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Sgurr Choinnich Mor


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.
1094 m (3589 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.
52 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.
Big rocky peak of the moss

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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  41   Ben Nevis, Fort William & Glen Coe

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

Sgurr Choinnich Mor is located at the W end of the Grey Corries Ridge. The summit is boulder and scree with crags, particularly to the N and E.

This is an uncomplicated mountain with two ridges, NNE to Stob Coire Easain (1080m) at a high col (930m) and SW to Sgurr Choinnich Beag (963m). Normal access is from Glen Nevis via the S slopes of Sgurr Choinnich Beag or via the Grey Corries Ridge.

Hazards you may encounter on Sgurr Choinnich Mor include
 Stony/rocky Slopes 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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The summary information of one or more ascent routes that include Sgurr Choinnich Mor.

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 Routes that include Sgurr Choinnich Mor
  Ascent Distance Time Including... Description Rating
1 1580 m 23.84 km 7.5 hrs Stob Choire Claurigh, Stob Coire an Laoigh and Sgurr Choinnich Mor  A fairly long day with some exposure on the ridges. The Grey Corries are a classic ridge walk on rocky terrain, with excellent views of the Aonachs, with Carn mor Dearg and Ben Nevis behind, plus the Easains and the Mamores.  

Pictures submitted by members on the summit of Sgurr Choinnich Mor

 Baggers Gallery for Sgurr Choinnich Mor

Ian, Margo on summit 8/9/12 with friends and family celebrating our last Munro.

© Ian Moncur

Image by Ian Moncur

Sgurr Choinnich Mor from Sgurr Choinnich Beag.

© James Corrigan

Image by James Corrigan

At the summit on a perfect day with the ridge to Aonach Beag in the background.15/9/11

© Ian Mather

Image by Ian Mather

Summit of Sgurr Coinnich Mor 11/10/10

© john wells

Image by john wells
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James Corrigan
wrote on
August 11, 2012
Started form Nevis Gorge car park and walked out to Steall ruin and took the very wet and rough path east to upper Glen Nevis. Eventually got fed up with this mud bath of a path and struck uphill steeply to Sgurr a' Bhuic. This connects through some stony ground to Stob Coire Bhealaich where the obvious wide ridge takes you on to Sgurr Choinnich Beag. Only when on this path did I appreciate what a magnificent looking hill Stob Coire Bhealaich is. Its near neighbour and the initial climb Sgurr a' Bhuic forms together and gives a tremendous view from Sgurr Choinnich Beag. The Aonachs connect to this hill and add the the stunning view. Hard slog up Sgurr Choinnich Beag and down a sharp dip and the final pull up to summit of Sgurr Choinnich Mor. The wide arc and hollowed out crater made me think of a past volcanic blast right where I was standing.The rock is grey and white everywhere quartzite most likely. Steeply down to Upper Glen Nevis keeping a high line to avoid worst of the bog path.
David Harbottle
wrote on
February 19, 2007
Try climbing this from the Aonach's (get the gondola up). I descented the Aonach's from col between Stob Coire Bhealaich and Sgurr a'Bhuic, which was a little tricky, but not hard (under snow). I returned to Aonach Mor ski centre via Allt a'Chul Choire - Allt Coire an Eoin and the disused railway line in the Leanachan Forest (8hrs). This was an excellent, adventurous winters day out (Feb 2007).
Andy Ross
wrote on
March 4, 2002
An alternative route to doing the full Grey Corries ridge is to do both Sgurr Choinnich Beg and Mor from the Steall flats, accessible from the top of Glen Nevis.

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