Friday, 7 June 2013

Aonach Eagach, June'13

Martin lead a couple on a private day's scrambling along the Aonach Eagach. Here's his blog for the day...

I met Julliet and Roy in Glencoe at 10am, a little later than planned to allow the morning cloud time to burn off.  The days target was to be the famous Aonach Eagach - the narrowest ridge on the British mainland.

We dropped off a car at the Pap of glencoe path and drove to the east end of the Aonach Eagach Ridge and started our steady climb to the summit of Am Bodach. The first real scrambling comes on the descent from Am Bodach. Once safely down this descent, the ridge is narrow with a few short scrambly sections but fairly straightforward with a good path as it continues onto Meall Dearg. This is the first Munro of the day, at 953 metres.

There are many short scrambles necessary all along this ridge; the trickiest section is known as the 'Crazy Pinnacles' and is well along the ridge. From Stob Coire Leith the ridge continues easily with a broad path to the second Munro, Sgorr nam Fiannaidh, the highest on the ridge at 967 metres; it has a superb view of the lower reaches of Glen Coe.

Despite some early nerves Roy and Julliet confidently tackled the difficulties, helped along by the great weather.

From the final Munro we headed towards the Pap and eventually back to the road.  After we collected the cars we headed to the Clachaig Inn to re-hydrate.