The Grooved Rib* III 4
[on Grooved Rib, above the Runnell, 1 kb]130m, 3 pitches. The rib between The Runnel finishing up the steeper rocks. Start at the base of the rib and climb the prominent groove to easier ground. There is now an easy finish parallel to the Runnel. The route takes either of the two deep grooves in the crest of the buttress. The left groove has a smooth start and is entered from the left to climb past an obvious small chokestone. The right hand groove is climbed direct and steepens to an awkward bulge which leads to a platform overlooking crotched gully. Step left into a narrow chimney leading to an easy finish.

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This climb is in 61 logbooks, and on 7 wishlists.

Stevie P1 60m up the rib. I took LH groove finish. Very thin on P2 poor protection on the lower 15m (crux) then excellent pro at the chockstone. Probably top end tech 4 or tech 5 in todays conditions. Deserves two stars.
stratandrew - AltLd O/S - 15/Mar/15 with Steve Graham

initial groove fairly easy onto snow slope. Most of second pitch was desperate. Dave moved onto crest and tackled that. I had to back and foot up the central groove on veerglass. The chockstone was quite simple ccompared to the groove below.
jamesofdeath - 2nd - 19/Feb/15 with Dave Slade

Guided by JP. Hard in the conditions
Ian Stirrups - 2nd - Feb/15 with Johnathan Preston, Sue

Hidden - 2nd - 30/Jan/15

Hidden - AltLd - 23/Jan/15

Nice first pitch. A few bulges, well protected and good neve/turf. FM led LH groove. Very hard in the smooth groove. Poor gear and no ice/neve. Tenuous until the first bulge. Good fun at chokestone. A lot of climbing on this route in these conditions and not III, 4
abbeywall - AltLd O/S - 04/Jan/15 with FM

plain kitten - 2015

Chrismith - AltLd - 29/Dec/14 with Shane

Hidden - AltLd O/S - 28/Dec/14

mzchambers - AltLd O/S - 09/Jan/14 with Ewan

Lots of fresh loose snow, ended up being unable to top-out or descend due to avalanche risk, rescued by Cairngorm MRT, very professional
Ross.Cooper - Lead dnf - 30/Dec/13 with Josh Daymond

Hidden - 2nd - 09/Nov/13

PAJames - 20/Feb/13

Hidden - Solo - 2013

freudy_love - AltLd O/S - 26/Dec/12 with Stewart Munro

Great weather, blue skies with no wind. Bomber neve snow for most the route but loose in places. Had to dig for gear on the upper pitches. Enjoyed the first pitch.
telemarker - AltLd O/S - 26/Dec/12 with Paul Freudenthal

PeteLoveless - 2nd dnf - 01/Dec/12 with Ben Gibson, jon

Led p1, which was very nice, then Harry led p2 right hand fork, which was desperate and gearless. The 'snow platform' mentioned in the guide wasn't there, there's a belay at the top of the chimney and after that it just drops down into crotched gully. You can climb back up left into another chimney but we just exited via the top of Crotched gully.
karinh - AltLd O/S - 05/Feb/12 with harry

Battled all the way, climb a bit out of condition the boys said.They took a harder variation which was desperate, i avoided this as no gear to retrieve. Great climbing!
Hanky - 2nd β - 02/Feb/12 with Andy Chorl./ Nate M

Hidden - Lead O/S - 28/Jan/12

Hidden - Lead dnf - 28/Jan/12

cyd0nian - 2nd - 28/Jan/12 with Kris Moeckell

Hidden - 2nd - 28/Jan/12

Hidden - Lead - 24/Jan/12

guy757 - 19/Jan/12

konacol - AltLd - 08/Jan/12 with Robert McMurray

Hidden - AltLd O/S - 08/Jan/12

Very fun route! Done in two pitches, the second is the hardest.
Alor_lab - AltLd O/S - 07/Jan/12 with Stephen Barrass

Hidden - AltLd - 06/Jan/12

Took the wrong route on this one after I had lead the first pitch. I think it would be worth a revisit as some other users pics show a decent second pitch to the route.
rossn - 2012

Hidden - AltLd - 18/Dec/11

Yourlead - 2nd - 06/Dec/11 with Graham Penny, Paul Freeman

TomPollock - 2nd O/S - 04/Mar/11 with Andy

brighters - AltLd - 27/Feb/11

Pete Barker - Lead - 30/Jan/11 with Mike

Solo up the first few sections to Runnel, but took right turn to avoid heavy traffic. Pete practically climbed it but took a wrong tuen, and we turn back to catch our lift home.
malumb - 2nd dnf - 30/Jan/11 with Pete Barker

Windy and overcast but sheltered in the corrie. John leading. Interesting move over the chock stone.
iansm - 2nd - 14/Jan/11 with Archie, John

chapmand - Lead - 09/Jan/11 with Guy Wilson

Guy Wilson - 09/Jan/11 with Dave Chapman

R0bbie - AltLd O/S - 08/Jan/11 with Taba

Just enough ice to do this, but enough is all you need. Sketchy gear on the final left groove, up to the chokestone at 30m. Good entertaining moves made all the more fun by being sustained and committing.
Ander - AltLd - 31/Dec/10 with Jimb0

Jimb0 - AltLd - 31/Dec/10 with Ander

SianR - AltLd - 14/Dec/10 with Nikki

Hidden - Dec/10

Hidden - AltLd O/S - 07/Feb/10

matt_ringrose - AltLd - 07/Feb/10 with Alex Nevard

rossn - AltLd O/S - 2010 with Nick Bryan

seemed more difficult that Ewen Buttress ... bit more sustained, last pitch and bit was good
robertmichaeladams - AltLd - 13/Dec/09 with Tom

really pleasant route. right hand option
tomdude - AltLd - 13/Dec/09 with rob

Captain Solo - Lead - 08/Mar/09 with Mark

Right hand
Alastair MacSween - Lead - 07/Mar/09 with Phil Warriner

jsrous - AltLd - 15/Feb/09 with D Smith

joe larner - AltLd O/S - 03/Jan/09 with Rolf

rossn - 2009

The temp. in the valley was -15 but it was much warmer in the corrie. The route was very thin, almost non-existent in the middle of the second pitch (left variation). Probably IV,5. The gear at the point where the ice disappeared was really poor, in better nick this area would presumably be choked with ice and neve. Well deserves its SMC star. Beautiful day with extensive visibility. Back at the car for 3pm.
AndyP - AltLd O/S - 30/Dec/08 with Joe

Hidden - AltLd O/S - 29/Dec/08

Took the right option, the last chimney was good fun.
jonnie3430 - AltLd O/S - 20/Dec/08 with Euan

First proper winter route. did not understand how to use gear
Euan Strachan - AltLd β - 20/Dec/08 with Jonnie

Climbed the left hand groove directly. Nice wee route.
Jonny Tee 69 - AltLd - Mar/08 with Pete

graeme gatherer - 2000

Banked out but still felt noticeably harder than the runnel that we thought we were on! All good in the end.
Callum Anderson - Lead O/S - Nov/95 with Phil Ascough

Users with this climb on their wishlist are:
Zippy1999, iksander, Charlie Zephyr Booth, michael83, PanzerHanzler, MJH

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