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Bidean nam Bian

Highland, SCOTLAND

Climbs 53 – Rocktype Rhyolite – Altitude 1150m a.s.l – Faces N

Crag features
Glen Coe's most remote crag, with a fantastic mountaineering atmosphere. Relatively few climbers will be encountered here compared with busier cliffs in the Glen. Both summer and winter routes of quality exist here, with some good mid-grade winter routes often being in condition when lower cliffs are not so good.

The main features are as following:

Diamond Buttress and Church Door Buttress, split by Central Gully (an easy winter route), which is in turn split at the bottom by the rock tower of Collie's Pinnacle

Bishop's Buttress, capped by the West Summit of Bidean nam Bian.

Access notes
From the road near where the Clachaig road cuts off head into Coire nam Beith and walk to the head of the corrie in about 2 hrs 40 minutes.

Weather forecast

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0.2mm rain
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17 °C
6 kph

0.8mm rain
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16 °C
14 kph

0.0mm rain
13 °C
18 kph

0.0mm rain
Mainly cloudy
13 °C
9 kph

0.6mm rain
Mainly cloudy
13 °C
8 kph
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Scottish Rock - South (2008), Glen Coe (2001), Rock Climbing in Scotland (1990),
Out of print: Glen Coe (1992)

Climbs at this crag

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 Climb nameGradex
1North-East FaceII *3
2Bidean nam Bian summitsummit 260
3North-East Face (Central Route)I *1
5North RouteII 2
6North Route (summer)D 3
7North Route (Icefall variation)III 1
8North Route DirectIII **11
9Diamond RouteV 6 *1
10Direct Route (summer)S  
11Winter RouteVI 6 * 
12Direct Route (winter)V 6 **4
13Diamond EdgeIV 5 *1
15The Short Side1  
16North ChimneyD  
17West FaceVD  
18Central Gully (Left-Hand Start)II **2
19Central Gully (Right-Hand Start)I **33
21RedemptionVI 6 * 
22Un Poco LocoVII 7 ***8
23Crypt RouteVD ***54
24Right Route Direct, III,III  
25Crypt Route (winter)V 6 ***37
26Flake RouteVD **3
27Flake Route (winter)IV 6 **5
28West Face RouteS  
29Dark MassVI 6 * 
 Climb nameGradex
30West ChimneyV 6 **44
31Lost ArrowE3 6a *** 
32KingpinE3 6a ***11
33The Lost ArkE4 6a ***2
34The Holy GrailE5 6b ** 
35Temple of DoomE3 6a ***2
36The Last CrusadeE3 5c * 
37The GangwayII 3
38Great GullyI 6
40Anniversary AreteE1 5b **1
41The CrookHVS 5a * 
42The GalleryIV 5 *1
43The FangV 6 * 
44CloserIV 5 ** 
45St Peter's WellVI 7 ** 
46Return of the NediIV 5 *1
47Parthian ShotV 7 * 
48The GashIV 4 19
49The HashIII 3 3
51Hourglass GullyI *17
52DubietyIV 5  
53Minute ManIV 5 *1
54Flake Route Right HandV 7 1
55North East Face (Gateway Gully)II *1
56Gully to the left of Gateway GullyII *1
57OdysseyII/III *1
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