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Sgorr nam Fiannaidh


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.
967 m (3172 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.
188 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.
Rocky peak of Fian warriors

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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  41   Ben Nevis, Fort William & Glen Coe

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

Sgorr nam Fiannaidh and Meall Dearg are two Munros separated by a narrow rocky and exposed ridge known as the Aonach Eagagh (Notched ridge) on the side of Glen Coe.

As there is no easy way off the ridge between these peaks they are normally climbed together. Sgorr nam Fiannaidh can be ascended without traversing the ridge by an approach from the Clachaig Inn.

From the summit the ridge runs WSW, then branches SSW and NW. The NW branch leads to a broad col linking to Sgorr na Ciche (Pap of Glencoe) and a route from Sgorr nam Fiannaidh leads down the ridge towards the col but bears W to the road returning to the Clachaig Inn. Also from the SSW branch, a route leads E into the high corrie then descends SSE to the road.

Hazards you may encounter on Sgorr nam Fiannaidh include
 Steep slopes on or near ascent routes.
 Stony/rocky Slopes on or near ascent routes.
 Crags on or near ascent routes.
 Crags near summit.
 Narrow Ridges, with exposure.
 Scrambling (major), greater exposure and steeper rock.
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 Sgorr nam Fiannaidh
  Ascent Distance Time Including... Description Rating
1 1295 m 11.39 km 4.5 hrs Sgorr nam Fiannaidh and Meall Dearg  The Aonach Eagach (notched ridge) is Scotland's classic ridge walk. It is a difficult route requiring scrambling skills and an ability to cope with exposure.  

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 Baggers Gallery for Sgorr nam Fiannaidh

Meall Dearg then Aonach Eagach ridge and on to Sgorr nam Fiannaidh.

© Martin Grady

Image by Martin Grady

Jorja at the top of Sgorr nam Fiannaidh. March 2015.

© Scott Blair

Image by Scott Blair

Steady walk to the summit

© stuart douglas

Image by stuart douglas

Sgorr nam Fiannaidh 18/6/2014

© Stuart Mcgeown

Image by Stuart Mcgeown
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Sc Joss
wrote on
June 18, 2013
there is now a good path right off the end of the ridge into col at pap of Glencoe comes out about quarter of a mile from the youth hostel or else further into the village depending on which branch you take. a better alternative that the Clachaig gully for a safe descent if you have two cars or a bike. this was not as exposed or daunting as I thought it would be, just a lot of relentless work. the path to the north of last pinnacle drops a lot more than we expected before rising again steeply.
James Corrigan
wrote on
September 23, 2010
My 3rd traverse of this outstanding ridge.Like last year, the weather wasn't great but you don`t notice the weather as all your attention is focused on the next move.There is no let up.You must concentrate on everything you do.Looking back on each completed section is a massive reward,knowing you have just done something rather special.Despite becoming more familiar with the ridge i had a near miss when i slipped about 10ft off a slippy slab going down to the bottom of a steep col prior to the pull up to Stob Coire Leith. Saved from disaster as my Mates were already down and broke my fall. A reminder that this Mountain bites if you get to confident.
Brian Corrigan
wrote on
April 18, 2009
Day started off with loads of clag but turned into the best day of the year so far.. After completing the ridge you will never want to climb another grassy hill. Easily my favourite so far, will be a hard one to beat.. Final thought, don't believe the hype. Yeah it can be a little exposed in places, but no where near the level of brown trouserness indictaed in most books!..Get out and try it, well worth it.
James Seaman
wrote on
February 20, 2009
Unbelievable! Yes care and concentration is needed at some stages but it is not as difficult as its made out to be! Iv never experianced anything so good in my life, The fun had on the chancellor, the pinnacles, views up and down the valley, across at the three sisters, over to Ben Nevis, The Mamores and Gray Corries. The R.A.F tornado flying W to E in the valley below us.The old guy telling us on the 2nd pinnacle that his friend fell from the exact spot we were ascending very recently( Cheers for that yin pal!! haha) Oh and the glorious sunshine! If you havent done the Aonach Eagach yet DO IT
John Wilkie
wrote on
July 5, 2007
Best day out on the hills I've had. Clag threatened but went that wispy dramatic way throughout the day. The scrambling here was 1st class, nothing too difficult but could see why hillwalkers may treat the ridge with trepidation, not for those with a fear of heights. Conditions were slippy so care was taken on some of the more technical scrambles. The crazy pinnacles were great fun, we were constantly looking back, suprised at what we had just scrambled up or down. The views were breathtaking (and I dont use that term lightly). Glen Coe is my favourite range in Scotland and Aonach Eagagh just proved it. Its not often that a ridge outshines the Munro, here it does...I'm not going to write anymore... just do it!

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