Am Bodach

Summary for Am Bodach

Am Bodach is an munro in Scotand and is located in the area Loch Linnhe to Loch Ericht as defined by SMC. (and lies in region known as The Mamores )

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HeightGrid Ref.PronunciationMeaning
1032 metres / 3386 feetNN176650Am BottochThe old man
LocationAccess
Loch Linnhe to Loch ErichtHillphone, tel: 01855 831511
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Am Bodach is a Scottish mountain which lies in the Mamores range, four kilometres north of Kinlochleven. It is a Munro which reaches a height of 1032 metres (3386 feet) and is situated on the main ridge of the Mamores in a central position and is the most accessible of the group. The closest approach to the mountain is from Kinlochleven to the south, however the mountain is often approached along its north eastern or eastern ridges as part of the highly rated “Ring of Steall” ridge walk which starts and finishes in Glen Nevis and climbs the other Munros of An Gearanach, Stob Coire a' Chairn and Sgurr a' Mhàim. Am Bodach translates from the Gaelic as “The Old Man”. The mountain should not be confused with another Am Bodach at the eastern end of the Aonach Eagach ridge in Glen Coe.

Am Bodach is a fine looking mountain with a sharp peak formed by its three steep and rocky faces, the eastern face above the Coire na Ba is especially precipitous and craggy and holds patches of snow well into summer. Am Bodach has three ridges radiating from its summit, the western one connects to the former Munro of Sgurr an Iubhair (downgraded to a "Top" in the 1997 revisions) while the north eastern ridge, which is steep and rocky, connects to the Munro of Stob Coire a' Chairn, it is along these two ridges that walkers undertaking the Ring of Steall walk will arrive and leave the mountain. A third ridge goes southerly over the minor top of Sgurr an Fhurain before descending steeply to Kinlochleven.

The direct ascent of Am Bodach starts at sea level at Kinlochleven, although it is possible to drive to and park at Mamore Lodge saving 200 metres of ascent, the track goes north west for one kilometre along the old military road to Fort William built by General George Wade, which now carries the West Highland Way. The track is then left and it is a steep climb north east to the top of Sgurr an Fhurain and then north to the summit of Am Bodach. The view from the top takes in Glen Coe and Loch Leven, with Bidean nam Bian looking especially fine.

The number of registered munro-madness users who have climbed Am Bodach is Forty-Two

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