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Am Faochagach


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.
953 m (3126 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.
210 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.
The heathery place

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
  20   Beinn Dearg & Loch Broom, Ben Wyvis

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

Am Faochagach is an isolated peak to the N of Loch Glascarnoch. It has a long winding summit ridge from Meall Coire nan Laogh (666m) in the SE to Meallan Ban (882m) in the N, a distance of over 7km.

The ridge is broad with easy inclines and the summit is a low indistinct dome with two cairns. The slopes flanking the ridge are moderate to steep in places, particularly into Coire Lair to the W.

There are rocky outcrops E of the summit and crags above Coire Lair, but these are easy to avoid. Beware crossing the Abainn a' Gharbhrain, it is a substantial water and unbridged.

Hazards you may encounter on Am Faochagach include
 Relatively Remote Mountain navigate with care.
 Moorland Terrain, few distinct landmarks.
 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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 Routes that include Am Faochagach
  Ascent Distance Time Including... Description Rating
1 895 m 24.07 km 6.5 hrs Am Faochagach  A long but easy route after the initial steep climb.  

Pictures submitted by members on the summit of Am Faochagach

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Me, Jan, Stephen, Rachel and Bonnie at the summit cairn 30th May 2013. A great sunny, warm and DRY day to be doing this one, making for a much easier river cross.

© Keith Briggs

Image by Keith Briggs

Myself and Fern at the top of Am Faochagach. 5hrs inc lots of stop time Very Dry. 9th Aug 2012. A pleasure Mr Scott :-)

© Colin Fridge

Image by Colin Fridge

James and me at summit of Am Faochagach with Beinn Dearg, Cona`Mheall and Meall nan Ceapraichean peaking above. 25/07/2011

© Eileen Stark

Image by Eileen Stark

Karl, Oscar my Boxer and me on summit with views of Beinn Dearg and Cona Mheall in background,(10/7/10).

© Mark Thomson

Image by Mark Thomson
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Brian Howarth
wrote on
September 21, 2013
Did this from the end of the Loch with the dam, having previously fallen in the river at the other end last December and retreated to the car. Its a trip of about 28km with a fair bit of wet sloshing and peat hag louping, whichever route you take from the dam. The ground between Meall an Torcain and Tom Ben Beag and Meall Coire nan Laogh is a drainage basin. Also worth knowing that the path shown on 1:50,000 map is no more than an Argo cat track - its fairly easy to spot and follow but dont expect a nice dry path all the way (and its about a 4-6km hike over rougher ground to get to it).
Jonathan Small
wrote on
May 28, 2013
I'd recommend taking a bike from Gascarnoch dam to the pumping station below Meall an Torcain, then walk up to Tom Ban Mor and follow the crest to the Munro, return by much the same route. This is a good alternative to the stream crossing and only 1 km longer, if using bike to get to the start. The first part is a bit wet, with no path to speak of. The peat hags on Tom Ban Beag make for slow going, but once on the crest it is a delightful high-level stroll to the top, surrounded by fabulous views.
Gus Stewart
wrote on
April 8, 2013
If this hill is on your radar for this year - do it SOON! On this occasion, the infamous bog was solid due to the recent cold spell, and the equally notorious stream was so low that it was a simple case of walking straight across. The climb to the top presented no difficulties with any little snow which remained taking a stud. Crampons were not required. The best walking day of the year to date with sunburn more of a problem than the cold!
Nick Bulbeck
wrote on
April 16, 2009
Did this one on 19th April, with the (sunny) forecast proving accurate! Good thing, too, because I got the impression that Am Faochagach would be a bit of a treadmill without the views. Which are fantastic - the Deargs look tremendous from this direction, and Ben Hope (40 miles) and the Cairngorms (60 miles) were visible. My tip for the Abhainn a Gharbhrain - bring an old pair of trainers, a plastic bag (to carry them in) and a small towel. Lightweight and foolproof. Mind you, it won't warm the water up any...
Michael Howell
wrote on
March 5, 2009
Of course a way to avoid crossing the river is to start from the dam at the east end of the loch. It adds a 4 km hike along the loch in both directions, but you keep your feet dry. We ascended in poor visibility and were grateful to have a moving map GPS to keep us on track. A rather pathetic pile of stones (in place of a cairn) greeted us at the top. The implication is that this is a less travelled Munro - and judging from the return/effort ratio, we can understand why. 7 hours of bog and snowdrift dodging took its toll and conversation grew progressively less lively as the day wore on!

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