|Date||Saturday 19th September, 2020|
|Start postcode||PH50 4SF|
Part of the Skyline Scotland weekend - also featuring 5/10/18K Trail Races, the Ring of Steall Skyrace, the Ben Nevis Ultra and the Glen Coe Skyline.
Route Description: Na Gruagaichean* is the most prominent Mamores Munro above Kinlocheven, and from our Event Centre, the road at the Startline will feel like a runway for the beginning of your kilometre of ascent up this fine mountain.
The route soon switches into a rocky path in some steep woodland, passes beside the Grey Mare’s Waterfall, and pushes up out of the trees and onto the open hillside using good narrow paths. At 330m altitude, a short section of rough vehicle track is used, and leaving this track marks the start of the mountain’s steep flank, and then to its shoulder. This route is a lesser used approach to this mountain and is impressively direct.
The clear goal is the southern promontory approach ridge where the Leachd na h-Aire cairn can be found, and the route briefly levels after this, and passes through 900m at a shallower gradient. The summit will now be in clear sight, as will the other mighty Mamores Munros east and west, and Ben Nevis and the Grey Corries to the north, and if you were to look back, Glen Coe’s (Skyline) Munros to the south. Mission accomplished!
Returning from the summit to Kinlochleven is via the uphill race route, EXCEPT on the steepest ground between the altitudes of 850m and 375m, where, on occasion, a parallel route will be marked and marshalled to create some separation from ascending runners.
Please note that there is NO Bad Weather Route option.
*Na Gruagaichean is pronounced Na Groo-a-gee-chan and means The Maidens. It has two summits, but it’s OK we only reach the nearest and highest!