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An Socach [Loch Mullardoch]


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.
1069 m (3507 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.
67 of 282 Munros
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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.
The snout

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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  25   Glen Carron & Glen Affric

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

An Socach is a very remote peak with a crescent shaped summit plateau from which easy slopes run in all directions. An Socach has two long ridges, one running SE and another SW turning S. These have gentle slopes which tend to be boggy, especially in Coire Mhaim.

Shorter ridges run N down into Coire Gorm Mor and E to connect to An Riabhachan. As it is something of an expedition to reach An Socach, climb it with An Riabhachan.

An Socach offers good views of much more impressive mountains in a truly wild region.

Hazards you may encounter on An Socach [Loch Mullardoch] include
 Remote Mountain navigate with care.
 Moorland Terrain, few distinct landmarks.
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 An Socach [Loch Mullardoch].

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 Routes that include An Socach [Loch Mullardoch]
  Ascent Distance Time Including... Description Rating
1 2180 m 74.52 km 18.5 hrs An Riabhachan and An Socach [Loch Mullardoch]  Long route to remote mountains with unbridged streams/rivers to cross.  

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 Baggers Gallery for An Socach [Loch Mullardoch]

John and Roy looking forward to a good nights rest but probably damp. The sun is up there somewhere!

© John Forster

Image by John Forster

Fantastic day. Ridge from an Socach leading to An Riabhachan visible all the way to the top. 19/07/2013

© Eileen Stark

Image by Eileen Stark

James looking chuffed with himself at the summit of An Socach. An exceptionally hot day. Visibility Superb. 19/07/2013

© Eileen Stark

Image by Eileen Stark

View of An Riabhachan from near summit of An Socach

© Tim Beckett

Image by Tim Beckett
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Gordon Miller
wrote on
May 4, 2014
This is a seriously long outing. Be aware - the track that runs alongside the loch has suffered some erosion. In several places this has left the path dangerously close to the edge. In at least two places it has disappeared completely into the loch. This is not so much a problem in daylight, however if you are returning by this route in the dark, this could cause a major problem. It is however a wonderfully remote setting and this shouldn't in any way detract from a spectacular route.
Margaret Spalding
wrote on
October 1, 2013
If you are looking for a lift up Loch Mullardoch, this is now provided by Angus Hughes, Tel 07725334927 . No idea what he charges as we unfortunately went in the stalking season when he does not operate the boat. Makes for a long walk!
Aileen Moir
wrote on
May 23, 2011
Karl the boatman charges £25 per person if there are 2 and £15pp for more than 2 and there is a bridge over Allt Taige if needed - it's approx 2km from the mouth of the river however!
Alex Bryce
wrote on
December 1, 2008
A wonderfully remote summit. Reached after sunset to complete the set of four on a superb day of blue skies and fresh snow. After taking the south ridge at a gallop it was head torches on from the corrie below back along the loch to the car. The path is intermittent and difficult to follow in some parts and watch out for the fording of the bridge-less Allt Taige - was tricky under black-ice in the dark but would be even worse in spate.
Chris Bowles
wrote on
March 25, 2008
Climbed on a misty day in May 06, we took a boat from the Mullardoch Dam to end of Loch Mullardoch which took 40 minutes with 5 people in the boat. Ascended the hill via a boggy path next to the Allt Socrach and then by the south east ridge up to the summit. A fine circuit can be made by continuing along the ridge which includes some easy scrambling, taking in two tops of the neighbouring hill An Riabhachan before descending back to Mullardoch. We took the boat back to Mullardoch Dam as well on the return! The circuit was approximately 6 hours in total.

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