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The Runnel
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The Runnel

 
The Runnel

Page Type: Route

Location: Cairngorms, Scotland, Europe

Lat/Lon: 57.10791°N / 3.66171°W

Object Title: The Runnel

Route Type: Ice Climbing, Mixed

Season: Winter

Time Required: Half a day

Difficulty: Scottish II

Number of Pitches: 3

Route Quality: 
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Page By: BigLee

Created/Edited: Jan 28, 2006 / Feb 15, 2009

Object ID: 168360

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Overview

The Runnel is located on fluted buttress. It is a straightforward gully ascent with an interesting chimney on the last pitch.

Approach

From Aviemore take bus or car upto the ski centre car park. Follow "climber's path" into Coire an t-Sneachda. On reaching the boundered section bare straight ahead. There are three gullies on Fluted Buttress: Central Gully, The Runnel and Crotched Gully. The Runnel is the most well defined gully rising from the top of the snow bay in a vertical straight line.

Route Description

 
First pitch of the Runnel is is straight forward Scottish Grade 1
The 1st pitch is straightforward (Scottish Grade 1)
 
The Runnel
The Runnel's route


The route is well potected requiring 3-4 pitches depending on whether you are using 50 or 60m rope.

1) Straightforward climb up gulley's snow slope
2) Again straightforward with a small ice step on route
3) The crux pitch through an icy chimney. Grooves either side of the chimney can also be climbed.

Essential Gear

2 x technical axes
Rope
Helmet
Crampons
Harness
Nuts
Pegs
Quickdraws
Screwgates
Rockcentrics
Ice screws

External Links

Great photos of the route

Cairngorm conditions reports

Current Cairngorm Weather

Images

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