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An Gearanach


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.
982 m (3221 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.
166 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 complainer

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.

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  41   Ben Nevis, Fort William & Glen Coe

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

An Gearanach, one of the more northerly Mamores, is part of the Ring of Steall. This circular route around Coire a' Mhail is named for a waterfall that cascades into Glen Nevis.

An Gearanach and its southerly neighbour An Garbhanach are connected by a high col (950m) on a very narrow ridge. The N slopes of An Gearanach are more complex with three ridges projecting into Glen Nevis, which run NE, NNE and NNW. The access path from Glen Nevis is on the NNW ridge.

Hazards you may encounter on An Gearanach include
 Steep slopes on or near ascent routes.
 Stony/rocky Slopes on or near ascent routes.
 Crags on or near ascent routes.
 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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 Routes that include An Gearanach
  Ascent Distance Time Including... Description Rating
1 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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Top of An Gearanach 10.08.12

© Dave Smith

Image by Dave Smith

Me at the top of An Gearanach

© Alexander McMillan

Image by Alexander McMillan

the lads top of an gearanach

© Colin Mochan

Image by Colin Mochan

Owen and me atop An Gearanach on a horrendous day of torrential rain, October 2010

© Michael Hill

Image by Michael Hill
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James Corrigan
wrote on
August 9, 2012
An Gearanach.First of the Munros on Ring of Steal if going clockwise.This is a better option for me me as you avoid the knee/ ankle jolting slopes of Am Bodach.Best go up Am Bodach hill not down.Going down the Steal Falls from Sgurr a Mahaim is simply dangerous, especailly if wet.Deaths have occured attempting this.Clockwise as said but be your own guide.An Gearanach is a supreb Mountain.Very narrow all the way across the top of its subsiduary top. An Garbhanach where the real fun is.Steep drops on either side and narrow ledges if you use them.Keep to the left if you avoid the scrambles.The right West side is lethal so avoid.Knee bustin drop in to Beallach Chadha Rabhaich where stunning photographs can be taken of this very scenic Mountain.Sharp pull up to Stob Coire a` Chairn second Munro sees this wonderfull adventure continue around the Ring of Steal.
Alex Bryce
wrote on
September 26, 2010
Wire bridge was fine when we crossed (late Sept '10). The bogs a short distance further for terrible - muddled through the boulders and trees on the right to avoid. The An Garbhanach section is very narrow and exposed in parts but very simple scrambling - basically fine IF you've a head for heights. Would also recommend an anti-clockwise route. The tricky route finding up Sgurr a'Mhaim will be far easier in ascent.
Adrian Laishley
wrote on
June 2, 2010
The Wire bridge has now been closed due to damage on the lower cable on far side of river one to watch out for after heavy rain.
Roger Vander Steen
wrote on
September 23, 2006
If approaching An Gearanach from the wire bridge, the route is initially very water-logged. During a fairly dry spell (13th September 2006) a comfortable alternative was to ignore the bridge and stay on the path. Very soon the river bends to the right away from the path. Follow the river for 120 m to a ford. I was able to use this without wetting the insides of my boots. Follow the other bank eastwards for 200 m to a rowan tree, then turn right to join the path up the hill.
Craig Coid
wrote on
July 11, 2004
This is the best part of the whole Ring of Steall; for best enjoyment, leave this Munro to last and do the Ring anticlockwise. The easy scramble up the arete of An Garbhanach is great fun and the ridge traverse over the top to An Gearanach is superb- exposure is present the whole way if you stick with the ridge line. This is a great Munro, in a great situation; the views are magnificent, even on a reasonably clear day. Do the 'Ring' and have a great day out in the mountains!

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