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Geal Charn [Drumochter Pass]


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.
279 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.
White 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
  42   Glen Garry & Loch Rannoch

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

From the summit of Geal Charn a narrow ridge curves S to a bealach connecting it with A' Mharconnaich, where a stalkers path offers the easiest ascent from the Balsporran Cottages.

A much broader E ridge offers easy slopes down to the A9 below. There is also a N ridge, which turns NE at Coire Beul an Sporain to connect with Creagan Mor (772m).

The only difficult slopes on this mountain lie to the NE where the crags of Creag Dhubh overlook Loch Ericht. There are some boulder slopes S and W of the summit and on the S flank of the E ridge.

Hazards you may encounter on Geal Charn [Drumochter Pass] include
 Steep slopes on or near ascent routes.
 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 Geal Charn [Drumochter Pass].

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 Routes that include Geal Charn [Drumochter Pass]
  Ascent Distance Time Including... Description Rating
1 745 m 11.53 km 3.5 hrs A' Mharconaich and Geal Charn [Drumochter Pass]  Easy route starting from high altitude.  
2 1183 m 23.12 km 7 hrs Beinn Udlamain, Sgairneach Mhor, A' Mharconaich and Geal Charn [Drumochter Pass]  Easy walking in a beautiful area. Care needed crossing stream when in spate.  

Pictures submitted by members on the summit of Geal Charn [Drumochter Pass]

 Baggers Gallery for Geal Charn [Drumochter Pass]

top of geal charm

© Colin Mochan

Image by Colin Mochan

Top of Geal Charn 21.01.11

© Dave Smith

Image by Dave Smith

Bruce Sloan on a windy misty Geal Charn(Drumochter) summit

© Bruce Sloan

Image by Bruce Sloan

The view went somewhere...

© Victoria Sheriff

Image by Victoria Sheriff
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Geal Charn [Drumochter Pass]
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Chris Bowles
wrote on
March 27, 2008
The views over to Ben Alder and its neighbours on a good day are a delight from the summit of Geal Charn, especially when they are in their winter coats. The actual ascent itself is one of the easier in the land starting at Balsporran Cottages. After crossing the railway it is an easy, swift ascent up a well used stalkers path.

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