The shortest of the Great Nevis Ridges, what Castle Ridge lacks in length, it makes up for in quality. Although graded Moderate ( and technically the easiest great ridge), this route packs a punch with brilliant sustained scrambling and some memorable crux sections.
The first great ridge you come to whilst walking along the Allt a Mhuillin stream, this striking line provides a brilliant day out. We start up a grassy gully before gaining the ridge proper. Some scrambling eases us in gently before the first crux corner. From here we make our towards the second crux, a slabby rib leading to a very exposed groove in a sensational setting.
In anything other than dry conditions the climbing on Castle Ridge easily matches anything on Tower Ridge and if at all damp is significantly harder.
The fun isn’t quite over with plenty of interesting moves to come, including a narrow arete before we join on to the main plateau.
We have a couple of descent choices with Ledge Route being a short walk away. Otherwise, a short uphill takes us towards the Red Burn and the Mountain Track.
Is this for me?
You should have a good level of fitness to do this route with previous hillwalking recommended. A good head for heights is also essential as there are a few exposed sections on the ridge. Some previous scrambling of grade 2/3 or above would be very useful. Please feel free to get in touch to discuss your experience.
Ratios- up to 1:2
Larger groups please contact us for prices
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- Qualified and experienced Mountaineering and Climbing Instructor (MCI)
- Hire of helmet and harness
- Action Photos of your day!
What’s not included
- Personal kit
- Cancellation/Personal injury insurance