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Munro beginners 'should start with easier peaks'

Posted 9 September 2011
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Munro beginners 'should start with easier peaks'
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Those keen to put on their walking boots and climb some Munros should consider starting with simple ones that are close to elevated roads and therefore offer easy ascents, an expert has said.

Honorary conveyor of publications for the SMC, Rab Anderson said: "Mountains such as Cairn Gorm, Carn Aosda and Geal Charn can be climbed from parking places on roads that are high, thereby reducing the height that has to be ascended to reach their summits."

However, he noted, beginners should be aware that in bad weather and winter conditions these mountains can still be treacherous.

Mr Anderson also listed Schiehallion, Ben Lomond, Beinn Ghlas and Ben Lawers as good candidates, being close to large centres of population, near roads and parking as well as offering excellent views.

For this reason, these are often the first Munros some people will climb, he added.

An ascent of Carn Aosda - which stands at 3,009 ft - can be completed from the A93 in under an hour, with a four-hour round trip also including the neighbouring Munros of Carn a' Gheoidh and the Cairnwell.