Mamores

Mamores range, 26-28 September'20

A blog post from one of our mountain adventures in the Scottish hills and mountains. An extended weekend heading up the Mamores range near Fort Willaim, aiming for as many of the Munros summits that could be managed in 3 days. Dave Buckett was leading.

Mamores range



On the first day our group were aiming for the eastern Munros starting from Kinlochleven. Through woodlands with the ferns beginning to turn golden with the onset of autumn, we headed up the fine stalker's paths, aiming for Na Gruagaichean. This is an interesting Munro with two summits seperated with a short col and some loose ground, the group took it in their stride ! Beyond the summit it's a bouldery ridge heading east and with windy and cold weather it was time for warm hats and gloves. Binnein Mor was our next Munro summit and once there, the weather cleared and we got great views to peaks all around.

With the wind still strong we made our way up to Sgurr Eilde Mor, one of the outliers. It was a steep ascent and descent but worth the top. Binnein Beag was left for another day !

On Sunday it was time for the Ring of Steall. A 'classic' ridge route and we enjoyed perfect weather. It was a tad cold in the morning as we headed up following the Steall Gorge path. Beyond the Falls of Steall, once up onto the ridge we were in glorious sunny conditions with warmth and no wind. As we walked and scrambled around the route ticking off the Munros An Gearanach and Stob Coire a'Chairn we stopped to look at the extensive views and take lots of photos. Its not every day you get the Ring of Steall as good as this ! Along the Devil's Ridge and up our last Munro of Sgurr a'Mhaim we took in more fine views before starting the very long and steep descent back down into Glen Nevis.

On our final day of hiking the Mamores we were on the westerly Munros, Stob Ban and Mullach nan Coirean. What a difference a day makes - today we in rain more-or-less from the start with thick cloud at around 500m. There wasn't much in the way of views, so we pushed on at a fine pace, reaching Stob Ban's summit before midday. From there we traversed the ridge crossing from the white quartzite to the red granite gaining Mullach nan Coirean, our ninth Munro of the weekend.

A great extended weekend ticking off 9 Munros !

More photos by Dave Buckett and some of the participants are here on Flickr.

Some more photos by Johnston Orr are here on Flickr.



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