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An Socach [Glen Affric]


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.
921 m (3021 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.
269 of 282 Munros
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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 snout

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
  33   Glen Carron & Glen Affric
  25   Loch Alsh, Glen Shiel & Loch Hourn

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

An Socach is a craggy peak to the N of Glen Affric and it lies on a crescent shaped ridge of mountains which enclose Gleann a' Choilich.

Its W ridge connects to Sgurr nan Ceathreamhnan via Stob Coire na Cloiche and its NE ridge to Mam Sodhail. The third broad ridge with rocky E slopes runs SSE to An Sornach from where the slopes fall steeply to Glen Affric.

The SSE ridge separates Coire na Cloiche and Coire Ghaideil both of which have ascent paths from Glen Affric leading to the W and NE ridges.

Hazards you may encounter on An Socach [Glen Affric] include
 Remote Mountain navigate with care.
 Steep slopes on or near ascent routes.
 Stony/rocky Slopes on or near ascent routes.
 Crags 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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The summary information of one or more ascent routes that include An Socach [Glen Affric].

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 Routes that include An Socach [Glen Affric]
  Ascent Distance Time Including... Description Rating
1 1724 m 28.84 km 9 hrs Sgurr nan Ceathreamhnan and An Socach [Glen Affric]  Long route, with an easy ascent to rocky ridges. These two remote peaks require a long day. A stay at Alltbeithe Youth Hostel will give more time in the wilderness.  

Pictures submitted by members on the summit of An Socach [Glen Affric]

 Baggers Gallery for An Socach [Glen Affric]

John and Roy amongst the clouds and swirling mist

© John Forster

Image by John Forster

A short heavy downpour just as we reached summit. James looking bedraggled and cold. 23/06/2012

© Eileen Stark

Image by Eileen Stark

Wet and cold at summit of An Socach. 23/06/2012

© Eileen Stark

Image by Eileen Stark

Me and Oscar on summit, 12/5/12.

© Mark Thomson

Image by Mark Thomson
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Nick Bulbeck
wrote on
April 19, 2011
Devotees of the long walk (or cycle) in can have a field day with An Socach by doing it from the car park at the end of the road in Glen Affric. There's no point pretending it's the most exciting hill in the land, but quite apart from the easy continuation to Sgurr nan Ceathreamhnan, the walk up Glen Affric is absolutely superb. For variation, it's probably best to follow the track on the south side of the glen on the way out, crossing the river by the footbridge at Athnamulloch, and returning by the path on the north side of the glen. I think this makes the most of the views.
Chris Bowles
wrote on
March 25, 2008
An ascent from Alltbeithe makes for one of the easiest in the land, however we needed a long and in places rough cycle from Loch Beinn a' Mheadhoin which took just over an hour. Unless staying at the Hostel, I feel its best to add it with Dheiragain and Ceathreamhnan. Therefore From Socach drop down to Loch Coire nan Dearcag and pick up the ridge leading to Dheiragain just before the crags, returning over the fantastic Ceathreamhnan and back to Alltbeithe / bike.

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