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A' Mharconaich


Quick Facts
This is the height of the mountain above sea level. However, on the climb, it is the ascent that matters, i.e. the sum of all the uphill parts of the route.
975 m (3198 ft)

This is the standard notation used on Ordnance Survey Landranger maps.

Each reference consists of two letters identifying a 100,000 metre square block then three digits defining the Easting and finally the three digits defining the Northing with reference to the South West corner of the block.

NN166712 is the grid reference for the summit of Ben Nevis. Where you are given the map number ( For Ben Nevis = 41) it is acceptable to omit the two initial letters e.g. 166712. (Instructions on how to read the references are given on the OS maps).

Grid Ref.
An indication of this mountains height rank within its class. Where two mountains share the same height they are ordered alphabetically.
179 of 282 Munros
The number of ascent routes currently available on Munromagic.
Mountain names are usually in Gaelic, the native language of the Scottish Highlands, or have been derived from the old Scots and Norse languages. We give the most commonly accepted meaning, but accept that some of these are disputed.
Place of the horse

The UK is covered by 204 Ordnance Survey Landranger 1:50,000 scale maps. Maps numbered 1 to 86 cover Scotland but for the highest mountains (Munros) only 23 maps are required. The name given roughly describes the area covered by the map.

OS Landranger Maps Required
  42   Glen Garry & Loch Rannoch

A description of the characteristics of the mountain including any hazards of which you should be aware.

A' Mharconaich is orientated SW to NE, with an elongated summit ridge. From the summit, a ridge with crags high on its E flank runs N, then NE down to the Balsporran Cottages by the A9 road. There are also some steep and stony slopes on the N flank of this ridge. To the SW a second shorter ridge, with steep flanks, connects to Beinn Udlamain at a high col.

The S slopes into Coire Dhomhain are steep and should be avoided whereas the slopes NW from the summit ridge offer an easier ascent from the stalkers path in the bealach at the head of Coire Fhar. This beallach connects to Geal Charn.

Hazards you may encounter on A' Mharconaich include
 Steep slopes on or near ascent routes.
 Crags near summit.
General Considerations
 Temperature decreases by 1degree C for every 100m of ascent.
 Wind usually increases with altitude.
 Visibility can change markedly with cloud level.
 River/Stream levels can increase markedly in one day.
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Southeastern Highlands
by MWIS (PDF format)
East Highlands
by Met Office
Beinn Bheoil
by Metcheck
A' Mharconaich Area Map
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The summary information of one or more ascent routes that include A' Mharconaich.

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 Routes that include A' Mharconaich
  Ascent Distance Time Including... Description Rating
1 745 m 11.53 km 3.5 hrs A' Mharconaich and Geal Charn [Drumochter Pass]  Easy route starting from high altitude.  
2 1183 m 23.12 km 7 hrs Beinn Udlamain, Sgairneach Mhor, A' Mharconaich and Geal Charn [Drumochter Pass]  Easy walking in a beautiful area. Care needed crossing stream when in spate.  

Pictures submitted by members on the summit of A' Mharconaich

 Baggers Gallery for A' Mharconaich

top of a'mharonaich

© Colin Mochan

Image by Colin Mochan

Top of A' Mharconaich 21.01.11

© Dave Smith

Image by Dave Smith

Bruce Sloan on a blustery misty day on summit.

© Bruce Sloan

Image by Bruce Sloan

Me on A' Mharconaich.

© mackenzie barker

Image by mackenzie barker
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Chris Bowles
wrote on
March 27, 2008
Due to starting the walk at high altitude this hill and its near neighbour can be climbed very quickly from Balsporran Cottages. From Geal Charn a direct ascent of A' Mharconaich can be made using one of the numerous paths that pass up its Northern side. I reccommend continuing over Beinn Udlamain and Sgaineach Mhor to make the day more rewarding and longer.

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