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Meall nan Ceapraichean


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.
977 m (3205 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.
177 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.
Hill of the stubby hillocks

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
  20   Beinn Dearg & Loch Broom, Ben Wyvis

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

Meall nan Ceapraichean and Eididh nan Clach Geala are sister peaks flanking a high corrie containing a small loch, Lochan a' Chnapaich.

The steep and craggy W slopes of Meall nan Ceapraichean overlook Gleann na Squaib and together with the crags of Beinn Dearg produce a narrow crag lined pass.

The main summit ridge runs E 2.5km to a minor top, Cnap Coire Loch Tuath then turns ENE towards Gleann Beag. This ridge has very steep and craggy S slopes but they are easy to moderate.

There is also a short SE ridge with easy slopes leading to the bealach at the head of Gleann na Squaib where the path from Inverlael terminates. This bealach also provides access to Cona' Meall and Beinn Dearg.

Hazards you may encounter on Meall nan Ceapraichean include
 Steep slopes 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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North West Highlands
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West Highlands
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by Metcheck
Meall nan Ceapraichean Area Map
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The summary information of one or more ascent routes that include Meall nan Ceapraichean.

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 Routes that include Meall nan Ceapraichean
  Ascent Distance Time Including... Description Rating
1 1759 m 25.80 km 8.5 hrs Beinn Dearg [Ullapool], Cona' Mheall, Meall nan Ceapraichean and Eididh nan Clach Geala  This is a big day with some steep slopes to ascend. You can shorten the route by omitting Cona' Meall which can be climbed from the south or west.  

Pictures submitted by members on the summit of Meall nan Ceapraichean

 Baggers Gallery for Meall nan Ceapraichean

3rd one today he is saying. Pleased with himself. 14/07/2011

© Eileen Stark

Image by Eileen Stark

Is this the summit or is it the other cairn ?? Anyway number 3 of the day and my 200th Munro. 4th June 2011

© Colin Fridge

Image by Colin Fridge

Summit 2 on the 17th May 2010....

© Dougie Mccoll

Image by Dougie Mccoll

Top of Meall nan Ceapraichean 30.04.10

© Dave Smith

Image by Dave Smith
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Chris Bowles
wrote on
March 27, 2008
Taking the track from Inverlael up to point 886m on the OS map allows you to climb this hill via its south east ridge which is a very gradual ascent. The path clings to its precipitous western side which in the ultra windy conditions we had proved quite dangerous. However it is a fine hill that could easily be added with the surrounding hills depending on your personal preference.
Norman Phipps
wrote on
June 22, 2005
A long day even in summer but its worth the effort. I walked over to Glenbeg and stayed in one of the 2 bothies there. Then on to do Seana Bhraigh.
David Johnstone
wrote on
May 30, 2002
This is marvelous remote mountain country. All 5 hills in this group can be achieved in an overnight bivvy by this route. No one should underestimate the remoteness of these hills or their size. This is a serious expidition in any circumstances.

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