Great day, ice a little soft at bottom, first pitch was good with little protection, then up lots of (nice) snow and finished up left fork of the right fork. The 'crux' wall was quite bold (the gully to the right had a lot of unconsolidated snow below the 'cave'). 25m rope just enough.
HardenClimber - AltLd O/S - 14/Feb/15 with Martin Gillie, Tony Westcott
A great adventure wandering (& wondering) up the complex cliff on a misty day. Nice atmosphere.
nickdonohue - Solo - 13/Feb/15
Alternative finish on right ice fall at top
williap - 07/Feb/15 with scottcoates
Great neve on most of the route, snow very consolidated on the upper section towards the summit.
JackM92 - AltLd - 15/Feb/14
Up and down right fork as far as the top ice pitch, which was a bit thin with little gear, a good route on a complex face.
Sankey - AltLd dnf - 11/Mar/13 with Ed
darrenasquith - AltLd - 02/Mar/13
mark12345 - 2nd - 25/Feb/13
Col Kingshott - Lead O/S - 24/Feb/13
JamesRoddie - Solo O/S - 24/Feb/13
GlennWatson - Solo - 23/Feb/13
As finish to Deep-Cut. Neve all the way with cheeky ice corner towards the end.
lawrenceK - AltLd - 22/Feb/13
Tricky powder snow so we deviated as much as poss onto turfy ribs. Upper section after left fork was all on the buttress seeking out harder moves. Helicopter appeared 2pm due to avalanche 500m away - 4 dead. Sobering day.
stratandrew - AltLd O/S - 19/Jan/13 with Steve Graham
Day of the avalanche that killed a group - 4? people - on Bidean nam Bian. Terrified. Sobering.
EmilyCreative - 19/Jan/13
Jacks20 - AltLd - 2013 with Al Brightman
Banked out so v.easy. Nice to be out in fairly rubbish weather though.
markfairbank - Solo O/S - 18/Feb/12 with Paul Sheehan, Dave Brown
Very wild conditions, so was n't expecting to climb anything. Fairly banked out with snow.
Mountain Llama - Solo - 18/Feb/12 with Mark F, Paul S
Deep Cut was a waterfall...
allyrocke - Solo O/S - 22/Jan/11 with Robbie
rcammack - Solo O/S - 22/Jan/11 with Alistair Rocke
Hidden - 2011
finos - 2nd O/S - 02/Apr/10
Hidden - Lead - 01/Mar/10
Avoided initial ice pitch by a long traverse left as it was thin, brittle and hacked about. Above, took left fork to finish up a nice little pitch of easy III on snow ice. II/III by the line I took.
Only a hill - Solo O/S - 22/Feb/10
Hidden - AltLd O/S - 14/Feb/10
Pete and Rich also did this at the same time.
Tony Holdsworth - AltLd O/S - 13/Feb/10 with Nick Mitchell
Hidden - AltLd - 06/Feb/10
used screw left by Nick and Tony on 1st pitch
Richie Rich - AltLd O/S - Feb/10 with Pete Colley
Not certain this was exact route. Climbed three ice pitches before ab'ing off abalakovs. Was closer to approach than Arch Gully which i believe was left of our climb.
Braintax - 2nd - Feb/10
Hidden - AltLd - 17/Jan/10
Hidden - 22/Apr/08
morsy - AltLd - 13/Apr/08 with gerhard mors/alan rodger
alan.rodger - 2nd - 13/Apr/08 with gerhard mors, stephan mors
Bit of an epic day on my first winter climbing experience.
Originally went up to climb Arch Gully, but it wasnt in condition. So came back down from it and started on No. 4 butress route then changed over onto NW Gully.
There were 3 of us so climbing was fairly slow and the leaders were finding it hard to find runner placements.
We took the right fork that takes us up to the crux climb. Should have taken the left fork in retrospect. Got to the crux at about 7.30pm having spent about 7 hours on the route already. One of the guys led the crux in diminishing light then brought us up. It was dark by the time we got up. The clouds had come down as well so visibility wasnt great so we decided to use the ropes for the rest of the climb even though the guidebook says the ground is easier at this point.
Eventually topped out at 11.30pm. Luckily the weather was ok and we managed to navigate off. We got back to the car at 2am. The mountain rescue were waiting at the car park for another couple that we'd met on the last pitch and had phoned them because they didnt know the way down.
Hopefully my next winter climb wont be quite as long.
climberuk - 2nd β - 22/Mar/08 with 2
McGus - AltLd - 16/Mar/08 with Phil Amos
punj - AltLd - Mar/08 with john meechan
Captain Solo - Solo - 22/Jan/07
rob k - AltLd O/S - 01/Mar/06 with C Marsden
Alternative direct ice pitches taken at start. Grade IV.
konacol - AltLd - 23/Jan/05 with Robert McMurray, Ken Murray
Hidden - 2004
lawrenceK - Solo - Jan/02
Hidden - 1997
Hidden - Solo - 09/Mar/96
Hidden - Solo - Mar/96
CMacD - 1995
ChrisJD - Solo - 21/Feb/88
michael burrows - AltLd O/S - 17/Feb/87 with steve ward
Bruce Kerr - Solo - 19/Jan/80