A bold introduction
to the Mamore ridge, that superb range totalling ten Munros and easily
matching the other side of Glen Nevis for scale and scenery. This walk
takes in one Munro; Sgurr a'Mhaim, the major peak of the western Mamores.
If the traverse south from the peak is included, the Devil's Ridge, some
exposed scrambling must be undertaken; if you wish to avoid this, return
from the summit by the ascent route.
Glen Nevis, about 300 metres east of Achriabhach. Take the path up the
east bank of the Allt Coire a'Mhusgain and after about 500m strike off
this to climb the north-west ridge of Sgurr a'Mhaim. One of the many stalkers'
paths in this area helps higher up, its zig-zags calculated to save the
breath, legs and client's pride! Once the quartzite rocks are gained,
at about 800m, the angle eases and the edge of the north corrie is followed
to gain the cairn.
south means taking in the steep scrambles on the Devil's Ridge. There
are two difficult sections on this, near the lowest point. Assuming you
weather these, the ridge continues as a very narrow crest to reach Stob
Choire a'Mhail at 990m. No more difficulties are left as you descend to
a broad col then climb steeply up rocky ground to reach the flat summit
of Sgor an Iubhair on the main Mamore ridge.
To head for
Glen Nevis and home, go south-west then west for 1km to the col at the
head of Coire a'Mhusgain then drop north into the corrie and so back to
your starting point.