Climbs 379
Rocktype Andesite
Altitude 1344m a.s.l
Faces NE

Centurion © Guy Robertson

Crag features

Fitting of the highest mountain in Britain, Ben Nevis contains some of the finest mountaineering in the land. Unique winter climbing sought out by mountaineers from all over the world. Fine rock climbs of alpine proportions. It's got it all, just maybe not perfectly predictable weather.

For winter climbing, often at it's best in February and March once the snow has undergone some freeze thaw and the buttresses are generaly nicely rimed. More recently the mixed climbs have gained classic status and come into condition very much earlier. The season is long and the easy gullies often remain complete well into late May.

Approach notes

For accessing the North face there is now a very good path direct to the CIC hut. This is total luxury compared to what went before and has consigned some of the previous horrendously boggy approaches to the annals of history.

If approaching by road, turn off the A82 at Torlundy and head for the signed "North Face Car Park". An excellent path rises through conniferous plantation up to the deer fence. Cross this by a mighty style and follow the good path, rising very gently uphill, keeping the Allt a'Mhuilinn river to your R. A final rise lands one at the CIC hut which is a popular spot to take in the fine view of the ampitheatre of cliffs. This all assumes that it isn't sheeting it down with rain...

Put some fresh 6mm ab tat at top of Douglas Boulder 18/11/2014 and a screwgate. Leave in place as the old stuff is pretty beaten up, could do with a lot of it being cut out and taken down!
Nath93 - 28/Nov/14
The abseil post at the top of Coire Leis has been replaced by a cairn. Construction of the cairn to replace the No. 4 gully post (already gone,) is underway. Once finished it should be a 6 foot high, columnar cairn with triangular capstone.
jonnie3430 - 24/Sep/12
Perhaps the best mountain routes in the UK ?
Ben Tye - 16/Jul/04
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Climbs at this crag

Climb name Grade
1Ben Nevis summit
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summit 1393
2Carn Dearg
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summit 67
3Carn Dearg SWsummit 15
4Meall an t-Suidhesummit 10
 COIRE LEIS 
 Little Brenva Face 
7Carn Mor Dearg Arete
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1 269
8Carn Mor Dearg AreteI **530
9Final Buttress
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III 4 14
10Bob Run
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II **41
11Moonwalk
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IV 3 **29
12Cresta
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III 3 **47
13Cresta Direct
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IV 4 *9
14Slalom
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III *6
15Super G
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VI 6 **2
16Wall of the WindsVI 5  
17Frost Bite
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IV 4 3
18Isandhlwana
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V 5 **1
19Route Major
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IV 4 ***6
20Right MajorIV 6 *1
21The Eastern Climb
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S *1
 North East Buttress 
23North East Buttress
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VD ***270
24North East ButtressIV 4 ***470
25The Lime Green Gaiter
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V 6 *1
26Newbigging's 80 Minute Route
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IV 4 1
27Newbigging's 80 Minute Route Right Hand Variation
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V 6  
28Orient Express
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E2 5c  
29Orient ExpressIX 8 **1
30Steam Train
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HVS 5a  
31Steam Train
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VI 7 *2
32Newbigging's 80 Minute Route Far Right Variation
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VD *4
33Newbigging's 80 Minute Route Far Right Variation
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IV 4 4
 OBSERVATORY GULLY 
 First Platform 
36Raeburns AreteS **138
37Raeburn's Arete
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V 6 **7
38Green Hollow Route
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IV 4 *1
39Bayonet Route
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HS **8
40Bayonet Route
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IV 4 1
41Ruddy Rocks
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VD 4
42Ruddy Rocks
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IV 4  
43Slingsby's Chimney
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II *81
 Minus Three Buttress 
45Slab and Rib Variation
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IV 5 *4
46Right-Hand Wall Route
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IV 5 *3
47Right-Hand Wall Route Direct Finish
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V 4 2
48Wagroochimsia
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IV 5 1
49Platform Rib
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IV 4 **11
50Minus Three Gully
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IV 5 ***48
 Minus Two Buttress 
52Left-hand Route
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VS 4b *12
53Left-Hand Route (Minus Two Buttress)
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VI 6 **4
54Central Route
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VI 7 1
55Central Route
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HVS 5a * 
56Right-Hand Route
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VS 4b ** 
57Right-Hand Route
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VI 6 *2
58Long Division
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E1 5b *2
59Minus Two Buttress
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V 5 *2
60Minus Two GullyV 6 ***156
 Minus One Buttress 
62Minus One DirectE1 5b ***159
63Minus One Direct
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VIII 8 ***1
64Minus One Buttress
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VII 6 ***4
65Minus One GullyVI 6 ***57
66Minus One Gully Direct Finish
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V 5 **1
 Orion Face 
68Dark StarVI 5 ***1
69Astronomy
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VI 5 ***1
70Astronomy Direct Finish
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VI 5 **2
71Astronomy
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VS *1
72Smith-Holt RouteV 5 **6
73The Long ClimbVS ***317
74The Long Climb FinishVII 6 ***7
75Orion Face Direct
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V 5 ***453
76Orion Direct - Tower VariationsVI 5 ***14
77ZybernaughtVI 6 **1
78Astral Highway
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VI 5 **43
79Space Walk
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VII 6 *6
80Orion DirectissimaVI 5 **18
81Slav Route
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VI 5 ***63
82Orion GroovesVI 5 *1
83Zero Gully
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V 4 ***309
 Observatory Ridge 
85Observatory Ridge (Summer)
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VD ***369
86Observatory Ridge
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V 4 ***137
 Observatory Ridge West Face 
88Abacus
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IV 4 **2
89Vade Mecum
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V 5 ***7
90Hadrian's Wall Direct
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V 5 ***355
91Sickle
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V 5 ***71
92Galactic Hitchhiker
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VI 5 ***6
93PointlessVII 6 ***1
94Interstellar Overdrive
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VI 6 ***1
95Point Five GullyV 5 ***905
 Observatory Buttress 
97Point BlankVII 6 1
98Left Edge Route
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V 5 ***7
99Appointment with Fear
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VII 6 * 
100Match PointVI 5 **2
101Rubicon WallS *1
102Rubicon Wall
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VI 5 ***15
103Observatory Buttress (Summer)
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VD *12
104Observatory Buttress
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V 4 ***82
105Observatory Buttress Direct FinishV 5 **9
106North-West FaceV 5 *1
 Indicator Wall 
108Good Friday Climb
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III ***353
109Good Friday Climb (Direct Finish)III 4 37
110Indicator Wall
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V 4 ***214
111Indicator Right-Hand
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V 5 ***79
112Riders on the Storm
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VI 5 ***10
113Ship of FoolsVIII 7 1
114Arctic TernVII 5 1
115AlbatrossVI 5 ***10
116The Rhyme of the Ancient Mariner DirectVII 7 ***2
117Call Me IshmaelVIII 9 ***1
118Psychedelic Wall
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VI 5 ***91
119Satanic Verses
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VI 5 ***11
120Shot in the Dark
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V 5 **4
121Caledonia
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V 5 **3
122Shot in the BackIV 4 *1
123Shot in the FootV 4 4
124Gardyloo GullyII/III *324
 Gardyloo Buttress 
126Left Edge Route (Gardyloo Buttress)
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VI 5 1
127Kellett's RouteVI 6 ***15
128Smith's Route
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V 5 ***389
129The Great GlenVI 5 *3
130Right EdgeIV 4 2
131Tower GullyI 225
132Upper Tower Cascade LH
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III 11
133Upper Tower Cascade RH
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III 6
 TOWER RIDGE AREA 
 Tower Ridge, East Flank 
136Tower ScoopIII **435
137Tower Cleft
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III *7
138ClefthangerVII 7 **1
139Faith HealerVIII 7 *1
140Echo Traverse (Direct Icefall Star / Wet Spring Start)V 6 *2
141Goodeve's Route
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III 3
142The Brass MonkeyVII 8 ***2
143The Great Chimney
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IV 5 **14
144Chimney GrooveIV 6 2
145Alaska HighwayIV 1
 Tower Ridge 
147Tower Ridge
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D ***1591
148Great Tower Variation: Ogilvy's RouteVD 1
149Great Tower Variation: Bell's RouteVD 2
150Tower RidgeIV 3 ***1415
 Douglas Boulder 
152Douglas Gap East Gully
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I 124
153East RidgeIV 5 9
154Direct RouteVD **163
155Direct Route
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IV 4 *12
156Direct Route II
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S *15
157Down to the WireV 6 1
158North-West Face Route
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V 5 7
159Militant ChimneyVI 6 3
160Turf WarV 6 ***2
161GutlessIV 5 21
162RutlessVII 8 **1
163Cutlass
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VI 7 *58
164Cutlass
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VS 4b *3
165JacknifeV 6 52
166South West RidgeM *4
167South-West RidgeIV 5 **209
168Douglas Gap West Gully
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I *120
 Secondary Tower Ridge 
170Fawlty TowersIII *109
171Breaking GoodII *1
1721934 Route
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II/III **51
173Vagabond's RibS 1
174Vanishing Gully
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V 5 ***298
175Fatboy Slim
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VI 6 *3
176Italian Climb
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III *32
177Italian Right-Hand
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IV 4 **131
178The Chute
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V 4 *2
 GARADH NA CISTE 
180Garadh GullyII *239
181Garadh ButtressII *3
182TheaIII *2
183Crying Out LoudIV 5 *2
184Aquatherapy *III 1
185Broad Gully
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II 12
 Pinnacle Buttress of the Tower 
187Stringfellow
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VI 6 ***16
188Smooth OperatorVI 7 1
189Pinnacle Buttress Direct
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V 5 **4
190Glovers Chimney
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III 4 ***360
 Goodeve's Buttress 
192The GutterIV 4 ***23
193The White Line
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III **124
 Raeburn's Wall 
195Raeburn's Easy Route
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II ***190
196The Blue Horizon
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IV 4 1
197The Cascade
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IV 5 **97
198Expert's ChoiceIII **26
199Raeburn's not so EasyIII 4 16
200La Panthere RoseVI 6 *3
 Coire na Ciste 
 Number Two Gully Buttress 
203Five Finger Discount
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IV 4 13
204Burrito's Groove
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IV 5 **7
205JP Is Back
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IV 4 *5
206BD was HereIII *3
207Number Two Gully Buttress
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III ***100
208Number Two GullyII ***528
 Comb Gully Buttress 
210Comb Gully Buttress Icefalls - LeftV 6  
211Comb Gully Buttress Icefalls - RightIV 4  
212Comb Gully Buttress Icefalls - RightmostIV 4 1
213Comb Gully Buttress
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IV 4 **61
214Comb Gully Buttress - Annick ExitIV 5 2
215Comb Gully Buttress - Icicle FinishV 5 *3
216Clough's Chimney
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VI 6 *5
217Roaring Forties
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V 5 **2
218Big Bad Ben
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VII 7  
219Comb Gully
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IV 4 ***585
 The Comb 
221The Comb - Left FlankIV 4 *1
222Hesperides Ledge
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III **2
223The Good Groove
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VII 7 ** 
224Quisling Wall
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VI 6 * 
225Lost Souls
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VI 6 2
226Tower Face of the Comb
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VI 6 ***40
227AnubisXII 12 *** 
228AnubisE8 6c *** 
229Don't Die of Ignorance
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XI 11 3
230Pigott's Route
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V 6 *2
231Mercury
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V 5 **3
232Green Gully
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IV 3 ***876
 Number Three Gully Buttress 
234Venus
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V 5 * 
235Aphrodite
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IV 4 **8
236Tramp
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IV 4 *1
237Diana
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V 5 **13
238Vulture
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V 5 ** 
239Number Three Gully Buttress
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III ***387
240Number Three Gully Buttress Direct FinishIV 5 *10
241Quickstep
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V 5 *12
242Boston Two Step
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VI 6 * 
243Two-Step Corner
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V 5 **112
244ArthurVIII 8 **2
245Knuckleduster
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VIII 9 2
246Knuckleduster
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HVS 5a ** 
247Knuckleduster DirectVIII 9 **2
248Curly's AreteVIII 8 *1
249Sioux Wall
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VIII 8 47
250Sioux Wall
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HVS 5a **4
251Tomahawk CrackVIII 9 ***4
252ApacheVIII 8 **4
253Thompson's RouteIV 4 ***236
254Gremlins
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VI 6 **4
255Gargoyle Wall
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VI 6 ***117
256Hobgoblin
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VI 7 **7
257Babylon
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VII 8 **20
258Hanging GardenVII 8 **1
259CollaborationVI 7 ** 
260Snuff WallVIII 8 1
261SakeVIII 9 **3
262Winter Chimney
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V 5 **12
263El NinoIII 4 2
264Winter CascadeIV 5 *14
265Number Three Gully
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I **339
266Number Three Gully (Variation finish)
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II 11
 Creag Coire na Ciste 
268To Those Who WaitIX 9 ***1
269The SecretVIII 9 ***21
270CatrionaVIII 8  
271CornucopiaVII 9 **6
272Darth Vader
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VII 8 ***70
273Han SoloVIII 7 **1
274Storm Trooper
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VIII 8  
275Arch Angel
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VII 7 **1
276Avenging Angel DirectVIII 8 8
277South Sea Bubble
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VII 6 ** 
278South GullyIII *62
279Lost The Place
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V 5 ***50
280Une Journee Ordinaire
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V 6 **7
281Levitation
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VI 6 *1
282Central Gully, Creag Coire na CisteIII 4 **74
283Central Gully Right-Hand
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IV 4 ***175
284Wendigo
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IV 4 **35
285Place Your Bets
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VI 6 **1
286North GullyII 215
287North Gully - The Left ForkIV 5 **4
288The GiftIII 4 14
289Four PlayIV 4 3
290Number Four Gully
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I **534
291Number Four Gully Buttress3 3
 South Trident Buttress 
2931944 Route
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S *8
294The MingeVII 8 **1
295Tangerine DreamsVII 8 **2
296The Groove Climb
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V 6 *3
297Sidewinder
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HVS 5a **9
298SidewinderVII 8 **23
299Strident Edge
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VS 4c **27
300Strident Edge (winter)VI 7 ***25
301String Vest TheoryVII 8 *2
302Devastation
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E1 5b ** 
303Devastation (Winter)VII 8 **3
304Spartacus
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VS 4c  
305Spartacus WinterVI 7  
306The Slab Climb
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S *1
307The Slab ClimbVI 7 **39
308The Clanger
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IV 5 **10
309Pinnacle Arete
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IV 4 *13
310Pinnacle Arete
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VD **11
311Joyful ChimneysIV 4 4
312Central Gully, South Trident ButtressIII *18
313NasturtiumIV 4 *5
314Morton's NeuromaV 5 *1
315Jubilation
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IV 4 *15
 Jubilee Buttress 
317Jubilee Climb
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VD  
318Jubilee Climb
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II 11
319Mega Reve
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VI 6 * 
 Central Trident Buttress 
321Steam
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HVS 5a *1
322Feeding Frenzy
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VI 7 * 
323Mega Route X
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V 6 ***34
324HeidbangerE1 5b *4
325Heidbanger (Winter)VIII 8 *2
326MetamorphosisE2 5b **1
 North Trident Buttress 
328Neptune Gully
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III 24
329North Trident Buttress
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III **30
330Moonlight Gully
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II *52
 Moonlight Gully Buttress 
332Fifties RevivalIV 6 1
333Diagonal RouteIII 15
334The Big CheeseVIII 8 **3
335Right-Hand Chimney, Moonlight Gully Buttress
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IV 4 **24
336Phosphorescent GroovesIII 4 *2
337Take OffIV 5 1
338Number Five Gully
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I **179
 Number Five Gully Buttress 
340Free RangeVII 7 ***3
341Ledge Route
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II ***1245
342Ledge Route2 ***443
 CARN DEARG, BEN NEVIS 
 Cairn Dearg Cascade 
345Carn Dearg Cascade / CIC IcefallV 5 ***51
346Carn Dearg Right Cascade / CIC IcefallIV 4 *65
 Carn Dearg Buttress 
348Curtain RailIV 4 *35
349Mourning Slab
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VS  
350The Blind
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VS 4b * 
351The Curtain
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IV 5 ***418
352Route I
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VI 6 ***32
353Route I
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S **16
354Route I Direct Start
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VI 6 *18
355PM
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VS 4c * 
356Route II Direct
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VI 6 ***5
357Route ll Direct
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S ***48
358Dissection
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HVS 5a  
359The ShadowVS 4c **7
360The Shadow
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VII 6 ***1
361The BullroarHVS 5a ***150
362Adrenalin Rush
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E3 6a  
363Cowslip
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E2 5c  
364TorroE2 5b ***132
365Red Rag
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E2 5c ** 
366CenturionHVS 5a ***563
367Centurion (Winter)
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VIII 8 **6
368King Kong
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E2 5c ***65
369Trajan's ColumnE6 6b *** 
370The Bat
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E2 5b ***157
371The Wicked
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E6 6b * 
372Sassenach
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E1 5b **4
373The Banana Groove
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E4 6a ***9
374Agrippa
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E5 6b ***4
375CaligulaE3 5c **5
376Titan's WallE3 5c ***36
377BoadiceaE4 6a **1
378Shield DirectVII 7 ***5
379Shield Direct
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HVS 5a **2
380GeminiVI 6 ***101
381The BewildabeastVI 6 ***5
382Waterfall Gully
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IV 4 *161
383Waterfall Gully, True Finish
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VI 6 **5
384The TrialE3 5c **2
 North Wall of Carn Dearg 
386Macphee's RouteV 6 *2
387Kelletts North Wall RouteVII 7 **1
 Cousin's Buttress 
389The Shroud
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VI 6 **14
390Harrison's Climb Direct
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IV 4 ***98
391CousinadeVII 8 **3
 Carn Dearg Summit Buttresses 
393Colando GullyI/II *1
 Raeburn's Buttress 
395Boomer's Requiem
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V 5 ***106
396Raeburn's Buttress
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IV 5 **20
397The CrackHVS 5a  
398The CrackVIII 8 ***1
399Teufel Grooves
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IX 9 **1
 Castle Corrie 
401Compression Crack
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V 5 **45
402South Castle Gully
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II *47
403Plum DuffV 5 **1
404The Castle
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III *25
405The Castle DirectIV 4 1
406North Castle Gully
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II *51
 Castle Ridge 
408Castle RidgeIII **441
409Castle Ridge
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M **255
 Castle Ridge, North Face 
411The Serpent
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II *4
412The MoatII **3
413Lobby Dancer
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VI 6 ***1
414Nordwand
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IV 3 **27
415Nordwand direct
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IV 5 10
 Glen Nevis (SW) Flank 
417Five Finger Gully
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IV 4 **1
418Surgeon's Rib1 1
419Surgeon's Gully
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V 5 ** 
420Polldubh Gully
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IV 5 ** 
421Steal Waterfall
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III 3
422Sron Na Lairig Ridge2 **2
423Surprise GullyII *2
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