450m. "An excellent scramble through magnificent scenery. Start up Number Five Gully, and break out right on the first ledge from the foot of the gully proper. Follow this until it becomes impractical, then take a shallow gully that leads up and slightly left to a higher ledge. Follow the higher ledge to the right passing a large pinnacle block to reach the easy angled crest of the Great Buttress of Carn Dearg by a large cairn. Follow the crest of the buttress to the north-west summit of Carn Dearg." Nisbet, A. et al (2005) Scottish Rock Climbs, Leicester; Scottish Mountaineering Club

J.S. Napier, R.G. Napier & E.W. Green 09/Jun/1895

Ticklists: Top ridge scrambles of Britain, Scotland's Mountain Ridges by Dan Bailey, Scottish 3 and 4 star multi-pitch routes.

ClimberDateStyleNotes & Partners
arose 10/Oct Solo

In descent

Tightsgirl 10/Oct Solo

In descent, after Tower Ridge

Hidden 03/Oct Solo
Hidden 28/Sep -
joesmith 27/Sep -

in descent

Hidden 19/Sep -
paulh.0776 19/Sep Lead

Unfortunately the good forecast didn't materialize so we didn't get any views, we only used a rope once for a little security on the sloping slab at the beginning as it was quite polished and wet, superb route.

Hidden 16/Sep -
JEP 12/Sep -
Steve Perry 09/Sep Lead O/S

In descent

Tim Hamlet 31/Aug Solo
AndyRogers 18/Aug Solo O/S

Cracking conditions , cracking route!

Hidden 18/Aug -
Hidden 18/Aug Solo
Hidden 15/Aug Solo
Hidden 13/Aug -
Hidden 07/Aug Solo
apotts 17/Jul Solo
Lee Rodgers
leerodgers84 17/Jul Solo

After an accidental ice climb up gully 5 it was pretty easy going except for the horrible weather.

Hidden 08/Jul -
Dodgeanderson 04/Apr Solo O/S

Low visibility, humid, relatively easy scramble with a few exposed moments. Summit of Ben to finish. Descent by CND Arete

Hidden 17/Mar Solo O/S
eliza 21/Feb -
squicky 14/Feb Lead O/S

What a lovely Valentine's treat, walking up into a storm in the dark. Great route though.

MTBAnimal 08/Feb AltLd O/S
Tony Lancashire 10/Jan Lead
centurion05 ??/2015 -
plain kitten ??/2015 -
nickcj ??/2015 -
Ahebden93 28/Dec/14 Solo O/S

Great fun route, snow slightly powdery but fine afterwards! Really enjoyable & great weather!

Ndawson 28/Dec/14 AltLd
Hidden 30/Nov/14 Solo
SkylarLobdell 11/Oct/14 -

Lead a bunch of new club members up the route, predictably wet and seeping in places but absolutely magnificent none the less. Fantastic day out!

PoorPaddy ?/Oct/14 Solo
Pete_Stewart ?/Oct/14 Solo

First trip with STAUMC! Also first time on Ben Nevis, will definitely be back for more!

luckyjim 23/Sep/14 AltLd

An atmospheric day in the rain !

E Parton
jonathandavey 17/Sep/14 Solo
Nath93 11/Sep/14 Solo

good banter with some good folks! follow the trail really..

Hidden 10/Sep/14 Solo O/S
runwildjohn 26/Aug/14 Solo
boyson 24/Aug/14 Solo
Samuel Wainwright 24/Jul/14 Solo

in Descent

Nigel Bond 23/Jul/14 Solo
Colin Hutton
Hidden 20/Jul/14 Solo O/S
Mackinclimb 19/Jul/14 Solo
westleas ?/Jul/14 -
djdavies 26/Jun/14 2nd


sj87 26/Jun/14 -
Graham Westbrook 15/Jun/14 Solo

Down climb

simondunf ?/Jun/14 -
glaramara ?/Jun/14 Lead
Flinticus 31/May/14 Solo

May 2014. Warm, dry, still. Just me. Some snow in No. 5 gully. Initial slab wet & greasy.

Hidden 30/May/14 -
atthedropofahat 10/May/14 Solo dnf

Initial slab on exit to Number 5 Gully awash with water and black slime, not worth the risk soloing.

Andy Moles 07/May/14 Solo
Adamski1986 19/Apr/14 Solo rpt
cpforbes 19/Apr/14 Solo O/S
Simon Caldwell 18/Apr/14 Solo rpt

Had hoped it would be in winter nick, but it wasn't, so we carried rope and gear all day for nothing. Good training.

YAC, Carmen
lithos 18/Apr/14 -

bit of snow to start, then summer conditions

Jamie Brown 18/Apr/14 Solo

Had hoped for winter conditions but virtually no snow after no. 5 gully. Still a great scramble though.

pebbles 18/Apr/14 Solo

main ridge itself mostly bare and summery

anthony semonella, jamie, carmen, donal, simon c, rob
Hidden 18/Apr/14 Solo
ash longreach ?/Apr/14 Solo
Dennis, John
Sam1900 24/Mar/14 -


Hidden 01/Mar/14 AltLd O/S
stevelismore 24/Feb/14 Lead O/S

Very banked with soft snow. Made bottom section very easy but ridge harder, as very narrow snow slopes instead of flat platform. Milly was a complete novice to winter climbing so had to pitch and lead entire route-lost count after 12 pitches!

Milly PCC
2010_graham 21/Jan/14 Solo O/S
Brendan B
coachmacca 10/Jan/14 2nd

First grade 2 winter

CMCM ?/Jan/14 Solo O/S

Roped together. Extremely deep snow. White out conditions on summit plateau.

Hidden ??/2014 -
ablackett ??/2014 Lead

Lots of hard snow in No. 5, ok kicking steps. Went too far along the first ledge, and went up some wet, lose ground for a few short pitches before finding the upper ledge which was more of a path. Finished up 70m of steep hard snow as there was no way round - just ok kicking steps but thought we might have to turn round, in mid June!!!

Allanfairfechan ??/2014 -
rob1 ??/2014 -
victorhearnyeates 23/Nov/13 Solo
Hidden 23/Nov/13 Solo O/S
luckyjim 03/Nov/13 Solo
DundeeDave 21/Sep/13 Lead
Jennie H 21/Sep/13 2nd
janis Russell, markus milne, David
markusj 21/Sep/13 Solo O/S

A soggy trip in the mist

DundeeDave, Jenny Hare, Janis Russell
Hidden 06/Sep/13 AltLd
Dougbart 06/Sep/13 -

in decent

Hidden ?/Sep/13 -
Hidden 28/Aug/13 Solo
stevetheleg 11/Aug/13 AltLd O/S
Hidden 11/Aug/13 AltLd O/S
Hidden 10/Aug/13 -
Martin Davies 31/Jul/13 Solo O/S

Like a few others below I went too far along the traverse, ended up in a massively exposed position, pretty awesome but didn't fell like a Grade 1 Scramble at that point! Went up a fairly steep corner on looseish rock, popped out on ridge then walk to top. Was exciting!

oren02 20/Jul/13 -
machars 13/Jul/13 -

Decended as one of five classic ridges in a day.

Hidden 13/Jul/13 Lead O/S
BStar 01/Jul/13 Solo

Roped at times, practising scrambling rope work

Jamie B, Rachael
dalgleish33 01/Jul/13 Lead
Rachael88 01/Jul/13 AltLd
nick everett ?/Jul/13 Solo

Descent after Castle Ridge and before Tower Ridge. Just about the best day ever.

Robertgiddy 09/Jun/13 Solo

In descent.

alan.rodger 08/Jun/13 Solo
jonathan harris
punj 08/Jun/13 Solo
Hidden 07/Jun/13 Solo
ClemmieMitchell ?/Jun/13 2nd
Cludum Mann 23/Feb/13 AltLd
gripped01 09/Feb/13 AltLd
Rob Patchett, Rimon Than
Hidden 20/Jan/13 -
Tom Redmond 17/Jan/13 Lead O/S
dave bowler
thomb 14/Jan/13 AltLd
Darkskys ??/2013 -
Hidden ??/2013 -
sgl0jd ??/2013 -
Laura Hamlet ??/2013 -
Timothy Miller ??/2013 Lead O/S
lou_rankine ??/2013 Solo
Andrew will wilson ??/2013 -
Hidden ??/2013 -
wykealpha ??/2013 -
Hidden 01/Dec/12 Solo O/S
Finn Curry 14/Nov/12 Lead

Very wet so roped up across the leaning slabs.

Tom Williams
Captain Solo 23/Sep/12 Solo rpt


Roberttaylor 09/Sep/12 Solo O/S

Seems I got a bit lost on this one. Kept following the first big ledge till it became a small ledge, then a break, then a crack for the feet. After quite a lot of traversing (including one difficult little step with a lot of air below me) I found myself looking at an acceptable way up and ended up climbing maybe 50m of loose Vdiff ground that obviously doesn't see many hands. After this it eased off to the easy angled ridge above. Hope I can go back and do the actual route, ideally in winter.

Lawrie Brand 26/Aug/12 Solo O/S

In descent

Sarah Laing
Storm Hunter 26/Aug/12 Solo O/S
Mike505 21/Aug/12 Solo

First Scramble in Scotland. clear ascent, cloud on the summit. Amazing Day!!

Alastair MacSween 11/Aug/12 Solo

In descent

captain_reindeer 04/Aug/12 Solo

We were going to do Tower Ridge but rain showers put me off the idea.

Billy Clark, Jelena
Hidden ?/Aug/12 -
Tom Vivian 23/Jul/12 -

Cloud down to 650 m & soaked to the bone!

Hidden 16/Jul/12 Solo rpt
Hyperopic 07/Jul/12 Solo O/S

Went beyond first ledge by continuing up No 5 Gully as it was wet and greasy, though gully wasn't any easier and loose instead.

henry.jeffreys 06/Jul/12 Solo O/S
Will Foxall
Hidden 24/Jun/12 Solo
SuperMike64 14/Jun/12 Solo
freemanTom 03/Jun/12 Solo

My interpetation of going along a ledge until you can go no further is different to the routes. Quite a sporting step across a gap.

Andy Night
captain_reindeer 02/Apr/12 Solo

Good weather. Clear views.

Hidden 13/Mar/12 -
thomb 28/Feb/12 -
jasoncash 15/Feb/12 Solo

Moved together

Hidden 12/Feb/12 Lead O/S
chris smith 03/Feb/12 Lead O/S
johnrich 02/Feb/12 -
flett53 ?/Feb/12 2nd
Hidden ?/Feb/12 Solo
dakidunn 28/Jan/12 Lead O/S
JYates 28/Jan/12 Solo
saffy 08/Jan/12 2nd
Hidden ??/2012 -
Hidden ??/2012 -
robbiek ??/2012 -
Hidden ??/2012 -
chapmand ??/2012 -
Hidden ??/2012 -
Wesley Orvis ??/2012 -
jhs3jtmh ??/2012 -
Narked4fun ??/2012 -
Hidden ??/2012 -
Hidden ??/2012 -
Stone Idle ??/2012 -
Hidden ??/2012 -
Hidden ??/2012 -
Hidden ??/2012 -
cpforbes ??/2012 Solo O/S
JamesRoddie ??/2012 Solo
Hidden 06/Nov/11 -
BobbyMotherwell ?/Oct/11 Solo O/S
Foxache 27/Aug/11 Solo O/S
danceswithcats ?/Aug/11 -

did less of a ledge route and more of a nasty slimey gully route

Alastair MacSween 26/Jul/11 Solo

In descent

Hidden 24/Jul/11 Solo
Redjesta 09/Jul/11 Solo O/S
Peter Entwistle, Barbara Duncan
Sutty22 17/Jun/11 Solo O/S

Climbed this in poor conditions but still found it enjoyable. The climbing improves with height.

tomshanti 17/Jun/11 Solo rpt

first summer ascent.wet and windy,up and down.

Gazlynn 12/Jun/11 -
Elsier 11/Jun/11 Solo O/S

In descent

Katy V, Amy
Alastair MacSween 04/Jun/11 Solo

In descent

Graham Drinkwater
Hidden 16/May/11 Solo
Hidden 06/May/11 -
Hidden 30/Apr/11 Solo
Hidden 23/Apr/11 Solo
Pete Barker 10/Apr/11 Solo O/S
Frenchman, Lizzie
Hidden 09/Apr/11 -
Wesley Orvis 02/Apr/11 Solo
tim91 22/Mar/11 AltLd
Hidden 19/Mar/11 2nd
SeánM 18/Mar/11 -
liamo333 17/Mar/11 Solo

In descent

Hidden 16/Mar/11 AltLd rpt
Hidden 01/Mar/11 -
Tony the Blade 28/Feb/11 AltLd O/S

Moved together with alternate leads - Alpine stylee. A stunning February day with near perfect conditions.

Flat Eric
BaddaBing 28/Feb/11 -

Amazing conditions!

Joolz 22/Feb/11 -


Matt Upwood
pclark 22/Feb/11 -
Ben Sharp 21/Feb/11 Solo
k2blow 10/Feb/11 2nd

good sight seeing route, excellent condition lovely exposed route, loose snow but firm under foot ice, three of us together climbed, which made it slower specially with my tight boots killing me, newcomer to winter climbing pete henley made it look easy which it was but two grade 2's in as many days is credit deserved, again a day like thursday on the ben was magic , well exposed route this one, a nice introduction to winter mountaineering, would recommend this route to any newishcomer, good confeidence booster needed after a long absence, my thanks to mr howes,

john howes
nath_casper 10/Feb/11 -

with ash, mikey, magnus and pog (moving together)

MarkDavies36 ?/Feb/11 Lead O/S

Two beginners Easy II as top of curtain traverse was well snowed up

Ross Young 29/Jan/11 AltLd O/S
Hidden ?/Jan/11 Solo
mr rob ??/2011 AltLd O/S
The Wriggler ??/2011 -
oliverk ??/2011 -
jon59 ??/2011 -
halfaseesaw ??/2011 -
Sean Kelly ??/2011 -
Ben C ??/2011 -
Hidden ??/2011 Solo
Tobias at Home ??/2011 -
mschmude ??/2011 -
isi_o ??/2011 -
Hidden ??/2011 -
Hidden ??/2011 2nd
1918hasti 30/Dec/10 Lead
gethin_allen 29/Dec/10 Solo

trudged through cruddy slush to the ridge and then had a nice walk with the occasional good view.

Jimbo C 29/Dec/10 Solo O/S

Swam up the lower part due to the massive thaw that was going on.

lukehunt 23/Dec/10 Solo
Tom Ripley
gripped01 16/Dec/10 AltLd
Mike Henesy, Dave Tait
JonnoP 21/Nov/10 AltLd
Adamski1986 ?/Nov/10 2nd
Jess Abbott
emiln 14/Oct/10 -
James, Justina K.
Mayaculpa 09/Oct/10 -
Pompey ?/Oct/10 Solo
Hidden 26/Sep/10 -
Mike Peacock 12/Sep/10 Solo
Stuzz 01/Sep/10 Solo rpt

Down climbed after castle ridge.

KeithAlexander 07/Aug/10 Solo


Martin Dempster, Graeme Diack
Stephen Halliday 19/Jun/10 -
neilhalliday 19/Jun/10 -
Finn Curry, Stephen Halliday
Finn Curry 19/Jun/10 -
amy 12/Jun/10 -

In descent

Dave Farnell
carl_123 14/May/10 Solo O/S
Hidden 04/Apr/10 AltLd
alan barnes 16/Mar/10 Solo
cam fowler, luke
AndyNicol ?/Mar/10 AltLd O/S
Alasdair McLean
climberuk 20/Feb/10 Solo O/S

Moved together for the whole thing. Perfect sunny winters day on the Ben.

mr.benton 15/Feb/10 -

Winter conditions

jolyon.cohen 14/Feb/10 2nd
davidwright 14/Feb/10 Lead
pudding 13/Feb/10 AltLd O/S
lindsam 13/Feb/10 AltLd O/S
Jos Style
Hidden 04/Feb/10 AltLd O/S
a13x ?/Feb/10 -
Tobes ?/Feb/10 AltLd

Lead? - moved together really

willoates ?/Feb/10 -
Steve, lawrence
pudding ?/Feb/10 Solo
alex peace, alex winter
benkelsey 29/Jan/10 Solo O/S

no need to rope up. from car to car in 7 hours

gb83 28/Jan/10 Solo

great climb although not really grade 2 as ice ramp was pretty snowy. used as descent route too. stunning views from the ridge.

mattrm 03/Jan/10 Lead

Guided by Alan Kimber, so not a true lead. Well with in my capabilities tho, can't wait to go back for another try. Very enjoyable route. Great exposure on the top of the ridge and wonderful views.

oliverk 03/Jan/10 Solo
ndraper1 ?/Jan/10 AltLd

Perfect conditions

Hidden ??/2010 -
MarkDavies36 ??/2010 Solo O/S
Guy Keating, Steve Randles
pratty25 ??/2010 -
pratty25 ??/2010 -
hikerman ??/2010 -
kevinknights 29/Dec/09 Lead rpt

Much harder than a few years ago - powder snow on ice high up but not banked out; many small steep neve sections. Gully after the curtain crossing contains some iffy ice. Took ~ 6 hr for route, definate grade II. Led all, many pitches, few bits of moving together, very cold.

Beth, Ryan
Hidden 21/Dec/09 Solo O/S
Ollie B 21/Dec/09 Solo O/S
Hidden 21/Dec/09 Solo
frankcp87 21/Dec/09 AltLd dnf

Did the first few pitches, be moving as a 3 and pitching everything meant progress was slow, so we bailed.

Martin McPhillie 17/Dec/09 AltLd O/S
Ewan Russell
Hidden 04/Dec/09 Lead
Hidden 04/Dec/09 -
Johann ?/Dec/09 AltLd O/S
Sarah Lewis
Mike-W-99 23/Oct/09 -

Done in the rain but still a quality day out.

Fiona Reid 23/Oct/09 Solo

Slab was a bit damp, but otherwise a really lovely route and a great way to celebrate Kenny's 60th.

Liam Martin 17/Aug/09 Solo O/S
Hidden ?/Aug/09 -
Hidden 21/Jun/09 Solo
gazzashep 15/Jun/09 -

This was my first real climb. I was guided by Guy Stevens(Top Man), it was a fantastic day, and hopefully the first of many. Awesome

Guy Steven
absolutebeginner 13/May/09 Solo
Hidden ?/May/09 Lead
mikehenesy 19/Mar/09 AltLd O/S

Like a summers day in the Alps. Sunny warm and soft snow.

Chris Lodge
Palomino1hills 05/Mar/09 Lead
tomtom89 ?/Feb/09 Solo
ernieb182 ?/Jan/09 Lead O/S
Guy Smith
cragmanuk ??/2009 -
Andy Kipling
rnotman67 ??/2009 Solo
cpforbes ??/2009 -
Alastair MacSween 06/Dec/08 Solo
Ken Applegate ?/Sep/08 Solo
Rory Stewart, Matt Lander, Scott Kirkhope
TomPollock 30/Aug/08 Solo O/S
default_slipper 16/Jun/08 Solo
Only a hill 16/Jun/08 Solo

A good day on the Ben. Shorter and easier than I had expected, but a quality scramble.

Hidden 14/Jun/08 Solo β
Hidden ?/Jun/08 Solo
joeydurkin 31/May/08 -
feeder_12 26/May/08 Solo O/S
Hidden 18/May/08 Solo
Hidden 01/Mar/08 -
eagleopus 10/Feb/08 AltLd O/S

Moved together

martinazando ?/Feb/08 2nd O/S
al99 ?/Feb/08 Lead
Hidden 20/Jan/08 AltLd O/S
Hidden ??/2008 -
monkeyboyraw ??/2008 Solo
Mark Collins ??/2008 Solo O/S
Hidden 02/Dec/07 Solo
Captain Solo 19/Aug/07 Solo
AnTeallach 17/Jul/07 -
Steve Hammond, Scott Muir, Various, Steven Addison
andymoin 09/Jun/07 Solo O/S


Captain Solo 05/Jun/07 Solo


star8ug 31/Mar/07 Lead O/S

Moved together placed runners round the ledge section which had little ice for the crampons to bite. The ledge is easy to miss. Fantastic day clear skies and sunshine. Very Alpine

Hidden 25/Mar/07 Lead
Paula Hamilton-Gibson ?/Mar/07 -
Hidden ?/Feb/07 2nd O/S
Hidden 28/Jan/07 AltLd
mav 15/Jul/06 -

in descent

James Beckett
stephenmckenzie ?/Jul/06 Solo O/S
Roy the Border Collie, Ronald Cameron
default_slipper ?/Jun/06 Solo O/S
Alastair MacSween 13/May/06 Solo

In descent

Andy Ingram, Graham Hunter, Phil Warriner
SteveM 08/Feb/06 AltLd
b.hayley ?/Feb/06 AltLd O/S
yashvi 14/Jan/06 2nd
Jo Wimalasena
AG ??/2006 -
malky_c ?/Sep/05 -
tlanky2001 02/Jul/05 Solo O/S
Calum Wilkinson
industrialiceman 28/Feb/05 -
Hidden 01/Feb/05 Solo
UKscrambler ??/2005 Solo
rambler_gary ??/2005 -
chrishedgehog 16/Aug/03 Solo O/S

Continued up after doing Centurion. Pretty sensational way of going up The Ben for the first time.

Dan Bailey
bms 19/Apr/03 Solo

Mainly on rock.

Alastair MacSween 06/Jul/02 Solo
crowberry gully ?/May/02 -
Mark Salter 02/Mar/02 AltLd O/S

moving together

Chris Shorrock
MarkDavies36 ??/2002 Solo O/S
Guy Keating, Steve Randles
Stuart S 04/Aug/01 Solo
mikelaing ?/Jan/01 2nd
Storm, Pete Harrison
seanyt ?/Nov/00 Lead
luckyjim ?/Aug/00 Solo
akhughes ??/2000 -
steveP ??/1999 Solo O/S
Ed Coote
Iain Thow 22/Sep/97 Solo

Descent. Did upwards Aug 2012

GuyM ??/1997 -
kagreen 20/May/96 Solo
biggianthead 09/Mar/96 Solo
cem ?/Feb/96 AltLd O/S

As part of course.

Mark from Oxford
johnkeith ??/1996 -
Stuart S ?/Sep/91 Solo
Hal Taylor
Hidden ??/1991 Lead
Simon Caldwell ??/1990 -
Hidden ??/1984 Solo
uphillnow ?/Aug/76 Lead
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