Climbs 98
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
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VS 4c *6
3The Escalator
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M *6
4The Escalator (Winter)
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II/III *56
5Highway to Hell *E2 5b 1
 Right Hand Slabs 
7Auld Nick
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S *93
8Auld Nick (Winter)
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III 13
9Sneer
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II/III 16
10Kiwi Slabs
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IV 8
11Kiwi Gully
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III 4 20
 Frontal Face 
13The Devil's Alternative
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E1 5a ***23
14The Wee Devil
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IV 4 9
15Devil's Delight
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HS *2
16Devil's Delight
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V 5 ***18
17The Omen
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HVS 5a *3
18Clean Sweep
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VS 4c ***315
19The Clean Sweep (Winter) *
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VI 7  
20Hell Fire Corner
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VS 4b *6
21Hell Fire Corner (winter)VI 7 *4
22Salamander
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HVS 5a ***36
23Salamander (Winter)
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V 4 *12
24Brimstone Groove (summer) *S *1
25Brimstone Groove
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IV 3 22
26Nobody's Fault
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IV 5 6
27Lion of JudahVS *3
28Deep Cut Chimney (Summer)
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VD *16
29Deep Cut Chimney
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IV 5 ***231
30Devil's AdvocateE4 6a *3
 Grey Buttress 
32Hell's Lump
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VS 4c **42
33Evil Spirits
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E2 5c **6
34The Exorcist
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HVS 5b **6
35Good IntentionsVS *10
36Good Intentions (Winter) *
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VII 7  
 Hell's Lum Sector 
38To Hell and BackE10 6c *** 
39Chariots of FireE4 **11
40Hell's Lum (summer)
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VD 1
41Hell's LumIII ***205
42The Chancer
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V 6 *16
43The Gullet
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III 6
 Glasnost slab 
45Independence
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E1 5b 1
46PerestroikaE2 5c *2
 Firestone (lower) Slab 
48PlutoE1 5a *4
49MarsE1 5b *3
50CerberusE3 5c 2
51FirestoneE7 6b **3
52Towering Inferno
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HS 5
53Purgatory WallS 4a 1
54Purgatory Wall Variation StartHS 5a 1
55Two Little DevilsE1 5c *1
56Sneer (Summer)VD *4
57The VacuumS *1
58Prince of DarknessE1 5b **6
59The Bats, The Bats *
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HVS 5a **2
60PukeVD *1
61Squirk *
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VD  
62Road to Nowhere *
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HVS 5a  
63Dust Devils *
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E4 6b  
64Paranormal *
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E1 ** 
65Idle Hands *
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VS  
66Devil Dancer *
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HVS * 
67What the Hell! *
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E3 6b  
68Beelzebub *
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E1 5c  
69The Underworld *
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VS 4c  
70The Underworld (winter) *
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V 5 *1
71Prince of Darkness Direct *
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E2 5b ** 
72The Omen (Direct Variation) *
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E3 6a  
73The Omen (Variation) *
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E1 5b  
74Second Sight *
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HVS 5a ** 
75Devilicious *
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E5 6a  
76Damien *
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E1 5b * 
77Cruella de Vil *
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E1 5b  
78Cruella de Vil (Variation) *
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E2 5b  
79Towering Inferno (Original) *
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VS 4c  
80Towering Inferno (Winter) *
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VI 5 * 
81The Serpent *
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E3 5c * 
82Hell's Lump (Winter) *
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V 6  
83Hell's Lump Direct (Winter) *
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VII 7  
84Hell's Lump Evil Spirits Variation (Winter) *
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VII 8  
85Unleashing Hell *
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E4 6a  
86Drop Out *
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E2 5b  
87The Pothole *
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VD  
88The Pothole (Winter) *
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III * 
89Boke *
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IV 4  
90The Bengal Lancer *
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HVS 5a  
91Styx *
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VS 4c * 
92Firewater *
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VS 4b * 
93Spin *
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HS  
94Arc of a Diver *
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E2 5c ** 
95Puke (Winter) *
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III  
96Sic *
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VD  
97Sic (Winter) *
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III  
98Raw Mince *
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VD  
99Glasnost *
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VS 5a * 
100Anarchy *
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VS 4c * 
101Hell's Gate *
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HVS 4c  
102Noddy *
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S  
103Firestarter *
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E3 6a  
104Goofey *
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VS 4c  
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