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Big Steps and Bad Steps on the Aonach Eagach
by Graeme D » Sun Oct 02, 2011 10:17 pm
Route description: Aonach Eagach
Munros included on this walk: Meall Dearg (Aonach Eagach), Sgorr nam Fiannaidh (Aonach Eagach)
Date walked: 24/09/2011
Time taken: 7 hours
Distance: 9 km
Ascent: 1100m15 people think this report is great. Register or Login free to be able to rate and comment on reports (as well as access 1:25000 mapping).
I had long been forbidden by Debbie from doing the Aonach Eagach ....... that is forbidden from doing it unless she was with me. Not that she feels I'd need supervised - just that this is her kind of walk! In saying that, I knew this was going to be a stiff challenge for her. It had been 15 months since her last Munro, Ben Lawers in June 2010, and pregnancy and motherhood had intervened since then to keep her largely off the hills. And then there were the effects of the life-threatening haemhorrage she suffered immediately post-delivery. In short, save for a couple of local Sub2Ks, she'd not walked on this scale for a long time.
And so I was a little surprised when she suggested the Aonach Eagach. I was thinking we'd probably do the Corbett Beinn a'Chrulaiste, or maybe Beinn Trileachan down Glen Etive.
The forecast seemed fair so we decided to go for it, taking both cars up the road. We dropped one off at the carpark down the minor road beyond the Clachaig and the Glencoe YH and drove the other car back round to the carpark by the solitary white house, just past the main Bidean carpark. We were the first car in that parking area, although within a short space of time, we were looking back down to see half a dozen or so vehicles squeezed in beside us.
In short, we had a brilliant day. The Aonach Eagach lived up to all my expectations and met with Debbie's approval too. She was dead on her feet by the time we left Sgorr nam Fionnaidh to drop down to the bealach between it and the Pap, and she took a wee tumble or two on the descent path back down to the car, but otherwise it was a stunning return to form.
I will let the pictures tell the story. They do it so much better than any words could.
This is the Aonach Eagach! Enjoy!
by Bod » Sun Oct 02, 2011 10:29 pm
by pollyh33 » Sun Oct 02, 2011 10:31 pm
What a fantastic report, with lots of scary pictures!!!!
Hope you had a fabbie meal at the hotel after this awesome climb!
So how many times did Debbie mention Ailsa??? One or two I can imagine
by Stretch » Mon Oct 03, 2011 8:08 am
by Johnny Corbett » Mon Oct 03, 2011 9:05 am
by ChrisW » Mon Oct 03, 2011 10:25 am
by Alan S » Mon Oct 03, 2011 3:27 pm
Also well done to Debbie after what she went through earlier in the year A nice easy couple of munros to get back into it
by Mountainlove » Mon Oct 03, 2011 3:39 pm
by pigeon » Mon Oct 03, 2011 6:59 pm
by skuk007 » Tue Oct 04, 2011 9:16 pm
by MarilynMunro » Wed Oct 05, 2011 8:03 am
Very well done to you both, and like everyone else, congrats to Mrs D, what a way to kickstart her walking again. Pretty much looks like the perfect day.
by dooterbang » Wed Oct 05, 2011 9:35 am
Defo a ridge worth revisiting.
Thanks for posting.
by Jock McJock » Wed Oct 05, 2011 4:39 pm
by lomondwalkers » Wed Oct 05, 2011 5:44 pm