Altitude 600m a.s.l
The needle crack © andymoin
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!
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.
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