Analysing terrain data
The exposure grade does not take into account objective hazards (stone fall, seracs, etc) but only the consequences of the skier falling.
Low Exposure (E1): Exposure is limited to that of the slope itself. Getting hurt is still likely if the slope is steep and/or the snow is hard.
Medium Exposure (E2): As well as the slope itself, there are some obstacles (such as rock outcrops) which could aggravate injury.
High Exposure (E3): In case of a fall, death is highly likely.
Extreme Exposure (E4): In case of a fall, the skier faces certain death.
Summit Gully gives you an awesome 470 metres of descent, directly from the summit of Aonach Mor (hence the name!).
It never gets too steep or technical and for that reason, should be on the ’to-do’ lists for all intermediate and above level backcountry skiers/snowboarders who wish to escape the hustle and bustle of the Back Corries in favour of something a little quieter. Technically compromising of two wide gullies, Summit Gully is found on the skier’s right hand side of ‘Spikes’ and is of a similar steepness to its neighbour. You may find that the skier’s left hand side gully has a large cornice flanking the entirety of its entrance and the right hand side gully has a much more manageable entrance, particularly so if you’re not too keen to huck your way into gullies! The two gullies themselves are joined together through a shallow ridge throughout, so you can always mix it up and head into the opposing gully as you wish, or if there’s better chance to find a little fresh. The two gullies then join into a wide single gully as it begins to mellow out a little and leads down towards to Coire an Lochain, where you can follow the same traverse path back to resort as ‘Spikes’.
This area is also the perfect spot for a bit of lunch whilst you’re nestled down in the wild valley floor, which gives the perfect vantage point to watch other skiers or climbers in the area. Please be aware that you will require ski touring equipment (and thus a short skin/walk back to Rob Roy’s Return), incase Braveheart Chairlift cannot open due to weather conditions or a low snow level.