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Sgor Gaoith
Quick Facts
This is the summed total of all the climbing within a route and is a good indicator of the strenuousness of a route.
Total Ascent
964 m

An estimate of the time taken based on a derivation of Naismiths rules. Our calculation is based on the horizontal and ascent components of a climb, we do not make a reduction for descent.

Registered users can customise these walking times by specifying their own walking and ascending speeds. They can also add a fixed time period for stoppages.

Route Time
4.5 hrs
The horizontal distance of the route.
Route Distance
13.89 km

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A brief summary of this route.

Our summary will always contain one of easy, moderate or hard to indicate the severity of the route.

A relatively short route on moderately steep grass slopes. To the east of the summit steep cliffs overlook Loch Einich, navigate with care.

Here we provide the nearest town to the start of the route where you will find basic services.

We then give directions from that location to the route start. Your approach route may differ.

 Travel Information

Head to: Aviemore

From Aviemore (B9152) travel E on B970 across the River Spey. After 1 Km follow B970 SW to Feshiebridge. Take minor road to Glen Feshie for a further 3.5 km to the start of a forest track just north of the Allt Ruadh.

Route Waypoint Map

The total ascent is 964 metres. Allow 4.5 hours to complete this 13.89 km route.

The hillphones service can inform you of stalking activities in the area.

Usually the shortest way to climb the mountain, making best use of tracks and paths to gain altitude. Route navigation requires map reading skills and an ability to navigate with a compass.

The information given here will enable you to annotate your map and plan your route. We do not give anecdotal descriptions on where to find the paths, worn by the feet of previous mountaineers.

Where the access routes are few or the ridge is narrow, paths are generally obvious. On open ground, following paths without using your compass may get you lost in poor visibility.

 Route Information
Waypoint Detail
  Start at beginning of track, just N of Balachroik
  NH85200126 Distance
295 m
Follow track/path E onto open hillside
NH87480073 Distance
2.45 km
520 m
Leave path before Coire na Cloiche and ascend NE to summit on Geal-charn
NH88410141 Distance
1.16 km
920 m
Follow ridge SE to 976m top
NH89170017 Distance
1.47 km
976 m
Continue SE to col (1053m)
NN90389980 Distance
1.38 km
1053 m
Head SSW on summit ridge to Sgor Gaoith
NN90279894 Distance
0.93 km
1118 m
Descend W turning NW to join path
NN88289925 Distance
2.20 km
600 m
Head NNW on path to rejion ascent route and return
  NH85200126 Distance
4.30 km
295 m

A selection of weather forecasts local to this route.

Cairngorms * Monadhliath
by MWIS (PDF format)
East Highlands
by Met Office
by Metcheck
Images of Sgor Gaoith
Route Area Map
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Rating & Reviews

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Written by John Usher on 18 May 2005:
Good footpath all the way. If visibility is good could be extended to take in Mullach Clach a'Bhlair over featureless ground which joins up with a well maintained Land Rover track to the latter summit then down another LRT to the glen for a long walk back.
Written by Adam Rixon on 14 Jan 2005:
I've climbed this three times, all via Carn Ban Mor. Most of the ascent is on a good path, with the final stretch over featureless ground which is tricky in fog but easy enough to walk on. But a fairly uninteresting ascent is redeemed by the stunning situation of the summit on Sgor Gaoith. Just beyond the cairn, cliffs plunge 300m into Glen Einich, and there's great views over to Braeriach.
Written by Terry Thomson on 29 Oct 2002:
I went up today (29/10/02) in near perfect hillwalking conditions (crisp, clear with no wind) and found she had a substantial winter jacket on above the 600m contour. From here the going via Carn Ban Mor sapped the strength, frequently up to knee deep. However, the descent was fantastic and quick. Some stunning winter scenes on the ascent and from the summit over to Braeriach and Glen Einich.
Disclaimer. The details provided above are an aid to planning an expedition, but all distances, altitudes and bearings must be considered approximate. You must navigate with the appropriate map, a compass, your navigation skills and common sense, MunroMagic.com accept no responsibility for your interpretation of our route information.
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