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Geal-Charn, A’ Mharconaich & Beinn Udlamain

The three munros that stand sentinel on the western side of Drumochter Pass give an energetic excursion and opportunity to walk in a remote part of the Grampian mountains.   Though less impressive than the more rugged hills of the west,  these mountains provide excellent walking at height and spectacular views of Ben Alder to the west and the Cairngorm range to the north east.  The walk starts a Balsporran cottages, just off the A9 to the north of Drumochter pass (Britain’s highest railway pass) and takes a route west up the broad flank of Geal-Charn (917).  We then walk south and traverse across the western side of A’ Marconaich to reach the bealach with Beinn Uldamain.  It is then a short step to the summit (1011m).  We retrace our steps bach to the bealach before the final ascent to A’ Marconaich (975m).  From the summit we will have unusual vies of two of the most recognisable hills alongthe A9, the Boar of Badenoch (An Torc) and the Sow of Atholl (Meall an Dobharchain).  The return is north off the summit and then north west down the spur towards teh railway line and back to the cars.

Walk date:
Monday 19th July, 2021
Walk leader:
Gil Martin
Walk start time:
9:00 am
Walk end time:
4:00 pm (estimated)
Extra Hard
Total distance / Total ascent / High point:
17 km / 750 m / 1011 m
Ticket price:
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Total tickets remaining: 8
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1. Risk.
The nature of hill walking potentially involves leaders or other participants in providing close assistance to others. For everybody’s protection those people classified as ‘vulnerable adults’ or young people under the age of 16 must be accompanied by an appropriate carer or responsible adult. No special arrangements are available to provide independent supervision for vulnerable people, and the accompanying carer takes full responsibility for them. The carer or parent is best placed to judge the capability of their charges.

2. Children.
We do ask that you only bring children on a walk if you are confident that they will be able to complete it comfortably. At all times, children must be accompanied by an appropriate adult who must take full responsibility for them.

3. Lower age limits.
No children under the age of 16 are allowed on Extra Hard or Hard walks. Children over the age of 12 are permitted on Medium and Easy walks provided that they are accompanied by a responsible adult.

4. Dogs.
In common with other similar events and in consideration for others, dogs are not allowed (guide dogs excepted).

5. Smoking.
Please do not smoke on walks, out of consideration to others.

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