Braeriach


Braeriach

Infobox Mountain
Name = Braeriach
Photo = Braeriach.jpg
Caption = Braeriach seen from Sgor Gaoith, across Glen Einich
Elevation = 1296 m (4252 ft)
Location = Cairngorms, Scotland
Prominence = 461 m
Parent peak = Ben Macdui
Coordinates =
Topographic
OS "Landranger" 36, 43
Type =
First ascent =
Easiest route =
Grid_ref_UK = NN953999
Listing = Marilyn, Munro
Translation = Brindled greyish upper part
Language = Gaelic
Pronunciation = əm pɾaːj rˠiəvəx

Braeriach (Scottish Gaelic: Bràigh Riabhach/Am Bràigh Riabhach) is the third highest mountain in Scotland, surpassed only by Ben Nevis and Ben Macdui. It is the highest point in the western massif of the Cairngorms, separated from the central section (containing Ben Macdui and Cairn Gorm) by the pass of the Lairig Ghru. The summit has a crescent shape, with several corries. In the north-facing corrie of Garbh Coire Mor the snow has completely melted just three times in the last century.

Probably the most commonly used route up Braeriach starts from Sugar Bowl car park, on the road leading the Cairn Gorm ski area. From here a path leads over the hillside to a steep sided rocky ravine known as the Chalamain Gap, before descending around 100 m to the Lairig Ghru. After crossing this pass the route heads for the summit via Braeriach's north ridge, crossing a subsidiary peak, Sròn na Lairige. The summit is around 9 km from the car park by this route.


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