North East Buttress*** VD
[North East Buttress , 1 kb]500m. No description has been contributed for this climb.
The Hopkinsons 06/Sep/1892

Ticklists: Ultimate Scottish Rock, Scotland's Mountain Ridges by Dan Bailey, Scottish 3 and 4 star multi-pitch routes, Summer Trip 2014.

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Hidden - AltLd - 18/Aug/15

coachmacca - 2nd β - 16/Aug/15 with Fraser Brown

Tim_Gomersall - Solo - 13/Jun/15

Fab route on a clear and windless day. Slushy at the start followed by surprise tricky pitches of mixed rock and ice up to second platform, lean conditions perhaps? Elsie led the tricky steps and mantrap and I led the 40ft corner.
Carol Goodall - AltLd O/S - 21/Mar/15 with Elsie

Hidden - 2015

Hidden - Lead - 15/Sep/14

muzz44 - Lead O/S - Sep/14 with Ryan

Hidden - AltLd - 28/Jul/14

Took some advice from another climber who assured us that a gully on the West face was practically a srcamble. Made it up half way before having to travers out to the left and pitching to the ridge line.
Mike505 - Lead O/S - 24/Jul/14

Bottom part of the buttress after 1st platform is vague and hard to follow(or did i just go wrong?). Easier once the crest is reached, overhanging wall is a wake up call after easy scrambling. Man trap is a one move wonder. Wouldn't argue with 4a for the top part of the 40ft corner taken direct without escaping on the ledge to the right. Superb route in the upper half! Descended Tower Ridge.
Nath93 - Solo O/S - 09/Jul/14

Good fun to summit after raeburns arete. Pretty much a scramble apart from difficulties at top which seemed pretty stiff, though were ptetty tired by then but were all good fun.
seanhendo123 - Solo - 27/Jun/14 with Sarah

skirton - Solo - 27/Jun/14 with Sean Henderson

Bob.allan - 2nd O/S - 19/Jun/14 with Jason Mitchell

Ice Spider - AltLd O/S - 19/Jun/14 with Bob Allan

auld al - AltLd O/S - 06/Jun/14

simondunf - Solo - Jun/14

nick ferro - 24/May/14 with Oli Birkill, toolboxtim

Hidden - AltLd O/S - 24/May/14

Hidden - 2014

chapmand - 2014

SUColdo - 2014

Lawrie Brand - Lead O/S - 08/Sep/13 with Sarah Laing

Hidden - 2nd O/S - 08/Sep/13

Hidden - AltLd - 06/Sep/13

Dougbart - 06/Sep/13 with Iain

Hidden - AltLd - 14/Aug/13

Oliver Smaje - Lead O/S - 23/Jul/13 with Chris

Stunning and perfect conditions on the Ben. Man trap is great, but must be challenging in winter / wet!
Mark123 - 20/Jul/13

Jim let me do the man trap & the 40 foot corner.
Mapleleaf - AltLd - 14/Jul/13 with Jim Hall

Dougbart - 14/Jul/13 with Rob

Heatwave heaven. Soloed as a hard scramble: after the gully (L of steepening above First Platform), stayed left on groove-y ramp another 50m, never saw the "smooth overhanging wall", before back R to crest. One steep Mod step, then bypassed Mantrap on R - clean and Mod at most. (Mantrap looks close to 4a.) One Diff move in 40-foot corner. Superb this way and surprised how little loose rock - Obs Ridge looks much looser.
nick everett - Solo - 13/Jul/13

Moved together as one of five classic ridges in a day.
machars - Lead - 13/Jul/13 with Bjorn Verduijn

Started route 0545, topped out 0905. Ash broke his foot on the last little ledge when a boulder fell and hit it. Topped out, he then hopped to the summit, his first rescue. Tried for 2 hours to descend tourist track before he allowed me to call for rescue. Interesting day
dutybooty - AltLd O/S - 13/Jul/13 with Bieber

Hidden - 2nd O/S - 13/Jul/13

Sarah Greenwood - 2nd - 13/Jul/13 with Keith Alexander

what dutybooty said lol
AshBash - AltLd - 13/Jul/13 with Ash

Lead the mantrap.
stephenmckenzie - AltLd O/S - 10/Jul/13 with Ronald Cameron

Graham Westbrook - Solo - 20/Jun/13

Robertgiddy - Lead - 09/Jun/13

Hidden - 26/May/13

Fairly wet.
David Barratt - 26/May/13

R0bbie - 26/May/13 with calum, David, Owen Flowers

Hidden - 2013

Hidden - 2013

OwenF - Lead - 2013 with Calum

Jacks20 - AltLd - 2013 with jeff thorley

Charlie Zephyr Booth - AltLd O/S - 24/Nov/12 with tim millen

Snow free until above 40' corner.
Captain Solo - Solo rpt - 23/Sep/12

Hidden - Lead - 04/Aug/12

BUZZ1984 - Solo O/S - Aug/12 with Andy Laing

Hidden - AltLd dog - 03/Jul/12

Sally Hudson - 2nd - 03/Jun/12 with Connor Holdsworth

Sam Warby - Lead O/S - 03/Jun/12

Essentially a cold wet rock climb, mostly moving together. Didn't go far enough round to left for correct start and messed around on harder ground before realising we were off line and finding massively 'obvious' traverse. 40ft corner very hard in big boots in the wet.
nickdonohue - Lead - 07/Apr/12 with Ashley Hold

nich0las - 24/Mar/12 with Janis

Bruveris - AltLd - Mar/12

with Alexu (Romania) BMC Wintermeet
davesykes - AltLd - 27/Jan/12

Hidden - 2012

Patzl - 2012

Patzl - 2012

Slow progress due to damp rock & moss: ended up pitching a lot more than we anticipated. Enjoyed the 40' corner. Combined tactics on the Man Trap to avoid wasting time. The whole route took 8.5 hours! Reached the summit at 8pm. Great day.
Becky E - Lead O/S - 28/Sep/11 with Dad

Hidden - 11/Aug/11

Hidden - AltLd - 23/Jul/11

moved together on the easy bits, pitched the steep bits, great fun!
MrRiley - AltLd O/S - 23/Jul/11 with Debbie Lee

Hidden - AltLd O/S - 23/Jul/11

Alastair MacSween - Lead - 03/Jul/11 with Graham Hunter

mhowie - 02/Jul/11 with Nathan

cat22 - AltLd rpt - 12/Jun/11 with Mike

Moved together, finished about 9.30am as second ben ridge climb of the day!
Elsier - Solo O/S - 11/Jun/11 with Katy V, Amy

Hidden - 2011

Hidden - 2011

thebat - AltLd O/S - 09/Oct/10 with Ontour

JamesRoddie - Solo - 30/Aug/10

Down climbed after going up observatory ridge on way to do tower ridge.
tallthinmonkey - AltLd O/S - 25/Aug/10 with Ben Wallace

Hidden - AltLd O/S - 25/Aug/10

Had a stonking summer's day, moved together except for the only real pitches - Man Trip & 40 ft Corner, which were the highlights. The rest is a bit rambly and not high quality. Must be an amazing adventure in winter though.
iceicebaby - AltLd O/S - 15/Aug/10 with Sam Wood

Wet and raining. Didn't think it was that great.
Stewart B - Solo O/S - 27/Jul/10

Hidden - Lead O/S - 23/Jul/10

Pitched mantrap & 40ft corner, highlights of what was a fairly disappointing route. Went off route 1/3 of the way up and had to pitch a hairy section to get back on route.
Mike-W-99 - 19/Jun/10 with Fiona

A bit disjointed but the mantrap and 40ft corner are great.
Fiona Reid - AltLd - 19/Jun/10 with Mike

amthalmann - AltLd O/S - 19/Jun/10 with Marcus

marcushorgan - Lead O/S - 19/Jun/10 with Amanda Thalman

ill_bill - AltLd - 10/Jun/10 with Peter Collins

mikemartin - Solo - 05/Jun/10

prycey - AltLd β - 03/Jun/10

winter conditions
Sam-westcott - 04/Mar/10

except for Man trap and 40 ft corner
abbeywall - Solo - 2010 with K

Hidden - 2010

Hidden - 2010

Hidden - AltLd - 2010

Hidden - 2010

Johann - 2010

Johann - Solo O/S - 2010

Hidden - Lead O/S - 17/Oct/09

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cat22 - AltLd O/S - 12/Sep/09 with Mike

tallthinmonkey - AltLd - Sep/09 with Rafa

georgec - Lead O/S - Sep/09 with P J Feeney, Sandra Kennedy

gregoldridge - Solo O/S - Sep/09

rob87n - Lead - 06/Aug/09

kingjam - AltLd - Aug/09 with Craig Higgins, Matt Naylor

Hidden - AltLd - 11/Jul/09

bigbobbyking - AltLd - 11/Jul/09 with jacob davies

dalgleish33 - 2nd - 09/Jul/09 with Iain Easingwood

Lead man trap, jacqui lead 40 foot corner. Man trap quite hard for vdiff
JLS - AltLd O/S - 28/Jun/09 with Jacqui

JamesRoddie - 2nd - 25/Jun/09 with Alex Roddie

A tremendous mountaineering expedition. Was defeated by the Mantrap and had to turn it to the right, as I'm basically too short!
Only a hill - Lead O/S - 24/Jun/09 with James Roddie

Hidden - AltLd - 15/Jun/09

Moved together throughout. The route wasn't obvious and the low cloud didn't help, but great route!
Ken Applegate - Lead - 13/Jun/09 with Alex Wheldon, Scott Kirkhope

went up pitching newbiggins, which took ages, so moved roped together up the ridge in under two hours. don't remember the man trap... 40ft corner was great though. must be an amazing adventure in winter
KeithAlexander - Jun/09 with Graeme Diack

karinh - Jun/09 with Graeme, KeithAlexander

moved together on everything but mantrap, great rout/weather
punj - AltLd - 30/May/09 with john meechan

Scallywaggon - 2nd - Apr/09

karinh - AltLd - 2009 with Graeme, KeithAlexander

al jackson - AltLd - 2009

Simon Allcock - AltLd - Aug/08 with jonty

Hidden - Jul/08

HIGHTOWER - AltLd O/S - 21/Jun/08 with Tim

Hidden - AltLd O/S - 07/Jun/08

DavPk - AltLd - 07/Jun/08 with Stu Doig

A fine route. Beautiful exposure and fine situations - a wonderful mountain route to solo. A solo ascent of the man trap probably isn't to be recommended for those of a nervous disposition - particularly in wet weather.
RobScotland - Solo O/S - 31/May/08 with Guy

glaramara - AltLd O/S - 31/May/08 with jules hearn

joeydurkin - 2nd - 31/May/08 with Steve Campball, Tim

Placed gear on the Mantrap and 40ft Corner (Jamie stole both the leads of these bits!) and moved together on other bits.
Will Hunt - AltLd O/S - 25/May/08 with Jamie Goodwin

Hidden - AltLd O/S - 25/May/08

seanyt - 2nd - Mar/08

We should have known when we saw snow on the Ben on the drive in, fabulous sunny start. Big boots and gloves, started off with a bit of verglas and got worse, the mantrap completely iced up - thick ice! Skated around in a terrified manner, what a lark? Crampons would have been in order -it's only the end of September! Said 300m in our guide, gives 500 in the new one. That would explain the extra rope lengths and doing the last few in the dark. Fabulous sunset over Tower ridge though and we made last orders!
mikehenesy - AltLd O/S - Sep/07 with Chris Lodge

elegant cheddar - 2nd - 21/Jul/07 with Matt Lander and Freda Fallon

Captain Solo - Solo - 05/Jun/07

Hidden - Lead - 05/Jun/07

twright180 - AltLd O/S - 23/May/07 with John McCune

Hidden - Solo - 15/Apr/07

Alastair MacSween - AltLd - 15/Jul/06 with Phil Warriner

BobbyMotherwell - Solo O/S - May/06 with Ken Harris

Hidden - Solo - 2006

DaleB - 2006 with DG

centurion05 - 2006

CurlyStevo - AltLd - 2006

Hidden - 11/Aug/05

robgilchrist - 2nd - Jun/05

chrishedgehog - AltLd O/S - 17/Aug/04 with Dan Bailey

Hidden - Apr/04

Hidden - AltLd O/S - 05/Jul/03

Great fun way to the summit after Raeburns Arete
220bpm - Solo O/S - 15/Jun/03

akhughes - AltLd - 2003

Dave Almond - AltLd - Feb/02

plain kitten - Solo G/U - Sep/00

luckyjim - Solo - Jul/00

Chad123 - 2000

rlrs - AltLd - 2000

Lone Rider - 2000

EddieA - AltLd O/S - 1999 with Julian H


Finished up NE Buttress afrer climbing Raeburn's Arete after the 1st Platform
Yourlead - Lead - 25/Sep/94 with Hugh Muchcamp

Stuart S - Lead - Aug/92 with Hal Taylor

Hidden - AltLd - 08/Jul/87

Hidden - AltLd - 1987

Steve Crowe - Solo O/S - 14/Jun/85 with LM

mark-abz - AltLd - 04/Aug/84 with Bill P

Babika - AltLd O/S - May/84 with Jeremy Hemmimgs

biggianthead - Jul/83 with HT

Hidden - 1977

A very late start saw us only just over halfway up the climb and with bad weather and encroaching night we retreated.
Sean Kelly - Dec/75 with Bob Milward, Pete Shackleton, & Norman Ingham

Hidden - AltLd - 17/Mar/71

Hidden - AltLd O/S - 14/Aug/70

uphillnow - Solo - 1965

Seymore Butt - Jul/63

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