Winter Walking in the Mamores

With poor weather forecast for Wednesday we decided to have an early start to tackle the Devils Ridge but unfortunately this plan fell apart when one of my companions realised he had left his boots at base camp!

The missing boots.......

With boots retrieved, we eventually left the car park at Polldubh in Glen Nevis and made our way up the relentless northern slope of Sgur a Mhaim (1099m) a climb of 1049m over 2.5 kilometres. It was suffice to say that we were all glad to reach the summit. After a quick stop to refuel and tool up (ice axe and crampons) we descended from the summit to begin the traverse of the Devils Ridge, which unfortunately was to be in poor in poor weather conditions.

Simon on Devil's Ridge

The ridge is approximately a kilometre long and although narrow in places provides good sport for confident winter walkers. We made good progress  along the ridge and observed a number of animal tracks and scat which promoted much discussion as to what they could be. All to soon the reached the end of the ridge and we paused to have lunch before making the short but steep descent to Sgurr an lubhair (1001m). From the summit we began the long descent to the valley during which time our resident geologist (Simon) entertained us with with rock identification and their formation.

I really enjoyed this day as the route, companions and the endless banter worked its magic and left us all longing for more.

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