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Name:Geal-charn
Hill number:392
Height:917.1m / 3009ft
RHB Section:05A: Loch Ericht to Glen Tromie and Glen Garry
County/UA:Highland (UA)
Catchment:Spey, Tay
Watershed:Mull of Kintyre to Rattray Head, Firth of Tay
Class:Marilyn, Hump, Simm, Munro, Murdo
(Ma,Hu,Tu,Sim,M,Mur)
Grid ref:NN 59646 78252
Summit feature:rock 5m E of windshelter
Drop:178m
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 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
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
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
CJM08/02/2015
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
Third of the day.Play2End22/08/2012
KeithByTheC10/08/2012
Started at Balsporran Cottages, over the rail tracks, headed up the track (avoiding 1st turning), straightforward ascent up a relatively boggy path to the top. Great views all round as cloud lifted. Headed off to the other MunroAAMcAdam09/06/2012
Queen's Jubilee daytrip with Ron - number 80...Bronagh05/06/2012
With Shelby & Cleo on our way back home from my hen party :)Loz_mck04/03/2012
http://www.walkhighlands.co.uk/Forum/viewtopic.php?f=9&t=19070basscadet03/03/2012
DebsMountain Goat26/02/2012
camped in van over nitejennygraham11/02/2012
with JamieJamesSDonald01/01/2012
Climber with Simon K and Andy P (did other three in group on same day. Easy to climb to this first one but turned out to be a long day. Cloudy but good visibility on top. Lots of mountain hares aboutabagworth02/09/2011
Balsporran Cottages start up NE ridge and past large cairn with good view down the A9 to the top with impressive views down Loch Ericht and the Ben Alder rangetorkm12/06/2011
3rd day of trip, after two monster cycle ascents. We stopped at Balsporran Cottages in driving wind and rain. Donned gear and headed off up heathery hillside a relentless ascent characterised by driving wind and rain unremitting until we traversed acrosdavid.walker4029/05/2011