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Meall Garbh [Lawers 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.
1118 m (3667 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.
35 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.
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.

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

Meall Garbh is much bulkier than its neighbour, An Stuc, though identical in altitude. The broad summit lies close to the narrow SW ridge, with some crags, leading to An Stuc. There are a further four broad ridges making for an easy ascent from most directions.

The terrain is grass with some outcrops and the steepest slopes lie to the S and SE (Creag a' Bhuic). Meall Garbh is normally climbed from the Lawers Burn to the bealach between it and Meall Greigh. It is also accessed from An Stuc as part of the Lawers Ridge.

Hazards you may encounter on Meall Garbh [Lawers region] include
 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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The summary information of one or more ascent routes that include Meall Garbh [Lawers region].

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 Routes that include Meall Garbh [Lawers region]
  Ascent Distance Time Including... Description Rating
1 1175 m 13.67 km 5 hrs Meall Garbh [Lawers region] and Meall Greigh  Easy day on moderate grassy slopes.  
2 1748 m 20.45 km 7.5 hrs Ben Lawers, An Stuc, Meall Garbh [Lawers region], Beinn Ghlas and Meall Greigh  Ridge walk with a fair bit of up & down. Quite a streneous route with some easy scrambling. On paths for the majority of way, can be crowded between Ben Lawers & NT visitors centre. Need for second car or hitching (leave early) due to diff start/fin point  

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A bit wild on Meall Garbh summit

© Allan Donald

Image by Allan Donald

Top of Meall Garbh 13.07.11

© Dave Smith

Image by Dave Smith

Meall Garbh.An Stuc and Ben Lawers ahead

© James Corrigan

Image by James Corrigan

Me on Meall Grabh wih An Stuc Behind

© mackenzie barker

Image by mackenzie barker
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James Corrigan
wrote on
August 2, 2011
Meall Garbh was a continuation from Meall Greigh.It`s a straight forward walk with a line of old fence posts taking you up most of the way from the col between the 2 Munro`s.Near the top, a Cairn suddenly comes in to view but it looks like the Cairn to the right above a small gulley is the highest point.Magnificent views of the waiting An Stuc and Ben Lawers are the main treat of walking this one
Leon Mooney
wrote on
July 26, 2008
After reaching the top of Meall Greigh (and then the other cairn) myself and two other walkers I had met followed the path alongside the fence to the summit of Meall Garbh, where we could still see nothing in the thick cloud. Our descent was a steep one with lots of careful navigation down to the Lawers burn through Creag a' Bhuic and then down to the path at the dam (where we finally came out of the cloud).
John Wilkie
wrote on
March 31, 2007
Only meant to bag Beinn Ghlas then Ben Lawers and head home as we had a big day with ropes in Glen Coe (Three Sisters) the next day. The weather was the best that its been all year, so decided to continue onto An Stuc, ended up also doing Meall Garbh and finally Meall Greigh. As I had already done Ghlas but my friend Marty hadn't we ran up it in an hour, in fact you could drive a bus up there. It as a perfect day, visibility for hundreds of miles and we were above any clouds that did attempt to appear. Dropped down to the col and then back up to ascend Lawers. Quite an easy climb with few technicalities. Enjoyed an early lunch on the summit then decided the day was too good to stop there. Onto An Stuc, tricky descend off the NE of Lawers, large frozen snow slope forced us to put crampons on, became steep on ascent again, but no real difficulties. Good scarmble down other side, Meall Greigh and Meall Garbh were a bit disappointing after the scramble.
Alex Bryce
wrote on
December 26, 2006
An easy ascent, convenient access on the Lawers burn path, and a fantastic viewpoint - the best in the range probably - make this a excellent mountain to climb in its own right. Followed the Lawers Burn path to the dam before crossing over and heading up to the right of the craggy slopes immediately south of the summit. Beware in mist of a false summit if approaching from the east.
Jamie Gilmore
wrote on
March 22, 2003
A good mountain on a clear day with superb views north as far as Ben Nevis and a good point to view the slopes of An Stuc. A relatively accessable peak ofering the oportunity to climb Meall Greigh on the same day.

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