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rewiso

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rewiso says:

Glen coe?

Im going up to glen coe for the first time next friday, im just wondering where to go for a good scramble? Im looking at Aonach Eagach ridge or ive always wanted to do buachaille etive mor just looking for ideas and anyone no what the conditions are like? Cheers

 
GuyHurst

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GuyHurst says:

Re: Glen coe?

Both are excellent days out, but a bit more than scrambles under winter conditions -- especially the Aonach Eagach. Also, there have been avalanches on the Bidean this winter. Best to check conditions with some locals when you get there, because they can change from day to day — and make sure you're up for some pretty full on winter stuff.

jammycathcart

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Re: Glen coe?

check out the pictures on dolly's post first scary grade 2

dolly

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dolly says:

Re: Glen coe?

i was up in glen coe on saturday, there was a mega thaw setting in but the amount of snow still about still made for a serious undertaking of any scrambling routes. watch out for avalanche areas cause it was so banked out higher up with snow, and if you havent done any winter routes yet i would not recommend you do the aonach eagach whilst it has snow cover, unless someone experienced taking you over and you kitted up. it had enough on it to make it a serious route. the front face of buachaille etive mor was fairly free of snow, but you will need to watch out for ice, the curved ridge is an excellent route, again depending on what the temperature has done there this week. be careful of your descent, the coire was well full and two were killed there only 2 weeks ago. not trying to scare or put you off, but normal scrambling just aint the game up there at the moment. give glen coe hostel a ring and just ask, they normally quite friendly to dish out some local conditions advice if they can.

rewiso

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rewiso says:

Re: Glen coe?

Thanks for the info...and dolly your thread and pics were awesome, hope i get weather like that. Will check the weather on the day, before i decide where we go but aonach eagach is looking likely. Hopefully will get abit of skiing in on the sunday if conditions permit.
 

JohnnyW

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JohnnyW says:

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 The Aonach Eagach will be a full on winter grade II climb right now. I really do hope you have a partner, climbing gear and the knowledge of how to use it, otherwise you could be in for rather a shock. I don't know your experience, but given you are asking the questions, I would strongly advise reviewing your plans unless you are happy at these winter grades. And as for soloing grade II terrain, well, as I said, if you can, good on you, but be realistic. A solo AE traverse in winter garb is a very serious undertaking indeed. Even if it looks black, verglas is possible for some weeks yet.

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rewiso

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rewiso says:

Re: Glen coe?

Sorry guys didnt explain myself properly...i knew it would be full winter conditions and there will be a group of 4 goin up all with alpine and scottish winter experience. I was just looking for ideas of routes to go on if people had been up recently? but do appericiate the concern and warnings.
 

JohnnyW

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JohnnyW says:

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Ah, that's better. Rather relieved.

In that case, there has been a thaw, but there will still be snow high up. The AE could go either way as I said - Biggest issue would be verglas, and that slimy rock after a protracted period of snow covering.

I'd go for Curved Ridge, as it is all up, and no dodgy downclimbing, unless you do the continuation on to Crowberry Tower (highly recommended), but you might need to rope down off that to the col. 

Dolly and I did Doral Arete weekend before last, as you know..... if you are up for the above routes, you could consider this, as it is less committing, but excellent.

Ironic, I am coming down to Snowdonia this weekend, where there'll be little winter stuff I suspect....

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clivecops

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clivecops says:

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AE a few weeks ago :) 1st time i have done it and i loved it, it was an all day scramble though :) right into the clachaig :)

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mickjaggersbestmate

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Re: Glen coe?

Is Glen Coe Seb Coe's brother?

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BigDug

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BigDug says:

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No, but Seb Coe's sister married Glen Campbell

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rewiso

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rewiso says:

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Cheers jonny, yeah just seen the weather now and looks abit grim for scotland this wkend, as snowdonia is 50mins away from me, im sure the 6hr drive up north will be worth it
 

BigDug

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BigDug says:

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Crackin' pics there Clivecops

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