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Gulvain or Gaor Bheinn


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.
987 m (3238 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.
161 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.
Noisy 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
  40   Mallaig & Glenfinnan, Loch Shiel
  41   Ben Nevis, Fort William & Glen Coe

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

Gulvain is a "Y" shaped hill with its main axis running SW to NE. Its slopes are moderately steep, with more rocky regions on the NW slopes, than the SE and crags at both ends of the main ridge.

There are two tops of similar size approximately 1km apart on the main ridge, the South Top is 961m and the summit to the N is 987m. Beyond the summit there are two ridges NE and ENE which enclose Coire Sgreamach.

The only easy access to this mountain is from Gleann Fionnlighe up the SW ridge, avoiding crags to W, to reach the South Top then along the ridge to the summit

Hazards you may encounter on Gulvain or Gaor Bheinn include
 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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West Highlands
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Ben Nevis
by Metcheck
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The summary information of one or more ascent routes that include Gulvain or Gaor Bheinn.

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 Routes that include Gulvain or Gaor Bheinn
  Ascent Distance Time Including... Description Rating
1 1400 m 21.77 km 7 hrs Gulvain or Gaor Bheinn  Moderate route with steep ascent on grass leading to rocky top. Cycling possible on approach track.  

Pictures submitted by members on the summit of Gulvain or Gaor Bheinn

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Me on Gulvain ridge

© Donna Cromb

Image by Donna Cromb

The Wee Black Dug at the summit of Gulvain. Given the wall to wall July sunshine, and the effort it takes to get there, even she was looking marginally weary.

© Scott Blair

Image by Scott Blair

Beween the South Top and summit of Gulvain, 28th April 2011

© Oliver Bartrum

Image by Oliver Bartrum

me and mick at the summit of Galvain

© John Frew

Image by John Frew
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Chris Bowles
wrote on
June 8, 2008
Would definitely recommend a bike for the first part of the route which is quite enjoyable and not too demanding on a bike. The climb up the mountain is then a brute, very steep and when done on a hot day was a real killer. However the views from the top and the true summit are very impressive and worth the effort. Taking a bike reduced the route time to approx 6 hours, but overall a great day, one for good weather.
Peter Sinclair
wrote on
February 23, 2006
Climbed in mid February 2006, good covering of snow on summit ridge, no cloud and no wind. A long walk-in of 7.5Km on good path before the climb begins. A long fairly hard pull, over good ground, to the southern top at 855m. After gaining the trig point at 961m you are rewarded with a really nice ridge walk to the summit at 987m. The views are stunning through 360 degrees and I was able to see as far as the hills of Harris. A tough day, but not more than moderate difficulty.

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