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Ben Donich


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.
847 m (2778 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.
95 of 222 Corbetts
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.
Brown 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.

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

Ben Donich is a square pyramid with its summit at the centre of four ridges. The slopes are moderate, and terrain is mainly grass with some rocky outcrops on steeper slopes.

Ben Donich can be accessed by any of its four ridges, but is almost surrounded by forest. The normal approaches are via forest tracks in Glen Croe which give access to the NE and SE ridges.

Ben Donich is sufficiently close to the Brack, for them both to be climbed in a day.

Hazards you may encounter on Ben Donich include
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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West Highlands
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West Highlands
by Met Office
Ben Lomond
by Metcheck
Ben Donich Area Map
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The summary information of one or more ascent routes that include Ben Donich.

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 Routes that include Ben Donich
  Ascent Distance Time Including... Description Rating
1 820 m 10.24 km 3.5 hrs Ben Donich  This is a short easy route starting from an altitude 260m. Mainly grassy slopes with some rock outcrops  

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My bag at Ben Donich, am holding the camera. I was there honest

© Gerard Dougan

Image by Gerard Dougan

Robert McMillan, Babs Blair and John Briggs at summit of Ben Donich

© Robert Mcmillan

Image by Robert Mcmillan

Julie and I at the top of a very windy Ben Donich on the 11th of Dec 2010. Ben Lomond just visible behind us.

© Alister Richmond

Image by Alister Richmond

James at base of small easy scramble on descent from top

© Eileen Stark

Image by Eileen Stark
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James Corrigan
wrote on
September 26, 2010
Initially thought about walking Ben Donich from Ardgartan but it seems it is a trudge through a forest track so headed instead for B828 Glean Mor, just half a mile from Rest and be Thankful where there is a car park, hill sign and obvious path for the hill.Usual steep start with twisting obvious path.A new gate has replaced the old high stile.Steeply up the North ridge.Soon you meet a small tricky part where you need to scramble down and over some large rocks.There are some sharp crags on the West side which look dangerous so avoid.There is a steep pull up a broad ridge after this and soon the summit Trig Pillar is in view with a simple shallow incline to the top.Views are outstanding for here.Ben Lomond in the distance looks great from this angle.The Cobbler Ben Ime.Ben an Lochain and Hells Glen are well seen.
Andrew Blair
wrote on
July 22, 2009
Been up this 4 times with various family members & most recently with the missus. Climbed from Rest & Be Thankful on stunning clear day (could see Ailsa Craig & beyond). People often write this hill is unremarkable - I think these folk should get off the beaten track & discover the many deep fissure systems & sheer faces only a few feet to the side of the path! I've crawled into a 20ft deep, 3ft wide slot with my camera - utterly lethal in the snow I would imagine. There is also a huge, deep chasm with a little rock "plank" you can step out onto near that 2m scramble on the main path. Awesome!
Kevin Woods
wrote on
August 31, 2008
Climbed 2008-08-31 in the mist and damp, but had a super day out. Turns out theres a path all the way to the summit, though not marked on the OS maps. It's a wide clear track until it crosses a stile and becomes boggier and a little indistinct higher up. An enjoyable and easy ascent though, characterised by the interesting 2m rock step near the summit.
Leon Mooney
wrote on
February 14, 2008
Climbed on 14/2/08. More straightforward than I expected, aside from that rather odd scramble down in the path not far below the summit (funny how the books and websites don't mention that!). Visibility was virtually nil higher up and it was very cold. Met another climber and he reassured me that the descent into the Bealach was actually quite easy, even in cloud. So off I headed to do The Brack.

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