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Bruach na Frithe


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.
958 m (3143 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.
200 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.
Slope of the deer forest

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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  32   South Skye & Cuillin Hills

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

Bruach na Frithe is one of the more northern peaks on the Black Cuillin Ridge.

The Cuillin are composed of gabbro rock which gives wonderful grip even when wet. These mountains have steep faces and narrow ridges which invariably require scrambling but Bruach na Frithe is an exception as it is an easy ascent.

The normal route up Bruach na Frithe is from Fionn Choire up its NNW ridge to reach the crest of the ridge then a scramble along the ridge to the summit.

Hazards you may encounter on Bruach na Frithe include
 Stony/rocky Slopes on or near ascent routes.
 Crags on or near ascent routes.
 Crags near summit.
 Narrow Ridges, with exposure.
 Scrambling (major), greater exposure and steeper rock.
 Magnetic rock, compass bearings inacurate.
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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Sgurr na Banachdich
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Bruach na Frithe Area Map
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The summary information of one or more ascent routes that include Bruach na Frithe.

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 Routes that include Bruach na Frithe
  Ascent Distance Time Including... Description Rating
1 920 m 9.77 km 3.5 hrs Bruach na Frithe  A route for scramblers who are comfortable with exposure. You are recommended to purchase and study a higher scale map of the Black Cuillin of Skye before attempting an ascent.  

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Nearly done, No 9 on day 2 of my two day traverse May 2013

© Colin Fridge

Image by Colin Fridge

Brent, Eric, Maria, Paul & Alex at the top of Bruach na Frithe 21/5/12

© Alexander McMillan

Image by Alexander McMillan

Me and Andy on top, 4,6,11.

© Mark Thomson

Image by Mark Thomson

the lads at the summit with our very trusted guide tony hanly from skye, cheers tony

© John Frew

Image by John Frew
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Bruach na Frithe
by Neil Cuthbert
Bruach na Frithe
by Jan Konstmann
Bruach na Frithe
by Alan Parker
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by Brian Howarth
Bruach na Frithe
by Kenny Mcneill

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Adam Rixon
wrote on
July 1, 2008
My first (and so far only) Cuillin, climbed on a sunny day in June with Dave McSporran and friends to mark his last Munro. Although this is referred to as the 'easy' Cuillin, if you ascend via the N ridge like we did there is still considerable scrambling to be done. No particularly tricky moves though, with bypass paths in many places and fairly limited exposure. The summit is an awesome viewpoint, and on our visit other walkers got an unexpected bonus as new compleater Dave was forced to don a full clown outfit for the descent! Descended over Sgurr a' Bhastier and steeply down its N ridge.
Roger Vander Steen
wrote on
February 27, 2006
From the top of the Bealach na Mhaim the north-west ridge can be climbed without difficulty for much of the way. When rock is eventually encountered on steeper ground, a tempting level path contours to the right across the stony slope. Ignore this and continue straight up. Slightly to the right of the line of the ridge a long gully can be seen ahead leading upwards. Climbing this and continuing in a straight line will lead to the summit.
Andy Johns
wrote on
October 28, 2004
Climbed on a misty summer day that ended up with blue skies all round by the end of the afternoon. A quite superb outing from Sligachan, this is definitey recommended as the best "first cuillin" route. Surprisingly busy on top but with fantastic views of the rest of the Cuillin. While my Father-in-Law headed down past the Bhasteir gorge I headed over Am Basteir and Sgurr nan Gillean (serious scrambling with a Diff chimney to climb early on). Skinny-dipping in the pools of Coire Riabhach finished off an excellent day!
Jon Todman
wrote on
July 21, 2004
Enjoyed this mountain immensely. Our first time into the Cuillin, and both easier and more rewarding than I had expected. Arrived through Fionn Choire, but descended down the scree slopes of Coire a Bhasteir- scree wasn't much fun, but the many beautiful waterfalls on that route are worth the effort.
Paul Richardson
wrote on
May 14, 2001
As an introduction to the Cuillin, this is ideal. No more difficult than, say, Bidean nam Bian, and gives stupendous views along the ridge to Alasdair, back over Am Basteir, and soaring over to Marsco, Blaven and the sea. A soft snow patch high in the corrie was tricky in early May. Recommend an excursion to Sgurr a Basteir (NOT Am Basteir proper) for the unsurpassed view of the Pinnacle Ridge of Sgurr nan Gillean.

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