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An Socach [Glen Ey]


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.
944 m (3097 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.
227 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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  43   Braemar & Blair Atholl

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

An Socach has a curved summit ridge some 3km long, with the summit at the W end. From the summit a steep sided stony ridge runs N towards Altnour Lodge in Glen Ey.

From the E end of the summit ridge a 5 km long ridge runs N to Creag an Fhuathais also overlooking Glen Eye. Either side of this ridge are two shorter ridges, NW to Carn Cruinn (862m) and a narrow ridge E to Coire Fhearnseag and Socach Mor.

Ascent is normally by the E ridge from the path by the Baddoch Burn, but some slopes into Glen Ey are accessible. An Socach has some steep and stony slopes to avoid, but otherwise moderate slopes make this an easy ascent.

Hazards you may encounter on An Socach [Glen Ey] include
 Steep slopes on or near ascent routes.
 Stony/rocky Slopes on or near ascent routes.
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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Cairngorms * Monadhliath
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East Highlands
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Cairn Bannoch
by Metcheck
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The summary information of one or more ascent routes that include An Socach [Glen Ey].

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 Routes that include An Socach [Glen Ey]
  Ascent Distance Time Including... Description Rating
1 655 m 15.20 km 4.5 hrs An Socach [Glen Ey]  A short easy route on heather, grass and moss. No height is given for the west top on the OS map, but the SMC publications give the height as 944m.  

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Jorja at the top of An Socach. March 2015.

© Scott Blair

Image by Scott Blair

me at the summit of an socach, with my good friends danny gemmal, and mick smith,what a day lads am that tired i can hardly hold my fingers up, our 5 th munro of the day,

© John Frew

Image by John Frew

Me on the summit of An Socach 14/08/2010

© john wells

Image by john wells

Top of An Socach 11.11.09

© Dave Smith

Image by Dave Smith
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Colin Barclay
wrote on
May 24, 2009
In full agreement with Brian Doolan, best route is to take the route he suggests, did this on 24th May with my wife Shirley, great day out, thanks Brian
Alan Cantwell
wrote on
April 11, 2009
3hrs 15mins to the summit of An Socach, then South down the scree (easy) We then carried on to camp overnight at Loch nan Eun, then onto Glas Tulaichen the next morning. We had intended doing Carn an Righ, Beinn Lutharn Mhor and Carn Bhac, but the going through the heather and peat hags was treacherous with heavy rucksacks. We WILL return!
Brian Doolan
wrote on
April 11, 2009
We started this walk on a lovely sunny day, 11th April '09, from Baddoch, travelled along the easy landrover track running aside the Baddoch Burn to a cairn on the right almost at the end of the track. We ascended to the coll at NO09150:80115 up a well defined path then walked west to the summit at 947M (on my GPS). We then walked to An Socach east top (Sgor Mor)again following well defined tracks, then down the steep ridge back to Baddock. Just over 17.5K and 5 hours, 20 minutes (4.25 hours walking). This route would be a great walk for beginners or anyone wanting an easy, pleasant day out.
Adam Rixon
wrote on
November 17, 2008
If climbing this from Baddoch, the route can be extended into an enjoyable round-trip for an extra hour or two's effort. Descend from the lowest point on An Socach's summit ridge to the Baddoch Burn, crossing it via a bridge by the outflow of Loch Vrotachan. From there, it's a straightforward ascent on a faint path to the Carn Aosda / Cairnwell col. A detour will take you to the Cairnwell, otherwise climb over Carn Aosda and descend its gentle 4km N ridge back to the starting point. This route is a good way to minimise the amount of ski paraphenalia you encounter when bagging these hills!
Andy Johns
wrote on
May 9, 2004
After a two hour walk-in to camp at Altanour Lodge (which is just a wee ruin) we woke in the morning to find that the cloud base had dropped to about 2000ft. Undettered (well, slightly) we headed upwards to An Socach (there is a bridge at Altanour) and navigated to the East Top, which is a Munro Top (the OS maps are none too clever for tops in this area). Halfway along the ridge to the real summit, the clouds just blew away and we were rewarded with some stunning views. Best of all we could actually see which way to go!

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