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Name:Sgurr a' Bhac Chaolais
Hill number:716
Height:885.2m / 2904ft
Parent (Ma):713  Buidhe Bheinn
RHB Section:10A: Glen Shiel to Loch Hourn and Loch Quoich
County/UA:Highland (UA)
Catchment:Hourn, Alsh & Duich, Catchment Boundaries
Class:Hump, Simm, Corbett Top, Yeaman, Deleted Corbett
Grid ref:NG 95837 11026
Summit feature:cairn on outcrop
Col:764m  NG966100  
OS map sheet(s):(1:50k) 33
(1:25k) 414S
Survey:Abney level/Leica 530/Leica RX1250
Survey of Sgurr a'Bhac Chaolais & Buidhe Bheinn (final).doc
Comments:Corbett deleted and Marilyn moved to hill 713 on 3 November 2012. See Database Notes. Another bealach at NG964104 (no spot height on maps) may be 764m or lower
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Logged Descriptions  (logged by 185 users, only the latest 50 shown - Show all)ByDate of Ascent
Solo, taking in Sgurr an Doire leathain, Sgurr an Lochain, Creag nan Damh and every ring contour in betweenShutterlag14/05/2018
Circuit of Bhuidhe Bheinn and Sgurr a' Bhac Chaolais from just N of Coireshubh. Set off along good path running high above Kinloch Hourn on a day with forecast heavy rain and thunderstorms (it turned out just a couple of showers and drizzle). Climbed roughly NNW (very steep) to reach Buidhe Bheinn West Top, then nice traverse to the Corbett, a couple of tops then Sgurr a' Bhac Chaolais, descent to Bealach Duibh Leac via Sgurr a'Bhac Chaolais East Top. Traverse to join path running back to start, camping close to a knoll in still midgy conditions.RobertP27/05/2017
Glen Shiel - Bealach Dubh Leac - Sgurr a'Bhac Chaloais - Buidhe Bheinn and return. Significant snow cover and mist together with significant ascent and re-ascents made this a challenging mid-winter route.benalder28411/02/2017
Glen Shiel- Bealach Dubh Leac- Sgurr a'Bhac Chaolais- Sgurr na Sgine- Faochaig- Glen Shiel. A good mountain walk, filling in that gap in my S. Kintail ridge summits. This section seemed to need more route-finding than elsewhere, especially between the main summits; I tried to flank rough ground on the descent of Sgurr a'Bhac Chaolais to the S but only succeeded in flanking the steepest section. Up by a wall to gain the SW ridge of Sgurr na Sgine worked out very well. The descent via Faochaig seemed very eroded compared with a delightful ascent that way in 1989. Fine weather, cloud well above summits, distance views.pwheeler23/06/2016
Solo.Dangerous Dave25/09/2015
With M, staying near Dornie. No longer the Corbett!?douglas_easton25/05/2014
Long haul, lots of reascents. Hot, sunny, slight breeze, good views.iangalbraith21/07/2013
Kinlochhourn to Shiel Bridge traverse in deepish snowdickscroop04/04/2013
two days after my final Munro and the exciting day of finally surveying Sa'BCh and Buidhe Bheinn, having been championing BB since various letters to OS in 95/96 about its height and eventually getting out of them that new Metric data was available but not yet on the map and that it was 885m. also included going over all the various tops including the SW top. The result was a great triumph to have BB reinstated as the Corbett and Marilynvegibagger05/09/2012
Coire Reidh horseshoe from Kinloch Hourn: Buidhe Bheinn - Sgurr a' Bhac Chaolais - Sgurr na Sgine.davidpettit8426/08/2012
On Cape Wrath TrailSteve Clark24/05/2012
Path from the road. In mist until reached the top - then great views all round. Bit of snow around to make things interesting. Odd that Chris thinks it is a Munro, he is usually a stickler for detail - unless I have misread what he meamt.Martin R10/02/2012
self. This was the designated Corbett when doing the list.davidsbatty22/11/2010
A long pull up from Glen Shiel to summit. Then a fierce drop down fence line/cliff to Sgurr na Sgine col and then very steep climb up slippery grass and rock to summit of the Munro. This is not the recommended route - but others have made this mistake.chriswatson01/08/2010
KirstyMountain Goat20/07/2010
Climbed at the start of a long day including the western end of the South Cluanie Ridge. Didn't help when I went over an ankle!gman04/04/2010
From Coe road, up end of ridge track and onto first corbett. Good winter snows, stiff progress along ridge between summits. Back by reverse route.nordicstar04/04/2010
1 of 5: From A87 layby at Malagan.ChrisR09/11/2009
CK SheilaS06/04/2009
South Glen Shiel ridge from Cluanie to MalaganGeoff Briggs30/05/2005
See Creag a'Mhaim dbb19/05/2005
MC JC MH HH. Climbed with Buidhe Bheinn. From L. Quoich to a camp at a lochan near the head of the Allt Coire Sgoireadail. Nice evening turned into mist and low cloud. Ascended Buidhe Bheinn first along a nice ridge - narrow with a few scrambles. Returned along to Sgurr a Bhac Chaolais in deteriorating weather. Tore a ligament on descent. Beautiful evening lower down.Martin6627/03/2005
With Smithy from Glen Shiel. Followed path up to Bealach Duibh Leac & then up to top of Sgurr a'Bhac Chaolais. Continued round fine ridge to twin summit of Buidhe Bheinn which was worth it for the walk never mind the fact that the Corbett was reassigned sometime later! Back to Sgurr a'Bhac Chaolais & then on to Sgurr na Sgine & The Saddle by which point the Cluanie Curtain had descended. Dropped into the glen & back to the start.NotReallyABagger01/09/2003
From Glen Shiel, bit boggy at start otherwise straightforward ascent. In Nov 2012 this hill lost its Corbett status to Buidhe Bheinn further along the ridge - found to be 0.3m or 1' higher and which I haven't done - ruining my Corbett completions. Annoying when they keep moving the goalposts!Aye Jimmy01/04/2002
JEB, MM, AOB, GOB Uisdean2527/12/1999
Done when it was a Munrohillsman01/08/1999
while staying with people from CRMC at Shiel Bridge in post Xmas deep freeze of minus 20 and snow down to sea level.vegibagger02/01/1996
from E top. Last 150' up to top. Dipper in stream on descent.arranc06/06/1993
Full ridge walk.BLACKHILL12/06/1990
Last peak of a very long day along South Cluanie ridge -solo -added on this after Mark had descended -then nasty dark icy descent down lethal path to road - sheet water ice -took crampons off too soon and fell and twisted ankle-broke torch -hobble down through safer heather in dark to road-flagged a car down in dark to send a message to Mark at Cluanie to come and pick me up. (Vey long wait)Chris Pearson28/12/1989
Recce for Hugh Symond's continuous Munro round from Cuannie Inn.Eddie22/10/1989
The South Glen Shiel seven Munros plus Sgurr a' Bhac Chaolais and Sgurr na Sgine RHW06/05/1989
At time of ascent first Corbett. Completed round 1999 before twin summit became apparent. Summit demoted after my round completed 1999, and Buidhe Bheinn climbed later after all changes were ratified.N.Morters16/05/1987
Ascended from Buidhe Bheinn, heading for Sgurr na Sgine and Shiel Bridge.JohnW29/05/1980
With: jm; From CS in Glen Undalain Jim & I went up to bealach below Forcan Ridge then to B Coire Mhalagain. N ridge to Faochag & Sg na Sgine NW top then summit. SW to Sg a'Bhac Chaolais & NW to B Duibhe Leac.Ian Baines01/07/1976
Climbed with K but summit now Buidhe Bheinn 2 km south but same heightJohn Youngblank
andrew brown27/05/2017
Paul and Terri03/08/2015
Dave Geere09/06/2015