Aonach Mor

Summary for Aonach Mor

Aonach Mor 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 Aonachs )

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HeightGrid Ref.PronunciationMeaning
1221 metres / 4006 feetNN192729Ernoch MoreBig ridge
LocationAccess
Loch Linnhe to Loch ErichtBidwells, tel: 01397 702433
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Aonach Mòr is a mountain in the Highlands of Scotland. It is located about 2 miles/ 3 km north east of Ben Nevis on the south side of Glen Spean, near the town of Fort William . The Nevis Range ski area is located on the northern slopes of the peak; the use of this name has inspired some controversy, as it has been considered by some to represent a deliberate changing of an indigenous name.

The name Aonach Mòr implies that the mountain is bigger than its close neighbour to the south, Aonach Beag (small ridge), to which it is linked by a high bealach. However Aonach Mòr is 13 metres lower than Aonach Beag; the names refer to the relative bulk of the mountains when seen from the valley, rather than their altitude above sea level.

The ski resort features a gondola lift and several chairlifts and ski tows. In winter these are used for skiing and snowboarding; in summer the gondola is used for lifting riders to the top of the downhill mountain biking track.

The easiest route of ascent is to simply take the gondola to the top station (a height of 650 m (2,100 feet) above sea level), and walk the remaining way. More traditionally, the hill is often climbed from the south from Glen Nevis; the walker thus avoiding the paraphernalia associated with the ski development. Aonach Mòr is almost invariably climbed in conjunction with Aonach Beag.

The Nevis Range resort has hosted the Mountain Bike World Cup four times (2002, 2003, 2004 and 2005), and is due to host the Mountain Bike World Championships in 2007

The number of registered munro-madness users who have climbed Aonach Mor is Thirty-Seven

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