ack in June last year I climbed Mullach Clach a’Bhlair, great Munro in the Cairngorms and stated that this was my last Munro in the Cairngorms. The problem was that I has overlooked Geal Charn located in Monadhliath. Whilst this is part of the Cairngorm National Park, whether it is to be considered as part of the ‘Cairngorms’ is another matter. One thing is for sure, i would have to climb it at some point and I may as well do it now.
The truth was that I just did not really fancy this peak. The walking route sounded a dull slog and being a solitary peak it would be a case of climbing up to the top and then retracing my steps. The Walkhighlands website stated it was only 12.5km however and located conveniently just off the A9, it should be a relatively easy trip. As an added bonus, Emma and the dogs were going to join. Good stuff!
It was a straightforward drive up the A9, the sun was out and we took our time and just before noon we were parked up at Garva Bridge. It was a pretty straightforward route to the summit. We crossed the Allt Core Iain Oig and then followed a path that was often faint, but always there, up alongside the Allt Coire nan Dearcag.
We crossed the burn and followed the path up the broad indistinct ridge towards the summit plateau. The views was pretty good to be fair and the actually walk (we pretty much walked all of it, rather than run) was easy going. Once on the summit plateau, it was another 700 metres to the actual cairn. This was my forth and final Monadhliath Munro and definitely my last Munro in the Cairngorms. More importantly it was my last day out before I head over to Italy to run the Tor des Geants next month.
The weather was mild so we spent thirty minutes at the summit before retracing our steps back down. Sometimes mountains can surprise you. Geal Charn was not dull after all, it was actually pretty great!