First pitch is rubbish but the next two are fantastic
jrccrosby - AltLd O/S - 06/Aug/15 with Elsie
thermaldan - Lead - 09/Jul/15 with Lea
Hidden - 2015
Hidden - Lead - 14/Sep/14
Hidden - Lead - 10/Sep/14
Louvet - 2nd - 10/Sep/14 with Tarquin
Midged and an ode to David Coulthard.
Quallim - AltLd - 31/Aug/14 with Steven Andrews
Ace! Even if slightly damp.
Steven Andrews - AltLd O/S - 31/Aug/14
Hidden - 2nd - 31/Aug/14
dave o - Lead O/S - 31/Aug/14 with Double D
PeteLoveless - AltLd O/S - 15/Jul/14 with Caelan Barnes
Lovely climb, last pitch is amazing.
ziggy996 - 2nd O/S - 05/Jul/14
Cold and wet, improved higher up as did the weather!
jamie ward - Lead O/S - 05/Jul/14 with Wayne Riggot
malone - Lead O/S - 25/Jun/14 with Andrew Appleby
Hidden - AltLd - 25/Jun/14
Freezing, damp and very windy! Had to walk up as snow in the gully.
Graham Westbrook - AltLd O/S - 19/Jun/14
mjackson - AltLd - 19/Jun/14
RocKalina - AltLd O/S - 01/Jun/14 with climberandy
Hidden - AltLd - Jun/14
I led P1 and P3. The approach was the crux, traversing loose ground under threatening cornices, then crossing a final snow gully, where C was hit by ice fall. As we were climbing, a huge lump of rock fell down the face crossing our traverse line. Scary stuff.
The route itself was excellent, though perhaps not 4-star excellent (C-C Route was better). Anyone know why the latest SMC guidebook describes the 2nd pitch as climbing to the right of the crack, rather than up it?
Simon Caldwell - AltLd O/S - 31/May/14 with Carmen
Hidden - AltLd O/S - 31/May/14
David_Gledson - AltLd O/S - 20/May/14 with Gary
did 1st and 3rd pitches
CaelanB - AltLd O/S - 2014 with pete loveless
Hidden - 2014
luckyjim - AltLd - 14/Jul/13 with D Helm
daWalt - Lead O/S - 06/Jul/13 with Lisa
Mike.Kinge - AltLd O/S - 06/Jul/13 with scott, phil
girlymonkey - AltLd - 01/Jul/13 with Iain Smith
Hidden - AltLd - 12/Jun/13
nich0las - Lead - 09/Jun/13 with Catriona C
Excellent; location, atmosphere and rock. Still lots of snow on approach gully and bottom of climb.
arduff - AltLd - 08/Jun/13 with dave wild
Hidden - AltLd - 08/Jun/13
A fantastic trip never forgotten
Patrick803 - Lead - 06/Jun/13 with Jeremy Windsor, Mark Lambert
westong - 2013
westong - 2013
captain - 2013
captain - 2013
AC1 - 2013
Hidden - 2013
Hidden - AltLd O/S - 19/Aug/12
michael83 - AltLd O/S - 19/Aug/12 with Stuart Kennedy, Mark Mosgrove
Hidden - AltLd O/S - 19/Aug/12
Hidden - AltLd - 26/Jun/12
Gadameer - Lead - 05/Jun/12
ladislav - 2nd O/S - 02/Jun/12 with Stuart
Hidden - AltLd - Jun/12
Hidden - Lead - 26/May/12
Hidden - 2012
Hidden - 2012
Hidden - 2012
Hidden - Solo O/S - 31/Aug/11
david0811 - AltLd - 05/Aug/11 with debbie, Dave Riley
an absolute classic, worth every star! finished direct up the offwidth at around Severe
MrRiley - AltLd O/S - 05/Aug/11 with Debbie Lee
Hidden - AltLd O/S - 05/Aug/11
Led pitch one
SharonC1604 - AltLd O/S - 03/Aug/11 with DaveB
Hidden - Lead O/S - 02/Jun/11
Biked in from the Braemar-side and camped on the north-side of the Sneck. Set off next morning and found a steep frozen snow gulley still in place at the very foot of Squareface. Required carrying a rock to smash steps as I crossed at the narrowest part on lead! Other than that a lovely sunny day on a great route. The freshly sharpened granite meant I ended up with blood-covered hands by the end, which added to the dramatic effect! Bagged Beinn a Bhuird North Top on the way off. VDiff climbing, with a VS atmosphere!
hcooper - Lead - 30/Apr/11 with Jennifer Slack
Amazing day out. Amelia led p.1 and 3. Cold, despite sunny skies. Lots of snow in the gully still. Pitch 3 is excellent.
bnewman - AltLd O/S - 30/Apr/11 with Amelia
top pitch climbing the flake was fantastic! Brilliant climb in a cracking setting. 4*'s!
Jen80 - 2nd - 30/Apr/11 with Cooper
Hidden - AltLd O/S - 30/Apr/11
brianrunner - 2011
alkira - 2011
hedgehog77 - 2011
Hidden - 2011
Hidden - 2011
Hidden - AltLd O/S - Oct/10
Lovely wee route, cycled in from tomintoul, left bikes at the ponyman's hut. 4hrs at a fairly easy pace. Very worthwhile day out!
tallthinmonkey - Lead O/S - 12/Sep/10 with Ewan Paterson
pitch 1 and 3. done in a day, stunning weather and allround fantastic experience!
cogg13 - AltLd O/S - 30/Aug/10 with dave laird
Really amazing route, fully deserving of it's stars...
JdotP - AltLd O/S - 22/Aug/10 with Crazy Dave
Hidden - AltLd O/S - 22/Aug/10
srwarrender - AltLd - 08/Aug/10
Pitches 1 and 3
Mairi Nelson - AltLd - 03/Jul/10 with Ommuff
Ommuff - AltLd - 03/Jul/10 with Mairi Nelson
Fantastic route! Top pitch done with thunder rumbling, topped out into torrential hail. Led pitch 1 and 3.
fall-line - AltLd O/S - 05/Jun/10 with Mark Hammonds
Quality stuff! Led pitch 2 (fairly bold traverse). Would have been nice to savour pitch 3 but the rumbling thunder inspired hast... Followed by Khalid & Em (who felt the full effect of the hail!).
markhammonds - AltLd O/S - 05/Jun/10 with Donald Slater
Climbed in increasingly persistant drizzle from start of pitch 2.
Traverse felt fine for Vdiff.
Final slab was hard in the wet, feel like I need to do the climb again in the dry to appreciate fully how good it is :(
CurlyStevo - AltLd - Sep/09 with Kenny
Hidden - AltLd - Sep/09
Hidden - AltLd - 30/Aug/09
Mike led pitch 1, I led 2 & 3. Great route, the bottom pitch was wet but the top 2 were great.
Fiona Reid - AltLd O/S - 29/Aug/09 with Mike
Done in the rain. Great fun!
Mike-W-99 - AltLd - 29/Aug/09 with Fiona
Roped but moving together, great fun.
IceBun - 04/Jul/09 with Dan Richardson
Cacyn - 2nd O/S - 28/Jun/09 with John Jackson
I led p2. Great views and great climbing. I liked p3 the best, it was just over too quickly.
Sutty22 - AltLd O/S - 01/Jun/09 with Ian Watson
Led pitch 1 and 3. A wonderful climb that was over too soon.
errrrm? - AltLd O/S - 01/Jun/09 with sutty
Hidden - Solo O/S - Jun/09
Phenomenal. Felt initial traverse of pitch two a tad extreme for VD (I'd have it around 4b). Wisps of fluttering snow as we climbed. Could well be the best VDif in the world, but also feels like a VS, just amazing.
jimorothy - Lead - 26/May/09 with Rachel Crolla
BallsOfSteel - Lead O/S - 24/May/09 with steve peatfield
BALD EAGLE - Lead - 24/May/09 with Rob Horler
Hidden - AltLd O/S - May/09
Alpine style - approach in crampons, climbed in boots. (despite the snow, frozen turf and verglas)
Fultonius - 27/Dec/08 with Neil Adams and Andy Inglis
Done as a rock climb in big boots, despite frozen turf, verglass and the odd spot of hoar.
Neil Adams - AltLd O/S - 27/Dec/08 with Ally F and Andy I
andyinglis - AltLd O/S - 27/Dec/08 with Neil and Ally
AlexD - Lead O/S - 03/Sep/08 with joeurwin
joeurwin - 2nd O/S - 02/Sep/08 with alex
ollythomas - Lead - 30/Jul/08 with Chris Hendron
Hidden - Lead O/S - 28/Jul/08
Hidden - AltLd O/S - 24/Jul/08
Hidden - AltLd rpt - 24/Jul/08
Hidden - AltLd - 28/Jun/08
If doing it in a day, the walk in is a serious killer. Also, make sure you don't try to decend the gully in front of the butress - it's nasty and loose. Once you're there though, the climbing is lovely, particularly on the top pitch.
alexanderpatton - Lead O/S - 24/Jun/08 with Alex Kidgell
alexkidgell - 2nd O/S - 24/Jun/08 with Alex Patton
Hidden - 2008
TrollJester - AltLd O/S - 2008 with VARIOUS Throughout 80's+90's
FrankW - Lead O/S - 30/Sep/07 with Colin Adams
Seconded pitch 1 - graesy and a bit scrappy. Led pitch 2, superb pitch, interesting descent to start it. Seconded pitch 3, the layback flake is brilliant and needs to go on for much longer.
Allan Young - AltLd O/S - 30/Sep/07 with Steve Turner
Hidden - AltLd - 25/Aug/07
mikemartin - 2nd - 25/Aug/07
A straightforward and enjoyable climb. No seepage when we did it despite significant seepage on other crags following a wet summer. Good, sound rock. Easiest descent to foot of route is not the gully beside the route but further round the corrie.
RobScotland - AltLd O/S - 25/Aug/07 with Mike and Chris
Will carry more quickdraws next time!!!
Sean Rivers - AltLd - 17/Aug/07 with Lewis + Colin
lewisgeddes - AltLd - 17/Aug/07 with Sean and Colin
IanGilbertJones - Lead O/S - 20/Jul/07
Hidden - AltLd - 23/May/07
dthomson - AltLd - 05/May/07 with Mike Dixon
Blue sky, sunshine, dry rock! Fanstastic!
DavPk - Lead O/S - 29/Apr/07 with Catherine Pearks
timmy-ts - 2007
Hidden - AltLd O/S - 30/Sep/06
Fine weather until we got to the route then intermittent showers. Very quick drying though.
Bob - AltLd O/S - 28/Aug/06 with Steve Brock
Very wet, but excellent friction.
George Ormerod - Lead O/S - 27/Aug/06 with Clare W
Did direct severe finish
Captain Solo - Lead - 04/Jun/06 with Karen
JohnMetcalfe - 2nd - 2006 with Peter Metcalfe
ill_bill - AltLd - Jul/05
Chris Davids - Lead O/S - 21/May/05 with Rob, Malcolm
Hidden - AltLd O/S - 01/May/05
Chris L Hill - AltLd O/S - May/05 with Stuart Shaw
Best approach from Braemar side is to continue W along ridge from The Sneck and descend the gully when the buttress comes into view. Absolute classic - do it!
Peter Metcalfe - Lead - 18/Aug/04 with John Metcalfe
220bpm - AltLd O/S - Jun/04 with Dave
Lead 1st pitch
Yourlead - AltLd - 24/Aug/03 with Raymond Simpson, Graham Penny
Stuart Macfarlane - AltLd - 09/Aug/03 with Roddy
Hidden - Lead - 2002
abbeywall - AltLd - 2001
Phill_ Thompson - AltLd - May/00 with Helen Whiteman
Steve Lenartowicz - 2000 with Steve G
graeme gatherer - 2000
Hidden - AltLd O/S - 02/May/99
Phill_ Thompson - May/99 with Helen Whiteman
mjeffery - 1999
Hidden - AltLd - 21/Jun/98
charlesmfrench - AltLd O/S - 14/Sep/97 with Ian Stevens
DundeeDave - AltLd - 03/Aug/97 with Ben Hughes
puddingstone - 2nd - 19/Jul/97 with Andy
babymoac - Lead - 19/Jul/97 with Liz
Hidden - AltLd - Jul/97
konacol - Lead - 24/Aug/96 with Neil Reid
Yourlead - Lead - 29/Jul/96 with Connie MacAlistair
Richard Weller - AltLd - 11/Sep/94 with David Strang
Summer snowstorm; pretty grim.
alan moore - Lead - May/94
Hidden - Aug/92
Finished up severe crack.led 1&3
Iain Thow - AltLd - 30/May/92 with Pete Brown
Hidden - Solo - 29/May/92
Hidden - AltLd - 1992
rob from scotland - 1990
Hidden - 1990
Andy Say - Solo - 21/Aug/89
Bivvied on summit
auldscotal - AltLd O/S - 1989 with Pete Main
Hidden - AltLd - 25/Jun/86
We were already tired from the long walk in and climbing the Cumming-Crofton Route in a sudden snow storm, so as it was about 6 pm, we decided to down-climb and abseil Squareface, then lead back up it again. Two great routes, paid for by staggering home once more under a stunningly inky black but starlit sky . No-one else there, what a Magic day !
rogerskews - AltLd O/S - 04/Jun/86 with Nigel Bond
Nigel Bond - Lead - 28/May/85 with Roger Skews
amcleish - 1985
In big boots.
johnkeith - AltLd - 1982 with G. Callander