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Cairn Gorm

Munro

Quick Facts
This is the height of the mountain above sea level. However, on the climb, it is the ascent that matters, i.e. the sum of all the uphill parts of the route.
Altitude
4081 ft (1244 m)

This is the standard notation used on Ordnance Survey Landranger maps.

Each reference consists of two letters identifying a 100,000 metre square block then three digits defining the Easting and finally the three digits defining the Northing with reference to the South West corner of the block.

NN166712 is the grid reference for the summit of Ben Nevis. Where you are given the map number ( For Ben Nevis = 41) it is acceptable to omit the two initial letters e.g. 166712. (Instructions on how to read the references are given on the OS maps).

Grid Ref.
NJ00560407
An indication of this mountains height rank within its class. Where two mountains share the same height they are ordered alphabetically.
Stature
6 of 282 Munros
The number of ascent routes currently available on Munromagic.
Routes
2
Mountain names are usually in Gaelic, the native language of the Scottish Highlands, or have been derived from the old Scots and Norse languages. We give the most commonly accepted meaning, but accept that some of these are disputed.
Meaning
Blue cairn like peak
 

The UK is covered by 204 Ordnance Survey Landranger 1:50,000 scale maps. Maps numbered 1 to 86 cover Scotland but for the highest mountains (Munros) only 23 maps are required. The name given roughly describes the area covered by the map.

You can click on the map name to purchase the map for £6.29 including postage which is one of the cheapest prices we have found.

OS Landranger Maps Required
  36   Grantown & Aviemore, Cairngorm Mountains
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A description of the characteristics of the mountain including any hazards of which you should be aware.

 Description
Cairn Gorm has many ridges on its N and W slopes giving rise to a series of corries. Of these Coire Cas and Coire na Ciste are scarred by ski equipment and debris and are best avoided unless you are in a hurry, in which case you may as well use the ski lift.

To the S and E are steep slopes some craggy leading to Loch Avon and Strath Nethy.

Cairn Gorm can be ascended from Coire an Lochain and Cairn Lochan to the SW, Ben Macdui to the SSW, Loch Avon to the S or from the N ridges of Cairn Gorm, all of which offer better views.

Hazards you may encounter on Cairn Gorm include
 Crags within 1km of summit.
 
General Considerations
 Temperature decreases by 1degree C for every 100m of ascent.
 Wind usually increases with altitude.
 Visibility can change markedly with cloud level.
 River/Stream levels can increase markedly in one day.
Picture Gallery for Cairn Gorm

A selection of weather forecasts local to #GetMountain.Top_Name#.

Ordnance Survey digital maps are also available to members.

 Weather & OS Maps
Cairngorms * Monadhliath
by MWIS (PDF format)
East Highlands
by Met Office
Beinn Mheadhoin
by Metcheck
Cairn Gorm Area Map
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 Where to Stay
Results by distance 'as the crow flies' from Cairn Gorm
Please check the provision of roads in the area.
11.4 km
Drumbeg, Coylumbridge
Drumbeg, Coylumbridge by Aviemore
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The summary information of one or more ascent routes that include Cairn Gorm.

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 Routes that include Cairn Gorm
  Ascent Distance Time Including... Description Rating
1 2132 ft 4.8 ml 3 hrs Cairn Gorm  A very easy route is made less desirable by the ski tows, funicular railway and the erosion of fragile soil and plants. It is best climbed on route to somewhere more pleasant e.g. Beinn Mheadhion.  
2 6040 ft 11.4 ml 7 hrs Cairn Gorm and Beinn Mheadhoin  Moderate route but with steep descent from Coire Raibeirt to Loch Avon. This is an interesting climb covering a variety of terrain and offering excellent views.  
 

Pictures submitted by members on the summit of Cairn Gorm

 Baggers Gallery for Cairn Gorm

Summit of cairn gorm on a wet and cold day

© John Frew

Image by John Frew

Cairn Gorm Oct'13

© Mike Blake

Image by Mike Blake

Molly at the top of Cairn Gorm. July 2013.

© Scott Blair

Image by Scott Blair

Zach at the top of his first munro

© Alan Puckrin

Image by Alan Puckrin
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 Shared Members Track Logs
 
Ben MacDui and Cairn Gorm
by Jan Konstmann
Cairn Gorm
by Alan Parker
Ben MacDui and Cairn Gorm
by Geert Gritter
Cairn Gorm and Ben MacDui
by Philip McLoone
Cairn Gorm
by David McSporran
Carn a' Mhaim, Ben MacDui and Cairn Gorm
by Stevie Yates

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 Comments
 
Leon Mooney
wrote on
August 11, 2009
Climbed on 10/8/09. This was my third and final outing of a weekend up north. Starting at the car park I took the path towards Coire an t-Sneachda in poor visibility . I left the path and scrambled up the steepest section of Fiacaill a' Choire Chais, then followed the path to a large cairn, which I briefly mistook for the summit, until I realised there was no weather station. Made the final climb to the actual summit before heading off to the Ptarmigan and back to the car.
Kurt Lancaster
wrote on
June 28, 2005
Mine and my fiance's first munro in feb 05. Wot a day, snow every where all you could see was snow. Waist deep snow. We started from the bottom of the ski lift and worked out way up to the top following the ski lift above. Visabilty was very poor so we used the lift as a good marker. Top class day got some mega pics will put on internet in the next couple of months.
Andy Johns
wrote on
March 7, 2004
June 1995 and my first Munro, although I never found out what munros were until later. A long pull up the track from the Coire Cas car-park with full pack - 3-man tent, stove, etc on a fabulously hot day. Blue sky and lots of big snow patches. Big traverse over Cairn Lochan, Ben Macdui & Derry Cairngorm and down to camp at Derry Lodge where I was meeting up with a friend (who had left a car at the Linn of Dee for the return trip, of course). A totally inspirational first day out walking over the big hills of Scotland.
 
 

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 Route Write-Ups
  Date Title Written by Including...
1 12 Nov 2009 Cairn Gorm Scott and Jackie Turnbull Cairn Gorm
 
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