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|Climber||Date||Style||Notes & Partners|
|Chris Homewood (Swindon MC)||26/Feb||-||
Extremely blustery on summit. Steve had fun while roped!
Martin Newman, Steve King
Nice snow conditions on the arrete with rock steps near the top having snow on the ledges and semi frozen turf. Moved together except for one step which we pitched. Very strong winds which got worse the higher we got. It was an effort getting to the summit of Sgorr Dhearg, almost got blown off our feet several times. Turned straight round at the summit and descended the north ridge. This route is described in the Cicerone Press guide as School House Ridge and marked as such on the BMC map.
Steve King, Chris Homewood (Swindon MC)
Fun scrambling as a start to the Ballachulisch horseshoe.
Only really snowy at the top
Very windy, but enjoyable.
Gemma Hope, Andy Hope
Lots of new snow, plus windy conditions slowed us down a bit but an excellent afternoon out. Rock steps straightforward although new snow and drifting meant some insecurity and digging for good axe placements at times.
Moved together over the rock steps. Not too difficult or exposed.
|Stuart Hurworth||09/Feb/14||AltLd O/S||
Climbed on a training course - moving together and using various types of belay, direct, body, Italian hitch and 'normal'. Fun and easy, but very windy at top and on descent ridge!
Manchester Climbing Club
Great fun - Alfie should remember his crampons next time though!
Alfie Tipler, Miles Mconville
AKA School House Ridge. Mostly fresh snow with patches of good neve. Mostly straightforward, Grade I/easy Grade II, except for one section which I was reluctant to tackle solo, so I followed a ledge leftwards and up a small gully on well-consolidated neve. Traces of old tracks showed I wasn't the only one to make this choice. An enjoyable and easily accessible route and seemed fairly safe from avalanche risk.
|Mark Collins||13/Feb/11||Solo O/S|
Cracking ridge walk/scramble with one or two interesting steps which were quite icy. Done this as part of ballachulish horseshoe.
Thaw overnight stripped much of the snow, so the interesting bit was bare. Decided to err on the side of caution and turned back. However, superb views and a good day out anyway.
Beautiful. Really alpine feel to it, especially the upper snow arete.
as part of Ballachulish Horseshoe
Great route (as found in the back of Dan Bailey's Scotland's Mountain Ridges in the list of routes he couldn't fit into the actual book!) in winter condition. Couple of tricky bits, one particularly (for a Grade I) as I got it all wrong and ended up precariously balanced, but got through it! Nobody else on it at the time, so really nice day. The walk up to summit of Sgorr Ban (so really this is Sgorr Ban's ENE Ridge, not Sgorr Dhearg's) was really nice and the ridge across to Sgorr Dhearg was delightful - one of the best days walking I've ever had. Went on to summit of Sgorr Dhonuill, but that was a bit less pleasant, though a great looking rocky top. Recommended if in condition, and I guess an easy scramble in the summer.
Difficulties short lived, but awkward and exposed while they lasted. Looked like we were the only ones who persevered, everyone behind us retreated and traversed to the north ridge (or off the mountain completely) - I must have made it look desperate!
The rock step felt more like Grade II than Grade I. Tricky and exposed. The rest of the ridge was very straightforward.
Paul Sumbler, Mel Sumbler, Jane Henderson, John Tyler, Dave Bermingham, Kev Hobbs, Andy Sutton, Ian Burwood