30/1/12 and 31/1/12 Ben an Dothaidh and Stob Ban/Devil’s Ridge

The last two days Euan and I have been out with Linda, Gayle, Graham and Tom from the Falkirk High Tops Team. On Monday we visited Ben an Dothaidh and climbed Stairway to Heaven.

NE Coire of Ben an Dothaidh with West Gully in the Centre and Stairway to Heaven on it's right

The route was in excellent condition with turf well frozen and some ice forming. No snow during the day, but wind transportation of snow on a fresh southerly with areas of wind slab forming in West and Central Gullies.

Gayle and Graham above the difficulties on Stairway to Heaven

Today we climbed the East Ridge of Stob Ban in the Mamores, which gave a very good route to the main ridge of Stob Ban. We then went over the summit of Stob Ban and dropped down past Lochan Coire nam Miseach before traversing The Devil’s Ridge and Sgurr a’Mhaim.

Looking down The East Ridge with Tom and Linda in the foreground and Martin, Graham and Gayle below
Linda and Tom on The East Ridge of Stob Ban

This gave an excellent mountaineering horseshoe of Coire Mhusgain with plenty of interest and stunning views.

Graham and Gayle on The East Ridge of Stob Ban

Turf well frozen above 200m, easy walk ins with limited snow cover below 600m. A few snow flurries during the day with, again, wind transport of snow on a southerly wind leading to areas of winslab forming on lee slopes.

Martin, Graham and Gayle on The Devil's Ridge


Graham with Stob Ban in the background
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