Fawlty Towers* III
[fawlty towers; ben nevis, 3 kb]First icefall right of Douglas Gap
T. Mcaulay and N Muir 02/Apr/1980

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This climb is in 84 logbooks, and on 2 wishlists.

Ice not great which made bulge on first pitch awkward. Ab down to Douglas gap on single 50m
davkeo - Solo O/S - 04/Mar/15

Hidden - 2nd rpt - 04/Mar/15

Gazlynn - 2nd - 04/Mar/15 with Richard, Andy Giff

Hidden - Lead - 04/Mar/15

mark-abz - 2nd - 02/Mar/15 with Michael B, Matt S

MightyStew - Lead O/S - 28/Feb/15 with Sara Campana

First multi pitch
Sara - 2nd - 28/Feb/15 with MightyStew

Good mountain day out. After top pitch moved down ridge and abseiled into gap.
alifin - 27/Feb/15 with Ken Doyle, Niall Hed

Hidden - 26/Feb/15

Led p2. With variation top pitch.
Oli - AltLd - 25/Feb/15 with Mike Dudley

Hidden - Lead - 21/Feb/15

Hidden - 2nd - 21/Feb/15

Intended on doing Vanishing Gully - but there was a queue. So opted for this which was quite good and no push over - especially given the foul weather!
LJKing - AltLd O/S - 17/Feb/15 with Adrian Botting

Did first 3 pitches, then abbed off.
joeallen28 - 2nd O/S - 05/Feb/15

Actually started up second icefall to the right of West Gully. Steep, but short. Having only two screws, now both used, had to skirt rigth of the iced bulges, returning left to the tat on the belay. Headed into mixed ground on P3, but snow too soft, so backed into gully on the right, and climbed with ease to crest.
Karlos - Lead O/S - 02/Feb/15 with Ian Hendy

AndyCook - 2nd - 24/Jan/15

Hidden - 2nd - 18/Jan/15

Hidden - Lead - 16/Jan/15

Hidden - AltLd - 29/Mar/14

Andrew Holden - 2nd - 24/Mar/14

Low level option with much fresh snow on the approach. Mostly unconsolidated with unfrozen turf and cruddy ice. A lot harder than expected.
Captain Solo - AltLd - 23/Mar/14 with Gary

malteserEd - AltLd - 21/Mar/14

I led P1 (bold, unconsolidated and unfrozen. Not the best choice!). Ed led P2, Tim led P3 then abbed into Douglas Gap and back to CIC
Adrianw - AltLd O/S - 21/Mar/14 with Ed Sciberras, Tim Hakim

Hidden - Lead - 17/Feb/14

2010_graham - 2nd O/S - 10/Feb/14 with Olle K

Plenty snow and spindrift. Little gear.
olekemi - Lead O/S - 09/Feb/14 with Simon T, Graham D

Little gear on the route most it was buried. Summit ridge was a snow arÍte so no gear on final belay.
chris smith - AltLd O/S - 01/Feb/14

Hidden - AltLd - 13/Jan/14

Hidden - AltLd - 13/Jan/14

Hidden - Mar/13

The Patriot - 2nd - 17/Feb/13 with Phil Dowthwaite

davesa - 2nd - 15/Feb/13

Hidden - AltLd O/S - 10/Feb/13

Hidden - AltLd O/S - 08/Feb/13

Hidden - AltLd - 08/Feb/13

Hidden - 2nd O/S - 07/Feb/13

Thawing rapidly! Good enough route for a short day, didn't fancy topping out at the summit in the hellish wind!
konacol - AltLd - 03/Feb/13 with Robert McMurray, Danny Doran

Hidden - AltLd - 03/Feb/13

brad_tait - 2nd - 01/Feb/13

The Bad Cough - 2nd O/S - 30/Jan/13 with Philip Ralfs

Hidden - Lead O/S - 30/Jan/13

chris smith - 28/Jan/13

Really thin and lean conditions which made it hard in the grade
David Cowley - AltLd O/S - 19/Jan/13 with Chris Smith

Hidden - AltLd - 2013

dan doran - 2013 with Rab mcmurray, konacol

A nice route for a quick nip up! Seemed a little spicier than the guide book grade. Good alternative finish up through a nose is interesting. A slight traverse back along to the start of tower ridge and an abseil into the gully was ideal descent.
010paw - 2nd O/S - 15/Dec/12 with Guy Stephens, calum mcphee

Lead by Nick Jones (Adventure Peaks). Great 1st pitch.
Jon Sutterby - 2nd dog - 05/Feb/12 with Steve Bate

nickcj - Lead O/S - 05/Feb/12

Gary Macaulay - 21/Jan/12 with Peter Berwick

Good route for a bad weather day.
Pete23 - Lead - 21/Jan/12 with Gary McCaulay

centurion05 - 2012

Owain - AltLd - 20/Dec/11 with morsy

morsy - AltLd - 20/Dec/11 with owain

The ice that remains was ok and turf still just about frozen in places, however, it's all disappearing fast!
Ken Applegate - Lead - 21/Mar/11 with Phil Applegate

Hidden - 17/Mar/11

nice first pitch:-)
Pat-H - Lead - 17/Mar/11 with don

Hidden - 2nd - 17/Mar/11

Conditions OK-ish but could do with a refreeze to firm things up. Lead P3.
Mountain Llama - AltLd - 15/Mar/11 with Mark & Paul

Had a look at Hadrians but not today... went for the lower down option instead
markfairbank - AltLd O/S - 15/Mar/11 with Paul Sheehan, Dave Brown

Pete23 - 2nd - Mar/11

Tim Sparrow - AltLd - 22/Feb/11 with Pete Robinson

lovely first pitch
Joolz - AltLd - 21/Feb/11 with Matt Upwood

Tim Rodgers - AltLd - 19/Feb/11 with Rod Molyneux

Hidden - 2nd - 15/Feb/11

Hidden - 2nd O/S - 13/Feb/11

rob1 - AltLd O/S - 10/Feb/11

Climbed this after Vanishing Gully. Proved trickier than expected as the ice was lean in places.
Big Lee - AltLd O/S - 10/Feb/11 with Rob Gray

Absolute epic ensued
becoming-stranger - Lead dnf - 03/Feb/11

mini-epic (weather, avalanche)
jon_ridley - 2nd O/S - 03/Feb/11 with Geoff Pyatt, Gavin Oliver

not quite to the top before what was to become a bit of an epic
groliver26 - 2nd - 03/Feb/11 with Jon Ridley, Geoff Pyatt

Hidden - AltLd - Feb/11

PAJames - 2011

WilliamBurnside - AltLd - 27/Feb/10 with Martin Fitzsimmons

Ab'd off after first pitch
Moonstone Hippy - AltLd dnf - 22/Jan/10 with Phil

A good route after a walk up to the CIC hut
John Roe - Lead - 09/Mar/09 with Martin Coleman

crowberry gully - AltLd - 09/Mar/09 with Ross McGibbon

Danny Boy Dunbar - 2nd - 09/Mar/09 with Ben Wood, Andy Woolston

Fine, if slightly unconsolidated. Did a left hand variation of the top pitch, following a corner, with no turf and unconsolidated snow, it probably went at upper end 4, possibly 5. Otherwise, the top two pitches are grade 1.5 snow slopes!
Ken Applegate - Lead - 29/Jan/09 with Hannah Evans

Hannah Evans - 2nd - 29/Jan/09 with Ken Applegate

Hidden - AltLd - 29/Jan/09

George Ormerod - AltLd O/S - Apr/06 with Roger

Hidden - AltLd - 2005

icescrew - AltLd - Feb/00 with Sandy

akhughes - 2000

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