Scrambles in Lochaber, Western Highlands - Scotland - a Cicerone guide

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Published
11 Dec 2009
ISBN
9781852842345
Edition
Second
Size
17.2 x 11.6 x 1.5cm
Weight
250g
Pages
192
No. Maps
36
No. Photos
33
1st Published
1 Jan 1996
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Scrambles in Lochaber

A guide to scrambles in and around Lochaber including Ben Nevis and Glen Coe

by Noel Williams
Book published by Cicerone Press

A guidebook to scrambles in Glen Coe and Ben Nevis and throughout the Western Highlands of Scotland. Includes Loch Laggan hills, Ben Alder, Mamores, Etive Hills, Blackmount, Cruachan, Appin hills, Ardgour, Loch Lochy area, Knoydart and South Glen Shiel. Well-known and hidden routes.

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Description

This guide describes some of the best scrambles to be found within a 45km radius of the town of Fort William, an area which includes not only Ben Nevis and Glen Coe, but also Ben Alder to the east, Ben Cruachan to the south, Garbh Bheinn to the west and The Saddle to the north. Most of this area falls within the Lochaber Area of the Highland Council. It is the most popular area in the whole of Scotland with hillgoers, and justifiably so, for it contains some of the most varied and spectacular mountain scenery in the Highlands. The guide contains over seventy routes in Lochaber.

This guide is for those who seek more interesting routes. A number of the scrambles described here have been popular for years and are fairly well worn, but many others are little frequented and consequently have a certain pioneering atmosphere about them. Some experience of route finding will be useful in such cases. The majority of scrambles involve lengthy sections of hillwalking in approach or descent, and this should be taken into account when planning an outing.

  • Seasons
    These scrambles are described under dry, summer conditions. In winter conditions they can become serious mountaineering and climbing outings.
  • Centres
    Fort William, Glencoe, Kinlochleven.
  • Difficulty
    A range of scrambles from straightforward with avoidable difficulties to serious, exposed mountaineering days ie Castle Ridge and Tower Ridge on Ben Nevis.
  • Must See
    Aonach Eagach and other well-known trips but also remoter, hidden gems such as Garbh Bheinn. Ben Alder.
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Contents

ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS
PREFACE

INTRODUCTION
    Grading of scrambles
    Maps, heights and distances
    Navigation
    Weather
    Access
    Equipment
    Accommodation
    Geology, history, fauna and flora

THE EASTERN GROUP
    The Ben Nevis Range
    The Loch Laggan Hills
    The Ardverikie Hills
    Ben Alder and Geal-Chàrn

THE SOUTHERN GROUP
    The Mamores
    North Glen Coe
    The Etive Hills
    The Blackmount
    Ben Cruchan
    The Glen Creran Hills
    The Appin Hills

THE WESTERN GROUP
    Ardgour

THE NORTHERN GROUP
    The Loch Lochy Hills
    Knoydart
    South Glen Shiel

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