Friday, 26 July 2013

Aonach Eagach, 17 July

Jim led a group up the Aonach Eagach ridge in mid-July....

I met James, Richard, Stephen, Bill, and Ewan at the lay-by below Am Bodach, and had to apologise for being half an hour late! Well, I wasn't to know the road after Crieff was blocked, so that’s my excuse and I’ll stick to it! We headed up to Am Bodach into the 700m cloud base, and made the summit in 1hr 30mins. It was quite windy, but not gusting as hard as it had been forecast, and the rock was dry, so we all decided it was safe to continue along the ridge. From Am Bodach (943m) we descended the Chancellor, a scramble down over large rock steps. Then along the ridge up to Meall Dearg (953m) the first Munro translates as “Red Hill”. There are two types of rock along the ridge and Meall Dearg, and here the rock is coloured red.

After Meall Dearg  comes the crux of the ridge, the Pinnacles. Everyone was moving well together, a team effort helping each other over the occasional awkward steps. A pity that we could not appreciate the full exposure of the situation because of the mist, although, some admitted it was a bonus! Then we continued over an easier  section of the ridge up to the final Munro, Sgorr nam Fiannaidh (967m) (Peak of the fair haired/Fian warriors). After a couple of happy-snaps at the lightning struck trig-point, we headed north-west towards the Pap of Glencoe, then descended down to the road near the Red Squirrel campsite.

We then walked the 2km back to the Clachaig Inn for tea and medals!