Pinnacle Ridge (winter)* II
[Pinnacle Ridge, 2 kb] See main page for route description..... Climb the classic summer scramble in winter conditions. The route comes into condition with a freeze and a fall of snow as nearly all placements are hooks on rock. The route is far superior to many much talked about Scottish grade II buttresses.

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This climb is in 114 logbooks, and on 14 wishlists.

Maybe I'd give this scottish III, or II 4, due to the crux.
glaramara - Lead - 31/Jan/15 with tamzin

lee1234 - 2nd O/S - 31/Jan/15 with joel

Brilliant route on a great day. Good conditions.
laurence_falconer - Lead - 31/Jan/15 with Joel Harman

DSM - Solo - 24/Jan/15

A bit mental today. Rob and I were determined to do a route today. It drizzled from leaving the car to our return. I was both wet and cold as we started the route. Ice was in meltdown all the way to the summit. High winds and poor condition made this route on the day quite serious and a little scary. Not in condition. Still a great day out. A BAD DAYS CLIMBING IS BETTER THAN A GOOD DAY AT WORK EH !
bantamdave - AltLd O/S - 23/Jan/15 with Rob Hunt

stev1e.wilso - Lead - 18/Jan/15 with Jay Russell

Matt Amos - Solo O/S - 18/Jan/15 with Martin P

Wesley Orvis - Solo - 18/Jan/15

Moved together and pitched the crux
RichardThorpe - 18/Jan/15

Found it hard work. Hadn't been out for months.
lordyosch - 2nd - 18/Jan/15 with steve wilson

Hidden - AltLd O/S - 18/Jan/15

Very windy, tons of spindrift. Really enjoyed the route though, felt harder than II today!
d80f0u - Lead - 18/Jan/15 with Dave

Jim Haydock - AltLd - 18/Jan/15 with Wesley Orvis

David Cowley - Lead rpt - 18/Jan/15

tomowen13 - 18/Jan/15 with RichardThorpe, Ben Paske

BPaske - 18/Jan/15 with Tom Owen

Hidden - AltLd - 17/Jan/15

Full on fun.
IMCole - 17/Jan/15

Roped up at crux, pitched it and moved together afterwards
Theeni - AltLd O/S - 17/Jan/15 with Matt Hastings

lcullum7 - Solo O/S - 17/Jan/15 with Simon Smith

Hidden - Solo - 17/Jan/15

Very good, one tricky pitch
michaelb1 - AltLd - 17/Jan/15 with Carl h

NickJH - AltLd - 17/Jan/15 with Matt Reed

TobyA - Solo O/S - 16/Jan/15

In good winter condition today with good hard neve on the exit
jon59 - AltLd - 16/Jan/15

tobyk - Lead O/S - 16/Jan/15 with Emma Akam

Great day out.
Deary65 - Solo - 2015 with Matt A

steveg - 29/Dec/14 with Neil and Pete

pete_naylor - Lead O/S - 29/Dec/14 with steveg, Neil

martintom - 27/Dec/14 with Daria Przybyla

Hidden - Solo - 27/Dec/14

Route covered in snow up to a couple of inches deep in places, not sufficient to warrant tools or crampons (dusted off to find holds). Temperature around 0c.
MartF - Solo - 27/Dec/14 with Matt

Wesley Orvis - Lead - 13/Dec/14

Roped up at the corner and did a couple of alt leads. Very wintry and windy! Some sunny spells : )
petegunn - AltLd - 12/Dec/14 with Davina

Hidden - AltLd - 12/Dec/14

Roped up for Crux, no need for crampons really.. Ice on rock was covered by powder snow for the mostpart.
OllieF - Lead - 08/Dec/14 with Ben

Hidden - AltLd O/S - 08/Dec/14

Danny Crump - Solo - 16/Feb/14 with Neil Kerr

Stamford Raffles - AltLd - 09/Feb/14 with Sam Oliver

Wesley Orvis - Solo - 02/Feb/14

First grade ll winter ascent
mc2006 - Feb/14

Hidden - Solo O/S - 22/Nov/13

Hidden - Solo - 05/Apr/13

Fun-sized mountaineering. Full conditions (double corniced!).
innes - Lead - 23/Mar/13 with Ruth

Somerset swede basher - Solo O/S - 16/Mar/13

the crux felt hard for a II in the conditions, very atmospheric day.
Wesley Orvis - Lead - 16/Mar/13

Soloed nearly all the route, roped up for the crux and 1st winter lead.
jonathandavey - Lead - 10/Mar/13

Mainly solo, roped up for corner pitch.
JdotP - 10/Mar/13 with The Chosen One, The former Mrs Huska

Hidden - Solo O/S - Mar/13

Hidden - Solo - Mar/13

Piece of cake, took a dog with us.
AtRandom - Lead O/S - 01/Feb/13

Roped up for crux pitch which is a beaut in both summer and winter. Such a good scramble on good rock with positive holds all the way.
smithjmw46 - Solo O/S - 25/Jan/13

Hidden - 21/Jan/13

No ice but snow on ledges and haw frost meant that crampons and axes needed
adamwesthead - Lead O/S - 19/Jan/13 with Forshaw

robbiek - 2nd - 08/Dec/12 with Dan Staff

Solo and then roped up for crux and main ridge. Crux felt more like III. Down climbed after ridge ..nice ledges and good axe placements in the crack once it had been cleaned but placing gear for "seconds" protection is def a good idea
Simnel - AltLd - 08/Dec/12 with John H, Ian, Mark

My first winter lead
IanHope - AltLd O/S - 08/Dec/12 with John L

dakidunn - AltLd - 08/Dec/12 with Ian Hope, John Haxon

Dan_Staff - Lead - 08/Dec/12 with Robbie King

Hidden - Lead - Dec/12

Good powdery fun, chucked a rope on for the crux crack and climbed it direct, abbed down the back of the pinnacle
r_o_b_h2 - Solo - 05/Nov/12 with Tom Woodstone

Hidden - Solo O/S - 05/Nov/12

brilliant conditions with no ice buts lots of deep powder!
droberts - Lead O/S - 04/Nov/12

jdgaventa - AltLd - 11/Feb/12

Hidden - 04/Feb/12

Hidden - Lead O/S - 02/Feb/12

Hidden - AltLd - 29/Jan/12

all snow was wet and heavy and ice on rocks had turned to slush. made a decision to turn back early on as the weather deterioated
droberts - 2nd dnf - 19/Dec/11

Mix of rock, ice and snow.
kirstyrichardson - 2nd O/S - 18/Dec/11 with liam martin

Plenty of snow, Exit slope was in great condition, although the only part that didnt have a lot of snow was the crux corner.Good day out.
Liam Martin - Lead rpt - 18/Dec/11 with David Cowley, Shaun Duke, Kirsty Richardson

David Cowley - Lead O/S - 18/Dec/11 with Kirsty Richardson, Shaun Duke, Liam Martin

lots of unconsolidated snow, no real ice although some frozen turf at top, did with boots and walking axe but no crampons. got rope out for final slab but found it wasnt really required. good fun and a good way of getting back into gear for the winter season
pebbles - Solo - 10/Dec/11 with guido

With Mark. Mostly solo, pitched the tricky bit.
tsjx - AltLd - 10/Dec/11

Hidden - Solo O/S - 22/Feb/11

Mungo Shuntobox - Lead - 28/Jan/11 with Andy Holt

Ben Sharp - AltLd - 09/Jan/11 with Simon Ash

Hidden - Solo - 08/Jan/11

pmurdy - Solo O/S - 02/Jan/11

stevepotter - Lead - 24/Dec/10 with smolders

Good route some tricky problems but not sustained and with limited exposure
Ben Hollands - Lead O/S - 19/Dec/10 with Dan the man

The crux on this feels more like III but can be avoided by the gully on the left.
Jonny M - Lead O/S - 20/Feb/10 with Phil Thomas, Dave Hall

Liam Martin - Lead O/S - 07/Feb/10 with Gary Brumwell

gazb - 2nd - 07/Feb/10 with liam martin

moved together up to the corner pitch, i led that, then my brother led over the pinnacles. Surprisingly quiet, a good day out
no_more_scotch_eggs - AltLd rpt - 24/Jan/10 with loudfish, philip, loudfish

Hidden - AltLd O/S - 24/Jan/10

Done in perfect winter conditions.
Russell Lovett - Lead O/S - 10/Jan/10 with alan taylor

Phil West - AltLd O/S - 09/Jan/10 with Shaun Walby

phil led rock section i led drop off section, approached directly from below crag grade I/II mountaineering very nice daggering, power made it feel slightly harder than II
shaun walby - AltLd O/S - 09/Jan/10 with Phil West

Hidden - Lead O/S - 08/Jan/10

covered in powder, felt a bit stiff in places...
twoplates - AltLd - 07/Jan/10 with frith wood

Good route, felt a touch go-ey for II, couldn't find the descent off the pinnacle so abbed. Some crazy avalanche hazard on the way in
greenroom - AltLd O/S - 07/Jan/10 with Tom Swannick

Hidden - AltLd O/S - 05/Jan/10

Hidden - Lead - 03/Jan/10

Hidden - AltLd - 02/Jan/10

not sure if we were on the right ridge. good fun anyway
tomhull - Solo O/S - 01/Jan/10 with matt harris

Hidden - 01/Jan/10

Roch - 01/Jan/10 with MRT

Graeme Hammond - Lead O/S - 28/Dec/09 with Pete aka Dad

Moving together.
Calder - AltLd O/S - 08/Feb/09 with Andy Clow

Hidden - 2nd - 01/Feb/09

Hidden - Solo - 25/Jan/09

philboy - Solo - 25/Jan/09 with AD, bisanth, matt g

Very pleasant
mark20 - AltLd O/S - 24/Jan/09

Took a look at the ridge early morning it looked to be in good nick , I always find Pinnacle ridge far from daunting and sometimes wonder about its grade 3 rating , I would rather tackle the ridge in conditions like today's, it was easier than when its wet. Took another look at it mid afternoon still in good condition very little snow on the pinnacles, just a dusting , wont be back now till summer .
BigHell - Solo - 24/Jan/09

on the day we did it, it was a 3 star route, similar to the more famous and populated Dorsal Arete, but PR has more climbing and better views
crowberry gully - 24/Jan/09 with Ross McGibbon

Hidden - Solo O/S - 06/Dec/08

Hidden - Solo - 06/Dec/08

goingupintheworld - Solo - 29/Nov/08 with Ben, Matt B, Matt H

Scrambling with a dusting of snow and ice on the rock. Stiff breeze, good visibility.
MartF - 29/Nov/08

Peter Holder - Solo O/S - 30/Sep/08 with Richard Lydiatt

petegunn - AltLd - 2006 with Matt Wilkes & Scott Fraiser

Hidden - Lead - Jan/01

Hidden - Solo - 2000

John Brayshaw - AltLd O/S - 14/Mar/87 with Chris

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