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The Aonach Eagach is finally in the bag!

The Aonach Eagach is finally in the bag!


Postby mountain thyme » Tue Dec 27, 2011 11:45 pm

Route description: Aonach Eagach

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

Date walked: 27/12/2011

Time taken: 6 hours

Distance: 6 km

Ascent: 914m

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The plan on the 26th December was to head to the Cairngorms, cycle in and walk to corrour bothy and climb the 2 munros i still had to do from there. However after one too many red wines on Christmas Night i couldnt face the cycle or walk!
Therefore a last minute plan was made at 2pm with MGMT! to head to glencoe, spend the night there and tackle the Aonach Eagach on the Tuesday. I have been dreading these two munros since i first started walking!

Left Glasgow at 4pm and via Go outdoors to invest in some new climbing gear incase i cacked it on the ridge!
Didnt feel so good as a passenger on the A82 and must confess to being a bit sick into a poly bag on route, hadnt emptied the bag properly in the rush and lost my wee snickers bar. Was tempted to rescue it!

Started the walk at 9am.
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start of the walk


The start of the walk from the car park was very steep, but a good path all the way to the summit of Am Bodach. There was no snow at all on the path but lots of water which made me think it was going to be helluva icy on the ridge.

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on the path


From here we could see the ridge unfold in front of us! Aaarrgghhh.. To be honest felt sick again but for another reason.. not the drink this time. The decision was made to go for it. Here we put on harnesses and helmets. Headed along the ridge and quite quickly was confronted with a scary downclimb. Managed to climb without using the ropes/ harnesses.

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First down climb


Headed along and up to the first summit Meall Dearg. No turning back now. And in true Reverend Robertson style kissed the cairn.

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Summit of Meall Dearg


Headed along the crazy pinnacles. Path was icy in parts, requiring mgmt! to spot me in a few down climbs here and there especially when turning into the rock.
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After here most of the difficultly was over as we approached Stob Coire Leith. Thanks be to god. Then a final rise to the summit of Sgorr nam Fiannaidh.

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mgmt! on the summit


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me on the summit


What a feeling. Felt grateful for the company and continual motivation to get across the ridge and felt pure chuffed that i managed it. No need for ice axes, crampons, or ropes!
From the summit headed down the steep scree to the roadside. Laughed at mgmt as he went on his bum at least 6 times until we hit the wet boggy grass andthen it was my turn as i rolled down the hill to the road, covered in mud.

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looking back at the ridge

Mgmt arrived first at the roadside and asked a guy taking pictures of the AE for a lift back to the carpark.. not only a lift but given a wee mince pie by the lovely south african couple! Thank you ..Back to the car for 3pm. 6hours in total :D ... One very happy person..
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Re: The Aonach Eogach is finally in the bag!

Postby pollyh33 » Tue Dec 27, 2011 11:57 pm

Wow !!!!

So very well done and in such style!!! :clap:

Couldn't be more pleased for you :thumbup:
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Re: The Aonach Eogach is finally in the bag!

Postby rockhopper » Wed Dec 28, 2011 12:01 am

brilliant - well done both of you :clap: still have these two to do and am also not looking forward to it either - but will definitely wait until the summer and dry weather !
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Re: The Aonach Eogach is finally in the bag!

Postby iainwatson » Wed Dec 28, 2011 12:13 am

well done! a great ridge (in reflection,lol) scary at the time and draws all your concentration but such a great achievement!
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Re: The Aonach Eogach is finally in the bag!

Postby mgmt! » Wed Dec 28, 2011 12:19 am

wow !!!
it took you longer to do the trip report than the walk !!!
cheers polly, red is bang in trend i here !!!

all kidding aside, ive got to give a big up to mountain thyme for today :clap: :clap: :clap:, she went across the ridge today without so much as a whimper. and its testiment to her that she overcame her fear to complete the aonach eagach at last. she forgot her camera and ive put up a few pictures from mine from today. finally i must apologise to the couple who gave us a lift, the seat under mountain thyme must have been soaking, she spent most of the decsent on her a.... :lol:
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Re: The Aonach Eogach is finally in the bag!

Postby Bod » Wed Dec 28, 2011 12:44 am

Well done both of you....a fun story and a great day out :D
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Re: The Aonach Eogach is finally in the bag!

Postby jstalker66621 » Wed Dec 28, 2011 12:52 am

Cracking pics and cracking story...even though you didna dook for the snickers bar in the puke poke :sick:
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Re: The Aonach Eogach is finally in the bag!

Postby Jock McJock » Wed Dec 28, 2011 12:57 am

Well done Theresa, can't wait to get up this one. BUT, will be done in the summer, when its nice and dry, and clear, and warm :lol:
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Re: The Aonach Eogach is finally in the bag!

Postby pollyh33 » Wed Dec 28, 2011 1:34 am

A note to mgmt!..... there are quite a few of us on WH needing your help on this one! :shock:

Are you for hire???? :D
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Re: The Aonach Eogach is finally in the bag!

Postby mgmt! » Wed Dec 28, 2011 1:53 am

pollyh33 wrote:A note to mgmt!..... there are quite a few of us on WH needing your help on this one! :shock:

Are you for hire???? :D


no worries polly daarrlliiiing, just call me jock wan :lol:
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Re: The Aonach Eogach is finally in the bag!

Postby pollyh33 » Wed Dec 28, 2011 1:56 am

mgmt! wrote:
pollyh33 wrote:A note to mgmt!..... there are quite a few of us on WH needing your help on this one! :shock:

Are you for hire???? :D


no worries polly daarrlliiiing, just call me jock wan :lol:


NHS discount? :lol:
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Re: The Aonach Eogach is finally in the bag!

Postby mgmt! » Wed Dec 28, 2011 2:05 am

whats this nhs ddaaarrrliiingg ? is it a fashion house i dont know off ?
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Re: The Aonach Eogach is finally in the bag!

Postby pollyh33 » Wed Dec 28, 2011 2:09 am

mgmt! wrote:whats this nhs ddaaarrrliiingg ? is it a fashion house i dont no of ?



Oh aye its very fashionable! People are dying to get in here!!!! Wish they would all bu**er off home and let me get back to skiving!!! :lol:
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Re: The Aonach Eogach is finally in the bag!

Postby Mountainlove » Wed Dec 28, 2011 10:00 am

I am happy that you finally managed to get this done!! Not long until you have completed all of them now :-)
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Re: The Aonach Eogach is finally in the bag!

Postby mrssanta » Wed Dec 28, 2011 10:23 am

pollyh33 wrote:
Oh aye its very fashionable! People are dying to get in here!!!! Wish they would all bu**er off home and let me get back to skiving!!! :lol:

:D :lol: :lol:
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