/ Ring of Steall in Winter
Thoughts would be appreciated,
it's pretty long and especially knackering if wading through deep snow, also there is quite a bit of height gain. Leave enough time.
Mostly it is a walk though, also avoid heading down by steall falls, I accidentally descended that way (we left out the last peak as started after midday after driving over for the weekend) we were pretty lucky to find a viable route down by the falls and even then it was quite dodgey.
The ridge is quite exposed, didn't rope up as there was no wind however would of used one if conditions/weather was more "Scottish".
Would say it was probably one of the best winter days i ever had anywhere - certainly one of the best in the UK.
From memory it took us about 9 hours but we were taking our time and just taking in the views.
Suggest an early start as it was deceptively slow in the powdery snow.
What would you like to know about it?
Think I have got a picture on my profile.
Grand day out. I dont recommend your mate falling in the dark however.
It's a great day out.
It's hard work and time consuming under powder. Going clockwise means you can bail down the Coire a'Mhasgain path if required. If you need to escape sooner, finding the easiest route down the hillside W of Steall Falls is not trivial!
Difficulties are modest and fairly short lived.
Navigation is fairly straightforward, though there may be numerous cornice hazards.
Crossing the burn below Steall Falls can be awkward if it is in full spate.
The wire bridge at Steall is exciting for anyone under 5ft tall.
The normal approach to An Gearranach is not guaranteed safe from avalanche risk: it may be better to keep a bit further E instead.
A slightly shorter and less committing alternative is to do the N ridge of Stob Ban follow by the Devil's Ridge.
". If you need to escape sooner, finding the easiest route down the hillside W of Steall Falls is not trivial! "
Agreed fortunately I've followed deer trails successfully several times before and we managed to pick one up. There was a fair section of near vertical forest mind, luckily the ledges / trees were placed just where you needed them.
I've only done it once: there was snow down to the bottom, so any trails were obscured. We had a rope, and ended up doing one short ab off a tree!
yeah we didn't have a rope!
Went round anti-clockwise yesterday, so there's a trail in atm.
Thanks everyone for such positive advice - really appreciated;
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