Curved Ridge and North East Ridge of Aonach Beag
|A sneaky view of the moor|
|Love this route!|
|Looking at what we have done|
|Orchids bring light to a gloomy day|
|Descending into An Cul Choire, axe and cramoons!|
I suppose I was a little apprehensive as I have never climbed the North East ridge of Aonach Beag but it was on Grahames to do list and the weather was to improve at midday, somewhere near the crux. Views, sunshine and no rian! Cant wait. Well it did clear at about 6pm! On the whole route we endured constant rain, thick low cloud and incredibly greasy rock. I would strongly suggest to any folk off to try this route that they save it for a dry day with good views. I would say it turned into the hardest days work this summer.
|Abseiling off the crux section to bypass it|
We were both very relieved to get past the crux section which involved quite a bit of rope trickery and an assisted hoist. Grahame did incredible well as every footstep was like soap and most handholds were the same. We had thought about bailing earlier but we were holding onto the forecast that it would clear...it never did. I suspect it is a great route in the dry in a fantastic setting, I am really keen to get back in more suitable conditions. In winter, I suspect it will be amazing.
|Greahame relieved to be at the top|
|Me tired and relieved.|