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 1,782 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The abseil post at the top of Coire Leis has been replaced by a cairn.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 1782
2 Carn Dearg
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summit 117
3 Carn Dearg SW summit 23
4 Meall an t-Suidhe summit 15
5 Carn Mor Dearg Arete
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1 390
6 Carn Mor Dearg Arete I ** 659
7 Final Buttress
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III 4 16
8 Bob Run
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II ** 45
9 Cresta
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III 3 ** 42
10 Slalom
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III * 8
11 Slingsby's Chimney
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II * 96
12 Good Friday Climb
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III *** 291
13 Good Friday Climb (Direct Finish) III 4 35
14 Gardyloo Gully II/III * 277
15 Tower Gully I 247
16 Upper Tower Cascade LH
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III 13
17 Upper Tower Cascade RH
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III 7
18 Tower Scoop III ** 442
19 Tower Cleft
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III * 9
20 Goodeve's Route
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III 3
21 Echo Wall none  
22 Tower Ridge
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D *** 1422
23 Douglas Gap East Gully
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I 169
24 South West Ridge M * 12
25 Douglas Gap West Gully
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I * 167
26 Fawlty Towers III * 125
27 Breaking Good II * 3
28 1934 Route
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II/III ** 46
29 Italian Climb
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III * 42
30 Garadh Gully II * 248
31 Garadh Buttress II * 3
32 Thea III * 2
33 Aquatherapy III 1
34 Broad Gully
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II 14
35 Glovers Chimney
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III 4 *** 331
36 The White Line
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III ** 116
37 Beam Me Up Scotty
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III *  
38 Expert's Choice III ** 33
39 Raeburn's Easy Route
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II *** 159
40 Raeburn's not so Easy III 4 18
41 BD was Here III * 3
42 Number Two Gully Buttress
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III *** 116
Climb name Grade
43 Number Two Gully II *** 530
44 Hesperides Ledge
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III ** 4
45 Number Three Gully Buttress
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III *** 380
46 El Nino III 4 2
47 MVG III 1
48 Cherry on Top Finish III 5 1
49 Number Three Gully
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I ** 396
50 Number Three Gully (Variation finish)
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II 14
51 South Gully III * 60
52 Central Gully, Creag Coire na Ciste III 4 ** 82
53 North Gully II 205
54 The Gift III 4 15
55 Number Four Gully
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I ** 646
56 Number Four Gully Buttress 3 3
57 Central Gully, South Trident Buttress III * 20
58 Jubilee Climb
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II 12
59 Neptune Gully
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III 26
60 North Trident Buttress
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III ** 27
61 Moonlight Gully
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II * 62
62 Diagonal Route III 19
63 Phosphorescent Grooves III 4 * 2
64 Number Five Gully
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I ** 193
65 Ledge Route
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II *** 1396
66 Ledge Route 2 *** 495
67 Colando Gully I/II * 3
68 South Castle Gully
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II * 55
69 The Castle
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III * 28
70 North Castle Gully
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II * 58
71 Castle Ridge III ** 477
72 Castle Ridge
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M ** 305
73 The Serpent
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II * 4
74 The Moat II ** 4
75 Red Gully * II 1
76 Surgeon's Rib 1 3
77 Steal Waterfall
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III 5
78 Surprise Gully II * 2
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