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Name:Meall Dearg [Northern Pinnacles]
Hill number:963
Height:955m / 3133ft
Parent (Ma):954  Liathach - Mullach an Rathain
Parent (SMC):954  Liathach - Mullach an Rathain
RHB Section:13A: Loch Torridon to Loch Maree
County/UA:Highland (UA)
Class:Simm, Munro Top, Murdo
Grid ref:NG 91386 57932
Summit feature:tiny cairn on boulder
Col:917m  NG913578  
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Logged Descriptions  (logged by 152 users, only the latest 50 shown - Show all)ByDate of Ascent
With guide from Mullach an Rathain. NW then N over pinnacles to Meall Dearg - do not go down any gullies. Two down climb pitches of about 10m (?). Needed tight roping! Hand and footholds needed care due to unstable rock. Not difficult for climber or experienced scrambler. Impossible for me without a guide and ropes. Used Ken Applegate of West Coast Mountain Guidescarole engel24/09/2018
Went up with Mark from Coire Caime. Above the lochans then a northwest direction to the notch west of the summit. Lots of loose rock and very steep so care needed before the very narrow ridge was reached then a straightforward walk to the summit. Back down before the notch seemed an easier option though care needed. Pleased to get this one done.Peterb30/07/2018
Solo. A simply walk up into the beautiful western coire. The gulley, however is treacherous. Loose earth, scree and boulders. Very steep. I would not recommend this route up. It was too scary for me and after two attempts I retreated. However, I found an easy way up on my last attempt! From the first narrow gulley follow a rocky ledge north for about 50m. This brings you to an easy angled grassy slope. Walk up and you hit the narrow ridge about 20m north of the summit. Back the same way. No hands needed!Dangerous Dave03/06/2018
Liathach Munros and Tops from Glen TorridonGeoff Briggs30/05/2018
Revisit for the tops, ACW route meall dearg, mullach an rathain, mullach an rathain east top, am fasarinen, spidean a choire leith, stob a choire liath, stuc a choire dhuibh bhig.robertphillips06/05/2017
Weather fair.MountainMac06/05/2017
CK SheilaS15/06/2015
From Coire na Caime, kicking steps in partially melted snow to reach the col between pinnacles and summit. Snow-free areas were loose and felt less secure.mae25/05/2013
with Jamie and Ben-Jivegibagger13/04/2012
Missed this from north previous day so went back again when I could see where I was going. Much more straightforward up NW gulley than I had expecteddickscroop23/08/2010
With Rhona Fraser. From the east through Coire Dubh Mòr, then Loch Coire na Caime before climbing steeply up scree, boulders and grass to reach a point between the first and second of the Northern Pinnacles. Went over the first pinnacle and up to the summit of Meall Dearg and back and then climbed the rest of the Northern Pinnacles. We did not have a rope. We chose the left of two parallel steep gullies and had some difficulty half way up. A swing up and left made on a good handhold that was not immediately obvious. Later I found a way up very steep and exposed rock blocks. There were good holds with a mantelshelf to finish. We tackled the fourth pinnacle by moving right on a terrace for about 10m before climbing up on easier angled rock. Up the fifth pinnacle and on to the summit of Mullach an Rathain. We descended the west ridge of Mullach an Rathain which is delightful high up but the lower parts are very tedious with much vegetation and many holes.pwbellarby12/09/2009
Very tricky descent from the main summit, the climb back upto the ridge was a real 'brown trousers' job! yorkie27/05/2009
With Ashley, Whole ridge with all tops, 28.3km, 2560m, in 12.0hrJamesSDonald20/03/2009
On attempt of all Munros and tops in 2007ancient brit30/07/2007
Well - no one said the tops were going to be easy. You earn every one of them.Ianto&Sue17/05/2007
Glasgow and Lancaster weekend. Ascent with Tom, Andy and Paul. Warm rock. No snow.alexmaclennan02/02/2006
With Tim and JimmyRobF22/10/2005
with Keith Dickinson (Liathach)davidsbatty01/10/2002
Date unknown paulsross01/01/2000
Last Top of the day and gave as much trouble as the rest of the Liathach ridge put together! Long descent, steep scrambling on wet grass and loose rock. Then returned to upper ridge and had a horrible descent down wrong gully to Glen Torridon: long wet grass, bracken, heather, midges.Aye Jimmy05/08/1996
Previously missed Munro Top RHW04/07/1994
Round of Liathach, descending into corrie from Northern Pinnacles, and Beinn Eighe from Torridon hostel descending, with collapsed shufflee, to Loch Bharranch.Eddie27/05/1994
7th consecutive New Year at Torridion with YHS mob - and finally success on the Northern Pinnacles (after a previous aborted attempt in a hoolie at the col with a descent in the dark ). Snow and ice covered climb with Pete Hemmings -rope, axes and crampons on last day of year. Grade II -not difficult but serious drops -as we continued up over summit of Mulach an Ratahin. Pete was carrying a crutch on his sack to aid his descents!! following a broken leg (always very keen to climb. I managed to trip over my own crampons on the safer ground of the Munro whilst eating a sandwich and wrenched my ankle- we made a sorry pair coming down the horribly loose Stone Chute. Revived by New Year celebrations.Chris Pearson31/12/1989
Car Park (921557) Path up side of Allt an Tuill Bhain Mullach an Rathain Down NW ridge for about 200 metres Descend a scree run down into the corrie W. of Meall Dearg Up W. slopes of Meall Dearg the Top Reverse back to the ridge W. of Mullach an Rathain Down scree run to village of Faseg Back along road to car park. (PM)gerrybowes23/07/1988
Abandoned attempt on the summit at the col with Mark H as a hoolie was blowing. Crampons invaluable. Back down same way - plod back in dark (by headtorch -Petzl zoom) as was the norm on New Year hills at Torridon.Chris Pearson30/12/1986
KM Uisdean2522/10/1983
Cairngorm Club Torridon meet with other club members. From the road in Glen Torridon, ascending the tourist route to the col between Stùc a Choire Dhuibh Bhig and Bidein Toll a Mhuic, then most of us to Stùc a Choire Dhuibh Bhig. Then all to Bidein Toll a Mhuic*, Spidean a Choire Leith, over the Fasarinen Pinnacles to Mullach an Rathain. Duncan Macrae-Gibson and I descended the Northern Pinnacles. Then to Meall Dearg, back to the col between the Northern Pinnacles and Meall Dearg. Descended the gully to the west, then to the road via Allt a Choire Mhic Nòbuil. After the previous nights torrential rain we were lucky to have no rain. *This is the name in the 1974 Edition of Munros Tables. In the 1980 Edition the name was changed to Stob a Coire Liath Mhor.pwbellarby25/09/1982
Scott Morley 8623/05/2018
Sick Kid06/10/2015
Gavin Theobald27/09/2012