Hills: Geal-charn and A'Mharconaich
Date: Sunday 2nd December 2012
Company: Just myself
Distance: 11.1km, Ascent: 740m
Time: 4Hrs 55Mins

On looking out the window this morning, the weather looked wonderful .

It was my intention to ascend a small Marilyn above Loch Tay called Drummond Hill. It only took about one second to decide that Drummond Hill could wait for another day - the weather was too good to waste on a viewless tree-covered molehill.

Last-minute decision time, what would I go up instead?

I checked the map for nearby Munros that I still required for my second round. Geal-charn and A’Mharconaich fitted the bill perfectly - a reasonably short day and on my way home.

I drove to, and parked at Balsporran Cottages, where there is a large car park.

I last ascended Geal-charn and A’Mharconaich together with Beinn Udlamainn and Sgairneach Mhor, back in the summer of 1998.

Click here to see a map of the route undertaken

From the car park, I undertook the standard anti-clockwise circuit of Geal-charn and A’Mharconaich.

Not going to say anymore about the day, other than it was really enjoyable and the views were excellent.
Geal-charn must be one of the easiest Munros, with maximum reward for minimal effort.

I'll let the photos tell the rest of the story.

Balsporran Cottages:


An Torc and A’Mharconaich:

Ascending Geal-charn:

Looking back towards Balsporran Cottages:

View towards Glen Feshie:

Looking across to A’Mharconaich from cairn en-route to the summit of Geal-charn:

Looking towards the summit of Geal-charn from the cairn at 840m:

Looking back towards Creagan Mor and 840m cairn:

The Fara, Loch Ericht and Creagan Mor:

View from the summit of Geal-charn:

Looking across to Loch Ericht and Ben Alder from cairn:

Ben Alder and Ardverikie Forest Munros:

Culra Bothy (zoom):

Long and Short Leachas ridges of Ben Alder (zoom):

Loch Ericht and Ben Alder hills from a short distance below the summit cairn:

Looking back to Geal-charn:

About to ascend A’Mharconaich:

Ascending A’Mharconaich:

Loch Ericht from A’Mharconaich:

Ben Alder Lodge (zoom):

Airplane (zoom):

Rime-covered fence post:

Schiehallion (zoom):

Looking towards the summit of A’Mharconaich:

Snow-covered small summit cairn of A’Mharconaich:

Looking towards large cairn from small summit cairn:

Descent from A’Mharconaich:

Looking back at initial descent from A’Mharconaich:

Geal-charn from A’Mharconaich:

Descent towards Balsporran Cottages:

Approaching Balsporran Cottages:

A wonderful completion to a fantastic weekend of walking.
I hope there are many more days like this this winter .