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Am Bodach


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.
1032 m (3385 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.
99 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 old man

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
  41   Ben Nevis, Fort William & Glen Coe

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

Am Bodach in the heart of the Mamores is part of the "Ring of Steall" which runs from An Gearanach to Sgurr a' Mhaim.

The summit of Am Bodach lies close to the ridge walk that connects Stob Coire a Chairn (NE ridge) to Sgorr an Iubhair (WNW ridge). A third ridge SSE leads down to Sgorr an Fhuarain whose steep slopes overlook Kinlochleven.

The triangular summit has steep slopes, the E slopes being craggy, and the W and N slopes being boulder and scree.

This mountain is surrounded by paths and the normal access is an easy scramble from the path on its N slopes.

Hazards you may encounter on Am Bodach include
 Steep slopes on or near ascent routes.
 Stony/rocky Slopes on or near ascent routes.
 Crags near summit.
 Scrambling (minor), easy hand and footholds.
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 Am Bodach.

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 Routes that include Am Bodach
  Ascent Distance Time Including... Description Rating
1 1575 m 13.98 km 5.5 hrs Na Gruagaichean, Am Bodach and Stob Coire a' Chairn  A steep ascent followed by an excellent ridge walk covering three of the Mamores.  
2 1748 m 16.85 km 6.5 hrs Sgurr a' Mhaim, Am Bodach, An Gearanach and Stob Coire a' Chairn  This is "The Ring of Steall" strenuous due to steep slopes (ascent and descent) and excellent ridge walks with moderate exposure.  

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 Baggers Gallery for Am Bodach

Top of Am Bodach 10.08.12

© Dave Smith

Image by Dave Smith

Me & Dot at the top of Am Bodach

© Alexander McMillan

Image by Alexander McMillan

top of am bodach

© Colin Mochan

Image by Colin Mochan

Third summit of the day

© Samantha Munro

Image by Samantha Munro
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John Gilchrist
wrote on
June 28, 2013
Anti clockwise route from Kinlochleven. Took in An Gearnach as an added bonus. No need to summit Stob Choire twice as often suggested. A c930m mark on ascent to Stob Choire, a fairly obvious path strikes out at 330 degrees to the lowest point of the ridge connecting the two peaks. And just to note: if doing in this direction, the initial descent for the summit of Na Gruagaichean is dead dodgy! Bad erosion and several metres of 'marbles' on steep slopes and above big drops. If you ain't got walking poles for a bit of comfort, you will wish you had! Grand day out though.
James Corrigan
wrote on
June 15, 2012
Am Bodach is the 3rd Munro on the Ring of Steal if you are doing it Clockwise. Straight forward but steep and scree/bouldery ascent South from Stob Coire a Chairn. Happy I was going upwards on this slope rather than downwards.Clear view of Glencoe Mountains including the serrated Aonach Eagach ridge with impressive view down Loch Linnhe Loch Leven
Roger Vander Steen
wrote on
May 11, 2008
We followed the WHW from Kinlochleven. 500 metres after joining the Mamore Lodge track we took the good stalkers’ path to the east of Stob Coire na h-Eirghe all the way to the bealach west of Am Bodach. Gentle slope to the summit.
John Wilkie
wrote on
June 24, 2007
Best day out yet! Completed the Ring with Steve, Marty & Chris. Felt great all day! Hard to get lost on this one...The falls of Steall are immense and the wire bridge was fun (not so much fun on the way back I might add!). The route up to An Gearanach was steep but pathed. Actually walked past the summit, realised after the GPS sorted us out. Nice scramble down and then back up to Stob Coire a Chairn. Then onto ridge to Am Bodach. Topped Sgurr a Lubhair (Ghost Munro - doesnt count). Then the best bit...Devil's Ridge. Excellent scramble and add the Difficult Step (try doing this with your mates egging you on!). Summit Sgurr a Mhaim and be extremely careful descending! There is a route down but the start point is crucial and where to turn off. Too far West and you hit the Falls of Steall. Too far east and you have a very steep vertical drop. Proceed with care. Great day out! - Classic.

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