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
1Pointless walk in to the boulder at the bottom of the cragsummit 20
 MESS OF POTTAGE  
3ToplessIII 5 1
4Opening BreakIV 5 90
5Crack PotS 4a *6
6Crack PotV 6 3
7HoneypotIV 6 **152
8BeelineE1 5b * 
9WachachaHS 4b *6
10WachachaVI 7 **8
11Crystal GaleV 6  
12Trunk LineVS 5a *8
13No Blue SkiesVS 4c *26
14No Blue SkiesVI 7 **36
15The TruncatorVI 7  
16The Melting PotV 6 *22
17The TruncatorVS 4c *1
18Mixed MessageV 7 1
19The MessageVD *27
20The MessageIV 6 ***292
21The HybridIV 5 *45
22Pot of GoldS 4a **46
23Pot of GoldV 6 **115
24MariellaVS 4b *4
25MariellaVI 7 *7
26DroidlessVI 6 *19
27DroidlessHS 4b *1
28The FirefighterVS 4c *1
29The FirefighterIV 6  
30The MessengerHS 4c 1
31The MessengerV 6 *44
32The Three DecreesV 5 5
33The Three DecreesS 4a  
34Sharks Fin SoupV 6 7
35FintasticVS 4c  
36Fishy BusinessS 4a  
37The DespotV 7  
38The DespotVS 4c  
39Yosemite JillHVS 5a *1
40Yukon JackS 4
41Yukon JackIV 5 67
42Black SheepVS 4c  
43Black SheepIII  
44Technicoloured Dream Crack (Upper Finish)V 6 *8
45Technicoloured Dream CrackHS 4c *1
46Potiphar's WifeVS 5a * 
47TaskerV 6 1
48TaskerVS 4c **3
49TerracottaVS 4c 1
50Pot DoodlesVS 4c 2
51Pot DoodlesIV 6 8
52BethelE2 5b *1
53The Haston LineIII 4 304
54Just a Spot o' SightseeingS *5
55The SlantI *172
56Frozen AssetsIV 6 6
57Hidden ChimneyII/III *621
58Hidden ChimneyD 5
59Hidden Chimney DirectIV 5 **311
60Jacob's EdgeI/II 166
61Jacob's LadderI 669
62The Slant (Direct Start)V 5 **5
63Forty ThievesI 39
 ALADDIN'S BUTTRESS  
65Aladdin's CouloirI 798
66Snowy OwlE4 6a * 
67Babes in the WoodE2 5b **1
68Babes in the woodVIII 8 **1
69Ali BabaHVS 4c 1
70NightlineVI 7 2
71Original Summer RouteVD 6
72Original Summer RouteIV 5 **160
73Original Summer Route - Variation StartV 6 **11
74Original Route direct startV 6 *10
75The Lamp DirectS 4a 1
76The LampV 6 69
77The Third WishV 7 4
78The Prodigal PrincipalV 5 14
79The ParamedicVII 7 5
80Doctor's ChoiceIV 4 145
81Doctor JanisVS 12
82Doctor JanisV 7 *11
83EdgewoodE1 5b 5
84WedgewoodVII 7 2
85The Celtic EdgeVII 7 1
86The Magic CrackHVS 5a ***201
87The Magic CrackVII 7 ***17
88White MagicVII 7 ***27
89The GenieVS 4b *27
90The GenieV 7 *75
91WitchcraftE2 5b  
92DamnationHVS 5b *17
93DamnationVI 6 **28
94SalvationVS 4c *21
95SalvationV 7 *8
96Patey's RouteIV 5 *345
97Terms of EndearmentIII *40
98The Flying DoctorsVI 7  
99Brief EncounterV 4 2
100Kuryakin's CornerVI 7 3
101Honour Among ThievesV 4 1
102Aladdin's MirrorI 393
103Aladdin's Mirror DirectIV 4 *540
104Unnamed GrooveIII 2
105Another Unnamed GrooveIII  
106Paddy WhackIII  
107Pygmy RidgeM *187
108Pygmy RidgeIV 5 **222
109Tom ThumbIV 5 *1
110Saturation PointIV 5 5
111EarwigIV 6  
112Central Left HandI/II 173
 FLUTED BUTTRESS  
114Central GullyI *423
115UnnamedI/II 11
116The RunnelII **939
117The Grooved RibIII 4 *60
118Crotched GullyII 361
119VortexIV 5 16
120Spiral GullyII **466
121Spiral Gully DirectIII **37
122Spiral Gully First Groove FinishV 7 1
123Rosslyn ChapelV 7  
124Spiral Gully Second Groove FinishIV 6 2
125Facet HuntersIV 6  
126WavelengthIII 4 *98
127WavelengthVD  
128Fluted Buttress DirectIV 4 **191
129Fluted ButtressS **2
130PiccoloV 6 2
131Sax AppealV 4 6
132CruisingV 5 *9
133Broken GullyIII *135
134Broken Gully DirectIII 4 16
135Brute Force and IgnoranceVI 7 *1
136Broken FingersIII 4 44
137Fingers Ridge DirectVS 4c *63
138Fingers Ridge DirectVII 7 *3
139Fingers RidgeD 244
140Fingers RidgeIV 4 ***418
141Red GullyII **612
142Western RibII/III 62
143Goat Track GullyII *611
144False Goat / 0.5 GullyI 138
145Unnamed 1II 12
 FIACAILL BUTTRESS  
147Halibut HabitV 6  
148White DwarfVS 5a 1
149White DwarfV 6 * 
150Men In RedIII 6 1
151Straight to JailV 5 **4
152EscapologistIV 6 3
153Men in BlackVI 8 1
154The Great EscapeE1 5c  
155The Great EscapeVII 9  
156HoudiniVI 7 ***23
157The Stirling BomberV 7 ***82
158Fiacaill Buttress DirectHVS 5a *1
159Jail House RockE2 5b  
160The North-East CruiserE2 5c  
161JailbreakVII 7 *1
162King of the SwingersVI 6  
163Smokestack Lightnin'VI 7 5
164Fiacaill ButtressIV 5 *15
165Fiacaill Buttress (summer)D 5
166Whose line is it anyway?II/III 8
167Fiacaill CouloirII/III *443
168Trampled UnderfootIV 4 3
169Trampled Underfoot (True Finish)IV 6 1
170Cap in HandIV 4 3
171Cap in Hand, Freedom FinishIV 5  
172RampantIV 5 23
173Physical GraffitiIII 6 *6
174Swan SongV 6 *1
175Burning And LootingV 7 *19
176BelhavenVI 6 ***71
177OmertaVIII 9 **1
178InvernookieIII 4 **552
179Short CircuitIV 5 38
180SlaterlessIV 6 4
181Seam-stressIV 6 **20
182The SeamIV 5 **369
183Watch outVI 8 **6
184The HealingIII 4/5 4
185The HurtingE4 6a * 
186The HurtingXI 11 ***6
187Northern WhitesV 7  
188Polar CrossingIV 5 1
189Fiacaill RidgeI/II ***1137
190Fiacaill Ridge1 *175
191Twin Ribs2 67
192Alladin's Buttress DirectIV 6 4
193Just a Spot o' Sightseeing (Winter) *IV 6 *1
194The Original Route *IV 5 **1
195Spotlight *E1 5a  
196Paddy Whack Parallel Groove *IV 5  
197Jail House Break (top pitch) *VI 8 *2
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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