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Meall nan Con (Ben Klibreck)


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.
962 m (3156 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.
194 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.
Meaning unknown (Hill oh the speckled cliff)

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
  16   Lairg & Loch Shin, Loch Naver

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

Meall nan Con is the highest top of Ben Kilbreck, a large mountain with long ridges. W of the summit is a shoulder A' Chioch (747m) with craggy NW slopes from where a ridge runs S to Carn an Fheidh (808m) then divides to produce several branches.

The usual and shortest ascent route is from the A836 road to the col N of Carn an Fheidh but an ascent is also possible from the S on the path through Beallach Easach. The long NE ridge to the minor top Meall Ailein (724m) does not lead to an access route but its SE ridges are accessible from the road to Alldalaird.

Hazards you may encounter on Meall nan Con include
 Steep slopes on or near ascent routes.
 Stony/rocky Slopes on or near ascent routes.
 Crags on or near ascent routes.
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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East Highlands
by Met Office
Ben Hope
by Metcheck
Meall nan Con Area Map
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 Routes that include Meall nan Con
  Ascent Distance Time Including... Description Rating
1 821 m 11.08 km 4 hrs Meall nan Con  Easy route over moorland, with some steep grass slopes.  

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Roy and John at the top amongst the shattered trig points

© John Forster

Image by John Forster

On top of Ben Kilbreck: 26th April 2011

© Oliver Bartrum

Image by Oliver Bartrum

Fantastic day on Ben Klibreck

© Margaret Spalding

Image by Margaret Spalding

Summit of Ben Kilbreck with some unexpected company.

© John Andrew

Image by John Andrew
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Terry Moore
wrote on
August 21, 2010
18 August 2010. Ascended by Graham Ellis route of 2007. Slightly boggy on start then a pleaseant ridge walk. Recommend Crask Inn hospitality. Apparently a Vampire aircraft crashed in 1955 north of summit near Meall Ailein (monument SE of here), but unable to view due to time from climbing Ben Hope in the morning.
Graham Ellis
wrote on
August 30, 2007
Followed the Geo Ferguson suggested route starting at NC 53242712, following the 4x4 trail, and the Vince Harrison path. However, from the summit I took the SSE shoulder down to Loch a' Bhealaich to pick up the track going SW over Bealach Easach then turning W back to the Crask Inn. It makes the walk a more interesting circular route. The Crask Inn is definitely a place to stay with excellent home cooked food. The Landlord gave me a lift back to my car parked at the bridge further north.
Roger Vander Steen
wrote on
July 1, 2007
16th June 2007. We followed Geo Ferguson’s suggestion for parking and it did not take long to cross the boggy section before climbing Cnoc Sgriodain. A path, mentioned by Vince Harrison, begins at 570276 at 670 metres and contours round Carn an Fheidh to the 688 metre spot height.
Mike Watson
wrote on
May 10, 2007
We started a wee bit further north than the route here ending up at the north side of Loch nan Uan and returned the same way. Easy approach and ascent but then it hadn't rained for a month. We combined with Ben Hope no problem and were easily back to the pub in Lairg for food & beer (via the Crask Inn).
Duncan Macleod
wrote on
August 19, 2005
I'd certainly agree with other users: I made the mistake of doing this on the same day as Ben Hope, and came back in moonlight. Very soggy ground, went up by Creag an Lochain and along ridge. Came off Ben K to south, then swung west and down from col on wet & rocky 'path'. Slid down grassy slopes on backside to Loch nan Uan.

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