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Pap of Glencoe via AE

Pap of Glencoe via AE


Postby 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: 1250m

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It was time to do the Aonach Eagach , reports read , books studied , Muriel Gray watched on Youtube.
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 .
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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 .
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The next section to Meall Dearg was straightforward enough , a few ups and downs and we reached the Munro summit
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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 .
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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 !
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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 .
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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 ?
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The route onwards is plain sailing , before long we reached Sgorr nam Fiannaidh , the second Munro ,and a well earned sit down .
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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.
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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 :D
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Re: Pap of Glencoe via AE

Postby gammy leg walker » Sat Aug 04, 2012 7:29 pm

Well done Gavin,a good head for heights defo helps,the pap is a good way down I/we dropped south of Sgorr nam Fiannaidh down that scree :shock: .
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Re: Pap of Glencoe via AE

Postby Bod » Sat Aug 04, 2012 7:41 pm

Yes, well done to both of you, and top effort including the Pap :wink: :D :D
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 :D :D :D
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Re: Pap of Glencoe via AE

Postby soapy27 » Sat Aug 04, 2012 8:09 pm

Well done Bod looks pretty airy. I still have this ridge to do,hopefully get weather like this for it.
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Re: Pap of Glencoe via AE

Postby Gavin99 » Sun Aug 05, 2012 8:17 am

Cheers GLW , had a look down that scree descent , looked tough going . ( Good luck next week !) :D

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 :D
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Re: Pap of Glencoe via AE

Postby pigeon » Sun Aug 05, 2012 8:51 am

Thanks for letting me tag along Gavin :lol: It was a brilliant hike,like you i didn't find this to bad once we were down from Am Bodach,think the best advice for others is to be patient and wait for a good day as this would be a totally different challenge in the wet :( Also having someone else with you is a great help,take your time and more or less go over the top of everything as some of the by pass paths looked none to clever :roll: Looking forward to the next one Gavin,cheers again :thumbup:
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Early and it's looking good
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big bookle
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the chancellor,maybe next time
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bidean
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the ridge
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squeeky bum time begins,going down am bodach
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a look back
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safely at Meall Dearg with great views of the nevis and aw that
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route from MD
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the chimney
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up
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up
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down
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Re: Pap of Glencoe via AE

Postby Bod » Sun Aug 05, 2012 8:57 am

More great photos :) :) :)
Bidean is so impressive from AE!
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Re: Pap of Glencoe via AE

Postby pigeon » Sun Aug 05, 2012 9:03 am

More pics
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pinnacles
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Gavin has a wee prayer
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it's done ,looking back at what we'd come over
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Sgurr nam Fiannaidh cairn
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admiring the views from the pap,well worth the detour
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Re: Pap of Glencoe via AE

Postby Morecambe Monkey » Sun Aug 05, 2012 10:38 am

Cracking stuff with some great action photo's. What a stunning day you had for it too. :D
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Re: Pap of Glencoe via AE

Postby Chrisabelle » Sun Aug 05, 2012 11:31 am

Each time I've seen a report from AE I've thought "I'll never do that". Until now; why am I sitting here thinking "I could do that!". Maybe someday with a patient person who has done it before. OMG have I gone mad??? :roll:
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Re: Pap of Glencoe via AE

Postby ceaser » Sun Aug 05, 2012 1:20 pm

i did this walk on tuesday ,and im still not sure if i enjoyed it or not :shock: although the views were spectacular ,would hate to do it when its wet
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Re: Pap of Glencoe via AE

Postby Lenore » Sun Aug 05, 2012 2:59 pm

Well done Gavin and pigeon!!!
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Re: Pap of Glencoe via AE

Postby jonny616 » Sun Aug 05, 2012 3:49 pm

What great weather you both had. All your pics are fab :clap: :clap:
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Re: Pap of Glencoe via AE

Postby jwramsay » Sun Aug 05, 2012 4:26 pm

This was yesterday Saturday 4th August 2012 yeah? You really got the weather, as we were down at Ben Oss/Beinn Dubhchraig and got royally soaked for an hour.

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!
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Re: Pap of Glencoe via AE

Postby Gavin99 » Sun Aug 05, 2012 5:56 pm

Pigeon , how come your photos are nicer than mine ?
Thanks for a great day :D


Cheers MM , put this at the top of your list !


Chrisabelle wrote: OMG have I gone mad??? :roll:
Well you've come to the right place then :wink:

Ceaser , whether you enjoyed it or not I bet you won't forget it in a hurry!

Thanks Lenore 8)

Cheers Jonny , and good luck with the big one next week :crazy:

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 :shock:
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