Pygmy Ridge


A steep tower in a fine position. An easy approach path makes this a great half-day choice. Combine it with any other route in the Northern Corries or Loch Avon to make a fantastic full day mountain experience. 


Route Length 



Max Ratio



Experience Grade

Hard - Grade 4 Scramble


Approach Length (Approximate) 

1.5 hr


Total Trip Length 



Meeting location 



Experience Duration 

Half day



Some summer hillwalking experience. Some previous experience of scrambling, ideally at Grade 2 or above. 


Is it for me? 

Coire An T-Sneachda stands as possibly the most accessible (and mispronounced!) of all the high Cairngorm Corries. Highly regarded as a winter climbing venue, it also hold two excellent summer mountaineering lines.


The approach is easy, soon leaving the ski development behind and out of site and leading into a glacial corrie that teems with grouse and the occasional ptarmigan, gentle slopes followed by a boulderfield then steep scree slopes gain the start of the ridge.


This route starts high within the cliff face, creating a sense of commitment and exposure even before the climb truly begins. A succession of buttresses lead to a knife edge ridge and an intimidating final tower on which difficulty can be varied at will. With a qualified and experienced instructor guiding you, you will have the opportunity to attack all the fine, exposed parts of this route head on, making easy climbing moves in complete security.


From the top of the buttress, views from the plateau include all the Northern Cairngorm Munros, such as Braeriach, Ben Macdui, Bynack Mor and Cairngorm. An easy return route to the starting point remains or choose from several options to extend this day and create a truly memorable mountain experience. 


Mountains included in route 

Stob Coire an t-Sneachda 1176m


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.

Pygmy Ridge