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A Huddart, Nov 2008
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Scottish Rock Benchmarks ticklist

contributed by Sam Shilliday Nov/18

Test pieces across the grade range, mainly those exhibited by Scotland's best mountain crags.

Nine routes - containing mild, standard, and hard examples - for each grade from Mod to E7, as recommended in Gary Latter's Scottish Rock guide books.

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Map of routes in this ticklist

Least routes Most routes
Add Climb name Grade Ticks? Height Crag name
Curved Ridge (Summer)M ***1249240mBuachaille Etive Mor
A'Chir RidgeVD *300?A'Chir
Collie's RouteM **169?Sron na Ciche
The Dubh RidgeM ***333920mThe Dubh Slabs
East Ridge (Summer)M ***109560m• 2Sgurr Dearg...
Afterthought AreteM ***512150mStag Rocks
Pygmy RidgeM *326?Cairn Gorm - Stob...
Castle RidgeM **375?Ben Nevis
Tower RidgeD ***1718600mBen Nevis
North Buttress - West Route (Summer)M **235300mBuachaille Etive Mor
The GutterD ***1174?Polldubh Crags,...
Final SelectionD ***11660mStag Rocks
Clach Glas - Blabheinn Traverse (Summer)D ***441?Bla Bheinn
The Great Ridge (Summer)D **135400mGarbh Bheinn
Quiver RibD ***295?• 55Aonach Dubh
North East ButtressVD ***323500mBen Nevis
Observatory Ridge (Summer)VD ***373500mBen Nevis
Tystie SlabVD ***227?Reiff - Roinn a'...
Agag's Groove (Summer)VD ***1520105m• 4Buachaille Etive Mor
SquarefaceVD ***330?Beinn a' Bhuird -...
Sou'wester SlabsVD ***501110m• 5Cir Mhor
Cioch NoseVD **28940m• 2Sron na Ciche
Savage Slit (Summer)S ***69380m• 4Cairn Gorm - Cairn...
Arrow RouteVD ***74661m• 2Sron na Ciche
The Great Ridge DirectS *108?Garbh Bheinn
Cioch WestS 4a ***499215m• 7Sron na Ciche
North Face RouteS *396220mBuachaille Etive Mor
January Jigsaw (Summer)S ***68075m• 4Buachaille Etive Mor
Archer Ridge DirectS **45?Aonach Dubh
Punster's Crack (Summer)S ***575?The Cobbler
IntegrityVS 4c ***59376m• 2Sron na Ciche
Eagle Ridge (Summer)S ***687250mLochnagar
Ardverikie WallHS 4b ***1048185m• 6Binnein Shuas
ButterknifeHS 4b ***142?Garbh Bheinn
The Clean SweepVS 4c ***279185m• 4Hell's Lum
RainmakerHS **1660mGearr Aonach
Spartan SlabVS 4c ***788?Beinn Trilleachan...
The Long ClimbVS ***100420m• 11Ben Nevis
South Ridge DirectVS 5a ***556?• 13Cir Mhor
Whither WhetherVS 4b ***25340mThe Cobbler
Dijbangi (Summer)VS 4c **22140m• 5Ben Macdui -...
The Chasm (Summer)VS ***166450m• 16Buachaille Etive Mor
Route TwoHVS 5a ***53770m• 2Diabaig
The SnakeHVS 4c ***32?Sron na Ciche
Vulcan WallHVS 5a ***16466m• 3Sron na Ciche
The Magic CrackHVS 5a ***381?Cairn Gorm - Stob...
Bludgers RevelationHVS 5a ***232137m• 6Buachaille Etive Mor
StormHVS 5a ***64985m• 3Polldubh Crags,...
The BullroarHVS 5a ***74?Ben Nevis
CenturionHVS 5a ***399?Ben Nevis
A Likely StoryHVS ***6275m• 3Eagles Rock
Minus One DirectE1 5b ***125?Ben Nevis
DragonE1 5b ***77105m• 4Carnmore Crag
Trophy CrackE1 5b ***96?Sron na Ciche
The Big TopE1 5a ***129?Aonach Dubh
Unicorn (Summer)E1 5a ***144?Bidean nam Bian -...
Grey PantherE1 5b ***34645mKilt Rock, Staffin
Yo YoE1 5b ***129?• 3Aonach Dubh
The NeedleE1 5b ***392260mShelterstone Crag
King CobraE1 5b ***32210m• 7Sgurr Mhic Choinnich
The PillarE2 5b ***43335mDiabaig
TorroE2 5c ***137?Ben Nevis
GeriatricsE2 5b ***81?Sheigra Sea Cliffs
SteepleE2 5c ***212250mShelterstone Crag
Club CrackE2 5c **57?The Cobbler
Plague of BlazesE2 5b ***14830mSteall Gorge Crags,...
ShibbolethE2 5c ***163167m• 7Buachaille Etive Mor
The BatE2 5b ***115?Ben Nevis
SwastikaE2 6a **188?Beinn Trilleachan...
CougarE3 5c ***42?Broad Cairn - Creag...
Ruff LicksE3 5c ***71?Creag Dubh...
CrackattackE3 6a ***11130mSteall Meadows...
Temple of DoomE3 6a ***6?Bidean nam Bian
Delayed AttackE3 6a **2640mBinnein Shuas
Titan's WallE3 5c ***61?Ben Nevis
Quality StreetE3 6a ***2570m• 2Car Park Crag, Glen...
Dream TicketE3 5c ***2160mBeinn a' Mhuinidh
EdgehogE3 5c ***162?Steall Meadows...
Freak OutE4 6a ***97?Aonach Dubh
Rat RaceE4 6a ***150?• 2Dunkeld, Cave Crag
The FuhrerE4 5c ***85?Creag Dubh...
OsirisE4 6a ***936mThe Cobbler
Mother's PrideE4 5c ***5830m• 2Suidhe Biorach
Sugar Cane CountryE4 6a ***95?Pabbay
Cupid's BowE5 6b ***1185mShelterstone Crag
The Banana GrooveE4 6a ***18?Ben Nevis
Voyage of the BeagleE5 6a ***17?Broad Cairn - Creag...
Lady CharlotteE5 6a ***63?• 2Dunkeld, Cave Crag
Rest and be ThankfulE5 6a ***545mThe Cobbler
The Risk BusinessE5 6a ***36120m• 4Creag a' Bhancair
ThorE5 6b ***8110mShelterstone Crag
Ling DynastyE5 ***9110m• 3Beinn Eighe
The RavenE5 6a ***35?Pabbay
CosmopolitanE5 6b ***640m• 2Steall Gorge Crags,...
SlartibartfastE5 6b ***4?Broad Cairn - Creag...
AgrippaE5 6b ***7?Ben Nevis
Edge of ExtinctionE6 6a ***390m• 2The Brack
The Improbability DriveE6 6c ***-?Broad Cairn - Creag...
FloddenE6 6b ***3?Broad Cairn - Creag...
CannibalE6 6b ***3?Broad Cairn - Creag...
The BonxieE6 6b ***1470mPabbay
Major DomoE6 6b ***1650m• 2Lochan Dubh Crag
Wild CountryE6 6b ***150mThe Cobbler
KelpieE6 6b ***-45m• 2Garbh Bheinn
The Screaming AbdabsE6 6b ***275m• 3Uig Sea Cliffs...
BuddhaE7 6c **3?Broad Cairn - Creag...
The ScoopE7 6b ***14210m• 8Sron Ulladale...
DalriadaE7 6b ***2540mThe Cobbler
Romantic RealityE7 6b ***1?Creag a' Bhancair
AphroditeE7 6b ***-95mShelterstone Crag
Arcadia8a ***-25mSteall Hut Crag,...
Realm of the SensesE7 6c ***-60mShelterstone Crag
Longhope RouteE7 6c ***2493m• 23St Johns Head
Fascist Groove ThangE7 **1100m• 3Beinn Eighe
247 e, 321 stars27,28810,156m• 315