Wednesday, 16 April 2014

Aonach Eagach 15.4.14

So with a day of sunshine (yeah I know, wtf is that?) forecast, I decided that the best way to spend the day would be on the Aonach Eagach ridge in Glencoe.  The AE is one of my all time favourite scrambles, at a steady grade 2 it provides some great scrambling situations and some awesome views.  The start of the route begins with a steep slog up Am Boadach which even in bright sunshine yesterday was still a tad on the chilly side but it wasnt long before my effort was rewarded with some stunning views.  The actual AE ridge lies between Meall Dearg,953m and Stob Coire Leith, 940m with the crux of the route being the notorious pinnacles, two finger like pinnacles of rock towering over some exposed ground.  From the summit of Stob Coire Leith to the summit of Sgorr nam Fiannaidh its all relatively straightforward walking, offering great views of Loch Leven and Glencoe.  The NE aspect of Sgorr nam Fiannaidh still had a lot of snow left and there was evidence of very recent cornice collapse in the form of debris covered slopes.  Another great day out!

Stob Coire nan Lochan from the initial slog up Am Bodach

The Aonach Eagach as seen from Meall Dearg

NE slopes of Sgorr nam Fiannaidh 

The Ben and the Mammores 

The Bidean massif from Am Bodach 

Looking back, Schiehallion just visible in the distance

The Aonach Eagach and the pass of Glencoe

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