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The Ridge

The Ridge


Postby alanmurray » Sat Oct 16, 2010 1:01 am

Route description: Aonach Eagach

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

Date walked: 12/09/2009

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Another late report - Sept 2009

After weeks of saying I wasn't ever coming to Aonach Eagach, I finally was there.
Great weather, a bit of cloud hanging around to add to the atmosphere

Read reports, studied photos and watched many a YouTube clip of the Ridge

From car park, no walk-in, just a steep ascent to Am Bodach.
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On way up via Am Bodach


At summit, and alls well - not really - not looking forward to what's ahead of me.
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Towards the pinnacles


The path to the pinnacles was not too bad in places - or so it looked, until I got closer.
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The path not too bad


I didn't take any photos on the next bit - as unable to due to fear.
The scary section.
The descent from Am Bodach looked terrible for me, although I followed the guys and didn't look down, or too far ahead of me - where I became nervous, the experienced guys talked me through the bad bits.

The Chancelor looked very intimidating - I did not venture out - the guys said it wasn't as bad as it looked.
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The Chancelor

The chimneys were fine for me, felt safe-ish.
The pinnacles were not - felt very unsafe, sweating like crazy, very exposed - all the conditions I dread.
Wanted it over - was told were to put my hands and feet, didn't look at the drop, just followed the instruction given, one step at a time. I knew if I turned back at this point, it would be just as bad, so had to continue.
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Not there yet

The guys stopped for lunch, mid ridge, I forced them to have a rapid stop and to quickly continue, basically to end my hell.
Finally the ridge walk was over
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Looking back on the worst

The walk to the second munro was considerably easier and without fear or incident
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Onward to second munro

I did not want to descend the direct route down the very steep scree, and definately not near the Clachaig Gully.
We opted to head for the Pap of Glencoe. This meant a longer walk back, but a easier descent.
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Start descent

Descent path now - a walk in the park.
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Now easy

I'm really glad I completed the Aonach Eagach ridge. Really surprised I managed it all, I had a few escape routes planned if my vertigo overwhelmed me.
A combination of great weather, ace climbing buddies, good fortune, and a lot of research to enable my mental health to overcome my fears, all help me to succeed.
Fantastic day.
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Re: The Ridge

Postby Merry-walker » Sat Oct 16, 2010 4:55 am

:shock:

excellent
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Re: The Ridge

Postby mike law » Sat Oct 16, 2010 7:30 am

I can empathise with the vertigo which will make completion even more sweet. Great pictures and some sound and honest reporting. The Chancelor will be there another day!
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Re: The Ridge

Postby brpro26 » Sat Oct 16, 2010 12:14 pm

Great report...I like the honesty in your assessment of the dodgey bits. One day, it's on the to-do list.
Guess if your up there it would be rude not to drop in to see the Chancellor, we'll see. :thumbup:
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Re: The Ridge

Postby colgregg » Sat Oct 16, 2010 7:28 pm

Great pics, good weathertoo!! Definitely on my to do list.
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Re: The Ridge

Postby blueyed » Sat Oct 16, 2010 7:32 pm

f.. brilliant :)
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Re: The Ridge

Postby Merry-walker » Sat Oct 16, 2010 8:02 pm

I'd do it no prob (but can I have my eyes shut please???) especially when I look at "The Chancelor IMG_6295.JPG"

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Re: The Ridge

Postby skuk007 » Sun Oct 17, 2010 12:15 am

Well done alan, bet you're glad that's over with. :)
Interested to know what your escape routes would have been - I'd heard once you're on the ridge you are a bit commited.
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Re: The Ridge

Postby mountain coward » Sun Oct 17, 2010 1:23 am

I still think that 'The Chancellor' is the whole bit between Am Bodach and Meall Dearg and not that peak!

That second picture is absolutely superb! And well done for getting across the ridge when you weren't keen - I know I couldn't do it, not even with lots of help - very brave! I absolutely hate people stopping for a break when I'm nervous - it's awful isn't it! Very cruel!
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Re: The Ridge

Postby alanmurray » Sun Oct 17, 2010 10:49 pm

The escape routes I had in mind were just before the ridge.
Once you're on it, there's no way off.

MC - I have pictures of me on the ridge taken by others - I am not showing them , as I didn't look too brave in them.
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Re: The Ridge

Postby Merry-walker » Sun Oct 17, 2010 10:51 pm

I'm sure you look fine :thumbup:
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