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.

Photo: Benighted at the top of Fiddler's Nose Direct © Tom Last
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This climb is in 36 logbooks, and on 30 wishlists.

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

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

Hidden - AltLd - 16/Apr/12

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

Hidden - AltLd - 01/May/11

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

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

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

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