The Big Top*** E1 5b
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This climb is in 82 logbooks, and on 60 wishlists.

Led P2,4. Pitch 1 is more like 25m.
gjd - AltLd O/S - 03/Jul/15 with Brian H

Ginger McGrath - AltLd O/S - 03/Jul/15 with misha, hannah gibbs

Technically altleads although I only led p1 (A Gary Latter induced route finding adventure...) Graham blasted the last 3 pitches so we could get hannah back to Glasgow... she got a lift from the other 2 guys ahead of us on the route! Only the last pitch felt anywhere near 5b.
mishabruml - AltLd O/S - 03/Jul/15 with Ginger McGrath

Hidden - Lead O/S - 03/Jul/15

led 2, 4 and the second half of pitch 3. great route, choss comments are a lie, the rock quality is great, the approach on the other hand...
Sam Marks - AltLd O/S - 15/Jun/15 with Hamish

Hidden - AltLd - 15/Jun/15

Great 2nd pitch. 3rd is a choss-fest traverse. Not sure we went the right way at the top...seemed a bit run out.
MonkeyDawson - AltLd O/S - 22/Apr/15 with tim gommersall

Lead P2 + 4. Struggled with route finding on p1 + 4, need to climb again
joesmith - AltLd - 21/Mar/15 with Simon Davidson

Led 2 and 4. Excellent route. Felt right for the grade as quite bold on pitch 4 but steady.
Brian Pollock - AltLd O/S - 14/Sep/14 with Gordon

Led 1st and 3rd pitch.
gurumed - AltLd O/S - 14/Sep/14 with gjd

Hidden - Sep/14

Sustained, with exciting positions! Rock quality not the best.. Led p1&3, may have taken a slightly more direct route on last pitch.
Lawrie Brand - AltLd O/S - 27/Jun/14 with Robin

newtonmore - 18/Jun/14 with joris

Hidden - 2nd - 18/Jun/14

Hidden - 2nd - 08/Sep/13

Led 1 and 3. Stunning route after the 1st pitch. Horrendous descent in the dark after starting at 6pm...
Liam Ingram - AltLd O/S - 12/Jul/13 with Jamie Sparkes

I led p2,4. Incredible route if scary.
Roberttaylor - AltLd O/S - 12/Jul/13 with Tom e

not technically hard but quite bold and very exposed. P4 felt hard in the dark with scary clouds rolling in. descent is grim but worth it for this amazing route. ****
The Big Sender - AltLd O/S - 12/Jul/13 with robert taylor

Lead P2,4. Fantastic route, but an awful approach and descent! article here:
JamieSparkes - AltLd O/S - 12/Jul/13 with Liam Ingram

Hidden - AltLd - 02/Jun/13

mhairi thorburn - AltLd O/S - 01/Jun/13 with bomber harris

Hidden - 2013

Hidden - 2013

Forgot helmets and belay devices. Made for an interesting morning
arose - AltLd - 21/Jul/12 with Hannah Francis

Tightsgirl - AltLd - 21/Jul/12 with Ali Rose

Tim Hamlet - AltLd - 20/Jun/12

Done after work. Left the car at 6.45pm, started climbing at 8, and both on top at 10.30 just in the last bit of light. Brilliant route. Glad I didn't have to lead the last pitch by headtorch...bold with slightly complex route finding and some suspect rock.
tim newton - Lead O/S - 25/May/12 with Ben Payne

Hidden - AltLd - 16/May/12

Johann - AltLd O/S - 30/Mar/12 with Martyn Stott

Hidden - AltLd dnf - 09/Jul/11

machars - AltLd dnf - 09/Jul/11

Led pitches 2 and 4. Absolutely stunning route - would say E1 5a but considerable exposure, suspect rock, hard to route find on last pitch and rope cutting rock make it quite serious! Maybe last pitch not best for the budding E1 leader! A fantastic day out - cheers Jason :)
sebrider - AltLd O/S - 01/Jul/11 with jazzyjackson

absolutely wild route. Amazing climbing. Route Topo piss poor ( beware ) lots of loose rock and razor sharp rope choping flakes on 4th pitch which are v diff to avoid dragging ropes over. With the walk in this all adds to a full value mountain day. A huge relief to summit and forget about the horrors and exposure. Brilliant day, 50/50 gibbering/laughing. Massive respect to the late Robin Smith.
jazzyjackson - AltLd O/S - 01/Jul/11 with sebrider

Hidden - 2nd - 04/Jun/11

Amazing route, led p1&3. had a bit of an epic on final pitch, warren got lost and had to be lowered back onto route, we had to set up intermediate hanging belays and i then had to down climb/traverse back onto route, which ended in having to use rope to pendulum onto final traverse!!
Neil Mackenzie - AltLd - 04/Jun/11 with Warren

Fantastic climb from the first move till the last, sensational exposure throughout. On last pitch failed on higher traverse (5b? pumpy) before doing lower traverse, some hanging belay carnage ensued due to rope drag.
adw07 - AltLd - 04/Jun/11 with Neil Mackenzie

Great route though some of the rock is a bit suspect and feels a bit like airy ledge shuffling in places! Got a bit lost on the top pitch, tried about 4 different ways all of which seemed too hard to be 5a before finding a way out....
Chad123 - AltLd O/S - 01/May/11 with Emily

burto - AltLd O/S - 21/Apr/11 with phil

barney_edin - 2011

Hidden - 2011

Hidden - 2011

Hidden - 2011

Abbed off second pitch due to darkness
marcushorgan - AltLd O/S - 26/Sep/10 with Clare Muir

top 3 pitches are brilliant - sustained interesting climbing
robertmichaeladams - AltLd - 14/Aug/10 with Tom

oh yeah!
tomdude - AltLd - 14/Aug/10 with rob

whispering nic - AltLd O/S - 19/Jun/10 with Al Reid

Hidden - AltLd - 19/Jun/10

dj_brigham05 - Lead dnf - 12/Jun/10 with Rich Clarke, Pete Abernethy

Excellent route
Neil Adams - AltLd O/S - 05/Jun/10 with Ross B

Ross Barnes - AltLd - 05/Jun/10 with Neil A

Hidden - Lead - 24/May/10

Hidden - 2010

Stunning route; pitches 2, 3 and 4 are all awesome.
auchtubhmor1 - AltLd - 11/Jul/09 with Mark Atkins

Led pitches 1 & 3. Awesome route, with stunning exposure!
Ken Applegate - AltLd - 25/Jun/09 with Alex Wheldon

amazing climb - exposure tremendous, Lead pitches 2 & 4. Felt claustophobic right up to pulling through roof of pitch two and saw the ground fall away to my right. Last pitch one of the best I've ever done, technical, difficult route finding. Just a wonderful route.
mav - AltLd O/S - 06/Jun/09 with James Beckett

plain kitten - AltLd - 2009

Captain Solo - AltLd - 21/Jun/08 with Dougie

dave o - Lead O/S - 24/May/08 with Julia H

Hidden - 2nd O/S - 24/May/08

sgl - AltLd O/S - 13/May/08 with Kiwi Steve

amazing top pitch felt steep with rucksac
James Humble - AltLd O/S - 2008 with rik

gforce - AltLd - 05/May/07 with Pete Slayer

French Erick - AltLd O/S - 14/Aug/06 with Claire Fennell

A couple of ascents. One the very best. The top pitch is bold for the grade IMHO. Just keep climbing !
brianrunner - AltLd - Jul/06 with martina

Hidden - AltLd - 2005

kevg - 2005 with Mark

Gudge - AltLd O/S - Sep/02 with Gareth Hughes

bullybones - 2000

Lone Rider - 2000

Hidden - AltLd - 1998

phardman - Lead O/S - 24/May/97 with Dr Dan

Hidden - AltLd - 27/May/93

Bruce Kerr - AltLd - 23/May/92 with Perric Crellin

Hidden - AltLd - Jun/91

graham lawrie - AltLd - 1989

Hidden - AltLd - 1989

Pog did pitch 1,3 and I did 2 and 4.Serious accident on route a little before our ascent and evidence on ground disturbing. Take care to runner so rope cant load over big flake!
uphillnow - AltLd - Aug/84 with Andy Bennett, Andrew (Pog) Horn

redjerry - AltLd - Jun/81 with Jim Melrose

rogerskews - 11/Jun/79 with Keith Jenkins

tapley - 2nd - 23/Sep/76 with John Sumner

Hidden - AltLd - 28/Aug/76

Hidden - AltLd - 06/Jun/71

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