Bidean nam Bian

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.

Approach 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.

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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30West ChimneyV 6 **47
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 4
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 21
49The HashIII 3 3
51Hourglass GullyI *19
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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