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Mount Keen


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.
939 m (3080 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.
235 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.
Gentle 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
  44   Ballater, Glen Clova & surrounding area

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

Mount Keen is the most easterly Munro and an isolated mountain with tracks leading to it from the N and S making easy access by cycle.

It has a conical summit cone, from which broad ridges lead S to Glen Mark, N to Glen Tanar, NE and E to connect to Braid Cairn. There are crags on the E flank of the N ridge but otherwise all slopes are easy.

Hazards you may encounter on Mount Keen include
 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.
Picture Gallery for Mount Keen

A selection of weather forecasts local to #GetMountain.Top_Name#.

Ordnance Survey digital maps are also available to members.

 Weather & OS Maps
Cairngorms * Monadhliath
by MWIS (PDF format)
East Highlands
by Met Office
by Metcheck
Mount Keen Area Map
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The summary information of one or more ascent routes that include Mount Keen.

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 Routes that include Mount Keen
  Ascent Distance Time Including... Description Rating
1 730 m 17.62 km 5 hrs Mount Keen  Moderate walk on easy terrain.  

Pictures submitted by members on the summit of Mount Keen

 Baggers Gallery for Mount Keen

Andy & Alex at the top of Mount Keen

© Alexander McMillan

Image by Alexander McMillan

path from the glen



Molly at the rather windy summit of Mount Keen. November 2014.

© Scott Blair

Image by Scott Blair

Pups resting against the compacted snow on the trig point !!

© John Martin

Image by John Martin
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Chris Ridley
wrote on
September 10, 2010
This has to be the easiest Munro! The climb up is so straightforward even in low cloud - just follow the track up behind the cottage at Glenmark above Queen's Well and once on it, keep right up easy gradients to reach the summit. Quick progress in a lonely glen.
Alan Cantwell
wrote on
March 15, 2009
This is a nice comfortable Mountain to achieve during the shorter winter day. I, my brother dav, son Alan & Border Collies Tino & Ollie did it in 5 hours (including lunch at the summit)!
M. Forbes
wrote on
January 25, 2009
Climbed this on the 25/01/2009. The climb itself is really quick but the weather conditions were terrible with snow, blizzards and absolutely freezing temperatures. A worthwhile climb and a perfect opportunity to try out my new Scarpa Freney XT GTX Mountain boots. First munro ive came back with dry feet :). Wooooooooooooooo Anyway another munro bagged. . . finally. My last 2 attempts at Aonach Beag failed due to time constraints during winter so this worked out well.
Rob Young
wrote on
December 27, 2008
Started at invermark, found this really easy took about 4 hrs.
Lewis Campbell
wrote on
October 24, 2008
Started from Glen Tanar. Cycled in as far as newish bridge and then it was a case of straight climb up on fairly easy terrain. Journey took me 3hours 15 mins in total, and offered some awesome views in to the corries of Lochnagar. Not the most glamourous of hills but certainly not as bad as some people say it is.

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 Route Write-Ups
  Date Title Written by Including...
1 09 May 2010 second munro James Harper Mount Keen Not Yet Rated
2 17 Nov 2012 Mount Keen Claire Smith Mount Keen
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