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Aonach Eagach Ridge, Take a Walk on the Wild Side

Aonach Eagach Ridge, Take a Walk on the Wild Side


Postby jamesb63 » Fri Oct 02, 2015 10:17 am

Munros included on this walk: Meall Dearg (Aonach Eagach), Sgorr nam Fiannaidh (Aonach Eagach)

Date walked: 30/09/2015

Time taken: 5.07 hours

Distance: 7.8 km

Ascent: 1151m

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Having not been able to get on the hills for the last 5 weeks due to workload,
I was feeling I was missing out big time what with Summer also arriving :lol: :lol:
so it was with a lot of excitement I set off at 6.30am to do the Anoach Eagach Ridge
very foggy leaving home but travelling up Loch Lomond halfway the fog disappeared
and revealed clear skies :D

Sunrise over Rannoch Moor
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Reaching the car park just past Allt-na-reigh there was already 1 car there early starter I thought
I elected to just do the walk in my Approach shoes feel it was just a case of Rucksack on and
begin my ascent of Am Bodach ,one thing struck me very quickly,my 5 weeks away really did
show in my hill fitness :o ,so had a few breaks on the way up

View west on ascent of Am Bodach
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And a nice pic east toward The Big Bookil and mists on Rannoch Moor
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On the ascent I could hear a Helicopter close by but could not see anything
this was to be there for the duration on my walk
After approx. 1hr 10mins I reached the top of Am Bodach and wow what views and weather
not a cloud in the sky and very warm :D :D

Looking over towards Bidean Nam Bian Stunning
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The view West from Am Bodach
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I could now see the Rescue Chopper over Bidean and seemed to be landing near the top
and going back and forward from the bottom of the Glen

Over towards Nevis and the Mamores one word Beautiful
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'The Chancellor'
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Time now to tackle the job ahead and I was really looking forward to this
the drop off Am Bodach was good fun quite straight forward
and then continued on the the summit of Meall Dearg

Drop off from Am Bodach
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Just past the summit I met 2 other walkers having a break said my hellos
and continued on my way along the ridge
To be honest I was enjoying this so much I seemed in a world of my own :lol:

The ridge looking west Awesome looking
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Heading along I now came to the Chimney , up and over easily and safely
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Along the Ridge towards Sgorr nam Fiannaidh
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I as so engrossed and enjoying the day that it was going by in a flash :o
The weather now as VERY warm and I had a short break now for a bite to eat
and take on some fluids and soak in the peace and tranquillity of it all
The Rescue chopper that had spent about 2 1/2 hrs searching the A82 side of the ridge
now appeared at the Kinlochleven side and was up and down every part here also
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Now feeling refreshed I was again on my way and soon came to the last hard part
the Crazy Pinnacles so up and over and on the way to Sgorr nam Fiannaidh
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Before the Ascent I made a note for my decent back down to the layby near Achtriochtan farm
the ascent was quite straight forward and I was soon on the summit of Sgorr nam Fiannaidh
and it seemed I had a welcoming party waiting to congratulate me :lol:

My welcome committee :lol:
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View west over Ballachulish
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I now headed back to where I was to make my decent ,the decent form here
is ok with a bit of care the first section is over a lot of small scree
at some parts I elected to head over into larger boulders and found this easier going
abount halfway down to slopes turn to grass and here I made most of the decent
in a nice controlled Ass slide :lol: :lol: and boy did the knees enjoy the break :D

A view back East up the ridge
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Looking back up to where I started my decent
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I was now back at the roadside for my walk back up the Glen to the car, I noticed a police van
sitting at the entrance to Achtriochtan farm with their blue lights on
about 100yrds past this I met an officer and had a chat he was checking the underpasses on the road
and Mountain rescue were on the tops looking for a 69 year old walker who had been missing 4 days
it is when you see this you appreciate the sterling work that Mountain rescue and others put in :clap: :clap:

A last look back up
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Now back at the car I was having another bite to eat when the 2 walkers
I met on the ridge appeared back down Am Bodach ,they said they were
in their words not going over that :o
I suppose if its not for you its not for you but me ,will I be back YOU BET
loved every minute of it :D :D

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Re: A walk on the wild side Aonach Eagach

Postby dav2930 » Fri Oct 02, 2015 11:28 am

Stormin' stuff and what perfect weather for it. :thumbup: Well done. :clap:
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Re: A walk on the wild side Aonach Eagach

Postby jamesb63 » Fri Oct 02, 2015 5:29 pm

dav2930 wrote:Stormin' stuff and what perfect weather for it. :thumbup: Well done. :clap:

Thanks ,the weather did make all the difference :D just a joy to be Back in the Mountains
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Re: Aonach Eagach Ridge, Take a Walk on the Wild Side

Postby Petr Dakota » Fri Oct 02, 2015 7:58 pm

Nice Ridge walk/scrambling James :clap: glad you had the good weather and great views 8) :D
It brought back my memories...from last year there :D 8)
I love the AE ridge, definitelly one of my Favorites to do it again...and again :D :wink: also add the Pap of Glencoe next :wink: Feeling with you about the missing fitness - 5 weeks without hillwalking :)
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Re: Aonach Eagach Ridge, Take a Walk on the Wild Side

Postby jamesb63 » Sat Oct 03, 2015 7:13 pm

Petr Dakota wrote:Nice Ridge walk/scrambling James :clap: glad you had the good weather and great views 8) :D
It brought back my memories...from last year there :D 8)
I love the AE ridge, definitelly one of my Favorites to do it again...and again :D :wink: also add the Pap of Glencoe next :wink: Feeling with you about the missing fitness - 5 weeks without hillwalking :)


I agree with you Petr ,next time I do it I will also extend it it seemed to be over to quick :lol: :lol:
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Re: Aonach Eagach Ridge, Take a Walk on the Wild Side

Postby JBD364 » Sun Oct 04, 2015 12:37 pm

We did it the same day. two geriatric climbers you may have noticed? Your pictures are very similar to mine. Now done it 15 times, summer and winter. One of the great Scottish mountain traverses, bettered only by Skye? Topic for discussion???? JBD364 (73 this August, and still going!!!!!)
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Re: Aonach Eagach Ridge, Take a Walk on the Wild Side

Postby jamesb63 » Sun Oct 04, 2015 1:45 pm

JBD364 wrote:We did it the same day. two geriatric climbers you may have noticed? Your pictures are very similar to mine. Now done it 15 times, summer and winter. One of the great Scottish mountain traverses, bettered only by Skye? Topic for discussion???? JBD364 (73 this August, and still going!!!!!)

Hi I only seen 2 younger lads on the ridge and they turned back :o
Well done on the 15 times :clap: :clap: hope I am still going as strong at 73
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Re: Aonach Eagach Ridge, Take a Walk on the Wild Side

Postby simon-b » Sun Oct 04, 2015 8:10 pm

You made that sound easy, James! A terrific ridge and like you say, great fun.
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Re: Aonach Eagach Ridge, Take a Walk on the Wild Side

Postby jamesb63 » Mon Oct 05, 2015 7:13 am

simon-b wrote:You made that sound easy, James! A terrific ridge and like you say, great fun.

Easy :crazy: :lol: I just put my head down and concentrated on my every move
fun it most certainly was VERY enjoyable !!
When are you heading back north for another blitz on the Munros ,not many left now
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Re: Aonach Eagach Ridge, Take a Walk on the Wild Side

Postby basscadet » Mon Oct 05, 2015 8:40 am

Looked brilliant :)

I always mean to get back to this, as I have only done it in winter, but there is so much rhyolite in Glen Coe, AE keeps on wrongly getting overlooked :lol:
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Re: Aonach Eagach Ridge, Take a Walk on the Wild Side

Postby jamesb63 » Tue Oct 06, 2015 8:40 am

basscadet wrote:Looked brilliant :)

I always mean to get back to this, as I have only done it in winter, but there is so much rhyolite in Glen Coe, AE keeps on wrongly getting overlooked :lol:


Thanks BC the mountains here are spectacular in that there are so many great routes
that can be taken giving all degrees of climbing abilities something to do :D
From us mere amatures to some of the routes you do :clap: :crazy:
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Re: Aonach Eagach Ridge, Take a Walk on the Wild Side

Postby SecretSquirrel » Tue Oct 06, 2015 2:44 pm

Well done and great report :clap: :clap:

I've not built up the bottle to do the AE yet since I'm not great on down-climbs. However, the more reports and pictures I see, the more I'm itching to get out there.
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Re: Aonach Eagach Ridge, Take a Walk on the Wild Side

Postby jamesb63 » Tue Oct 06, 2015 6:50 pm

SecretSquirrel wrote:Well done and great report :clap: :clap:

I've not built up the bottle to do the AE yet since I'm not great on down-climbs. However, the more reports and pictures I see, the more I'm itching to get out there.


Many thanks ,to be honest the only scrambling I had done was on the Ring of Steall
and the AE was not as bad as all I had read about it I would say go for it
BUT take your time and I am sure all will be well for you :D
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