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Meall Dearg - Aonach Eagach

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A scenic approach avoiding all the difficulties of the Aonach Eagach

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About this event

The Aonach Eagach, or Notched Ridge, in Glencoe is famed as being the longest and narrowest ridge on the mainland of Scotland. In it's entirety the ridge is 10km long, stretching from the Devil's Staircase in the east, all the way to the Pap of Glencoe in the west. Where the ridge gains it's reputation, however, is the fearsome narrow and exposed 2km long section, which separate the two Munro summits of Meall Dearg and Sgorr nam Fiannaidh. With considerable exposure throughout, a full traverse of the ridge requires a high level of confidence and the ability to competently scramble at up to Grade 2/3. Sections of the traverse are technically a moderate rock climb and the use of a rope is not at all out of place. Quite understandably, this route is not for everyone, and for those of you who enjoy hill-walking, but are not keen to tackle the ridge, there is thankfully an alternative way to visit the Munro summits avoiding all the difficulties. Meall Dearg is a fine Munro summit and lies centrally along the ridge. The rooftop eerie offers front row views of The Three Sisters and the other Glencoe giants. We will approach from Loch Leven, avoiding all the crowds of Glencoe and following a picturesque burn called the Allt Gleann a' Chaolais to the foot of the easy, grassy northeast ridge. Emerging onto the summit the sudden 'reveal' really is quite something to behold. When we finally tear ourselves away from the summit we have a decision to make. The easy option 1 is to reverse our steps and return directly to Loch Leven. The tougher option 2 is to extend our walk by ascending the nearby Corbett peak of Garbh Bheinn. Garbh Bheinn is a mighty fine peak and it's perfect conical form, when viewed from Loch Leven is a very tempting prospect. To reach its summit we must first return to the bealach at the foot of Meall Dearg's northeast ridge. A 300 metre re-ascent on some steep ground gains the summit with it's 3 cairns. Online booking for this event is available on the following dates: No scheduled dates - Enquire for private guiding For more information about our route and the terrain, the level of difficulty, the amount of experience required and level of fitness, please follow the 'Useful Info' link on the Menu bar at the top of the site homepage. Here you will also find the 'Kit List' link providing recommendations on essential kit you will need to bring with you.

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If you choose to cancel your booking : Booking cancellations must be made in writing. If you cancel more than 28 days before an event takes place, your payment will be refunded minus a £10 booking deposit. If you cancel 28 days or less before an event takes place, no payment will be returned. We do not offer credit towards future events in place of a refund. We strongly recommend you take out appropriate holiday insurance to cover for unforeseen events that may cause you to cancel your booking. If we have to cancel your booking : Regardless of reason, in the very unlikely event that we have to cancel your booking, then we will refund your payment in full. We will try and give as much notice as possible. For weather related cancellations, notice could be as short as a couple of days. For other reasons, we would hope to give a fortnight's notice, possibly more. We cannot be held liable for additional costs you may have incurred such as accommodation or transport you may have booked.

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