Colin's Munros


Sgairneach Mhor, Beinn Udlamain, A'Mharconaich & Geal-charn
Maps 42 & 393; 1st August 2007

Route: 1100m=3600' ascent, 15 miles, 5hrs 10mins.

The W side of Sgairneach Mhor from Beinn Udlamain The NE ridge of Sgairneach Mhor from Coire Dhomhain.

Access: Park at A9 Layby 81 on left at summit of Drumochter Pass.
Route: Straightforward terrain throughout: easy short grass or moss on ridges. (In a hurry on this day in order to reach Cannich at a reasonable time.)
Although only a fairly average-sized walk, the route can easily be broken into two parts, each one covering two of the four Munros: Beinn Udlamain and Sgairneach Mhor would be done with both ascent and descent using Layby 81 and the track along Coire Dhomhain, whilst A'Mharconaich and Geal-charn would be done from Balsporran Cottages using their NE ridges.
In poor conditions there are many escape routes eastwards down ridges or along valley tracks back to the A9.
Conditions: Excellent walking weather: dry, sunny spells, light wind, 18°C initially at Drumochter Pass layby, 20°C by finish.

1000 Park at A9 Layby 81 on left at pass summit 435   00.0 milesNN63127605Orange
  200m S on cycle track, then path to river bridge
under railway at NN632753.
Cross over railway to right (N) of bridge.
1030 Track W up Coire Dhomhain to suitable ford
opposite the NE or NW ridge, e.g. at the track end
6301953.0 milesNN59327415 
1120 Ascend NE or NW ridge to M Sgairneach Mhor
trig post
9915553.75 milesNN59877312Orange
1145 SW/W to bealach 810 4.8 milesNN58277281 
1210 NW/N to M Beinn Udlamain 10117555.7 milesNN57957398No Orange
  NE/E/NE on ridge over two bumps to bealach 8557707.0 milesNN59167523 
  NE/ENE to A'Mharconaich SW top 975890 NN60167588 
1255 NE to M A'Mharconaich, NE top 9759008.1 milesNN60427631Orange
  W/NW direct to bealach 739 9.1 milesNN59267662 
Ridge N/NE to M Geal-charn 917108010.2 milesNN59647827No Orange
1435 Descend NE ridge by peaty path
then track E to A9 at Balsporran Cottages
425 12.5 milesNN62827918Orange
1510 Cycle track S beside A9 to Layby 81. 435110014.9 milesNN63127605Orange

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