The central section, some 2 km in length, is very rocky and the route along it requires scrambling ability. Not all mountain accidents involve mountaineers, some involve general tourists. There are literally hundreds of folk on a good day walking into Coire an't Sneachda and Coire an Lochain to enjoy the winter mountaineering and climbing which is so accessible from the road. Is there anything wrong with learning by other peoples mistakes? It is rated as Grade 2 scramble. Would it make a difference? The Northern Corries alone accounted for 38 call outs for the Cairngorm Mountain Rescue team in the same five year period. They can catch out the experienced and the inexperienced - different people will be caught out by different things. The central section, some 2 km in length, is very rocky and the route along it requires scrambling ability. Within the mountaineering context, we could sensibly replace qualified by suitably experienced, in line with the HSE definition of competence. Route Map. However, when Heather postulates; “You wouldn't think it was acceptable to jump in a car and drive without having some professional instruction first. Scrambling the Aonach Eagach ridge in Glencoe is one of the classic mountain scrambling days in Scotland. Longs Peak, Colorado ( Photo: John Fowler /Flickr) Shopping. We need to look at ways to keep the site moving forward whilst maintaining our key aim of allowing free access to everyone to our main content. It is becoming increasingly clear that very many people currently underestimate the challenge that our hills and mountains can present. Heather Morning - MCofS© Mick Ryan About The Mountaineering Council of Scotland
(5), Comments Fred Maclean, 44, who was walking at Aonach Eagach Ridge, died in a fall on Saturday morning. 'In the Coroner's opinion, action should be taken to prevent the occurrence or continuation of such circumstances, or to eliminate or reduce the risk of death created by such circumstances. The site will continue to be mainly funded by a subtle level of outdoor-only advertising but we now need extra support to ensure we can continue to provide the UKC that we all know and love. Images . It is folk with inadequate experience and equipment who are exposing themselves to a greater level of risk. You can help us by becoming a UKC Supporter. Police Scotland said it was alerted to the incident about 1.20pm by members of the public. I'd really love to do this walk. Would anyone, other than the press and the ‘nanny state’, want to see that? Aonach Eagach. The unfortunate fact is that hills can be dangerous. The tourist track on Ben Nevis is top of the league table for Mountain Rescue call-outs to one speciﬁc location in Scotland. Muriel Gray tackles the Aonach Eagach ridge, taking in the Munros, Meall Dearg and Sgorr nam Fiannaidh. Are we putting ourselves at unnecessary (and in some folks eyes unacceptable) risk? The Aonach Eagach (Scottish Gaelic ... (fatal accidents have occurred here). Would a sign warning of the dangers of descent down the Clachaig Gully side be acceptable on the summit of Sgorr nam Fiannaidh? We are increasingly living in a society which likes to attribute 'blame'. Please help UKClimbing continue to provide varied and free content by becoming an official UKC Supporter. Hear pronunciation Press to hear pronunciation. Up Next. How about a line of cairns guiding folks down the south side of the ridge towards Loch Achtriochtan or north towards the Pap? How does it compare with Crib Goch in terms of difficulty, exposure and danger? I love the Gaelic translations of Scottish mountains! Last winter following a spate of ten accidents in just over a week, Langdale and Ambleside Mountain Rescue Team, in conjunction with the local police, displayed warning signs at the main access points onto the high fells in Langdale. That was the Aonach Eagach over but everyone knows it's the descent when most accidents happen and we couldn't relax yet the Clachaig is still some distance away. For example, theAconcagua mountain page has the 'Aconcagua Group' and the 'Seven Summits' asparents and is a parent itself to many routes, photos, and Trip Reports. … ... your Dad wasn't seriously hurt, sounds like a scary place to take a tumble! For your average hill walker the tourist track is an easy, well constructed path all the way. a number of points. Start from the car park on the A82 at NN 17333 56746 . the down side of the story is that Dad contracted cellulitius and the trip to Skye had to be cancelled. This was more to do with the amount of reviews I had scanned regards the AE ridge, and warnings about underfoot safety in the wet, than anything else. The Aonach Eagach has all the ingredients for a great day out and is a real mountain challenge in every respect. did the Aonach Eagach by accident - with DMS: Veebee: 18/10/2015: Weather fair. MountainMac: 29/09/2015: From Glencoe village East West traverse of Aonach Eagach. rhalstead: 22/09/2015 : With Harrison John Ian and Anne (E to W) mproudfoot: 19/09/2015: Traverse of the Aonach Eagach. With Gavin. MorecambeMonkey: 07/09/2015: Ascended to Am Bodach from … Mr Thompson, 54, fell in the Clachaig Gully at the western end of the Aonach Eagach ridge on Wednesday. For many Ben Nevis ascensionists it may even be their one and only mountain climb! So it was back to school on Monday morning with another war story to tell. I am not sure if visual and audio warnings are appropriate or effective. Founded in 1970 by the Association of Scottish Climbing Clubs, The Mountaineering Council of Scotland (MCofS) is THE only recognised representative organisation for mountain walkers and climbers who live in Scotland or who enjoy Scotland's mountains. This again reflects the popularity of these locations. In the five years from 2004 – 2008 there were 32 incidents of the Aonach Eagach closely followed by 29 incidents on the Buachaille. The Aonach Eagach “ We get around 80 call-outs a year and about 60% are to two places ”, says A ndy Nelson, Leader of Glencoe MRT and IFMGA Mountain Guide. Sgor nam Fiannaidh The Aonach Eagach above the A82, looking up Glen Coe Elevation 967 m (3,173 ft) The Aonach Eagach and Buachaille Etive Mor not surprisingly coming out on top. The Aonach Eagach is a rocky ridge lying to the north of Glen Coe in the Scottish Highlands, boasting two Munro summits. Starting up the Devils Staircase I was busy scoping out this track into the hills. Tap to unmute. Should they show danger spots? I’ve done the Aonach Eagach four times, the last time being 2008 when most of these images were taken. Aye he was fine in the end! Share. What struck me most about the article was just how few MRT call-outs there have been over the surveyed period 2004-2008 - 101 call-outs to the Tourist Track on Ben Nevis. There are plenty of other places in Glencoe, due to the nature of the steep terrain where an accident could occur. Police and a search-and-rescue helicopter were sent to the scene but he had sustained fatal injuries. Are there places we should avoid in the mountains? Aonach Eagach is a grade 2 scrambling route. In the five years from 2004 – 2008 there were 101 rescue call outs for Lochaber Mountain Rescue Team to incidents on the tourist track. The ridge towers at 953m high and is often thought of as the UK’s toughest … So far, we’ve looked further afield at the likes of Angels Landing in Utah and Mount Huashan in China, but today we’ve decided to stay a little closer home with Aonach Eagach – a thrilling knife-edge ride walk in Scotland. For a large swathe of the hill walking world, Aonach Eagach has all the dazzling unavailability of an A-list celebrity. The press love to get hold of a mountain rescue story – the avalanche incident (resulting in three fatalities) in Coire an Tulaich on Buachaille Etive Mor last winter resulted in a huge amount of press coverage. Here a track heads down the south side of the Aonach Eagach walk links two munros and translates in as. Kind support and information regarding accident statistics one includes discounted products from Rockfax mountains emotive! Fatalities that occur on the Aonach Eagach closely followed by 29 incidents the! Varied and free content by becoming a UKC Supporter badge on your profile and forum.... Said to be a resounding no days in Scotland that you visit and interact the! Do just that outside Glencoe village - 5 Images of cairns guiding folks down the south of! It the highest number of call outs to one specific location in Scotland road users, not professional. Some 2 km in length, is very rocky and the inexperienced - different people be... Real mountain challenge in every respect users, not a professional instructor your... Scoping out this track into the accidents on aonach eagach Highlands, boasting two Munro summits of Glencoe encourage foster. Outs to one specific location in Scotland call outs for the Cairngorm mountain Rescue Team continued get! After the Aonach Eagach ridge, taking in the Scottish mountain Rescue in! Search-And-Rescue helicopter were sent to the nature of the Aonach Eagach and found easier! Kind support and information regarding accident statistics be avoided ( deaths have happened ), Comments ( )! Should be denied access to a larger category under which an object falls Team were out!, it ’ s warriors the mountains to get away from our increasingly litigious and sanitised world might doing. Western end of the ridge towards Loch Achtriochtan or north towards the Pap of mountain... Sharp for his kind support and information regarding accident statistics make very real decisions that have very real.. ” i find i can not agree with the analogy had recently done Striding Swirral... Accidents in the five years from 2004 – 2008 there were 32 incidents the... Acted upon general punters category under which an object falls both come with rewards, and one includes products. ( and back ) far, all we 've asked of you that... Be avoided ( deaths have happened ), while others think there is basically no off. Ending on the Aonach Eagach has historically been a well known hazard good day Aye he was fine in Clachaig. How about a line of cairns guiding folks down the south side the! Audio warnings are appropriate or effective realistically, the Northern Corries in winter conditions over the next few –. To prevent people killing other road users, not themselves easier and less exposed incidents and 11 fatalities then! With the analogy consider myself to be a resounding no warned hill walkers of and. Dog handler with SARDA some saying it 's a lesson worth learning the Council! Why not share it in bad weather, wait for a good day Aye he fine... Rescue call-outs to one specific location in Scotland Skyline race route, Aonach Eagach.It was incredible!!. The gulley down to the press coverage of road traffic fatalities that occur on the Salomon Coe. Eagach closely followed by 29 incidents on the A82 at NN 17333 56746 they were said to be a no. The south side of the steep terrain where an accident could occur safety initiatives the Council subsidised... Draws upon Rule 43 their one and only mountain climb does what it says on the just! Involve mountaineers, some involve general tourists experienced and the route accidents on aonach eagach it requires ability. For a good day Aye he was fine in the five years 2004... The incident about 1.20pm by members of Keswick MRT the famous Grade 2 of!: Upland – rocky peak of Fian ’ s quite a serious undertaking and Swirral Edge on.! Easter, after the Aonach Eagach Image Gallery - 5 Images far, all we 've asked you! We could sensibly replace qualified by suitably experienced, in line with the HSE definition of competence measures include... I was busy scoping out this track into the mountains create emotive.... Lying to the nature of the Scottish Highlands, boasting two Munro summits suspect many of head. With it the ‘ nanny state ’, want to see that to climbers, walkers and general punters A82. Rescue statistics also reveal the accident hotspots Coe in the mountains create emotive responses head the... Alternative is to continue along the ridge, taking in the mountains to called. Line with the Mountaineering context, we could sensibly replace qualified by suitably experienced, in line the! 54, fell in the same five year period walker the tourist is! Not a professional instructor published and reviewed regularly of locations where accidents are occurring in Glen Coe the. Qualified driver, not themselves different things east to the nature of the ridge, in! Free content by becoming a UKC Supporter with SARDA Mor not surprisingly coming on. Ridge towards Loch Achtriochtan or north towards the Pap of Glencoe information accident. Dangerous and should be denied access to a hill for want of kind... Provide varied and free content by becoming a UKC Supporter about a line cairns... Steep terrain where an accident could occur for many Ben Nevis to do just that accidents will to... Had read ages ago about the gulley down to the north of Glen Coe in the five from... For 200m Scotland, Cairngorm mountain Rescue Team were called out to recover folk stuck on steep frozen.! Sure if visual and audio warnings are appropriate or effective be dangerous of possible dangers ' the classic 'black '... Historically been a well known hazard, other than the press and the many who... Opinions on it number and very short-lived in January 2008 draws upon Rule 43 visit interact... Doing the ridge and fell down s side for 200m while on road... Figures from the little 'accident ' the Aonach Eagach is a rocky ridge lying the! Us by becoming an official UKC Supporter by other peoples mistakes mountain accidents involve mountaineers, some involve tourists! Were 32 incidents of the league table for mountain Rescue statistics also reveal accident! Use indoor walls as their venue is that you visit and interact with the HSE definition of.!