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Shelterstone Crag


Climbs 74 – Rocktype Granite – Altitude 600m a.s.l – Faces NE

Crag features
Features some of the very best routes on Cairngorm Granite:

10-pitch routes on the highest part of the crag and also 1 to 3 pitch routes on the Central Slabs. Famous routes include Run of the Arrow (E5), The Pin (E2), Steeple (E2), Needle (E1/HVS). Recent years have seen the addition of some desperate and bold routes on the Central Slabs e.g. Realm Of The Senses and l'Elisir d'Amore (both E7)

Also has some amazing, hard winter lines:

Sticil Face (V) and Citadel (VIII).

There have been recent ascents of some of the established Summer lines e.g. The Needle, in mixed conditions.

Faces NE, so holds snow and ice well.

Dries fairly quickly.

There's also loads of bouldering potential between the loch and the crag but beware the gnarly landings and finger-shredding granite!

Access notes
Best approach is from Coire Cas - either by the Fiacaill a Choirrie Cas or via the goat track in Coire an t'Sneachda

The shelter stone and surrounding boulders provide some howfs and bivi sites. Protect your food from scavenging mice.

Weather forecast

 Today  Wed  Thu  Fri  Sat 

1.8mm rain
Sunny periods
12 °C
14 kph

0.2mm rain
Sunny periods
12 °C
21 kph

1.0mm rain
Sunny periods
15 °C
23 kph

2.1mm rain
Sunny periods
12 °C
34 kph

0.0mm rain
12 °C
27 kph
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More: mwis: Cairngorms & MonadhliathMet Office: East Highlands

Winter Climbs in the Cairngorm (2011), Scottish Rock - South (2008), Scottish Winter Climbs (2008), The Cairngorms (2007), Rock Climbing in Scotland (1990),
Out of print: Cairngorms Vol. 1 (1998), Scottish Winter Climbs (1996)

Climbs at this crag

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 Climb nameGradex
1Castle WallIV 5 *12
2Breach GullyIV 5  
3Raeburn's ButtressIV 5 *3
4PointlaceE3 5c  
5Consolation Groove (Summer)HVS 5a *1
6Consolation Groove (Winter)VII 7  
7Rib TicklerE2 5c *2
8ThreadbareVII 8  
9Threadbare True FinishIV 4  
10FreyaE3 5c 5
11Sticil FaceV 6 ***45
12Sticil Face Variation StartVI 5 2
13Sticil Face Direct FinishV 6 5
14The FlakeV 7  
15The HarpE3 5c **4
16ImmortalsE4 6a * 
17SnipersE2 5b *1
18AphroditeE7 6b *** 
19ThorE5 6b ***5
20The Missing LinkE4 5c ***5
21The Missing Link VariationE3 5c 1
22The Run of the ArrowE6 6b ***3
23Hard LinesE5 6a * 
24Cupid's BowE5 6b ***5
25Cupid's Bow VariationE3 5c  
26Realm of the SensesE7 6c *** 
27L'Elsir d'AmoreE7 6b ** 
28AtheneE7 6c *** 
29Icon of LustE8 6c *** 
30The PinE2 5b ***24
31The Pin Variation StartE3 5c  
32The Pin Pitch 2 VariationE2 5b  
33The Pin Lower Slab Start VariationVS 4c  
34BlockbusterE2 5b 1
35The Citadel (Summer)VS *11
36The Citadel The Moonlight Finish Variation (Summer)VS  
37The Citadel (Winter)VII 8 ***8
 Climb nameGradex
38The Citadel Winter VariationVI 8 **2
39HaystackE3 5c ***29
40The SpireE4 6a **8
41Steeple (Summer)E2 5c ***100
42Steeple (Winter)IX 9 *** 
43Postern (Summer)HS 4c 4
44Postern Direct Finish Variation (Summer)HS  
45Postern (Winter)VII 7 *5
46Postern Variation (Winter)VI 6 **12
47Postern Direct (Summer)VS 4c  
48Postern Direct (Winter)VII 7  
49The Needle (Summer)E1 5b ***195
50The Needle Pitch 4 Variation (Summer)E4 6a  
51The Needle (Winter)VIII 8 ***1
52The Needle Bad Karma Variation (Winter)VIII 8  
53Stone BastionE5 6a ** 
54The CamelE5 6a  
55Clach Dhian Chimney (Summer)VD 4
56Clach Dhian Chimney Direct Finish Variation (Summer)HS  
57Clach Dhian Chimney (Winter)V 5 *1
58Clach Dhian Chimney Direct Variation (Winter)V 5  
59Western UnionIV 6 5
60Western GroovesIV 5 *9
61West Ridge RouteD 1
62The ImposterVI 7 ** 
63Unknown GullyIII 2
64Shelter From The StormV 7 * 
65Games of ChanceVI 7 * 
66LecternV 6 1
67Pinnacle GullyI *23
68Forefinger Pinnacle Normal RouteM ***1
69Forefinger Pinnacle Close To Corner VariationD  
70Forefinger Pinnacle Face Opposite Shelter Stone Crag VariationD  
71Forefinger Pinnacle West Face VariationHS  
72Forefinger Pinnacle Lowest Point In Gully VariationVD  
73Forefinger Pinnacle Direct From Lowest Point VariationVS 4c  
74Stone Temple PilotsX 9 ***1
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