Corbett Climbing – The best Corbetts for rock climbing this summer - #ClaimYourCorbett
During spring and summer 2018 we are challenging you to #ClaimYourCorbett! Corbett’s are Scottish mountains over the height of 762m but under the height of a Munro (914m). Corbett’s aren’t just reserved for hillwalkers, many offer brilliant rock and winter climbing routes too. We have put together guide of our five favourite Corbett’s for climbing this summer, from the Islands to the far north of Scotland, there were too many to choose from! So when are you getting out to Claim your Corbett?
1. Sgurr a’chaorachain – 792m - Applecross
Sgurr a’chaorachain is one of two peaks which guards the road to Applecross. This impressive Corbett features dramatic cliffs and classic climbs to excite any rock climber.
Head to the south face for excellent climbing, a stones throw from the road. One of the most popular routes on this Corbett, and for good reason!, is the Cioch Noise VD. A seven pitch, three star route with a first ascent by Chris Bonnington.
2. Cir Mhor – 799m - Isle of Arran
A magnificent Corbett in the heart of the Isle of Arran. Cir Mhor alongside Beinn Tarsuinn and Caisteal Abhail makes up a huge granite ridgeline lying to the west of Glen Rosa.
The south face of Cir Mhor is home to some fine rock climbing routes at a variety of different grades. The three star, south ridge direct, VS 5a is described by UKC as ‘Quite simply one of the finest climbs in the country!’
3. Aonach Dubh – 889m – Glencoe
Aonach Dubh is a Corbett summit which makes up one of the ultra-famous, three sister in Glencoe. The west and east face of Aonoach Dubh offer a huge amount of summer climbing routes.
The east face is made up of five crags all facing south east. Head to the far east buttress for some quieter climbing, including Nirvana wall HS, a three star route. The west face is split into a more complex system of gullies but great summer and winter routes can be found at a variety of grades.
4. The Cobbler – 884m – The Arrochar Alps
Arguably Scotland’s most famous Corbett, the distantly shaped and incredibly popular, Cobbler. The Cobbler is made up of three distinct peaks and is an excellent climbing venue in both summer and winter.
The south peak of the cobbler has some brilliant slab routes on its sunny south face , including the three star route Osiris E4, 6A. The centre peak includes an impressive rock pinnacle. But the north peak is the true spectacle, with its huge overhanging nose of rock, thought to be the most impressive rock feature in the southern highlands. It is littered with three star routes.
5. Ben Loyal (An Caisteal) – 764m
One of Scotland’s most northerly Corbetts, Ben Loyal is regarded as one of the finest hills in Scotland! Rising up to just 764m, Ben Loyal only just edges into the Corbett category. But don’t let this deter you, what this mountain lacks in height it makes up for in climbing routes.
In addition to the Trad climbing there is also interest here for boulderers, to the west of Ben Loyal there is a large boulder field close to Loch Fhionnaich.