**** A slightly overhanging, pumpy wall with juggy holds leads to the niche. Move right then up to the ledge. Sling the block and belay.
The next pitch takes a left rising traverse to the tree, which seems tame after the scary wall below. Abseil off the tree or, if you like greenery, continue on up. A Creag Dubh classic.

Ticklists: Ultimate Scottish Rock, Strathspey's Finest, Scottish Rock Climbs ****, Scottish 3 and 4 star multi-pitch routes, World Graded List, Ultimate HVS ticklist.

Hidden 23/Sep Lead
Hidden 16/Sep AltLd O/S
Hidden 15/Aug AltLd O/S
druss 30/Jul AltLd O/S

Lovely steady climbing. P2 lead

Hidden 30/Jul AltLd O/S
CaelanB 07/Jul AltLd O/S

1st pitch

with ben gibson
gforce 03/Jul Lead rpt
with Dave O
Hugh Simons 02/Jul Lead O/S

In 1 pitch. Really good.

Martin McKenna - UKC 02/Jul 2nd
John McKenna 02/Jul 2nd O/S
Fiona Reid 19/Jun AltLd rpt

Led pitch 1 this time. Started raining on pitch 2!

with Mike
Mike-W-99 19/Jun AltLd rpt


with Fiona
Graeme Hammond 01/Jun Lead O/S
with Becky E
Blake 31/May Lead O/S

One hell of a route... steep and pumpy for the grade, doesn't look possible, but yields eventually with commitment. Gear is not great in places, but the hard moves are protected ok. Modern for its day and a testament to a young Dougal Haston - I salute you. I've done much easier E1's, but this will not and should not ever have the grade changed. Chop the bolt?

with Kev
mapperley samurai 31/May 2nd
ColinD 29/May AltLd O/S

Steep, improbable, Rained as I got to belay, lowered off bolt and tat.

mzchambers 14/May AltLd O/S
david_brookes 14/May AltLd
Ulgrid 14/May AltLd

An amazing route.

with Dave
annep 13/May AltLd
Cecilewannaclimb ?/May AltLd
with Mark C
Lamb 11/Apr AltLd O/S

Led P2. Route well protected, not sure why it gets a rep for poor protection.

with Sean Henderson
seanhendo123 11/Apr AltLd O/S

1st pitch, good steady climbing, good gear

with Lamb
guy757 25/Mar -
masa-alpin 13/Mar AltLd rpt
with Kevin H
Hidden 13/Mar AltLd
mountain musher ??/2016 AltLd
Hidden 16/Oct/15 Lead
Goodstuff 26/Sep/15 AltLd O/S

Pitch 1, utterly fantastic! Long reaches on positive holds with spaced gear. Wonderfully exposed belay, and pitch 2 has plenty of interest too.

with Ian Ackerley
Hidden 12/Sep/15 AltLd O/S
Hidden 06/Sep/15 AltLd O/S
Fiona Reid 05/Sep/15 AltLd O/S

Led pitch 2 including step out from niche. Brilliant steep climbing on pitch 1.

with Andy W
Mike-W-99 05/Sep/15 Lead O/S

Both pitches, fantastic route.

with Chris
Steve Perry 05/Sep/15 AltLd O/S

Got the first pitch this time.

with Pete
Hidden 05/Sep/15 AltLd O/S
Captain Solo 05/Sep/15 AltLd rpt

With Alex

Alex the Alex 05/Sep/15 AltLd O/S

Two quality pitches.

with Ewan
centurion05 05/Sep/15 AltLd
mikewilson789 04/Sep/15 2nd β
with Andy Woolston
Brian Pollock 22/Aug/15 AltLd O/S

Jug city. Mega.

with Gordon
Hidden 07/Aug/15 Lead dog
gjd 07/Aug/15 AltLd rpt

I led p1 after Brian took a lob onto the peg.

with Brian H
Gibson27 ?/Aug/15 AltLd O/S

One of the best routes I have done!

with Peter loveless
Gordon Lacey ?/Aug/15 AltLd
quickdrawmcraw 17/Jul/15 Lead
Hidden 17/Jul/15 2nd
Barry Harper 09/Jul/15 Lead O/S

First climb on Creag Dubh, hardest lead yet but a fantastic route. Jugs where you need them but gear can be pretty sparse when when its really needed!

Liam Ingram 09/Jul/15 AltLd O/S
with Josh Williams
Hidden 19/Jun/15 Lead O/S
Graham Westbrook 17/Jun/15 AltLd O/S
mjackson 17/Jun/15 2nd
Hidden 21/May/15 Lead
SallyReeves89 21/May/15 AltLd O/S

Lead first pitch. Bold but great!

with Sinclair Cooper
GraMc 20/May/15 AltLd O/S
with graham pinkerton
arose 21/Apr/15 Lead
with James Seaman
Steve Perry 21/Apr/15 AltLd O/S

With Masa. Classic.

masa-alpin 21/Apr/15 AltLd O/S

I lead P1 and Steve did P2.

Hidden 19/Apr/15 AltLd
dodfoster 21/Mar/15 Lead O/S
esther ?/Mar/15 2nd
esther ?/Mar/15 2nd
EmmaAtkinson 12/Oct/14 2nd O/S
with Rory Brown
arose 02/Oct/14 Lead

Good fun. Got hit by "the fear" on the first pitch

Colin Dyer 02/Oct/14 AltLd
with Josh Robinson
Hidden 20/Sep/14 AltLd
Hidden 15/Sep/14 -
Hidden 28/Aug/14 AltLd
calumhicks 28/Aug/14 2nd O/S
with David McKinney, Adam Harris
Dave Rumney 26/Aug/14 Lead
abbeywall 24/Aug/14 AltLd O/S

Led 2

with FM
Mike Lates 13/Aug/14 AltLd O/S

Long run-out up to niche & back across before gear made me think top end HVS or E1. Great moves & well worth the stars. Whats the bolt at block belay about??

with Andy Collins, Lucy Spark
lorens holm ?/Aug/14 Lead β

Scary long run out to that big triangular niche.

with Oscar
andyinglis 28/Jun/14 AltLd rpt
Ross Barnes 28/Jun/14 AltLd
with Andy I
Parkie 22/Jun/14 AltLd O/S

P1. and Jamie P2. Didn't fancy ab from tree so climbed over buttresses and steep grass and heather to top and long walk - not recommended

with Jamie
Hidden 17/May/14 AltLd
danimal88 15/May/14 AltLd β

nothing logged but have climbed before.

with Mike Met office
Hidden 03/May/14 2nd
Hidden 11/Apr/14 -
Hidden 11/Apr/14 -
martrin ??/2014 Lead
with Sarah Kekus
GordonAinslie ??/2014 -
James Thacker ??/2014 -
annep ??/2014 -
olekemi 12/Oct/13 AltLd O/S
with John W
jonnie3430 12/Oct/13 AltLd O/S

Backed off the first pitch. Weak.

with Ole
Hidden 06/Oct/13 2nd
freudy_love 17/Jul/13 AltLd rpt
with Colin Morrison, Henry Cowan
Hidden 16/Jul/13 AltLd O/S
ross brinson 13/Jul/13 Lead O/S
with Hannah Watson
Coel Hellier 06/Jul/13 Lead
with Fiend
arose 01/Jul/13 Lead

Struggled for gear on first pitch

Mackinclimb 01/Jul/13 Lead O/S

Run out and pumpy

Tightsgirl 01/Jul/13 2nd

Perhaps a little too soon to climb after appendix surgery... huffed and puffed

colin milton 26/Jun/13 AltLd

lead 1st pitch. Cannot think of a better single pitch that I have done.

with shaun l
PeteLoveless 19/Jun/13 AltLd O/S
with Chris Ward
Uisdean hawthorn 02/Jun/13 -
annep11 28/May/13 AltLd O/S
Harry Holmes 28/May/13 AltLd O/S
with Anne Peale
Hidden 24/May/13 AltLd O/S
Hidden 24/May/13 AltLd
Hidden 18/May/13 2nd O/S
Apharri 11/May/13 AltLd

I led pitch 1

with Dave Wharton
alicia 25/Apr/13 2nd

Hadn't been trad climbing for a year, felt totally rusty and inept! Lovely rock and crag though.

with Dave Mac
Ewan Russell 04/Mar/13 Lead O/S

meant to be the warm up. We managed to cause ourselves some hardship. So called it a day early on.

with Halla
RM199 19/Feb/13 AltLd O/S

Lead crux. Awesome

captain ??/2013 -
Hidden ??/2013 -
sikcby ??/2013 Lead β
Sam Parker 29/Sep/12 Lead O/S
with Dad
Old_Nick_S 21/Sep/12 AltLd O/S

Frazer took the harder first pitch, I took the much more pleasant (easier) second.

with Frazer
iceicebaby 15/Sep/12 AltLd O/S

led P2.

tomdude 15/Sep/12 AltLd O/S
with ben wallace
Hidden 30/Aug/12 Lead
victim of mathematics 17/Aug/12 2nd O/S

P1 only before rain forced us to run away. Steep and with fiddly gear, but good climbing.

James Oswald 17/Aug/12 Lead O/S

Lead after colin backed off. Steep, pumpy to place gear which isn't overwhelmingly amazing. Runout. Ace route but I wouldn't feel that E1 would be silly...

with Colin Angus
jolly 16/Aug/12 AltLd
Andy Moles 22/Jul/12 AltLd rpt
with Greg Cain
andyinglis 21/Jul/12 AltLd rpt
with Helen R
Hidden 03/Jun/12 AltLd O/S
Hidden 22/May/12 AltLd
dav_713 01/May/12 AltLd
sneaks 29/Mar/12 AltLd O/S
with janey
Hidden 29/Mar/12 AltLd O/S
Hidden 25/Mar/12 2nd
marky728 11/Mar/12 2nd O/S
Neil Adams 11/Mar/12 Lead rpt

Still brilliant!

with Alan Johnston
alifin 29/Feb/12 2nd

Steep and exposed but good holds, great route. Hanging belay at the notch and abbed off the tree.

Hidden 29/Feb/12 2nd
Hidden 26/Feb/12 AltLd
PAJames ??/2012 -
Johann ??/2012 -
Patzl ??/2012 -
Patzl ??/2012 AltLd
Steven Carter ??/2012 Lead O/S
geoff.comley 06/Nov/11 AltLd O/S

Finally led a climb up the impressive and intimidating great wall. Led P1.

with Simon
simon_D 06/Nov/11 AltLd O/S
with Geoff
Hidden 05/Sep/11 AltLd
stephenmckenzie 04/Sep/11 AltLd O/S

Pitch 1 (5a) lead by Rory. Pitch 2 (4b) lead by me. Skipped 3rd pitch. Excellent climb.

Dizz 04/Sep/11 AltLd O/S

In 2 pitches, led p1.

with Andy N
Hidden ?/Sep/11 AltLd
Hidden 25/Aug/11 AltLd
Captain Solo 22/Aug/11 Lead rpt

First pitch only.

with Paul
freudy_love 22/Aug/11 2nd rpt

Lowered off after just doing the first pitch as a quick and enjoyable end to the day.

Hidden 20/Aug/11 Lead O/S
Rachel Slater 20/Aug/11 AltLd O/S

Liam lead the HVS pitch. A very good route on nice rock.

simondunf 19/Aug/11 2nd

direct version in one pitch (cont straight up rather than traversing on p2) E1?

with danny
Hidden 07/Aug/11 2nd
Oliver Hopper 29/Jul/11 2nd
robmack 23/Jul/11 AltLd O/S
with madz
madeleine 23/Jul/11 AltLd O/S
with Robbie
Hidden 20/Jun/11 -
niallk 12/Jun/11 AltLd O/S

Led pitch 1, abbed after 2. Great route, jug-fest. Didn't find much gear beyond the pegs but judging from other comments on here I can't have been looking that hard.

with Sarah, Willie
Ken Applegate 05/Jun/11 AltLd

Led P2 this time.

with Johan Urbano
Hidden 02/Jun/11 Lead O/S
Andy Moles 25/May/11 AltLd O/S

P1 - nice, not quite as bold as I expected.

with Ferdia
ferdia 25/May/11 AltLd O/S
with Andy
sophiecb 20/Apr/11 2nd

My intro to 'Creag Death' - pumpy and in your face!

with Neil
French Erick 17/Apr/11 AltLd O/S
with Stuart McFarlane, Jim Hall
Hidden 10/Apr/11 AltLd rpt
Hidden ?/Apr/11 Lead O/S
Hidden 05/Mar/11 AltLd O/S
freudy_love ??/2011 Lead O/S
Hidden ??/2011 -
Scottish78 ??/2011 -
Hidden ??/2011 -
Hidden ??/2011 -
Hidden ??/2011 -
Hidden ??/2011 -
Hidden ??/2011 -
Hidden ??/2011 -
HenryCowan ??/2011 -
Hidden ??/2011 Lead
isi_o 02/Oct/10 AltLd

Lead p2. Lovely route.

with Ian Rummer, Rich Parker
Hidden 25/Sep/10 AltLd
sebrider 12/Sep/10 AltLd O/S
with Alex
Hidden 05/Sep/10 AltLd O/S
climberuk 04/Sep/10 AltLd O/S

First 2 pitches. Led pitch 1. Loved it. A bit of composure required to commit to the moves from the peg runner up into the niche but its fine. Jugs where you need them. Final move into niche is bold due to run out. 2nd pitch is great too. Ranks as one of my favourite climbs.

with Drew
gjd 31/Aug/10 Lead O/S

lead first pitch, then abbed off. Great first pitch, steep but with rests.

robertmichaeladams 30/Aug/10 AltLd

great climbing, felt pretty bold at times

with Lawrence
wence 30/Aug/10 AltLd O/S
with Rob
johnrc 22/Aug/10 Lead O/S

first pitch is a classic, prob best to lead the two as one.

with robnz
Hidden 07/Aug/10 Lead O/S
mulletcocktail2000 03/Aug/10 AltLd O/S
with trist
Hidden 18/Jul/10 2nd RP
rob askew 18/Jul/10 AltLd O/S

Nick b fell 15m, I climbed the crux instead. Nice route but tainted by the fall - confidence lost.

with Nick D.W., nick brindley
cat22 27/Jun/10 2nd O/S
with Mike
Greg Boswell 22/Jun/10 Lead O/S
Hidden 16/Jun/10 AltLd
GraemeDiack 12/Jun/10 Lead O/S
karinh 12/Jun/10 2nd β

Graeme led. Exhilarating, very steep, quite exposed, but great holds.

tebs 22/May/10 AltLd O/S

Superb route and very intimidating for the grade. Shame it peters out a bit.

with Mike
HimTiggins 22/May/10 AltLd O/S
with John
Dougie Harvey 01/May/10 AltLd O/S

what 2.5 friend placement?

Lawrie Brand 01/May/10 AltLd O/S
Hidden 10/Apr/10 2nd
cogg13 01/Oct/09 2nd dnf
with david gemmell
Smelly Fox 20/Sep/09 AltLd O/S
with Rob C
Shaw Brown 19/Sep/09 AltLd

Don't forget your Friend 2.5 if you want it to be HVS!

with Loz
buzby78 12/Sep/09 Lead
Hidden 02/Aug/09 AltLd O/S
Sandy Simpson 25/Jul/09 Lead O/S

What a fantastic route. Make sure and do it in one big pitch rather than split it much more fun and there's no rope drag issues either.

with Keith
Dangerous Dave 25/Jul/09 Lead O/S

Good route. 1 big pitch

Ed Babs 10/Jul/09 AltLd O/S
dj_brigham05 23/Jun/09 AltLd O/S
johnrc 23/Jun/09 2nd O/S

first ever trad climb, loved it.

with thom and pete
pete87abs 23/Jun/09 Lead O/S
with thom and john
rclarke 23/Jun/09 AltLd
Chris wilson 20/Jun/09 AltLd O/S
with John F
jored ?/Jun/09 Lead
with Chris W
Hidden ?/Jun/09 AltLd O/S
Ken Applegate 25/Apr/09 AltLd

Led the first pitch, fantastic route!

with Dennis Harvey
groovypiper 17/Apr/09 AltLd O/S
with David Strachan
gareth scott borthwick 16/Apr/09 AltLd O/S

I led 1st pitch dave led 2nd

with Dave
Hidden 12/Apr/09 AltLd O/S
Neil Adams 12/Apr/09 AltLd

Brilliant route!

hwackerhage 03/Apr/09 AltLd O/S

Led the first pitch. Good holds and mostly good gear with a run out to the ledge. Expected a sandbag but the climbing was steady. The 4b pitch is great straightforward climbing in an exposed position.

with Steve Addy
auchtubhmor1 24/Mar/09 AltLd
with Mark Worsley
Hidden ??/2009 Lead
cem 22/Aug/08 Lead O/S
Hidden ?/Aug/08 AltLd
ali_robb ?/Aug/08 Lead
beegsyboy 30/Jul/08 2nd O/S
with Al
Hidden 06/Jul/08 Lead O/S
andymoin 05/Jul/08 AltLd rpt

Went the right way this time, loads of gear with only a wee run out up to the niche.

with lane, robbie
R0bbie 05/Jul/08 AltLd O/S

Great climb i got to lead the first pitch, found it to be a pretty scary hvs.

with andymoin, leighn chambers
leighncsontos 05/Jul/08 AltLd

yeeeaaah i shit my pants.

with R0bbie andymoin
dshortt ?/Jul/08 Lead O/S
with Christopher Ravey
Hidden 21/May/08 AltLd
TrollJester ??/2008 AltLd O/S
with VARIOUS Throughout 80's+90's
Hidden ??/2008 2nd
jess ??/2008 AltLd O/S
with martin
Hidden ??/2008 Lead O/S
Hidden ??/2008 Lead O/S
RobScotland 05/Sep/07 AltLd O/S

Lead second pitch - Charlie lead first pitch which was sustained, intimidating and difficult with only adequate protection. Abeseiled down from in situ near top. Able to abseil down the whole route using two 60m ropes - might have had to split it into two abseils on two 50m ropes.

with Charlie Hill
gforce 26/Aug/07 2nd
with Pete Slayer
Hidden 13/Aug/07 AltLd O/S
gforce 04/Aug/07 2nd
with Jason
jazzyjackson 11/Jul/07 AltLd β

Led first pitch and James led 2nd pitch. Slightly wet in places. Didnt do pitch 2 on first meeting with Inbred so good to have it completed.

with Jimbob
Sean Bell 09/Jul/07 AltLd O/S
with neil
HIGHTOWER 17/Jun/07 AltLd β

Fantastic climb. 1st pitch one of my best leads.

with Tim
Hidden 01/Jun/07 AltLd O/S
centurion05 01/Apr/07 -
timmy-ts ??/2007 -
Hidden ??/2007 -
jamestheyip ??/2007 AltLd O/S
with Miguel Ciriza
jazzyjackson 24/Sep/06 Lead

Did first pitch then abb'ed off due to time restraints. A brilliant steep first pitch with bucket holds and interesting moves throughout.

with Jimbob
andymoin 02/Sep/06 AltLd O/S

(Now realised i did a hard version of the first pitch of the hill missing the tape runner!) first pitch is a scary with 2 peg runners and crappy micro wires, if u have the head for it just keep going till the first peg, WOW!

with Captn Solo
Captain Solo 02/Sep/06 AltLd

Led middle pitch

with Andy
steev 06/Aug/06 AltLd O/S
with Konrad
Hidden 06/Aug/06 AltLd O/S
Hidden 17/Jul/06 AltLd O/S
jim.macp 01/Jul/06 -
sgl 18/May/06 AltLd
with gaz
gaz.marshall ?/May/06 AltLd O/S
with sgl
Alasdair Fulton 28/Apr/06 AltLd O/S
andyinglis 28/Apr/06 AltLd
Hidden ??/2006 -
Hidden ??/2006 -
smac ?/Aug/05 -
Hidden 10/Jun/05 AltLd O/S
dave o 23/Apr/05 Lead O/S
with Julia H
Hidden 23/Apr/05 2nd O/S
Hidden ??/2005 AltLd O/S
NDD 22/Jun/04 Lead O/S
with mike/ben
Cassidy 12/Jun/04 Lead O/S
akhughes ??/2004 AltLd
AC1 ??/2004 -
with Mick Thomson
Hidden 07/Sep/03 Lead
Hidden 12/Apr/03 AltLd
Dave Kerr 25/Mar/03 Lead
with Tim Morozzo
phardman 09/May/02 Lead O/S
Murray Freq ??/2002 Lead O/S
Drmikew ??/2002 Lead

Completely utterly terrifying and probably hardest pitch I have ever lead

Hidden 13/Oct/01 Lead O/S
ruaridhmac 06/Aug/01 2nd
greenroom ??/2001 Lead O/S
with Amanda Grace Henderson
Hidden 16/Jun/00 AltLd
Hidden ?/May/00 AltLd
graeme gatherer ??/2000 -
Lone Rider ??/2000 -
IanD353 ?/Sep/99 Lead O/S
with Howard
IanD353 ?/Sep/99 Lead O/S
with Howard
Sime64 ?/Apr/99 AltLd O/S

Lead easier P2. Steve spent 2.5 hrs climbing P1 (clean!). Earned nickname "rocket"

with Steve M
plain kitten ??/1999 Lead
Bruce Kerr 07/Sep/97 Lead
with Alex Taylor, Alan Taylor
Ian Jones ?/May/97 Lead O/S
with Rory whatsisname of the telly
Tarquin ??/1997 2nd
Hidden ?/May/95 AltLd O/S
frost ?/Apr/95 AltLd
with J Turner
CMacD ??/1995 -
snowcat 20/May/94 AltLd
Yourlead 03/May/93 2nd dnf

Fell off 1st pitch - retreated in the snow!

with Graham Penny
Steve Crowe 03/Apr/93 AltLd O/S

Karin led the first pitch.

with KM
crossleysm ??/1993 Lead O/S
pingora 28/Jun/92 AltLd
with MBS, Sammy D
Andy Say 06/Oct/91 Lead
Hidden ??/1991 Lead
brianrunner ??/1990 -
Dave Douglas 01/Oct/89 Lead O/S
Hidden 02/May/89 AltLd O/S
uphillnow ?/Apr/88 AltLd

did Direct finish,Charlie the lower pitch

with charlie french
Nigel Bond 16/Jun/82 AltLd
with Steve, Charlie Leverton
Martin Bennett 11/Sep/80 -
with IW
Mark Kemball 19/Jul/77 AltLd
with Sarah Bridge, George Mumford
Paul Clarke ??/1971 -
with Ian Nicholson, Dave Sharples
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