most certainly off routestuart34 - 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
Hidden - AltLd - 29/May/13
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
Darragh - AltLd - 2000 with John W.
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