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Name:Geal Charn
Hill number:598
Height:821m / 2694ft
RHB Section:08B: Cairngorms
County/UA:Highland (UA)
Catchment:Spey
Class:Marilyn, Hump, Simm, Corbett, Yeaman
(Ma,Hu,Tu,Sim,C,Y)
Grid ref:NJ 09052 12690
Summit feature:cairn
Drop:173m
Col:648m  NJ062100  
OS map sheet(s):(1:50k) 36
(1:25k) OL58N 404N
Observations:1-2m higher than rock 170m ESE
Survey:Abney level
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Logged Descriptions  (logged by 266 users, only the latest 50 shown - Show all)ByDate of Ascent
Ascended from Bile Buidhe.187lenny21/07/2019
From Dorback Lodge. Crossed river to Upper Dell and followed good track south, then reasonable path up ridge. Continued around Coire an Uillt Mhoir and back down valley track.davidpettit8402/06/2019
WBMC Cairngorms meet. With DH, PS and DB. Full winter condition.John Lee11/03/2019
From Dorback Lodge, Gael Charn, Carn na h-Ailig and back. Superb views.CJM24/02/2019
Parking for a car or two beside start of track 400m before public road ends. Anti clockwise circuit of Allt na h-Eirghe skyline (including Bile Buidhe).Smudge24/12/2018
Anti-clockwise route from Dorback Lodge. With Paul & Helen.MorecambeMonkey05/05/2018
Short walk with Richard after DMC trip staying at Carrbridge bunkhouse. On way up to Lochcarron via Achnasheen.amcculloch24/09/2017
63rd With Allan. From Dorback Lodge as an out and back. Follow track across Dorback Burn, then heading S, cross Allt nan Gamhuinn and ascend SW to summit above Coire an Uillt Mhoir. Dry, cloudy day, but above tops, breezy but much less than the fierce winds of Saturday.RGibbs24/09/2017
low mist rain and very strange noses on the way downmikebeattie13/09/2017
KeithByTheC29/07/2017
With Mora. From Dorback Lodge road end (there is limited parking here).BLACKHILL20/04/2017
A stunning day after all the storms. Did the circuit from Dorbrack, crossing the river, up the track, over the top and back down the estate road. Great views of the Cairngorms, a bit of snow to spice the walk up a bit, and a glorious sunset at the end. The river crossing seemed very easy, despite the previous week's storms and snow melt.Gill28/12/2016
From Dorback Lodge turning area. Crossed river, missed path from Upper Dell and struggled through long heather up W ridge, lunched at cairn in warm sun with good views. Along plateau, dropping across to wide estate track, rain for last half hour. With Eivor (and Laura from Inverness) plus Skye and Tess. Dotterel, oystercatchers, curlew, grouse and chicks, deer, haresniallp26/06/2016
With Debs. Cycled in from Aviemore then out and back main ridge.Mountain Goat21/03/2016
With Will, Suz, Phil & CathyGrinner31/12/2015
Started a pile of fence posts and rusted wire next to the cairn. Perhaps others could pick up on way to the cairn. Over time we can clear the top of the debris of a bygone era.Bilbobagger18/10/2015
Cycled from Dorbeck Lodge up to 091143, track very rough. Thereafter easy ascent.Topographer5729/09/2015
Parked at Dorback Lodge. Despite notice estate worker said OK to park as long as left space for wagons to turn. Waded river in spate. Was tempted by Bile Bhuidhe (yellow vomit) but resisted and stuck with just adding the Sim and the Hump.Martin R17/11/2014
At the end of a New Year week at Glenelg during a short stay in Aviemore. Dropped J off for skiing in Coire Cas & then nipped round for Geal Charn. From Dorback Lodge where parking is limited if you are to avoid the various No Parking signs. Followed the path over the river to join up with the track past Upper Dell. Later straight up the frosted slope to the top. Back by the same route & back round to Coire Cas to pick up J. She ended up with someone else's boots from the ski centre & happily plodded around a few walks over the next couple of months before realising!!NotReallyABagger05/01/2014
Elma Jack Ewan Lynne Joycedonmeister29/12/2013
CK SheilaS01/01/2013
Parked at the turning point at the end of the road. Walked along the track in front of Dorback Lodge, and since the river couldn't be crossed to Upper Dell, continued along the track to past Allt na h'Eirghe, then south to the ridge and up to the top. Continued ESE along the ridge, then NW to re-join the track for a return to the car via Dorback Lodge.martin_hall14/10/2012
Solo. After ascending Carn na Farraidh and Carn Ruadh-bhreac. From summit of the latter went down to bothy where I had lunch - glad to be out of the wind. From bothy followed path shown on OS 1:50,000 map, which is actually a track. Tried to locate spot height 759m on Geal Charn Beag but this proved difficult as there is a large area of flat land hereabouts. I probably did not reach it. Continued to summit cairn of Geal Charn. I visited another point that could be the highest point. On to Carn na h-Ailig.pwbellarby29/09/2012
Second round ascent.pwbellarby 2nd29/09/2012
from dorback lodge.robertphillips11/08/2012
JimT04/07/2010
A warm and muggy day for a long walk and a slow climb onto a flat ridgetorkm20/06/2010
Galltywenallt05/06/2010
Dry, then pouring/mist, waited until over and cleared away to give good views.iangalbraith23/09/2009
From north, staying Carrbridge - tracks in from road and easy path to summit - bagged top toonordicstar01/09/2009
A simple Corbett ... not quite when in full winter condition!bhanusch21/03/2008
With Ian Soulsby & Joel West.Dangerous Dave04/03/2007
From 0.5km before Dorbrack Lodge.ChrisR09/11/2006
Geal Charn (NJ 091126) S/F NJ 077167 Showers, cool, cloud base >2500'. Relatively easy day on rounded hil.John Young01/12/2005
Solo tripInvicta1402/06/2004
selfdavidsbatty13/03/2004
MC JC. From Dorback Lodge. (Ruin). Hefty snow showers (first since summer). Allt mor in spate.Martin6625/10/2003
Ascended from Dorback Lodge.JohnW30/07/2003
got a shock from an electric fence near summit.IanHHill26/07/2003
From the N at Dorbach Lodge. Miserable day, wet and misty from the word 'go'.Aye Jimmy27/12/2002
from Dorback LodgeJA03/06/1999
Round of Cnap Chaochan Aitinn and Gael Charn from Dalestie track. Kipped in barn en route to Fiandourn bothy.Eddie12/02/1999
My final Corbett - memorable for suffering a bee sting on the summit.Chris Peart17/05/1998
JEB Uisdean2502/01/1998
In snow.bolton14/02/1997
From Dorback. 3 mistle thrushes. Rapid 2m walk up the glen, down to cross stream and up over a burnt area a small stone run and hags to tussocky top and plod for final 100' to old fence posts and 1/2m on tundra to top. 12.45.arranc19/07/1995
Solo. From Dorback Lodge (Braes of Abernethy). I used track, path and ascended hillside to reach Geal Charn via Upper Dell. I returned on a more easterly route to join track above Allt Mòr. It was a warm and sunny day.pwbellarby12/06/1994
Route 91 in Cicerone guide to be published in 2012ancient brit28/10/1993
Corbett bagging: Geal Charn RHW03/05/1992
With HazelSpudGunn17/03/1990