You should also have the essential equipment they recommend. Some guide books use the 3(S) grade to indicate scrambles which are particularly serious, whether because of difficulty, exposure, or poor rock. I had so much fun on this route and I cannot wait to go back out again. Length 11.2 mi Elevation gain 7060 ft Route type Out & back. At which time you can agree to a suitable time to meet in the morning and inform them of any kit requirements you have. But the Aonach Eagach didn’t start with excellent scrambling. [4] Williams settled on grade 2, implying it is easier than the (optional) grade 2/3 approach scramble up A'Chailleach, but added a further warning (in bold type) that "there are no safe descents on the south side of the ridge".[5]. Routes are graded according to difficulty, and range between short, easy strolls and long, challenging walks with overnight bothy stays. If climbers want to catch the ridge in memorable mood they should wait for winter. Difficulty High, low and mid-level walks: all graded for length and difficulty. By contrast the north side of the glen is a stark wall of mountain, the Aonach Eagach ridge. The journey to the pub often proved to be more difficult than they realised and on the return trip, after a few drinks on a cold winter's night, the devil often “claimed his own.”[7]. We parked our car at the Clachaig car park and then got a lift to the start. The Aonach Eagach has all the ingredients for a great day out and is a real mountain challenge in every respect. The Aonach Eagach is a rocky ridge to the north of Glencoe in Argyllshire, a vast comb of rock reaching above 3,000 feet, on whose length are several lofty summits.In length the full ridge continues for six miles from the Pap of Glencoe at the west to the eastern end at the Devil's Staircase.. Aonach Eagach Ridge is a 11.2 mile out and back trail located near Ballachulish, Highland, Scotland that features beautiful wild flowers and is only recommended for very experienced adventurers. Meall Dearg and Sgorr nam Fiannaidh are two Munros on the north side of Glen Coe. So I had done it. We finished the day with a swim in the Coirel nam Miseach lochan and then walked up Stob Ban and Mullach nan Coirean. I recommended consulting the information available for each specific hike you are planning. The line goes along the top of a row of pinnacles, each perched atop vertiginous cliffs, gullies and chasms. A rope isn’t required if you are confident on the ground and competent with axe and crampons. 'Mainland Britain's narrowest ridge' is how the Aonach Eagach is often billed. Aonach Eagach. The Aonach Eagach above the A82, looking up Glen Coe, Learn how and when to remove this template message, mountains of Britain and Ireland (the P600s), https://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=Aonach_Eagach&oldid=996407062, Mountains and hills of the Central Highlands, Mountains and hills of Highland (council area), Articles needing additional references from June 2019, All articles needing additional references, Pages using infobox mountain with language parameter, Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike License, Notched Upland - Rocky peak of Fian's warriors, This page was last edited on 26 December 2020, at 12:09. Hills: Aonach Eagach (Meall Dearg and Sgorr nan Fionnaidh) Date: Friday 10th August 2012 Company: Myself and Rachel Time: 8 Hrs 05Mins I last traversed the Aonach Eagach in September 2002. From the east, Aonach Eagach is approached via a meandering mountain path that begins at a layby just off the A82 (NN173567) (keep in mind that it's a long walk back up the glen once you've descended near the Clachaig Inn - most people arrange transport at the other end.) LATEST NEWS, TIPS & RESOURCES . The Aonach Eagach ridge is one of the most famous hillwalking challenges in Scotland; feared by some, boasted about by others and occasionally described as epic by those who dare in winter. Join over 30,000 enthusiasts from around the world. We traversed the ridge without a problem Ben was very good telling us what we needed to do and talking us through the difficult sections. You can learn more about how to scramble by going on one of our scrambling courses or by using the resources on our Getting started page. Route: Aonach Eagach (definition: Notched Ridge) Mountains: Am Bodach, Meall Dearg, Stob Coire Leith, Sgorr nam Fiannaidh (definitions: the old man, the rounded red hill, small peak of the grey corrie, peak of the Fingalian warriors) Stars: **** Grade/Difficulty: Easy (The low end of rock climbing grades. Competent summer scramblers have plenty of time to reverse the ridge and descend Am Bodach, saving a walk back up the glen.[5]. So the day had arrived. There are a couple of sections where the use of a rope may prove prudent. Aonach Eagach Ridge est un sentier aller-retour de 11.2 miles situé près de Ballachulish, Highland en Écosse. The Aonach Eagach is widely regarded as being the finest ridge walk on the UK mainland. Aonach Eagach Routes : SummitPost.org : Climbing, hiking, mountaineering The entire day was exceptional and I felt very safe. I gripped the rock with all my might using the perfectly placed hand holds. The actual Aonach Eagach (it means the Notched Ridge) is a stretch of rocky pinnacles about 1km in distance, between Meall Dearg and Stob Coire Leith. A broader ridge climbs to Sgorr nam Fiannaidh, the second and final Munro of the day. The region’s 44 Munro summits are covered, including 2 easy scrambles and the formidable traverse of Aonach Eagach’s iconic jagged ridge. The Ring of Steall combines a traverse of four Munros, with scrambling along narrow, rocky arêtes. This descent also requires care, particularly near the top, but is still far safer than the Clachaig Gully descent. Mainly grade 2/3 scrambling.) Aonach Eagach Ridge at a Glance Location Glen Coe, Scotland Number of Days 3 day trip, 1 days walking Number of Nights 2 Difficulty Level 5 / 5 What's Included. As your traverse approaches your guide will be in contact to discuss any final arrangements and discuss the prevailing weather forecast. On the ridge people were quietly celebrating. A short distance from the summit there is an awkward, sloping, slabby cliff to descend; it is steep but not excessively so, but there is a large drop from the ridge below it, and it can become very slippery in the wet. Please submit any useful information about climbing Aonach Eagach that may be useful to other climbers. With a perfect weather forecast of sun, no cloud and very little wind I knew that if I was ever going to scramble across the Aonach Eagach ridge, today was the day. the Aonach Eagach forms the north wall of Glen Coe. The route was exposed but fun, giving beautiful views of Ben Nevis. It is less the technical difficulty that brings the chalenges, but the fearful exposure. I am going to be honest: I found the first section terrifying. Because of the short winter days, benightment on the ridge or its approaches is also not infrequent. In 1692, the path was the approach route for the (apparently delayed) troops coming from Kinlochleven to provide reinforcements for the Massacre of Glencoe. Apart from the little 'accident' the aonach eagach proved a spectacular scramble and well worth while the drive there (and back). This day felt different. There used to be a sign warning hillwalkers not to try to descend from the ridge itself — it's long since gone but I guess such a descent would pose more difficulties than the traverse. From here we hike and scramble to the summit of Stob Ghabhar at 1090 meters via steep scree fields and the “little” Aonach Eagach ridge. The best parking for this scrambling route is located just off the A82 at grid reference NN 17333 56746. , he was very knowledgeable about the flora and fauna. To be honest I couldn’t have done it without Alex. Each Munro looked intimidating but as you approached the paths showed you the way. The Devils Ridge was my biggest fear of the day; however, there was no reason to worry. The woman found herself in difficulty on one of Britain's narrowest mountain ridges A woman has described how it took four years to regain her … Before tackling Aonach Eagach Ridge, the woman, who was not named, had climbed eight Munros - mountains of more than 3,000ft (914.4m) - and Striding and Swirral Edge on Helvellyn in the Lake District. Le sentier vous présentera des fleurs sauvages et sa difficulté est difficile et donc seulement recommandé pour les aventuriers expérimentés. The Aonach Eagach which appropriately means 'notched ridge', travels along the northern side of Glencoe and is probably the most famous ridge in the country. Aonach Eagach Ridge, Glencoe (grade II) One of the most famous (and certainly narrowest) of the mainland ridges and a route with everything. The ridge is exposed and the gusts of wind added to the difficulty of the day. So the day had arrived. We parked our car at the Clachaig car park and then got a lift to the start. Also some longer treks and through-routes. It is an exposed 2km ridge surrounded by very steep terrain, scree and outcrops, situated on the north side of Glencoe, a dizzying 900m above the A82. The central section, some 2 km in length, is very rocky and the route along it requires scrambling ability. I watched in anticipation as one by one people made their way over. Aonach Eagach, Liathach and An Teallach. the down side of the story is that Dad contracted cellulitius and the trip to Skye had to be cancelled. The difference is that AE is much longer,more exposed, most stuff can't be by-passed,there are no escape option along the ridge. The OMC trip to the Alex Macintyre hut at Onich was blessed with some half decent weather (at least for the Saturday!) With snow on the ground, James and myself planned a classic winter traverse of the Aonach Eagach. From here the summit of Sgorr nam Fiannaidh lies only two kilometres to the west, but a number of pinnacles must be scrambled over, and it is not uncommon for parties to take more than two hours to cross this short distance. Trusting my grip and instincts I began climbing. With my heart pounding and palms sweating, I was overcome by a sense of dread. Linuxlad 22:51, 14 Apr 2005 (UTC) I can;t really comment - having wimped out and taken the traverse path on both Liathach and An Teallach! I grabbed a lift up the road with Andy, with a wee stop at the Clachaig for dinner on the way. Aonach Eagach, Glencoe Today i was on the Aonach Eagach in Glencoe, the weather was hot and sunny but as we got higher on the ascent the winds picked up keeping the temperatures down. Crib Goch is easier than both the Aonach Eagach and Liathach in winter. eBook Shop: Cicerone Press: Ben Nevis and Glen Coe von Ronald Turnbull als Download. The Aonach Eagach is usually regarded as the most difficult horizontal 'scrambling' ridge in mainland Scotland, though it vies with Liathach (and, in winter, An Teallach) for this title. If escaping Aonach Eagach note that to descend from Sgorr nam Fiannaidh the Clachaig Gully path is very steep and unpleasant; heading due south from the summit is a better idea. A gentler alternative is to continue along the ridge, until reaching the bealach between Sgorr nam Fiannaidh and the Pap of Glencoe. I would suggest that An Teallach is a more difficult and more serious day out than the Aonach Eagach, or Lliathach, especially in winter. The four-mile route follows Glen Coe Valley, crosses two Munros (mountains), and offers some of … We apologise for this inconvenience, British Isles Challenges, Collections and Activities, North East England, Yorkshire Dales and Pennines, Poland, Slovakia, Romania, Hungary and Bulgaria, Pyrenees and France/Spain cross-border routes, Slovenia, Croatia, Serbia, Montenegro, Albania and Kosovo, International Challenges, Collections and Activities. I was across. Aonach Eagach Ridge (Grade 2)GlencoeScramble Date: Friday 05 Sept 2014 There views from here are impressive, particulary down the 'Lost Valley' to the Aonach Eagach. The first real scrambling comes on the descent from Am Bodach. Accommodation for 2 nights; 1 Day scrambling; A Qualified Mountaineering Instructor; A Full Information Pack; Maximum group size of 3 per Instructor; Transfer from accommodation to Glencoe Today had been an unforgettable day and hopefully not the end of my scrambling journey. A 9km ridge connects two beautiful Munros. We walked up Meall Dearg and then my moment had come. The route summits two Munros; Meall Dearg and Sgorr nam Fiannaidh, but for many it is the legendary grade 2 scrambling in between these mountains that makes this such an exhilarating challenge. The Aonach Eagach ridge was everything that I had imagined, and more. (Example itinerary base on previous participants) https://www.alltrails.com/trail/scotland/highland/aonach-eagach-ridge My confidence was finally building. The wind was light, the sun shining and there was very little cloud. Variety of walking routes suitable for all abilities. At the end of the first day I was feeling good. Images. Le sentier offre plusieurs activités. Routes are graded according to difficulty, and range between short, easy strolls and long, challenging walks with overnight bothy stays. The views across the wilds of Rannoch Moor and towards Glen Coe are spectacular. Seasonal notes: Aonach Eagach is a much gentler beast in summer – almost disappointingly so. The region's 44 Munro summits are covered, including 2 easy scrambles and the formidable traverse of Aonach Eagach's iconic jagged ridge. View A Close run thing on the Aonach Eagach Image Gallery - 5 Images. The ridge runs east to west with the main tops of Meall Dearg (951m) on the eastern side and Sgor nam Fiannaide (967 m) on the west. So it was back to school on … [6] From Allt-na-reigh near the head of Glen Coe a good path ascends Am Bodach (a subsidiary Munro top) and continues westwards along the ridge to the first Munro proper, Meall Dearg. We walked up Meall Dearg and then my moment had come. In winter, the ridge is a fine expedition, though considerably harder than in summer (Scottish Winter Grade I/II), and many parties will go roped for some sections. Famed as the narrowest ridge on the British mainland (though Liathach and An Teallach must run it close), the Aonach Eagach gives a thrilling and spectacular traverse for keen scramblers, linking the … Aonach Eagach is a grade 2 scrambling route. Due to Coronavirus transport impacts, international shipping will be suspended until the second week of January. To finish off a stunning day we had a quick swim in Lochan Meall an t-Suidhe (also known as the halfway lochan). Aonach Eagach: Meall Dearg & Sgorr nam Fiannaidh, Map 384; 25th Nov 2004 & 11th Jun 2007 Route: 6.1 miles; ... which is Aonach Eagach. Once you’ve climbed down from the summit of Am Bodach, getting off the ridge before Stob Coire Leith would at best be incredibly arduous and at worst be terminally easy. Then it was my turn. Routes are graded according to difficulty, and range between short, easy strolls and long, challenging walks with overnight bothy stays. The ridge is very up and down (Aonach Eagach means notched ridge) and you need stamina to complete it. However it is for the traverse that the Aonach Eagach is best known. A 3000-foot Start. We did it in both directions, which turned out to be equally as enjoyable. Weather - Warm, sunny spells, increasing medium-level cloud. From Sgorr nam Fiannaidh, the most direct descent is to head south by southwest, down a steep zig-zag path leading by the side of Clachaig gully. Browse and purchase our full range of guidebooks in our downloadable Catalogue. I don't think any of the individual scrambling sections on Aonach Eagach are particularly any more technically difficult than Crib Goch, not in my experience anyway. A guided traverse of the Aonach Eagach. It had been my best experience on the hills to date. Before beginning the hike. I had coped better with the exposure than I had imagined. Aonach Eagach in Winter Feb 12, 2013 Alastair Begley Winter Climbing Short Link My main aim for this trip was to do on this trip was a winter traverse of the Aoanach Eagach, however I was willing to wait until the conditions were right as I didn’t want to not enjoy what looked like it should be a fantastic mountaineering day out. NN1251659417 go back down to the col, then continue southeast up rough rocky slopes, with the odd trace of path, to gain the west spur of Sgurr nam Fiannaidh. The guys made good progress to the top and the start of the ridge where we then started our way over the difficulties in strong, gusty wind. Aonach Eagach ridge. There are two big detours off the ridge to the north side. Glencoe, Scotland. This was the section I had feared the most. Some looking exhausted, some adrenaline filled for the next part. So the day had arrived. With a perfect weather forecast of sun, no cloud and very little wind I knew that if I was ever going to scramble across the Aonach Eagach ridge, today was the day. East of this summit there is no safe way into Glen Coe until the southeast spur of Am Bodach. This would be … The ridge has been the scene of many epics on account of its length and its difficulty. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, running, and nature trips. Such as a compass, GPS, extreme weather gear. Some sections are extremely exposed. I had scrambled across the Aonach Eagach ridge. With icy rocks and delicate cornices the difficulties of the 'Notched Ridge' move up a few extra notches. However, the pinnacles can only be approached from Am Bodach or Sgorr nam Fiannaidh and because of this, the whole ridge between those peaks is commonly, if inaccurately, named as the Aonach Eagach. The Aonach Eagach is a rocky ridge lying to the north of Glen Coe in the Scottish Highlands, boasting two Munro summits. It lies at the western end of the Aonach Eagach ridge, directly above the point where the River Coe enters Loch Leven. Aonach Eagach ridge We had a very memorable day on the Aonach Eagach ridge guided by Ben from west coast mountain guides. I climbed up to the first pinnacle and I hugged the rock for dear life. Aonach Eagach Ridge est un sentier aller-retour de 11.2 miles situé près de Ballachulish, Highland en Écosse. Liathach makes a better introduction to grade two scrambling because the difficulties are more escapable - unlike the Aonach Eagach, where there’s really just two convenient ways off: the beginning and the end.” You’d also be wise to hone your down-climbing skills before tackling the Aonach Eagach. I had done it. If Skye is the … Le sentier offre plusieurs activités. From here a nice bit of ridge leads east to Stob Coire Leith, where the fun begins. The author, it seemed, wasn’t impressed with the difficulty of the ridge, and the best indication of the danger to come was a passing reference to “excellent scrambling.” Excellent, I would soon learn, is a relative term. Once you've reached Stob Coire Lèith, a Munro top at the end of the Aonach Eagach, the hard part is over. Finally, I reached Stob Coire Leith and from there on it was a beautiful walk to Sgorr nam Fiannaidh. Once I got used to the exposure I settled into it. Aonach Eagach. This makes it a difficult outing to grade, because the technical difficulties are not great". Once on the top the views made it all worthwhile. Seasonal variations: Under proper winter conditions this is a full-on grade II climb. Consider things such as access and accommodation at the base of Aonach Eagach, as … The author, it seemed, wasn’t impressed with the difficulty of the ridge, and the best indication of the danger to come was a passing reference to “excellent scrambling.” Excellent, I would soon learn, is a relative term. The Anoach Eagach is a 3.5km long ridge and around 2 km of it is scrambling. Viewed from Glencoe below, the Aonach Eagach ridge appears as a narrow crest with a series of small towers. For the mathematical function known as a "Devil's staircase", see Singular function. All but the most experienced and competent would use a rope on these climbs. To ease me into the Aonach Eagach, Alex (my husband) and I walked along the Carn Mor Dearg Arête to Ben Nevis. We parked our car at the Clachaig car park and then got a lift to the start. Trail running shoes are not the best on rock and with a steep down climb I found it hard to know where to place my feet. New Topic Reply to Topic. We will never spam you, sell your data or send emails from third parties. I was first introduced to the concept of scrambling across the Aonach Eagach four years ago. Aonach Eagach is one of Scotland's most iconic Highland scrambles. Difficulty Length; 119 Glen coe walk, Glen coe: Kinlochleven: Walking: Medium: 4.25 miles: Stob Coire Raineach - Munro-bagging: Kinlochleven: Hiking: Medium: 2.88 miles: Mamores Round: Kinlochleven: Trail Running: Hard: 22.39 miles: Aonach Eagach Ridge: Kinlochleven: Walking: Very Hard: 5.29 miles: 4 Munros on Buachaille Etive Mor and Eitve Beag: Kinlochleven: Walking: Medium: 9.33 miles It is an exhilarating and heart stopping traverse with many scrambles, ascending and descending, linking the two Munro’s, Meall Dearg and Sgorr nam Fiannaidh. OS Explorer Map - 384 . I think it's graded 2/3.The first one (going from east to west) is the 10m downclimb off Am Bodach on large but now polished holds. I didn’t look down. You conquer one section and then you are faced with another. So onto my next challenge: the Ring of Steall. Despite the traverse being long, it was easy to scramble across, with a path missing out the more difficult sections. I was proud that I was over half way, and then I saw the pinnacles. The scramble began. If you don’t love our mix of new books, articles, offers and competitions, you can unsubscribe at any time. I saw little of ridge that day, as Neil, Ross and myself traversed the ridge entirely in the mist. From here a track heads down the hillside, ending on the road just outside Glencoe village. The Devil's Staircase was given its name by the soldiers who were part of the road building programme of General Wade, because of the difficulties of carrying building materials up that stretch of the road. Last week, Rachel sent a message asking if I was free to hillwalk on Friday. The region's 44 Munro summits are covered, including 2 easy scrambles and the formidable traverse of Aonach Eagach's iconic jagged ridge. Aonach Eagach is consistently ranked as the best ridge walk and scramble in the UK and in the top few across the world by National Geographic (allegedly). Today, as part of the West Highland Way, it is used primarily by walkers and mountain bikers travelling between Kinlochleven and Glencoe. I have had mixed experiences of scrambling: the likes of Sphinx Ridge and Jacks Rake in the Lake District have gone well but other scrambles have scared me to the point of never wanting to do it again. Deaths have happened on routes of all difficulty levels under a variety of circumstances. With an incredible weather forecast my adventurous weekend began. The difficulty is over after this but a word of caution; the descent from here is straightforward but there are no shortcuts. A 3000-foot Start. Difficulty - 5/5. Search. Le sentier vous présentera des fleurs sauvages et sa difficulté est difficile et donc seulement recommandé pour les aventuriers expérimentés. There was only one way and that was to cross them. With the hardest part achieved I was on the home stretch. Jetzt eBook herunterladen & mit Ihrem Tablet oder eBook Reader lesen. The Aonach Eagach is normally tackled from the Glen Coe (south) side in an east–west traverse. People get into difficulty on their way down and this is when the accidents occur. The ascent up Am Bodach was more of a scramble, but with decent paths and easy hand holds it made the climb enjoyable. What I had never experienced before was the sheer length of the scramble. The Aonach Eagach is mostly an exposed walk as well, but has a couple of 'easy' rock climbing sections that are not optional. With icy rocks and delicate cornices the difficulties of the 'Notched Ridge' move up a few extra notches. Later, however, the road lived up to its name when workers building the Blackwater Dam chose to travel to the Kings House Hotel after they had been paid, rather than walking down to Kinlochleven. The day began with a steep ascent up An Gearanach. Alternatively, the two Munros may be climbed individually by simply descending by the route of ascent. His patience, support and methodical approach got me across. This linear ridge runs along the northerly side of Glencoe (which is more or less east-west). Not before long ascent easies and it's onto Stob Coire Sgreamhach's crest, and then the summit cairn . Length 11.2 mi Elevation gain 7060 ft Route type Out & back. With a perfect weather forecast of sun, no cloud and very little wind I knew that if I was ever going to scramble across the Aonach Eagach ridge, today was the day. But the Aonach Eagach didn’t start with … Aonach Eagach with Neil today was absolutely phenomenal. It is also possible to retreat approximately 200m east from the summit of Sgorr nam Fiannaidh and descend directly down the scree slope to Loch Achtriochtan, taking care to avoid being drawn into gullies further down. We walked up to the Munro Carn Mor Dearg, where we enjoyed beautiful views, and then started the arête, which led us onto Ben Nevis. The wind was 30mph (but considerably more in gusts), the sun was shining and there wasn’t a cloud in the sky. Be the first to submit your climbing note! As if to prove the frailties of my memory we nipped down the ledges and grooves of the descent from Am Bodach onto the ridge like mountain goats. Aonach Eagach ridge. We decided to wear harnesses and take a rope. The Aonach Eagach Ridge is one of the most well-known ridges in Scotland and for many people it is high on their mountaineering list. We set out to walk it in perfect Scottish sunny conditions… did we agree with these accolades? Once committed to the route, the scrambling is interesting throughout, and even ends at the infamous Clachaig Inn for some well-earned libations! They can be climbed separately though the purist would want to combine the two peaks, which means taking on the Aonach Eagach ridge, a name which strikes fear into many. The slopes to each side are extremely dangerous, with steep grass and scree slopes hiding even steeper slopes which end in cliffs on both north and south sides of the ridge. The Aonach Eagach ridge is one of the most famous hillwalking challenges in Scotland; feared by some, boasted about by others and occasionally described as epic by those who dare in winter. Seasonal notes:Aonach Eagach is a much gentler beast in summer – almost disappointingly so. If you are in any doubt whatsoever about your ability to do this route, then play it safe and book a guide. It is only once onto the crest that the scale and size of the ridge of becomes apparent. So it was back to school on Monday morning with another war story to tell. He is a... very trusted guide with knowledge and experience that goes well beyond his qualifications. My preference is to head east to west which means, after the initial straightforward scramble up to Am Bodach, a tricky downclimb to access the ridge proper. The Aonach Eagach is a spectacular narrow ridge running high above the pass of Glencoe. For me, only the Cuillin Ridge on Skye can beat it. the down side of the story is that Dad contracted cellulitius and the trip to Skye had to be cancelled. This gives gentler (still stony) going up to the summit, which is the western of Aonach Eagach's two Munros. You have been warned! If climbers want to catch the ridge in memorable mood they should wait for winter.