Climbs 50
Rocktype Granite
Altitude 850m a.s.l
Faces SE

Solo climber at the top of Escalator © BD

Crag features

Superb winter and summer crag over looking the spectacular Loch A'an basin.

Southeasterly aspect means lots ice can build up rapidly, but also means it melts as quickly.

Avalanche City after fresh snow/thaw.

Tends to be wet and have a large snow patch at the base in summer. Rock routes graded for the wet.

Must Dos :

Hell's Lum (III)

Clean Sweep (VS)

Salamander (HVS)

Brimstone Grooves (IV,4)

Routes are described from right to left, as in the current Cairngorms guide.

Approach notes

Free access all year

Cairngorm Blizzards should not be underestimated.

This is a serious place to get lost in

- many people do - don't forget a map & compass when crossing the Plateau

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Climbs at this crag

Climb name Grade
 escalator slabs
2Big De'il
VS 4c *
3The Escalator
M *
4The Escalator (Winter)
 right hand slabs
6Auld Nick
S *
7Auld Nick (Winter)
9Kiwi Slabs
10Kiwi Gully
 frontal face
12The Devil's Alternative
E1 5a ***
13The Wee Devil
IV 4
14Devil's Delight
HS *
15Devil's Delight
V 5 ***
16The Omen
HVS 5a *
17Clean Sweep
VS 4c ***
18Hell Fire Corner
VS 4b *
19Hell Fire Corner (winter)VI 7 *
HVS 5a ***
21Salamander (Winter)
V 4 *
22Brimstone Groove
IV 3
23Nobody's Fault
IV 5
24Lion of JudahVS *
25Deep Cut Chimney (Summer)
VD *
26Deep Cut Chimney (Winter)
IV 5 ***
27Devil's AdvocateE4 6a *
 grey buttress
29Hell's Lump
VS 4c **
30Evil Spirits
E2 5c **
31The Exorcist
HVS 5b **
 Hell's lum sector
33To Hell and BackE10 6c ***
34Chariots of FireE4 **
35Hell's Lum (summer)
36Hell's LumIII ***
37The Chancer
V 6 *
38The Gullet
 glasnost slab
E1 5b
41PerestroikaE2 5c *
 firestone (lower) slab
43PlutoE1 5a *
44MarsE1 5b *
45CerberusE3 5c
46FirestoneE7 6b **
47Towering Inferno
48Purgatory WallS 4a
49Purgatory Wall Variation StartHS 5a
50Two Little DevilsE1 5c *
51Good IntentionsVS *
52Sneer (Summer)VD *
53The VacuumS *
54Prince of DarknessE1 5b **
55Good Intention *VS 5b
56Brimstone Groove (summer) *S *
57Highway to Hell *E2 5b
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