The westernmost of the Mamores make a striking pair, the dramatic sharp peak of Stob Ban contrasting nicely with sprawling, corrie-bitten Mullach nan Coirean. From Glen Nevis, the horseshoe of the two summits covers some enjoyable ridge walking ground. With a smattering of scrambling in summer and more than a hint of mountaineering in winter, this is a shorter, easier alternative to the neighbouring Ring of Steall - but no less worthwhile.
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Distance: 7 miles (11.34 km)
Total ascent: 1,195m
Steepest Gradient: 65% (1 in 2)
Time: 6 hours (Walking)
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Car park south of the falls at Polldubh, NN145683
Clear paths most of the way, though it's rough and bouldery underfoot at times, particularly on Stob Ban. Also mildly scrambly, briefly, on the north ridge of Stob Ban.
In winter conditions the north ridge of Stob Ban becomes a pretty airy grade I climb, with a steep scrambly lower buttress leading to the easier upper ridge, often a snow arete. The rest of the route is easier, but still at times on narrow ridges. Plenty of potential for cornices. Allow a couple more hours on top of the summer time estimate.
Weather and Hill Conditions: SAIS: Lochaber – mwis: Northwest Highlands – Met Office: West Highlands
Bus from Ft William down Glen Nevis in summertime
The north ridge of Stob Ban is conspicuously absent from most of the Munro guides (they tend to favour Coire a' Mhusgain) though the rest of the route is well covered in any of them.
OS Explorer 384 (1:25,000), OS Explorer 392 (1:25,000), Harvey/BMC Ben Nevis (1:40,000), OS Landranger 41 (1:50,000)
Bunkhouse at Ben Nevis Inn 01397 701227 Glen Nevis YH 01396 702336
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