J.S. Napier, R.G. Napier & E.W. Green 09/Jun/1895
|Climber||Date||Style||Notes & Partners|
In descent, after Tower Ridge
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.
|Steve Perry||09/Sep||Lead O/S||
Cracking conditions , cracking route!
After an accidental ice climb up gully 5 it was pretty easy going except for the horrible weather.
Low visibility, humid, relatively easy scramble with a few exposed moments. Summit of Ben to finish. Descent by CND Arete
What a lovely Valentine's treat, walking up into a storm in the dark. Great route though.
Great fun route, snow slightly powdery but fine afterwards! Really enjoyable & great weather!
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!
First trip with STAUMC! Also first time on Ben Nevis, will definitely be back for more!
An atmospheric day in the rain !
good banter with some good folks! follow the trail really..
May 2014. Warm, dry, still. Just me. Some snow in No. 5 gully. Initial slab wet & greasy.
Initial slab on exit to Number 5 Gully awash with water and black slime, not worth the risk soloing.
|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.
bit of snow to start, then summer conditions
Had hoped for winter conditions but virtually no snow after no. 5 gully. Still a great scramble though.
main ridge itself mostly bare and summery
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!
First grade 2 winter
Roped together. Extremely deep snow. White out conditions on summit plateau.
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!!!
janis Russell, markus milne, David
A soggy trip in the mist
DundeeDave, Jenny Hare, Janis Russell
|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!
Decended as one of five classic ridges in a day.
Roped at times, practising scrambling rope work
Jamie B, Rachael
Descent after Castle Ridge and before Tower Ridge. Just about the best day ever.
Rob Patchett, Rimon Than
|Tom Redmond||17/Jan/13||Lead O/S||
|Timothy Miller||??/2013||Lead O/S|
|Andrew will wilson||??/2013||-|
Very wet so roped up across the leaning slabs.
|Captain Solo||23/Sep/12||Solo rpt||
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||
|Storm Hunter||26/Aug/12||Solo O/S|
First Scramble in Scotland. clear ascent, cloud on the summit. Amazing Day!!
We were going to do Tower Ridge but rain showers put me off the idea.
Billy Clark, Jelena
Cloud down to 650 m & soaked to the bone!
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.
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.
Good weather. Clear views.
|chris smith||03/Feb/12||Lead O/S|
did less of a ledge route and more of a nasty slimey gully route
Peter Entwistle, Barbara Duncan
Climbed this in poor conditions but still found it enjoyable. The climbing improves with height.
first summer ascent.wet and windy,up and down.
Katy V, Amy
|Pete Barker||10/Apr/11||Solo O/S||
|Tony the Blade||28/Feb/11||AltLd O/S||
Moved together with alternate leads - Alpine stylee. A stunning February day with near perfect conditions.
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,
with ash, mikey, magnus and pog (moving together)
Two beginners Easy II as top of curtain traverse was well snowed up
|Ross Young||29/Jan/11||AltLd O/S|
|mr rob||??/2011||AltLd O/S||
|Tobias at Home||??/2011||-|
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.
Mike Henesy, Dave Tait
James, Justina K.
Down climbed after castle ridge.
Martin Dempster, Graeme Diack
Finn Curry, Stephen Halliday
cam fowler, luke
Moved together for the whole thing. Perfect sunny winters day on the Ben.
Lead? - moved together really
alex peace, alex winter
no need to rope up. from car to car in 7 hours
great climb although not really grade 2 as ice ramp was pretty snowy. used as descent route too. stunning views from the ridge.
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.
Guy Keating, Steve Randles
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.
|Ollie B||21/Dec/09||Solo O/S|
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||
Done in the rain but still a quality day out.
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|
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
Like a summers day in the Alps. Sunny warm and soft snow.
Rory Stewart, Matt Lander, Scott Kirkhope
|Only a hill||16/Jun/08||Solo||
A good day on the Ben. Shorter and easier than I had expected, but a quality scramble.
|Mark Collins||??/2008||Solo O/S|
Steve Hammond, Scott Muir, Various, Steven Addison
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
Roy the Border Collie, Ronald Cameron
Andy Ingram, Graham Hunter, Phil Warriner
Continued up after doing Centurion. Pretty sensational way of going up The Ben for the first time.
Mainly on rock.
|Mark Salter||02/Mar/02||AltLd O/S||
Guy Keating, Steve Randles
Storm, Pete Harrison
Descent. Did upwards Aug 2012
As part of course.
Mark from Oxford