Sunday 18th August Maps LR41 and EX392 Glen Nevis
Sgurr a’ Mhaim (1099m, Munro) – peak of the large rounded hill
An unconventional ascent of this prominent hill, which occupies a commanding position in Glen Nevis. *Option to explore the seldom-visited Coire a’Mhail
Start from the Upper Falls car park at the end of the public road in Glen Nevis at NN167691. Head E on the footpath though the Nevis Gorge and continue to the Wire Bridge. Cross the bridge and
head WNW up through deciduous woodland to reach a spur above the tree line at NN1742468535.
Head SW up the spur, turning S up steeper and rockier ground to the summit of Creag nan Eun, 483mlr. Continue S up a steep rocky slope to the tip of a NE orientated spur at 740m alt,
NN1719367756. Head SW along the spur, almost level at first, curving S and rising steeply on rocky ground between Coire Sgorachex to theW and Coire nan Cnamh to the E. The spur terminates on a ring contour, 960m alt, NN1678567065, overlooking the vast expanse of the magnificent Coire a’ Mhail. The summit of Sgurr a’ Mhaim lies 450m SW of here, a climb of 150m up a steep rocky ridge. Descend W at first, soon curving N around the rim of Coire Sgorach. A rough path may be found, which facilitates a sustained, steep descent NW to Achriabhach.
Transport required. 6 mins from start.
*To return via Coire a’Mhail: From the summit of Sgurr a’Mhaim, return NE down the ridge to a shallow col, alt 956m, just SW of the aforementioned ring contour. Locate the stalkers’ path and
follow it S, contouring along the headwall below the rim of the corrie. After about 700m, the gradient of the slope below the path eases, facilitating a descent E to the floor of the corrie. Follow the main burn N downstream until it enters a gorge at the foot of the spur of Cnoc Reamhar.
Climb E up the spur and head E up to reach the crest of the NW ridge of An Gearanach at a level spur below the crags, NN184677. Locate the stalkers’ path and follow it down to Glen Nevis.
Cross the foot of the Steall Falls, regain the outward route at the Wire Bridge and follow it back to the start.
8km, 1000m ascent
*12km, 1160m ascent