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Mullach an Rathain (Liathach)


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.
1023 m (3356 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.
108 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.
Summit of the pinnacles (The grey one)

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
  25   Glen Carron & Glen Affric

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

The imposing mass of Liathach dominates Glen Torridon and Upper Loch Torridon with its steep terraced sandstone slopes.

Of the six peaks along the summit ridge, two have been ranked as Munros, but the whole ridge should be traversed. As the ridge is normally climbed E to W, Mullach an Rathain is near the end of the route.

From Mullach an Rathain the main ridge continues W and a descent can be made towards Torridon House, but there are also ridges NE to Meall Dearg, E to Spidean a Choire Leith (the main ridge) and S curving SE enclosing a corrie from through which a descent can be made to Glen Torridon.

Have no doubt that this is a serious mountain.

Hazards you may encounter on Mullach an Rathain include
 Steep slopes on or near ascent routes.
 Crags on or near ascent routes.
 Crags near summit.
 Narrow Ridges, with exposure.
 Scrambling (minor), easy hand and footholds.
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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North West Highlands
by MWIS (PDF format)
West Highlands
by Met Office
by Metcheck
Mullach an Rathain Area Map
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The summary information of one or more ascent routes that include Mullach an Rathain.

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 Routes that include Mullach an Rathain
  Ascent Distance Time Including... Description Rating
1 1500 m 10.98 km 5 hrs Spidean a' Choire Leith and Mullach an Rathain  A classicroute. Liathach is an imposing massif, the ascent is steep and the traverse requires scrambling. If you have the head to traverse the pinnacles, then it is truly wonderful route.  

Pictures submitted by members on the summit of Mullach an Rathain

 Baggers Gallery for Mullach an Rathain

Clear April day 2015.

© Gordon Miller

Image by Gordon Miller

Margo and Colin at summit 7/8/12

© Ian Moncur

Image by Ian Moncur

Karl and me on top, 14/7/12.

© Mark Thomson

Image by Mark Thomson

Lynda at the summit of Mullach an Rathain 4th June 2011 - the Fasarinen Pinnacles and Spidean a' Choire Leith in the background.

© Lynda Langlands

Image by Lynda Langlands
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