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Name:Ben Alder
Hill number:345
Height:1148m / 3766ft
RHB Section:04B: Loch Treig to Loch Ericht
County/UA:Highland (UA)
Catchment:Catchment Boundaries, Lochy, Tay
Watershed:Firth of Tay, Mull of Kintyre to Rattray Head, Ardnamurchan Point to Lowestoft, Cardiff to Cape Wrath, Dover to Cape Wrath, Lowestoft to Duncansby Head, Greater Loch Linnhe, Land's End to John o' Groats, The Lizard to Dunnet Head
Class:Marilyn, Hump, Simm, Munro, Murdo,
Yeaman, Trail 100
Grid ref:NN 49619 71846
Summit feature:trig point
Col:365m  NN262668  
OS map sheet(s):(1:50k) 42
(1:25k) OL50 385E 393
Observations:cairn 15m E at NN 49633 71847 may be as high
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Three fantastic days in the Ben Alder forest (wilderness), bagging three Munros (that’s now 120 out of 282) and two Munro Tops. 05/08/20: I cycled in from Dalwhinnie along the north side of Loch Ericht past Loch Pattack to Culra Bothy, where I met Alec McBride. 06/08/20: Me and Alex followed the WalkHighlands route info for Ben Alder, but couldn’t find somewhere suitable to cross (for me to be confident enough to cross) the Allt a’ Bhealaich Bheithe, so we hiked up to the saddle and approach the 1st Munro from the south. The views from Ben Alder (1148m) were stunning south and west across Rannoch Moor. This was followed by the Munro Top of Sron Coire na h-lolaire (956m) then the second day’s Munro of Beinn Bheoil (1019m). Dry all day with some mist blocking the views of Ben Nevis, in all other directions bright blue skies, 09:30hrs all in. Alex hiked out after this, I stayed another night in the Culra Bothy. 07/08/20: I headed up Carn Dearg (1034m) directly from Culra Bothy, thankfuchillyman806/08/2020
3rd visit. Walk in from Dalwhinne. Leave gear near bothy then off up ridge to Trig pillar, compass navigation to col for Beinn Bhoil then back to Culra. Showers during campcjo19/10/2019
Corrour to Ben Alder cottage where camped. Ascended after Being Bheoil great views before heading back to tent. With 13 year old son, his first wild camp.garyhoney18/10/2019
Good biking from Dalwhinnie along Loch Ericht to NN 551 786. Track around Loch Pattack very rough with plank and cable FB to negotiate - not good for bike. Grass track from NN 551 786 SW along Allt a'Chaoil-reidhe to Culra bothy, OK for competent biker.carole engel29/09/2019
From YHA Loch Ossian, ascent up Carn Dearg and along ridge to Sgor Gaibhre in the hot sun. Followed ridge line along to Being a' Chumhainn, descent into valley for lunch. Up West ridge of Ben Alder for Munro 50 then round to Being Bheoil then into valley for midge fuelled bivvy.robertgn03/08/2019
From Ben alder cottageemily02/03/2019
B&A. Rain early on. Views later. Followed by Beinn BheoilMorning07/08/2018
From a camp in Uisge Labhair crossed the river easily where it splits into two at approx 465724, ascended the rough western flank to cross the plateau to the summit. Rain mist and snow on top so went back the same way. Weather cleared up later in the day but content as we had also walked in from a camp on the south side of Loch Ossian earlier.mindlessflogger07/05/2018
1148mThe Grouse19/09/2017
Geraldine, Jo, LesChris Blake07/09/2017
Chris, Jo, LesGeraldine Fardon07/09/2017
From Dalwhinnie. Walk-cycle to Loch Pattack, track to footbridge near Culra, ascend Beinn Bheoil by north ridge, continuing south via Sron Coire na h-Iolaire to Bealach Breabag, up Sron Bealach Beithe and round corrie rim to Ben Alder summit, crossed plateau to col below Meall an t-Slugain and bivvyed in valley of Uisge Labhair. Ascended Coire a' Charra Bhig to the col at Leabaidh Chrasgach, then up Beinn Eibhinn, returned to col, up Aonach Beag, continued on to Geal-Charn, descended and walked out to Sgor Iutharn, then contoured round above Log an Sgoir to Diollaid a'Chairn and up Carn Dearg, descended NE to track between Loch Pattack and Culra, walk and cycle return to Dalwhinnie. With SD.kdbennett22/07/2017
With Rod, AndrewOik08/06/2017
Climbed with Maggie (after camping near Culra Bothy). No visibility from summit but great views on way down.dave neilson07/05/2017
Before Ben Bheoil. Camped out at Culra.Cloud on top then beautiful day.mn2307/05/2017
An easy stroll in clearing fog from Bheoil. Great view point. Headed due south to pick up the path to the Bothy then cycled back to the car at Loch Rannoch. A 12hr day.Play2End07/09/2016
Cycled from Dalwhinnie to Culra then a round of Ben Alder, Sron Coire na h-Iolaire and Beinn Bheoil.rhalstead17/06/2016
Cycled Dalwhinnie to Culra then anti-clockwise circuit of the 6 Munros before cycling back to Dalwhinnie. On own.MorecambeMonkey06/06/2016
with Ben Bhr 7.20 fro Culra clear just after summit for rest of roundDunlawyering24/05/2016
Round of the 6 Dalwhinnie munros from Culra with Rob Wight. Dry, breezy day. Initially low cloud but cleared so fantastic views when on Ben Alder. 10 hours.alexmaclennan08/08/2015
Cycled in from Dalwhinnie to Culra then climbed the Long Leachas ridge to the top. Didn't have enough time to add Beinn Bheoil. Dry for once.Roblex30/07/2015
Julie B from closed bothy. Cold wet and windyBookerdddd21/05/2015
Round of Carn Dearg, Sgor Gaibhre, Ben Alder and Beinn Bheoil from the Rannoch road. Day 48 of 59 for all Munros. 45km, +/-2100m, 13 hours 45.PGCE16/04/2015
1 of 4: From Dalwhinnie. Bike to Culra Bothy. Talking to 2 guys from Sheffield who were geo caching.ChrisR09/08/2014
Easter camp near Loch Pattack. Over Beinn Bheoil and Ben AlderGallovidian20/04/2014
With Tim & ReevaLoz_mck19/10/2013
Climbed with Richard from Dalwhinnie. Walked into Culra bothy, ditched kit, climbed Beinn Bheoil then Ben Alder, walked back to Bothy. Total 15.25 hours!! Was difficult finding the summit of Ben Alder due to poor visibility and the walk back from Beinn Alder was 'murderous' due to deep slushy snow and several necessary river crossings/diversions due to overflowing rivers. Poor visibility but no wind.amcculloch16/02/2013
268th - Allan - walk in along Loch Ericht from Dalwhinnie. Good snow cover from 900m, dry with moderate winds but visibility reduced during day to 10m on Ben Alder summit. Incredibly long day at 15hr 8min, snow cover of streams made walk out to Culra bothy tricky.RGibbs16/02/2013
2nd of 3. Fun ascent via long leachas before boulder strewn slog to summit. Wandered over to Beinn Bheoil but stayed on the path too long instead of making easier descent to belach.bowzi25/06/2012
From holiday cottage at L. Ossian. Sunny and hot.iangalbraith27/05/2012
From Corrour 'village' with Tallblond. Whiteout on top. (Woodall's a jammy b***d - see RW below)chriswatson24/04/2012
with Chris Watson, whiteout conditions on the last 200 meters up !tallblond24/04/2012
A ditching contractor gave me a lift in to Culra!! Up long Leachas (excellent), cold & misty on top, down short Leachas (greasy), walked back out to Dalwhinnie (progressively fluey and knackered).RHW12/03/2012
cycled in from dalwhinnie stayed the night in bothy then beinn bheoil, and ben alder in strong winds and rain.robertphillips10/03/2012
Cycled from Loch Laggan to N of Loch Ossian then walked in. Very cold day needed crampons but supreme views from a supreme mountain. Company: Soloiandesbottes13/01/2012
First solo tripbasscadet25/06/2011
Crossing over a big rocky knoll and sustained ridge to summit. A bit hypo on way up. Reaching summit in mist but clearing as we descended Short Leaches to cross stream and walk the path back to bkes before striking decent along partially sumberged trackdavid.walker4028/05/2011
From Beinn Bheoil, descended short Leachas to bikes. Cycled back via Loch Pattack to Dalwhinnie.robhenderson28/05/2011
Last minute change of plans due to good weather ment bagging Ben Alder. Easy 60min mountain bike ride in from Dalwhinnie 65min back out. Good sunny weather, but strong wind meant I backed out on a ridge ascent.Jhimmy30/04/2011
Started 9am from Culra Bothy. Crossed Bridge to East of the stream and walked along the stalkers track until a small cairn. took a less used path to the stream in spate. Headed upstream for 50m or so stream widened just before a bend and there was a coWillGriffiths30/10/2010
Great day. Long cycle in which was fun. Good walk on a cracking hillakmilne01/07/2009
The 'walk in' was biked, loved every minute of this remote hill.FCMark01/07/2009
From tent near Loch Pattack, up Carn Dearg, Geal Charn, Aonach Beag, Beinn Eibhinn, Ben Alder and Beinn BheoilGallovidian02/06/2009
did the round in 7hrNozzer30/05/2009
first ascent of the first 2 tops then second ascents of ben alder & beinn bheoil & their tops. cool on the tops, lots of snow still on ben alders summit area. goc 09, 2 in party, climbed from a high camp on a through walk to dalwhinnie.rum doodle 12/05/2009
Long solo bike & walk - fine & sunny but with deep cover of soft snow - made Long Leacus ridge very difficultbarnz4810/05/2009
Cycled in to Culra Bothy, 16.5km then completed Beinn Bheoil, Ben Alder + 1 Top, 19.1km, 1090m, in 6.5hrJamesSDonald16/11/2008
With Jeanette, horseshoe from Culradickscroop14/10/2008