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The Aonach Eagach with Video Footage

The Aonach Eagach with Video Footage


Postby wilkiemurray » Fri Jun 10, 2016 5:47 pm

Route description: Aonach Eagach

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

Date walked: 05/06/2016

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The Aonach Eagach

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Easter 1999 and my hillwalking friends suggested I head off and do a ridge walk with them, suggesting something in Glencoe. Not long into my addiction for the hills, I thought this would be a grand day out – and it was! A borrowed pair of crampon compatible boots and ice axe in tow we headed off up The Aonach Eagach in soft spring snow  It was fun and exhilarating…..

It wasn’t until 2008 on a balmy September day that I returned. We started on a scramble on the nearby A’ Chailleach and continued round to the Pap - another fine if tiring day was had.

So eight years again passed without a return and with limited time I decided on an overnighter on the ridge and an early start to tackle it.

The weather has been fantastic for a number of weeks and today was no different. The car thermometer registered 28 degrees as I parked up – it was going to be hot! I headed off gingerly and slowly around 17.30, mainly due to the large amount of gear but also knowing there was no rush! I met a few scramblers who were sun beaten and on the final leg of their day and the smiles on their faces said it all really

A little later and I popped out on the summit of Am Bodach and was greeted by the inhabitants, hungry for their tea! A little scouting about and I was lucky to find a cracking spot with the Chancellor below me that was offering a fine light breeze, enough to make the local blood suckers look elsewhere for their tea ;)

A quick pitch and then some tea. The views were amazing as always in Glencoe. The Bidean Massif looked very grand and had me thinking that the Massif is perhaps the most impressive mountain in the UK? May be I have been guilty of taking it for granted due to its accessibility but from this viewpoint it was looking immense!

I had tea and took some photos and watched the sunset- then bed…… It had been eight years since I’d last done the ridge, I spent some time thinking how I would find it in the morning with a tired mind and body! Not to worry the adrenaline was pumping when I woke at 03.30 and it really had not gotten dark at all. I notice maybe two stars above Bidean as I peered out during my doze! By 04.10 I was off and immediately descending Am Bodach – concentration required but no real difficulties… Then the fabulous walk to Meall Dearg with the sun rising behind me… The camp and early start meant I had the Ridge to myself and I lingered on the Munro watching the sun get higher and lighting up the Ridge that was rolling out before me…

Onwards I went – the scrambling becoming a little more sustained until I reached the Pinnacles. What a cracking location and scramble. Care required but again no real difficulties in this fabulous weather…. A little further until the scrambling ended on Stob Coire Beath then I about turned and reversed the route, again no one to be seen and I reached my tent around 0700. A quick strike and I set off back down – taking the Corrie route down which was a little less demanding with my big bag on. The sun was beating down and the streams made a grand refreshment stop.

Back at the car well before 0900 and early home. An amazing adventure. It’s amazing what you can pack into a short period of time  P.S. Not leaving it another 8 years!

Some snaps:

Imagechancellor Aonach Eagach by Scotland's Mountains, on Flickr

Imageevening rays Glencoe by Scotland's Mountains, on Flickr

ImageGlencoe by Scotland's Mountains, on Flickr

ImageMorning Bidean nam Bian by Scotland's Mountains, on Flickr
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Re: The Aonach Eagach

Postby BobMcBob » Fri Jun 10, 2016 6:26 pm

Oh those photos.... so lovely. I've been meaning to go back and do this again for a while and you have just convinced me. If there's anywhere I'm going to try and lug a tent up, it'll be there after reading that :)

And yes, I think the Bidean Massif takes some beating for being photogenic, but it's very hard to find a decent angle on it - apart from that final photo which is simply beautiful.
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Re: The Aonach Eagach

Postby Borderhugh » Fri Jun 10, 2016 6:34 pm

Superb :clap: :clap: :clap: :clap:
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Re: The Aonach Eagach

Postby kev_russ » Fri Jun 10, 2016 7:52 pm

Another steaming boots classic :thumbup:
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Re: The Aonach Eagach

Postby Petr Dakota » Fri Jun 10, 2016 8:09 pm

Brilliant !!! :clap: :clap: :clap:
Photos can't describe the views and feelings on the ridge,especially when walking alone ( without compare the body size/lenght with the rock, ridge and pinnacles ).......but the video and drone view shows what is it about :thumbup:
Well done - done in both directions when you walked back to your base with tent :clap: :D :clap:
Great memories from the ridge - two years ago and looking forward to do it again...and again...hope soon :D
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Re: The Aonach Eagach

Postby litljortindan » Sat Jun 11, 2016 12:38 am

Another fantastic video. Been along there twice -in 1992 and 2002 but that is possibly it for me. That said, I have been slowly taking on more difficult terrain over the last three years so who knows. The helmet camera shots and drone shots over the arête certainly how slender the ridge gets.
You seem to be fully fit again so looking forward to many more of these I hope.
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Re: The Aonach Eagach

Postby dooterbang » Sat Jun 11, 2016 12:25 pm

Just thinking...been 6 years since I did this. Your video makes me want to do it again :)

Superb!!
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Re: The Aonach Eagach

Postby wilkiemurray » Mon Jun 13, 2016 7:58 am

BobMcBob wrote:Oh those photos.... so lovely. I've been meaning to go back and do this again for a while and you have just convinced me. If there's anywhere I'm going to try and lug a tent up, it'll be there after reading that :)

And yes, I think the Bidean Massif takes some beating for being photogenic, but it's very hard to find a decent angle on it - apart from that final photo which is simply beautiful.


Thanks Bob - its well worth the effort :) a grand view of Bidean too :)

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Re: The Aonach Eagach

Postby wilkiemurray » Mon Jun 13, 2016 7:58 am

Borderhugh wrote:Superb :clap: :clap: :clap: :clap:


Thanks :D
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Re: The Aonach Eagach

Postby wilkiemurray » Mon Jun 13, 2016 8:00 am

litljortindan wrote:Another fantastic video. Been along there twice -in 1992 and 2002 but that is possibly it for me. That said, I have been slowly taking on more difficult terrain over the last three years so who knows. The helmet camera shots and drone shots over the arête certainly how slender the ridge gets.
You seem to be fully fit again so looking forward to many more of these I hope.


Thanks :)

The knee has been holding out ok, cant run on it but not been able to do that for about 15years! Just glad to be in he hills :)

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Re: The Aonach Eagach

Postby wilkiemurray » Mon Jun 13, 2016 8:01 am

dooterbang wrote:Just thinking...been 6 years since I did this. Your video makes me want to do it again :)

Superb!!


Thanks Dooterbang - a superb wee outing :)

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Re: The Aonach Eagach

Postby Cairngorm creeper » Mon Jun 13, 2016 8:58 am

Great video :clap:
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Re: The Aonach Eagach

Postby jac the lassie » Mon Jun 13, 2016 1:47 pm

Some beautifully stunning pics and video! :D
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Re: The Aonach Eagach

Postby Jaxter » Mon Jun 13, 2016 11:01 pm

Wow that's incredible!! What an epic :clap: :clap: :D

Was feeling ok about it until you described the pinnacles as "crazy" :shock: :shock: :shock: :shock: :lol:
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Re: The Aonach Eagach

Postby Alteknacker » Mon Jun 13, 2016 11:26 pm

Absolutely stunning! I didn't think there was anything more that could be done photographical with AE, but you've done it again. Brilliant :clap: :clap: :clap:
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