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Sgurr na Ciche


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.
1040 m (3412 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.
92 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 breast

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
  33   Loch Alsh, Glen Shiel & Loch Hourn

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

Sgurr na Ciche is a remote mountain at the the head of Glen Dessarry separated from Garbh Choich Mhor by Bealach na h-Eangair. In fact its nearest neighbour, the Corbett Ben Aden, is normally climbed from Barrisdale with the Kyoydart mountains.

Sgurr na Ciche is a very craggy mountain and the ascent from Bealach na h-Eangair requires you to follow the faint path left by others or select a safe path through rocky outcrops to the summit.

Sgurr na Ciche has a long ridge SW which can be used as a route to Sourlies Bothy if you plan to stay over.

Hazards you may encounter on Sgurr na Ciche include
 Remote Mountain navigate with care.
 Crags on or near ascent routes.
 Crags near summit.
 Scrambling (minor), easy hand and footholds.
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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North West Highlands
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The summary information of one or more ascent routes that include Sgurr na Ciche.

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 Routes that include Sgurr na Ciche
  Ascent Distance Time Including... Description Rating
1 1894 m 23.14 km 8 hrs Sgurr na Ciche, Garbh Chioch Mhor and Sgurr nan Coireachan [Glen Dessary]  This is a strenuous route on rough terrain, with unbridged streams to cross.  

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Ross en-route to Sgurr na Ciche. It's hard to truly appreciate the bitterly cold rain and sleet that was falling intermittently between the 3 peaks! 29/08/12

© Sam Marshall

Image by Sam Marshall

Annemarie, Toto,Spud and I on 11/8/12

© Margaret Spalding

Image by Margaret Spalding

Karl and me on Sgurr na Ciche, 12,6,11.

© Mark Thomson

Image by Mark Thomson

Nick Butterworth on top of Sgurr na Ciche.

© Steve Marlow

Image by Steve Marlow
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Chris Ridley
wrote on
August 3, 2017
New signs at car park send walker through the forest blocks to the south of the glen when stalking takes place.
Penny Lockwood
wrote on
May 27, 2014
The bridge at the edge of the wood over the Alt nan coire Uth is now unusable. But the river can be crossed using the track through the wood and heading up the west side of the river to the foot of the ridge up Sgurr nan Coireachan
Paul Buchanan
wrote on
July 28, 2013
I agree the slog back from Sgurr na Ciche is very long but I reckon you have to finish the ridge with that amazing view. Apparently the Allt Coire nan Uth is un-crossable in a spate but the unmarked bridge is downstream adjacent to the forest edge, unseen from the normal crossing point. You can see it from further up the hill, which isn't much comfort if you have wet feet!
Alex Bryce
wrote on
November 20, 2008
Amazed how straightforward this ascent was from the col with Garbh Choire Mhor, with a decent little path cutting an intricate route past the crags and emerging very quickly onto the summit ridge. Fantastic viewpoint and happy to catch the hill on a good clear day, perfect end to an east to west traverse.
Donald Macaulay
wrote on
July 15, 2008
Started at Sgurr Mor, crossed bealach just above Lodge dropped down to the stream, easily crossed and then up grassy slope to the bealach between Sgur Beag and Sgurr Mor not difficult, don't know why they suggest contouring round to the left, took me 3.5hrs. Then Sgurr Beag, An Eag and on to Sgurr nan Coireachan and then as described elsewhere. Is a long walk out. Whole walk took me 11 hours in good conditions

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 Route Write-Ups
  Date Title Written by Including...
1 26 May 2010 Sgurr na Ciche group from Loch Arkaig Roger Vander Steen Sgurr na Ciche
2 31 Aug 2012 Cycle approach Mike Marshall Sgurr na Ciche, Garbh Chioch Mhor and Sgurr nan Coireachan [Glen Dessary]
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