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The Aonach Eagach

The Aonach Eagach


Postby Rekrab » Sat Jul 11, 2009 3:16 pm

Route description: Aonach Eagach

Munros included on this walk: Meall Dearg (Aonach Eagach), Sgorr nam Fiannaidh (Aonach Eagach)

Date walked: 28/06/2009

Distance: 7.32 km

Ascent: 1232m

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The Aonach Eagach ridge.
This was a meet-up walk organised with another website as one of the members was hitting his 50th
we met in the car park below Am bodach,
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WE finally all got together and had a really easy accent of to meall dearg chatting all the way with the new people we had just met before we knew it we were at the top.
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We started heading off onto the ridge we came across some walkers and the que’s had started to form
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the mist was quite thick but we two of us checked grid ref with GPS and map and headed to find the chancellor.
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we headed back and met back up with our group who were at the chimney part of the ridge
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we then made a climb down and did dome smaller pinnacles then the crazy pinnacles started and they were great.
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We were a bit busy not falling to take pics of the pinnacles but here are three
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We then climbed down
and then back up tp the top of this lovely large flat pinnacles and had lunch and just as we did the mist cleared and we had great views for our lunch.
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after lunch we headed on
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A great shot of climbers making their way down zoomed in:
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and zoomed out.
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The accent of the final Munro from the top is un-eventful both Munro’s were quite boring it was the ridge which made it exciting.
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we didn’t take the traditional route down along the Claghaig gully, but we descended a scree slope back tracking back over the last Munro and down which was very exciting and very steep.
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This route spat out right at the wee lochan at the bottom we headed back to the cars and to the Claghaig for some food
Thanks for reading
MacKenzie,
Last edited by Rekrab on Thu Nov 10, 2011 11:06 pm, edited 2 times in total.
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Re: The Aonach Eagach

Postby Paul Webster » Sat Jul 11, 2009 3:23 pm

You'll remember that one!

BTW, alot more people will see your photos if you display them on the site rather than just a link.

One way to do this without uploading your photo to walkhighlands is to use the 'Img' tags. Find the web address of your photo by right-clicking on it - it should end in '.jpg'. Copy this address, press the 'Img' button when your cursor is at the right point in your report, and then paste the address between the two Img tags that appear. Does this make sense? :D
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Re: The Aonach Eagach

Postby James_McG » Sun Sep 20, 2009 9:09 pm

These are fantastic photo's, could feel my stomach going looking at some of them. Think it'll take me a longggggg time before I get my head round doing the Aonach Eagach.....Well done!!!

Jim
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Re: The Aonach Eagach

Postby mountain coward » Sun Sep 20, 2009 10:34 pm

Gonna sound like I'm advertising now! :lol: but... if you don't have a head for heights (as I don't), check out my 'Aonach Eagach for Cowards' way back in about January if you're Munro bagging - you really don't have to do the ridge!
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Re: The Aonach Eagach

Postby monarchming » Mon Sep 21, 2009 7:44 am

Oh come on mountain coward ,you don't know what your missing! :D
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Re: The Aonach Eagach

Postby monarchming » Mon Sep 21, 2009 9:10 am

Just for info Rekrab I wouldn't say that the Clachaig Gully is the traditional way as there has been several fatalities on this route including someone earlier this year.Also if you check most guide books they recommend descending south of the last summit giving you fine views of the Pap of Glencoe and Loch Leven.It's maybe a longer walkout but it's safer.
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Re: The Aonach Eagach

Postby HighlandSC » Mon Sep 21, 2009 12:02 pm

some good pics there mackenzie, I just flicked through the 100+ on your facebook. I see you had a rope, was this used on the day, or just in case?

Happy birthday by the way, i see its at the bottom of the forum page. Hope you got your stove or whatever it was mentioned on another post.
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Re: The Aonach Eagach

Postby NevJB » Mon Sep 21, 2009 12:53 pm

Looks like you had a great day. Thanks for taking the trouble to take all the pics - my brother and I did it about the same time of the year in 2007 - had it all to ourselves being mid-week and pouring with rain from Am Bodach onwards. It was hardly worth the effort of getting the camera out of the sack. But, we had a great time until the descent - south, directly off Sgorr nam Fainnaidh. Yes, it IS steep - not helped [in our case] by doing the bottom half in the dark - not very clever. To add insult to injury it stopped raining the moment we got to the road - the night sky was amazing and a useful distraction from the trudge back up to the car park.
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Re: The Aonach Eagach

Postby mountain coward » Tue Sep 22, 2009 1:00 am

monarchming wrote:Oh come on mountain coward ,you don't know what your missing! :D


Oh yes I do! I've studied the photos/books etc for years now! No way! :D And I still think the best descent (if you're finishing at the western end, is to go down towards the Pap of Glencoe col and pick up the path down that side - not unpleasantly steep anywhere and not much scree, apart from at the top...
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Re: The Aonach Eagach

Postby monarchming » Tue Sep 22, 2009 9:30 am

I know that descent as well as I have used it twice on the 3 times I have done the ridge.I don't want to argue but like most things in life you don't know what it's like unless you have done it.Books,pictures,videos are not the same as doing it for real.It's not that bad as you will see from my report it was my wifes 7th and 8th Munro and she said she would do it again! :D If you like I will take you up on the Aonach Eagach whenever you like mountain coward! :thumbup: You will probably want to wait till next year now but the offer stands so have a think about it,no pressure. :D
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Re: The Aonach Eagach

Postby Paul Webster » Tue Sep 22, 2009 9:59 am

On the Clachaig Gully gully path, there has been a second fatal accident this year, as well as several other accidents - that route is definitely one to avoid.
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Re: The Aonach Eagach

Postby mountain coward » Wed Sep 23, 2009 10:32 pm

monarchming wrote:I know that descent as well as I have used it twice on the 3 times I have done the ridge.I don't want to argue but like most things in life you don't know what it's like unless you have done it.Books,pictures,videos are not the same as doing it for real.It's not that bad as you will see from my report it was my wifes 7th and 8th Munro and she said she would do it again! :D If you like I will take you up on the Aonach Eagach whenever you like mountain coward! :thumbup: You will probably want to wait till next year now but the offer stands so have a think about it,no pressure. :D


Well that's an extremely generous offer but I don't think I'd really enjoy it... now Liathach is another matter - still won't enjoy that but I have it to do... how about Liathach instead? You could bring some way of recording sound and record all those 'terrible noises' I make that I mentioned in my 'Munroing in the Rough Bounds of Knoydart' report... but then you'd have to edit it for bad language too! :D
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Re: The Aonach Eagach

Postby monarchming » Wed Sep 23, 2009 11:24 pm

Ha!No probs mountain coward and I climbed Liathach over 7 years ago with a wee bit of snow on it! :D
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Just give me a bit of notice when you fancy it as I work offshore and we can take it from there! :thumbup:
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Re: The Aonach Eagach

Postby mountain coward » Wed Sep 23, 2009 11:34 pm

Your problems begin when you get me up there and I either: freeze (don't normally), get jelly-legs and dizziness, or just plain Yorkshire obstinateness as in: "I'm not doing that pal!:-Z" :D I've only had the jelly-legs once but had to be removed from Great Gable by 3 people! The obstinateness is the usual one... Also hope you're used to excessive bad language when I get scared!
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Re: The Aonach Eagach

Postby monarchming » Thu Sep 24, 2009 9:03 am

Not a problem! :D As you can imagine on an oil rig the language is always colourful to say the least. :wink:
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