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Beinn Mhanach


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.
953 m (3126 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.
211 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.
Monk's 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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  50   Glen Orchy & Loch Etive

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

Beinn Mhanach lies at the head of Gleann Ach'-innes Chailein overlooking Loch Lyon to the E. It is an uncomplicated mountain orientated E to W with two tops, the second being Beinn a' Chuirn (923m). To the S the slopes are smooth and moderately steep, but there are rocky outcrops on the N slopes.

Beinn Mhanach is normally ascended from the track in Srath Tarabhan up the S slopes to the col between Beinn Mhanach and Beinn a' Chuirn. It can also be climbed from Beinn Achaladair or Beinn an Dothaidh to the W, via the bealach at the head of Gleann Calliche again ascending to the same col.

Hazards you may encounter on Beinn Mhanach include
 Steep slopes on or near ascent routes.
 Crags near 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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 Routes that include Beinn Mhanach
  Ascent Distance Time Including... Description Rating
1 918 m 20.94 km 6 hrs Beinn Mhanach  Easy climb with long walk in. Biggest problem is the risk of wet feet, although stepping stones are available if river is not in spate. Use of bicycle can be considered, but you will have to cycle through streams!  

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 Baggers Gallery for Beinn Mhanach

Andrew law at the cairn 12/10/14

© Andrew Law

Image by Andrew Law

Me & David at the summit his first Munro in 6 years.

© John Andrew

Image by John Andrew

Joyce at one of the many river crossings.

© Ian Munro

Image by Ian Munro

Scott, Lynda, Joanne & Graham on summit of Beinn Mhanach (3rd July 2011) with Beinn Dorain directly behind and Beinn a' Chaisteil (corbett) to left. Great views all around made the hot slog up worthwhile!

© Lynda Langlands

Image by Lynda Langlands
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Ian Munro
wrote on
September 23, 2012
Took the route up Auch Glen. Echo the difficulty in getting parked beside the A82, but there are decent laybys not far away. A bike would have been useful. River crossings would definitely be a problem in wet weather. 'Munro Book' recommended rising traverse up south slopes to col. That was hard work across a succession of gullies. Better, in my view, to stay on the track until the bridge over the prominent burn down opposite the col, then to climb up alongside its east side.
Richard Goodman
wrote on
February 4, 2012
Bike up glen from Auch is the way to do it, great fun fording the Kinglass on it several times on the way there and back, at least if it's not in spate, and it will help keep feet dry! The river bottom is stony not silty so its possible to pedal across but best to hit the crossings with sufficient momentum to carry you most of the way from one side to the other if possible. I didn't find the southern slopes so steep or boring to ascend, and provide quick access to the summit once you reach the foot of Mhanach, which only took me 1.5hrs from Bridge of Orchy hotel, at slow cycling pace!
James Corrigan
wrote on
November 14, 2010
Decided to do Beinn Mhachan from Coire nan Clach.This means ascending from Bridge of Orchy.Get to Bealach at the head of Coirean Dothaidh.This is also the start point for Beinn Dorain/Dothaidh.Snow drifting meant there was some tough and treacherous moments along this Glen.I would hate to go along this in wet conditions.It was frozen in the main so the snow trudging was a better exchange.Drop sharply and skirt the south top of Beinn Achaladair and head down the Glen for about a mile before turning East to Beinn a Chuirn.There are some mean looking crags here so best to go on further where you can climb up steep hazard free slopes.There is a path according to the map couldn`t find it due to snow there were no footprints.Just me breaking fresh snow.The joys!.Soon the twin peaks appear giving great views over Loch Lyon Achaladar/Creachain.Headed back for a bit on Alt a Chuirn sinking thigh deep in to fresh snow.Gained the East cragy slope of Beinn Dorain and back to the Bealach.
David Scott
wrote on
August 29, 2009
We counted 11 river crossings starting from Auch Farm, multiply that by 2 if you return by the same route. River was in spate even in August. Very wet feet again and again.
Gareth Lynn
wrote on
June 1, 2009
Take a bike as the ride back is awsome and prepare for wet feet!!

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