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Chno Dearg


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.
1046 m (3431 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.
86 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.
Red 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
  41   Ben Nevis, Fort William & Glen Coe

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

Chno Dearg has a gently rounded summit but with some crags to the E and SE. There are ridges NE, branching to Meall Chaorach (815m) and Meall Dhearcaig, and another broader ridge runs NNW towards Fersit, all have easy slopes and are potentially boggy.

A short ridge SE has steep and craggy slopes, and a fourth ridge SW connects to Meall Garbh (976m) and Stob Coire Sgroidain (979m) via a broad bealach.

Normal ascent is from Fersit via Creag Dubh and Meall Chaorach to avoid the worst of the boggy ground, or from Stob Coire Sgroidain.

Hazards you may encounter on Chno Dearg include
 Moorland Terrain, few distinct landmarks.
 Crags within 1km of 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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 Weather & OS Maps
West Highlands
by MWIS (PDF format)
West Highlands
by Met Office
Beinn a Chaorainn
by Metcheck
Chno Dearg Area Map
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The summary information of one or more ascent routes that include Chno Dearg.

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 Routes that include Chno Dearg
  Ascent Distance Time Including... Description Rating
1 975 m 14.57 km 4.5 hrs Chno Dearg and Stob Coire Sgriodain  Moderate route with some crags to be climbed although these can generally be by-passed if desired.  

Pictures submitted by members on the summit of Chno Dearg

 Baggers Gallery for Chno Dearg

Chno Dearg

© Tony Dick

Image by Tony Dick

Chno Dearg

© Tony Dick

Image by Tony Dick

Chno Dearg Feb'12

© Mike Blake

Image by Mike Blake

me & my freens john frew & daw smith on the summit good days walking & gid craic cheers lads.

© Libby Smith

Image by Libby Smith
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Recently Climbed By
Andrew Gifford on 23 Aug 2020
Graeme Mcphee on 11 Aug 2020
Paul Buchanan on 19 Jan 2020

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 Shared Members Track Logs
Chno Dearg and Stob Coire Sgriodain
by Jason Gibson
Stob Coire Sgriodain and Chno Dearg
by William McGilvray
Stob Coire Sgriodain and Chno Dearg
by Graham Gaw
Stob Coire Sgriodain and Chno Dearg
by Douglas Mason
Stob Coire Sgriodain and Chno Dearg
by Paul Buchanan

Post a few words about Chno Dearg or read what others have had to say.

Gordon Miller
wrote on
January 23, 2011
We did this in January, and got the benefit of well frozen ground. This would be a very boggy and soggy experience on any mild day. It's one long straight 5km descent from Chno Dearg which you get a clear view of on Stob Choire Sgriodain.
Kathleen Haddow
wrote on
January 21, 2006
Climbed these together with Beinn na Lap but what a long day! Loads of wet bog to negotiate in the lower glens too
Richard Morris
wrote on
January 12, 2005
Yes we were the weekend of the violent storms (Jan 2005). Had to make do with just battling up to Chno Dearg and leaving Stob Coire Sgriodain for another day. Zero visability, strong winds and snow. Too much snow in gullies on Stob Coire Sgriodain for ascent. The long, seemingly never ending grind up the slopes of Chno Dearg were worth it in the end.

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