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Aonach Air Chrith


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.
1021 m (3349 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.
109 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.
Trembling ridge

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   Loch Alsh, Glen Shiel & Loch Hourn

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

Aonach Air Chrith is one of the 7 Munros on the 14km South Glen Shiel Ridge.

The ridge has steep slopes to the S and is very craggy with many corries to the N. The ridge traverse follows the scalloped rims of the corries between peaks. The ridge may be climbed in two sections E and W but individual peaks are not easily accessed and do not require individual descriptions.

Aonach Air Chrith is in the E section and has a long NNE ridge to A' Choich (830m), a W ridge linking to Maol Chinn-dearg and an E ridge to Druim Shionnach.

Hazards you may encounter on Aonach Air Chrith include
 Crags near summit.
 Narrow Ridges, with exposure.
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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North West Highlands
by MWIS (PDF format)
West Highlands
by Met Office
Ladhar Bheinn
by Metcheck
Aonach Air Chrith Area Map
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The summary information of one or more ascent routes that include Aonach Air Chrith.

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 Routes that include Aonach Air Chrith
  Ascent Distance Time Including... Description Rating
1 1605 m 22.01 km 7.5 hrs Aonach Air Chrith, Druim Shionnach, Maol Chinn-dearg and Creag a' Mhaim  This long route is the east section of the South Glen Shiel Ridge. The traverse of the whole ridge is a considerable undertaking so it is described in two parts.  

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Top of Aonach Air Chrith 06.07.12

© Dave Smith

Image by Dave Smith

Karl and me, 5/7...getting there!...28,5,12.

© Mark Thomson

Image by Mark Thomson

Aonach air Chrith Apr'12

© Mike Blake

Image by Mike Blake

Me & Christine at the top of Aonach Air Chrith 24.07.10. Munro 3 of the day.

© Gavin Poole

Image by Gavin Poole
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Alan Puckrin
wrote on
November 28, 2012
If you get the chance and don't mind the initial trackless tramp from the main road I would recommend the NNW ridge route which is classed as a Grade I winter ridge. Some narrow parts but mostly avoidable to the west if you want. Can ascend this way and descend off Sgurr an Doire Lethain to do a horseshoe with no road walking.

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