Tuesday, 17 September 2013

Aonach Eagach, Sep'13

Jim met Mark, Fiona, and Andy at the lay-by below Am Bodach, in much better weather than had been forecast. I would never condone ignoring weather forecasts, but with the intricacies of the micro climates in our hills, it’s always worth having a look, even on bad weather forecast days. We headed up to Am Bodach  with a short introduction to scrambling on the way.  From Am Bodach (943m) we descended the Chancellor, a  15m scramble down over large rock steps. Then along the ridge up to Meall Dearg (953m) this Munro translates as “Red Hill”.

After Meall Dearg  comes the crux of the ridge, the Pinnacles where Fiona felt happier with the security of a short confidence rope, but it’s a team effort guiding each other, particularly on the down climbs. The weather remained clear until the final Munro, Sgorr nam Fiannaidh (967m) (Peak of the fair haired/Fian warriors). After a couple of happy-snaps at the 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, and Andy gave us all a lift back up to our cars at the base of  Am Bodach.

Photos courtesy of Mark Ardair.