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Carn nan Gabhar (Beinn a' Ghlo)


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.
1121 m (3677 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.
32 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.
Peak of the goats (Hill of the mist)

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
  43   Braemar & Blair Atholl

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

Carn nan Gabhar has an elongated summit orientated SSW to NNE. The summit is stony with boulder slopes on both flanks of the summit ridge.

W of the summit are steep slopes with crags, and crags continue on the steep E flank of the N facing ridge. Crags also occur on the N face of the short NW ridge.

To the SW, the summit ridge connects to Airgiod Beinn (an access route) and there is a short W spur leading down to a bealach connecting to Braigh Coire Chruinn-Bhalgain, which is the main access route.

Lower slopes are deep heather and the upper slopes grass with stony/boulder areas.

Hazards you may encounter on Carn nan Gabhar include
 Relatively Remote Mountain navigate with care.
 Stony/rocky Slopes on or near ascent routes.
 Crags near 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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 Weather & OS Maps
Southeastern Highlands
by MWIS (PDF format)
East Highlands
by Met Office
Derry Cairngorm
by Metcheck
Carn nan Gabhar Area Map
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The summary information of one or more ascent routes that include Carn nan Gabhar.

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 Routes that include Carn nan Gabhar
  Ascent Distance Time Including... Description Rating
1 1480 m 22.38 km 7 hrs Carn nan Gabhar, Braigh Coire Chruinn-Bhalgain and Carn Liath  Beinn a' Ghlo is a classic route on moderate heather/grass slopes leading to stony summits. This complex mountain could be difficult to navigate in poor visibility.  

Pictures submitted by members on the summit of Carn nan Gabhar

 Baggers Gallery for Carn nan Gabhar

Roy and John. Weather getting bad. Our usual weather!

© John Forster

Image by John Forster

Carn nan Gabhar

© Tony Dick

Image by Tony Dick

me & the guys on the summit

© Libby Smith

Image by Libby Smith

ian mackay, chris stakim, mick smith, john donnely, and my self, at the top of Carn nan Gabhar,

© John Frew

Image by John Frew
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Post a few words about Carn nan Gabhar or read what others have had to say.

William Thomson
wrote on
October 31, 2010
To make this a big day and take in the Corbett of Ben Vuirich after completing the Munros. Decend the SE slopes of Airgiod Bheinn to Allt Coire Lagain burn and climb up to the top of Stac nam Bodach (672m) and across peat bogs to start the ascent of the Corbett Ben Vuirich (903m). Head back down the hill towards Loch Valigan (keep it on your left), hurdling over numerous peat bogs on the way. Follow the Allt Loch Valigan burn back to the main track in the valley and take this back to the start. The whole walk took us 11 hours to complete.
Leon Mooney
wrote on
July 23, 2010
Climbed on 22/7/10 as the final summit of the day. After descending Braigh Coire Chruinn-bhalgain this ascent was probably the easiest of the day. The Schiehallion-esque summit boulderfield did nothing for me, but again the summit views more than made up for this. After discovering that this top also had a wasp or two, I quickly returned to the bealach and took the long trudge back. The path I was on soon disappeared and I could now clearly see another across the river, but opted to cross lower down. A long day, but glad to have done it.
Steve Mcewen
wrote on
July 29, 2009
Noticed that most of the summit photos on this site show the trig point. The real summit is the large cairn a couple of minutes walk NE of the trig point.
Sam Marshall
wrote on
November 4, 2007
The way off the summit of Braigh Choire Chruinn Bhalagain in poor weather isn't clear. My friend and I continued too far along the ridge and ended up skirting back round the mountain to find the path that carries onto Carn nan Gabhar. When we reached the summit ridge of Carn Gabhar the weather was easily the worst we'd had to deal with on the mountains for this time of year with what must have been hurricane force winds!! Pass over the large cairn (which at first we thought to be the summit), then past the trig point and eventually onto the summit cairn. Long path back to Monzie car park.

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