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Beinn a' Chaorainn [Loch Laggan]


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.
1052 m (3451 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.
80 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.
Hill of the rowan

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
  34   Fort Augustus, Glen Albyn & Glen Roy

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

Beinn a' Chaorainn has three tops. From the South top (1049m) a broad ridge leads N to the middle top (the summit, 1052m) thereafter the ridge narrows and continues to the North Top (1044m).

From the North Top one ridge runs E then NE to Bealach a' Bharnish and a second broader ridge runs NNW then N. A descent of the W slopes of the N ridge leads to a broad bealach which connects to Beinn Teallach at Tom Mor.

From the summit a S ridge leads down to Meall Bhaideanach (606m) and a SW ridge to the crags of Meall Clachaig. The normal route of ascent is on the crest of the SW ridge. The W slopes are easy to moderate, whereas the E slopes generally steep and craggy and are best avoided.

Hazards you may encounter on Beinn a' Chaorainn [Loch Laggan] include
 Crags on or near ascent routes.
 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 Beinn a' Chaorainn [Loch Laggan].

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 Routes that include Beinn a' Chaorainn [Loch Laggan]
  Ascent Distance Time Including... Description Rating
1 1188 m 14.78 km 5 hrs Beinn a' Chaorainn [Loch Laggan] and Beinn Teallach  Moderate climb on easy slopes but with unbridged rivers to cross.  

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 Baggers Gallery for Beinn a' Chaorainn [Loch Laggan]

Me at the peak with frosty hair

© Katerina Braun

Image by Katerina Braun

the lads at the summit with our new friend martin fro austria who we me at the hostel the night before,

© John Frew

Image by John Frew

Between Beinn Teallach and Beinn a'Chaorainn on 18th March 2011

© Oliver Bartrum

Image by Oliver Bartrum

Top of Beinn a' Chaorainn 08.09.10

© Dave Smith

Image by Dave Smith
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Olav Lange
wrote on
July 28, 2011
With between 22 and 25 degrees centigrade it was way to bleeding hot. But still nice walk and great views.
Brian Doolan
wrote on
March 6, 2009
It was my intention to carry on to Beinn Teallach after Beinn a’ Chaorainn but very deep snow (consistently around 2 feet)and zero visibility caused me to abandon the climb after reaching Beinn a’ Chaorainn and taking a route to Allt a’ Chaorainn on the valley floor back to the car.
Andy Johns
wrote on
April 4, 2004
After negotiating the forest tracks and 'fire breaks' (there are two to choose from) a soggy ascent was made. The clear skies en-route didn't last long as things started to fall: first the cloud base (so no views from the summits today), the temperature, and then snow; plenty of this on top. Big, big, overhanging cornices to the east which I kept well away from and lots of slipping over rocks thanks to the wet snow. A long descent out of the clouds down the very wet beallach and then back over Beinn Teallach; just over five hours walking and some lovely views towards Loch Treig between showers.

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