North East Buttress Guide

North East Buttress is the most striking feature on the skyline of Ben Nevis’ North Face. This excellent route tackles some impressive terrain with some truly memorable pitches of climbing.

A natural step up from Tower Ridge this route takes the striking line on the dominating ridge of the North Face of Ben Nevis. It is graded a Very Difficult rock climb and consists of mixture of some pitches of rock climbing interspersed  by easier mountaineering ground. There are several iconic pitches on this route including the infamous Mantrap, an awkward but short overhanging step on the ridge and the magnificent 40 foot corner. The route tops out very close to the summit of the mountain, giving a superb way to climb Ben Nevis as well as a highly enjoyable classic climb!

Being less travelled than some of the other ridges, the rock becomes extremely slippy and greasy when wet so this is a route best tackled in dry weather.

Is this for me?

You should have a good level of fitness to do this route with previous hillwalking recommended.

You will need to have done some rock climbing before, preferably on grade Difficult or above. Please feel free to get in touch to discuss your experience and aspirations.

It is worth noting that this climb is not possible in all conditions and a fairly settled, dry spell of weather is recommended. We’re happy to offer alternatives options if this is the case.

Ratios- up to 1:2

Larger groups please contact us for prices


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What’s included

  • Qualified and experienced Mountaineering and Climbing Instructor (MCI)
  • Hire of helmet and harness
  • Action Photos of your day!

What’s not included

  • Personal kit
  • Transport/Accommodation/Meals
  • Cancellation/Personal injury insurance

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