20ish pitches. Not so much a classic as trench warfare. The dry temperatures helped but this was still an exercise in heather bashing and soggy feet as well as the never-ending question of whether it will be over soon. Far too much thrashing through undergrowth and dubious ledge shuffling. At times the route is just plain dangerous. Some occasional good pitches - Great Cave, Slab, Jericho, but an awful lot more of scrappy nonsense.
Rampikino - Lead - 24/Jul/14 with Cat
Hidden - 2014
Sit Start, 14 hours. Full on adventure climbing.
MarshF - AltLd - 28/Sep/13 with Jamie, Bella, David, Fergus, Max Scherer, alexmcmillan
Rather epic, made it to the top at least. some horrendous sections and inescapable for much of its length. Little gear and belays can be scarce. Nowhere near the quality of the chasm, but felt much harder due to more slippery, compact rock and vegetation.
blog post and more info here: http://bit.ly/1atBwT8
JamieSparkes - AltLd O/S - 28/Sep/13 with David, Max, alex mcmillan, MarshF, Fergus Cuthill
BellaBooo - 2nd - 28/Sep/13
Quality day out, Climbed as a group of 7 resulting in a very long day.
Fergus Cuthill - AltLd O/S - 28/Sep/13 with Bella, Max, David, Alex McMillan, Marsh, Jamie
Quite the adventure. Something like 14-15 hours on route in a group of 7. Some proper wet and crumbly pitches and the dark may not have been the most pleasant at the time, but it was a great day out nonetheless. On descending the ridge, lights below and stars above made for quite a surreal experience...
alexmcmillan - AltLd O/S - 28/Sep/13 with David Noblett, Bella Hughes, Fergus Cuthill, Jamie Sparkes, Marsh Flint, Max Scherer
captain - 2013
TheAndyBarker - 2013
andybirtwistle - 2013
Hidden - 2012
goadventure1 - 2012
check - 2012
Gordon, Will & Dobbo.
Retreated after 2 pitches in the face of overwhelming quantities of slippy rock and waterfalls.
Roch - 23/Apr/11 with MRT
pasbury - 2011
sgl0jd - 2011
I'd give it 1 star for the history involved but as a climb its disappointing. The Chasm is a better day out by far.
Captain Solo - Solo - 20/Jun/10
A great little adventure, we did it in 4 hours car to car, mostly solo which made for some exciting moments. I lost a number 8 rock on the first pitch but managed to retrieve a number 4 wallnut that I placed this time two years ago! It was also interesting to notice the state of the tat and krab we abbed off last time, for two years in the gully it still looked better than some stuff I've abbed off in the past, which was a touch worrying.
mikemartin - AltLd - 15/Jun/10
jack_eadie - AltLd - 15/Jun/10
Allan Austin's description in Classic Rock says it all - desperate/lethal/loose - dislodged car-sized boulder. Idiots only need apply! 2nd attempt. From bottom (skipping this as new SMC guide suggests is clearly missing half the climb, no looser here than the rest of the beast and it contains the crux!). 9hrs, topped out in dark. Crux = waterfall about 4 pitches before the Great Cave Pitch (see 'Spot the Climber' photo from 1st attempt). Occasional cool pitches = technical Red Wall, Red Chimney, unprotected Slab Wall (CR's crux), Jerico Wall and a few others are fantastic, most of it is horrendous though; so bad I hardly noticed being eaten alive by midges!
jimorothy - Lead - 05/Jun/10 with Rachel Crolla
Hidden - AltLd dnf - 02/May/10
Neil Mackenzie - AltLd dnf - 02/May/10 with jamsey
Hidden - 2010
BigHell - Sep/09
Went right from the bottom, took 7 hours. Pitches up to the great cave pitch are vegitated and chanllenging but doable. Led the Great Cave Pitch.....fantastic. Lots more above also with some of the hardeds pitches comming towards the top.
Steven Andrews - AltLd O/S - 07/Jun/09 with Fred Lyon
suess - Lead - 01/Jun/09
ig248 - AltLd O/S - Jun/09 with Fabian Jakubczik
Backed off before Jericho wall, too much water the gully.
mikemartin - AltLd dnf - Jul/08
Completely sheltered from the strong NE wind, on a cloud-free Bank Holiday weekend, and we had the route to ourselves. Super stuff, mostly poorly protected VDiff with a couple of harder pitches (luckily with some gear). Ignore the Crocket guide which says there are 8 pitches, there are 15 or 16 (I lost count)!
Simon Caldwell - Lead O/S - 25/May/08 with Carmen
Callum T - AltLd - Nov/07
Amazing climb. Very wet and very cold in November! Took a while to do it and almost missed last call at the inn! But an unbelievable time.
Major_Steve - 2nd - Nov/07 with Alex Carberry, Tanis Godwin
jonnie3430 - AltLd - 13/Oct/07
tumbling wizard - Lead - 2007
westaway - Solo O/S - 2006
timmy-ts - 2004
Hidden - TR - 14/May/03
Hidden - AltLd - 18/Apr/03
Hidden - 2000
Hidden - 2000
Chad123 - 2000
Mickdenali - AltLd - 1999 with Bob Macleod
five - AltLd dnf - Jun/97 with SB
Great day out. Took one wrong turn at 100 ft wall and had to lower myself down. Otherwise fine.
johnkeith - Solo O/S - Sep/96
Yourlead - AltLd - 30/Jun/95 with Graham Penny
Hidden - 01/Aug/94
Hidden - AltLd - Jun/93
A fab day out and done during a drought which I recommend.
brianrunner - AltLd - May/90 with John Thomson
phardman - 1990
Steve Lenartowicz - 1990
David Smith - 1990
Very wet but perversely fun
Iain Thow - Lead - 15/Dec/88 with Tim Whittaker
What a route!
Babika - AltLd - 20/May/87 with Jeremy Hemmimgs
Hidden - AltLd - Aug/86
Nigel Bond - Lead - 03/Jun/86 with Roger Skews
rogerskews - 02/Jun/85 with Nigel Bond
Hidden - AltLd - May/85
Hidden - AltLd - 10/Aug/83
Hidden - AltLd - 16/Feb/80
arduff - AltLd - 1980 with EUMC pals
arduff - AltLd - 1980 with Chris Brown
Mark Kemball - AltLd - 13/Sep/79 with Sarah Bridge
neil3965 - AltLd - May/78 with Gordon Stewart
neil3965 - Lead - Sep/77 with Julie Blythe
Colin Matheson - AltLd - Sep/76 with Brown
auldscotal - AltLd O/S - 1975 with Ben Cooper?
Peter Main - 2nd - 14/Sep/71 with Glencoe Mountaineering School
Hidden - AltLd O/S - 12/Aug/70
Chris Craggs - 1968
Bivied at base and started first light. With Marshal Reeves and Charlie Tanner. Marshall ahead and Charlie and I trailing behind
David Smith - Solo - May/65