Aonach Eagach – a classic knife edge ridge

Is there a better way to spend a bank holiday weekend than scrambling along one of the best ridges in Britain? The Aonach Eagach is a knife edge ridge between two Munros high above Glen Coe. It’s a classic route although not for the inexperienced or faint hearted. Aonach Eagach from Glencoe We have been planning the route for months and as a special treat had booked into the Clachaig for the weekend, no soggy tents or bunkhouses on this trip. The day dawned with low clouds and light drizzle, far from the ideal conditions but at least we wouldn’t be able to see the vertical drops on either side of the ridge. Mountaineers at start of Aonach Eagach

As we climbed the steep hillside from the road to the first top of Am Bodach the wind and rain picked up so our thoughts turn to plan B, which would have been a descent down Devil’s Staircase and a drink by a warm fire in the Kingshouse. Fortunately the weather eased as we reached the top so we decided to scramble down onto the ridge to assess the conditions. The descent was easier than we thought and we soon climbed the first Munro Meall Dearg. [iframe src=”http://my.viewranger.com/route/widget/MzM0MjU%3D?locale=en&m=miles” width=”640″ height=”550″ frameborder=”0″ marginwidth=”0″ scrolling=”no”></iframe] The ridge consists of a series of short scrambles, the crux section comes in the middle of the ridge called the pinnacles, careful route finding is needed although the crampon marks and clean rock give vital clues to the correct holds.

scrambling on Aonach Eagachscrambling on Aonach Eagach

Muriel Grey explains the challenges of the Aonach Eagach on the Munro Show in her own inimitable style [iframe width=”600″ height=”451″ src=”//www.youtube.com/embed/-aE4Z3_Q0N0″ frameborder=”0″ allowfullscreen></iframe]

The weather cleared as we traversed the ridge giving us great views into Glen Coe and Loch Achtnochtan.Glencoe from Aonach Eagach

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