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Geal-Charn [Alder region]


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.
1132 m (3713 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.
26 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.
White Peak

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.

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  42   Glen Garry & Loch Rannoch

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

Geal-Charn is a complex mountain with a broad summit plateau surrounded by steep and often craggy slopes. It is connected to Aonach Beag by a short narrow W ridge leading to a high col (1000m) and to Carn Dearg by a short steep rocky NE ridge which connects to Dollaid a' Chairn by a narrow ridge giving access to Carn Dearg.

The slopes between the N ridge and Sgor Iutharn, which is effectively the E ridge, are steep and craggy as is the southern slope of Sgor Iutharn. There is also a S ridge which terminates in the crags of Sron Ruadh.

The SW slopes of Sgor Iutharn provide an easy access from Bealach Dubh and the path from Culra Bothy.

Hazards you may encounter on Geal-Charn [Alder region] include
 Remote Mountain navigate with care.
 High Plateau, summit may be difficult to locate.
 Steep slopes on or near ascent routes.
 Crags on or near ascent routes.
 Crags near summit.
 Narrow Ridges, with exposure.
 Scrambling (minor), easy hand and footholds.
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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West Highlands
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West Highlands
by Met Office
Ben Alder
by Metcheck
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The summary information of one or more ascent routes that include Geal-Charn [Alder region].

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 Routes that include Geal-Charn [Alder region]
  Ascent Distance Time Including... Description Rating
1 1816 m 49.69 km 13.5 hrs Geal-Charn [Alder region], Aonach Beag [Alder region] and Beinn Eibhinn  A long strenuous route with scrambling and exposure on Sgor Iutharn. Actually it is more of an expedition. From Loch Pattack the route distance is 24 km, ascent 1166 m and time 7h, so cycling will make it possible in one day.  

Pictures submitted by members on the summit of Geal-Charn [Alder region]

 Baggers Gallery for Geal-Charn [Alder region]

Roy and John still in good weather but light cloud thankfully keeping hot sun at bay!

© John Forster

Image by John Forster

The WBD at the summit, June 2012. If we'd believed the forecast we'd never have gone near a hill that day!

© Scott Blair

Image by Scott Blair

Me with Karl on summit,(19,6,10).

© Mark Thomson

Image by Mark Thomson

Geal-Charn summit on a day when dozens of red deer were gathered on the remaining snow patches. 5/6/10.

© Mike Reynolds

Image by Mike Reynolds
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Paul Millar on 01 Aug 2020
John Findlay on 20 Jul 2020

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Sc Joss
wrote on
July 27, 2012
July 2011. road in from dalwhinnie in excellent condition for cycling up to the turn off for Culra at hay feeder. we did get 2 punctures though! Road by loch pattack although passable involves a suspension bridge and a bumpy finish. the path from Culra is narrow but much better and despite the incessant rain this year still very dry thanks to good drainage. just be careful of catching pedals on higher bits of the verge. Cycled in and out in same day, 10 hours at very leisurely pace.
Roger Vander Steen
wrote on
May 24, 2008
We started from the car park on the A86 west of Moy Lodge and followed the path to 444 766, then the grassy banks of the streams into Coire na Coichille to the 700 metre contour. We headed to the rocks on the edge of the plateau for the view overlooking Loch Coire Cheap before making for the rounded summit.
Peter Lang
wrote on
September 12, 2007
Square cairn was pretty easy to find, lot of books suggested otherwise. visible in clouds as approached from Lancet Edge direction. Excellent approach route, path once reach steeper part of ascent, no real scrambling required i.e hands rarely required. Views over to Ben Alder, superb.

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