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Ben Starav


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.
1078 m (3536 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.
63 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.
Hill of rustling

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.

Ben Starav is an impressive mountain, its base reaching the shores of Loch Etive, therefore it rises from sea level.

The summit of Ben Starav lies at the intersection of five craggy ridges. The longest ridge runs N then branches to enclose Coire da Choimhid. The most usual ascent route is from the path to Coileitir onto the E rim of Coire da Choimhid and S on the N ridge to the summit.

The only other common route is on the E ridge to Stob Coire Dheirg and down to a bealach from where you can continue ENE to Glas Bheinn Mhor or SSE to Beinn Aighenan or descend N into the corrie to join the path back to Coileitir.

Hazards you may encounter on Ben Starav include
 Steep slopes on or near ascent routes.
 Crags 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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West Highlands
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Bidean nan Bian
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Ben Starav Area Map
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The summary information of one or more ascent routes that include Ben Starav.

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 Routes that include Ben Starav
  Ascent Distance Time Including... Description Rating
1 1700 m 15.87 km 6.5 hrs Ben Starav and Glas Bheinn Mhor  Moderate route on craggy mountains so good navigation skills needed particularly in poor visibility. Care needed on descent of Glas Beinn Mhor to avoid steep NNW slopes.  

Pictures submitted by members on the summit of Ben Starav

 Baggers Gallery for Ben Starav

On top of Ben Starav 21 October 2012

© Oliver Bartrum

Image by Oliver Bartrum

me and the lads at the summit

© John Frew

Image by John Frew

final acent, Ben Starav.

© stuart kilpatrick

Image by stuart kilpatrick

The usual summit photo shennanigans on Ben Starav

© Samantha Munro

Image by Samantha Munro
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Ben Starav and Glas Bheinn Mhor
by Philip McLoone
Ben Starav and Glas Bheinn Mhor
by Doug Tulloch
Ben Starav, Beinn nan Aighenan and Glas Bheinn Mhor
by William McGilvray
Ben Starav
by Mark Nickol
Ben Starav
by David McSporran
Ben Starav, Beinn nan Aighenan and Glas Bheinn Mhor
by Graham McIlhinney
Ben Starav
by Brendan Waters

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Gordon Miller
wrote on
April 12, 2012
This is a superb hill. One word of advice. From Glen Etive you come to a house, the owner will direct you left around their property. If you then go round the house and straight on you will go over a bog and reach the river to make your own crossing. So, keep to the house fence down to the river, catch a path there - this will take you to a bridge and make the crossing much easier. Enjoy a wonderful setting for a great hill.
James Corrigan
wrote on
June 5, 2011
Glen Etive until NN137468.There is space for a few cars.Down to bridge towards Coileiter.Follow the fence around house make sharp right down a bog towards River.Cross bridge and on to a wet and stony west path.This goes up to Starav`s NE side where the enormity of the slog ahead sinks in.Tough one with many false tops.Views back to Bidian and Glencoe mountains is spectacular and takes you mind of the effort.Loch Etive and Corbett Beinn Trilleachan come in to view.Up yet more and the final peak of Starav appears.It looks immense from here,another big effort looks certain.On to very bouldery ground and some mild scrambling to get to the summit where a insignicant Cairn is met.Fine views across Loch Etive and out to Cruachan Horeshoe.Flat ridge walk SE for Beinn nan Aighenan.Drop 150 m to connect.Back then NE on a narrow Arete style ridge.Drop off before the top and connect with the path over to Belach Glas Bheinn Mhor Sto Coire an Albannaich for the next stage of the walk.Huge day!
Bruce Donachie
wrote on
July 26, 2009
Walked in along N ridge from Glen Etive. Took 2 half hours, and is, physically, a beast of walk. A pic here of a guy sitting on a trig point: that is there no longer, at least we couldn't find it. Views are awesome, and I found them nigh on overpowering. Nice ridge walk down to the Bealach where you can walk to Aighenan, then back and carry on up to Mhor.We walked down its E ridge, then 4 mile walk back to the car via burn Allt Mheuran. Last 4 miles were lovely (if a little boggy at times), as you follow the burn into a river flowing over lovely rock formations. Great! 8 Hrs all in (literally)
Roger Vander Steen
wrote on
August 28, 2007
Black Mount Estate; permitted route during stalking 1st August to 20th October 2007, including weekends. North ridge and continuation east to Glas Bheinn Mhor.
Alex Bryce
wrote on
May 18, 2007
Climbed via the south-eastern approach, cycling in from Bridge of Orchy to Clashgour and then following the track towards Beinn nan Aighenan. Branched off into the corrie on the latter peak's north side, from which is followed to its end across marshy ground before a path skirts across to the col between Ben Starav and Glas Bheinn Mhor. Good route of ascent for public transport users.

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