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Climbs from Coire Leis & Observatory Gul

Climbs from Coire Leis & Observatory Gul

Climbs from Coire Leis & Observatory Gul

Page Type: Route

Location: GlenCoe, Scotland, Europe

Object Title: Climbs from Coire Leis & Observatory Gul

Route Type: Technical rock Climbs

Time Required: A long day

Difficulty: diferent grades

Route Quality: 
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Page By: Richard Purchon

Created/Edited: Jan 28, 2002 / Jan 29, 2002

Object ID: 156140

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Coire Leis is the basin at the head of the Allt a'Mhuilinn Glen. about 1 hour from the C.I.C. hut. From the hut follow the right bank of the burn until opposite the lowest rocks of the North East Buttress, traverse up the right hand side of the Corrie beneath the east face. The face is Alpine in character and is often heavily iced.

to reach the Observatory Gully take a direct approach to the First Platform of N.E. buttress from the west. To the right of the slabby rocks of the nose leading to the First Platform is an obvious shallow gully fault.

Route Description


Bob-run 400ft Grade II 1hr
I.Clough, D.Pipes & party 10th Feb 1959

Cresta Climb 900ft Grade II/III**2-3 hrs
T.W.Patey, L.S.Lovat & A.G.Nicol 16th Feb 1957

Slalom 900ft Grade II/III**2-3 hrs
D.Pipes, I. Clough & party 6th Jan 1959

Frostbite 900ft GradeIII 2-4 hrs
D.Pipes, I. Clough & party Feb 1958

Route Major 1,000ft GradeIII** 3-5 hrs
H. MacInnes & I.Clough 16th Feb 1969

North East Buttress 1,500ft Grade III/IV***2-5 hrs


Slingsby’s chimney 400ft Grade II 1hr

Essential Gear

Full leader racks in summer
Technical ice tools in winter

Miscellaneous Info

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The Observatory gully...