A summit camp, an early morning solo scramble, and stunning aerial footage - what's not to like? This film from Murray Wilkie of Scotland's Mountains showcases Glen Coe's classic ridge at its summery best.
Amateur-but-accomplished film maker Murray pops up a lot on UKHillwalking, most notably in this film feature from April 2016. The Aonach Eagach is one of his more recent efforts.
'The weather had been fantastic for a number of weeks and today was no different' he says.
'The car thermometer registered 28 degrees as I parked up – it was going to be hot! I headed off gingerly and slowly around 17.30, mainly due to the large amount of gear but also knowing there was no rush. I met a few scramblers who were sun beaten and on the final leg of their day and the smiles on their faces said it all really.'
'A little later I popped out on the summit of Am Bodach. A little scouting about and I was lucky to find a cracking camping spot with the Chancellor below me that was offering a fine light breeze, enough to make the local blood suckers look elsewhere for their tea. The views were amazing, as always in Glencoe. The Bidean Massif looked very grand and had me thinking that it's perhaps the most impressive mountain in the UK. Maybe I have been guilty of taking it for granted due to its accessibility but from this viewpoint it was looking immense!'
'I had tea and took some photos and watched the sunset - then bed. It had been eight years since I’d last done the ridge. The adrenaline was pumping when I woke at 03.30 and it really had not gotten dark at all. I was off and immediately descending Am Bodach – concentration required but no real difficulties. Then the fabulous walk to Meall Dearg with the sun rising behind me… The camp and early start meant I had the ridge to myself and I lingered on the Munro watching the sun get higher and lighting up the ridge that was rolling out before me.'
'Onwards I went – the scrambling becoming a little more sustained - until I reached the Pinnacles. What a cracking location and scramble. Care required but again no real difficulties in this fabulous weather. A little further until the scrambling ended on Stob Coire Beath, then I about turned and reversed the route. Again no one to be seen, and I reached my tent around 0700. A quick strike and I set off back down. The sun was beating down and the streams made a grand refreshment stop.'
'Back at the car well before 0900 and early home. It’s amazing what you can pack into a short period of time. I'm not leaving it another 8 years!'