Aonach Mor and Anoch Beag from Glen Nevis and a bonus of £2
by scottishkennyg » Mon Apr 29, 2013 8:56 pm
Munros included on this walk: Aonach Beag (Nevis Range), Aonach Mor
Date walked: 19/04/2013
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I decided to bear right and just climb directly up onto ridge. It was quite steep in sections and covered in hazardous thick ice but reckoned it would definitely be easier ascending than descending.
I stopped to don the crampons near the upper level and watched as my empty Lucozade bottle made a bid for freedom and slid down to rest on a ledge about 50m below. Did I go down and retrieve it!!!! Of course, had to be done, my pollution, my responsibility a no brainer.
Once back up onto the main ridge I passed the small cairn (indicating the turn off point for exiting from the ridge) which coincidentally was a good bit away from the main ridge so might be difficult to find in poor visibility.
The broad ridge led easily up to the large cairn on the flat summit. Very lucky to get another chance to experience the grand views across to CMD and Ben Nevis.
I returned along the ridge and up the steep section to locate the top which was very close to a corniced section. It seemed a shame that there was no sign of a prominent cairn, for such a large mountain. Still there was no more height to be gained so it was either buried by the snow or AWOL. Another clear sky prevailed to absorb and appreciate the array of the surrounding mountains.
I decided to descend via the SW ridge which would enable me to keep the crampons on longer for better grip. At about 700m there was a section where there was a sheer vertical drop over a large rock, this would require careful navigation in poor visibility in the absence of any paths (which was the case due to the snow covering)
After this section it was straight forward picking a path down to the bridge and the track to the car park. Also noticed the rescue helicopter hovering around, hoped it was just a practice session.
I returned safely to the car 6 hours after setting out delighted to have had the chance get back up on the ridges with the added bonus of clear skies and sunshine in the proximity of the Big Ben again.
by simon-b » Mon Apr 29, 2013 9:07 pm
by dooterbang » Wed May 01, 2013 2:22 pm
Enjoyed your cmd report too.
by gordon l » Wed May 01, 2013 3:11 pm
by Sunny Speyside » Wed May 01, 2013 5:16 pm
Thanks for posting
by scottishkennyg » Thu May 02, 2013 8:13 pm
by scottishkennyg » Thu May 02, 2013 8:15 pm
by scottishkennyg » Thu May 02, 2013 8:17 pm
by scottishkennyg » Thu May 02, 2013 8:18 pm
Sunny Speyside wrote:Great report and photos
Thanks for posting
Thanks Sunny Speyside