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Guided Traverse of the Aonach Eagach, Glencoe, Scotland

Join MIC certified mountain guide Ken on an exhilarating traverse of the challenging Aonach Eagach in Glencoe, Scotland!

Mountain RangeHighlands
Duration1 day
Offer periodMay, Jun, Jul, Aug, Sep, Oct
Skill LevelBeginner
Fitness LevelOpen to everyone
Type of tripPrivate and Group

Highlights

  • Have a wonderful time exploring the Scottish Highlands.

  • Learn the basic scrambling techniques with a guide.

Description

The Aonach Eagach in Glencoe, Scotland, is famed for being a demanding ridge which many attempts to scramble each year. Set in the stunning Scottish Highlands, the challenge of climbing it is well worth the effort! On this guided traverse of the Aonach Eagach, I will give you the guidelines and assistance needed for you to be able to take on this beautiful Scottish ridge. 

Our excursion day usually begins at 8 am at Clachaig Inn where we prepare equipment and go over the day’s itinerary. Then we set off for a day or hiking, climbing and scrambling that lasts between 6 to 9 hours.

Our first stretch involves a steep walk to the South East Spur of Am Bodach. From there we get a broad picture of the full ridge and stunning views of Loch Leven and  Ballachulish Bridge. After, we descend a challenging steep chimney which leads us to the summit of our first Munro- Meall Dearg. From there, our target will be getting to the second Munro, Sgorr nam Fiannaidh. Between the two is where the fun begins. We will have to scramble up short chimneys, along breathtaking arêtes and around the eye-catching ‘Crazy Pinnacles’ until we get to the top at last. Finally, we will have to descend the Aenoch Eagach which is the most intimidating part of the trip. It is also the most exhilarating and we will be there to help every step of the way!

Because this is a challenging one day traverse, it is best if you have a good fitness level. However, we have designed this trip for people with or without experience. Throughout the day we will teach you all the techniques you need to scramble this stunning ridge. Additionally, we will assist you at all times with ropework, so that it is a challenging but also very enjoyable excursion!

Are you ready for an exhilarating experience in the Scottish Highlands? Then book your place now and join us on this unique guided traverse of the Aonach Eagach!

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More info

You will need to bring: Socks –Go for a medium to thick pair of synthetic or wool/synthetic blend socks. Thermal/Base Layers –A thermal or wicking top is far better than cotton. Fleeces –At least one fleece layer for your upper body. If you get cold easily perhaps add a fleece gilet/vest to your layering. Having an extra fleece top or synthetic layer in a waterproof liner at the bottom of your rucksack is useful if cool conditions are likely to be encountered. Windshirt or lightweight softshell jacket –Ideal for dry conditions. Walking trousers –Polycotton, polyester or softshell is ideal. Warm Hat & Gloves –A warm hat can still be very useful even in summer. For Skye, leather work or gardening gloves, which are cheap and durable are ideal. Remember that even in the height of summer, with a bit of rain and wind, it will still be quite chilly. Waterproof jacket and over trousers ( Outer shell clothing) –The trousers should have at least a knee length zip enabling them to be fitted over boots. Lightweight waterproofs are ok. Rucksack –A medium volume sac (30 -40 litres) is best for mountaineering. Use a strong plastic rucksack liner to keep the contents dry. External rucksack covers have a habit of blowing away and don’t work as well as an internal liner. Everything needs to fit inside your sac. Bivvy Bag –A large person sized poly or foil survival bag is the minimum requirement, essential. Gaiters or Stop-tous –Useful, but not essential. Not really necessary on the Skye Cuillins. Head Torch –Even in summer it’s good practise to carry a small head torch. First Aid kit –A small personal pack including medication for blisters. Sunscreen and sunglasses if good forecast. Compass/Map –(OS or BMC/Harveys) Harvey maps produce the best map for Skye. The map should be weather-proofed in a clear plastic map case or covered with clear sticky back plastic. Whistle/Watch Water Bottle –1 to 2 litres, maybe more during hot weather. Lunch & Spare Food Trekking Poles -These are optional, but useful particularly in descent. Boots –For scrambling, boots which have good lateral stiffness, such as B1 rated boots, are useful. Helmet –Please bring one along if you can. We have DMM helmets available. Harness –Please make sure the harness fits over all clothing and can be put on over boots and crampons. Adjustable leg-loops are preferable for ease of fitting. Belay device, two HMS Carabiners and one 120cm sling –We can provide you with these if you don’t have your own.

Meeting point

Usually at the Clachaig Inn at 8am to receive harness and helmets while we go over a plan for the day.

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About the guide

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I gained a good insight into the instruction and guiding of mountaineering activities whilst working as a member of the domestic team at Glenmore Lodge in the summer of 2003. Since then, I have skied, climbed, trekked and mountaineered across the length and breadth of the UK, from Cornwall to the Orkney Isles, and overseas, having sought adventures in China, Mongolia, The Indian Himalayas, New Zealand, Japan, Southern Africa, The Swiss, Italian and French Alps, The Pyrenees, Southern Spain and Norway. I enjoy climbing in all it’s forms, whether it be bouldering at Fontainebleau, sport climbing at Rodellar, trad and winter climbing in the UK or alpine climbing in Switzerland. I have also put up a couple of new routes, Mint Sauce E1 5c in Glen Nevis and Feathered Friend V,5 on Creag Meagaidh.
I have completed my Mountaineering Instructor Certificate (MIC), the highest instructional qualification in the UK, which enable me to work both in summer and winter conditions, whether it’s walking, mountaineering or climbing, and is a full member of both the Association or Mountaineering Instructors, and The Mountain Instructor’s Community. I have also completed my International Mountain Leader Summer Training and have worked as a contracted instructor for Abacus Mountain Guides, Martin Moran, Glenmore Lodge, Mountain Motion, West Coast Mountain Guides, Ardroy Outdoor Education Centre, Adventure Peaks, The Outward Bound Trust, Ryan Glass Mountaineering, Hike Pyrenees, World Challenge Expeditions and Outlook Expeditions.


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Prices per person

Group of 1

GBP 266 each

Group of 2

GBP 145 each

Group of 3

GBP 108 each

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Price includes

• Guiding fee

Price details

• Prices are per person. The price includes guiding and instruction and free use of harness and helmets. Accommodation is not included but we can help make arrangements or recommend suitable places to stay whilst visiting the Glencoe.


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