walkhighlands

Share your personal walking route experiences in Scotland, and comment on other peoples' reports.
Warning Please note that hillwalking when there is snow lying requires an ice-axe, crampons and the knowledge, experience and skill to use them correctly. Summer routes may not be viable or appropriate in winter. See winter information on our skills and safety pages for more information.

Geal Charn (Loch Laggan)

Geal Charn (Loch Laggan)


Postby Cairngorm creeper » Mon Mar 21, 2016 7:14 pm

Munros included on this walk: Geal Charn

Date walked: 11/03/2016

Time taken: 8.5 hours

Distance: 21 km

Ascent: 840m

Register or Login
free to be able to rate and comment on reports (as well as access 1:25000 mapping).

Geal Charn was on the unfinished business list for us as we had failed to do it with Creag Pitridh last December and we thought we might make it a double with Beinn a' Chlachair, but after sleeping in and making a late start we thought tackling the two mountains was pushing our luck.
Although the human factor was lacking in drive, the weather, mountains and snow were all in fine form.
image.jpeg
The route and data

We started walking at 10:10 and by 11:00 we reached beautiful Lochan Na-H Earba. This beautiful Lochan is worth walking to even if you go no further, although there was a lot less water about then when we came this way in December after the torrential rain.
image.jpeg
Bridge across the Lochan
image.jpeg
Lochan na H-Earba

The snow line was at 500m where the path crosses Allt Corrie Pitridh.
image.jpeg
11:30 crossing Allt Corrie Pitridh
The track made for quite easy walking even under the snow (not sure what it would be like if it wasn't frozen) and the looking back there were snow covered mountains stretching in all directions.
image.jpeg
Looking down the track to the west
The snow formations in Allt Corrie Pitridh were impressive.
A guy who had biked up to the end of the track overtook us, kindly creating tracks in the snow and the blue sky just kept beckoning us forward.
image.jpeg
A beckoning horizon
We cut off left before we reached the end of the track to follow the broad ridge up towards Geal Charn. A bit of a lumpy walk with patches of slightly deeper wet snow but no deep drifts (I was thankful for this as our trail breaker had taken a different line). The snow soon became firm enough for crampons to be useful.
image.jpeg
Beinn a Chlachair in background
image.jpeg
Up the ridge
image.jpeg
Looking out to the northwest
image.jpeg
Oh those lovely snowy tops
The OH was still recovering from a nasty bug but progressing manfully upwards when we were overtaken by a couple of guys on holiday from Glouceter who were impressed by the weather this week.
image.jpeg
Great snow feilds, must be nearly there.
image.jpeg
Geal Charn Summit ahead
image.jpeg
Looking back from the summit
image.jpeg
The trig point and beyond
image.jpeg
14:20 time for the summit photo
image.jpeg
Geal Charn
image.jpeg
Sustenance at last
image.jpeg
Beautiful snow
Such a beautiful day we had to drag ourselves away from the summit at 15:00, but it was an easy and enjoyable descent.
image.jpeg
Heading down
image.jpeg
16:42 A brew by the Allt Corrie Pitridh
image.jpeg
image.jpeg
Sun reflected in small Lochan
image.jpeg
Beinn a' Chlachair
The sun setting over Beinn Chlachair as a reminder that we need to come back.
image.jpeg
Sun Setting over Craig Megaidh

18:30 and back to the car after another day spent basking in the winter sun.
User avatar
Cairngorm creeper
Mountain Walker
 
Posts: 637
Munros:139   Corbetts:17
Grahams:6   Donalds:1
Sub 2000:1   Hewitts:15
Wainwrights:9   
Joined: Jun 4, 2013
Location: Nr. Grantown-on-Spey

Register or Login
free to be able to rate and comment on reports (as well as access 1:25000 mapping).


Walkhighlands community forum is now advert free

We need help to keep the site online.
Can you help support Walkhighlands and the online community by setting up a monthly donation by direct debit?



Return to Walk reports - Scotland

Who is online

Users browsing this forum: No registered users and 15 guests