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Ben Challum


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.
1025 m (3362 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.
106 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.
Malcolm's hill

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
  50   Glen Orchy & Loch Etive

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

From the S, Ben Challum appears as a broad grassy hill yet from the N it is a craggy mountain overlooking the head of Glen Lochay.

The most frequently used route is from Kirkton Farm up the easy slopes to the South Top then N on ridge to the summit.

An alternative route from Glen Lochay onto the E ridge is longer but shows the wilder side of Ben Challum.

Hazards you may encounter on Ben Challum include
 Crags within 1km of 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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Ordnance Survey digital maps are also available to members.

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West Highlands
by MWIS (PDF format)
West Highlands
by Met Office
Ben Oss
by Metcheck
Ben Challum Area Map
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The summary information of one or more ascent routes that include Ben Challum.

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 Routes that include Ben Challum
  Ascent Distance Time Including... Description Rating
1 925 m 11.28 km 4 hrs Ben Challum  Easy climb on grassy slopes.  

Pictures submitted by members on the summit of Ben Challum

 Baggers Gallery for Ben Challum

Me the cairn on top of Ben Challum 21/01/2012

© Alexander McMillan

Image by Alexander McMillan

Alex & Dot at the top of Ben Challum 21/01/2012

© Alexander McMillan

Image by Alexander McMillan

Johnny and Robert at summit of Ben Challum Nov 2011

© Robert Mcmillan

Image by Robert Mcmillan

Me emerging from the mist above the raiway crossing.

© James Lindsay

Image by James Lindsay
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Peter Tindal
wrote on
January 2, 2011
I can only echo what others have said and leave this one for winter as it would be very wet at any other time of year.
John Gordon
wrote on
November 26, 2010
Save this for the winter months no muck or boggy conditions to contend with the ground was frozen solid made for easy going excellent views 360
Martin Scott
wrote on
November 2, 2010
Did the walk on Monday 1st November trying to beat the rain that was forecast for around Lunchtime. Started from the Kirkton farm at 9.30am. The route was an absolute quagmire in places until we reached the 2400 ft mark then it was easy going following the track all the way to the first summit. There were no views to be had as the cloudbase was down to about 2700 ft. After we had navigated our way off the ridge to the northwest of the first summit it was a dawdle reaching the Ben Challum top. It was getting very cold and the decision was made to head straight back down. The rain started just as we were leaving Ben Challum behind, it was driving right into us and was sleety as well. Apart from the lack of a view on the summit and the boggy conditions it was still an enjoyable walk taking three hours for the ascent and 2 hours to get back to the car, another one ticked off.
Keith Waugh
wrote on
March 14, 2010
This will be an easy walk when the snows have gone though it could become very boggy. Follow the Deer fence most of the way up. Great views of the Crianlarich Hills and Ben Lui.
Adam Rixon
wrote on
February 19, 2010
If climbing this from Kirkton farm, there are 2 main sections of ascent joined by a flatter section around 650m. The first ascent is very straightforward, though looks potentially boggy much of the year round - both my ascents have been on frozen ground in winter. Keep right after crossing the railway to pick up a path alongside the obvious wire fence running up the hillside. This leads to the flat section, after which there's a steeper 300m pull to the South Top and finally the summit ridge. This is probably the best viewpoint of all for the Glen Falloch Munros - plenty to see N, E and W too.

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  Date Title Written by Including...
1 09 Nov 2011 Ben Challum avoiding the bog James Lindsay Ben Challum
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