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Creag a' Mhaim


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.
947 m (3106 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.
218 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.
Crag of the large rounded hill

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.

Creag a' Mhaim is the most easterly and traditionally the first climbed of the 7 Munros on the 14km South Glen Sheil Ridge.

The ridge has steep slopes to the S and is very craggy with many corries to the N. The traverse of the ridge 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.

Logically, Creag a' Mhaim is also the start of the E section, and for the whole ridge. The normal ascent of Creag a' Mhaim is via its SE ridge where a path leads to the summit from Loch Cluanie

Hazards you may encounter on Creag a' Mhaim include
 Steep 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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North West Highlands
by MWIS (PDF format)
West Highlands
by Met Office
Ladhar Bheinn
by Metcheck
Creag a' Mhaim Area Map
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The summary information of one or more ascent routes that include Creag a' Mhaim.

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 Routes that include Creag a' Mhaim
  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.  

Pictures submitted by members on the summit of Creag a' Mhaim

 Baggers Gallery for Creag a' Mhaim

My only view for the week after rain and more rain. Cluanie Inn in the background.

© Steve Marlow

Image by Steve Marlow

Top of Creag a' Mhaim 06.07.12

© Dave Smith

Image by Dave Smith

karl and me on final summit...now down for a hard earned pint at the Cluanie Inn, 28,5,12.

© Mark Thomson

Image by Mark Thomson

Creag a' Mhaim Apr'12

© Mike Blake

Image by Mike Blake
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Post a few words about Creag a' Mhaim or read what others have had to say.

Gordon Miller
wrote on
July 15, 2011
The Cameron McNeish book (which we all have) advises following the stream up to the summit ridge. I disagree - the obvious broad ridge which is to the East (or left) of the the advised route will give an easier and much drier approach to the summit.
Tony Wah
wrote on
September 7, 2007
Being the first or the last munro depending on which way you walk the ridge, it has a more open aspect, so giving some really great views to the east.

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