Making the Most of a Bad Forecast in Glencoe

The weather has been problematical of late in Scotland, particularly on the West coast – strong winds, rain and a high freezing level – making for less than ideal climbing conditions and generally challenging for mountaineering.

On the top of Sgorr nam Fiannaidh with the Aonach Eagach behind

James and I wanted to make the most of our time before the two days of group work, but James faced the problem of being without waterproof trousers (en route in the post). Thankfully the weather improved markedly during the morning, so we set off to attempt the Aonach Eagach from the Clachaig Inn. Unfortunately, we did not leave enough time, but enjoyed summiting Sgorr nam Fiannaidh (967m), and then descending via the Pap col with a quick ascent of the Pap of Glencoe (as known as Sgorr na Ciche) itself.

Slightly bedraggled on Buachaille Etive Beag

Today’s weather started off pleasant, but then deteriorated quickly. We considered taking the Glencoe ski lift to get up high, but in the end decided to recconoitre Buchaille Etive Beag for the group on Saturday, given the access from the road and safe slope aspects. It was a good day, taking in Stob Coire Raineach (925m) and Stob Dubh (958m).

We saw Rob Johnson, a popular guide, with a group finishing off their five day winter skills course. They were reviewing ice axe arrests, but it looked pretty miserable in the rain. We had a quick look at avalanche tranceivers whilst they were doing that and then headed back to the car as quickly as possible.

Glencoe is an amazing mountain area, with high, formidable faces that rise sheer from the road. After a couple of days of mountaineering, I am itching for some climbing, but this will have to wait until after the group days and when the forecast is slightly better.

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2 Responses to Making the Most of a Bad Forecast in Glencoe

  1. Jon Maiden says:

    Just love Glencoe! My favourite place in the world. Can’t wait to get back and hopefully tackle the Aonach ridge…

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