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Let’s go for it!
– Jennifer Roach - standing in pouring rain at the beginning of the Aonach Eagach

Scotland’s Aonach Eagach Ridge

Aonach Eagach means old man in Galic, and this name probably derives from the humps and bumps along the ridge crest. However, for the climber, these steep, exposed bumps provide exciting scrambling that request a youthful step. This ridge connects the two Munros Meall Dearg and Sgorr nam Fiannaidh, and the traverse is well known as one of Scotland’s classic outings.

Welcome to Scotland! The Eilean Dounan Castle Welcome to Scotland

The Eilean Dounan Castle
Looking for the Aonach Eagach in the rain There’s a climb around here somewhere!

Jennifer looking for the Aonach Eagach in the rain
One of the Aonach Eagach's steep pitches Ah! There is a climb up here in the clouds

One of the Aonach Eagach’s steep pitches

Scotland’s old granite is generally quite solid, and you can scramble up steep pitches like this one - just don’t fall
Jennifer on the often exposed and always interesting Aonach Eagach Ridge Jennifer on the often exposed and always interesting Aonach Eagach Ridge

The wind picked up, especially in the notches, and the rain became horizontal
The wind pushed the clouds aside for a moment and we enjoyed this view back along the ridge The wind pushed the clouds aside for a moment and we enjoyed this view back along the ridge
The persistent rain painted the valley wall at the end of our classic, wet traverse The persistent rain painted the valley wall at the end of our classic, wet traverse
Photos by Gerry Roach
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