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Name:The Saddle
Hill number:688
Height:1011.4m / 3318ft
RHB Section:10A: Glen Shiel to Loch Hourn and Loch Quoich
County/UA:Highland (UA)
Catchment:Alsh & Duich, Catchment Boundaries, Hourn
Class:Marilyn, Hump, Simm, Munro, Murdo,
Trail 100
(Ma,Hu,Tu,Sim,M,Mur,T100)
Grid ref:NG 93614 13113
Summit feature:small cairn
Drop:334m
Col:677m  NG952111  
OS map sheet(s):(1:50k) 33
(1:25k) 414N 414S
Survey:Leica RX1250
Comments:Marilyn relocated from hill 686 in Sep 2014. See Database Notes.
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Logged Descriptions  (logged by 574 users, only the latest 50 shown - Show all)ByDate of Ascent
With Jon, Housechild and Vicky via the Forcan ridge.Grinner-Munros230/05/2019
Circuit of Forcan Ridge, The Saddle, Sgurr na Sgine and Faochag.Geoff Briggs28/05/2019
Via Forcan ridgeRuth21/03/2019
Trad route up to foot of Forcan ridge, then along 'dyke' into upper corrie. The exit route cannot be seen from below, so took to broad, but steep, snow covered grass ridge on L. Angled eased and then easily to the top. From the top, the trad descent route was obvious down a worn trench and then steeply down another 'dyke' but as this involved crossing many hoar-frosted boulders, I went back down the grassy ridge.Isbjorn Winter Round08/01/2019
Trad route to foot of Forcan ridge, along 'dyke' and into corrie. Snowline ~ 800m, but freezing level at ~ 100m - whole approach on ice-ridden ground and hoar covered rocks - making for very slow going - too slow for the short hours of lightIsbjorn Winter Round24/12/2018
With Sam, Deepa and Dave.mn2308/09/2018
2nd munro of the day. Went straight up to summit which involved backtracking down last bit of Forcan ridge. Sam and Deepa joined us on summit and they descended Forcan ridge while we went straight down and met them. Sam's 100th munro. Celebration in Kintail Lodge Hotel.dave neilson08/09/2018
From A87 along track on N side of Meallan Odhar, then to Forcan Ridge up Sgurr na Forcan, continuing to The Saddle (both summits), descending to Bealach Coire Mhalagain, up Sgurr na Sgine via NW Top, returning and out to Faochag W top and Summit, descending down end of ridge to NE back to A87kdbennett11/08/2018
With RodOik05/06/2018
SoloGeraldine Fardon31/05/2018
With Penda. From car park at Malagan, up alongside Alt Choire Mhalagan to the wall and along this to the col. Up to trig and top and back to wall, then down the stalker's path. Very hot day. My 71st birthday - well spent!beorwulf22/05/2018
solo with the Saddle and Sgurr na Sgine, descent via Faochag which was hard on the knees. A drizzly, greasy, and windy morning mean't it was safer to dodge the Forcan RidgeShutterlag18/05/2018
Trad route to foot of Forcan ridge, then along 'dyke', into corrie, across and up far ridge until it got too steep on hard neve - almost there, but not quite.Isbjorn Winter Round26/02/2018
Via Forcan Ridgequadbarrel20/10/2017
from shiel bridge campsite down to the A87 bike back to the campsite, squrr a gharg far north top, squrr a gharg north top, squrr a gharg, squrr a gharg south top, squrr a gharg far south top, squrr leac nan each north top, squrr leac nan each, spidean dhomhuill bric, saddle west top, saddle trig point, the saddle, squrr na sgine NW top, squrr na sgine, faochag west top, faochag.robertphillips29/05/2017
Weather fair.MountainMac23/10/2016
From A87 layby a round of Sgurr na Forcan, The Saddle, Trig, Sgurr na Sgine, WT and Faochag.rhalstead22/09/2016
Climbed solo. Started at Malagan Bridge (Glen Shiel). Stalkers path via Bealach na Craoibhe to foot of Forcan Ridge. Ascending the ridge to climb numerous summits (Sgurr nan Forcan, The Saddle E top, The Saddle, The Saddle trig point, The Saddle W top, Spidean Dhomhuill Bhric, Sgurr Leac nan Each). Descended north along ridge towards Sgurr a' Gharg Gharaidh before dropping east down a steep grassy gully into Gleann Undalain. Picked up path (faint at first) heading down glen to Shiel Bridge before heading down road to Ratagan hostel. Return on bike to Malagan Bridge to collect car. Weather dry, warm, mostly sunny, with some mist lower in the valleys, particularly in late afternoon (a partial cloud inversion). Superb climbing on a spectacular and rugged mountain. Scrambling on Forcan Ridge is exposed but not difficult, though wouldn't be pleasant in wind or rain. Views to Ben Nevis, Skye, Torridon. Time ~ 8 hours.jamessteel10018/08/2016
An evening ascent with Brian R. Came the easy way!Play2End15/06/2016
Fantastic views all around. Once the summit is reached you see the trig . Started on A87 you see the path up into the col. At the ridge start you can go straight on to avoid the scramble Once you are on the scramble you are committed to finish itAristotle Chip15/05/2016
Circuit of Biod an Fhithich, The Saddle and Sgurr na Sgine on a perfect walking day. Route and (very long-winded) write-up at: http://gayleybird.blogspot.co.uk/2016/05/biod-fhithich-saddle-and-sgurr-na-sgine.htmlGayle14/05/2016
With Nick Piotrowski via the Forcan Ridge in great winter conditions (except no views from the summit)signyred10/02/2016
Solo.Dangerous Dave23/09/2015
With RuthJamesSDonald07/08/2015
Summit 14 of 21 from Bealach Ratagan. Back W along Tops then back via Firean, Brice and tops.RHW14/06/2015
Munro hood finally re-established! Gorgeous hard day with son Jamie.vegibagger14/06/2015
long clockwise circuit with dad on his re confirming his Munro status on the right summit of the Saddle. From Shiel Bridge up Graham Biod an Fhithich Forcan ridge of the Saddle and all along Murdo and Graham top SIMS, leaving last one at 9.57pm just before sunset.trigpillocksson14/06/2015
Forcan Ridge and The Saddle, final route of Winter Mountaineering and skills course led by Kevin O'Neal and with Al Simpson. Excellent day, winter mountaineering at its best. Started from layby on A87 (NG 96760 14454), approached round and over Meallan Odhar along ridge then seated glisade down SE corrie from trig point.SteveSmith07/02/2015
Glen Shiel to Cluanie Inn via Sgurr na Sgine, The Saddle and south Glen Shiel ridge. Day 47 of 59 for all Munros. 30km, +/-2700m, 11 hours.PGCE26/09/2014
From layby on A87,up excellent stalkers path,nipped up the Graham Biod an Fhithich then over Forcan ridge to The Saddle. On to Sgurr na Sgine before descending over Faochag back to A87. On own.MorecambeMonkey24/06/2014
Decided safety first and missed out the Forcan Ridge as rock was wet and slippery. Cloudy at the top. Nasty little clamber to small cairn. Will return for proper climb.Jhimmy14/05/2014
Super day. Sunny, clear and warm. Visibility was amazing. Climbed the Forcan ridge to get to this one.akmilne12/10/2013
Climbed via the Forcan Ridge,stunning weather for October. Views were amazing.FCMark12/10/2013
round of 2 biod an fhithich and the saddle from road up to col then along forcan ridge to summit.robertphillips06/10/2013
With Tom Noble Michael Conroy Susan Clarke Michael friend on a weekend with EKMCmunromurph30/09/2013
With Robert Wright. Fantastic day staying right on Forcan ridge to Saddle, onto Sgurr na Skine and back by Faochag. Sunny, dry and only light wind. 8 hours.alexmaclennan13/09/2013
KeithByTheC31/03/2013
via the Forcan ridgeCaralynR01/03/2013
ghaley03/08/2012
w Darren doing all the Saddle Tops. calm.Chris Pearson18/07/2012
Hyperopic13/07/2012
Horseshoe from Shiel Bridgedickscroop09/06/2012
6 of 10: From East Top.ChrisR22/03/2012
G&MG Annette Duncan +Chris Blake07/08/2011
Got up early and back at car by 9.30. Beautiful walk up from Glen Shiel. Enjoyed the ridge. A plethora of munros visible from here. Company: Soloiandesbottes16/06/2011
from shiel bridge the saddle, squrr na sgine, squrr a bhac,creag nam damh, squrr an lochain, squrr an doire leathain, moal chinn dearg, aonach air ghrith, druim shionnach, and creag a mhaim cycled from cluanie inn back to shiel bridge.robertphillips11/06/2011
Lovely day. With Clare after great scramble along Forcan Ridge.alwaysinshorts10/06/2011
Good views stopped for lunch below the summitEdgemaster10/04/2011
Hung over and knacked from 7 yesterday :\ 1hr30 to Forcan then the fun starts, done everything bar the 2 really scary bits. Party of around 30 were there for a compleation, really decent folks! 3hrs total, an epic ridge! 40mph+ winds!bowzi04/09/2010
Climbed via Forcan Ridge - used path rather than stay on rock all the time - chicken!chriswatson02/08/2010