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Carn Ealasaid


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.
792 m (2598 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.
171 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.
Elizabeth's cairn

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.

You can click on the map name to purchase the map for £6.29 including postage which is one of the cheapest prices we have found.

OS Landranger Maps Required
  36   Grantown & Aviemore, Cairngorm Mountains
  37   Strathdon
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A description of the characteristics of the mountain including any hazards of which you should be aware.

Carn Ealasaid lies SW of Beinn a' Chruinnich, the E slopes of which is the Lecht Ski Area, therefore an ascent from the E is not recommended.

Carn Ealasaid sits at the intersection six radiating ridges of varying length giving it a star like configuration. Of these ridges three are significant; the first runs NNE to Beinn a' Chruinnich to which Carn Ealasaid is connected by a high col; the second runs SSE to Cairn Vaich offering an ascent route from Cock Bridge; the third runs NW then forks W to Tolm Buirich (693m) and NNW towards Blairnamarrow on the A939.

A path from Dunanfiew by the River Don N to Blairnamarrow on the A939 passes over the W shoulder of Carn Ealasaid. This path passes within 500m of the summit and offers ascent routes from the S and N.

Hazards you may encounter on Carn Ealasaid include
 Unbridged River to cross.
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 Ealasaid

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
Beinn Mheadhoin
by Metcheck
Carn Ealasaid Area Map
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The summary information of one or more ascent routes that include Carn Ealasaid.

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 Routes that include Carn Ealasaid
  Ascent Distance Time Including... Description Rating
1 523 m 9.12 km 3 hrs Carn Ealasaid  Short route on easy slopes with good access tracks/paths  

Pictures submitted by members on the summit of Carn Ealasaid

 Baggers Gallery for Carn Ealasaid

Having a look back just before summit 30/03/2014

© Eileen Stark

Image by Eileen Stark

James looking very thoughtful at the small summit cairn of Carn Ealasaid 30/03/2016

© Eileen Stark

Image by Eileen Stark

Billy at the summit cairn of Carn Ealasaid.

© John MacBean

Image by John MacBean

myself at summit Carn Ealasaid after Carn Mor on same day. David Peden took my pic.

© John Donnelly

Image by John Donnelly
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Recently Climbed By
Ben Hughes on 05 May 2018

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Carn Ealasaid
by John Tutt
Carn Ealasaid
by Stevie Yates

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

Mike Watson
wrote on
August 15, 2009
Climbed from the lecht to test Fiona's new ski touring boots! Great views from the summit over to the cairngorms so do it in nice weather.
John Tutt
wrote on
July 27, 2008
Watch the route on the site route to summit OK but return route wrong no path and only bog for the return section, plus a fence.

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 Route Write-Ups
  Date Title Written by Including...
1 21 Jun 2013 Carn Ealasaid from Lecht; 16 June 2013 Roger Vander Steen Carn Ealasaid Not Yet Rated
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