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Ring of Steall, Winter whiteout and wind.

Ring of Steall, Winter whiteout and wind.


Postby sneaks » Fri Jan 23, 2015 3:12 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: 22/01/2015

Time taken: 10 hours

Distance: 14.5 km

Ascent: 1869m

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Just a quick report, enjoy :)

Forecasts were looking favourable for us and the snow was more stabalised in the Lochaber region so the plan was made to head to Glen Nevis yesterday from Edinburgh for a day out on The Ring of Steall.

Upone reaching the carpark we were met with this lovely view:
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So boots on and off we went.
Sadly at around 900m the cloud engulfed us and it remained like this for the majority of the day only occasionally giving us a glimpse of what was around.
My friend Fraser enjoying the viz:
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Heading round:
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The view from Am Bodach:
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Looking at An Garbhanach:
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Some more visibility, just in time for the decent to Steall meadows.
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Overall this was a very full on day, with the wind blowing 30-50mph and sometimes gusting higher. Visibility was limited and navigation from the summits & along the wider ridges required skill and patience.

Crampons and axe were required all day long.

Disclaimer: Please do not attempt this route unless you are 100% happy that once you're up there you could be in the whiteroom all day and at risk of being blown off the ridge. There is also serious exposure at points.
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sneaks
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Re: Ring of Steall, Winter whiteout and wind.

Postby onsen » Sat Jan 24, 2015 8:47 pm

Challenging conditions ! Well done.
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Re: Ring of Steall, Winter whiteout and wind.

Postby Alteknacker » Mon Jan 26, 2015 1:14 am

Looks like it was pretty challenging! DId you use hand or GPS nav methods??? I've walked in circles more than once in whiteouts, even with a compass :(
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Re: Ring of Steall, Winter whiteout and wind.

Postby sneaks » Wed Jan 28, 2015 7:28 pm

onsen wrote:Challenging conditions ! Well done.


Thanks Onsen :)

Alteknacker wrote:Looks like it was pretty challenging! DId you use hand or GPS nav methods??? I've walked in circles more than once in whiteouts, even with a compass :(


Hi Alteknacker, it was indeed challenging at times but great fun! All map and compass methods for the duration of this walk.

It's a shame I didn't get more good pictures, but with the weather and viz being so poor they just didn't turn out right!

Cheers,
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