Frozen Steall Falls

The cold spell has been great for hillwalking and the temptation is of course to go on to the high tops.  However there are other options and on Sunday rather than do our original plan of Ben Oss near Tyndrum we decided to drive up to Glen Nevis as we had read reports that the Steall waterfall was frozen, something that very rarely happens.  I know it seems like a mad idea for a day trip but the drive up was superb especially the view of Buachaille Etive Mor…

Buachaille Etive Mor, Glencoe

Buachaille Etive Mor, Glencoe

We arrived at the Lower Falls car park at about 12.30.  Any thoughts about getting as far as the higher car park were quickly dispelled…

Ungritted Road Ahead!

Ungritted Road Ahead!

It took us about an hour and a half to walk up the sometimes very icy path up Steall Falls, once again the Kahtoola Microspikes were invaluable!  Eventually we reached the falls and the following sight…

Frozen Steall Falls

Frozen Steall Falls

For comparison this is a photo of the falls taken in September…

Steall Falls September 2009

Steall Falls September 2009

We wandered over to the infamous wire bridge but for once we didn’t have to use it, instead treading carefully across the frozen River Nevis…

Frozen River Nevis

Frozen River Nevis

From there we walked up the foot of the waterfall where several climbers were having fun…

Climbers at Steall Falls

Climbers at Steall Falls

Climbers at Steall Falls

Climbers at Steall Falls

Climbers at Steall Falls

Climbers at Steall Falls

And of course no day would be complete without a pie for lunch (with a view of course, this time the Aonachs!)

The Ultimate Game Pie with the Aonachs in background!

The Ultimate Game Pie with the Aonachs in background!

Absolutely fantastic day and one that will probably not be repeated for a while!

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2 Responses to “Frozen Steall Falls”

  1. Amazing! Just checked this out on my new Blackberry and blog looks good on it. V jealous you got to see Steal Falls like that! J

  2. ayrshiretiger Says:

    Ooohhh, a new Blackberry eh! Technology, it’ll never catch on I tell you!

    It was an absolutely brillant day, well worth the drive! But you wouldn’t have liked it, far too much snow, and I know how fed up you are of the white stuff now! 😉

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