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Ben Chonzie


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.
931 m (3054 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.
250 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.
Mossy 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.

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  51   Loch Tay & Glen Dochart

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

Ben Chonzie is a solitary Munro at the head of Glen Turret, but is normally ascended from Glen Lednock to the SW as there are tracks leading high on its slopes.

Ben Chonzie is a heather clad hill with moderate inclines leading to gentle grass slopes on the crests of the summit ridge. The biggest problem with Ben Chonzie would be finding the summit but for the line of iron fence posts on the crest of the "L" shaped summit ridge which lead you there. There are crags E of the summit.

Ben Chonzie is famous for its many mountain hares.

Hazards you may encounter on Ben Chonzie include
 Moorland Terrain, few distinct landmarks.
 High Plateau, summit may be difficult to locate.
 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.
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Southeastern Highlands
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Ben Chonzie Area Map
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The summary information of one or more ascent routes that include Ben Chonzie.

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 Routes that include Ben Chonzie
  Ascent Distance Time Including... Description Rating
1 740 m 12.62 km 4 hrs Ben Chonzie  An easy climb on tracks and then on open moorland covered by short vegetation. An easy winter route.  
2 910 m 17.06 km 5 hrs Ben Chonzie  An easy lochside walk followed by a relatively short (but energetic) grassy scramble onto the NE ridge. Returning by the long SW ridge, care needs to be taken in mist to keep to its top, avoiding the deep valleys draining into Loch Turret.  

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 Baggers Gallery for Ben Chonzie

My birthday weekend hill climb. Big hugs and kisses to the lovely Marie for buying me a new camera for my birthday. The pictures I take of these fantastic hills will look so much better than ever before.

© Gavin White

Image by Gavin White

Munro my 10month old Springer Spaniel at the top 2/5/13

© Alexander McMillan

Image by Alexander McMillan

Our pup Hedley's first Munro. Bit chilly.

© John Robinson

Image by John Robinson

Being blown off our feet!

© Michael Hughes

Image by Michael Hughes
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Michael Durie
wrote on
April 25, 2012
Climbed Ben Chonzie on 23rd of March from the dam along the Loch side path with my brother Adam. This was our first munro, parked at dam car park and headed along the loch. It was a clear and sunny at first but really misty at the summit, still had some snow on higher ground. Found the route quite easy to follow as its just one big long path, once the path end the terrain was quite boggy, took a more direct climb up to the summit. Ended up taking a detour (not intentionally) on the way back and ended up quite far away, followed the fence for to long, we did come across an old farm house. Think we ended up walking about 22km in total and ended up back at the car just before it got to dark to see anything. Picked up a big freshly fallen deer antler so a good memento for the trip. Was a really good experience and learn a lot about hill walking.
Edward Chance
wrote on
October 24, 2011
Climbed on 23rd October , horribly wet and very low cloud cover. Noted a lot of erosion from waypoint 4 to the summit. Also lots of people creating new paths beside the main walkway
Martin Scott
wrote on
June 28, 2010
done the round of the hills from the Dam car park. weather was sunny to begin with the it clouded over by the time we came off the final hill, a good day out with good all round views of the surrounding hills
Cameron Gair
wrote on
March 14, 2010
Climbed Ben Chonzie on 27th February from Glen Lednock with my son Andrew and his friend Andrew Q. Parked at Coishavachen and headed up track. Deep snow drifts with soft snow. Clear at first but cold. Passed another 3 young walkers on the way up. The track heads quite far up the hill. Eventually left the track and headed up the hill into deep soft snow eventually reaching the line of fence posts which can be followed to the summit. Windy on top and visibility was poor owing to the wind blown snow. Reached the top in around 2 hours 40 mins with a 4 hour 15 mins round trip. GPS came in handy.
Fiona Clarke
wrote on
December 11, 2009
LOST CAMERA ON BEN CHONZIE! I went up ben chonzie today (11/12/09), fantastic day - great cloud conversion on the valley floor To my despair, i realised my camara was missing and now i don't have any more time off for a while. so please could anyone heading up there look out for it? its just a small black case with it inside, if anything, the simcard is more valuable to me - it was my friends first munro! thinking back, its prob around grid 771296 along side the small path up. Please please be my hero! - life time of gratitude up for grabs! if found please email f_clarke24@hotmail.com Fiona

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