Rocktype UNKNOWN
Altitude 1344m a.s.l
Faces N

Centurion © Guy Robertson

Summit of this hill

This summit is listed in Munros, Marilyns, Old County Tops, Scotland's 4000ers, El-mo, Trail 100, Britain's Major Mountains hill lists.

This summit has been climbed in 1,885 logbooks.

Hill 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.

 

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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 right. 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.

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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!
Nathan Adam - 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The abseil post at the top of Coire Leis has been replaced by a cairn.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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Scrambles and Easy Climbs on this hill

Climb name Grade
1 Ben Nevis summit
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summit 1885
2 Carn Dearg
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summit 125
3 Carn Dearg SW summit 28
4 Meall an t-Suidhe summit 19
5 Carn Mor Dearg Arete
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1 420
6 Carn Mor Dearg Arete I ** 694
7 Final Buttress
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III 4 20
8 Bob Run II * 52
9 Cresta III ** 46
10 Slalom
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III * 11
11 Slingsby's Chimney II * 101
12 Good Friday Climb III *** 295
13 Good Friday Climb (Direct Finish) III 4 36
14 Gardyloo Gully II * 297
15 Tower Gully I ** 257
16 Upper Tower Cascade LH
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III 16
17 Upper Tower Cascade RH
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III 10
18 Tower Scoop III ** 450
19 Tower Cleft III * 13
20 Goodeve's Route
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III 3
21 Echo Wall none  
22 Tower Ridge
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D *** 1536
23 Douglas Gap East Gully
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I 185
24 South West Ridge M * 20
25 Douglas Gap West Gully I * 173
26 Fawlty Towers III * 137
27 Breaking Good II * 3
28 1934 Route
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II/III ** 50
29 Italian Climb III * 47
30 Garadh Gully II * 255
31 Garadh Buttress II * 6
32 Thea III * 2
33 Aquatherapy III 4
34 Broad Gully
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II 17
35 Glovers Chimney III 4 *** 341
36 Pinnacle Buttress of the Tower *
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III 4 ** 1
37 The White Line IV 4 ** 117
38 Beam Me Up Scotty III *  
39 Expert's Choice III ** 37
40 Raeburn's Easy Route II *** 166
41 Raeburn's not so Easy III 4 22
42 BD was Here III * 4
43 Number Two Gully Buttress III ** 123
44 Number Two Gully II *** 559
Climb name Grade
45 Hesperides Ledge III * 8
46 Number Three Gully Buttress III 4 *** 402
47 El Nino III 4 3
48 MVG III 3
49 Cherry on Top Finish III 5 1
50 Number Three Gully I ** 441
51 Number Three Gully (Variation finish)
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II 18
52 South Gully III * 67
53 Central Gully, Creag Coire na Ciste III 4 ** 86
54 North Gully II ** 209
55 The Gift III 4 15
56 Number Four Gully I * 699
57 Number Four Gully Buttress 3 3
58 Central Gully, South Trident Buttress III * 20
59 Jubilee Climb II 15
60 Neptune Gully
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III 29
61 North Trident Buttress
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III ** 30
62 Moonlight Gully II * 65
63 Diagonal Route III * 26
64 Phosphorescent Grooves III 4 * 2
65 Number Five Gully I ** 204
66 Ledge Route II *** 1462
67 Ledge Route 2 *** 537
68 Colando Gully I/II * 3
69 South Castle Gully I ** 56
70 The Castle III * 28
71 North Castle Gully II * 62
72 Castle Ridge III ** 494
73 Castle Ridge
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M ** 333
74 The Serpent
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II * 4
75 The Moat II ** 4
76 Red Gully * II 1
77 Surgeon's Rib 1 3
78 Steal Waterfall
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III 5
79 Surprise Gully II * 2
* Climbs listed in red are waiting to be checked by a crag moderator, and may not be accurate.
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