2 Day Expedition - Glen Nevis, Fort William
1: Carpark at the end of the Glen Nevis road
left the other car at the small carpark at Achriabhach
GR146685 to save our legs a couple of miles at the end
of day 2.
1:OS Sheet 41, GR167691
Day 2:OS Sheet 41, GR208654
End Point: OS Sheet 41, GR146685
Day 2:8-12 hours
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the obsessive munro bagger the possibility that 10 munros are
on offer in one shot is a salivating prospect. For the realist
completing all 10 hills in one day is a massive task, only feasible
with iron-man stamina and very kind weather.
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realists (at least with regards to the weather) we compromised
and decided to walk all 10 munros in one outing over 2 days,
with a high level overnight camp to reinvigorate the soles of
our feet. The idea that we'd have to carry tents, extra food
and sleeping bags for the duration was incidental... that was
until we initially strapped on our overladen rucksacks.
is a fantastic walk, that is well worth the effort, planning
and patience to wait for the correct weather to make it a truly
memorable expedition. Waking up just off a 3000ft Scottish ridge
is an unmissable experience to be enjoyed by everyone at some
stage in their hillwalking career... weather permitting of course.
are many different ways that these hills can be tackled, so
all I can hope to do is provide you with our own route... which
was successful in so far as we achieved the summits we hoped
to and managed to get back to the car in one piece.
Route - Day 1
the carpark at the end of the Glen Nevis road follow the path
which leads East then South through the forest.
out of the forest it's a case of getting the long walk in
completed... so continue to follow the clearly marked pathway
in a easterly direction for about 4km.
picked our way across the river at GR214688 using some stepping
stones (using this term in the loosest possible context
as 1 member of the group managed to get a tad damp).
the river head south east up the slopes of Binnein Beag.
It's a fair slog to the summit esspecially since we weren't
blessed with the best weather!
summit of the first munro, Binnein Beag (943m, GR222677),
provided a welcome retreat from the elements.
the Binnein Beag we had a rapid descent SW down the steep
scree slope before continuing past the lochan and then starting
SW up the ridge which leads all the way to the summit of
the second munro Binnein Mor (1130m, GR213663).
Binnein Beag we decided to attempt only one more munro before
pitching our tent... head south to the top at GR212637 (where
we ditched our rucksacks) before heading SE for 700m to
the bealach, then go NE to pick up the path alongside Coire
an Lochain. From the lochain it's a bit of a slog due east
up the rocky slopes to achieve the summit of munro number
3, Sgurr Eilde Mor (1010m, GR231658).
you've thoroughly enjoyed the wetness of Sgurr Eilde Mor
it's a case of retracing your footsteps to pick up your
rucksack at the top...of the top.
picking up the rucksacks we followed the ridge WSW for about
400m before dropping down the south side to set up camp
at GR208654. This wee spot had a small stream nearby and
just enough flat ground to pitch out 2 man tent. And so
ended the first day.
Route - Day 2
the camp make your way back up on to the ridge and it's only
about half a kilometre SW to the summit of the first munro
of the day, and the fourth of the expedition, Na Gruagaichean
(1055m, GR203652).So depending on how many wee drahms you've
enjoyed in the tent it will be either 8:30am or nearly midday.
Na Gruagaichean head over the lower top (1036m) and then drop
down and follow the clear westerly ridge (there's a clear
path... in summer) up to munro number 5, Stob Coire a' Chairn
(981m, GR185661). This hill forms part of the group of five
hills that make up the "Ring of Steall".
Stob Coire a' Chairn we once again ditched our rucksacks and
followed the clear path northwards along the ridge to munro
no. 6, An Gearanach (982m,GR188670).
An Gearanach retrace your footsteps to recover your rucksack
then continue along the ridge SW towards the impressive Am
Bodach... this is an intimidating looking hill and in actual
fact whilst the steep slopes do run all the way to the summit
(1032m,GR177652) it actually took less effort than we had
from the summit of Am Bodach and continue along the westerly
ridge to the top Sgorr an Iubhair. At this stage we again
risked ditching our heavy rucksacks and as such thouroughly
enjoyed the jaunt north over the sinisterly named "Devils
Ridge". The ridge is exposed in some areas, but in good
weather posed little difficulty, if however the wind gets
up I'm sure it takes on a totally different persona.
the summit of Sgurr a Mhaim (1099m, GR165668) has been enjoyed
sufficiently then you get the pleasure of the devils ridge
all over again... to lead you back to the rucksacks at Sgorr
an Iubhair. Alternatively, if by this stage you're starting
to flag a bit then Sgurr a' Mhaim is a good stage to bail
out and head back to the car... though it does help if you
make this decision before ditching your rucksack!
Sgorr an Iubhair it's just under 2km west along a clearly
defined track to the summit of munro no. 9 Stob Ban (999m,
GR148645). Here we met one man and his dog, Irish doctor Liam
and the dogs name escapes me at present. (Again if you're
getting a bit knackered then there is no problem in descending
from this hilltop to get back to the car at Achriabhach.)
last munro Mullach nan Coirean, lies WNW of Stob Ban. To attain
this last summit in the group follow the winding ridge westwards,
there are no severe drops and climbs but it is just under
4km of walking to munro no.10 Mullach nan Coirean (939m, GR123663).
at the top of the last munro in the group we really felt as
if the challenge was completed... we had however lost sight
of the need to walk back to the car! After a couple of Mars
bars follow the NE ridge down from Mullach nan Coirean, this
leads down to the forest in Glen Nevis where we picked up
the zigzagging forest roadways and then the forest walk which
leads almost directly to the car at Achriabhach.
hindsight this is a big hillwalk... and I've only detailed the
route that we took. There are many alternative routes around
these hills approaching from the southside, and simply breaking
the hills into more bitesized chunks. There is also the option
of making it a three day event and camping out twice at height
though does involve carrying a lot more food and evening time
beverages/pick me ups/nightcaps. Respect to the nutter that
we met at about 11am on day 2, this guy had kicked off at 6am
in the morning and was well underway for comfortably tackling
all 10 summits in one day.... crazy.