this was not as exposed or daunting as I thought it would be, just a lot of relentless work. Route: Aonach Eagach (definition: Notched Ridge) Mountains: Am Bodach, Meall Dearg, Stob Coire Leith, Sgorr nam Fiannaidh (definitions: the old man, the rounded red hill, small peak of the grey corrie, peak of the Fingalian warriors) Stars: **** Grade/Difficulty: Easy (The low end of rock climbing grades. the path to the north of last pinnacle drops a lot more than we expected before rising again steeply. The number of ascent routes currently available on Munromagic. Friday 18th - Sunday 20th September 2020 The wild landscapes of the Scottish Highlands and Islands always offer the ultimate escape for me - one of the last corners of Europe where you can still discover genuine solitude. A reasonable path leads generally west towards the low ground between Sgorr nam Fiannaidh and the Pap of Glencoe. Gorgeous day, got sunburn! The name given roughly describes the area covered by the map. The views were breathtaking (and I dont use that term lightly). Post a few words about Sgorr nam Fiannaidh or read what others have had to say. However it is for the traverse that the Aonach Eagach is best known. The journey to the pub often proved to be more difficult than they realised and on the return trip, after a few drinks on a cold winter's night, the devil often “claimed his own.”. East from Fiannaidh pano. Sgorr nam Fiannaidh, with Stob Coire Leith to left, seen from the summit of Garbh Bheinn (Loch Leven). Scrambling the Aonach Eagach ridge in Glencoe is high on many people's 'tick list'. There are a couple of sections where the use of a rope may prove prudent. Click on the route title to load the full content for that route. By tradition it got this name from a dragon which, long ago, took shelter in Corrie Liath, a great hollow in the face of the mountain and almost right above Ballachulish Pier. The prominent cone of Sgorr na Ciche (Pap of Glencoe) is an unmistakable landmark when driving along the A82 from Ballachulish. You can prepare your own write up by first making an entry in your route log and then visiting the logging section above. Don’t head for the Pap, but follow the path steeply downhill to reach the minor road below. the sum of all the uphill parts of the route. Because of the short winter days, benightment on the ridge or its approaches is also not infrequent. A description of the characteristics of the mountain including any hazards of which you should be aware. Would you like to, Add a route log entry that includes this mountain, Write a full account of your route including photos, Edit an existing log entry including uploading a GPX file or add a photo. From here, there are a number of options for descent. haha) Oh and the glorious sunshine! Meall Dearg and Sgorr nam Fiannaidh are two Munros on the north side of Glen Coe. However, on the climb, it is the ascent that matters, i.e. This is the standard notation used on Ordnance Survey Landranger maps. 1400 – There are many ways to descend from here, but we usually follow the runner’s path from the skyline mountain race. Join us for a guided scramble on this classic ridge. Sgorr nam Fiannaidh is the western summit of the Aonach Eagach. Competent summer scramblers have plenty of time to reverse the ridge and descend Am Bodach, saving a walk back up the glen.. NN166712 is the grid reference for the summit of Ben Nevis. The final third of the ridge to gain the Munro of Sgorr Nam Fiannaidh is walking terrain, the views back to where we have come from are impressive. It is also possible to retreat approximately 200m east from the summit of Sgorr nam Fiannaidh and descend directly down the scree slope to Loch Achtriochtan, taking care to avoid being drawn into gullies further down. In his book "Scrambles in Lochaber", local climber Noel Williams warns that there are no other ridges in the area that are "so narrow and so difficult to escape from once committed. However, I'm not "into" terrifying myself so when Fran and I climbed Sgorr nam Fiannaidh we contented ourselves with the … Sgorr nam Fiannaidh E view. The Aonach Eagach is normally tackled from the Glen Coe (south) side in an east–west traverse. A path known as the Devil's Staircase crosses the range about 6 km east of Meall Dearg. June was the month, Glencoe was the place, Meall Dearg and Sgorr nam Fiannaidh were the mountains – the Aonach Eagach ridge. They can be climbed separately though the purist would want to combine the two peaks, which means taking on the Aonach Eagach ridge, a name which strikes fear into many. Sgorr nam Fiannaidh and Meall Dearg are two Munros separated by a narrow rocky and exposed ridge known as the Aonach Eagagh (Notched ridge) on the side of Glen Coe. Sgorr nam Fiannaidh can be reached without encountering any technical terrain if approached from the west near Glencoe Village. The UK is covered by 204 Ordnance Survey Landranger 1:50,000 scale maps. A full written account of a climb submitted by our members. Most accounts I've read of climbing this hill link it with the fearsome Aonach Eagach ridge walk. Famed as the narrowest ridge on the British mainland (though Liathach and An Teallach must run it close), the Aonach Eagach gives a thrilling and spectacular traverse for keen scramblers, linking the Munros of Meall Dearg and Sgorr nam Fiannaidh. The NW branch leads to a broad col linking to Sgorr na Ciche (Pap of Glencoe) and a route from Sgorr nam Fiannaidh leads down the ridge towards the col but bears W to the road returning to the Clachaig Inn. Winter view from near summit of Sgorr nam Fiannaidh. Sgorr nam Fiannaidh on the western end of the Aonnach Eagach Ridge from Stob Coire nan Lochan (Bidean nam Bian). A gentler alternative is to continue along the ridge, until reaching the bealach between Sgorr nam Fiannaidh and the Pap of Glencoe. Sgorr Dearg is the highest peak on Beinn a'Bheithir, the complex mountain encircling Gleann a'Chaolais just south of Ballachulish. From Sgorr nam Fiannaidh, the most direct descent is to head south by southwest, down a steep zig-zag path leading by the side of Clachaig gully. My 3rd traverse of this outstanding ridge.Like last year, the weather wasn't great but you don`t notice the weather as all your attention is focused on the next move.There is no let up.You must concentrate on everything you do.Looking back on each completed section is a massive reward,knowing you have just done something rather special.Despite becoming more familiar with the ridge i had a near miss when i slipped about 10ft off a slippy slab going down to the bottom of a steep col prior to the pull up to Stob Coire Leith. Yeah it can be a little exposed in places, but no where near the level of brown trouserness indictaed in most books!..Get out and try it, well worth it. The best parking for this scrambling route is located just off the A82 at grid reference NN 17333 56746. Each reference consists of two letters identifying a 100,000 metre square block then three digits defining the Easting and finally the three digits defining the Northing with reference to the South West corner of the block. Its not often
From the summit the ridge runs WSW, then branches SSW and NW. Mainly grade 2/3 scrambling.) Winter view from near summit of Sgorr nam Fiannaidh. Alternatively, the two Munros may be climbed individually by simply descending by the route of ascent. A reminder that this Mountain bites if you get to confident. Saved from disaster as my Mates were already down and broke my fall. Meall Dearg then Aonach Eagach ridge and on to Sgorr nam Fiannaidh. From Sgorr nam Fiannaidh, the most direct descent is to head south by southwest, down a steep zig-zag path leading by the side of Clachaig gully. However, only one can be recommended for those doing the traverse for the first time. Day started off with loads of clag but turned into the best day of the year so far.. After completing the ridge you will never want to climb another grassy hill. Having neglected the blog for over a year, I thought it fitting to look back on one of the few good days we had this summer. Hung around a while and enjoyed this view, we’d climbed most of the surrounding hills by this point, something that adds greater meaning to the views I find. Bidean Nam Bian (3773ft), Stob Coire Sgreamhach (3517ft) Aonach Eagach – Meall Dearg (3127ft), Sgorr nam Fiannaidh (3173ft) Beinn a Bheithir – Sgorr Dhearg (3360ft), Sgor Dhonuill (3284ft) The Glen Etive Hills. We give the most commonly accepted meaning, but accept that some of these are disputed. Where two mountains share the same height they are ordered alphabetically. Showing the most recent 5 of 12 comments. I could see Mull, I could see the Ben. Ben Starav (3537ft) Glas Bheinn Mhor (3271 ft) Beinn nan Aighenan (3150ft) Stob Coir’ an Albannaich (3425ft) Meall nan Eun (3045 ft) Sgorr Dhearg summit is predominantly scree … In length the full ridge continues for 10 km from the Pap of Glencoe at the west to the eastern end at the Devil's Staircase. that a ridge outshines the Munro, here it does...I'm not going to write anymore... just do it! A selection of local accommodation options who advertise with Munromagic.com. June was the month, Glencoe was the place, Meall Dearg and Sgorr nam Fiannaidh were the mountains – the Aonach Eagach ridge. With the sun still high in the sky, we sat there. As there is no easy way off the ridge between these peaks they are normally climbed together. Summary:Famed as the narrowest ridge on the British mainland (though Liathach and An Teallach must run it close), the Aonach Eagach gives a thrilling and spectacular traverse for keen scramblers, linking the Munros of Meall Dearg and Sgorr nam Fiannaidh.Terrain:Hard, exposed scrambling along the ridge between Am Bodach and Stob Coire Leith - experience and a good … Today, as part of the West Highland Way, it is used primarily by walkers and mountain bikers travelling between Kinlochleven and Glencoe. Maps numbered 1 to 86 cover Scotland but for the highest mountains (Munros) only 23 maps are required. Sgorr nam Fiannaidh is usually climbed with Meall Dearg as part of an Aonach Eagach traverse - an airy ridge which involves some sporting rock-scrambling. Location Details Sgorr Nam Fiannaidh. Propped up against the cairn, I adjusted my sunglasses and rested my head against the rock. Some sections are extremely exposed. Final thought, don't believe the hype. a better alternative that the Clachaig gully for a safe descent if you have two cars or a bike. The summary information of one or more ascent routes that include Sgorr nam Fiannaidh. Full ridge traversed to Sgorr nam Fiannaidh and then route reversed to end up back at the car just west of Allt-na-reigh in layby on north side of A82. Sgorr nam Fiannaidh The Peak of the Fingalean Warriors (no less), Sgorr nam Fiannaidh forms one end of the fearsome Aonach Eagach ridge, on the north side of Glencoe. The Munro bagger is unlikely to find a bigger challenge in mainland Britain. Later, however, the road lived up to its name when workers building the Blackwater Dam chose to travel to the Kings House Hotel after they had been paid, rather than walking down to Kinlochleven. Glen Coe is my favourite range in Scotland and Aonach Eagagh just proved it. The central section, some 2 km in length, is very rocky and the route along it requires scrambling ability. Clag threatened but went that wispy dramatic way throughout the day. Best day out on the hills I've had. No ropes needed, we had just good boots and standby helmets/crampons/axe just in case, but werent used. Due to it's shape, Beinn a'Bheithir is often referred to as the 'Ballachulish Horseshoe'.  From Allt-na-reigh near the head of Glen Coe a good path ascends Am Bodach (a subsidiary Munro top) and continues westwards along the ridge to the first Munro proper, Meall Dearg. The Aonach Eagach (notched ridge) is Scotland's classic ridge walk. The R.A.F tornado flying W to E in the valley below us.The old guy telling us on the 2nd pinnacle that his friend fell from the exact spot we were ascending very recently( Cheers for that yin pal!! The scrambling here was 1st class, nothing too difficult but could see why hillwalkers may treat the ridge with trepidation, not for those with a fear of heights. Yes care and concentration is needed at some stages but it is not as difficult as its made out to be! Conditions were slippy so care was taken on some of the more technical scrambles. Altitude: 966.0 m above mean sea level You can view a members route overlayed on an online map or download the KMZ file for use in Google Earth. This is the height of the mountain above sea level. This makes it a difficult outing to grade, because the technical difficulties are not great". It rises to over 3100 feet, and the Gaelic name means ‘Rocky Peak of Fian’s Warriors.’ Jorja at the top of Sgorr nam Fiannaidh. It is a difficult route requiring scrambling skills and an ability to cope with exposure. Sgorr nam Fiannaidh and Meall Dearg are two Munros separated by a narrow rocky and exposed ridge known as the Aonach Eagagh (Notched ridge) on the side of Glen Coe. The slopes to each side are extremely dangerous, with steep grass and scree slopes hiding even steeper slopes which end in cliffs on both north and south sides of the ridge. From Sgorr nam Fiannaidh, the most direct descent is to head south by southwest, down a steep zig-zag path leading by the side of Clachaig gully. A selection of weather forecasts local to #GetMountain.Top_Name#. March 2015. From here a track heads down the hillside, ending on the road just outside Glencoe village. From here you can. The descent from Stob Coire Leith is straightforward, heading west down a line of rusty fence posts, and then turning to the south-west to a col on the approach to the highest top of the day at Sgorr nam Fiannaidh (967m), the summit of which can be recognised by a low circular shelter. Aonach Eagach. From Sgorr nam Fiannaidh, the most direct descent is to head south by southwest, down a steep zig-zag path leading by the side of Clachaig gully. This 'path' is exceptionally steep and extremely loose in places, and has many small rock steps; it approaches close to the main gully in several places and so is potentially dangerous (fatal accidents have occurred here). 7) Sgorr nam Fiannaidh The very hard to pronounce Sgorr nam Fiannaidh lies at the north end of Glen Coe in the heart of the Scottish Highlands. Usually it is … If a member has uploaded a tracklog as part of their personal route log and opted to share it then it will be presented here. Sgorr nam Fiannaidh can be ascended without traversing the ridge by an approach from the Clachaig Inn. Then, after all the fun you still have to get down.  Williams settled on grade 2, implying it is easier than the (optional) grade 2/3 approach scramble up A'Chailleach, but added a further warning (in bold type) that "there are no safe descents on the south side of the ridge".. Unbelievable! Mountain names are usually in Gaelic, the native language of the Scottish Highlands, or have been derived from the old Scots and Norse languages. In winter, the ridge is a fine expedition, though considerably harder than in summer (Scottish Winter Grade I/II), and many parties will go roped for some sections. just scrambled up or down. Weather observations for Sgorr Nam Fiannaidh over the past 24 hours including a map to view recent weather data, timeline and observations table This is a place where the sky feels huge, where the world slips away into the mountains… An indication of this mountains height rank within its class. Mamore Lodge was visible on the flank of the Mamores, of interest after our recent stay. Iv never experianced anything so good in my life, The fun had on the chancellor, the pinnacles, views up and down the valley, across at the three sisters, over to Ben Nevis, The Mamores and Gray Corries. This descent also requires care, particularly near the top, but is still far safer than the Clachaig Gully descent. The Aonach Eagach is a rocky ridge lying to the north of Glen Coe in the Scottish Highlands, boasting two Munro summits. 166712. The Aonach Eagach is usually regarded as the most difficult horizontal 'scrambling' ridge in mainland Scotland, though it vies with Liathach (and, in winter, An Teallach) for this title. Sgorr nam Fiannaidh. It can be climbed as a fitting end piece to the traverse of the Aonach Eagach ridge of which it is a continuation, or climbed in a single shorter outing. Most people take a route starting from Glencoe. From Sgorr nam Fiannaidh, the most direct descent is to head south by southwest, down a steep zig-zag path leading by the side of Clachaig gully. The perfect place to base yourself to explore the dramatic landscapes of the West Highlands of Scotland. A peaceful Architect designed Bed and Breakfast accomodation in the heart of Glencoe, Scottish Highlands. there is now a good path right off the end of the ridge into col at pap of Glencoe comes out about quarter of a mile from the youth hostel or else further into the village depending on which branch you take. Once on the tops, the move past Stob Coire Leith towards the Aonach Eagach ridge is easy walking, but the ridge itself is altogether different and requires extreme respect. As there is no easy way off the ridge between these peaks they are normally climbed together. The logging section stores any entries for Sgorr nam Fiannaidh in your own log. Also from the SSW branch, a route leads E into the high corrie then descends SSE to the road. Ordnance Survey digital maps are also available to members. If you do this route and enjoy it, you should probably … Onich weather station: 15 m.a.s.l., 11.0 km away from Sgorr nam Fiannaidh Ardtalnaig: 60.0 km fra Sgorr nam Fiannaidh Fort Augustus: 77.0 km fra Sgorr nam Fiannaidh This dragon was apparently a terror to the surrounding district. The Devil's Staircase was given its name by the soldiers who were part of the road building programme of General Wade, because of the difficulties of carrying building materials up that stretch of the road. The ascent of Sgorr nam Fiannaidh from the Clachaig Inn was steep but fine, especially once the path had been found. Beinn a' Bheithir (Scottish Gaelic pronunciation: [peɲ ə ˈvehəɾʲ], 'Mountain of the Thunderbolt') is a mountain lying to the south of Ballachulish, on the south side of Loch Leven in the Scottish Highlands.It boasts two Munro summits: the higher peak Sgorr Dhearg (Scottish Gaelic pronunciation: [skuːrˠ ʝɛɾak]) lies about 2 km (1.2 mi) east of Sgorr Dhonuill (Sgurr Dhòmhnaill). This 'path' is exceptionally steep and extremely loose in places, and has many small rock steps; it approaches close to the main gully in several places and so is potentially dangerous (fatal accidents have occurred here). From here the summit of Sgorr nam Fiannaidh lies only two kilometres to the west, but a number of pinnacles must be scrambled over, and it is not uncommon for parties to take more than two hours to cross this short distance. Pictures submitted by members on the summit of Sgorr nam Fiannaidh. This 'path' is exceptionally steep and extremely loose in places, and has many small rock steps; it approaches close to the main gully in several places and so is potentially dangerous (fatal accidents have occurred here). The Aonach Eagach above the A82, looking up Glen Coe, Learn how and when to remove this template message, mountains of Britain and Ireland (the P600s), https://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=Aonach_Eagach&oldid=996407062, Mountains and hills of the Central Highlands, Mountains and hills of Highland (council area), Articles needing additional references from June 2019, All articles needing additional references, Pages using infobox mountain with language parameter, Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike License, Notched Upland - Rocky peak of Fian's warriors, This page was last edited on 26 December 2020, at 12:09. Dominating the skyline as you travel through Glencoe it is hard not to notice the outstanding ‘Notched Ridge’ towering above the road. Hear pronunciation Press to hear pronunciation. We weren't up for attempting the ridge today, but after dropping our elder son off by the beehive cairn (he was doing Buchaille Etive Baeg), we had a great walk up Fiannaidh. If you havent done the Aonach Eagach yet DO IT. There are no Route Write-Ups submitted for Sgorr nam Fiannaidh, View All 21 Images for Sgorr nam Fiannaidh, View All 34 Baggers Images for Sgorr nam Fiannaidh. H on Sgorr nam Fiannaidh East view. Location: 56.682, -5.0398. Where you are given the map number ( For Ben Nevis = 41) it is acceptable to omit the two initial letters e.g. https://www.gonomad.com/102832-scotlands-aonach-eagach-ridge Sgeir nam Faoileann Sgeir nan Ròn Sgiath Chuil Sgor an Lochan Uaine Sgor Gaibhre Sgor Gaoith Sgor Gaoith Sgòran Dubh Beag Sgòran Dubh Mòr Sgorr Chalum Sgorr Dhearg Sgorr Dhonuill Sgorr nam Fiannaidh Sgorr Ruadh Sgreuch a’ Chlèirich Sguit Brìdeag Sgurr a' Chaorachain Sgurr a' Choire Ghlais Sgurr a' Mhaim Sgurr a’ Bhealaich Dheirg Mountain weather forecast for Sgorr nam Fiannaidh (Aonach Eagach), United Kingdom with cloud level, wind speed, precipitation, temperature, freezing level, visibility and more. (Instructions on how to read the references are given on the OS maps). It is a substantial challenge covering some 10km, and includes two Munros; Meall Dearg and Sgorr Nam Fiannaidh, and a good dose of exposed scrambling thrown in for good measure. Looking east along the Aonach Eagach from Sgorr Nam Fiannaidh Famed as the narrowest ridge on the British mainland (though Liathach and An Teallach must run it close), the Aonach Eagach gives a thrilling and spectacular traverse for keen scramblers, linking the Munros of Meall Dearg and Sgorr nam Fiannaidh. In 1692, the path was the approach route for the (apparently delayed) troops coming from Kinlochleven to provide reinforcements for the Massacre of Glencoe. The crazy pinnacles were great fun, we were constantly looking back, suprised at what we had
Summer conditions with some snow about. Easily my favourite so far, will be a hard one to beat..