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Meall Garbh [Glen Lyon]


Quick Facts
This is the height of the mountain above sea level. However, on the climb, it is the ascent that matters, i.e. the sum of all the uphill parts of the route.
968 m (3175 ft)

This is the standard notation used on Ordnance Survey Landranger maps.

Each reference consists of two letters identifying a 100,000 metre square block then three digits defining the Easting and finally the three digits defining the Northing with reference to the South West corner of the block.

NN166712 is the grid reference for the summit of Ben Nevis. Where you are given the map number ( For Ben Nevis = 41) it is acceptable to omit the two initial letters e.g. 166712. (Instructions on how to read the references are given on the OS maps).

Grid Ref.
An indication of this mountains height rank within its class. Where two mountains share the same height they are ordered alphabetically.
186 of 282 Munros
The number of ascent routes currently available on Munromagic.
Mountain names are usually in Gaelic, the native language of the Scottish Highlands, or have been derived from the old Scots and Norse languages. We give the most commonly accepted meaning, but accept that some of these are disputed.
Rounded rough hill

The UK is covered by 204 Ordnance Survey Landranger 1:50,000 scale maps. Maps numbered 1 to 86 cover Scotland but for the highest mountains (Munros) only 23 maps are required. The name given roughly describes the area covered by the map.

OS Landranger Maps Required
  51   Loch Tay & Glen Dochart

A description of the characteristics of the mountain including any hazards of which you should be aware.

Meall Garbh has twin peaks, with the NW peak being the true summit. The slopes are mostly easy to moderate grass with craggy outcrops but the summit plateau is stony. There is easy access to the top without scrambling.

The N slopes are gentle leading down to Glen Sassunn where a track continues to Kinloch Rannoch.

The broad W ridge connects to An Sgorr (928m) the summit of which can be bypassed to the NW to reach Carn Gorm.

To the S lies a broad ridge leading to moderate slopes down to Glen Lyon and to the E another broad ridge connects to Meall a' Bharr and on to Carn Mairg.

Hazards you may encounter on Meall Garbh [Glen Lyon] include
 Steep slopes on or near ascent routes.
 Crags within 1km of summit.
General Considerations
 Temperature decreases by 1degree C for every 100m of ascent.
 Wind usually increases with altitude.
 Visibility can change markedly with cloud level.
 River/Stream levels can increase markedly in one day.
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Southeastern Highlands
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The summary information of one or more ascent routes that include Meall Garbh [Glen Lyon].

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 Routes that include Meall Garbh [Glen Lyon]
  Ascent Distance Time Including... Description Rating
1 1485 m 17.43 km 6.5 hrs Carn Mairg, Carn Gorm, Meall nan Aighean and Meall Garbh [Glen Lyon]  Relatively long route, but once at altitude the going is easy on short grass.  

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Meall Garbh (Glen Lyon) Mar'14

© Mike Blake

Image by Mike Blake

Meall Garbh. 2nd summit of the day

© Tony Dick

Image by Tony Dick

Me at the metal summit!

© Lorna Gilchrist

Image by Lorna Gilchrist

Top of Meall Garbh 07.10.10

© Dave Smith

Image by Dave Smith
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Leon Mooney
wrote on
June 20, 2010
Climbed on 19/6/10. After a quick descent of Carn Gorm I opted to go round An Sgorr, rather than over it - there are paths for both options. Reached the summit of Meall Garbh quite quickly, the line of fence posts makes it even more obvious and the collection of metal at the cairn is quite odd to see on a hill. This was the only summit of the four which I had to myself through the day.
Neil Feltham
wrote on
September 21, 2009
The second of two Munros in adverse weather conditions, however one of my climbing partners started vomiting half way up. Monitored his fluid intake for the remainder of the ascent (at his request). When we reached the sumit we decided to call it a day. Made use of our pre-determined escape route and got him home at the earliest opportunity.The good news is that he has fully recovered, we have put it down to dehydration before and during the climb and the fact that we had all just returned from a field exercise in Romania on the Saturday and that we were all suffering from the after effects from Military training in tempratures in excess of 32 degrees for two weeks solid.
Ceri Cashell
wrote on
July 13, 2007
Did these 4 last weekend with baby (16 months) on back- took us close to 7 hours but great achievement to do all 4 in one go. weather forecasts had been good as as predicted we seemed to be the only hills that were cloud free all day, great views later in the day to the Lawers Range . Pretty windy on the tops so stops were quite short. Congratulations to the 2 baggers we met- 1 on his hundredth and 1 on her half(142nd) excellent stop to be had on the way back at the Yew Pub Fortingall Hotel!!

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