir

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A small herd of deer grazing, zoomed quite a bit

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Way ahead again

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George admiring the view

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Blackwater Reservoir again

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Looking west

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Looking back

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Looking back to the first summit

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Looking east, a few pointy hills, Eastern Mamores in the foreground

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Pointy hills, lots of them

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Stob Ban, fantastic looking hill

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Stob Ban zoomed

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The fourth and final summit

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The way ahead

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George about to enjoy a flat bit

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Very pointy from this angle

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A couple of fellow walkers zoomed

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Looking out to sea again

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Nearly on the summit George

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Ben Nevis, Carn Mor Dearg and the Aonachs

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The Ben zoomed

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Fort William and Corpach

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George eager to start descending

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Glen Nevis looking very green and spectacular

For anyone who hasn't visited the Ring of Steall it is a fantastic walks and is literally surrounded by other superb hills, we did the route clockwise. The descent was never ending and absolute torture on my suffering feet, the initial park is over scree and would be challenging to ascend.

Here are our timings for what they are worth.
Start: 0850
1st summit, An Gearanach: 1121
2nd summit, Stob Coire a'Chairn: 1209
3rd summit, Am Bodach: 1308
4th summit, Sgurr a'Mhaim: 1446
Back at the car: 1651

This turned out to be a superb day, many thanks to George for his company and for paying for breakfast and dinner.
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Re: Breakfast mistake

Postby parminder » Wed Aug 29, 2018 10:44 am

Well done FF..Another good script of the outing. Cool pics of george walking the water..lol.
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Re: Breakfast mistake

Postby parminder » Wed Aug 29, 2018 10:44 am

Well done FF..Another good script of the outing. Cool pics of george walking the water..lol.
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Re: Breakfast mistake

Postby dibs » Sun Sep 02, 2018 9:51 am

Thanks for the write up Martin, apart from lack of hill fitness, it was a great day out on these again. :clap:
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Re: Breakfast mistake

Postby Graeme D » Mon Sep 03, 2018 9:43 am

Always good to see pictures of the Ring on a fine looking day and yes, Stob Ban from that angle must be one of the finest hill views in the land. 8)
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