I have plenty of hiking and backcountry navigation experience, but no mountaineering experience whatsoever.
How fucked would I be if I were to spend a week in the Scottish Highlands, doing stuff such as traversing Aonach Eagach?
does anything you want to do require technical climbing (ropes and pro), or is it just exposed difficult scrambling that can be accomplished by more or less anyone with a little care and a level head?
i'm aware. that's part if the reason i wanted clarification on what op meant by mountaineering. but thanks for interjecting with something completely useless.
>scotland doesn't make the most lunatic fucking climbers on earth
here's plenty of technical stuff to do there if you're willing to let the world think you're mental
OP here. I mean mountaineering in a very broad sense. I've zero experience with anything other than using my feet to walk.
Just found this video (should probably have thought about that before making this thread, though): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=voMwEjs-oeg. Looks doable and only slightly intimidating.
Aonach Eagach is rated as a grade 2 scramble (according to a quick googling anyways) so it'd probably not the best thing to try as a first go at that sort of thing. Try a couple grade 1 jobbies first.
People do die in the Scottish highlands every year, but I guess I don't know exactly what the dangers are.
I've been caught in snowstorms in Scotland in April, so I guess there's a danger if you're unsure of the seasonal weather. And if you're only 95% prepared to keep your stuff dry in continuous wind and rain, I guess that's a 5% chance of hypothermia.
But it's not like you're ever more than a day's walk from civilisation. Heavy fog is your biggest enemy in that situation.
The sublimity of the highlands will make you weep, but there's no serious danger if you're not a complete noob.
I laughed my ass off at the Man vs Wild episode in Scotland. Yeah sliding down a scree field is definitely the best way to descend a mountain, dickbag.
Has anyone climbed the Black Cuillin? I blazed my own trail up about 95% of it, then bitched out since my knees were shaking so hard I was afraid I was gonna fall. If there was a non-technical route up to the summit, I missed it.
One of the best views I've ever seen in Scotland, though.
I nearly got to the summit of Sgurr Alasdair but I didn't have a helmet and there was a lot of loose scree on an extremely steep slope so I decided to turn back. This was lucky because as I was descending the top of the mountain completely clouded over and it began raining even though there were clear, sunny skies less than an hour earlier.