Scotland – Aonach Eagach & Tarmachan Ridge

Dolly, Andrew, Brian and I set off for Scotland to do two days of ridge scrambling/walking. The weather forecast was cloudy but turned out better than expected.

Day 1:

Brian went solo - up and around Gearr Aonach from a quick glance at the map (experienced orienteer).

The rest of us went up Aonach Eagach. Not perfect conditions because of the cloud coverage but apart from affecting the views the weather was pleasant and the scramble was a fun experience. The sun did come out on our descent! More details of the route (BMC) and route card of the extended version (UKH). [5 hrs of moving time, 12km, 1300m]

From Old Glencoe Road we hitchhiked back to the car (thanks to a kind bloke from Dublin), then drove to the pub where we met up with Brian (and also bumped into our new friend from Dublin). It just so happened that another feller we bumped into at the end of the ridge gave Brian a lift to the pub. Very lucky with logistics post walk.

Day 2:

The following day was a more gentle ridge - Tarmachan (UKH). The four of us set off together and completed most of it as a group. The scrambling on this ridge was confined to one area "the bad step", which is rated at grade 1 and was over in a flash (there is a path around this). Nothing compared to yesterday's continuous grade 2. [4 hrs of moving time, 14km, 700m]
Photos from Aonach Eagach below:

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