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Golden Oldie


Due to the Nevis Gondola, Golden Oldie has a fantastic easy approach. Exciting moves on a knife edge ridge and views across the CMD arete to the North face of Ben Nevis make this a memorable and photogenic excursion. 


Route Length 



Max Ratio



Experience Grade 

Moderate - Grade 2 Scramble


Approach Length (Approximate) 



Total Trip Length 



Meeting location 

Fort William


Experience Duration 

1 Day



Some summer hillwalking experience. Some experience of scrambling at Grade 1 or above. 


Is it for me? 

Due to the Nevis range gondola, Golden Oldie is a rare beast, an easily accessible high mountain scramble. Leaving the ski centre development behind us, we quickly enter a remote feeling Coire, a long riverside track leading us via a little steep ground to foot of the climb.


After a short slog up steep grass slopes, we encounter the first of several scattered buttresses, on which we can practise the skills required higher up. The buttress soon become consistent rock, with the blunt arete becoming more defined as we ascend. The higher we go, the more fun the route becomes, with a spectacular sharp ridge just before the end. The route ends just 100m away from the summit of Aonach Mor and 1.5km from Aonach Beag. Giving us the option of ticking some summits before we start our easy return to the gondola station. 


Mountains included in route 

Aonach Mor 1221m (optional)

Aonach Beag 1234m (optional)


Additional information 

You will be guided on the route by a suitably qualified, fully insured and competent Mountaineering Instructor. All mountaineering equipment required for the route and instruction on its use is included. However, clients must ensure they bring appropriate clothing as listed on our kit list page. In case of dangerous weather conditions an alternative activity or a full refund will be offered. Please read our Terms and Conditions for further information.

Golden Oldie

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