Coire an t'Sneachda

Climbs 193 – 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 Rock - South (2008), Scottish Winter Climbs (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 1
3Opening BreakIV 5 85
4Crack PotS 4a *6
5Crack PotV 6 3
6HoneypotIV 6 **150
7BeelineE1 5b * 
8WachachaHS 4b *6
9WachachaVI 7 **8
10Crystal GaleV 6  
11Trunk LineVS 5a *8
12No Blue SkiesVS 4c *26
13No Blue SkiesVI 7 **35
14The TruncatorVI 7  
15The Melting PotV 6 *22
16The TruncatorVS 4c *1
17Mixed MessageV 7 1
18The MessageVD *27
19The MessageIV 6 ***281
20The HybridIV 5 *45
21Pot of GoldS 4a **46
22Pot of GoldV 6 **115
23MariellaVS 4b *4
24MariellaVI 7 *7
25DroidlessVI 6 *19
26DroidlessHS 4b *1
27The FirefighterVS 4c * 
28The FirefighterIV 6  
29The MessengerHS 4c 1
30The MessengerV 6 *41
31The Three DecreesV 5 5
32The Three DecreesS 4a  
33Sharks Fin SoupV 6 7
34FintasticVS 4c  
35Fishy BusinessS 4a  
36The DespotV 7  
37The DespotVS 4c  
38Yosemite JillHVS 5a *1
39Yukon JackS 4
40Yukon JackIV 5 64
41Black SheepVS 4c  
42Black SheepIII  
43Technicoloured Dream Crack (Upper Finish)V 6 *8
44Technicoloured Dream CrackHS 4c *1
45Potiphar's WifeVS 5a * 
46TaskerV 6 1
47TaskerVS 4c **3
48TerracottaVS 4c 1
49Pot DoodlesVS 4c 2
50Pot DoodlesIV 6 8
51BethelE2 5b *1
52The Haston LineIII 4 295
53Just a Spot o' SightseeingS *5
54The SlantI *164
55Frozen AssetsIV 6 6
56Hidden ChimneyII/III *607
57Hidden ChimneyD 5
58Hidden Chimney DirectIV 5 **304
59Jacob's EdgeI/II 156
60Jacob's LadderI 649
61The Slant (Direct Start)V 5 **4
62Forty ThievesI 39
 ALADDIN'S BUTTRESS  
64Aladdin's CouloirI 777
65Snowy OwlE4 6a * 
66Babes in the WoodE2 5b **1
67Babes in the woodVIII 8 **1
68Ali BabaHVS 4c 1
69NightlineVI 7 2
70Original Summer RouteVD 6
71Original Summer RouteIV 5 **158
72Original Summer Route - Variation StartV 6 **11
73Original Route direct startV 6 *9
74The Lamp DirectS 4a 1
75The LampV 6 68
76The Third WishV 7 4
77The Prodigal PrincipalV 5 14
78The ParamedicVII 7 5
79Doctor's ChoiceIV 4 145
80Doctor JanisVS 12
81Doctor JanisV 7 *11
82EdgewoodE1 5b 5
83WedgewoodVII 7 2
84The Celtic EdgeVII 7 1
85The Magic CrackHVS 5a ***198
86The Magic CrackVII 7 ***17
87White MagicVII 7 ***27
88The GenieVS 4b *27
89The GenieV 7 *74
90WitchcraftE2 5b  
91DamnationHVS 5b *17
92DamnationVI 6 **27
93SalvationVS 4c *21
94SalvationV 7 *8
95Patey's RouteIV 5 *340
96Terms of EndearmentIII *40
97The Flying DoctorsVI 7  
98Brief EncounterV 4 2
99Kuryakin's CornerVI 7 3
100Honour Among ThievesV 4 1
101Aladdin's MirrorI 381
102Aladdin's Mirror DirectIV 4 *520
103Unnamed GrooveIII 2
104Another Unnamed GrooveIII  
105Paddy WhackIII  
106Pygmy RidgeM *186
107Pygmy RidgeIV 5 **218
108Tom ThumbIV 5 *1
109Saturation PointIV 5 5
110EarwigIV 6  
111Central Left HandI/II 167
 FLUTED BUTTRESS  
113Central GullyI *409
114UnnamedI/II 9
115The RunnelII **907
116The Grooved RibIII 4 *58
117Crotched GullyII 357
118VortexIV 5 15
119Spiral GullyII **451
120Spiral Gully DirectIII **33
121Spiral Gully First Groove FinishV 7 1
122Rosslyn ChapelV 7  
123Spiral Gully Second Groove FinishIV 6 2
124Facet HuntersIV 6  
125WavelengthIII 4 *97
126WavelengthVD  
127Fluted Buttress DirectIV 4 **189
128Fluted ButtressS **2
129PiccoloV 6 2
130Sax AppealV 4 6
131CruisingV 5 *9
132Broken GullyIII *131
133Broken Gully DirectIII 4 16
134Brute Force and IgnoranceVI 7 *1
135Broken FingersIII 4 44
136Fingers Ridge DirectVS 4c *63
137Fingers Ridge DirectVII 7 *3
138Fingers RidgeD 243
139Fingers RidgeIV 4 ***408
140Red GullyII **596
141Western RibII/III 62
142Goat Track GullyII *602
143False Goat / 0.5 GullyI 135
144Unnamed 1II 11
 FIACAILL BUTTRESS  
146Halibut HabitV 6  
147White DwarfVS 5a 1
148White DwarfV 6 * 
149Men In RedIII 6 1
150Straight to JailV 5 **4
151EscapologistIV 6 3
152Men in BlackVI 8 1
153The Great EscapeE1 5c  
154The Great EscapeVII 9  
155HoudiniVI 7 ***23
156The Stirling BomberV 7 ***82
157Fiacaill Buttress DirectHVS 5a *1
158Jail House RockE2 5b  
159The North-East CruiserE2 5c  
160JailbreakVII 7 *1
161King of the SwingersVI 6  
162Smokestack Lightnin'VI 7 5
163Fiacaill ButtressIV 5 *15
164Fiacaill Buttress (summer)D 5
165Whose line is it anyway?II/III 8
166Fiacaill CouloirII/III *437
167Trampled UnderfootIV 4 3
168Trampled Underfoot (True Finish)IV 6 1
169Cap in HandIV 4 3
170Cap in Hand, Freedom FinishIV 5  
171RampantIV 5 23
172Physical GraffitiIII 6 *6
173Swan SongV 6 *1
174Burning And LootingV 7 *19
175BelhavenVI 6 ***71
176OmertaVIII 9 **1
177InvernookieIII 4 **550
178Short CircuitIV 5 38
179SlaterlessIV 6 4
180Seam-stressIV 6 **20
181The SeamIV 5 **365
182Watch outVI 8 **6
183The HealingIII 4/5 4
184The HurtingE4 6a * 
185The HurtingXI 11 ***5
186Northern WhitesV 7  
187Polar CrossingIV 5 1
188Fiacaill RidgeI/II ***1103
189Fiacaill Ridge1 *170
190Twin Ribs2 64
191Alladin's Buttress DirectIV 6 4
192Just a Spot o' Sightseeing (Winter) *IV 6 *1
193Pointless walk in to the boulder at the bottom of the crag *summit 10
194The Original Route *IV 5 **1
195Spotlight *E1 5a  
196Paddy Whack Parallel Groove *IV 5  
197Jail House Break (top pitch) *VI 8 *1
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Left a 240 sling, 120 sling, and 3 maybe 4 screwgates (all DMM, 1 aero HMS, some Sentinels HMS) at the top of Invernookie. The gear has black and white tape on it. Please contact me if you stumble across it
glennjamin20 - 06/Jan/15
"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