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


  Map base ©OpenStreetMap
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.



Hillwalking routes up Geal-charn



1. Ben Alder 6 Munros hillwalking route »


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 !

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

2. 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.

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



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Geal Charn from Aonach BeagGeal Charn from Aonach Beag
Heading to Geal Charn from Carn DeargHeading to Geal Charn from Carn Dearg
Geal Charn from Carn DeargGeal Charn from Carn Dearg
Geal Charn from Beinn EibhinnGeal Charn from Beinn Eibhinn
Geal Charn and the Lancet Edge from Ben AlderGeal Charn and the Lancet Edge from Ben Alder
The Lancet Edge and Geal Charn above CulraThe Lancet Edge and Geal Charn above Culra




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