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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.
1296 m (4251 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.
3 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.
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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.

The steep craggy slopes of Braeriach form the N and W walls of Coire Bhrochain, and the summit lies almost on the edge. The broad summit plateau is surrounded by steep slopes and crags.

To the E its steep rocky slopes form the western wall of a deep glen, the Lairig Ghru. Ascent is not recommended from either of these directions, as there are easier routes from the N-E and the W.

The north-east approach is from the Cairn Gorm approach road through the Chalamain Gap and onto Sron na Lairige, following a well worn path.

Braeriach can also be approached from Glen Feshie or Gleann Einich in the W or from Sgor an Lochain Uaine to the S following the western rim of An Garbh Coire.

Hazards you may encounter on Braeriach 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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Cairngorms * Monadhliath
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East Highlands
by Met Office
by Metcheck
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The summary information of one or more ascent routes that include Braeriach.

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 Routes that include Braeriach
  Ascent Distance Time Including... Description Rating
1 1326 m 20.68 km 6.5 hrs Braeriach  A relatively long route route, though not particularly strenuous( only 1000m ascent over 6h), mainly on well trodden paths with wonderful views down the Lairig Ghru.  
2 2220 m 35.67 km 11 hrs Braeriach, Cairn Toul, Sgor an Lochain Uaine and The Devils Point  Climbing is moderate but there is a lot of it. The centre km of the Lairig Ghru and the Chalamain Gap have significant boulder fields which will be hazardous in the dark.

The route is strenuous and long but rewarding. Not suitable for cycle access.


Pictures submitted by members on the summit of Braeriach

 Baggers Gallery for Braeriach

The Wee Black Dug ticks off her last Cairngorm summit. ;) September 2014.

© Scott Blair

Image by Scott Blair

Braeriach 19/7/2014

© Stuart Mcgeown

Image by Stuart Mcgeown

On my way to Braeriach with a view of the Lairig Ghru

© Steve Marlow

Image by Steve Marlow

Summit of Braeriach at last, third time lucky!! 1st time not feeling well 2km from summit, 2nd time a member my party was too tired to continue about half way up, so this time, I just blasted it, 2hours 53mins to summit!

© Keith Singleton

Image by Keith Singleton
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Ray Humphreys
wrote on
July 9, 2008
Climbed on 4/7/08 from Derry Lodge. Brilliant day. Shimmering heat haze in Larig Ghru. Via Cairn Toul and Briariach tops & to Sron na Larige. Return S to flat bealach S of Sron na Larige and descend carefully into Larig. There is a faint un-mapped path that is readily followed. BUT be VERY, VERY careful on snow band in highest 100m. Its VERY steep and even in hot July sun the snow was too hard to kick reliable steps into. Descend snow band ONLY with crampons etc. But snow band easily turned to its north and would be to its south. A few helicopter bits on way down. 35 mins to reach Larig Grhu.
Barry Kelso
wrote on
June 18, 2008
Despite the fact that we did this in Mid summer the weather was a bit of a nightmare! The first snow fell at around 1000m, and it got worse from there! By the time we got to the top the snow was drifting and falling continuously blown by a strong wind. Had earlier considered going on to complete Angels Peak & Cairn Toul but the weather changed our minds. Perhaps just as well, as we had forgotten how far we had come, and still had to get back! Dropping down into the Lairig Ghru, and climbing back up to Chalamain gap was a real killer! 7 hours 30 mins round trip.
Sam Marshall
wrote on
April 7, 2008
We started at the sugar bowl car park. It's a lengthy walk in! We left the car at 11ish and reached the foot of the Sron na Larige at about 1 (though we did mess around in the Chalamain Gap for a while). Ascent up the Sron na Larige allows for good views towards Cairn Lochain and Sgor Gaoith. In poor visibility finding the summit of Braeriach requires good navigation. The summit cairn was possibly hidden under snow. We stood at what we believed to be the highest point along the corrie rim. Didn't get back to the car until 7.20.
Alan Wilson
wrote on
May 17, 2007
Bike from whitewell, good track to the loch...up stalkers path to plateau, on to Sgor an Lochain Uiane, then followed corrie edges round to Braeriach...due west took me to Coire Bogha-clioch then steeply down to bike...easy ride out...a good round circuit.
Terry Thomson
wrote on
June 20, 2002
We climbed the route (20/06/2002) and low cloud closed in on our approach to the summit. In poor visibilty the rule is "stick to the path" It does take you to the summit. After 1300hrs the cloud base lifted and we were rewarded with some good views. A moderate climb and as they say, a good day out.

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