A useful vantage point before trying the more serious Coire Cas headwall









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The Coronation Wall is a wide, open face, accessed from the Ptarmigan top station, which finishes in Coire Cas.

The route has a lengthy traverse to access the main face, but it is a great asset for assessing conditions around Coire Cas if you're thinking of tackling the more serious Coire Cas headwall. Start by traversing in a south-westerly direction from the Ptarmigan building.

It's important that you keep as much height as possible here, to ensure you get the best descent on the Coronation Wall itself.

As you traverse around the mountain, the Coire Cas headwall will appear ahead, and the “Traverse” green-grade marked run will be running roughly parallel to your tracks.

Once you’ve reached this point, you can choose when to start the proper descent, which will end on the green run below.

Either take a zig-zag route down towards the Coire Cas t-bar or, if you’re itching to get going, you can simply shred straight down to the run below. It’s important to be aware of the avalanche risk in this area.

Cairngorm Mountain generally display flags near the Ptarmigan station, warning of any potential avalanche danger. Despite the combination of a long traverse with a relatively short descent, the Coronation Wall is a great way to get up close to the steeper Coire Cas headwall, to scope out any potential dangers there.