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Glas Maol


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.
1068 m (3503 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.
69 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.
Grey-green 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
  43   Braemar & Blair Atholl

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

Glas Maol is a complex shape with a broad flat summit at the junction of four ridges. The NW ridge with its top, Meall Odhar, is the normal access route, which is littered with ski tows.

The SW ridge leads to another Munro, Creag Leacach, with a dry-stone wall leading most of the way from one summit to the other.

The broad N ridge branches, with a NE branch connecting to Cairn of Claise and a NW branch, which has a path leading to Sron na Gaoithe, giving an alternative route of ascent.

The SE ridge leads to Little Glas Maol, then branches with paths on the both branches leading to Glen Isla. The access route from the NW give the easiest access.

Hazards you may encounter on Glas Maol 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.
Picture Gallery for Glas Maol

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Ordnance Survey digital maps are also available to members.

 Weather & OS Maps
Southeastern Highlands
by MWIS (PDF format)
East Highlands
by Met Office
Cairn Bannoch
by Metcheck
Glas Maol Area Map
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The summary information of one or more ascent routes that include Glas Maol.

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 Routes that include Glas Maol
  Ascent Distance Time Including... Description Rating
1 562 m 11.58 km 3.5 hrs Glas Maol and Creag Leacach  A short route on easy terrain There steep crags west of Glas Maol and Craig Leacach has steep stoney slopes.  

Pictures submitted by members on the summit of Glas Maol

 Baggers Gallery for Glas Maol

Another one bagged with Val :-)

© Claire Cassidy

Image by Claire Cassidy

Me and Val at the summit on a very windy but great day! 03.07.14

© Claire Cassidy

Image by Claire Cassidy

The Wee Black Dug, close up & personal, on Glas Maol. September 2013.

© Scott Blair

Image by Scott Blair

Planking a munro, Glas Maol, as part of the east gleshee 6 on a misty day 9/6/12

© Stuart Mcgeown

Image by Stuart Mcgeown
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 Shared Members Track Logs
Creag Leacach and Glas Maol
by James Cassidy
Glas Maol and Creag Leacach
by Douglas Mason
Glas Maol and Creag Leacach
by Graham Gaw
Glas Maol
by David McSporran
Glas Maol, Tolmount, Tom Buidhe and Cairn of Claise
by Phillip Ferguson
Glas Maol and Creag Leacach
by Kenny Mcneill

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James Corrigan
wrote on
September 21, 2012
Parked at Devils Elbow car park and dropped down in to Grouse Butts and crossed the burn.Obvious path up on to the ridge which sweeps up NW to the Ski Tows and Meall Odhar. via a bulldozed track.There is a Cairn here.Crossed flat ground then on to the nose of Glas Maol.Steeply up for 200ft or so takes you on to the flat summit with a large Cairn and Trig pillar ahead.The next Munro.Creag Leacach is well seen from here.
Alan Cantwell
wrote on
June 1, 2009
I climbed Glas Maol & Creag Leacach with my wife Jackie and 2 Collies Ollie & Tino on the 31st May 2009. The weather was amazing with spectacular views for miles all around. Please be aware that there are birds nesting at or near the summit of Glas Maol, extra care is needed to avoid stepping on them and dogs should be kept under close control between April and August to save disturbing the ground nests.
Hilary Neilson
wrote on
May 24, 2008
Did this a little differently, parked at Auchavan, and walked down Glen Isla to the Monega Hill Pass, then up to the summit of this hill with fabulous views of Caenlochan Glen. Then over Little Glas Maol to the summits of Glas Maol and Creag Leacath, back by descending into Glen Brighty. Much more interesting than the norm.
James Mcdougall
wrote on
August 14, 2005
To avoid the hideous ski lifts till the last moment try parking at the car park (139,757). Ascend the north slope of Meall Gorm then proceed on to Creag Leacach from here. It's then an easy walk over grassy slopes to Glas Maol, sometimes with huge herds of red deer to be seen along the way. An easy descent via Meall Ohdar takes you past the ski tows until a path veers off southwards via Leacan Dubh for most of the way to the car park. This is maybe not one of the most inspiring routes but at last light with the deer herds it can become a more peaceful and rewarding walk.
Neil Macleod
wrote on
March 28, 2005
An alternative is to go to Creag Leacach first by contouring the west slopes of Glas Maol. A good path branches to the right (south) between Meall Odhar and Glas Maol. The south slopes of Glas Maol are also slightly easier. This is a good half day's walk, Creag Leacach is arguably the most shapely of the Glenshee Munros, with the bulky Glas Maol the highest point in Angus. Meall Odhar on the other hand is a hideous slog past rusting ski junk - it's only redeeming feature are the bulldozed tracks which enable quick passage.

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 Route Write-Ups
  Date Title Written by Including...
1 22 Feb 2010 Around Glen Shee George Greszczuk Creag Leacach, Glas Maol, Cairn of Claise, Carn an Tuirc, Carn Aosda, Carn a' Gheoidh and The Cairnwell Not Yet Rated
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