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. Competent summer scramblers have plenty of time to reverse the ridge and descend Am Bodach, saving a walk back up the glen.[5]. As there is no easy way off the ridge between these peaks they are normally climbed together. The views were breathtaking (and I dont use that term lightly). With the sun still high in the sky, we sat there. 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. 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. A description of the characteristics of the mountain including any hazards of which you should be aware. 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. Aonach Eagach. East from Fiannaidh pano. 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 You can view a members route overlayed on an online map or download the KMZ file for use in Google Earth. 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. 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. A path known as the Devil's Staircase crosses the range about 6 km east of Meall Dearg. 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. A reasonable path leads generally west towards the low ground between Sgorr nam Fiannaidh and the Pap of Glencoe. Sgorr nam Fiannaidh on the western end of the Aonnach Eagach Ridge from Stob Coire nan Lochan (Bidean nam Bian). Best day out on the hills I've had. Easily my favourite so far, will be a hard one to beat.. 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. 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. However it is for the traverse that the Aonach Eagach is best known. You can prepare your own write up by first making an entry in your route log and then visiting the logging section above. However, on the climb, it is the ascent that matters, i.e. 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 sum of all the uphill parts of the route. 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. The ascent of Sgorr nam Fiannaidh from the Clachaig Inn was steep but fine, especially once the path had been found. 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. Meall Dearg and Sgorr nam Fiannaidh are two Munros on the north side of Glen Coe. 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. In 1692, the path was the approach route for the (apparently delayed) troops coming from Kinlochleven to provide reinforcements for the Massacre of Glencoe. If you do this route and enjoy it, you should probably … 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. The prominent cone of Sgorr na Ciche (Pap of Glencoe) is an unmistakable landmark when driving along the A82 from Ballachulish. The Aonach Eagach is a rocky ridge lying to the north of Glen Coe in the Scottish Highlands, boasting two Munro summits. The perfect place to base yourself to explore the dramatic landscapes of the West Highlands of Scotland. Location: 56.682, -5.0398. Propped up against the cairn, I adjusted my sunglasses and rested my head against the rock. Showing the most recent 5 of 12 comments. The logging section stores any entries for Sgorr nam Fiannaidh in your own log. 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. (Instructions on how to read the references are given on the OS maps). 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). Mountain names are usually in Gaelic, the native language of the Scottish Highlands, or have been derived from the old Scots and Norse languages. Saved from disaster as my Mates were already down and broke my fall. 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. 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. haha) Oh and the glorious sunshine! This dragon was apparently a terror to the surrounding district. I could see Mull, I could see the Ben. June was the month, Glencoe was the place, Meall Dearg and Sgorr nam Fiannaidh were the mountains – the Aonach Eagach ridge. The number of ascent routes currently available on Munromagic. Most accounts I've read of climbing this hill link it with the fearsome Aonach Eagach ridge walk. Due to it's shape, Beinn a'Bheithir is often referred to as the 'Ballachulish Horseshoe'. 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. 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 UK is covered by 204 Ordnance Survey Landranger 1:50,000 scale maps. Don’t head for the Pap, but follow the path steeply downhill to reach the minor road below. Clag threatened but went that wispy dramatic way throughout the day. 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. 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 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. The name given roughly describes the area covered by the map. this was not as exposed or daunting as I thought it would be, just a lot of relentless work. Maps numbered 1 to 86 cover Scotland but for the highest mountains (Munros) only 23 maps are required. From here you can. Join us for a guided scramble on this classic ridge. Mountain weather forecast for Sgorr nam Fiannaidh (Aonach Eagach), United Kingdom with cloud level, wind speed, precipitation, temperature, freezing level, visibility and more. Today, as part of the West Highland Way, it is used primarily by walkers and mountain bikers travelling between Kinlochleven and Glencoe. A peaceful Architect designed Bed and Breakfast accomodation in the heart of Glencoe, Scottish Highlands. Sgorr nam Fiannaidh is the western summit of the Aonach Eagach. 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. A full written account of a climb submitted by our members. 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 Aonach Eagach is normally tackled from the Glen Coe (south) side in an east–west traverse. that a ridge outshines the Munro, here it does...I'm not going to write anymore... just do it! Where two mountains share the same height they are ordered alphabetically. The crazy pinnacles were great fun, we were constantly looking back, suprised at what we had Jorja at the top of Sgorr nam Fiannaidh. We give the most commonly accepted meaning, but accept that some of these are disputed. 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. 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). As there is no easy way off the ridge between these peaks they are normally climbed together. 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. The central section, some 2 km in length, is very rocky and the route along it requires scrambling ability. Ordnance Survey digital maps are also available to members. 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. March 2015. The Aonach Eagach (notched ridge) is Scotland's classic ridge walk. Click on the route title to load the full content for that route. This is the height of the mountain above sea level. Where you are given the map number ( For Ben Nevis = 41) it is acceptable to omit the two initial letters e.g. Meall Dearg then Aonach Eagach ridge and on to Sgorr nam Fiannaidh. Sgorr Dearg is the highest peak on Beinn a'Bheithir, the complex mountain encircling Gleann a'Chaolais just south of Ballachulish. Sgorr Dhearg summit is predominantly scree … No ropes needed, we had just good boots and standby helmets/crampons/axe just in case, but werent used. 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 … A gentler alternative is to continue along the ridge, until reaching the bealach between Sgorr nam Fiannaidh and the Pap of Glencoe. Glen Coe is my favourite range in Scotland and Aonach Eagagh just proved it. There are a couple of sections where the use of a rope may prove prudent. Post a few words about Sgorr nam Fiannaidh or read what others have had to say. [6] 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. From here, there are a number of options for descent. If you havent done the Aonach Eagach yet DO IT. Mainly grade 2/3 scrambling.) H on Sgorr nam Fiannaidh East view. 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. 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. the path to the north of last pinnacle drops a lot more than we expected before rising again steeply. Usually it is … 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. Sgorr nam Fiannaidh can be reached without encountering any technical terrain if approached from the west near Glencoe Village. 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. This is a place where the sky feels huge, where the world slips away into the mountains… just scrambled up or down. It is a difficult route requiring scrambling skills and an ability to cope with exposure. From the summit the ridge runs WSW, then branches SSW and NW. Yes care and concentration is needed at some stages but it is not as difficult as its made out to be! A reminder that this Mountain bites if you get to confident. Unbelievable! 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. Summer conditions with some snow about. 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. Sgorr nam Fiannaidh. 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. It rises to over 3100 feet, and the Gaelic name means ‘Rocky Peak of Fian’s Warriors.’ 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. Hear pronunciation Press to hear pronunciation. This descent also requires care, particularly near the top, but is still far safer than the Clachaig Gully descent. 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. https://www.gonomad.com/102832-scotlands-aonach-eagach-ridge Scrambling the Aonach Eagach ridge in Glencoe is high on many people's 'tick list'. Weather observations for Sgorr Nam Fiannaidh over the past 24 hours including a map to view recent weather data, timeline and observations table 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. Location Details Sgorr Nam Fiannaidh. [4] 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".[5]. Winter view from near summit of Sgorr nam Fiannaidh. Ben Starav (3537ft) Glas Bheinn Mhor (3271 ft) Beinn nan Aighenan (3150ft) Stob Coir’ an Albannaich (3425ft) Meall nan Eun (3045 ft) NN166712 is the grid reference for the summit of Ben Nevis. 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. This makes it a difficult outing to grade, because the technical difficulties are not great". 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. From here a track heads down the hillside, ending on the road just outside Glencoe village. 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. An indication of this mountains height rank within its class. Final thought, don't believe the hype. June was the month, Glencoe was the place, Meall Dearg and Sgorr nam Fiannaidh were the mountains – the Aonach Eagach ridge. Then, after all the fun you still have to get down. The summary information of one or more ascent routes that include Sgorr nam Fiannaidh. Gorgeous day, got sunburn! Mamore Lodge was visible on the flank of the Mamores, of interest after our recent stay. 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). Dominating the skyline as you travel through Glencoe it is hard not to notice the outstanding ‘Notched Ridge’ towering above the road. Because of the short winter days, benightment on the ridge or its approaches is also not infrequent. Some sections are extremely exposed. 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. Winter view from near summit of Sgorr nam Fiannaidh. However, I'm not "into" terrifying myself so when Fran and I climbed Sgorr nam Fiannaidh we contented ourselves with the … 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!! Pictures submitted by members on the summit of Sgorr nam Fiannaidh. 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. 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.”[7]. 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, with Stob Coire Leith to left, seen from the summit of Garbh Bheinn (Loch Leven). Alternatively, the two Munros may be climbed individually by simply descending by the route of ascent. However, only one can be recommended for those doing the traverse for the first time. Sgorr nam Fiannaidh can be ascended without traversing the ridge by an approach from the Clachaig Inn. 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. Its not often 166712. Sgorr nam Fiannaidh E view. 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. Also from the SSW branch, a route leads E into the high corrie then descends SSE to the road. Most people take a route starting from Glencoe. The best parking for this scrambling route is located just off the A82 at grid reference NN 17333 56746. 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. 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. a better alternative that the Clachaig gully for a safe descent if you have two cars or a bike. The Munro bagger is unlikely to find a bigger challenge in mainland Britain. 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. Altitude: 966.0 m above mean sea level A selection of local accommodation options who advertise with Munromagic.com. 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. A selection of weather forecasts local to #GetMountain.Top_Name#. Conditions were slippy so care was taken on some of the more technical scrambles. 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