Geal Charn from Carn Dearg

Geal-charn

Massive plateau Munro mountain in the heart of Alder Forest

In the remote land between Laggan and Loch Ericht, Geal-Charn is a massive mountain sitting halfway along a chain of peaks stretching from Loch Pattack to Loch Ossian.


Geal-charn


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Height1132m
Prominence407m
Meaningwhite hill
ListsMunro, 26
LocationAlder Forest, Loch Linnhie to Loch Ericht
Grid RefNN470746
Lat/Lon56.83779, -4.50979


In the remote land between Laggan and Loch Ericht, Geal-Charn is a massive mountain in the remote area between Loch Laggan and Loch Ericht. Its vast summit plateau rests above north facing crags above dark lochans and sits halfway along a chain of Munro peaks stretching from Loch Pattack to Loch Ossian. Geal-Charn's Munro summit cairn sits perched above a north-facing coire, which contrasts with the wide and expansive high plain immediately to its east.

Possibly the finest route up Geal-Charn is to scramble up the narrow Lancet Edge to Sgor Iutharn and then onto Geal-Charn's vast plateau. However with Geal-Charn being in the middle of a chain of four Munro peaks, heading up Lancet Edge will leave most hillwalkers with a conundrum - how to bag all the Munros in one outing ? The option is to leave out Lancet Edge and head up from Carn Dearg instead - this is still a fine route with a little scrambling up the nose between cliffs on Geal-Charn's north-east face.

If planning to stay by Culra, best to camp as the bothy is currently closed due to asbestos being found in its construction.



Routes up Geal-charn


Ben Alder Forest Munros

One of the finest ways to reach Ben Alder is a cycle down Loch Ericht followed by a circular route from Culra Bothy. Lots to encounter - high plateaus, lochans, ridges, fantastic views - all while bagging 6 Munros !

Peaks : 6 Munros

Ascent : 2400m (7870ft)
Distance : 56km (35m)
Time : 11:5hr

Geal-Charn via the Lancet Edge

There are four Munros in the group of peaks north of Culra Bothy, Carn Dearg, Geal-Charn, Aonach Beag and Beinn Eibhinn, all forming a linear ridge route. One of the most interesting routes up takes in the Lancet Edge, a narrow ridge heading up Geal-Charn.

Peaks : 4 Munros

Ascent : 1330m (4360ft)
Distance : 44km (27m)
Time : 6:30hr



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