Our blog - Mamores, Apr'18

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Mamores and Ben Nevis

19-21 April 2018
Spring snow on the Munros of the Mamores and Ben Nevis !

Over this weekend we had two groups heading out onto some mountains in the Lochaber area. Andy was leading a bespoke group aiming up over Carn Mor Dearg and the Carn Mor Dearg arete to Ben Nevis on the Saturday and Olly was leading another group over the Mamores from Friday thru to Sunday. Saturday's weather was fabulous (see the photo above taken on Carn Mor Dearg with the north face of Ben Nevis behind), other days not so great (see photo below). Here's Olly's tale of his 3 days....

I’ve just come back from three wonderful days completing all 10 Munros in the Mamores with a lovely group.

Day 1

Our first day hiking on the eastern section of the Mamores - Sgurr Eilde Mor to Na Grugaichchean turned into more than we bargained for ! Streams were in full spate and thick mist obscured the tops, but snow patches made for some fun descents ! After we reached the summit Binnean Beag our group split with one returning to Kinlochleven and the others continuing over Binnein Mor and Na Grugaichchean.



Day 2

The forecast was for much better weather and we were aiming over the Ring of Steall - arguably one of the finest ridge walks in Scotland, with continuously changing and delightful views. The group set off strongly up the fairly brutal first ascent of Sgurr a'Mhaim, which rises from Glen Nevis 1000m in 2.5km. The Devil’s Ridge from this direction has a bark that is much worse than its bite and it's all over after a short, easy and slabby scramble and some delightful grassy walking along the crest of the ridge itself. Legs felt tired after yesterday's exertions, but the weather and views were to die for, and several of us came back with mild sunburn which is a first for me in April in Scotland. The Falls of Steall looked more like the Niagara Falls and we ended up having to wade a tributary stream to make it to the famous cable crossing, followed by an easy walk back down the glen to the car. The day finished with an Irishman, Scotsman, and two Englishmen walking into a bar... and ordering a well earned pint and some dinner!

Day 3

The western section of the Mamores today. Mullach nan Coirean and Stob Ban turned into an absolute drenching in heavy rain, thick mist, 30+mph winds and sub-zero wind chill, but the end of the Mamores trilogy was in sight from the beginning and the group pulled through without a single complaint, even after their glorious leader took them on a detour off the first summit. We only saw two other walkers the whole day, which must be a record for a Sunday in these parts, but perhaps not surprising given the conditions. The only casualty was my iPhone, it turns out that only three words in '£7 eBay waterproof phone-case' are accurate, who would have guessed, eh, so sadly no pics from me of the trip.

The picture of Ben Nevis is by Andy Cloquet and the group photo on the Mamores is by Brian Smetham.



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