Wednesday, 1 May 2013

Aonach Eagach, April'13

Jim led a group on a fine dry day in late April along the Aonach Eagach. Here's his take on the day....

I met Jim, John, Roy, and Jane at the parking area below Am Bodach in Glencoe. The weather was looking good - quite cold and overcast, but dry, and the clouds were well above the summits most of the time.

We all headed up to the first summit with good views of the Three Sisters and Ossians Cave. There we were, well dressed and prepared for a full hill day, when half a dozen men went fleeing past in shorts, trainers and next to no kit - two did come back later looking a little sheepish, I suspect the descent of the Chancellor had made them re think their plans!

After a brew on Am Bodach, we scrambled our way along the ridge proper. It was a wee bit windy, but dry rock boosted everyone’s confidence. There was the occasional little patch of snow, but not enough to warrant ice axes and crampons. With the cloud level high, we had spectacular views in all directions, even the Ben had a cloud clear summit!  After the first Munro summit, Meall Dearg (951m), we had the delights, and exposure of the Pinnacles. The cars on the A82 looked like Matchbox toys from up there!

Finally, we got to the second Munro, Sgorr nam Fiannaidh (957m) in good time, and descended westwards down on to the old Glencoe road, and the Clachaig Inn for a well deserved pint. As usual it was pretty full ! We discovered the mad runners we saw earlier were all on a stag weekend!

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