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Ring of Steall, Stob Ban and Mullach nan Coirean

Ring of Steall, Stob Ban and Mullach nan Coirean


Postby Broggy1 » Mon May 14, 2018 12:34 pm

Route description: The Ring of Steall, Mamores

Munros included on this walk: Am Bodach, An Gearanach, Mullach nan Coirean, Sgurr a'Mhaim, Stob Ban (Mamores), Stob Coire a'Chairn

Date walked: 12/05/2018

Time taken: 7.5 hours

Distance: 23.2 km

Ascent: 2411m

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Four friends of mine are currently doing the "Three Peaks with a Twist" - cycling between the three.

Due to several reasons (non cyclists, work) we couldn't join them but we did offer to hire a van and take their bikes up on Friday night so they could get the train up to Fort William. We met up on the Ben Nevis North Face Car Park on Friday night ready for them to get an early start Saturday.

After much faffing about the lads got on their way in the morning and we drove round to Glen Nevis, chained their bikes up so they could descend via the tourist track (after heading up the CMD arete) and embarked on our own walk.

Setting off only at 9am, and having to pick up another lad (a non cyclist who just wanted to climb the Ben) afterwards we were pushed for time slightly but I thought we could do the Ring of Steall and maybe add the two Western most Mamores.

In the lead up to the event the forecast had got better and better and come the day itself it was obvious we were in for an outstanding day on the hills.

1 Steall Falls with Munro 1 behind.JPG
After a short road walk and an entertaining wander through Steall Gorge we came to a more open section with Steall Falls and An Gearanach behind


2 Me going over.JPG
Me heading over the wire bridge - it does wobble in the middle but it's not too bad


3 Holland going over.JPG
Dan following suit


4 Steall Falls.JPG
Steall Falls. With the big snow melt this proved much trickier to cross as all the boulders were covered in water and very slippy. We faffed about for ages going up and down looking for the best option to cross before deciding that it was either risk getting very wet, very early into the walk or wade.

We decided to wade.


5 AB and Grey Corries.JPG
Aonach Beag and the Grey Cories


6 Entocing ridge ahead.JPG
After a steep climb on a fascinating path we reached the summit of An Gearanach and the route ahead made us forget all about our waterfall crossing woes from earlier


7 Other side of ROS.JPG
The Devils Ridge on the other side of the Ring


8 Back to Munro 1 Ben Nevis and CMD.JPG
It's a great little scramble along the ridge to An Garbhanach. Looking back to An Gearanach with Ben Nevis and Carn Mor Dearg


9 Eastern Mamores from 2.JPG
The Eastern Mamores from Stob Coire a’ Chàirn after a short climb


10 Back to 1.JPG
Back to An Garbhanach - the descent looks far tougher than it actually is from here


11 Am Bodach ahead.JPG
Am Bodach now ahead and dominant


12 Rest of Ring ahead.JPG
A steep climb brought us to Am Bodach with the route round the rest of the Ring ahead of us


13 Stob Ban.JPG
First proper view of Stob Ban from Sgurr an lubhair - as others have said before it's a breathtaking mountain


14 Devils Ridge.JPG
Heading along the Devils Ridge to Sgùrr a' Mhàim. Narrow but with a good path throughout.


15 Munro 3 to the Ben.JPG
Sgùrr a' Mhàim with Ben Nevis towering behind. Looks like it's been clear all day up there as well so the cycling lads will have a had a great day as well.


15 a Back to An Bodach.JPG
Looking back to Am Bodach and Sgurr an lubhair


15b Stob Ban again.JPG
There's Stob Ban again


16 Back along the ridge.JPG
Heading back along the Devils Ridge


17 Stob Ban closer.JPG
Stob Ban getting closer now - another steep climb


18 Stob Ban looking ahead to 6.JPG
Stob Ban summit looking ahead to the more gentle ascent up Mullach nan Coirean


19 Approaching Number 6.JPG
Mullach nan Coirean getting closer


20 BAB from 6.JPG
Beinn a'Bheithir (I think) from Mullach nan Coirean


21 Mamores.JPG
looking back at the rest of the Mamores


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Success - now we just had the bone crunching descent to do and to pick up our mate from the Nevis Inn (he'd been there an hour or so) before driving to Tyndrum to meet up with the cyclists!
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Re: Ring of Steall, Stob Ban and Mullach nan Coirean

Postby Bmg99 » Mon May 14, 2018 4:54 pm

Great photos. Surprised there was not more snow left. How did your pals find the CMD Arête, was there much snow left on it?
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Re: Ring of Steall, Stob Ban and Mullach nan Coirean

Postby katyhills » Mon May 14, 2018 8:15 pm

You must be very fit to do that lot in such good time - I'm not jealous or anything! :lol:
Some set of hills aren't they? Fabulous. :)

Great weather for it too. Lovely set of photos. I thought there might have been a bit more snow hanging on to the northern sides of those hills, even though they're so steep.There was still a fair bit on the northern flanks of Stob Binnein /Ben More when I came home on Saturday from Glen Lyon. There was a bit of new snow on a lot of the hills, but it disappeared quite quickly with the sun appearing.
The bridge is good fun eh? :wink:
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Re: Ring of Steall, Stob Ban and Mullach nan Coirean

Postby Broggy1 » Mon May 14, 2018 8:18 pm

Bmg99 wrote:Great photos. Surprised there was not more snow left. How did your pals find the CMD Arête, was there much snow left on it?


Thanks - was an amazing day. Yeah we thought there may be a bit more left and I was a bit concerned about the exit to Am Bodach as we hadn't taken winter gear but there was nothing you couldn't avoid.

They said the CMD Arete was snowless on the crest as well and all the snow could be avoided on the climb to the Ben.

So basically....summer is in charge now.
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Re: Ring of Steall, Stob Ban and Mullach nan Coirean

Postby Broggy1 » Mon May 14, 2018 8:21 pm

katyhills wrote:You must be very fit to do that lot in such good time - I'm not jealous or anything! :lol:
Some set of hills aren't they? Fabulous. :)

Great weather for it too. Lovely set of photos. I thought there might have been a bit more snow hanging on to the northern sides of those hills, even though they're so steep.There was still a fair bit on the northern flanks of Stob Binnein /Ben More when I came home on Saturday from Glen Lyon. There was a bit of new snow on a lot of the hills, but it disappeared quite quickly with the sun appearing.
The bridge is good fun eh? :wink:


Yes - absolutely fabulous hills (especially Stob Ban).

Didn't see any new snow on the hills in the morning up that way - which was surprising considering it went very cold and rained overnight.

Both Ben More and SB looked largely snow free by the Sunday.

The bridge was great but I can see why it's not for everyone!
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