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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.
896 m (2939 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.
28 of 222 Corbetts
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.

OS Landranger Maps Required
  34   Fort Augustus, Glen Albyn & Glen Roy

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

Gairbeinn is an elongated mountain running from Meall Garbh Beag in the SSW to an un-named top (870m) to the NNE. The E slopes into Min Choire are steeper than those on the W which descend to a high plateau.

The shortest route is from the S, but for a longer route follow Wades road W to the summit of the Corrieyairack Pass, ascend N onto Corrieyairack Hill (896m) and follow the ridge ESE to Gairbeinn.

Hazards you may encounter on Gairbeinn include
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 Gairbeinn

A selection of weather forecasts local to #GetMountain.Top_Name#.

Ordnance Survey digital maps are also available to members.

 Weather & OS Maps
Cairngorms * Monadhliath
by MWIS (PDF format)
West Highlands
by Met Office
Beinn a Chaorainn
by Metcheck
Gairbeinn Area Map
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The summary information of one or more ascent routes that include Gairbeinn.

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 Routes that include Gairbeinn
  Ascent Distance Time Including... Description Rating
1 721 m 24.30 km 6.5 hrs Gairbeinn  This is a long approach on an old military road that is best cycled. Not very scenic as electricity pylons follow the road. Not Yet Rated 

Pictures submitted by members on the summit of Gairbeinn

 Baggers Gallery for Gairbeinn

Eileen at the summit of Gairbeinn. 07/08/2015

© Eileen Stark

Image by Eileen Stark

James at the summit on grey and cold day. 7/08/2015

© Eileen Stark

Image by Eileen Stark

Me at summit Gairbeinn 26/06/11

© John Donnelly

Image by John Donnelly

Me at Summit Gairbeinn 26/6/2011

© David Peden

Image by David Peden
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Recently Climbed By
Derek McNeil on 05 Sep 2018

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by Alasdair Cairns
by David McSporran

Post a few words about Gairbeinn or read what others have had to say.

Chris Bowles
wrote on
October 14, 2009
Walkers note that the route can be started at Melgarve, beyond Garva Bridge at the end of the public road. There is a space about 50 yards short of a locked gate, enough for a couple of cars. This allows Gairbeinn to be done in a couple of hours and no need for a bike. The route up to the top of Corbett is rough and pathless and considerably wet underfoot. With no real line to follow it is a case of striking up hill, with the upper section becoming more rocky. This route was done along with Meall na-h-Aisre which makes for a complete day.

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