Direct Nose Route** HVS 5a
[Benighted at the top of Fiddler's Nose Direct, 2 kb]226m, 9 pitches. climb the slabs in the centre of the nose, follow a grassy right trending groove to a cave belay. step right under the roof to a slab with crampon scratches (difficult with tall sack) trend up and left to a large block belay. climb the ramp above to a ledge. head up on the right of the ledge and trend left onto the arete move up below the rusty peg, and climb above. follow the corner above to easier ground.
N Drasdo & C Dixon

Ticklists: Ultimate Scottish Rock, Scottish Mid-Grade Multi-Pitch, HVS Adventures, The Great Mountain Crags of Scotland.

Photo: Benighted at the top of Fiddler's Nose Direct © Tom Last
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This climb is in 42 logbooks, and on 32 wishlists.

Hidden - AltLd - 19/Sep/15

The GL and SMC route descriptions are about as much use as a chocolate tea-pot on this one. We were definitely off-route before the Hansom Cab stance but managed to get ourselves sorted. Overall it's an outstanding 3* adventure with a wild top couple of pitches but the yarding up the vertical grassy grooves on wet rock for 200m to get there was perverse.
Samuel Wainwright - AltLd O/S - 19/Sep/15 with Rafe Osborne

A botanical monster. The top pitch is a blinder, but you have to slog through the hanging gardens of Babylon to get there. As an adventure it's fantastic, but if you come expecting pitch after pitch of great climbing you've seriously misunderstood the deal. Safe to say we well and truly fell into that trap!
UncleMephisto - AltLd O/S - 19/Sep/15 with Sam Wainwright

plain kitten - 2015

Hidden - AltLd O/S - 14/Sep/14

most certainly off route
stuart34 - Lead O/S - 15/Jun/13 with Stuart Buchan

Hidden - 2nd - 15/Jun/13

Exciting ! The SMC Northern Highlands North totally misses out the 5b arete pitch from the Hansom Cab stance (we understood the Hansom Cab to be a block under a small roof at the end of the grass ledge traverse).
Steve Waters, Mynydd - AltLd - 29/May/13 with Mike Tempest

mtempest - AltLd - 29/May/13 with Steve Waters, Mynydd

Hidden - AltLd - Jun/12

SMC Northern Highlands North was right with description (though what is a Handsome Cab stance?) up till the end of the traverse. 2x60m pitches then ends on top. The peg at the top isn't there any more. See photo topo for route.
jonnie3430 - AltLd O/S - 30/May/12 with Magnus, Emily

Hidden - AltLd O/S - 25/May/12

Better to semi-ignore descriptions, which all seem more confusing than helpful. You can reach the 5a slab pitch (p7 or 8 in the guides) anywhich way you like, and from there the line is obvious. Brilliant day out.
Andy Moles - AltLd O/S - 24/May/12 with Gordon, Kev

newtonmore - 24/May/12

Drove from Cornwall. 1.5 hours sleep and straight on the hill. Took quite a while finding the initial pitches. Bill accidently did the amazing 5b arete pitch, which probably weighs in at about E2. Started getting dark by the second 5a pitch, so had no qualms about pulling on the peg. Absolutely shitting it on the final two short crack pitches for some reason. Topped out in the dark, started snowing. Got lost coming off the hill, got lost in the peat bog and finally got lost on the road! Back to the car, soaked through and very cold at 4am. Brilliant adventure. 19 hours on the hill immediately following a 12 hour drive. Quite tired. The pitch descriptions in the SMC guide are wildly inaccurate. It's not possible to get to the cave belay in two pitches - three minimum. The top two pitches are more like 45m, not 25. The last described pitch finishes in the middle of nowhere, with more pushy and absurdly exposed climbing to come. There then follows about 150m of scrambling to the summit. Worth taking a compass and noting a bearing for the descent in the event you get benighted. Pretty major undertaking for your average HVS climber and in the middle of bloody nowhere - well good!
Tom Last - AltLd - 16/Apr/12 with Billy

Hidden - AltLd - 16/Apr/12

Bluebird march day and sporting some lovely 80's lycra. Description hazy until pitches 7-9. I definitely wasn't quietly whimpering about running out severe slabs.. Awesome day and first mountain route!
peter.herd - AltLd - 27/Mar/12 with Rory Brown

Hidden - AltLd - 27/Mar/12

Hidden - 2012

Patzl - 2012

Patzl - 2012

Hidden - AltLd - 21/Jun/11

Hidden - AltLd - 01/May/11

Dave Turnbull, BMC - AltLd - 01/May/11 with Chris Rees

Hidden - 2011

Guide book descriptions are dodgy.
timmy-ts - AltLd O/S - 04/Sep/10

Interesting route! 2* climbing but 4* situations. Neither guidebook we have was completely accurate but we found our way ok. SMC selected guide misses the 5b crux pitch included in Gary Latter's guide. Gary Latter's guide has incorrect pitch lengths for the final 3 pitches.
cat22 - 2nd O/S - 30/May/09 with Mike

Captain Solo - AltLd - 19/Apr/09 with Dave Kerr

Like others, we got a bit lost in places. Walked out in the dark
cem - AltLd O/S - 20/Aug/08 with Graham Dolman

gordon henderson - AltLd O/S - 07/Jun/08 with Ken and Lee

Hidden - AltLd - 2008

TrollJester - AltLd O/S - 2008 with Bruce A Strachan

sgl - AltLd O/S - 23/Apr/05 with Konnie

Hidden - AltLd O/S - 23/Apr/05

samwelli - AltLd - 06/Sep/04 with Reuben Brown

PenJD - AltLd - 20/Apr/03 with Jon Ascroft

konacol - AltLd - 23/Jun/01 with John Kay

excellent route - although tough if HVS is your limit.
kp64zl - AltLd O/S - Jun/01

Darragh - AltLd - 2000 with John W.

el diablo - AltLd - 26/Jun/99

Hidden - AltLd - 15/Apr/92

Great positions. Got a bit lost lower down but the upper section is good. well worth doing but not in the same class as the traditional classics like say centurion, the pause, unicorn, big top .
brianrunner - AltLd - May/90 with gordon innes

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