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Garbh Chioch Mhor


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.
1013 m (3323 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.
116 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.
Big rough breast

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
  33   Loch Alsh, Glen Shiel & Loch Hourn

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

Garbh Chioch Mhor is a remote mountain at the the head of Glen Dessarry separated from Sgurr na Ciche by Bealach na h-Eangair.

Garbh Chioch Mhor sits on a undulating ridge with its sister peak Garbh Chioch Bheag (968m) beyond which the ridge slopes down to a col linking to Sgurr nan Coireachan.

The summit ridge is very rocky, but a drystone wall runs along its crest and down to Bealach na h-Eangair, simplifying route finding over this rough terrain. The normal ascent routes are from Bealach na h-Eangair or from the col to Sgurr nan Coireachan.

Hazards you may encounter on Garbh Chioch Mhor include
 Remote Mountain navigate with care.
 Steep slopes on or near ascent routes.
 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.
Picture Gallery for Garbh Chioch Mhor

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Ordnance Survey digital maps are also available to members.

 Weather & OS Maps
North West Highlands
by MWIS (PDF format)
West Highlands
by Met Office
Ladhar Bheinn
by Metcheck
Garbh Chioch Mhor Area Map
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The summary information of one or more ascent routes that include Garbh Chioch Mhor.

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 Routes that include Garbh Chioch Mhor
  Ascent Distance Time Including... Description Rating
1 1894 m 23.14 km 8 hrs Sgurr na Ciche, Garbh Chioch Mhor and Sgurr nan Coireachan [Glen Dessary]  This is a strenuous route on rough terrain, with unbridged streams to cross.  

Pictures submitted by members on the summit of Garbh Chioch Mhor

 Baggers Gallery for Garbh Chioch Mhor

Me and Karl on top, 12,6,11.

© Mark Thomson

Image by Mark Thomson

astounding on GCM 21/04/10

© Dougie Mccoll

Image by Dougie Mccoll

Me on Garbh Chioch Mhor summit - January 24th 2010

© Stevie Yates

Image by Stevie Yates

Margo on summit 25/07/09

© Ian Moncur

Image by Ian Moncur
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Recently Climbed By
Andy Munro on 25 Aug 2018
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Lorna Ritchie on 21 Jul 2018
Graham McGregor on 10 Jul 2018
John Morrison on 11 Jun 2018
Calum Dinnes on 26 May 2018
Daniel Carter on 24 May 2018
Glynn Dodd on 24 May 2018
Tim Shepherd on 14 May 2018

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Post a few words about Garbh Chioch Mhor or read what others have had to say.

Ian Moncur
wrote on
July 26, 2009
A great round on rugged terrain. We cycled into Upper Glendessary on a very rough track in bits, then along the boggy path to the ridge. Path all the way so no difficulty with route we had fantastic weather this round would be totally different in adverse weather. time taken nearly 11 hours but we were in no hurry and spent some time admiring the views.( 5 stars )
Alex Bryce
wrote on
November 20, 2008
This is a fantastic hill, with probably unlimited scrambling possibilities, that deserves far more exploration than it probably ever receives as the piggy in the middle on the classic traverse. Was delighted to be climbing it in glorious weather, as in mist the long long east ridge must seem to last forever.

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 Route Write-Ups
  Date Title Written by Including...
1 31 Aug 2012 Cycle approach Mike Marshall Sgurr na Ciche, Garbh Chioch Mhor and Sgurr nan Coireachan [Glen Dessary]
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