Another boring comparison thread
Sorry for this but I can please have your opinion on how Aonach Eagach compares to Bristly ridge in terms of technicality and exposure?
Just done Bristly Ridge and loved it, is Aonach Eagach similar?
If you loved the Bristly Ridge, and have a good head for exposure, then you'll find the Aonach Eagach sublime.
A superb day out, but, pick a good, clear, dry day.
Did Aonach the other weekend and do Bristly fairly often. AE has far more exposure, has lots of down climbs and is much more of a ridge walk, Bristly is one of those ridges were you just seem to head upwards, more of a ridge climb if you like - my preference to be honest. If it's wet then you may or may not feel you need rope protection on a couple of bits of AE. If you think of the pinacle bit on Bristly and imagine higher, longer and more exposed... there's a fair few bits like that on AE in my opinion.
Have fun whatever you do
Did this last Monday, decent conditions, no wind. The rock was a bit damp, so I made sure I got a firm grip and and good footholds.
I found this a much mure challenging propostion then any exposed ridge-walk I had done before - lots more tricky downclimbs and exposure. I wouldn't want to put anyone of doing this, pick a good day for it and have a go.
The worst part you'll find is the descent, I headed SE from the col below Sgoor nam Fainnaidh down steep slopes before finding a path that brought me out by the turning for the old Glencoe road
Good day out eh?
We had Iain guiding us, so we came down the Clachaig Gully path but can't say I'd recommend it, very steep, lots of loose scree and loose BIG rocks and it's supposed to be easy to just go wrong and head into the gully itself... not good at all. One near miss for Sean and myself, a head sized rock flew by at head height and we fair near fell run the remainder of the path to the Clachaig.
I heard that people get killed every year on that path beside the Clachaig Gully, I went up that way last February - I knew at that moment that I'd never descend that way.
I rather enjoyed the descent
It wa' hardly bigger than a pebble, Kelvin, and it missed ma heid by a good two foot
Mrs Sean enjoyed the descent... all I could hear was her laughing as we surfed the scree!
Once we started speeding up and could smell the beer - then I liked it
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