Thursday 26 May 2016

Aonach Eagach

Today I had a great day working on the Aonach Eagach with Martin for Steve Fallon. We also had MIA Trainee Jess along who is working towards her Assessment later in the summer. With 6 fit scramblers and a great forecast I knew we were in for a good day. After a bit of a breeze on the pull up to the first summit it went still and calm ('fail' from the weather forecasters who predicted 20-30mph winds) and we sweated our way along the ridge with plenty of stops to drink in the view and some fluids too.
The Aonach Eagach is a cruise scramble for some and a little more challenging for others. Today we were flexible and with perfect conditions 4 of the team chose to follow Martin without a rope whilst 2 were happier with the security of a rope with Jess and I. Great views and a fun day. The descent is always quite full on on the knees though!
 After the flog uphill
 Amazing view of the Highlands
 Equally great view of Glencoe mountains
 Ready to go!
 Lorne and the view
 Jess on the move
 Jess getting some friction
 Through the pinnacles
 Up the steepest bit at the end
 Looking back along the pinnacles
 Sam savouring the exposure
 Still snow on Bidean nam Bian
 Looking back along the ridge
 Heading for the second Munro summit
What are you little fellow?

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