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
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.
prog99 - 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
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
From top of Minus One Direct.
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
Mainly moving together, pitched mantrap and 40ft corner
StuDoig - AltLd O/S - 07/Jun/08 with Dave Perks, Caroline Altare
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 - 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
BRUCESTRAC - 1995
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
mark-abz - AltLd - 04/Aug/84 with Bill P
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
David Smith - Solo - 1965
Seymore Butt - Jul/63