Climbs 368
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The abseil post at the top of Coire Leis has been replaced by a cairn.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 1180
2Carn Dearg
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summit 48
3Carn Dearg SWsummit 12
4Meall an t-Suidhesummit 8
 COIRE LEIS 
 Little Brenva Face 
7Carn Mor Dearg Arete
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1 213
8Carn Mor Dearg AreteI **405
9Final Buttress
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III 4 11
10Bob Run
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II **35
11Moonwalk
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IV 3 **27
12Cresta
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III 3 **31
13Cresta Direct
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IV 4 *8
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 ***241
24North East ButtressIV 4 ***425
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 **125
37Raeburn's Arete
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V 6 **4
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 3
42Ruddy Rocks
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IV 4  
43Slingsby's Chimney
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II *74
 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 **7
50Minus Three Gully
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IV 5 ***44
 Minus Two Buttress 
52Left-hand Route
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VS 4b *11
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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VI 6 *2
57Long Division
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E1 5b *2
58Minus Two Buttress
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V 5 *1
59Minus Two GullyV 6 ***123
 Minus One Buttress 
61Minus One DirectE1 5b ***58
62Minus One Direct
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VIII 8 *** 
63Minus One Buttress
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VII 6 ***4
64Minus One GullyVI 6 ***111
65Minus One Gully Direct Finish
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V 5 **1
 Orion Face 
67Dark StarVI 5 *** 
68Astronomy
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VI 5 ***1
69Astronomy Direct Finish
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VI 5 **1
70Astronomy
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VS *1
71Smith-Holt RouteV 5 **6
72The Long ClimbVS ***81
73The Long Climb FinishVII 6 ***9
74Orion Face Direct
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V 5 ***396
75Orion Direct - Tower VariationsVI 5 ***8
76ZybernaughtVI 6 **1
77Astral Highway
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VI 5 **64
78Space Walk
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VII 6 *3
79Orion DirectissimaVI 5 **9
80Slav Route
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VI 5 ***56
81Orion GroovesVI 5 *1
82Zero Gully
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V 4 ***194
 Observatory Ridge 
84Observatory Ridge (Summer)
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VD ***339
85Observatory Ridge
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V 4 ***197
 Observatory Ridge West Face 
87Abacus
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IV 4 **2
88Vade Mecum
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V 5 ***7
89Hadrian's Wall Direct
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V 5 ***307
90Sickle
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V 5 ***49
91Galactic Hitchhiker
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VI 5 ***6
92PointlessVII 6 ***1
93Point Five GullyV 5 ***818
 Observatory Buttress 
95Point BlankVII 6 1
96Left Edge Route
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V 5 ***7
97Appointment with Fear
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VII 6 * 
98Rubicon WallS *1
99Rubicon Wall
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VI 5 ***14
100Observatory Buttress (Summer)
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VD *8
101Observatory Buttress
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V 4 ***69
102Observatory Buttress Direct FinishV 5 **9
103North-West FaceV 5 *1
 Indicator Wall 
105Good Friday Climb
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III ***315
106Good Friday Climb (Direct Finish)III 4 28
107Indicator Wall
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V 4 ***193
108Indicator Right-Hand
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V 5 ***57
109Riders on the Storm
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VI 5 ***10
110Ship of FoolsVIII 7 1
111Arctic TernVII 5 1
112AlbatrossVI 5 ***10
113The Rhyme of the Ancient Mariner DirectVII 7 ***2
114Call Me IshmaelVIII 9 ***1
115Psychedelic Wall
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VI 5 ***82
116Satanic Verses
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VI 5 ***11
117Shot in the Dark
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V 5 **4
118Caledonia
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V 5 **3
119Shot in the BackIV 4 *1
120Shot in the FootV 4 4
121Gardyloo GullyII/III *272
 Gardyloo Buttress 
123Left Edge Route (Gardyloo Buttress)
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VI 5 1
124Kellett's RouteVI 6 ***15
125Smith's Route
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V 5 ***341
126The Great GlenVI 5 *3
127Right EdgeIV 4 2
128Tower GullyI 193
129Upper Tower Cascade LH
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IV 5 11
130Upper Tower Cascade RH
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III 6
 TOWER RIDGE AREA 
 Tower Ridge, East Flank 
133Tower ScoopIII **362
134Tower Cleft
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III *7
135ClefthangerVII 7 **1
136Faith HealerVIII 7 *1
137Echo Traverse (Direct Icefall Star / Wet Spring Start)V 6 *2
138Goodeve's Route
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III 3
139The Brass MonkeyVII 8 ***2
140The Great Chimney
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IV 5 **49
141Chimney GrooveIV 6 2
142Alaska HighwayIV 1
 Tower Ridge 
144Tower Ridge
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D ***1431
145Great Tower Variation: Ogilvy's RouteVD 1
146Great Tower Variation: Bell's RouteVD 2
147Tower RidgeIV 3 ***1232
 Douglas Boulder 
149Douglas Gap East Gully
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I 104
150East RidgeIV 5 4
151Direct RouteVD **130
152Direct Route
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IV 4 *12
153Direct Route II
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S *13
154Down to the WireV 6 1
155North-West Face Route
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V 5 5
156Militant ChimneyVI 6 3
157GutlessIV 5 17
158RutlessVII 8 **1
159Cutlass
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VI 7 *81
160Cutlass
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VS 4b *3
161JacknifeV 6 44
162South-West RidgeIV 5 **172
163Douglas Gap West Gully
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I *103
 Secondary Tower Ridge 
165Fawlty TowersIII *95
166Breaking GoodII *1
1671934 Route
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II/III **37
168Vagabond's RibS 1
169Vanishing Gully
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V 5 ***265
170Fatboy Slim
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VI 6 *3
171Italian Climb
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III *32
172Italian Right-Hand
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IV 4 **115
173The Chute
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V 4 *2
 GARADH NA CISTE 
175Garadh GullyII *225
176Garadh ButtressII *3
177TheaIII *2
178Crying Out LoudIV 5 *2
179Broad Gully
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II 11
 Pinnacle Buttress of the Tower 
181Stringfellow
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VI 6 ***24
182Smooth OperatorVI 7 1
183Pinnacle Buttress Direct
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V 5 **4
184Glovers Chimney
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III 4 ***341
 Goodeve's Buttress 
186The GutterIV 4 ***12
187The White Line
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III **77
 Raeburn's Wall 
189Raeburn's Easy Route
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II ***165
190The Blue Horizon
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IV 4 1
191The Cascade
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IV 5 **66
192Expert's ChoiceIII **22
193Raeburn's not so EasyIII 4 14
194La Panthere RoseVI 6 *3
 Coire na Ciste 
 Number Two Gully Buttress 
197Five Finger Discount
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IV 4 10
198Burrito's Groove
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IV 5 **7
199JP Is Back
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IV 4 *5
200BD was HereIII *3
201Number Two Gully Buttress
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III ***136
202Number Two GullyII ***453
 Comb Gully Buttress 
204Comb Gully Buttress Icefalls - LeftV 6  
205Comb Gully Buttress Icefalls - RightIV 4  
206Comb Gully Buttress Icefalls - RightmostIV 4 1
207Comb Gully Buttress
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IV 4 **57
208Comb Gully Buttress - Annick ExitIV 5 2
209Comb Gully Buttress - Icicle FinishV 5 *3
210Clough's Chimney
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VI 6 *5
211Roaring Forties
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V 5 **2
212Big Bad Ben
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VII 7  
213Comb Gully
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IV 4 ***537
 The Comb 
215Hesperides Ledge
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III **2
216The Good Groove
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VII 7 ** 
217Quisling Wall
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VI 6 * 
218Lost Souls
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VI 6 2
219Tower Face of the Comb
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VI 6 ***64
220Anubis
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XI 11 *** 
221AnubisE8 6c *** 
222Don't Die of Ignorance
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XI 11 3
223Pigott's Route
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V 6 *1
224Mercury
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V 5 **3
225Green Gully
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IV 3 ***804
 Number Three Gully Buttress 
227Venus
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V 5 * 
228Aphrodite
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IV 4 **8
229Tramp
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IV 4 *1
230Diana
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V 5 **13
231Vulture
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V 5 ** 
232Number Three Gully Buttress
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III ***347
233Quickstep
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V 5 *16
234Boston Two Step
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VI 6 * 
235Two-Step Corner
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V 5 **108
236Knuckleduster
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VIII 9 2
237Knuckleduster
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HVS 5a ** 
238Knuckleduster DirectVIII 9 **1
239Curly's AreteVIII 8 *1
240Sioux Wall
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VIII 8 41
241Sioux Wall
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HVS 5a **1
242Tomahawk CrackVIII 9 ***5
243ApacheVIII 8 **4
244Thompson's RouteIV 4 ***219
245Gremlins
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VI 6 **4
246Gargoyle Wall
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VI 6 ***99
247Hobgoblin
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VI 7 **3
248Babylon
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VII 8 **33
249CollaborationVI 7 ** 
250Snuff WallVIII 8 1
251SakeVIII 9 **1
252Winter Chimney
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V 5 **12
253El NinoIII 4 2
254Winter CascadeIV 5 *14
255Number Three Gully
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I **301
256Number Three Gully (Variation finish)
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II 11
 Creag Coire na Ciste 
258To Those Who WaitIX 9 ***1
259The SecretIX 9 ***19
260CatrionaVIII 8  
261CornucopiaVII 9 **6
262Darth Vader
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VII 8 ***63
263Han SoloVIII 7 **1
264Storm Trooper
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VIII 8  
265Anvenging Angel DirectVIII 8 6
266South Sea Bubble
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VII 6 ** 
267South GullyIII *57
268Lost The Place
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V 5 ***44
269Une Journee Ordinaire
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V 6 **9
270Levitation
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VI 6 *1
271Central Gully, Creag Coire na CisteIII 4 **61
272Central Gully Right-Hand
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IV 4 ***158
273Wendigo
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IV 4 **33
274Place Your Bets
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VI 6 **1
275North GullyII 196
276North Gully - The Left ForkIV 5 **4
277The GiftIII 4 13
278Four PlayIV 4 3
279Number Four Gully
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I **464
280Number Four Gully Buttress3 2
 South Trident Buttress 
2821944 Route
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S *8
283The MingeVII 8 **1
284The Groove Climb
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V 6 *3
285Sidewinder
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HVS 5a **9
286SidewinderVII 8 **20
287Strident Edge
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VS 4c **11
288Strident Edge (winter)VI 7 ***19
289Devastation
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E1 5b ** 
290Devastation (Winter)VII 8 **3
291Spartacus
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VS 4c  
292Spartacus WinterVI 7  
293The Slab Climb
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S *1
294The Slab ClimbVI 7 **27
295The Clanger
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IV 5 **18
296Pinnacle Arete
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IV 4 *11
297Pinnacle Arete
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VD **11
298Joyful ChimneysIV 4 4
299Central Gully, South Trident ButtressIII *18
300NasturtiumIV 4 *5
301Jubilation
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IV 4 *15
 Jubilee Buttress 
303Jubilee Climb
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VD  
304Jubilee Climb
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II 16
305Mega Reve
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VI 6 * 
 Central Trident Buttress 
307Steam
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HVS 5a *1
308Feeding Frenzy
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VI 7 * 
309Mega Route X
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V 6 ***27
310HeidbangerE1 5b *4
311Heidbanger (Winter)VIII 8 *2
312MetamorphosisE2 5b **1
 North Trident Buttress 
314Neptune Gully
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III 28
315North Trident Buttress
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III **22
316Moonlight Gully
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II *49
 Moonlight Gully Buttress 
318Fifties RevivalIV 6 1
319Diagonal RouteIII 11
320The Big CheeseVIII 8 **3
321Right-Hand Chimney, Moonlight Gully Buttress
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IV 4 **21
322Phosphorescent GroovesIII 4 *2
323Take OffIV 5 1
324Number Five Gully
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I **159
 Number Five Gully Buttress 
326Free RangeVII 7 ***3
327Ledge Route
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II ***1066
328Ledge Route2 ***394
 CARN DEARG, BEN NEVIS 
 Cairn Dearg Cascade 
331Carn Dearg Cascade / CIC IcefallV 5 ***39
332Carn Dearg Right Cascade / CIC IcefallIV 4 *57
 Carn Dearg Buttress 
334Curtain RailIV 4 *23
335Mourning Slab
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VS  
336The Blind
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VS 4b * 
337The Curtain
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IV 5 ***260
338Route I
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VI 6 ***29
339Route I
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S **15
340Route I Direct Start
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VI 6 *16
341PM
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VS 4c * 
342Route II Direct
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VI 6 ***6
343Route ll Direct
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S ***20
344Dissection
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HVS 5a  
345The ShadowVS 4c **7
346The BullroarHVS 5a ***142
347Adrenalin Rush
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E3 6a  
348Cowslip
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E2 5c  
349TorroE2 5b ***113
350Red Rag
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E2 5c ** 
351CenturionHVS 5a ***260
352Centurion (Winter)
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VIII 8 **6
353King Kong
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E2 5c ***26
354Trajan's ColumnE6 6b *** 
355The Bat
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E2 5b ***62
356The Wicked
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E6 6b * 
357Sassenach
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E1 5b **4
358The Banana Groove
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E4 6a ***9
359Agrippa
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E5 6b ***4
360CaligulaE3 5c **5
361Titan's WallE3 5c ***32
362BoadiceaE4 6a **1
363Shield DirectVII 7 ***5
364Shield Direct
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HVS 5a **2
365GeminiVI 6 ***33
366The BewildabeastVI 6 ***5
367Waterfall Gully
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IV 4 *118
368Waterfall Gully, True Finish
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VI 6 **2
369The TrialE3 5c **2
 North Wall of Carn Dearg 
 Cousin's Buttress 
372Harrison's Climb Direct
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IV 4 ***86
373CousinadeVII 8 **2
 Raeburn's Buttress 
375Boomer's Requiem
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V 5 ***64
376Raeburn's Buttress
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IV 5 **20
377The CrackHVS 5a  
378The CrackVIII 8 ***1
379Teufel Grooves
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IX 9 **1
380The Shroud
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VI 6 **12
 Castle Corrie 
382Compression Crack
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V 5 **43
383South Castle Gully
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II *46
384Plum DuffV 5 **1
385The Castle
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III *25
386The Castle DirectIV 4 1
387North Castle Gully
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II *45
 Castle Ridge 
389Castle Ridge
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III **385
390Castle Ridge
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M **225
 Castle Ridge, North Face 
392The Serpent
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II *3
393The MoatII **3
394Lobby Dancer
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VI 6 *** 
395Nordwand
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IV 3 **37
396Nordwand direct
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IV 5 6
 Glen Nevis (SW) Flank 
398Five Finger Gully
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IV 4 **1
399Surgeon's Rib1 1
400Surgeon's Gully
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V 5 ** 
401Polldubh Gully
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IV 5 ** 
402Steal Waterfall
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III 3
403Sron Na Lairig Ridge2 **2
404Surprise GullyII *1
405The Comb - Left FlankIV 4 *1
406Hollie's Leaving *E2  
407Turf War *
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V 6 ***2
408Number Three Gully Buttress Direct Finish *
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IV 5 6
409Arthur *VIII 8 **2
410Arch Angel *
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VII 7 **1
411Poseidon *VII 8 **2
412South West Ridge *M ** 
413Morton's Neuroma *V 5 *1
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