S Drury

S Drury

Posted on 11/09/2016


Photo taken on May 21, 1994


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Alan and me on Aonach Beag with Ben Nevis in the background

Alan and me on Aonach Beag with Ben Nevis in the background 

Aonach Beag is a mountain in the Highlands of Scotland. It is located about 3 km east of Ben Nevis on the north side of Glen Nevis, near the town of Fort William. Apart from Ben Nevis, Aonach Beag is the highest peak in the British Isles outwith the Cairngorm mountains of eastern Scotland. In Gaelic, Aonach means 'fair' and Cairngorm means 'blue cairn'. The word 'cairn' means a collection of stones erected as a memorial or landmark.

Aonach Beag is linked to its close neighbour to the north, Aonach Mòr, by a high saddle or bealach. The name Aonach Beag (small ridge) might imply that this mountain is smaller than Aonach Mòr (big ridge). However, Aonach Beag is higher; the names refer to the relative bulk of the two mountains rather than their altitude.

The easiest way up is to take the gondola lift serving the Nevis Range ski area on Aonach Mòr (a height of 650 m above sea level), and follow the ridge joining the two peaks. More traditionally, the hill is often climbed from the south from Glen Nevis. This way the walker avoids the paraphernalia associated with the ski development. Aonach Beag is almost invariably climbed in conjunction with Aonach Mòr.

Aonach Beag's north face holds one of Scotland's longest-lying snow patches (grid reference NN196718), which sits at the bottom of the climb known as 'Queen's View' at an altitude of about 950m. This patch has been known to last through to the first lasting snows of the new winter, and was present continuously from late 2006 to late November 2011

Alan Drury, Andy Rodker have particularly liked this photo


10 comments - The latest ones
Andy Rodker
Andy Rodker
HA! Always good to have the odd family shot in an album! I like it. Best wishes, Andy
(and honestly, I don't mean to stress the word 'odd' :o)
9 months ago.
S Drury has replied to Andy Rodker
HA HA hello Andy yes Both Alan and i have quite a few odd shots in the albums from our days of walking the mountains with a late friend of ours and also other odd family members :))

Best wishes ... Steve
9 months ago.
Andy Rodker
Andy Rodker
Sorry to hear about the late friend. Always gives these shots a poignancy when re-visiting as I well know. Still, they are necessary and good for reminiscing! Cheers! Andy
9 months ago.
S Drury has replied to Andy Rodker
Hello Andy yes it was our late friend Jim who got us into mountain climbing and had many great walks with him around the hills of the UK

Best wishes ... Steve
9 months ago.
Alan Drury
Alan Drury
Ha Ha Steve I remember this keeping a close eye on Laurie too a great day on the Lochaber Hills YS .Best wishes Alan.
9 months ago.
S Drury has replied to Alan Drury
Hello Alan yes he was forever wandering off :))

Best wishes ... Steve
9 months ago.
Alan Drury has replied to S Drury
Hi Steve This was on the 21st May 1994.Best wishes Alan.
9 months ago.
S Drury has replied to Alan Drury
Hello Alan yes date now ammended :))

steve
9 months ago.
gezginruh
gezginruh
Hello Steve and Alan,
A very nice memory and very nice Picture!
Best greetings to both of you
Füsun
9 months ago.
S Drury has replied to gezginruh
Thank you Fusun my cousin Alan and I had some great days climbing with a late friend of ours called Jim

Best wishes ... Steve
9 months ago.