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The Aonachs, CMD + The Ben

The Aonachs, CMD + The Ben


Postby tombombadilio » Fri Aug 24, 2018 9:06 pm

Munros included on this walk: Aonach Beag (Nevis Range), Aonach Mor, Ben Nevis, Carn Mor Dearg

Date walked: 07/06/2018

Time taken: 11.25 hours

Distance: 23.7 km

Ascent: 2141m

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Sunburst during walk up deserted MTB trackImage

Looking north to descent-ascent from AB-CMDImage

MTB trackImage

Absolute lick, relentlessImage

First views of The BenImage

Deer on AM plateauImage

Grey Corries?Image

More GCImage

Flowers?Image

Aonach Mor summitImage

Yet more GCImage

Scarred approach to ABImage

Bealach between AonachsImage

SnowImage

Aonach Beag summitImage

Other guy at summit - good chat. Walked at some pace, skipping down to CMD ascent - mentalImage

Final summit picImage

Steep descentImage

U-shaped valleyImage

Intimidating but doableImage

Worst over, enjoyable ridge approachImage

First view of CMD areteImage

CMD summit to myself for 5 mins. Dripping with sweat. Midges outImage

Start of arete, initially to myselfImage

Bit of a breeze, midges at bay, dappled sunshine. BlissImage

Looks bad, but not an issue. Stuck to the ridgeImage

Bealach before ascent to The BenImage

Bealach. Listening to rock falls of idiot scrambling up corrie from CIC hutImage

Summit. PeopleImage

Breeze, no midges, crowds dispersed after half hour. Watching climbers ascending via ? routeImage

Leaving summitImage

DescentImage

Lot quieter after splitting off to retrun to Torlundy via lochanImage

Pathless heather trudge to join path coming down from CIC hutImage

Decent path. Midges replaced by persistent fliesImage

Long forestry trudge backImage

Quicker without long lunch on BenImage

Summary:
Early start worth it - only car in car park when set off about 0515. Subsequently avoided most people until ascent to Ben. But missed footpath up Aonach Mor, not signed well. Relentless initial ascent, heat, thirst and midges on CMD summit mitigated by weather, views and perfect CMD arete traverse with no pressure - highlight of walk. No desire to return to Ben Nevis summit though. Back at still deserted car park for 1700. Exhausted but happy.
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