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An Riabhachan


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.
1129 m (3704 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.
29 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.
The streaked one

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
  25   Glen Carron & Glen Affric

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

The summit ridge of An Riabhachan runs SW to NE with moderate grassy slopes on either side leading down to the upper reaches of Glen Strathfarrar and Glen Cannich.

At the NW end of the summit ridge are three ridges, two of which, the N ridge leading down to Meall Garbh and the W leading to a col connecting to Sgurr na Lapaich, are the normal ascent routes. Between these ridges are crags overlooking Loch Mor and Loch Beag.

At the SW end of the summit ridge, ridges lead NW and SE, both of them branching. The SW branch of the NW ridge connects to the even more remote An Socach.

Hazards you may encounter on An Riabhachan include
 Unbridged River to cross.
 Relatively Remote Mountain navigate with care.
 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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The summary information of one or more ascent routes that include An Riabhachan.

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 Routes that include An Riabhachan
  Ascent Distance Time Including... Description Rating
1 2180 m 74.52 km 18.5 hrs An Riabhachan and An Socach [Loch Mullardoch]  Long route to remote mountains with unbridged streams/rivers to cross.  

Pictures submitted by members on the summit of An Riabhachan

 Baggers Gallery for An Riabhachan

John and Roy wet but still smiling having not yet been hit by lightning!

© John Forster

Image by John Forster

James at summit cairn of An Riabhachan. Our 255th Munro. A glorious day. 25/08/2012.

© Eileen Stark

Image by Eileen Stark

Myself at summit cairn of An Riabhachan on a glorious day with superb views. 25/08/2012

© Eileen Stark

Image by Eileen Stark

Karl and Myself on summit, 5/11/11.

© Mark Thomson

Image by Mark Thomson
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Recently Climbed By
Alasdair Cairns on 13 Aug 2020

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Post a few words about An Riabhachan or read what others have had to say.

Roger Vander Steen
wrote on
July 1, 2007
14th June 2007. We followed the Munromagic route from Gleann Innis an Loichel except that, after the good stalker’s path, we followed the east shore of Loch Beag and went up by the stream that flows into it to join the slope above Meall Garbh. In June the Glen Strathfarrar gate is open from 9:00 am until 8:00 pm.
Chris Bowles
wrote on
April 20, 2007
A fine route can be had linking this hill with Sgurr na Lapaich and Carn nan Gobhar, starting at the Power Station marking the end of the road in Glen Strathfarrar. This route takes in the fine Toll an Lochain and goes up the NE ridge of An Riabhachan. It is then an easy traverse across to Sgurr na Lapaich from which you have an interesting descent to the bealach between Carn nan Gobhar. From Carn nan Gobhar you van then make a direct descent to the power station across wet, heathery ground. A great circular route which should take no longer than 7 hours.
Robert hector Macdonald
wrote on
March 18, 2005
I am often asked which are my favourite Scottish hills, a tough one when every one is so wonderful. However, I never have any doubt in saying that the one place I like to be above all others is on the hills to the north of Loch Mullardoch. To me, they give a great sense of space & freedom & always the view to the north as one heads up the eastern ridge of An Ribhachan is something worth all the effort. On its summit some years ago I recall meeting up with a friend, now sadly no longer with us, a totally unexpected meeting, & as I was on an extended back-packing trip he gave me all his coffee.

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