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Pap of Glencoe via AE
by Gavin99 » Sat Aug 04, 2012 7:17 pm
Route description: Aonach Eagach
Munros included on this walk: Meall Dearg (Aonach Eagach), Sgorr nam Fiannaidh (Aonach Eagach)
Grahams included on this walk: Pap of Glencoe
Date walked: 04/08/2012
Time taken: 6.15 hours
Distance: 9.2 km
Ascent: 1250m13 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).
The weather forecast was fine for the morning so I arranged to meet Pigeon in Glencoe village at 7 am , I turned up half an hour early and he was already there so we sorted out cars and drove up the Glen to the start . Nice views from the ascent of Am Bodach , we made good time and were soon on the summit enjoying the sunshine . I was definitely a bit nervous at this stage but we got started on the downclimb and I was soon concentrating too hard to think about anything else , plenty of exposure here and fairly polished but a bit of care and we got down without any trouble . The next section to Meall Dearg was straightforward enough , a few ups and downs and we reached the Munro summit After a wee sit down and a bite to eat at the cairn we wandered over to survey what was in store for us , an amazing and frightening looking section of ridge . At this stage my nerves had disappeared and I was really enjoying myself , once you get your hands and feet on good solid rock it didn't seem too exposed , brilliant fun ! At one stage we had a look down a bypass path but it was very loose and steep, crossing a sheer gully so we climbed back to the crest of the ridge and stuck to it for the duration , feeling far safer on the clean solid rock . Eventually we reached the end of the pinnacles and started the ascent of Stob Coire Leith, turning round to look at the ridge it is hard to pick out your route , did we just cross that ? The route onwards is plain sailing , before long we reached Sgorr nam Fiannaidh , the second Munro ,and a well earned sit down . From the second Munro we decided to nip over and visit the Pap of Glencoe , gorgeous views from here , a lovely way to finish the day. A wonderful day , not as hard as I thought it would be ,although a good head for heights and an awful lot of care is needed
by gammy leg walker » Sat Aug 04, 2012 7:29 pm
by Bod » Sat Aug 04, 2012 7:41 pm
What a cracking day you've had for it....wonderful feeling completing the ridge! What's next? Other than a fine chill-out in Braemar next week
by soapy27 » Sat Aug 04, 2012 8:09 pm
by Gavin99 » Sun Aug 05, 2012 8:17 am
Aye Bod , a great feeling completing this , looking forward to some less jaggy stuff in Braemar !
Soapy , it's worth waiting for a dry and calm day for this , I certainly wouldn't fancy doing this on wet rock . Enjoy
by pigeon » Sun Aug 05, 2012 8:51 am
- Early and it's looking good
- big bookle
- the chancellor,maybe next time
- the ridge
- squeeky bum time begins,going down am bodach
- a look back
- safely at Meall Dearg with great views of the nevis and aw that
- route from MD
- the chimney
by Bod » Sun Aug 05, 2012 8:57 am
Bidean is so impressive from AE!
by pigeon » Sun Aug 05, 2012 9:03 am
- Gavin has a wee prayer
- it's done ,looking back at what we'd come over
- Sgurr nam Fiannaidh cairn
- admiring the views from the pap,well worth the detour
by Morecambe Monkey » Sun Aug 05, 2012 10:38 am
by Chrisabelle » Sun Aug 05, 2012 11:31 am
by ceaser » Sun Aug 05, 2012 1:20 pm
by jonny616 » Sun Aug 05, 2012 3:49 pm
by jwramsay » Sun Aug 05, 2012 4:26 pm
Great set of pics, when we did it we holstered the cameras as it took all our concentration to go the ridge.
Finally, you are dead right about sticking with the rock rather than trying those "road to nowhere" bypass paths!
by Gavin99 » Sun Aug 05, 2012 5:56 pm
Thanks for a great day
Cheers MM , put this at the top of your list !
Well you've come to the right place thenChrisabelle wrote: OMG have I gone mad???
Ceaser , whether you enjoyed it or not I bet you won't forget it in a hurry!
Cheers Jonny , and good luck with the big one next week
Cheers JW , we started early and were over the pinnacles by mid morning but we were watching the thunderclouds building as the day went on . It looks like they caught up with you in style !
And yes , those bypass paths do look pretty lethal