A'Chir Ridge* VD
[Abseiling the bad step on A' Chir, 2 kb]A very fine ridge traverse with the difficulties spread over a mile of granite towers and slabs. Many parties avoid the direct line of the ridge in which case the route goes at about Moderate.
T.F.S Campbell, W. Douglas, J.H.Gibson, H.Fleming, R.A.Robertson, and Dr Leith 30/Jan/1892

Ticklists: Top ridge scrambles of Britain, Ultimate Scottish Rock, Five top-end ridge scrambles; from the UKH article, Scotland's Mountain Ridges by Dan Bailey, Scottish 3 and 4 star multi-pitch routes.

Photo: Abseiling the bad step on A' Chir © rambler_gary
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This climb is in 141 logbooks, and on 27 wishlists.

Great day out. Moved together but for the abseil of the 'bad step' (more like a 15-20 m bad step!). Excellent continuous scrambling.
Mr Fuller - AltLd O/S - 28/Jul/14 with Liz Smith, Ally

Hugh Simons - Solo O/S - 21/Jul/14 with Tim Simons

andymccreath - 23/Jun/14

Hidden - AltLd - 24/May/14

Hidden - AltLd - 04/May/14

North south traverse. Avoided bad step.
martinh13 - Solo - 03/May/14

RichardThorpe - 03/May/14

Hidden - 20/Apr/14

morpcat - Solo O/S - 19/Apr/14

Jacob Forshaw - Solo O/S - 19/Apr/14

Allanfairfechan - 2014

Hidden - Solo - 05/Oct/13

Hidden - Solo - 04/Sep/13

North to south and in the damp. Felt quite tricky in places.
Liam Ingram - Solo - 18/Aug/13 with Alex Toomey, Ben Feintzeig

cas smerdon - Solo - 28/May/13 with Mark S

Hidden - 16/May/13

Rob Halliday - Lead dnf - 04/May/13

Hidden - Solo - May/13

Hidden - Solo - May/13

Laura Hamlet - Solo O/S - 27/Apr/13 with Tim Hamlet

Tim Hamlet - Solo - 27/Apr/13 with Laura Hamlet

Great fun, would take a rope next time for the down climb section which would have a pretty sizeable fall if you were to cock it up
chiverstom - Solo O/S - 19/Feb/13 with Alice

ambrooker - Solo O/S - 19/Feb/13 with Tom

jackse - 2013

captain - 2013

Ended up descending in the dark
Baggie - 21/Sep/12

aldo56 - Solo O/S - 03/Jun/12 with gsevan

gsevans - Solo O/S - 03/Jun/12 with aldo56

Blisco - 02/Jun/12 with Alison Stanley, David Sim, Peter Skan

Macleod - Solo O/S - 02/Jun/12 with Nicky

Abseiled the Bad Step.
Ramblin dave - 02/Jun/12 with Pete Skan, Dave Gruar, Alison

Ken Taylor - Solo O/S - 05/May/12

robbiek - Apr/12

Darrell Read - 31/Mar/12 with Robbie King, Dan Staff, Simon Hall

Dan_Staff - Solo O/S - 31/Mar/12 with Robbie King, Simon Hall, Darrell Read

jonnie3430 - Solo O/S - 27/Mar/12 with Marie

alan moore - 2012

Hidden - 2012

Very slingy slidy!
Jörmungandr - 27/Aug/11 with Kelvyn James

Hidden - Solo O/S - 12/Aug/11

mataius - 01/Aug/11

Ross Young - AltLd O/S - 28/Jul/11 with Emma HWUMC

bsmedz - Lead O/S - 28/Jul/11

Hidden - Lead - Jul/11

Fantastic day on great rock.
mikesuth - Solo - 04/Jun/11 with Leanne Maes, Laura Eunson

TommSC - 24/Apr/11

Very windy, but only the odd wet spot. Glorious finish - would have been up South Ridge Direct if we'd known it would be that dry!
Thoms6974 - Solo - 03/Apr/11 with Zoe, Andy W, Dave S

awhale - 03/Apr/11

Kazza91 - Apr/11

Jack Frost - 2011

Hidden - 2011

mikemartin - Solo - 14/Oct/10

Captain Solo - Solo rpt - 14/Oct/10 with Mike

From North to South, Great fun!
R0bbie - 29/Aug/10 with leighn, Taba

nich0las - Solo - 01/Aug/10 with Brendan, Catriona C

More like a Mod if you abseil off the tricky bit!
rambler_gary - Lead O/S - 18/Jun/10 with Jamie

Hidden - Solo - 17/Jun/10

Hidden - Solo O/S - 03/Jun/10

South to North therefore Mod apparently
JP78 - Solo - 30/May/10

Slick - Solo - 28/May/10

South to North.
Stewart B - Solo O/S - 26/May/10

Andy Moles - Solo O/S - 23/May/10 with Ferdia

We pitched the chimney but moved together / scrambled for the rest of it. UKC should have a "Moving together" option in the "Style of ascent" box.
JdotP - 23/May/10 with Jonathan De Leyser

ferdia - Solo O/S - 23/May/10 with Andy

After meeting Andrew off the ferry we went and had a day out on this.
Roberttaylor - Solo O/S - 21/May/10 with Andrew Hutcheson

Phil Jennings - Solo O/S - 21/May/10 with Clare Muir, Marcus Horgan

marcushorgan - Solo O/S - 21/May/10 with Phil Jennings, Clare Muir

Hidden - 21/May/10

Hidden - Lead - 29/Apr/10

Graham Westbrook - Solo - Apr/10

JonmapDL - Solo O/S - Mar/10 with john proctor

Hidden - 2010

Started at 9pm. moon rise at 2am. oopps. carried on by starlight and headtorch for tricky bits. fantastic.
MoWalker3 - 12/Sep/09 with Cormac, chrissy

from North to South
johannes - Solo O/S - 25/Jul/09

SianR - Solo - 24/Jun/09 with Ewan, Tara & Liz

very hot day
rbruce - Solo - 23/Jun/09

xfletch - 13/Jun/09

Mountain Llama - Solo - 03/May/09 with Heather, Andy & Paul

Did main ridge S to N, which is graded Mod, although it seemed more like a Diff to me. A splendid ridge with a peculiar finale: abseil off then descend narrow ledges, back and forth, then down climb.
johnjb - Solo O/S - 03/May/09 with Mike Shields, Mark I

Daniel Sutherland - Solo O/S - 02/May/09

cat22 - 19/Apr/09 with Mike

westaway - Solo - 2009

Grim weather
Nicholas Livesey - AltLd - 30/Aug/08 with Jamie Griggs

guidebooks were rather scetchy
griggj - AltLd - 29/Aug/08 with nick livesey

great day out
rustyclimber91 - Solo O/S - Jul/08

Hidden - Solo - 22/Jun/08

Hidden - Solo - 18/Jun/08

Hidden - Solo O/S - Jun/08

Hidden - Solo - 30/May/08

Hidden - May/08

Hidden - May/08

dustbuddy - Solo O/S - 19/Sep/07

Hidden - Solo - Sep/07

nathan_kelly - 27/Aug/07 with Kenny Kenworthy

Hidden - 26/Aug/07

Hidden - Solo - 26/Aug/07

francois - Lead - 20/Aug/07 with Lorna

Hidden - AltLd - 20/Aug/07

Hidden - Solo - 19/Jul/07

Please put this back to the Moderate that it is in real life and the guide. At VD we don't even get to vote it down to the right grade.
George Ormerod - Solo O/S - 05/May/07 with Clare W

Hidden - AltLd O/S - May/07

Hidden - Solo - 14/Apr/07

Hidden - Solo - 08/Apr/07

mortimea - Lead - May/06 with Mr Van Doorn, James Perkins

Conan - Solo - May/05

keith hal - Solo - May/05 with Ruaridh Leslie

Hidden - AltLd - 2005

dan cowley - Solo O/S - Apr/04

hedgehog77 - Solo - 21/Feb/04

Hidden - 2004

Judd_IV - Solo O/S - Oct/03 with Derek

DavPk - Solo - 20/Sep/03 with Catherine Pearks

Paula Hamilton-Gibson - Sep/02

Dave Kerr - Solo - 27/Jun/02 with John Watson

Captain Solo - Solo - 17/Jun/02 with Ian Everard

Avoided VD , Grade = Mod
arduff - Solo - 2002 with Chales Kennelly

Bruce Kerr - Solo - 05/Aug/01

iskra2000 - May/00 with Clare Downie

did this when i was 12,not vd.. gd to link to cir mhor
johnrc - Solo - 2000

Hidden - AltLd O/S - 2000

Hidden - 2000

Lone Rider - 2000

Hidden - AltLd O/S - 24/Aug/96

Hidden - 14/May/96

Hidden - 1996

Graham Booth - Lead O/S - Jul/95

Tenko - May/94 with Kev Wilson

pigeonjim - 1994

JohnHutch - Lead - Jul/93 with DH

Hammy - Solo - 30/Apr/93 with Colin Struthers

lithos - 1990

Simon Caldwell - 1990

David Smith - 1990

brianrunner - 1990

Done as part of the walking round. If you think this is VDiff, you must have got so terribly lost I'm surprised you ever found your way back to write about you life-changing experiences on a classic Mod...
Tony Buckley - May/88

Sandman55555 - Solo O/S - 12/Jun/87

Hidden - Solo - 1986

mark mcgowan01 - 1983 with Stephen Yates

in winter best to go south to north rather than the opposite as we did. Took so long in the gap the last section was in darkness and a bit of an epic for a couple of school kids
fmck - 1983

Hidden - AltLd - 28/Jun/81

Some snow lying. Done twice since, always south-north
Iain Thow - Solo - 21/Apr/79 with Bernard

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