Altitude 967m a.s.l
The river near The Clachaig Inn © JamesRoddie
This summit is listed in Munros, Marilyns, Britain's Major Mountains, UK 3000ers hill lists.This summit has been climbed in 793 logbooks.
The western of Aonach Eagach's two Munros, and commonly climbed as part of a full traverse of the ridge.
Forming the north wall of Glencoe the traverse of the Aonach Eagach ridge gives one of the finest mountaineering days on the mainland, a high-end grade 2 scramble in summer or a tough grade II in winter. It's well worth 3 stars. The buttresses and gullies flanking the ridge also give top class winter days with Blue Riband (V) an excellent 3-star water ice route.
There are three potential descents from the Aonach Eagach Ridge when traversing from East to West.
1. Clachaig Gully path. This route is NOT RECOMMENDED, as it is exceedingly loose and dangerous. It has been the scene of many fatalities over the years, including experienced mountaineers.
2. Direct from Sgor nam Fiannaidh to Loch Achtriochtan, at first on scree until a good path is found. This is very steep and may not appeal in winter or darkness.
3. To the col near the Pap of Glencoe, then down to the minor road between the Clachaig and the village. This is the longest way down, but also the safest.
Approach from one of a number of small parking bays on the Glen Coe road.
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