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Return to the Aonach Eagach Ridge

Return to the Aonach Eagach Ridge


Postby thorburn7 » Thu Jun 21, 2018 3:19 pm

Route description: Aonach Eagach

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

Date walked: 30/04/2018

Time taken: 11 hours

Distance: 12 km

Ascent: 1268m

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The first time I done the Aonach Eagach was in October 2016. Me and 2 friends camped at the Kingshouse and attempted the ridge on a damp and misty day. It took us about 11hrs but it being October meant the daylight was scarce. It was quite nerve-wracking that day. Visibility was very poor and we were all novices to the ridge. Great adrenaline fueled day but maybe descending down Clachaig gully in the dark wasnt the best idea :shock: .

Fast forward to May 2018 and I found myself on the ridge again under very different circumstances. I'd now climbed 140 Munros compared to 60 at the time of the last visit. The bank holiday weekend had brought warm clear skies. There was still a little snow left over from the Beast from the East and I now possessed previous knowledge of the ridge.

This was the first bank holiday monday i'd had off in some time and with views like this on offer it was an easy decision to return to the ridge and actually get to see it.
ImageAonach Eagach by Matthew Thorburn, on Flickr

Before you even get to the first Munro theres a bit of steep descent off Am Bodach but this is just a wee taster of thing to come.
ImageAonach Eagach by Matthew Thorburn, on Flickr

We set off at 9am and manged to get to the summit of the first Munro for midday.
ImageAonach Eagach by Matthew Thorburn, on Flickr

The steep down-climb from the 1st Munro before the meat of the Aonach Eagach begins.
ImageAonach Eagach by Matthew Thorburn, on Flickr

Looking west towards the second Munro with the ridge opening up now.
ImageAonach Eagach by Matthew Thorburn, on Flickr

Great little hands on sections teasing the crazy pinnacles still to come.
ImageAonach Eagach by Matthew Thorburn, on Flickr

Making good progress.
ImageAonach Eagach by Matthew Thorburn, on Flickr

Wee group photo after successfully navigating the first tricky bit.
ImageAonach Eagach by Matthew Thorburn, on Flickr

Always time for a bit of posing and photography.
ImageAonach Eagach by Matthew Thorburn, on Flickr

Stunning panoramic on the narrow ridge.
ImageAonach Eagach by Matthew Thorburn, on Flickr

Looking back from where we've came.
ImageAonach Eagach by Matthew Thorburn, on Flickr

Throughout the traverse it always seemed we were constantly going downhill.
ImageAonach Eagach by Matthew Thorburn, on Flickr

Back uphill from here after the narrow ridge section comes to an end.
ImageAonach Eagach by Matthew Thorburn, on Flickr

15:30 on the Munro top Stob Coire Leith. Final push now to the second Munro.
ImageAonach Eagach by Matthew Thorburn, on Flickr

Summit selfie on Sgorr nam Fiannaidh at 16:30.
ImageAonach Eagach by Matthew Thorburn, on Flickr

All downhill from here. Heading back to the Clachaig Inn for a well deserved pint.
ImageAonach Eagach by Matthew Thorburn, on Flickr

Great views of Loch Leven, Loch Linnhe on our descent.
ImageAonach Eagach by Matthew Thorburn, on Flickr

Once back on the road it was another wee while before reaching the pub. I would highly recommend taking two cars for this walk as I cant even imagine having to drag myself back up to the starting point through Glen Coe.
Fantastic day out, really glad I revisited on a clear sunny day!
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Re: Return to the Aonach Eagach Ridge

Postby yokehead » Fri Jun 22, 2018 8:28 am

Cracking stuff, what a great day you had, and superb photos. :D

Well done the crew, no wonder you look happy, I bet the pint/s tasted good!

After my traverse a kind chap gave me a lift back up the glen, what a saviour he was since it had just started to rain as well!
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Re: Return to the Aonach Eagach Ridge

Postby rockhopper » Fri Jun 22, 2018 11:27 pm

Well done all - you certainly got great conditions for it :thumbup: Nice set of photos - cheers :)
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Re: Return to the Aonach Eagach Ridge

Postby Alteknacker » Fri Jun 22, 2018 11:35 pm

Fabulous pix. :clap: :clap: :clap: And what weather you had for it ............!!!!!
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Re: Return to the Aonach Eagach Ridge

Postby Sunset tripper » Sat Jun 23, 2018 9:34 pm

Great pictures. :D
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Re: Return to the Aonach Eagach Ridge

Postby Colin1951 » Mon Jun 25, 2018 5:40 pm

Well done for a great report and a super set of photos...I’ve never succeeded in getting a decent shot of the decent from Am Bodach for example.
You’re an example to all us old gits!
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