‘Only’ a Grade 1 scramble... but wild, exposed, and not to be underestimated!
Make the wild, exposed ridge of Long Leachas your next big adventure.
The high plateau and towering cliffs of Ben Alder are of a truly awesome magnitude. It and its neighbours would not look out of place among the vastness of north Norway or the great mountains of British Columbia. This scale is not confined to the summits either, as the attendant glens are huge and for the most part devoid of humans or habitation. Often regarded as one of Scotland’s most remote Munros, just getting to the base of Ben Alder is a day’s work in itself – so those who come this way mostly do it with an overnight stay. Fittingly, Ben Alder is also furnished with two grand arêtes (the Short and Long Leachas), both of which make perfect ways to get to the summit. Both Grade 1 scrambles, they fall at the softer end of the grade. However they should not be underestimated, for what they lack in technicality they more than make up for in exposure and wild situations. You could flip a coin to choose which one to climb and you wouldn’t be disappointed. But in terms of bang for your buck the Long Leachas, as described here, is longer – so it’s probably the one to go for first!
Cover photograph: Heading for Scafell Pike