The Ring of Steall

Date: 19/05/1992
Height: 1400m
Distance: 10.5 miles
Grid: NN17606510 (Am Bodach), NN16506670 (Sgurr a'Mhaim), NN18506610 (Stob Coire a'Chairn), NN18806700 (An Gearanach)
Companions: None
Weather: Beautiful weather, hot and sunny

This was my first real walk as part of my ‘munro bagging’ – on my own, on leave from the army. I was camped around the car park at the end of Glen Nevis (you could in those days) – got a very early start and I remember having a bum bag thing that converted to a day sack, but the straps were very thin and cut right into my shoulders.

From the car park I followed the path alongside the River of Nevis to the Steall Hut – across a three strand wire bridge and followed the stalkers path to the top (lost the path around GR 192676).

At the summit (by around 8am) I continued on towards Stob Coire a’Chairn – this was a path along a pretty sharp ridge over the ‘top’ of An Garbhanach. A very steep climb then to the top of Stob Coire a’Chairn.

From here, again I followed the well trodden path via a bit of a strenuous scramble up to the summit of Am Bodach. On the descent from this I lost the path a bit, but then got bearings and it turned into a pleasant walk along the ridge to the summit of Sgor an Iubhair (which was a munro at the time, but then demoted to a top in 1997).

From here it is a scramble / careful walk along the Devil’s Ridge – quite exposed and pretty thin in places. This lead to the final summit of the day Sgurr a’Mhaim.

The descent follows a path to Sron Sgurr Mhaim then North East / North to the footbridge and back along the road to the car park again.

Very enjoyable day, strenuous but definitely recommended as a great day out for those just starting ‘munro bagging’ – 4 munros and some of the most excellent views anywhere.

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