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Ben Nevis

Highland, SCOTLAND

Climbs 329 – Rocktype Andesite – Altitude 1344m a.s.l – Faces NE

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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.

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Guidebooks
Scottish Rock - South (2008), Scottish Winter Climbs (2008), Ben Nevis (2002), Rock Climbing in Scotland (1990),
Out of print: Scottish Winter Climbs (1996), Ben Nevis (1994)

Climbs at this crag

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 Climb nameGradex
1Ben Nevis summitsummit 796
2Carn Deargsummit 30
3Carn Dearg SWsummit 6
4Meall an t-Suidhesummit 6
 COIRE LEIS  
 LITTLE BRENVA FACE  
7Carn Mor Dearg Arete1 152
8Carn Mor Dearg AreteI **258
9Final ButtressIII 4 7
10Bob RunII **25
11MoonwalkIV 3 **18
12CrestaIII 3 **25
13Cresta DirectIV 4 *7
14SlalomIII *5
15Super GVI 6 ** 
16Wall of the WindsVI 5  
17Frost BiteIV 4 2
18IsandhlwanaV 5 ** 
19Route MajorIV 4 ***5
20Right MajorIV 6 *1
21The Eastern ClimbS *1
 NORTH EAST BUTTRESS  
23North East ButtressVD ***141
24North East ButtressIV 4 ***282
25The Lime Green GaiterV 6 *1
26Newbigging's 80 Minute RouteIV 4 1
27Newbigging's 80 Minute Route Right Hand VariationV 6  
28Orient ExpressE2 5c  
29Orient ExpressIX 8 **1
30Steam TrainHVS 5a  
31Steam TrainVI 7 *2
32Newbigging's 80 Minute Route Far Right VariationVD *1
33Newbigging's 80 Minute Route Far Right VariationIV 4 4
 OBSERVATORY GULLY  
 FIRST PLATFORM  
36Raeburns AreteS **69
37Raeburn's AreteV 6 **4
38Green Hollow RouteIV 4 *1
39Bayonet RouteHS **8
40Bayonet RouteIV 4 1
41Ruddy RocksVD 3
42Ruddy RocksIV 4  
43Slingsby's ChimneyII *56
 MINUS THREE BUTTRESS  
45Slab and Rib VariationIV 5 *3
46Right-Hand Wall RouteIV 5 *3
47Right-Hand Wall Route Direct FinishV 4 2
48WagroochimsiaIV 5 1
49Platform RibIV 4 **7
50Minus Three GullyIV 5 ***40
 MINUS TWO BUTTRESS  
52Left-hand RouteVS 4b *11
53Left-Hand Route (Minus Two Buttress)VI 6 **4
54Central RouteVI 7 1
55Central RouteHVS 5a * 
56Right-Hand RouteVI 6 *2
57Long DivisionE1 5b *2
58Minus Two ButtressV 5 *1
59Minus Two GullyV 6 ***56
 MINUS ONE BUTTRESS  
61Minus One DirectE1 5b ***50
62Minus One ButtressVII 6 ***4
63Minus One GullyVI 6 ***50
64Minus One Gully Direct FinishV 5 **1
 ORION FACE  
66Dark StarVI 5 *** 
67AstronomyVI 5 ***1
68Astronomy Direct FinishVI 5 **1
69AstronomyVS *1
70Smith-Holt RouteV 5 **5
71The Long ClimbVS ***64
72The Long Climb FinishVII 6 ***5
73Orion Face DirectV 5 ***186
74Orion Direct - Tower VariationsVI 5 ***8
75Astral HighwayVI 5 **29
76Space WalkVII 6 *2
77Orion DirectissimaVI 5 **8
78Slav RouteVI 5 ***31
79Orion GroovesVI 5 *1
80Zero GullyV 4 ***166
 OBSERVATORY RIDGE  
82Observatory Ridge (Summer)VD ***159
83Observatory RidgeV 4 ***105
 OBSERVATORY RIDGE WEST FACE  
85AbacusIV 4 **1
86Vade MecumV 5 ***4
87Hadrian's Wall DirectV 5 ***149
88SickleV 5 ***39
89Galactic HitchhikerVI 5 ***6
90PointlessVII 6 ***1
91Point Five GullyV 5 ***442
 OBSERVATORY BUTTRESS  
93Point BlankVII 6 1
94Left Edge RouteV 5 ***7
95Appointment with FearVII 6 * 
96Rubicon WallVI 5 ***11
97Observatory Buttress (Summer)VD *4
98Observatory ButtressV 4 ***61
99Observatory Buttress Direct FinishV 5 **8
100North-West FaceV 5 *1
 INDICATOR WALL  
102Good Friday ClimbIII ***180
103Good Friday Climb (Direct Finish)III 4 24
104Indicator WallV 4 ***93
105Indicator Right-HandV 5 ***31
106Riders on the StormVI 5 ***4
107Ship of FoolsVIII 7 1
108Arctic TernVII 5 1
109AlbatrossVI 5 ***9
110The Rhyme of the Ancient Mariner DirectVII 7 ***2
111Psychedelic WallVI 5 ***28
112Satanic VersesVI 5 ***4
113Shot in the DarkV 5 **4
114CaledoniaV 5 **2
115Shot in the FootV 4 4
116Gardyloo GullyII *191
 GARDYLOO BUTTRESS  
118Left Edge Route (Gardyloo Buttress)VI 5 1
119Kellett's RouteVI 6 ***7
120Smith's RouteV 5 ***170
121The Great GlenVI 5 *3
122Right EdgeIV 4 1
123Tower GullyI 142
124Upper Tower Cascade LHIV 5 8
125Upper Tower Cascade RHIII 3
 TOWER RIDGE AREA  
 TOWER RIDGE, EAST FLANK  
128Tower ScoopIII **257
129Tower CleftIII *4
130Faith HealerVIII 7 *1
131Echo Traverse (Direct Icefall Star / Wet Spring Start)V 6 *1
132Goodeve's RouteIII 2
133The Brass MonkeyVII 8 ***2
134The Great ChimneyIV 5 **3
 TOWER RIDGE  
136Tower RidgeD ***793
 CARN DEARG  
138Great Tower Variation: Ogilvy's RouteVD 1
139Great Tower Variation: Bell's RouteVD 1
140Tower RidgeIV 3 ***791
 DOUGLAS BOULDER  
142Douglas Gap East GullyI 75
143East RidgeIV 5 1
144Direct RouteVD **98
145Direct RouteIV 4 *8
146Direct Route IIS *11
147Down to the WireV 6 1
148North-West Face RouteV 5 5
149Militant ChimneyVI 6 2
150GutlessIV 5 13
151CutlassVI 7 *30
152CutlassVS 4b *2
153JacknifeV 6 13
154South-West RidgeIV 5 **102
155Douglas Gap West GullyI *63
 SECONDARY TOWER RIDGE  
157Fawlty TowersIII *64
1581934 RouteII/III **20
159Vagabond's RibS 1
160Vanishing GullyV 5 ***162
161Fatboy SlimVI 6 *3
162Italian ClimbIII *29
163Italian Right-HandIV 4 **64
164The ChuteV 4 * 
 GARADH NA CISTE  
166Garadh GullyII *170
167Garadh ButtressII *2
168Crying Out LoudIV 5 *2
169Broad GullyII 9
 PINNACLE BUTTRESS OF THE TOWER  
171StringfellowVI 6 ***15
172Smooth OperatorVI 7 1
173Pinnacle Buttress DirectV 5 **3
174Glovers ChimneyIII 4 ***225
 GOODEVE'S BUTTRESS  
176The GutterIV 4 ***5
177The White LineIII **60
 RAEBURN'S WALL  
179Raeburn's Easy RouteII ***108
180The Blue HorizonIV 4 1
181The CascadeIV 5 **55
182Expert's ChoiceIII **18
183Raeburn's not so EasyIII 4 14
 COIRE NA CISTE  
 NUMBER TWO GULLY BUTTRESS  
186Five Finger DiscountIV 4 10
187Burrito's GrooveIV 5 **7
 Climb nameGradex
188JP Is BackIV 4 *4
189BD was HereIII *2
190Number Two Gully ButtressIII ***78
191Number Two GullyII ***332
 COMB GULLY BUTTRESS  
193Comb Gully Buttress Icefalls - LeftV 6  
194Comb Gully Buttress Icefalls - RightIV 4  
195Comb Gully Buttress Icefalls - RightmostIV 4 1
196Comb Gully ButtressIV 4 **37
197Comb Gully Buttress - Annick ExitIV 5 2
198Comb Gully Buttress - Icicle FinishV 5 *2
199Clough's ChimneyVI 6 *1
200Roaring FortiesV 5 **2
201Big Bad BenVII 7  
202Comb GullyIV 4 ***394
 THE COMB  
204Hesperides LedgeIII **2
205The Good GrooveVII 7 ** 
206Quisling WallVI 6 * 
207Lost SoulsVI 6 2
208Tower Face of the CombVI 6 ***25
209Don't Die of IgnoranceXI 11 3
210Pigott's RouteV 6 *1
211MercuryV 5 **3
212Green GullyIV 3 ***537
 NUMBER THREE GULLY BUTTRESS  
214VenusV 5 * 
215AphroditeIV 4 **8
216TrampIV 4 *1
217DianaV 5 **13
218VultureV 5 ** 
219Number Three Gully ButtressIII ***224
220QuickstepV 5 *8
221Boston Two StepVI 6 * 
222Two-Step CornerV 5 **82
223KnuckledusterVIII 9 2
224Knuckleduster DirectVIII 9 **1
225Curly's AreteVIII 8 *1
226Sioux WallVIII 8 14
227Tomahawk CrackVIII 9 ***2
228ApacheVIII 8 **4
229Thompson's RouteIV 4 ***136
230GremlinsVI 6 **4
231Gargoyle WallVI 6 ***39
232HobgoblinVI 7 **2
233BabylonVII 8 **11
234CollaborationVI 7 ** 
235Snuff WallVIII 8 1
236SakeVIII 9 **1
237Winter ChimneyV 5 **6
238El NinoIII 4 2
239Winter CascadeIV 5 *7
240Number Three GullyI **225
241Number Three Gully (Variation finish)II 11
 CREAG COIRE NA CISTE  
243To Those Who WaitIX 9 ***1
244The SecretIX 9 ***5
245CatrionaVIII 8  
246CornucopiaVII 9 **6
247Darth VaderVII 8 ***25
248Storm TrooperVIII 8  
249Anvenging Angel DirectVIII 8 3
250South Sea BubbleVII 6 ** 
251South GullyIII *42
252Lost The PlaceV 5 ***25
253Une Journee OrdinaireV 6 **3
254LevitationVI 6 *1
255Central Gully, Creag Coire na CisteIII 4 **49
256Central Gully Right-HandIV 4 ***116
257WendigoIV 4 **28
258Place Your BetsVI 6 **1
259North GullyII 157
260North Gully - The Left ForkIV 5 **4
261The GiftIII 4 12
262Four PlayIV 4 1
263Number Four GullyI **368
264Number Four Gully Buttress3 1
 SOUTH TRIDENT BUTTRESS  
2661944 RouteS *7
267The MingeVII 8 **1
268The Groove ClimbV 6 *3
269SidewinderHVS 5a **8
270SidewinderVII 8 **6
271Strident EdgeVS 4c **5
272Strident Edge (winter)VI 7 ***4
273DevastationE1 5b ** 
274Devastation (Winter)VII 8 **3
275SpartacusVS 4c  
276Spartacus WinterVI 7  
277The Slab ClimbS *1
278The Slab ClimbVI 7 **10
279The ClangerIV 5 **8
280Pinnacle AreteIV 4 *7
281Pinnacle AreteVD **8
282Joyful ChimneysIV 4 3
283Central Gully, South Trident ButtressIII *17
284NasturtiumIV 4 *4
285JubilationIV 4 *9
 JUBILEE BUTTRESS  
287Jubilee ClimbVD  
288Jubilee ClimbII 9
289Mega ReveVI 6 * 
 CENTRAL TRIDENT BUTTRESS  
291SteamHVS 5a *1
292Feeding FrenzyVI 7 * 
293Mega Route XV 6 ***4
294HeidbangerE1 5b *3
295MetamorphosisE2 5b ** 
 NORTH TRIDENT BUTTRESS  
297Neptune GullyIII 17
298North Trident ButtressIII **20
299Moonlight GullyII *41
 MOONLIGHT GULLY BUTTRESS  
301Fifties RevivalIV 6 1
302Diagonal RouteIII 5
303The Big CheeseVIII 8 **3
304Right-Hand Chimney, Moonlight Gully ButtressIV 4 **12
305Phosphorescent GroovesIII 4 *2
306Take OffIV 5 1
307Number Five GullyI **128
 NUMBER FIVE GULLY BUTTRESS  
309Free RangeVII 7 ***2
310Ledge RouteII ***764
311Ledge Route2 ***266
 CARN DEARG, BEN NEVIS  
 CAIRN DEARG CASCADE  
314Carn Dearg Cascade / CIC IcefallV 5 ***33
315Carn Dearg Right Cascade / CIC IcefallIV 4 *52
 CARN DEARG BUTTRESS  
317Curtain RailIV 4 *17
318The CurtainIV 5 ***151
319Route IVI 6 ***17
320Route IS **15
321Route I Direct StartVI 6 *13
322Route II DirectVI 6 ***5
323Route ll DirectS ***15
324The ShadowVS 4c **6
325The BullroarHVS 5a ***31
326TorroE2 5b ***49
327CenturionHVS 5a ***203
328Centurion (Winter)VIII 8 **3
329King KongE2 5c ***16
330Trajan's ColumnE6 6b *** 
331The BatE2 5b ***39
332The WickedE6 6b * 
333SassenachE1 5b **2
334The Banana GrooveE4 6a ***5
335AgrippaE5 6b ***3
336CaligulaE3 5c **4
337Titan's WallE3 5c ***20
338BoadiceaE4 6a **1
339Shield DirectVII 7 *** 
340Shield DirectHVS 5a **2
341GeminiVI 6 ***7
342Waterfall GullyIV 4 *60
343Waterfall Gully, True FinishVI 6 ** 
344The TrialE3 5c **2
 NORTH WALL OF CARN DEARG  
 COUSIN'S BUTTRESS  
347Harrison's Climb DirectIV 4 ***12
 RAEBURN'S BUTTRESS  
349Boomer's RequiemV 5 ***30
350Raeburn's ButtressIV 5 **16
 CASTLE CORRIE  
352Compression CrackV 5 **36
353South Castle GullyII *32
354Plum DuffV 5 **1
355The CastleIII *20
356North Castle GullyII *41
 CASTLE RIDGE  
358Castle RidgeIII **228
359Castle RidgeM **138
 CASTLE RIDGE, NORTH FACE  
361The SerpentII *3
362The MoatII **1
363Lobby DancerVI 6 *** 
364NordwandIV 3 **12
 GLEN NEVIS (SW) FLANK  
366Five Finger GullyIV 4 **1
367Surgeon's Rib1 1
368Surgeon's GullyV 5 ** 
369Polldubh GullyIV 5 ** 
370Steal WaterfallIII 3
371Sron Na Lairig Ridge2 **2
372Thea III *1
373RutlessVII 8 **1
374Alaska Highway *IV 1
* Climbs listed in red are waiting to be checked by a crag moderator, and may not be accurate.
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Access 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...

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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