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Hill number:392
Height:917.1m / 3009ft
RHB Section:05A: Loch Ericht to Glen Tromie and Glen Garry
County/UA:Highland (UA)
Catchment:Spey, Catchment Boundaries, Tay
Watershed:Mull of Kintyre to Rattray Head, Firth of Tay
Class:Marilyn, Hump, Simm, Munro, Murdo,
Grid ref:NN 59646 78252
Summit feature:rock 5m E of windshelter
Col:739m  NN592766  
OS map sheet(s):(1:50k) 42
(1:25k) OL50 393
Observations:cairn on E top at NN 59772 78288 is 0.6m lower
Survey:Leica NA730/Leica 530
Survey of Geal-charn (Final).doc
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From Balsporran cottages, along tracks up ridge to Geal-charn, descending S then up surprisingly good path to the A' Mharconaich ridge and along to summit, returning SW to col with Beinn Udlamain, across summit descending S to Carn 'Ic Loumhaidh and up track to Sgairneach Mhor, descending along rim of Coire Creagach and NE to bridge across Allt Coire Dhomhain (NN61974 75049, marked on Harvey map), then along track to A9 (and cycled back to Balsporran). With JAS.kdbennett13/10/2019
From Balsporran Cottages as per WH. Route abandoned due to bad weather, return via bealach to W then track back to Balsporran.TRG31802/09/2019
Main path from A9. Hot day and good views.mcbboyd03/08/2019
With Karen and Buster...wet n windyHighland Days19/06/2019
Ascent of Gael-charn from Balsporran Cottage via track to the south of Allt Beul an Sporain. On to A’Mharconaich. Along ridge, following fence line, to Beinn Udlamain. Descent to head waters of Allt Coire Dhomhain and ascent of Sgairneach Mhor. Descent via Coire Creagach and Dalnaspidal Forest to track in valley, and return to car along A9.raymooremanx15/06/2019
Tandem tourTeasyChris21/05/2019
2nd ascentdmckeith12/05/2019
Out and back from the A9. Combination of 60mph winds and icy summit made standing up a bit of a challenge!Geoff Briggs09/02/2019
59th Munrolojzi86062126/12/2018
From Creagan Mor descended to bealach over Coire Beul an Sporain then up to summit. Great views to W. Saw some mountain hare in winter coat. Cold and windy at top.187lenny18/11/2018
With Alex, light snow cover, sunny day.gettingonabit28/10/2018
Drumochter 4 roundquadbarrel18/10/2018
B&A. With Sgairneach Mhor, Beinn Udlamain, & A' Mharconaich.Morning11/08/2018
From Balsporran Cottages. Up the track then easy-ish ascent up past cairns, cloud clearing as the afternoon went on. A delight on a very underrated hill.the pigguy 13/07/2018
On TGO ChallengeColin Crawford16/05/2018
On skis, Newtonmore meet neil hutton11/03/2018
Geal-Charn & A' Mharconaich circuit from Balsporran cottages. Clear sunny day. Snow from low level, deep at times on descent.Ajm031026/01/2018
With M+D in snowRodge07/01/2018
Missed the top when with Michael (May 17), so went back! Quick trip (2hr in total) in poor weather...challenging nav again, but hit summit...good practice!Andytomlinson28/10/2017
with Jamie, John and Stephenjoedurham8819/08/2017
I climbed four Munros on the west side of the Pass of Drumochter today; Gael-charn (917m)- A’Mharconaich (975m)- Beinn Udlamain (1011m) & Sgairneach Mhor (991m). Accessed from Balsporran B&B on the A9 and cycle back along the A9 from Dumochter Summit- 7hours 20 mins all told.chillyman808/07/2017
GMC May June 2017 2nd day. Me Geoff running jps66630/05/2017
After A'Mharconaich an easy walk up Geal-Charn with Glenrothes Hilwalking Club with fabulous views.honey badger14/05/2017
Amazing views on a very hot spring day. Plenty of snow still underfoot.CaralynR26/03/2017
Round including next Munro. Lots of snow but mostly slush as quite mildemily15/01/2017
Fantastic day above the clouds in snow!steveroberts20/11/2016
What a cock up! . Climbed Creagan Mor in error so a long walk back to put things right!younggl18/08/2016
Weather fair.MountainMac05/08/2016
Started early from Balsporran Cottage. Plenty of snow and a bit of mist at the top landed us at the eastern cairn, and it was only after I checked the GPS that I realized we needed to go to the western cairn. Sun came out on descent of south ridge with fine views of ben Alder.mindlessflogger31/03/2016
with GuyHuwel03/09/2015
Start at Balsporran Cottages, Geal Charn, A' Mharconaich, Beinn Udlamain & Sgairneach Mhor then back along A9 to Balsporran Cottages. With Huwel Jonesgandrew03/09/2015
With Stewart. 1st Munro of day.Maggie30/08/2015
17 - Round of 4 from the Balsporran cottages. Decent track up the hill.huwthomas08/08/2015
A'Mharconaich and Geal-Charn with Andrew and Andy (and Penny).killiedaft11/07/2015
estimated datewalk livi30/06/2015
Estimated datePaulineD30/06/2015
All 4 munros and the sow of atholl from balsporran cottages.isabelle17/06/2015
Picked off these two munro's on the way home. Brian and Eileen. Clear and sunny day.Eileen O'Neil19/04/2015
Dromochter 4 in the morning, Beinn a'Ghlo 3 in the afternoon. Day 49 of 59 for all Munros.PGCE18/04/2015
Sunny, late winter's round of the western Drumochter 4.AJones13/03/2015
Circuit of 4 Drumochter Munros - started in poor visibility but cleared - very cold wind - but free of snow There is a straight-forward rail crossing at Balsporran Cottages - not sure how you are meant to cross the railway 'legally' at the pass itselfwychwood01/11/2014
From Balsporran, up Geal-charn, A' Mharconaich, Beinn Udlamain and Sgairneach MhorGallovidian26/07/2014
Head was in cloud, easy path up from Balsporran.Columba18/07/2013
From Balsporran Cottages a round of Geal Charn, A'Mharconaich, Beinn Udlamain and Sgairneach Mhor.rhalstead26/06/2013
Solo round, parking opposite Coire Dhomhain, of Sow of Atholl then the Drummochter 4 Munros and walking back to car. Started in low cloud/ mist but cleared by Sgairneach Mhor with bright sun/ light wind the whole way. 6 1/2 hours.alexmaclennan09/06/2013
Up from Balsporran Cottages to Geal Charn, A' Mharconaich, Beinn Udlamain, Sgairneach Mhor. Walk back along tarmac on cyclepath beside A9.tsharp09/06/2013
with Dinny & Beardyemma702711/05/2013
On a wet day with the other three West Drumochter Munros. Started with this one. A fairly easy hill but no summit views. The descent to the bealach with A'Mharchonaich is bouldery at first.milngavie_kenny09/09/2012