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Sgor Gaoith


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.
1118 m (3667 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.
36 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.
Windy 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.

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  36   Grantown & Aviemore, Cairngorm Mountains

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

Sgor Gaoith is the highest point on the cliffs overlooking Loch Einich, therefore the whole E flank of this mountain is steep and rocky. From the broad summit plateau N linking to Sgoran Dubh Mor (1111m) a ridge runs NW leading to tracks through the forests to Feshiebridge.

Beyond Sgoran Dubh Mor a long narrow ridge continues N and a shorter ridge NW, both with moderate slopes. To the W of the summit the slopes moderate to steep, and this is the shortest ascent route. To the S the broad ridge descends gently to 1000m then broadens to join the Moine Mhor where paths and tracks lead to Glen Feshie

Hazards you may encounter on Sgor Gaoith include
 Steep slopes on or near ascent routes.
 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.
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The summary information of one or more ascent routes that include Sgor Gaoith.

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 Routes that include Sgor Gaoith
  Ascent Distance Time Including... Description Rating
1 964 m 13.89 km 4.5 hrs Sgor Gaoith  A relatively short route on moderately steep grass slopes. To the east of the summit steep cliffs overlook Loch Einich, navigate with care.  

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Roy and John on the summit not in rain!

© John Forster

Image by John Forster

Simon and I at the summit of Sgor Goaith 05/03/2011. What a beautiful afternoon.

© john wells

Image by john wells

At the top of Sgor Gaoith

© Claire Wales

Image by Claire Wales

Sgorr Gaoith summit on 24th august 2009

© Dougie Mccoll

Image by Dougie Mccoll
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James Seaman
wrote on
July 16, 2013
Did it on bike from Glen Feshie. Mint trip, ascent was hard going but descent was amazing! well worth it, wouldnt have enjoyed walking these hills. So bike was a great answer to that!
Andrew Stewart
wrote on
June 14, 2012
Alternative ascent is possible heading up the very well-maintained path beside the Allt Fhearnagan from Auchlean farm (at the road end) to just below the summit of Carn Ban Mor - this takes you up over the 1000m contour on easy paths. From there simply head North-East for the cliffs and follow them to the summit. this made for easy navigation in very thick, low cloud.
Alex Bryce
wrote on
July 17, 2007
The track up via the Allt Ruadh has recently been renovated to a very high standard and is as good as an escalator up to the 600m contour line where it dies out and a path through the heather continues onwards onto the higher slopes.
Alex Bryce
wrote on
July 17, 2007
Fantastic views to the distant hills of the north-west and down to Ben Nevis - worth saving for a crisp winters day
David Harbottle
wrote on
November 10, 2005
I agree with Neil, the traverse from Sgor Gaoith, over the many tops to Geal-Charn is well worth the extra effort. The descent (west) from Geal-Charn is pathless, initially very bouldery, then deep heather, until you reach the forest area.

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