The Runnel

Page Type Page Type: Route
Location Lat/Lon: 57.10791°N / 3.66171°W
Additional Information Route Type: Ice Climbing, Mixed
Seasons Season: Winter
Additional Information Time Required: Half a day
Additional Information Difficulty: Scottish II
Additional Information Number of Pitches: 3
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The Runnel is located on fluted buttress. It is a straightforward gully ascent with an interesting chimney on the last pitch.


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 1The 1st pitch is straightforward (Scottish Grade 1)
The RunnelThe 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
Ice screws

External Links

Great photos of the route

Cairngorm conditions reports

Current Cairngorm Weather



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