Coire an t'Sneachda

Climbs 189 – Rocktype Granite – Altitude 900m a.s.l – Faces N

Crag features
Corrie an t'Sneachda provides possibly the most accessible winter climbing in Scotland (apart from Meall Gorm in Applecross!), being 45 minutes walk (if you're fit!) from the Cairngorm Ski area.

Hard mixed routes come into condition early in winter season.

Very popular with winter skills courses. Expect queues and falling climbers at weekends.

Not renowned for rock climbing, but provides some entertaining routes.

Must dos:

Fingers Ridge (IV,4)

Invernookie (III,4)

The Seam (IV,5)

Aladdin's Mirror (IV)

Guidebooks
Winter Climbs in the Cairngorm (2011), Scottish Winter Climbs (2008), Scottish Rock - South (2008), The Cairngorms (2007),
Out of print: Cairngorms Vol. 1 (1998), Scottish Winter Climbs (1996)

Climbs at this crag

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  Climb nameGrade
 MESS OF POTTAGE 
2ToplessIII 5
3Opening BreakIV 5
4Crack PotS 4a *
5Crack PotV 6
6HoneypotIV 6 **
7BeelineE1 5b *
8WachachaHS 4b *
9WachachaVI 7 **
10Crystal GaleV 6
11Trunk LineVS 5a *
12No Blue SkiesVS 4c *
13No Blue SkiesVI 7 **
14The TruncatorVI 7
15The Melting PotV 6 *
16The TruncatorVS 4c *
17Mixed MessageV 7
18The MessageVD *
19The MessageIV 6 ***
20The HybridIV 5 *
21Pot of GoldS 4a **
22Pot of GoldV 6 **
23MariellaVS 4b *
24MariellaVI 7 *
25DroidlessVI 6 *
26DroidlessHS 4b *
27The FirefighterVS 4c *
28The FirefighterIV 6
29The MessengerHS 4c
30The MessengerV 6 *
31The Three DecreesV 5
32The Three DecreesS 4a
33Sharks Fin SoupV 6
34FintasticVS 4c
35Fishy BusinessS 4a
36The DespotV 7
37The DespotVS 4c
38Yosemite JillHVS 5a *
39Yukon JackS
40Yukon JackIV 5
41Black SheepVS 4c
42Black SheepIII
43Technicoloured Dream Crack (Upper Finish)V 6 *
44Technicoloured Dream CrackHS 4c *
45Potiphar's WifeVS 5a *
46TaskerV 6
47TaskerVS 4c **
48TerracottaVS 4c
49Pot DoodlesVS 4c
50Pot DoodlesIV 6
51BethelE2 5b *
52The Haston LineIII 4
53Just a Spot o' SightseeingS *
54The SlantI *
55Frozen AssetsIV 6
56Hidden ChimneyII/III *
57Hidden ChimneyD
58Hidden Chimney DirectIV 5 **
59Jacob's EdgeI/II
60Jacob's LadderI
61The Slant (Direct Start)V 5 **
62Forty ThievesI
 ALADDIN'S BUTTRESS 
64Aladdin's CouloirI
65Snowy OwlE4 6a *
66Babes in the WoodE2 5b **
67Babes in the woodVIII 8 **
68Ali BabaHVS 4c
69NightlineVI 7
70Original Summer RouteVD
71Original Summer RouteIV 5 **
72Original Summer Route - Variation StartV 6 **
73Original Route direct startV 6 *
74The Lamp DirectS 4a
75The LampV 6
76The Third WishV 7
77The Prodigal PrincipalV 5
78The ParamedicVII 7
79Doctor's ChoiceIV 4
80Doctor JanisVS
81Doctor JanisV 7 *
82EdgewoodE1 5b
83WedgewoodVII 7
84The Celtic EdgeVII 7
85The Magic CrackHVS 5a ***
86The Magic CrackVII 7 ***
87White MagicVII 7 ***
88The GenieVS 4b *
89The GenieV 7 *
90WitchcraftE2 5b
91DamnationHVS 5b *
92DamnationVI 6 **
93SalvationVS 4c *
94SalvationV 7 *
95Patey's RouteIV 5 *
96Terms of EndearmentIII *
97The Flying DoctorsVI 7
98Brief EncounterV 4
99Kuryakin's CornerVI 7
100Honour Among ThievesV 4
101Aladdin's MirrorI
102Aladdin's Mirror DirectIV 4 *
103Unnamed GrooveIII
104Another Unnamed GrooveIII
105Paddy WhackIII
106Pygmy RidgeM *
107Pygmy RidgeIV 5 **
108Tom ThumbIV 5 *
109Saturation PointIV 5
110EarwigIV 6
111Central Left HandI/II
 FLUTED BUTTRESS 
113Central GullyI *
114UnnamedI/II
115The RunnelII **
116The Grooved RibIII 4 *
117Crotched GullyII
118VortexIV 5
119Spiral GullyII **
120Spiral Gully DirectIII **
121Spiral Gully First Groove FinishV 7
122Rosslyn ChapelV 7
123Spiral Gully Second Groove FinishIV 6
124Facet HuntersIV 6
125WavelengthIII 4 *
126WavelengthVD
127Fluted Buttress DirectIV 4 **
128Fluted ButtressS **
129PiccoloV 6
130Sax AppealV 4
131CruisingV 5 *
132Broken GullyIII *
133Broken Gully DirectIII 4
134Brute Force and IgnoranceVI 7 *
135Broken FingersIII 4
136Fingers Ridge DirectVS 4c *
137Fingers Ridge DirectVII 7 *
138Fingers RidgeD
139Fingers RidgeIV 4 ***
140Red GullyII **
141Western RibII/III
142Goat Track GullyII *
143False Goat / 0.5 GullyI
144Unnamed 1II
 FIACAILL BUTTRESS 
146Halibut HabitV 6
147White DwarfVS 5a
148White DwarfV 6 *
149Men In RedIII 6
150Straight to JailV 5 **
151EscapologistIV 6
152Men in BlackVI 8
153The Great EscapeE1 5c
154The Great EscapeVII 9
155HoudiniVI 7 ***
156The Stirling BomberV 7 ***
157Fiacaill Buttress DirectHVS 5a *
158Jail House RockE2 5b
159The North-East CruiserE2 5c
160JailbreakVII 7 *
161King of the SwingersVI 6
162Smokestack Lightnin'VI 7
163Fiacaill ButtressIV 5 *
164Fiacaill Buttress (summer)D
165Whose line is it anyway?II/III
166Fiacaill CouloirII/III *
167Trampled UnderfootIV 4
168Trampled Underfoot (True Finish)IV 6
169Cap in HandIV 4
170Cap in Hand, Freedom FinishIV 5
171RampantIV 5
172Physical GraffitiIII 6 *
173Swan SongV 6 *
174Burning And LootingV 7 *
175BelhavenVI 6 ***
176OmertaVIII 9 **
177InvernookieIII 4 **
178Short CircuitIV 5
179SlaterlessIV 6
180Seam-stressIV 6 **
181The SeamIV 4 *
182Watch outVI 8 **
183The HealingIII 4/5
184The HurtingE4 6a *
185The HurtingXI 11 ***
186Northern WhitesV 7
187Polar CrossingIV 5
188Fiacaill RidgeI/II ***
189Fiacaill Ridge1 *
190Twin Ribs2
191Alladin's Buttress DirectIV 6
192Just a Spot o' Sightseeing (Winter) *IV 6 *
193Pointless walk in to the boulder at the bottom of the crag *summit
* Climbs listed in red are waiting to be checked by a crag moderator, and may not be accurate.
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USER FEEDBACKLogin as Existing User to add your comments
"why don't they just spell it like it sounds?" - They do. Do you say that about all other languages as well? :)
cuthill76 - 04/Jul/14
why don't they just spell it like it sounds?
auld al - 23/Apr/12
Theres a soundbite in this link, which is great for pronunciations http://www.walkhighlands.co.uk/cairngorms/coire-an-t-sneachda.shtml
Joss - 02/Feb/10
Using rules from standard Gaelic spelling, here is a list of elements of Coire an t-Sneachda that are different from general English usage. - Terminal 'e' would be similar to German usage but some would drop it because of the approaching lead vowel. - The 't' placed here silences the 's'. - The 'n' in this position is sounded like an 'r'. - The 'e' often as in English 'get' but some would make it more like in the English - The 'a' after the 'e' is unpronounced as it is only there for spelling agreement with the terminal letter and hardening the following consonant group. - 'chd' is like a hard Scottish 'ch' followed by a hard English 'k'. - Terminal 'a' is similar to German usage. http://www.speygaelic.org/place-names.asp
Jim Fraser - 27/Nov/09
I picked up a tourist leaflet about Cairngorm pronunciations that suggested something like "Corn Dreckie"... I'll leave you to work that one out!
Jonny M - 18/Mar/08
Can anyone offer authoritative pronunciation? I was told "Corrie an Tre-ach" years ago.
JohnHutch - 29/Nov/07