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Name:The Saddle West Top
Hill number:696
Height:974m / 3196ft
Parent (Ma):688  The Saddle
Parent (SMC):688  The Saddle
RHB Section:10A: Glen Shiel to Loch Hourn and Loch Quoich
County/UA:Highland (UA)
Catchment:Alsh & Duich
Class:Subsimm, Deleted Munro Top
(sSim,xMT)
Grid ref:NG 92914 12836
Summit feature:rock
Drop:21m
Col:953m  NG931129  
OS map sheet(s):(1:50k) 33
(1:25k) 413S
Observations:rock on grassy knoll 100m WSW at NG 92816 12793 is as high
Survey:Abney level
Comments:1981-1990 Munro's Tables give NG928128 c.968m for which there is a grassy knoll at NG 92812 12792. Larger scale maps support early 6inch maps in both height and location. See Database Notes.
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Logged Descriptions  (logged by 150 users)ByDate of Ascent
Circuit of Forcan Ridge, The Saddle, Sgurr na Sgine and Faochag.Geoff Briggs28/05/2019
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
Traverse of The Saddle, starting from the A87 to the east and descending to Shiel Bridge.davidpettit8431/05/2017
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
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
Solo.Dangerous Dave23/09/2015
Summit 12 of 21 from Bealach Ratagan.RHW14/06/2015
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
KeithByTheC31/03/2013
with Darren -pushing further west than on previous two ascents of The Saddle.Chris Pearson18/07/2012
As part of horseshoe from campsite solodickscroop09/06/2012
8 of 10: From The Saddle Trig Point.ChrisR22/03/2012
self doing all the topsdavidsbatty03/07/2011
Lovely day. With Clare after great scramble along Forcan Ridge.alwaysinshorts10/06/2011
CK SheilaS04/05/2010
in mist after Dave Hewitts final Munro.vegibagger22/07/2007
Completed The Saddle, Sgurr na Sgine + 4 tops, 18.4km, 1925, in 8.0hrJamesSDonald15/06/2007
Warm, windy, good views.iangalbraith16/07/2006
Blisco26/06/2006
Easy walking from the main summit. yorkie18/06/2001
Munro topping three timesbertbarnett12315/10/2000
Galltywenallt06/05/1997
Another Munro Top, then continued W.Aye Jimmy07/08/1996
With Linda.grimjimm05/09/1993
With Jim.linda05/09/1993
see notes on The Saddlepwheeler24/05/1991
Alone again up the Forcan ridge but this time set off to pick up the outlying tops. I wasn't right and threw up before having a snooze on the furthest top. Missed out Sgurr na Sgine on the back of this. SS27/05/1990
On the ridge to GaraidhChinnockC15/08/1988
Round from The Saddle to Signe.Eddie03/06/1988
Via Forcan ridge. Good winter conditions with a group from the Joint Services Centre at Tulloch.thenomad02/04/1988
The Saddle and tops RHW25/06/1986
With two friends. From Suardalan Bothy (first rate) along a track through forest on the west side of Bealach a Chasain (forest now extends further S than track end), then across the valley to a minor top just to N of Sgurr Leac nan Each. On to Sgurr Leac nan Each, Spidean Dhomhuill Bhric, the W top of the Saddle, the trig point, the main top, East top, Sgurr nan Forcan, NW top of Sgurr na Sgine, main top. Went back to Bealach Coire Mhàlagain. We aimed to cross over to Coire Caol, but went too far east (very misty) so went down to the road and walked along the road to Shiel Bridge (no lifts!). From Ratagan west up by edge of forest and N of Sgurr Mhic Bharraich to reach the bothy at 23:30! Rain and very misty.pwbellarby31/05/1986
On way to Skye for Spring Bank week with kids.jimbloomer24/05/1986
*MacAoidh14/08/1983
climbed with a Dr met in Ratagan. Coire Uaine then up to just N of trig point. Sgurr na Forcan and back, down by SD Bhric, SL nan Each. Again 3/3/84 via snowy Forcan R. (JMC party), 23/5/95 by Forcan R with CB, 18/3/06 with Ken by C Mhalagain. Snow againniallp30/06/1983
With: ag mp ls; From CP at NG970137 up stalkers path to base of Forcan Ridge. Up this in complete snow with much static to Sg na Forcan & on to Saddle. More static! Round to Sg Leac nan Each before rapid descent to Coire & dn Glen Undalain to Ratagan YH.Ian Baines20/03/1983
AOB, GOB, AM Uisdean2528/03/1982
Shiel Bridge Up Allt Undalain Sgurr Leac nan Each Spidean Dhomhuill Bhric Saddle W. Top Saddle Trig Point The Saddle Saddle E. Top Sgurr na Forcan Bealach Coire Mhalagain Contour NE & down Allt a Choire Chaol to Shiel Bridge. (PM,SJ)gerrybowes21/04/1981
Part of the full ridge with GB.bolton21/04/1981
With: jm; From CS in Glen Undalain to base of Forcan Ridge. Up the ridge in cloud to Sg na Forcan & Saddle. Stunningly clear on summit with fabulous views over Knoydart & Skye. Round to Sg Leac nan Each then down.Ian Baines28/06/1976
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