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Sgurr a'Mhaim

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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.

Start from 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.

To continue 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.


Maps: OS Sheet 41 'Ben Nevis'
Distance: 12 km
Ascent: 1190m
Time: 6 hours
Food & Drink: The fleshpots of Fort William beckon, with a large range of refreshment stops. For the discerning, the seafood restaurant on the waterfront should be looked at. The real climbers go to the Nevisbank Hotel, just south of the turn-off for Glen Nevis, while Nevisport has a good upstairs restaurant above the shop.


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