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Beaging for Mor on the Aonachs.

Beaging for Mor on the Aonachs.

Postby mamoset » Thu Mar 07, 2019 5:03 pm

Route description: Aonach Mor and Beag via the Gondola

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

Date walked: 27/02/2019

Time taken: 6.75 hours

Distance: 17 km

Ascent: 1530m

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As the stars finally aligned ( Off work & good weather) , we had a number of options in our heads where we wanted to go and finally settled on the Aonachs. We figured with a good visibilty day, they would be a good viewpoint for the surrounding mountains, and we were to be proven right. After just over 5 hours, we arrived at the Nevis Range resort. We had thought about doing the WH route from Glen Nevis, but I figured there's enough driiving in one day without adding more on!! :? It was like a Spring day when we left the car at 9:00 and while heading through the trees, it wasn't long before we felt overdressed. Luckily, the mountain bikers hadn't started yet, so we were able to make good time on the paths through the forest, and the on to the open mountainside up to the Snow Goose Restaurant. As we ascended breast of Aonach Mor, Carn Mor Dearg and Ben Nevis started to come into view.
CMD comes in to view.
CMD & The Ben.
They are such impressive mountains from this side, almost a shame they aren't in full Winter conditions. Nice, if a little hazy, views across the Ring of Steall.
Ring of Steall.
Once we cleared the final building, it is an easy enough traverse to the summit of Aonach Mor, a grand old cairn awaits you.
Aonach Mor summit.
A bit of a chill wind starting whipping up here, so gloves and hats were donned, but they didn't last long, as the descent to the bealach seemed to offer shelter, so they were soon back off :lol:
Ahead to Aonach Beag.
The Grey Corries were looking fantastic from here and it is good sometimes to look at where you have been previously :D
The Grey Corries.
Bidean nam Bian dominates the background
The Ben from the bealach.
The Treig 2 & Stob Ban.
Again, an easy ascent up to Aonach Beag, though I can imagine the initial climb from the bealach can cause you to stop and think in snow and ice conditions.
Looking back to Aonach Mor from the bealach.
Some views you never tire of.
Aonach Beag summit.
We headed away from the summit, to find shelter for a food stop, and also to take in the spectacle of the Mamores.
The Mamores.
The 4 Mamores we did last time out.
Fuelling complete, it was, unfortunately, time to pretty much retrace our steps all the way back to the car. A bit of entertainment watching some lunatic mountain bikers on the way down, but i'm glad we chose to walk it all, rather than go on the gondola. Not that old yet!!! :lol: :lol:
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