The White Room
by jonny616 » Thu May 10, 2012 12:59 pm
Route description: Aonach Beag and Aonach Mor from Glen Nevis
Munros included on this walk: Aonach Beag (Nevis Range), Aonach Mor
Date walked: 08/05/2012
Time taken: 6 hours
Distance: 16 km
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The weather forecast was not great, but after a few texts on Monday we decided to go for it, with a back up of taking the ridge from CMD down if conditions were not right on the arête.
Picked up Mark, then meet up with Andy & George. Bacon butty stop in Tyndrum before pushing on to meet Ron at the car park. Coffee in the café whilst waiting for the gondola to open (currently 10am).
The gondola took us smoothly straight into the clag. Followed the good path towards the view point & then struck a line up avoiding the ski lifts. Patchy snow at 700 meters soon became a complete blanket sometimes knee deep. It was obvious that the arête would be no go, so instead of struggling across we settled on doing the two Aonachs & then heading back the way we came. Once on the plateau of Aonach Mor we had a bit of trouble locating the cairn, but found it! We then dropped down towards the bealach between the two & a cairn marking the route to CMD. The ridge to Aonach Beag narrows & we found a wee hollow in the snow to sit for lunch before heading up. The next section was steep & rocky with a couple of awkward moves for those of us with short legs. Steep enough for axes but the snow too soft for crampons.
It then levels out to the summit. Photo call & back down we go. Ascending Aonach Mor again. From the cairn we took a bearing straight to the top of the ski runs & from there we slid almost all the way to the café. Top fun. The last 100 meters of descent we had views & sods law meant that as we drove home we saw every summit from the Mamores to Ben Lomond clear.
A fun day if you do not mind seeing anything.
Thanks to Mark & Andy for some of the photos.
by SusieThePensioner » Thu May 10, 2012 1:15 pm
Glad you had a few "club" members todayjonny616 wrote:Mid week sneaky peak time
Enjoyed your report even tho the trip was reduced. Some great photos, particularly the "lunch hollow" and "ascent of Aonach Beag"
by bootsandpaddles » Thu May 10, 2012 1:46 pm
by Jock McJock » Thu May 10, 2012 6:06 pm
Shame about the weather as this would have been a magical walk
Better luck next time
by gammy leg walker » Thu May 10, 2012 7:04 pm
Oh the shame of it,thought you were a purist.
by quoman » Thu May 10, 2012 7:23 pm
by dooterbang » Thu May 10, 2012 7:24 pm
by pollyh33 » Thu May 10, 2012 7:35 pm
Thanks guys for constant text updates, made my day at the lab just that wee bit more bearable
by rocket-ron » Thu May 10, 2012 8:09 pm
by Bod » Thu May 10, 2012 8:38 pm
(Though have to laugh too at the purist angle? Good fun though to have a swing in the Gondola!)
by Meatball » Thu May 10, 2012 8:55 pm
Polly, do you have another plan or do you want a shout?
by jonny616 » Thu May 10, 2012 10:13 pm
Glad you had a few "club" members todaySusieThePensioner wrote:I've now got "White Room" by Cream going round my head, thank you Jonny!!jonny616 wrote:Mid week sneaky peak time
Thanks Susan. 5 people & counting. Finding new people to join the mentalists all the time
by rockhopper » Thu May 10, 2012 10:14 pm