Number 5 Gully bounds the southern side of Carn Dearg Buttress, and in it's upper reaches, is more of a small corrie than a gully. This large funnel collects snow well - often too well, and significant amounts of avalanche debris can regularly be seen below the gully throughout the season. In the right conditions it offers an interesting descent through some fantastic rock scenery.
The top of the gully is located between the two tops of Carn Dearg, and is marked clearly on the OS 1:50000 maps, although it's best to climb gully first anyway. The upper area of the gully opens out to a large snow scoop on the left, and a narrow gully on the right. The 2 sections are split by an arete.
The narrow gully offers the best descent. If you are having difficulty locating the top of this, there is a large boulder at the head of the gully, and a small cairn can be found about 20m away on the North side of the gully entrance. A steep entry is followed by a nic e gully that then opens out into a large snowfield. This then funnels into a narrow gully before opening out to another smaller bay. Lower down,take the right of the second two narrows (worth checking on way up). After this, there are no more difficulties, and you will either have a bouncy finish on avalanche debris, or a nice fast run out onto the scree fan.
Approximate Start Height: 1214m
Approximate Descent: 350m
General Aspect: East
Climbing Grade: I
Notes: The avalanche possibility is more of an issue than the grade.