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Aonach Beag [Alder region]


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.
1116 m (3661 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.
37 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.
Little ridge

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
  42   Glen Garry & Loch Rannoch

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

Aonach Beag is a triangular peak with a short narrow E ridge connecting to Geal Charn via a high col (1000m). It also connects to Beinn Eibhinn by an equally short and narrow SW ridge at a col (970m).

The largest ridge runs NW to the crags of Meall Nathrach from where easy slopes lead down to the An Lairig and the paths to Loch Pattack and Glen Spean. The NE slopes of the summit are craggy and the W slopes rocky.

Hazards you may encounter on Aonach Beag [Alder region] include
 Remote Mountain navigate with care.
 Stony/rocky Slopes 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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West Highlands
by Met Office
Ben Alder
by Metcheck
Aonach Beag [Alder region] Area Map
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The summary information of one or more ascent routes that include Aonach Beag [Alder region].

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 Routes that include Aonach Beag [Alder region]
  Ascent Distance Time Including... Description Rating
1 1816 m 49.69 km 13.5 hrs Geal-Charn [Alder region], Aonach Beag [Alder region] and Beinn Eibhinn  A long strenuous route with scrambling and exposure on Sgor Iutharn. Actually it is more of an expedition. From Loch Pattack the route distance is 24 km, ascent 1166 m and time 7h, so cycling will make it possible in one day.  

Pictures submitted by members on the summit of Aonach Beag [Alder region]

 Baggers Gallery for Aonach Beag [Alder region]

Roy and John sitting comfortably at the summit.

© John Forster

Image by John Forster

Aonoch Beag late afternoon in November

© Alan Lorimer

Image by Alan Lorimer

Karl on summit,(1/5/10).

© Mark Thomson

Image by Mark Thomson

approaching Aonach Beag summit ..madness style...may20th 2009

© Dougie Mccoll

Image by Dougie Mccoll
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Paul Millar on 01 Aug 2020
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Peter Lang
wrote on
September 12, 2007
Idiosyncracies of Munros original tables - not much effort required from Geal Charn, less than 30 mins.

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