Rocktype UNKNOWN
Altitude 1176m a.s.l
Faces N

Northern Corries © Roy Plenderleith

Summit of this hill

This summit is listed in Munro Tops hill lists.

This summit has been climbed in 302 logbooks.

Hill features

Corrie an t-Sneachda provides possibly the most accessible winter climbing in Scotland (apart from Meall Gorm in Applecross), being 45 minutes walk (if you're fit!) from the Cairngorm Ski area.

Hard mixed routes come into condition early in winter season.

Very popular with winter skills courses. Expect queues and falling climbers at weekends.

Access Advice

June 2017 - Extreme caution advised if climbing on or below Fingers Ridge as there is a brand new freshly split suitcase sized block that's pulled away at the top of the slabby corner of pitch 3. I just managed to stop it trundling and crushing me and my client below. It's really just ready to go with the slightest bit of pressure. I couldn't safely trundle it without endangering my client and walkers on the path below. I'll try to get back up later to remove it or if someone else can, in the next week or so. Please share with your climbing buddies.

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Left a 240 sling, 120 sling, and 3 maybe 4 screwgates (all DMM, 1 aero HMS, some Sentinels HMS) at the top of Invernookie. The gear has black and white tape on it. Please contact me if you stumble across it
glennjamin20 - 06/Jan/15
"why don't they just spell it like it sounds?" - They do. Do you say that about all other languages as well? :)
cuthill76 - 04/Jul/14
why don't they just spell it like it sounds?
auld al - 23/Apr/12
Theres a soundbite in this link, which is great for pronunciations http://www.walkhighlands.co.uk/cairngorms/coire-an-t-sneachda.shtml
Joss - 02/Feb/10
Using rules from standard Gaelic spelling, here is a list of elements of Coire an t-Sneachda that are different from general English usage. - Terminal 'e' would be similar to German usage but some would drop it because of the approaching lead vowel. - The 't' placed here silences the 's'. - The 'n' in this position is sounded like an 'r'. - The 'e' often as in English 'get' but some would make it more like in the English - The 'a' after the 'e' is unpronounced as it is only there for spelling agreement with the terminal letter and hardening the following consonant group. - 'chd' is like a hard Scottish 'ch' followed by a hard English 'k'. - Terminal 'a' is similar to German usage. http://www.speygaelic.org/place-names.asp
Jim Fraser - 27/Nov/09
I picked up a tourist leaflet about Cairngorm pronunciations that suggested something like "Corn Dreckie"... I'll leave you to work that one out!
Jonny M - 18/Mar/08
Can anyone offer authoritative pronunciation? I was told "Corrie an Tre-ach" years ago.
JohnHutch - 29/Nov/07
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Scrambles and Easy Climbs on this hill

Climb name Grade
1 Cairn Gorm - Stob Coire an t-Sneachda summit
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summit 302
2 Pointless walk in to the boulder at the bottom of the crag summit 144
3 Topless
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III 5 3
4 Black Sheep
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III  
5 The Haston Line III 4 ** 617
6 The Slant II ** 339
7 Hidden Chimney III ** 1150
8 Hidden Chimney
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D 12
9 Jacob's Edge II * 354
10 Jacob's Ladder I ** 956
11 Forty Thieves
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I 52
12 Aladdin's Couloir I ** 1087
13 Terms of Endearment III * 51
14 Aladdin's Mirror I ** 546
15 Unnamed Groove III 5
16 Another Unnamed Groove III 1
17 Paddy Whack III 1
18 Pygmy Ridge
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M * 284
Climb name Grade
19 Central Left Hand II ** 253
20 Central Gully I ** 585
21 Unnamed I/II 15
22 The Runnel II *** 1295
23 The Grooved Rib III 4 * 99
24 Crotched Gully II * 453
25 Spiral Gully II ** 639
26 Spiral Gully Direct
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III ** 71
27 Wavelength IV 4 ** 170
28 Broken Gully III * 183
29 Broken Gully Direct III 4 17
30 Broken Fingers IV 4 64
31 Fingers Ridge D 313
32 Red Gully II ** 878
33 Western Rib M 3
34 Western Rib III ** 87
35 Goat Track Gully II * 826
36 False Goat / 0.5 Gully I 242
Climb name Grade
37 Unnamed 1 II 21
38 Men In Red III 6 2
39 Fiacaill Buttress (summer) D 9
40 Fiacaill Couloir II *** 584
41 Physical Graffiti
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III 6 * 7
42 Invernookie IV 5 *** 825
43 The Healing III 4/5 9
44 Fiacaill Rib II ** 1959
45 Fiacaill Ridge II ** 417
46 Whose Line is it Anyway? II/III 14
47 Twin Ribs 2 133
48 Twin Ribs II 118
49 Only a Routelet III ** 3
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