Climbs 374
Rocktype Andesite
Altitude 1344m a.s.l
Faces NE

Centurion © Guy Robertson

Crag features

Fitting of the highest mountain in Britain, Ben Nevis contains some of the finest mountaineering in the land. Unique winter climbing sought out by mountaineers from all over the world. Fine rock climbs of alpine proportions. It's got it all, just maybe not perfectly predictable weather.

For winter climbing, often at it's best in February and March once the snow has undergone some freeze thaw and the buttresses are generaly nicely rimed. More recently the mixed climbs have gained classic status and come into condition very much earlier. The season is long and the easy gullies often remain complete well into late May.

Approach notes

For accessing the North face there is now a very good path direct to the CIC hut. This is total luxury compared to what went before and has consigned some of the previous horrendously boggy approaches to the annals of history.

If approaching by road, turn off the A82 at Torlundy and head for the signed "North Face Car Park". An excellent path rises through conniferous plantation up to the deer fence. Cross this by a mighty style and follow the good path, rising very gently uphill, keeping the Allt a'Mhuilinn river to your R. A final rise lands one at the CIC hut which is a popular spot to take in the fine view of the ampitheatre of cliffs. This all assumes that it isn't sheeting it down with rain...

Put some fresh 6mm ab tat at top of Douglas Boulder 18/11/2014 and a screwgate. Leave in place as the old stuff is pretty beaten up, could do with a lot of it being cut out and taken down!
Nath93 - 28/Nov/14
The abseil post at the top of Coire Leis has been replaced by a cairn. Construction of the cairn to replace the No. 4 gully post (already gone,) is underway. Once finished it should be a 6 foot high, columnar cairn with triangular capstone.
jonnie3430 - 24/Sep/12
Perhaps the best mountain routes in the UK ?
Ben Tye - 16/Jul/04
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Climbs at this crag

Climb name Grade
1Ben Nevis summit
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summit 1275
2Carn Dearg
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summit 59
3Carn Dearg SWsummit 15
4Meall an t-Suidhesummit 10
 COIRE LEIS 
 Little Brenva Face 
7Carn Mor Dearg Arete
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1 234
8Carn Mor Dearg AreteI **465
9Final Buttress
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III 4 11
10Bob Run
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II **32
11Moonwalk
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IV 3 **22
12Cresta
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III 3 **31
13Cresta Direct
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IV 4 *9
14Slalom
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III *6
15Super G
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VI 6 **2
16Wall of the WindsVI 5  
17Frost Bite
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IV 4 3
18Isandhlwana
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V 5 **1
19Route Major
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IV 4 ***6
20Right MajorIV 6 *1
21The Eastern Climb
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S *1
 North East Buttress 
23North East Buttress
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VD ***181
24North East ButtressIV 4 ***362
25The Lime Green Gaiter
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V 6 *1
26Newbigging's 80 Minute Route
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IV 4 1
27Newbigging's 80 Minute Route Right Hand Variation
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V 6  
28Orient Express
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E2 5c  
29Orient ExpressIX 8 **1
30Steam Train
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HVS 5a  
31Steam Train
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VI 7 *2
32Newbigging's 80 Minute Route Far Right Variation
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VD *4
33Newbigging's 80 Minute Route Far Right Variation
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IV 4 4
 OBSERVATORY GULLY 
 First Platform 
36Raeburns AreteS **129
37Raeburn's Arete
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V 6 **5
38Green Hollow Route
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IV 4 *1
39Bayonet Route
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HS **8
40Bayonet Route
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IV 4 1
41Ruddy Rocks
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VD 4
42Ruddy Rocks
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IV 4  
43Slingsby's Chimney
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II *80
 Minus Three Buttress 
45Slab and Rib Variation
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IV 5 *4
46Right-Hand Wall Route
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IV 5 *3
47Right-Hand Wall Route Direct Finish
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V 4 2
48Wagroochimsia
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IV 5 1
49Platform Rib
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IV 4 **10
50Minus Three Gully
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IV 5 ***48
 Minus Two Buttress 
52Left-hand Route
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VS 4b *12
53Left-Hand Route (Minus Two Buttress)
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VI 6 **4
54Central Route
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VI 7 1
55Central Route
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HVS 5a * 
56Right-Hand Route
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VS 4b ** 
57Right-Hand Route
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VI 6 *2
58Long Division
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E1 5b *2
59Minus Two Buttress
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V 5 *2
60Minus Two GullyV 6 ***149
 Minus One Buttress 
62Minus One DirectE1 5b ***148
63Minus One Direct
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VIII 8 ***1
64Minus One Buttress
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VII 6 ***4
65Minus One GullyVI 6 ***57
66Minus One Gully Direct Finish
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V 5 **1
 Orion Face 
68Dark StarVI 5 ***1
69Astronomy
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VI 5 ***1
70Astronomy Direct Finish
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VI 5 **2
71Astronomy
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VS *1
72Smith-Holt RouteV 5 **6
73The Long ClimbVS ***82
74The Long Climb FinishVII 6 ***7
75Orion Face Direct
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V 5 ***264
76Orion Direct - Tower VariationsVI 5 ***13
77ZybernaughtVI 6 **1
78Astral Highway
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VI 5 **44
79Space Walk
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VII 6 *3
80Orion DirectissimaVI 5 **15
81Slav Route
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VI 5 ***36
82Orion GroovesVI 5 *1
83Zero Gully
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V 4 ***210
 Observatory Ridge 
85Observatory Ridge (Summer)
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VD ***354
86Observatory Ridge
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V 4 ***136
 Observatory Ridge West Face 
88Abacus
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IV 4 **2
89Vade Mecum
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V 5 ***7
90Hadrian's Wall Direct
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V 5 ***286
91Sickle
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V 5 ***69
92Galactic Hitchhiker
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VI 5 ***6
93PointlessVII 6 ***1
94Point Five GullyV 5 ***610
 Observatory Buttress 
96Point BlankVII 6 1
97Left Edge Route
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V 5 ***7
98Appointment with Fear
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VII 6 * 
99Rubicon WallS *1
100Rubicon Wall
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VI 5 ***15
101Observatory Buttress (Summer)
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VD *8
102Observatory Buttress
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V 4 ***82
103Observatory Buttress Direct FinishV 5 **9
104North-West FaceV 5 *1
 Indicator Wall 
106Good Friday Climb
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III ***339
107Good Friday Climb (Direct Finish)III 4 31
108Indicator Wall
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V 4 ***152
109Indicator Right-Hand
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V 5 ***72
110Riders on the Storm
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VI 5 ***10
111Ship of FoolsVIII 7 1
112Arctic TernVII 5 1
113AlbatrossVI 5 ***10
114The Rhyme of the Ancient Mariner DirectVII 7 ***2
115Call Me IshmaelVIII 9 ***1
116Psychedelic Wall
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VI 5 ***47
117Satanic Verses
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VI 5 ***11
118Shot in the Dark
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V 5 **4
119Caledonia
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V 5 **3
120Shot in the BackIV 4 *1
121Shot in the FootV 4 4
122Gardyloo GullyII/III *292
 Gardyloo Buttress 
124Left Edge Route (Gardyloo Buttress)
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VI 5 1
125Kellett's RouteVI 6 ***15
126Smith's Route
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V 5 ***272
127The Great GlenVI 5 *3
128Right EdgeIV 4 2
129Tower GullyI 218
130Upper Tower Cascade LH
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III 11
131Upper Tower Cascade RH
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III 6
 TOWER RIDGE AREA 
 Tower Ridge, East Flank 
134Tower ScoopIII **387
135Tower Cleft
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III *7
136ClefthangerVII 7 **1
137Faith HealerVIII 7 *1
138Echo Traverse (Direct Icefall Star / Wet Spring Start)V 6 *2
139Goodeve's Route
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III 3
140The Brass MonkeyVII 8 ***2
141The Great Chimney
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IV 5 **14
142Chimney GrooveIV 6 2
143Alaska HighwayIV 1
 Tower Ridge 
145Tower Ridge
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D ***1485
146Great Tower Variation: Ogilvy's RouteVD 1
147Great Tower Variation: Bell's RouteVD 2
148Tower RidgeIV 3 ***1346
 Douglas Boulder 
150Douglas Gap East Gully
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I 117
151East RidgeIV 5 4
152Direct RouteVD **133
153Direct Route
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IV 4 *12
154Direct Route II
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S *13
155Down to the WireV 6 1
156North-West Face Route
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V 5 5
157Militant ChimneyVI 6 3
158Turf WarV 6 ***2
159GutlessIV 5 21
160RutlessVII 8 **1
161Cutlass
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VI 7 *58
162Cutlass
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VS 4b *3
163JacknifeV 6 35
164South West RidgeM *3
165South-West RidgeIV 5 **178
166Douglas Gap West Gully
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I *112
 Secondary Tower Ridge 
168Fawlty TowersIII *100
169Breaking GoodII *1
1701934 Route
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II/III **36
171Vagabond's RibS 1
172Vanishing Gully
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V 5 ***249
173Fatboy Slim
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VI 6 *3
174Italian Climb
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III *32
175Italian Right-Hand
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IV 4 **131
176The Chute
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V 4 *2
 GARADH NA CISTE 
178Garadh GullyII *216
179Garadh ButtressII *3
180TheaIII *2
181Crying Out LoudIV 5 *2
182Broad Gully
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II 12
 Pinnacle Buttress of the Tower 
184Stringfellow
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VI 6 ***17
185Smooth OperatorVI 7 1
186Pinnacle Buttress Direct
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V 5 **4
187Glovers Chimney
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III 4 ***271
 Goodeve's Buttress 
189The GutterIV 4 ***13
190The White Line
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III **97
 Raeburn's Wall 
192Raeburn's Easy Route
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II ***130
193The Blue Horizon
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IV 4 1
194The Cascade
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IV 5 **76
195Expert's ChoiceIII **26
196Raeburn's not so EasyIII 4 16
197La Panthere RoseVI 6 *3
 Coire na Ciste 
 Number Two Gully Buttress 
200Five Finger Discount
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IV 4 10
201Burrito's Groove
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IV 5 **7
202JP Is Back
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IV 4 *5
203BD was HereIII *3
204Number Two Gully Buttress
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III ***100
205Number Two GullyII ***414
 Comb Gully Buttress 
207Comb Gully Buttress Icefalls - LeftV 6  
208Comb Gully Buttress Icefalls - RightIV 4  
209Comb Gully Buttress Icefalls - RightmostIV 4 1
210Comb Gully Buttress
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IV 4 **52
211Comb Gully Buttress - Annick ExitIV 5 2
212Comb Gully Buttress - Icicle FinishV 5 *3
213Clough's Chimney
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VI 6 *5
214Roaring Forties
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V 5 **2
215Big Bad Ben
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VII 7  
216Comb Gully
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IV 4 ***478
 The Comb 
218Hesperides Ledge
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III **2
219The Good Groove
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VII 7 ** 
220Quisling Wall
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VI 6 * 
221Lost Souls
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VI 6 2
222Tower Face of the Comb
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VI 6 ***40
223AnubisXII 12 *** 
224AnubisE8 6c *** 
225Don't Die of Ignorance
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XI 11 3
226Pigott's Route
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V 6 *2
227Mercury
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V 5 **3
228Green Gully
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IV 3 ***719
 Number Three Gully Buttress 
230Venus
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V 5 * 
231Aphrodite
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IV 4 **8
232Tramp
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IV 4 *1
233Diana
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V 5 **13
234Vulture
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V 5 ** 
235Number Three Gully Buttress
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III ***291
236Number Three Gully Buttress Direct FinishIV 5 *6
237Quickstep
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V 5 *12
238Boston Two Step
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VI 6 * 
239Two-Step Corner
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V 5 **112
240ArthurVIII 8 **2
241Knuckleduster
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VIII 9 2
242Knuckleduster
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HVS 5a ** 
243Knuckleduster DirectVIII 9 **1
244Curly's AreteVIII 8 *1
245Sioux Wall
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VIII 8 28
246Sioux Wall
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HVS 5a **1
247Tomahawk CrackVIII 9 ***4
248ApacheVIII 8 **4
249Thompson's RouteIV 4 ***185
250Gremlins
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VI 6 **4
251Gargoyle Wall
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VI 6 ***59
252Hobgoblin
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VI 7 **3
253Babylon
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VII 8 **20
254CollaborationVI 7 ** 
255Snuff WallVIII 8 1
256SakeVIII 9 **1
257Winter Chimney
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V 5 **12
258El NinoIII 4 2
259Winter CascadeIV 5 *13
260Number Three Gully
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I **316
261Number Three Gully (Variation finish)
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II 11
 Creag Coire na Ciste 
263To Those Who WaitIX 9 ***1
264The SecretVIII 9 ***10
265CatrionaVIII 8  
266CornucopiaVII 9 **6
267Darth Vader
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VII 8 ***67
268Han SoloVIII 7 **1
269Storm Trooper
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VIII 8  
270Arch Angel
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VII 7 **1
271Anvenging Angel DirectVIII 8 4
272South Sea Bubble
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VII 6 ** 
273South GullyIII *45
274Lost The Place
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V 5 ***35
275Une Journee Ordinaire
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V 6 **7
276Levitation
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VI 6 *1
277Central Gully, Creag Coire na CisteIII 4 **63
278Central Gully Right-Hand
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IV 4 ***140
279Wendigo
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IV 4 **30
280Place Your Bets
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VI 6 **1
281North GullyII 183
282North Gully - The Left ForkIV 5 **4
283The GiftIII 4 14
284Four PlayIV 4 3
285Number Four Gully
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I **483
286Number Four Gully Buttress3 2
 South Trident Buttress 
2881944 Route
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S *8
289The MingeVII 8 **1
290Tangerine DreamsVII 8 **2
291The Groove Climb
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V 6 *3
292Sidewinder
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HVS 5a **9
293SidewinderVII 8 **13
294Strident Edge
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VS 4c **11
295Strident Edge (winter)VI 7 ***12
296Devastation
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E1 5b ** 
297Devastation (Winter)VII 8 **3
298Spartacus
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VS 4c  
299Spartacus WinterVI 7  
300The Slab Climb
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S *1
301The Slab ClimbVI 7 **18
302The Clanger
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IV 5 **10
303Pinnacle Arete
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IV 4 *10
304Pinnacle Arete
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VD **11
305Joyful ChimneysIV 4 4
306Central Gully, South Trident ButtressIII *18
307NasturtiumIV 4 *5
308Morton's NeuromaV 5 *1
309Jubilation
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IV 4 *15
 Jubilee Buttress 
311Jubilee Climb
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VD  
312Jubilee Climb
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II 11
313Mega Reve
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VI 6 * 
 Central Trident Buttress 
315Steam
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HVS 5a *1
316Feeding Frenzy
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VI 7 * 
317Mega Route X
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V 6 ***34
318HeidbangerE1 5b *4
319Heidbanger (Winter)VIII 8 *2
320MetamorphosisE2 5b **1
 North Trident Buttress 
322Neptune Gully
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III 24
323North Trident Buttress
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III **22
324Moonlight Gully
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II *52
 Moonlight Gully Buttress 
326Fifties RevivalIV 6 1
327Diagonal RouteIII 15
328The Big CheeseVIII 8 **3
329Right-Hand Chimney, Moonlight Gully Buttress
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IV 4 **20
330Phosphorescent GroovesIII 4 *2
331Take OffIV 5 1
332Number Five Gully
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I **167
 Number Five Gully Buttress 
334Free RangeVII 7 ***3
335Ledge Route
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II ***1186
336Ledge Route2 ***418
 CARN DEARG, BEN NEVIS 
 Cairn Dearg Cascade 
339Carn Dearg Cascade / CIC IcefallV 5 ***41
340Carn Dearg Right Cascade / CIC IcefallIV 4 *59
 Carn Dearg Buttress 
342Curtain RailIV 4 *30
343Mourning Slab
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VS  
344The Blind
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VS 4b * 
345The Curtain
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IV 5 ***410
346Route I
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VI 6 ***22
347Route I
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S **16
348Route I Direct Start
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VI 6 *16
349PM
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VS 4c * 
350Route II Direct
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VI 6 ***6
351Route ll Direct
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S ***20
352Dissection
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HVS 5a  
353The ShadowVS 4c **7
354The Shadow
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VII 6 ***1
355The BullroarHVS 5a ***148
356Adrenalin Rush
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E3 6a  
357Cowslip
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E2 5c  
358TorroE2 5b ***129
359Red Rag
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E2 5c ** 
360CenturionHVS 5a ***547
361Centurion (Winter)
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VIII 8 **6
362King Kong
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E2 5c ***62
363Trajan's ColumnE6 6b *** 
364The Bat
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E2 5b ***65
365The Wicked
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E6 6b * 
366Sassenach
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E1 5b **4
367The Banana Groove
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E4 6a ***9
368Agrippa
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E5 6b ***4
369CaligulaE3 5c **5
370Titan's WallE3 5c ***36
371BoadiceaE4 6a **1
372Shield DirectVII 7 ***5
373Shield Direct
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HVS 5a **2
374GeminiVI 6 ***45
375The BewildabeastVI 6 ***5
376Waterfall Gully
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IV 4 *156
377Waterfall Gully, True Finish
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VI 6 **5
378The TrialE3 5c **2
 North Wall of Carn Dearg 
380Macphee's RouteV 6 *2
 Cousin's Buttress 
382Harrison's Climb Direct
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IV 4 ***96
383CousinadeVII 8 **2
 Raeburn's Buttress 
385Boomer's Requiem
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V 5 ***77
386Raeburn's Buttress
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IV 5 **20
387The CrackHVS 5a  
388The CrackVIII 8 ***1
389Teufel Grooves
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IX 9 **1
390The Shroud
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VI 6 **14
 Castle Corrie 
392Compression Crack
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V 5 **45
393South Castle Gully
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II *46
394Plum DuffV 5 **1
395The Castle
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III *25
396The Castle DirectIV 4 1
397North Castle Gully
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II *49
 Castle Ridge 
399Castle Ridge
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III **339
400Castle Ridge
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M **200
 Castle Ridge, North Face 
402The Serpent
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II *4
403The MoatII **3
404Lobby Dancer
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VI 6 ***1
405Nordwand
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IV 3 **27
406Nordwand direct
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IV 5 6
 Glen Nevis (SW) Flank 
408Five Finger Gully
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IV 4 **1
409Surgeon's Rib1 1
410Surgeon's Gully
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V 5 ** 
411Polldubh Gully
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IV 5 ** 
412Steal Waterfall
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III 3
413Sron Na Lairig Ridge2 **2
414Surprise GullyII *1
415The Comb - Left FlankIV 4 *1
416Aquatherapy *III 1
417Interstellar Overdrive *
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VII 6 ***1
418Matchpoint *
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VI 5 *1
419Match Point *VI 5 1
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