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The Aonach Eagach Ridge

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About the event:

A traverse of the classic Aonach Eagach ridge in Glencoe. Seen from the valley floor, this impressive 6km ridgeline is one of the most striking features in the Highlands. All matter of obstacles are overcome on this memorable and physically-demanding day out, including the infamous 'pinnacles' section, whilst two munro summits are also bagged - Meall Dearg and Sgurr nam Fiannaidh.

Your guide for the day will be Alex Kay and you can read about him here.

We typically do the traverse east to west starting higher up in the Glen to reduce the ascent. The first summit is a nice rounded blob which can lead the unwary into a false sense of ease - but a steep drop (which can be abseiled) begins the excitement. Bizarrely someone once thought to put fence posts along the ridge. As if the knife edge ridge wasn't enough of a boundary marker!

A path gently slopes around atop a grassy but narrow ridge before the first of the pinnacles appears. They all look terrifying to begin with but just remember - it always looks worse from afar. You'll see crampon scratches from winter traversers that give away the scramble and there are good hand and foot holds all the way along. Alex will have you securely roped up. When you get to the final Munro, you can look back at the ridge and see what you've achieved!

A newish track leads down toward the Pap of Glencoe which is less steep than the old descent which went straight down alongside the Clachaig Gully directly to the pub (you can see why it became a descent route!).

Meeting Point:

We'll need to do a car shuffle to ensure there is a vehicle at each end as this is a linear walk/scramble. Alex will be in touch nearer the time with a precise meeting location. However, it will be somewhere in the epic Glencoe.


The Aonach Eagach has a steep but good path ascent. You'll be roped up for the pinnacles but you'll need a head for heights as well as good fitness.


The cost for one or two people is £310. You can pay a 10% deposit to secure your place.


Alex can take a MAXIMUM of 2 safely on a rope to provide you with a quality experience.


Please see the All Activities section of the Gear List. We can provide harnesses and helmets.

Images from Past Events

To Book

If you want to chat to us about the event then please feel free to do so - email is a good start as we're often out and about with limited phone reception. It may take us a few days to respond but once we're back in signal we will! Please see the Frequently Asked Questions too.

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