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The Ring of Steall

Sunday 11th August 2024

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About the event:

Glen Nevis is perhaps the most visited Glen in Scotland because Ben Nevis (tourist track) sets off from there. The 'usual' walkers route however is utterly tedious, bland and shows nothing of the epic North Face of Ben Nevis. However, it does give incredible views across to the Grey Corries and Mammores. Every mountain you can see being a far more worthy outing than the 'usual track' on Ben Nevis.


The Ring of Steall is the classic of the Mamores range opposite Ben Nevis. This circuit is absolutely magnificent - complete with an initial walk through a gorge, a wire bridge crossing, some easy scrambling and magnificent views across to the highest mountain in Britain.


All of this is accessible from Fort William - the highland summer capital!


The Ring of Steall includes 4 Munros:

An Gearanach (982m / 3,222ft)

Stob Choire a' Chairn (981m / 3,218ft)

Am Bodach (1,032m / 3,386ft)

Sgurr a Mhaim (1,099m / 3,606ft)


Approximate stats: Distance 15km (9 miles) with 1,750m (5,740ft) ascent


Stob Ban (a separate outing) and Sgurr a' Mhaim sit at the head of Glen Nevis. Two pointed summits that captivate the attention far more than the grassy wall of Ben Nevis! It's these you see from the main campsite in the Glen and it's this part of Glen Nevis we'll be visiting!


If you are in the area and want to make an epic weekend of your stay - join us for Ben Nevis and the Carn Mor Dearg arete the day beforehand - with the intention of not steeping foot on the tourist track!



Meeting Point:

For the Ring of Steall we will meet at the Lower Falls Car Park at 0800. It is a pay and display car park so we'll all need to bring some coins to chip in.

We'll then jump into a smaller number of cars and hear to the far end of the Glen to the waterfall car park to begin the walk.

Difficulty:

This is a big day and will require good fitness with some experience of repeated ascent, descent and reascent etc. There is some easy scrambling but also relatively good tracks throughout the area -though some are steep and toward the end of the day, a bit relentless. There is also the infamous wire bridge to cross unless we wade the river higher up.

Distance 15km (9 miles) with 1,750m (5,740ft) ascent

Prerequisites:

You'll need a very good level of hill fitness with experience of easy scrambling (using your hands on steeper ground). Therefore you'll also need a head for heights too.

Cost:

The day costs just £49 per person with discounts for booking more than one person.

Numbers:

We can take a maximum of 8 and a minimum of 4 for the day to go ahead.

Equipment:

Please see the All Activities section of the kit list here. Walking poles are recommended for the final descent!

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