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Carn Dearg [Alder region]


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.
1034 m (3392 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.
98 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.
Red cairn like 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.

The summit of Carn Dearg is located in the centre of a ridge more than 3km in length running from Dollaid a' Chairn (925m) in the WSW (which connects to Geal Charn) to a minor top (827m) overlooking the crags of Coire Sron an Nid to the NE.

The flanks of this long ridge are steep in places and the higher slopes of the summit are rocky. Normal ascent routes are from Culra bothy onto NE ridge or from Geal Charn via Dollaid a' Chairn.

Hazards you may encounter on Carn Dearg [Alder region] include
 Remote Mountain navigate with care.
 Steep slopes on or near ascent routes.
 Stony/rocky Slopes on or near ascent routes.
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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West Highlands
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Carn Dearg [Alder region] Area Map
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The summary information of one or more ascent routes that include Carn Dearg [Alder region].

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 Routes that include Carn Dearg [Alder region]
  Ascent Distance Time Including... Description Rating
1 1190 m 38.12 km 10 hrs Carn Dearg [Alder region]  This easy but long route which makes it more of an expedition. Cycling to Loch Pattack will reduce the route time. From Loch Pattack the remaining distance is 11 km, ascent 624m and time 5.5h, so cycling will make it quicker.  

Pictures submitted by members on the summit of Carn Dearg [Alder region]

 Baggers Gallery for Carn Dearg [Alder region]

Alex on the wobbly bridge with Carn Dearg in the back ground

© Alexander McMillan

Image by Alexander McMillan

Roy and John still in excellent sunshine at the summit cairn.

© John Forster

Image by John Forster

Jorja at the top of Carn Dearg, after a bit of a lengthy walk in from Laggan. Ben Alder in the background. June 2013.

© Scott Blair

Image by Scott Blair

Owen and me atop Carn Dearg on a beautifully clear morning in April 2011, following a freezing night's camping near Culra.

© Michael Hill

Image by Michael Hill
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Post a few words about Carn Dearg [Alder region] or read what others have had to say.

Roger Vander Steen
wrote on
April 24, 2009
22nd April 2009. From Dalwhinnie via Loch Pattack and back. There is extensive construction work in the vicinity of Ben Alder Lodge. Walking along Loch Ericht, we were passed by a steady stream of traffic going to work. The same thing happened in reverse at the end of the afternoon. Rear view mirror recommended. About a mile before the Lodge, a slightly overgrown old road descends to the left at some piles of building material; this avoids some climbing.
Peter Lang
wrote on
September 12, 2007
worth considering adding to a route from Culra bothy via lancet edge taking in Geal charn, Aonach Beag and Beinn Eibhinn and returning via Dioallaid a'Chairn ridge to Carn Dearg, makes an excellent finale above culra bothy. Superb high level walking on good surface with minimum descents. Took our party of 4 just over 8hrs from bothy to bothy. Cycled in on fri night in 1.5 hrs, excellent bothy, 3 seperate bothies in 1 building really.

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