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Carn Bhac


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.
946 m (3103 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.
221 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.
Peak of the peat banks

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
  43   Braemar & Blair Atholl

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

Carn Bhac is the highest point in a complex mass of hills and glens. The summit ridge is oriented NE to SW with a 3km long summit plateau. The summit lies at the NE end of this plateau, and Carn a' Butha (907m) at the SW end.

There are two broad SE ridges, the more westerly of which connects to Beinn Iutheran Mhor. To the NW of the summit there are steep slopes into Coire Bhearnaist, to the NE the slopes are moderate, and to the S and E the slopes are gentle.

This is an easy climb but a long route requiring stamina.

Hazards you may encounter on Carn Bhac include
 Relatively Remote Mountain navigate with care.
 Moorland Terrain, few distinct landmarks.
 Steep 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.
Picture Gallery for Carn Bhac

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Ordnance Survey digital maps are also available to members.

 Weather & OS Maps
Cairngorms * Monadhliath
by MWIS (PDF format)
East Highlands
by Met Office
Derry Cairngorm
by Metcheck
Carn Bhac Area Map
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The summary information of one or more ascent routes that include Carn Bhac.

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 Routes that include Carn Bhac
  Ascent Distance Time Including... Description Rating
1 1118 m 34.91 km 9 hrs Beinn Iutharn Mhor and Carn Bhac  A long route on easy terrain. Time can be reduced by cycling to Altanour Lodge.  
2 1782 m 43.26 km 12 hrs Glas Tulaichean, Beinn Iutharn Mhor, Carn an Righ and Carn Bhac  A demanding route, which could be shortened by missing out Carn Bhac and / or Glas Tulaichean  

Pictures submitted by members on the summit of Carn Bhac

 Baggers Gallery for Carn Bhac

Top of Carn Bhac 26.06.13

© Dave Smith

Image by Dave Smith

Molly at the summit of Carn Bhac. October 2014. First dusting of snow on the big 'Gorms away in the distance.

© Scott Blair

Image by Scott Blair

Me at the summit of Carn Bhac, August 11th 2012.

© Andrew Blair

Image by Andrew Blair

Carn Bhac 09/10/11

© Alan Cantwell

Image by Alan Cantwell
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 Shared Members Track Logs
Carn Bhac
by Brian Doolan
Carn Bhac and Beinn Iutharn Mhor
by Philip McLoone
Carn Bhac and Beinn Iutharn Mhor
by Brian Howarth
Carn Bhac
by Graham Gaw
Beinn Iutharn Mhor and Carn Bhac
by Kenny Mcneill

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

Gus Stewart
wrote on
April 19, 2010
Walked from Inverey to the ruin. From there took the obvious land rover track to shooting butt number 2, at which point headed just north of due west for two and a half kilometres to the ridge linking Carn Bhac and its neighbouring Munro. Made then for the 920 metres top and then north east to the summit. From the summit dropped south/south east to regain the track and then the trip back via the ruin was straightforward. A longish walk but not a strenuous climb at all.
John Mcallister
wrote on
March 19, 2006
Did this in deep snow from the other munro south of it, whatever it's called, brief views to the gorms. Walked in from Linn of Dee to the old Lodge and bivied. Snowline Was 300m odd. Very long walk if done in a day.
Andy Johns
wrote on
May 9, 2004
Be warned! - the slopes to the east of Carn Bhac are covered in endless peat hags which have to make for the most unpleasant type of terrain going. Especially when the clag is all around, you're carrying a full pack with tent,etc. and it's raining. Still, we did get some views from the summit ridge between the 920m top and the summit. However these only came because my companion lost his watch somewhere along here and we had to backtrack our steps (we did, incredibly, find it, so don't go looking). Just to be different, we then headed over Geal Charn and camped by the Allt Bhronn to the WNW.
Neil Macleod
wrote on
March 26, 2003
A fine alternative route to Beinn Iutharn Mhor starts at the Dalmunzie Hotel, W of Spittal of Glenshee, heading up Gleann Taitneach (excellent walking and great views) to Loch nan Eun. From there, a climb to the col between Mam Nan Carn and Beinn Iutharn Beag is followed by a traverse of Iutharn Beag's slopes to the head of Glen Ey. From there it is easy going to the summit. Weather and fitness permitting, this route can be extened to include Carn an Righ.

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