Climbs 51
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 *5
3The Escalator
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M *6
4The Escalator (Winter)
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II/III *56
 right hand slabs 
6Auld Nick
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S *90
7Auld Nick (Winter)
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III 13
8Sneer
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II/III 16
9Kiwi Slabs
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IV 8
10Kiwi Gully
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III 4 18
 frontal face 
12The Devil's Alternative
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E1 5a ***14
13The Wee Devil
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IV 4 9
14Devil's Delight
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HS *2
15Devil's Delight
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V 5 ***18
16The Omen
-
HVS 5a *3
17Clean Sweep
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VS 4c ***296
18Hell Fire Corner
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VS 4b *6
19Hell Fire Corner (winter)VI 7 *4
20Salamander
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HVS 5a ***36
21Salamander (Winter)
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V 4 *12
22Brimstone Groove
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IV 3 22
23Nobody's Fault
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IV 5 6
24Lion of JudahVS *3
25Deep Cut Chimney (Summer)
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VD *10
26Deep Cut Chimney (Winter)
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IV 5 ***161
27Devil's AdvocateE4 6a *3
 grey buttress 
29Hell's Lump
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VS 4c **38
30Evil Spirits
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E2 5c **4
31The Exorcist
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HVS 5b **5
 Hell's lum sector 
33To Hell and BackE10 6c *** 
34Chariots of FireE4 **6
35Hell's Lum (summer)
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VD 1
36Hell's LumIII ***137
37The Chancer
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V 6 *16
38The Gullet
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III 6
 glasnost slab 
40Independence
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E1 5b 1
41PerestroikaE2 5c *2
 firestone (lower) slab 
43PlutoE1 5a *4
44MarsE1 5b *3
45CerberusE3 5c 2
46FirestoneE7 6b **3
47Towering Inferno
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HS 5
48Purgatory WallS 4a 1
49Purgatory Wall Variation StartHS 5a 1
50Two Little DevilsE1 5c *1
51Good IntentionsVS *7
52Sneer (Summer)VD *4
53The VacuumS *1
54Prince of DarknessE1 5b **6
55Good Intention *VS 5b 2
56Brimstone Groove (summer) *S *1
57Highway to Hell *E2 5b 1
58The Bats, The Bats *
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HVS 5a **1
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