Observatory Ridge Guide

Observatory Ridge is arguably the best of the Great Nevis Ridges. With sustained rock climbing in the lower part and superb scrambling up high, this really is a world class climb.

A step up from Tower Ridge and North East Buttress, Observatory Ridge is the hardest of the Nevis ridges. It is graded a Very Difficult rock climb and consists of around 4 pitches of rock climbing followed by at least 250m of grade 3 scrambling to the top with a few tricky sections thrown in for good fun! This is a truly stunning climb with superb situations as the climb is situated between Zero Gully and Point Five Gully, two of the famous ice climbs in winter. The route tops out very close to the summit of mountain, giving a superb way to climb Ben Nevis, as well as a highly enjoyable 4 star 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/Very 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

Ratios- up to 1:2

Larger groups please contact us for prices


No. of PeopleObservatory Ridge Guiding

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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