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by gman » Thu Jul 11, 2013 11:35 am
Route description: Aonach Eagach
Munros included on this walk: Meall Dearg (Aonach Eagach), Sgorr nam Fiannaidh (Aonach Eagach)
Date walked: 10/07/2013
Time taken: 7.15 hours
Distance: 12 km
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Did this last year for the first time, now when I drive through Glen Coe it looks down seductively as I pass by to bag less interesting hills Last time I tagged along with 3 experienced climbers, we took a dirt bypass path to the north near the pinnacles which turned out to be the trickiest part of the walk - this time I would be sticking to the ridge. And we descended from Sgorr nam Fiannaidh, it's steep scree initially so not the best route. I read someone recommend the best way down is actually to turn around and go back along the AE to Am Bodach then take the nice path down to the car. Sounds obvious & you get to do the ridge twice
Low cloud covered all the summits as I drove to Glen Coe, but who cares about clag when you're on the AE . Fine steep path, scree and rock in places. Getting into the cloud now:
Hard work, but Am Bodach reached quickly - and above the clouds now. Cairns & the Ben:
The ridge descends so it's in cloud.
The Ben, Grey Corries etc.
Next, onto the ridge and the first tricky bit - descent from Am Bodach. Actually, none of the scrambling is really tricky: it's just exposed and it took a few minutes to adjust from being a 'walker' to a 'scrambler'. After that I automatically looked at the rock for crampon scratches, footholds & well-worn handholds. It's like going through peat hags, bit of a shock initially then you become a black belt bog hopper
Got my first brocken spectre:
Back to Am Bodach.
Pinnacles from Meall Dearg:
More scrambly bits:
Ballachulish from Sgorr nam Fiannaidh:
Then turned round and headed back to Stob Coire Leith. The ridge looks more imposing when you're looking towards Am Bodach, all the scrambling is reversed so it doesn't feel like retracing your steps and the bits that were too vertical to descend can now be tackled.
A better view ahead:
Saw some other walkers on the ridge now, one was getting close then disappeared so I thought they must have taken the dodgy bypass path. I waited on top of a pinnacle for them to reappear & asked how it was - "horrible...horrible". "Much easier staying on the top", I offered helpfully .
Started to pass more people, up till then I'd had the playground to myself. One had brought his two kids, who were having a great time.
From Meall Dearg again, less clag this time:
Am Bodach ahead:
Chancellor, basically a walk down to it:
Towards Glencoe from the Chancellor
Obligatory Buachailles shot:
Then back down the path, steep with loose scree in places but much better than descending from Sgorr nam Fiannaidh. Best way to do the AE?
by Musicfinder » Thu Jul 11, 2013 12:08 pm
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by pigeon » Thu Jul 11, 2013 5:09 pm
by The Rodmiester » Thu Jul 11, 2013 5:31 pm
by rohan » Thu Jul 11, 2013 6:47 pm
Like Pigeon, we came off by the Pap.
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by gman » Thu Jul 11, 2013 8:52 pm
by weaselmaster » Thu Jul 11, 2013 9:15 pm
gman wrote:Hopefully the photos don't make it look too tricky...on the other hand I kept hearing 'One does not simply walk into Mordor' in my head on the way back to Am Bodach
Have still to take this on and the photos are a great help - don't terrify me too much.....honest (gulp)
by Collaciotach » Thu Jul 11, 2013 11:27 pm
Only two within spitting distance of my home I ain't done yet ,saving them for my final two ...
Well I was
by scooby0511 » Fri Jul 12, 2013 7:41 pm
by MG1976 » Fri Jul 12, 2013 7:49 pm
Thanks again for sharing.
by GillC » Sat Jul 13, 2013 6:46 am
by gman » Sat Jul 13, 2013 9:59 am
GillC wrote:AAAAAARRRRRGGGGGHHHHH what HAVE I let myself in for ???
Mwahaha! Seriously, it's a lot easier than it looks in the photos. I was pretty apprehensive the first time I did it, but it was fine. Then I got back and read some other reports and thought 'that looks terrifying, you'd never catch me up there!' .
by Bejam » Sat Jul 13, 2013 11:33 am
Took the bull by the pinnacles and done it last tuesday for the first time as well.
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by PeteR » Sat Jul 13, 2013 11:43 am
Personally I had a couple of "squeaky bum" moments when I did this walk, but still enjoyed it all the same. Your photos certainly capture both the reason this is such a special ridge as well as the reason it can have people's knees knocking
by wilkiemurray » Sat Jul 13, 2013 1:18 pm
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