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Central Gully*** I

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[ben lui summit with unknown climber in central gully, 2 kb]Central Gully 200m I*** Central Gully follows the line directly up the centre of the corrie. The start of the gully is enclosed and quite narrow, but higher up it opens into a wide and steep snowfield below the ridge linking both summits. It is quite normal for the gully to be heavily corniced, in which case the best line is to veer left and head for the summit cairn. The gully takes reasonable snowfall to build up and shoukd be avoided late in spring or mild temperatures when there will be a significant avalanche hazard if there is still a large cornice over the top of the gully. The direct descent is down either down the East or North-East ridges (the two ridges either side of the corrie).
A.E.Maylard, W.Brunskill, W.Douglas, J.Maclay Dec/1892

Photo: ben lui summit with unknown climber in central gully © peebles boy
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This climb is in 127 logbooks, and on 17 wishlists.

Hidden - Solo - 20/Apr/13

crispy - Solo - 06/Apr/13 with Simon

Hidden - Solo O/S - 06/Apr/13

Somerset swede basher - Solo O/S - 05/Apr/13 with Katharine

2010_graham - Solo O/S - 14/Mar/13

dan_the_dingo - Solo - 10/Mar/13

a day trip from kendal - 4 hours car to car!
Timo Austino - Solo - 27/Feb/13

Hidden - Solo - 23/Feb/13

droberts - Solo - 23/Feb/13 with fergus roberts

Hidden - Solo O/S - 21/Feb/13

punj - Solo - 20/Feb/13

Ndawson - Solo dnf - 02/Jan/13

SUColdo - Solo - Jan/13 with Abe

rob16 - Solo - 2013

DougSt - Solo - 2013

Lots of deep snow towards the top but all very stable - a bit of a swim to the top! Amazing day though :)
chris.mcmorris - Solo - 17/Dec/12

martinmckenna - Solo - 04/Dec/12

Dan 85 - 2nd O/S - 02/Dec/12 with Tim

Little sparce in places but still well in condition. Great start to the year
Andy Syme - Lead O/S - 26/Nov/12 with Pete Elliott

Hidden - Solo - 15/Apr/12

johannes - Solo - 04/Mar/12

davesa - Solo - Feb/12

Lower part deep snow 30-40 cm on crust top side nice hard snow. Visibility bad low clouds (10-20m)
pak.pako - Solo O/S - 29/Jan/12

rossbeesley - Solo O/S - 29/Jan/12 with Andrew Gilmore, Joe Macgregor, Euan Todd

Hidden - Solo O/S - 29/Jan/12

Cloud cleared 100m from the top, some great solid snow in the corrie..
Lawrie Brand - Solo O/S - 15/Jan/12

Good snow all the way up, cornice no problem but quite steep topping out. Just a shame the 90% chance of cloud free Munros consisted of clag the whole day.
Fiona Reid - Solo - 14/Jan/12 with Mike, Tim

Good conditions but in the clag all day.
Mike_Watson_99 - Solo - 14/Jan/12 with Fiona

check - 2012

Hidden - 2012

ski descent
graeme gatherer - Apr/11

Snow damp and sticky, top cornice partially collapsed. Some melted avalanche debris near the bottom.
ladislav - Solo O/S - 26/Mar/11

Hidden - Solo - 26/Feb/11

Very enyoyable romp up this classic easy gully. Snow a bit soft, improving with height. When the gully opened out at the top, went slighlty right to finish through a small cornice. From above the left branch looked better and wasn't corniced. Descended by the North-East ridge.
borderline - Solo - 26/Feb/11 with AR, AC, KR, Tim Day, abbeywall

abbeywall - Solo - 26/Feb/11 with ged, borderline, K, AC

ged3000 - Solo - 26/Feb/11

Hidden - Solo - 22/Jan/11

kelliroberts3 - Solo O/S - 02/Jan/11

AG - 2011

Hidden - Solo - 20/Dec/10

Snow complete from corrie floor to the summit. Snow had frozen well after the thaw, so followed easy bucket steps all of the way to the top. Topped out into wonderful sunshine.
Karlos - Solo - 12/Dec/10 with Ian Archer

Hidden - Solo - 12/Dec/10

colin fagan - Solo - 12/Dec/10

colin fagan - Solo - 12/Dec/10

Snow conditions no the best (slushy)
Gazlynn - Solo - 01/May/10

Hidden - Solo O/S - 01/May/10

Climbed with Simon Mason. My first winter snow route using axes and crampons (borrowed). Excellent deep snow. Got a bit wary 100m or so from the top out, wasn't sure wether to rope up or not, but we just carried on front pointing. Can't wait for next season
edsankey - Solo O/S - 21/Apr/10

Climbed with Simon Mason. My first winter snow route using axes and crampons (borrowed). Excellent deep snow. Got a bit wary 100m or so from the top out, wasn't sure wether to rope up or not, but we just carried on front pointing. Can't wait for next season
edsankey - Solo O/S - 21/Apr/10

Only a hill - Solo - 13/Apr/10

keith hal - Solo - Apr/10 with Iain Mckenzie

Hidden - Solo - 10/Mar/10

stella1 - Solo - 20/Feb/10

Wanderer100 - Solo - 17/Feb/10 with Chas

TommSC - Solo - 13/Feb/10

Bob.allan - Solo - 20/Dec/09 with Jason Mitchell

oliverk - Solo - 19/Dec/09 with Malcolm

Excellent conditions
barney_edin - Solo - 18/Dec/09

Hidden - Solo - 12/Dec/09

Superb clear condtions. Steep towards the summit.
richardshoes - Solo O/S - 04/Dec/09

David Reid - Solo O/S - 20/Mar/09 with David Jamieson

Hard snow ice all the way. Andrew's first winter climb and first time wearing crampons.Took rope and too much gear none needed. Biked back on snow covered track under half an hour. Great day out.
alan caldwell - Solo - 06/Feb/09 with Andrew

stix - Solo - Feb/09

Hidden - Solo - 05/Jan/09

Alex Hofmann - 2009

Hidden - Solo - 2009

Gustav - Solo O/S - 30/Dec/08 with Nick, Julia and Amy

morsy - Solo - 19/Apr/08

Hidden - Solo - 12/Apr/08

wykealpha - 2nd - 05/Apr/08 with James Thompson

Stuart Macfarlane - Solo - 24/Mar/08 with Jeanie

allyrocke - Solo O/S - 24/Mar/08 with Micheal, John

Hidden - 2nd - 23/Mar/08

Hidden - Solo - 24/Feb/08

Will Smith - Solo O/S - 17/Feb/08

Simon Caldwell - 15/Feb/08 with Carmen, Rob, and Alan

Owen Meany - Solo - 15/Feb/08 with Simon Fox

Hidden - Solo - 10/Feb/08

whispering nic - Solo - Feb/08 with Wavy Dot

tubby two - Solo - Jan/08

Hidden - Solo - 2008

Climbed gully and after i hour pacing back and forward at the summit did Ski Decent (sid slipped the narrows & had to wait 5 mins for roped party to pass at botton of narrows) excellet forgiving spring snow.
Yourlead - Solo - 06/Apr/07

Richie Rich - Solo O/S - 17/Mar/07 with Pete Colley

easers - Solo - Mar/07

Not a bad wee route, was all that was in nick in southern highlands.
bawjaws - Solo O/S - 18/Feb/07 with Dougie & Martin Riddell

Hidden - Solo - 18/Feb/07

Hidden - Solo - 02/Feb/07

Adderbury Climber - 2nd O/S - Feb/07 with Roger Chamberlain, Jonathan Gunn

Moving together
Couby - AltLd - Jan/07

Hidden - 2007

Hidden - Solo - 04/Mar/06

Stephen Shaw - Solo - 26/Feb/06

Stewart B - Solo O/S - 04/Feb/06 with Karen McIntyre

Hidden - Solo - 04/Feb/06

Hidden - Solo - 01/Feb/06

peteetheridge - Solo O/S - Feb/06 with Jim Heath, Darren Axe, Andy Mortimer

mortimea - Solo - Feb/06 with Pete Etheridge, Darren Axe, Jim Heath, James Perkins

Ross Barnes - Feb/06

Got rope out for upper (steep) section - a bit necky with a single axe and bendy boots!
Ian Robertson - Lead O/S - 29/Jan/06 with Krystina Lotoczko

jamestheyip - Solo O/S - 17/Jan/06 with Miguel Ciriza, Jon Gay, Bruce

Nice and straight forward.
dan cowley - Solo O/S - 27/Feb/05

John Brayshaw - Solo O/S - 19/Feb/05 with Jesse Bryant

gorgeous day. first time in crampons (hhmm). hard puff but stunning stuff.
andy hunter - Solo - Feb/05 with graeme w

abbeywall - Solo - 23/Jan/05

abbeywall - Solo - 23/Jan/05 with K

Captain Solo - Solo - 22/Jan/05

thebat - Solo - Jan/05

great day - train to tyndrum - mtb to ben lui and a great grade I
Joe Nunn - Solo - 19/Feb/04 with john dowens

Hidden - 01/Feb/04

tom.e - Solo O/S - Feb/04

Hidden - Solo O/S - Feb/04

Really nice route with an impressive finish for the grade. Long appraoch for just one route though.
francois - Lead - Mar/03 with Lorna

French Erick - Solo - 23/Feb/03

Hidden - Solo - 22/Feb/03

date is an approximation
mav - Solo - Jan/03 with bodach

tomkhoward - Feb/02

jonesieboy - AltLd - 2002

sebastien - Solo - Mar/01

Hidden - AltLd - Feb/99

Hidden - 2nd - 01/Jan/95

Simon Caldwell - Solo O/S - Apr/94

Dave Kerr - Solo - Jan/92 with Iain Martin

Yourlead - Lead - 27/Apr/91 with Corinne Sanders

Colin Matheson - Solo - Feb/87 with Brown

Hidden - Solo - 05/Jan/85

alan.rodger - Solo - Mar/80 with francis jarvie, alistair ferrie, willie johnston, ian glen

First winter climb
rossn - Solo - Jan/78 with Dad

A superb misty day out alone,gully quite easy, snow sugery
Peter Main - Solo - 19/Feb/76

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Style of ascent

Soloed105 of 127 (82.7%)
Lead4 of 127 (3.1%)
Followed5 of 127 (3.9%)
Alt Leads3 of 127 (2.4%)
Unknown10 of 127 (7.9%)

'Climbed'94 of 127 (74.0%)
clean O/S32 of 127 (25.2%)
dnf1 of 127 (0.8%)