Aonach Beag and Aonach Mor from Glen Nevis (The longest Day)
Company for this walk; Carmel, Marie, Gordon, Iain, myself and special guest appearance from Steven Carmichael from the Monifieth Hill walking Club.
With a long day in prospect we left Alexandria at 7am, arriving at the top Glen Nevis car park about 9.15. We were soon heading up through the beautiful alpine like gorge of Glen Nevis.
The weather stayed dry as the valley opened and we passed the Steall falls and headed on to the Steall ruins. From here the hard work of the day started as the path lead up the flank of Sgurr a’ Bhuic, the path disappeared half way up and it was a struggle as we neared the top which was avoided by contouring round to the north and heading for Stob Coire a’ Choire.
By this time the weather had turned very wet and the cloud was down and spirits were low. We managed to shelter long enough to have a bite to eat. With fuel in the tank we headed for our first top of the day Aonach Beag unfortunately for the group the leader followed a path which contoured round the hill and completely missed the top. Luckily Gordon noticed something was amiss and we retraced our steps and eventually reach the top. With the visibility poor, there was no point in hanging around. After checking our position and intended route we set off for Aonach Mor, this proved more straight forward and although tired we were all relieved to reach our second summit of the day. We retraced our route for bit before dropping down to the bealach between Aonach Mor and Carn Mor Dearg. This turned out to be a very steep path which needed great care.
A couple of hours walking back passed the Steall ruins lay ahead so we were a weary bunch that arrived back at the car park at around 7.45pm. After getting changed out of our wet gear we headed for McDonald’s where we all enjoyed the hot chocolate and headed back to Alexandria arriving at around 10.30.
A big thank you to all who attended and had to suffer my poor navigation. The members who attended this walk would like to point out this is not a route up the Aonach’s they would recommend.
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