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Aonach Beag & Aonach Mor

Aonach Beag & Aonach Mor


Postby gyles » Wed Jun 05, 2013 8:45 pm

Route description: Aonach Beag and Aonach Mor from Glen Nevis

Munros included on this walk: Aonach Beag (Nevis Range), Aonach Mor

Date walked: 04/06/2013

Time taken: 7.5 hours

Distance: 16 km

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Overlooking the mountain forecast, the west was the most promising for the day. I was all set for visiting the Nevis range to tackle the Aonachs.

An early start, I left home at 4am heading for Glen Nevis arriving at 6. Feeling happy about myself to get in the car park before the crowds, there was only a camper van there as the occupiers were probably still in the land of nod.

With no wind at all, the sky was cloudy but high enough to see the summits. Amazingly it felt very humid for the time of morning, the car was claiming 12 degrees and it wasn't long after setting off further into the glen I was breaking a sweat. :crazy:

After passing the gorge the glen opened up and the Falls of Steall came into view which was very picturesque. I seen the wire/rope bridge to cross to the falls... looks fun, I'm looking forward to trying it out another time.

I continued to the Steall ruins and footbridge, the path branched off to the left to start the climb. I followed the path as long as it was visible but as stated in reports it does fizzle out. I took the obvious easiest route through also avoided climbing up onto Sgurr a' Bhuic which the WH report suggests. I decided to stay the same altitude to get across to the steep ridge of Stob Coire a' Chul-Choire. At this point you begin to get fantastic views of the Grey Corries to the east, Mamores/Ring of Steall to the south and Ben Nevis to the west. Plodding along at a steady incline I reached Aonach Beag summit 3 hours from the start.

With the top capped with snow I didn't want to stop here for my break, I headed down to the adjoining ridge towards Aonach Mor where I found a suitably dry boulder to perch my backside. It's fairly quick only about an hour to get from Aonach Beag to Aonach Mor. A slight descent to the ridge and ascent back up and your there with a large cairn marking the summit.

I trotted back the way I came to find the small cairn that marks the path off the range. It's not visible from the summit but if you follow the edge on your right side, walking south you soon come upon it. Relieved to find the path easily, I was a bit concerned of this steep drop down. This was going to be the steepest descend I've had in my short experience. But steadily and slowly I eventually made it down, definitely taking your time as the way to go. Once at the bottom I gave my knees a short rest.

I felt the hard part was done, I had the enjoyment of the leisurely walk out towards Glen Nevis. Amazingly I still never came across anyone on my travels, not that I was bothered, I like the feeling of having the surroundings to myself. It wasn't until 1pm when I returned to the Falls of Steall that human life reappeared. So many tourists wandering through to see the waterfall. I arrived back to a overflowing car park at 1.30.

It really was a great walk, more enjoyable with the feeling of getting in early and avoiding the summer crowds. The views were fantastic and one of the best positions to see Ben Nevis. One I'll be back to do again.


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Glen Nevis & Falls of Steall


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Falls of Steall


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Ben Nevis


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Grey Corries


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Ring of Steall


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Aonach Beag


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Approaching Aonach Mor


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Ben Nevis & Carn Mor Dearg


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Schiehallion on the horizon


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Loch Eil


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Aonach Beag from Aonach Mor


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The cairn marking the descent


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Steep path down


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Aonach Beag as I leave


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Bluebells
Last edited by gyles on Thu Jun 06, 2013 9:33 pm, edited 1 time in total.
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Re: Aonach Beag & Aonach Mor

Postby riverlodge » Thu Jun 06, 2013 10:52 am

nice report, some good views & bluebells!
like you always like to get out early, feel good (but obviously never smug) about being back roadside mid afternoon 8)
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Re: Aonach Beag & Aonach Mor

Postby laconic surf » Thu Jun 06, 2013 4:34 pm

Good effort. The ring is on my radar end of this month - so looking forward to it.

P.s I think you're doing yourself down - i'm pretty sure you walked more than 6k :wink:
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Re: Aonach Beag & Aonach Mor

Postby gyles » Thu Jun 06, 2013 9:35 pm

laconic surf wrote:Good effort. The ring is on my radar end of this month - so looking forward to it.

P.s I think you're doing yourself down - i'm pretty sure you walked more than 6k :wink:


Ah well spotted, 16k not 6 :wink:

The ring is on my list to do, looks to be a good challenge.
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