Hillwalking


Creag Brimishgan rising from Loch na Keil.
 
Ben More (966m / 3169ft), meaning “big hill”, is the only island Munro that is not on the Isle of Skye. The highest point on Mull, Ben More is linked by a ridge to the top of A’Chioch, which itself is just across from Beinn Fhada (702m / 2303ft), meaning “long hill”.
Ben More is climbed from the shore of Loch na Keal, on the B8035 road. The usual route of ascent is beside the Abhainn na h-Uamha, up to the bealach between A’Chioch and Beinn Fhada. From there, the climb continues up to the top of A’Chioch, and from there a very narrow ridge leads to the summit of Ben More – take care on this!
An alternative route of ascent, or a possible route for descent, is on the broad north-west ridge which leads from the summit of Ben More down towards the house at Dhiseig, on the shore of Loch na Keal.
Safety first

These mountains may not have the height of Alpine peaks, but you should not underestimate them or the very changeable weather they are subjected to. It is not unheard of to have warm sunshine, rain, snow and fog all on the same day – even in the Summer!

You must be prepared for the terrain and for these weather changes. You should only climb in sturdy hiking or climbing boots, and you must take waterproofs and emergency supplies. Also take plenty of food and water – it is generally safe to drink from mountain streams, which are usually very clean, but you do so at your own risk. A map, compass, and proficiency in their use, is a necessity
Always check the mountain weather forecast before you head into the hills, and if it is winter or there has been any snow falling or forecast, you should also check the avalanche forecast. The area is served by an excellent mountain rescue team, but it is your responsibility to ensure you minimise the chances of an emergency which endangers their lives too.
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