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Sgurr a' Chaorachain [Monar]


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.
1053 m (3454 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.
78 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 the rowan tree

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.

Sgurr a' Chaorachain is the central and highest of a group of three mountains at the W end of Loch Monar. The summit lies at the intersection of three ridges.

The longest ridge runs N turning NE around Lochan Gaineamhach and down to Glenuaig Lodge. To the W a short narrow ridge connects to Sgurr Choinnich via a high col, and to the E a longer winding ridge connects to Bidean an Eoin Deirg (1046m, but not a Munro).

Slopes are generally moderate to steep but there are easier slopes leading to the summit.

Hazards you may encounter on Sgurr a' Chaorachain [Monar] include
 Steep slopes on or near ascent routes.
 Crags 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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The summary information of one or more ascent routes that include Sgurr a' Chaorachain [Monar].

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 Routes that include Sgurr a' Chaorachain [Monar]
  Ascent Distance Time Including... Description Rating
1 1561 m 18.25 km 6.5 hrs Sgurr a' Chaorachain [Monar] and Sgurr Choinnich  Moderate route with some steep slopes.  

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Large Shelter at top of Sgurr a` Chaorachain. Bidean an Eoin Deirg in the background. 16/06/2013

© Eileen Stark

Image by Eileen Stark

James at summit. Sgurr Choinnich in the background. 16/06/2013

© Eileen Stark

Image by Eileen Stark

Lynda at summit Sgurr a Chaorachain - 10th July 2010.

© Lynda Langlands

Image by Lynda Langlands

Scott at summit Sgurr a Chaorachain - 10th July 2010.

© Lynda Langlands

Image by Lynda Langlands
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Chris Bowles
wrote on
March 27, 2008
Sgurr a' Chaorachain is another straightforward ascent and took approx 45 mins from the summit of Sgurr Choinnich. From here we continued to Maoile Lunndaidh by dropping down the Drochaid Mhuillich and up onto Carn nam Fiaclan. The distance is quite long and takes a lot after having already done a considerable amount of walking. Another option is Chaorachain's east top - Bidean an Eoin Deirg which for me appearance wise is the finest of this grouping of hills; we did not climb it though.
Roger Vander Steen
wrote on
August 6, 2006
When descending to the north from the Sgurr Choinnich col, move to the right initially to avoid crags. A grassy slope then leads down into the corrie. There are more outcrops but ways can be found around them.

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1 01 Sep 2015 New year bag Peter Mcmanus Sgurr a' Chaorachain [Monar] and Sgurr Choinnich Not Yet Rated
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