Monday, September 14, 2015

The Mamores: Stob Ban (140) and Mullach nan Coirean (236)

Walk date: 04/07/15
My Munro #'s: 260 and 261

Pronunciations - translations - heights:

Stob baan - light-coloured peak - 999m
Mullach nan kooran - Summit of the corries - 939m

Duration - 13:10 - 18:30
Distance -  13.8 km
Total ascent -  1210m
Weather - Low cloud, but some good views, some wind and rain but not spoiling things.
Team - Paul P
Other hikers: 8 in 3 groups, all going the other way!

Hike week 2015 - Day 1 - Saturday

Hurray!  It was finally time to stop planning it from a computer and get out there!  With Paul turning up Friday night, we were clear to set off Saturday morning and be hiking by the afternoon.  With the remaining Munro count at 23, there was a lot less choice than previous years of where to go.  This day saw us heading into Glen Nevis to take my last hills there, this nice little circuit in the Mamores.  This year also saw me testing out a Hero camera that my brother got me on a rucksack mount, but we stopped short of jumping off ledges to get some good shots!

The day wasn't exactly part of a glorious summer, so views were limited, but it just felt great to be getting on with it.  I was pleased that my ongoing sciatica pain didn't impact the walking too much (just the sitting in the car!).  I was also giving my boots another try despite the pain they caused me last year with the re-soling reducing the internal space, although this time most definitely with the insoles removed from the start!

A slight bit of confusion at the road saw us park up too early, but we soon found the official start just after where the road crosses the river and this gave us a good path to follow up onto the ridge.  The hills were impressively green and with nice rocky tops, the character of the hills improving along the link between the two and Mullach nan Coirean itself.  

Our only problem of the day came with the descent through the forests.  With my plotted route not really materialising we were left with a slog down forestry paths which zig-zagged boringly through the dense woods.  After that we were rewarded with an intense swarm of midges at the car.  Ah, most definitely back in the west!!  Still, a pint in the Grog and Gruel rescued matters somewhat!

Here we go again!

The good track up-eth!

Fine views for a while back down:

Coming up on Stob Ban:

Somewhere inbetween!

Ah, the vistas!

Honest, it's this way...

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