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Carn a' Mhaim


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.
1037 m (3402 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.
95 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.
Cairn like peak of the large rounded 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
  43   Braemar & Blair Atholl

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

Carn a' Mhaim, overlooking Glen Dee has a long ridge descending N to a beallach at 800m, lying S of the summit of Ben MacDui.

The W slopes of this ridge are craggy and steep and best avoided, whereas the E slopes are of a more moderate incline. From the summit a short broad ridge to the SE terminates in the crags of Coire na Poite.

Carn a' Mhaim is normally ascended via its S slopes from the path leading from Glen Luibeg to the Lairig Ghru.

Hazards you may encounter on Carn a' Mhaim include
 Steep slopes on or near ascent routes.
 Crags 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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 Weather & OS Maps
Cairngorms * Monadhliath
by MWIS (PDF format)
East Highlands
by Met Office
Derry Cairngorm
by Metcheck
Carn a' Mhaim Area Map
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The summary information of one or more ascent routes that include Carn a' Mhaim.

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 Routes that include Carn a' Mhaim
  Ascent Distance Time Including... Description Rating
1 1745 m 33.49 km 10 hrs Ben MacDui, Derry Cairngorm and Carn a' Mhaim  A long rewarding day which took 11.5 hrs to complete. Care is required when crossing the bouldery summits of Ben MacDui & Derry Cairngorm. A fine ridge walk from Carn a'Mhaim & Ben MacDui. A moderate although long route for the reasonably fit.  
2 1030 m 23.42 km 6.5 hrs Carn a' Mhaim  A relatively long route with an ascent on steep grass slopes. The route duration can be reduced by cycling to Derry Lodge.  

Pictures submitted by members on the summit of Carn a' Mhaim

 Baggers Gallery for Carn a' Mhaim

Summit of Carn a'Mhaim with some serious peaks behind. From L to R: Cairn Toul, Braeriach and Ben MacDui - the next stop that day.

© Ian Munro

Image by Ian Munro

Ian and Ross Nixon on summit. Ian celebrating his final Munro.

© Ian Nixon

Image by Ian Nixon

Top of Carn a Mhaim 13.01.12

© Dave Smith

Image by Dave Smith

Summit of Carn a' Mhaim 13/08/2010

© john wells

Image by john wells
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Post a few words about Carn a' Mhaim or read what others have had to say.

David Scott
wrote on
September 25, 2010
There is now an excellent path climbing up Carn a' Mhaim. It forks of from the path that leads down to the Larig Ghru quite soon after you pass thru the deer fence. The ridge on the far side of Carn a' Mhaim is airy but no real exposure. The climb up Ben Mac Dui was brutal covered in snow. The ruin marked on the OS map just SE of Ben Mac Dui's summit is good for decent shelter. We found the climb up Derry Cairngorm not that hard. And the walk back down to Derry lodge is very interesting. Excellent Walk.
M. Forbes
wrote on
May 4, 2008
Me and my friend Sizer scaled this munro along with Ben Macdui and Derry Cairngorm and it was hard! We left at 10am from Linn o Dee and spent the first couple of hours taking it easy passing Derry Lodge and following the path to Cairn a Mhaim. However after following the path for a while we were informed that this path only takes us to Ben Macdui, so we proceeded to scale the steep slopes of Cairn a Mhaim without a path. It was backbreaking, but after a couple of breaks we made it! The view was brilliant and we stopped to speak to a couple of nice fellow climbers, before proceeding to Macdui.
Roger Vander Steen
wrote on
August 18, 2006
If approaching from Derry Lodge there is a worn path all the way to the top but the start is indistinct. After crossing the Luibeg Burn, pass through a gate in a deer fence. The path to the Lairig Ghru climbs steadily and the junction is just before the top of this slope, about 350 metres beyond the gate.

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