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Carn Aosda


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.
917 m (3008 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.
278 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.
Ancient Peak

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 Aosda is an exceptionally easy ascent, starting at 650m with a track leading to the summit.

The mountain is elongated with the summit at the S of the mountain and a 4km long ridge leading N down to Baddoch. A smaller NE ridge is created by a corrie N of the summit and here are some steep rocky slopes. Slopes are otherwise moderate to easy.

This mountain is littered with ski equipment on its S slopes.

Hazards you may encounter on Carn Aosda include
 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 Carn Aosda

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)
East Highlands
by Met Office
Cairn Bannoch
by Metcheck
Carn Aosda Area Map
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The summary information of one or more ascent routes that include Carn Aosda.

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 Routes that include Carn Aosda
  Ascent Distance Time Including... Description Rating
1 660 m 11.06 km 3.5 hrs Carn a' Gheoidh, The Cairnwell and Carn Aosda  Easy route, on terrain partially scarred by skiing equipment.  

Pictures submitted by members on the summit of Carn Aosda

 Baggers Gallery for Carn Aosda

Myself and Sparkie Thomson on Carn Aosda. Number 22 for me and number 4 for her (Her first "Round" today)

© David Girling

Image by David Girling

Me, Val and Shep at the summit 5.01.13

© Claire Cassidy

Image by Claire Cassidy

Molly looking pleased with herself at the summit of Carn Aosda. May 2014.

© Scott Blair

Image by Scott Blair

Dave and myself on Carn Alosa before heading over to Cairnwell. Bob taking the pic.

© Pete Mungall

Image by Pete Mungall
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Recently Climbed By
Michael Mcmillan on 21 Jul 2019
Mark Nickol on 15 Jul 2019
Robert Simpson on 25 May 2019
David McSporran on 20 Apr 2019
Johnston Orr on 17 Feb 2019
Alan Puckrin on 22 Dec 2018

If a member has uploaded a tracklog as part of their personal route log and opted to share it then it will be presented here.

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 Shared Members Track Logs
Carn Aosda, The Cairnwell and Carn a' Gheoidh
by Jan Konstmann
Carn a' Gheoidh, The Cairnwell and Carn Aosda
by Alasdair Cairns
The Cairnwell and Carn Aosda
by Mark Rudzinski
The Cairnwell and Carn Aosda
by William Deans
Carn Aosda, Carn a' Gheoidh and The Cairnwell
by Geert Gritter
Carn Aosda, Carn a' Gheoidh and The Cairnwell
by Douglas Mason
Carn Aosda, Carn a' Gheoidh and The Cairnwell
by William Deans
Carn Aosda, Carn a' Gheoidh and The Cairnwell
by Robert Simpson
The Cairnwell, Carn a' Gheoidh and Carn Aosda
by Kenny Mcneill
Carn Aosda, Carn a' Gheoidh and The Cairnwell
by Brendan Waters
Carn Aosda, Carn a' Gheoidh and The Cairnwell
by Phillip Ferguson
The Cairnwell, Carn a' Gheoidh and Carn Aosda
by David McSporran
Carn Aosda
by Robert Simpson

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

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James Corrigan
wrote on
September 3, 2012
An insulted mountain.Human destruction of this mountain and its neighbour The Cairnwell should bring criminal charges. Fine views North and you even get a good view of the other insulted mountain The Cairnwell.
Leon Mooney
wrote on
August 9, 2011
The final Munro of the day and just as uninspiring as its neighbour to the south. Getting back to the car 3 hours and 20 minutes after leaving it having done 3 Munros and not feeling that tired was really odd. Had I done three Corbetts I'd have known about it and felt it. Took a short drive north after this one to Braemar to do Morrone.
Lesley Walker
wrote on
June 26, 2009
An easy Munro spoiled by the ski equipment.Didn't manage the 3 today as very windy with buffeting, not ideal conditions with a young child in tow!! Gave up after Carn Aosda and will attempt again in fair weather!
Gareth Pratt
wrote on
November 9, 2008
A most agreeable Munro really, especially when viewed from the Cairnwell ridge. The variety of colours on the hill, grey scree, dark heather, greeny-yellow grass makes for a very good view and a good picture, particularly if their is a blue sky. The Ski paraphanalia spolis things but overall I like this Munro.
Scott Niven
wrote on
July 5, 2005
Whilst the bottom is undoubtably spoiled by all the ski equipment and the scar of constant use, the hill top gives great views north to the Cairngorms, and east, south and west to further big name tops. Best on a clear day to give the best chance of a view with minimum effort.

A full written account of a climb submitted by our members.

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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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