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Beinn Chabhair


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.
933 m (3061 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.
244 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 hawk

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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  50   Glen Orchy & Loch Etive

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

Beinn Chabhair is a craggy hill with a long rocky ridge NW then W to where Lochan a' Chaisteil lies cradled in the rocks. There is a short rocky ridge SW to a bealach and another NE to a bealach connecting to An Caisteal.

This mountain is generally climbed from Inverarnan, either following the path by Ben Glas Burn (very boggy in places) or by ascending to Lochan an Chaisteil and following NW ridge to the summit. There are several routes through the rocky outcrops to the summit.

Hazards you may encounter on Beinn Chabhair include
 Stony/rocky Slopes on or near ascent routes.
 Crags 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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 Routes that include Beinn Chabhair
  Ascent Distance Time Including... Description Rating
1 1020 m 12.73 km 4.5 hrs Beinn Chabhair  The approach follows a well established path, but can be boggy. There seems to be little consensus on the route, through the crags, to the summit as many paths exist.  

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Munro my Springer Spaniel coming down a steep slope on Beinn Chabhair

© Alexander McMillan

Image by Alexander McMillan

On Beinn Chabhair on Sunday 6th May in a white out, fantastic it does not get any better than this. Terry with two Paisley ramblers that we met on the way up. Jenifer

© Jenifer Alderson

Image by Jenifer Alderson

Robert McMillan at summit of Beinn Chabhair on a warm sunny ( and some snow!) day in May 2012

© Robert Mcmillan

Image by Robert Mcmillan

Wee Darren's (age 7) 1st Munro

© Gordon Gray

Image by Gordon Gray
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James Corrigan
wrote on
February 24, 2012
Revisited Beinn Chabhair going up from the camp site at Beinnglass.Beinn Glass falls were in spate and a wonderful spectacle they are.Be careful.You can die here due to dramatic plunges.Following the burn which eventually leads to Lochan Beinn Chabhair.This is a truly wet route with bog hopping the order of the day.Steeply up to a gash in the hill between Meal nan Tarmachan and Beinn Chabhair. Follow the gouged up and down path all the way to the summit of Chabhair where there are great views to An Caisteal.Beinn a Chroin and the excellent Corbett. Stob a Choin at Inverlochlarig.
Alistair David MacLeod
wrote on
May 23, 2011
My 1991 SMC Southern Highlands guide states this hill "can also be climbed quite easily by its south-east slopes above the head of the River Larig". We did this route the day after the recent Royal Wedding and despite wall-to-wall blue sky we encountered challenging pathless route-finding up through the crags with very steep grass and potentially dangerous run outs. It would be safer (though much less exciting) to walk up to the watershed between Chabhair and Caisteal/a'Chroin, then climb L up Chabhair's E "ridge". Oh, and aren't the tame ravens fun!
William Thomson
wrote on
May 16, 2010
Climbed this with my mate Bruce "The hammer" Hampton. Parked BORVO the camper at the car park on the A82 at Derrydaroch. We walked in following Alt a' Chuilinn, not as boggy as some of our plimsoll wearing walkers would make out. We took the hill as the crow fly's which was a nice climb through the crags to the top. From there steep decent and then climbed Beinn a' Chroin (took in both summits), returning to Bealach and climbed An Caisteal. Returned to BORVO by Stob Glas, it was nice maintaining the height on the way back and made for some nice views. The decent from Stob Glas was gradule and not sore on the old knees. Enjoyable day out in the hills, met some really nice folk, The hammers Weegie banter was up to scratch! :-)
Andrew Blair
wrote on
July 22, 2009
Visited 3-4 times from Inverarnan via Ben Glas Burn. Turned back at lochan the first time, beaten by the clock - it's a long walk in & I had taken too many photos of the many waterfalls. Most recently with a friend 26/10/2006 & as usual, gaitors were a must. Summit shrouded in cloud this time but was clear previously. On that occassion me and my brothers returned via the hidden lochan on Ben Glas. Such a beautiful, peaceful place - eerily silent. Chabhair was one of my first munros and the views of An Caisteal and Beinn a'Chroin from the summit ignited my passion for the hills.
David Harbottle
wrote on
April 15, 2009
Alternative descent down Coire a Chuilinn, passing the Falls of Falloch near the end is worthwhile.

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