• David Buckett

Mamores Munros weekend, Fort William

Over the last 3 days i have been out leading a group for Steve Fallon gaining the summits of 9 of the munros in the Mamores range near Fort William.

On Saturday we started from Kinlochleven and made our way up to the summit of Na Gruagaichean before heading east along the ridge. The weather was windy and cold and we all had thick hats and gloves on. Once round to Binnein Mor 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.

On Sunday we did the classic ring of steal in perfect weather. Cold in the morning for the initial ascent then once on the ridge in the sun it was warm with no wind. As we walked around the horseshoe ticking off the munros we stopped to look at the extensive views and take lots of photos. Its not every day you get the ring of steal this perfect. Once gaining the last munro of Sgurr a Mhaim we started the very long and steep descent down to Lower falls, finishing the ring in good time.

Today, with very different weather we made our way up to Stob Ban and Mullach nan Coirean. The rain started almost from the start and there was low cloud from about half way up. There were not many views so we pushed on, making Stob Ban in good time before midday. From there we traversed the ridge crossing from the white quartzite to the red granite gaining our ninth munro of the weekend.

A great 3 days ticking off 9 munros in perfect weather for the hill combination.

Ring of steal

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