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Chasing the sunset down to Glen Nevis

Chasing the sunset down to Glen Nevis


by BlackPanther » Wed Apr 01, 2015 12:27 pm

Route description: Aonach Beag and Aonach Mor from Glen Nevis

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

Date walked: 21/03/2015

Time taken: 8.5 hours

Distance: 18.1 km

Ascent: 1648m

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Re: Chasing the sunset down to Glen Nevis

Postby andrewdoggett » Mon Apr 06, 2015 8:47 pm

Enjoyed that BP... Is decently steep that drop off the Aonach's - I can still remember it now and was a whisper over two years ago I did this route...

There is a small cairn that marks the top of the descent path but may have been covered in snow, and in any case there wouldn't have been a path...

Glad you got down safely and looks like a magic day... Great photos of what is one of my favourite parts of Scotland... :clap: :D

Here's a photo of my buddy topping out on the descent you chose to avoid...

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Topping Out...
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Re: Chasing the sunset down to Glen Nevis

Postby BlackPanther » Tue Apr 07, 2015 10:00 am

Many thanks again, everyone, for all lovely comments :D and I hope my story didn't cause any cardiac arrests :lol: :lol:

We've done two more Munro circuit since, so I have some fresh memories to cover the scary ones :wink:

andrewdoggett wrote:There is a small cairn that marks the top of the descent path but may have been covered in snow, and in any case there wouldn't have been a path...

Yes it was covered in snow, there was still a thick layer of the white stuff on the summit plateau, we couldn't find the cairn, hard as we tried... The slope looked (an felt) just as bad everywhere, we attempted the descent in a few different spots along the AM ridge but it was just too dubious.

dogplodder wrote:Think if I did these two again by this route I'd do it clockwise since like you I prefer slippy steep slopes on the ascent.

Quite agree, going up even on a wet slope, it's easier to keep your balance :lol: And I find it quite unnerving when I have to look down into the abyss on the descent :shock:
During our first attempt on these two, we actually went up Coire Guibhsachan, but didn't get as high as the step section. It was raining cats and dogs so we turned back.
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Re: Chasing the sunset down to Glen Nevis

Postby past my sell by date » Tue Apr 07, 2015 2:40 pm

Fantastic views and photos. Yes it is very steep down into Glen Ghiubasachan. I descended that way in summer (no snow) climbed back up to CMD along the arete to the Ben and back down beside the waterslide of the Allt Coire Eoghainn to the car park . A long day I seem to remember, but it was about 40 years ago - I guess I must have been quite fit then :) .
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Re: Chasing the sunset down to Glen Nevis

Postby litljortindan » Wed Apr 08, 2015 8:24 pm

Looks like the ideal balance of snow and bare land for photographs. To my eye at least!
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Re: Chasing the sunset down to Glen Nevis

Postby Graeme D » Thu Apr 09, 2015 11:47 am

That momentary "Oh no" moment in the hills in winter when you realise you may be in a spot of bother. But like you say, the important thing is calm but quick, decisive but reasoned action. All's well that ends well!
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Re: Chasing the sunset down to Glen Nevis

Postby scottishkennyg » Tue Apr 14, 2015 6:26 pm

Nice one BP and Kevin, cracking day there. Probably a wise decision not to go down the steep slope to locate the gulley at 830m, I remember losing a whole bottle of juice when it dropped and slid rapidly all the way down the icy terrain. :) Glad all worked out well.
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Re: Chasing the sunset down to Glen Nevis

Postby bigkeith » Mon May 27, 2019 4:08 am

Thanks for sharing that experience. Very helpful. The pics are beautiful and also show the serious edge to the Nevis Range. Congrats on keeping cool heads under pressure.
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