Rocktype UNKNOWN
Altitude 1028m a.s.l
Faces N

Turning his back on the spindrift © graeme gatherer

Summit of this hill

This summit is listed in Deleted munros and tops hill lists.

This summit has been climbed in 18 logbooks.

Hill features

This small east-facing winter crag was first developed in the 2010/11 season. The cliff has a short approach (less than one hour from Coire na Ciste carpark) and short routes allowing you to climb many routes in a single day.

Whilst it's still nowhere near as popular as Lochain/t'Sneachda, Cha-no is no longer as secretive as it once was. As such it's very likely that you'll bump into other people. However, if you turn up with a mindset to climb anything (including unclimbed routes) as opposed to just the small number of popular routes, you shouldn't be queueing!

You can download a SMC PDF mini-guide to this crag from for the price of a coffee - all profits go to the Scottish Mountaineering Trust.

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Scrambles and Easy Climbs on this hill

Climb name Grade
1 Cairn Gorm - Sron a' Cha-no summit
summit 18
2 Whaleback Rib III 4 5
3 International Rib II 3
4 Plasma Gully I 7
5 Plasma Gully, Asthma Finish III 4 3
6 Blue Blood III 2
7 Blood Thirsty III 4 11
8 True Blood III 6
9 True Blood Direct III 4  
10 Half Blood III 2
11 The Blood is Strong III 4 15
12 Captain Fairweather III 4 10
13 Flood Warning III 1
Climb name Grade
14 Wide Gully I 3
15 Ziggy Groove III 4
16 Chimney Rib III 4 126
17 Recovery Gully I 101
18 Kerplunk III 7
19 Reconnaissance Rib III 4
20 Downtime II 1
21 Hobnailers' Gully II 7
22 Dukes Rib II 69
23 Grandee Grooves III 5 3
24 Jenga Buttress III 4 179
25 Dive In II 9
26 Big Boy Made Me II  
27 Once Were Alpinists III 6 11
Climb name Grade
28 Turf Factory II 1
29 Unicorns Munch Turf III 3 2
30 Boundary Ridge III 4 2
31 Beth's Escape III 3
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