Warning Over Coire an t-Sneachda Rockfall

The Cairngorm Mountain Ranger Service and Cairngorm Mountain Rescue Team have both advised people to be aware of rockfall around the Goat Track side of Cairn Gorm's Coire an t-Sneachda.

The Fluted Buttress / Goat Track area, left of centre, has a well deserved reputation for stonefall year round  © Dan Bailey
The Fluted Buttress / Goat Track area, left of centre, has a well deserved reputation for stonefall year round
© Dan Bailey

The Ranger Service said a team in the coire had reported a near miss from rockfall coming from above the Goat Track.

"What came down narrowly missed the group & thankfully nobody was hurt. Looks like there may have been further rockfall in that area in previous days or weeks judging by the divots in the grass."

The comments were backed up by Cairngorm Mountain rescue team, who added:

"Great care and attention advised whilst crossing the Goat Track area below Fingers Ridge / Goat Track Gully."

"We would not advise attempting to make any ascents on this increasingly worrying part of the coire. If you are planning to visit that area, please be aware."


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8 Jun
We had a very near miss a couple of years ago; we went to do magic crack and around 5 minutes after getting to the base of the route, several tonnes of rock clattered down right across the path we had just walked across. Sobering to say the least. Take great care anywhere in that coire, it's an accident waiting to happen
9 Jun

I went round the Fiachaills yesterday and there were football sized boulders on the normal route on the ridge close to the last buttress. These were not there in the spring. If they were "released" they would drop into Fiachaill couloir close to the line of Bellhaven.