Ticklists: Cairngorm Winter Climbs.
|Climber||Date||Style||Notes & Partners|
|Matt Cooke||07/Feb||AltLd O/S|
Tom Redmond, Josh Willet
|Tom Redmond||02/Feb||AltLd O/S||
1st pitch made tricky due to powder. I led 2nd pitch, was really good!
|Euan Todd||01/Feb||2nd O/S||
MCofS winter climber's weekend. Led the easy pitch in the middle. Our guide from Glenmore led the rest.
Hard for the grade with unconsolidated snow, more like tech 6
3 pitches., combining 1 and 2. Led second pitch traverse and corners.
colenn, Rob Noone
Nice route in lean condition, too much fixed gear though.
very thin conditions
Nice exposure on short leftward s traverse.
Direct start V,6, with my host, David Sykes, BMC Winter Meet 2014. Horrible weather.
Good lead in v difficult conditions on tricky variation start - well worth doing and hard to protect - traverse is nice and airy. 2 pitches.
Good value for a IV, I'd say. Lovely exposure!
Good conditions on Alladins buttress, sugary elsewhere!
|adam clarke||11/Jan/14||AltLd O/S||
Jim led P1, Adam led P2, then easy ground to descend by Aladdin's Couloir. First grade IV; seemed quite easy conditions with gear available
|Richard Thombs||10/Jan/14||2nd O/S||
Great snow all the way, technical start and a few hard moves before topping out too. A great day in fantastic conditions.
Super neve all the way
In 2 pitches. P1
|Matt Harle||07/Jan/14||AltLd O/S|
Melting fast but out of wind.
Took a small slip onto fixed gear on the first pitch.. Retreated shortly afterwards, the route was totally plastered and was not going to give any gear. Saving it for next time.
|Andrew Sloan||30/Dec/13||AltLd O/S||
Really good route. Initial groove quite technical but well protected. Brilliant and intimidating traverse higher up. Did as 2 pitches and abseiled off at the top.
Very good route. Bit of a slip when leading secong pitch which had Andy worried. First pitch felt tech 6, maybe I'm just out of practice.
A very good value route and a good option as it didn't rely on turf. The first pitch has some great moves and the the third packs a punch!
Richard Hines, Debbie Lee
Excellent conditions, soft shells and sunglasses
Geoff took the variation at V,6. Led the rest
variation start, interesting climbing
Did first pitch only, couldn't top out due to weather
Great wee route with good situations for the grade
No ice in the groove.
|Andy Moles||03/Nov/12||AltLd O/S|
Nice little route, heavy snow on 60mph winds...pretty grim, but good fun !
V, 6 variation. Had to rest a few times, but managed to get through the crux in nearly 1 go. Not too shabby from a previous best of III, 4. I'm told it was in hard conditions despite the powder
|el cholo||05/Feb/12||Lead O/S||
V 6 variation, bloody corner on P2 where the peg is, was iced up I had no choice but to use the pag as an axe placement.
abbed off after 1st pitch because my climbing partner had extreme back pain. Didn't mind, was pretty windy!
With direct start variation (V,6),very enjoyable outing.
Roman, Jiefei Ma
Wasn't inspire by the ripping unfrozen turf in the snow ramp or loose tottering pile of chossy blocks above that weren't iced together and moved when pulled on, so downclimbed to the in-situ ab-tat at the top of the 1st pitch and bailed off.
|Dave Douglas||02/Jan/12||Lead O/S||
After the thaw I used my hands more than my axes. At the start of the second pitch Paul managed to move a large block just below a fixed yellow bit of rope. The blocks leading to the traverse on the second pitch also looked a bit precarious with little snow or ice to bind them, so we abseiled off. Second pitch is an accident waiting to happen. 1st pitch was good though.
|Andrew Wilson||04/Dec/11||Lead O/S||
Did the V,6 variation start from the toe of the buttress. Did it in 2 pitches.
must ready guidebook - desperate with little ice in the groove above the peg
|jon clayton||01/Mar/11||AltLd O/S||
hard V 6 variation, heaps of pissing powder and spindrift in all directions... wild.
With direct finish
After the snow ramp at the end of the first pitch, went straight up the corner. Exciting climbing, with marginal holds and stemming off a good torque half way up.
|David Sherratt||??/2011||Lead O/S|
Climbed in two pitches, I led P2, nice route, plenty of hooks and gear. Good situation on P2!
Lead the first pitch to the top of the easy groove, this was my first proper mixed lead :) first grove is tricky, pat lead second crux pitch.
with variation start V/6
got pitches 1 and 3. hardest tech 5 i've been on to date! good climbing throughout, upper corners providing a thuggy crux.
helen and sean
done in two long pitches then on to the plateau really pleasing route.
tough top corner
Geoff, Andy Wardle
First of the season, couple inches of powder covering everything made a good warm up route with a couple entertaining pitches. traverse on the third pitch is a sweet spot!
pitch 1 and pitch 3 were awesome and contrasting. The traverse was exciting and intimidating but I found the steep corners after to be the crux.
Wild day, so a good choice in the circumstances.
Duanne and Graham
Jonnie 3430 and Duanne White
|Smelly Fox||06/Dec/08||AltLd O/S|
|s kennedy||06/Dec/08||AltLd O/S||
|Jamie Simpson||??/2004||AltLd O/S||
Wild blizzards and deep dodgy snow - Rapped Aladins.
|Steve Crowe||10/Feb/90||AltLd O/S|
Led the pitch with the step out left.