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Golden Oldy*** II

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[Golden Oldy. Grade II. Aonach Mor, 1 kb]500m. As the name suggests, a classic alpine style ridge. Consistent grade II across the whole of the ridge. Easy to underestimate the length of this route.

Ticklists: Britain's winter ridges, Scotland's Mountain Ridges by Dan Bailey.

Photo: Golden Oldy. Grade II. Aonach Mor © keith hal
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This climb is in 195 logbooks, and on 44 wishlists.

Marq - AltLd O/S - 28/Mar/14 with Steve Mount

Andy27 - Lead O/S - 28/Mar/14 with Simon Gee

Hidden - AltLd - 28/Mar/14

K8Wilson - Lead - 23/Mar/14

johnrich - AltLd - 23/Mar/14 with Luke

Quite a lot of fresh snow both on the approach and on the route.
Ken Applegate - Lead - 22/Mar/14

approach took ages due to lots of snow; moved together
morsy - AltLd rpt - 22/Mar/14 with peter berwick

Pete23 - AltLd - 22/Mar/14 with Stephen Mors

Top section buried under soft powdery snow, meaning an absence of belays and making it slow going. Much care required.
samharrison7 - AltLd O/S - 01/Mar/14 with Richard Thorpe

RichardThorpe - AltLd - 01/Mar/14 with samharrison7

Hidden - Lead - 01/Mar/14

Technically not that hard but very exposed with minimal gear in a number of places (especially over the snow aretes). Blowing an absolute hooly on the upper section and on the summit. Challenging navigation back to the ski tow in a whiteout. Took about 3.5 hours.
Purely - 2nd - 28/Feb/14 with Mat Adams

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alastairbegley - Solo - 28/Feb/14 with David Qualtrough, Richard Nicholson

Slick - Lead - 28/Feb/14 with David Q

Lots and lots of snow making ridge and approach tough. Great alpine style ridge! Thin sections of ridge banked out forming great exposed snow arete's. Last 50m and descent to ski centre in a white out. Full on Scotland :-)
JonHarvey - Lead O/S - 26/Feb/14 with Richard Nurse

Darrell Read - 22/Feb/14 with Robbie King, Dan Staff

Dan_Staff - 22/Feb/14 with Robbie King, Darrell Read

Hidden - 2nd O/S - 16/Feb/14

keith hal - Lead O/S - 16/Feb/14 with John Bell

Steve Woollard - Lead - 16/Feb/14 with Samantha Roach

mzchambers - Solo O/S - 14/Feb/14 with Rory

Laura Hamlet - 09/Feb/14

Laura Hamlet - Feb/14

Hidden - Lead O/S - 23/Jan/14

Direct start, so much white stuff!!!!!
CLyus - 23/Jan/14 with Jam, James Davis, Meinertzhagen

Direct start (III)
Meinertzhagen - 2nd - 23/Jan/14 with James Mark Walter, Christopher Lyus, James Davis

Hidden - 2nd O/S - 23/Jan/14

Hidden - Solo - 20/Jan/14

Hidden - Lead O/S - 14/Jan/14

Windy day, good snow conditions, a fine route. The gondola was out due to wind, so we walked up and down from Nevis Range car park.
gravity - 2nd - 12/Jan/14 with Ben Tibbetts

Moved together, 2 teams of 2. Great fun easy day
arose - Lead - 11/Jan/14 with Georgia Hancock, Luis Parsons, Hannah Francis

Great! Moved together.
Tightsgirl - 2nd - 11/Jan/14 with Ali Rose

Hidden - Lead O/S - 03/Jan/14

Hidden - 2nd - 03/Jan/14

Moving together. Powdery and deep. Great way to bring in the new year.
tsl42 - AltLd O/S - 30/Dec/13 with Chris Damm

Hidden - 30/Dec/13

Hidden - 30/Dec/13

next time get the climber's gondola from 8am!
danny269 - AltLd - 30/Dec/13 with Cripsey

Turf reasonably frozen, getting better with height. A lot of wet unconsolidated snow around, will get better quickly with a good freeze over the next few days.
team fat belly - Solo - 29/Dec/13 with Chris, Toby

chrisallan - Solo O/S - 29/Dec/13

stanleynkk - AltLd - Dec/13 with Tom Golden

Great day out in stunning weather! Moved together the whole way with Matt in the lead. Took about 7.5 hours gondola to gondola.
michaelmurray - 30/Mar/13 with Matt Myerscough, James

Julesthe1st - AltLd O/S - 15/Mar/13 with Paul Wolf

lou_rankine - Mar/13

Stuart Macfarlane - Lead rpt - 23/Feb/13 with Jeanie

Hidden - 23/Feb/13

Fantastic route with lots of sustained entertaining moments, claggy and frosty hair. Wonderful ran to catch the last cable car and oh the relief of catching it - sore feet well worth it.
Jenny Hall - 2nd - 20/Feb/13 with tom wood, Louis

Hidden - AltLd O/S - 20/Feb/13

Clagged in so lucky to meet AMI on way in who knew the start. Straight forward after that with nice exposure.
Louis Hume - Lead - 20/Feb/13 with Hair Bear, Jenny

Hidden - Solo O/S - 20/Feb/13

Very Alpine! Solid neve on the way to the climb. Some nice ice on the approach to the ridge. The lowest 50m of rock was bare and considered taking off my crampons. After the first steepening there was much more snow on the route and made for fast going. Airy in places but nice scrambling all the way, a couple of spicy moves but nothing too bad. Made good time but can see how this would be time consuming roped up/under powder. Superb day.
Sutty22 - Solo O/S - 19/Feb/13

Great day. Long and easy. Finished in the dark and missed the gondola. It's a long fierce walk down
davidbird63 - 2nd O/S - 17/Feb/13 with James Rodgers, David Adcock

ten4dave - Lead - 17/Feb/13 with David Bird

Went to do Gendarme Ridge but took some overalls/ grooves low down & realised I'd gone on to Oldy! Great conditions, lots of ice, soft wet snow, mini cornices on route, little vis. The guys who were going for Golden Oldy ended up on Western Rib by the look of it. The joys of limited visibility.
Moonstone Hippy - Solo - 16/Feb/13

Hidden - Solo O/S - 07/Feb/13

Hidden - Lead O/S - 06/Feb/13

Tarquin - Solo - 06/Feb/13 with Dave, Subbs

Theeni - AltLd O/S - 06/Feb/13

carl_123 - Lead O/S - 06/Feb/13

Moved together
morpcat - 2nd - 05/Feb/13 with Jim, wilkinscl

Hidden - 2nd O/S - 01/Feb/13

Bailed off at the bottom as we managed to trigger a number of small slab avalanches on the very bottom of the climb. Excellent frozen turf away from the snow, will be fantastic once consolidated.
ChrisVian - 15/Jan/13

Verglas on the rocks lower down lead to rime ice, snow and frozen turf from then on, good route but difficulties short lived
jon59 - AltLd - 10/Jan/13

Hidden - 2013

Can't decide whether we did this or Gendarme Ridge; The cloud was very low at the bottom of the route. Fun 45' ice at the bottom which lead to easy ground before the ridge became more prominent. Moved together for the last few hundred meters.
MarkRoe - Lead O/S - 18/Dec/12 with Luke Edwards

Luke W Edwards - 2nd O/S - 18/Dec/12 with Mark Roe

Lower ice was in good condition, and the snow got more consolidated with height. The turf was only frozen on the upper half of the route.
Ragingpossum - Lead O/S - 16/Dec/12 with louise phillips

LouiseP - 16/Dec/12 with Will Bourne

Harry Kingston - Lead O/S - 16/Dec/12 with Naomi Malkin

R_W_M - Lead O/S - 16/Dec/12 with Mat Sav

Enjoyable thoughout. Snow quite crusty and well frozen turf.
JamesRoddie - Solo O/S - 10/Dec/12

Amazing day out. Even if we did miss the gondola. Turf was mostly frozen. Steve led the III variant start and I followed. Alt leads and alpine style throughout.
Double Knee Bar - AltLd O/S - 06/Feb/12

first scottish winter route. first ever winter lead! excelent day out :) shame about the walk back down. A lot was learned this day.
jamesbrown1979 - Lead - 06/Feb/12

Hidden - Solo O/S - 05/Feb/12

wupert - AltLd O/S - Jan/12

mattking_109 - AltLd - Jan/12

Powder snow, with turf frozen at depth, a few inches of ice here and there, and plenty of easy angle rock for footing, the ice was not sustained. It was snowing, but sheltered until topping out into a gale, and whiteout. We all walked in a circle for a few minutes, until Dave navigated us off with a compass bearing.
Warren Earle - Solo O/S - 30/Dec/11 with Nev

I lead first pitch.
billyeatspies - AltLd O/S - 20/Aug/11 with Chris Baird, Richie Maybank, Joe Wiggins, Kieran Sanaghan, Graham Wootton

ctbaird - AltLd O/S - 20/Aug/11

iansm - 2nd - 20/Mar/11 with James, Archie, John

Soft new snow, soft turf, old soft snow, snow showers, some spicy bare rock, some sun, mist on top - all equals a great day. Place to myself!
Moonstone Hippy - Solo O/S - 26/Feb/11

Hidden - Lead - 22/Feb/11

Hidden - AltLd - 22/Feb/11

guiding
John Kettle - Lead - 18/Feb/11

A traditional route and traditional weather to go with it. 90 minute walk to roughly whether the route was, then another 90 minutes finding it in the clag. Just as we were debating whether to call it a day, the clouds parted briefly and we saw the start about 100m above us. We pitched the whole thing in about 9/10 pitches. Could have moved together on much of it but wanted to play it safe as it was my return to climbing, 6 weeks and 1 day after knee surgery!
Simon Caldwell - Lead O/S - 18/Feb/11 with Carmen

Started in sunshine, but < 10m visibility when we topped out
hokkyokusei - 17/Feb/11 with Jonathon, Bernadette

powdery but excellent.
glaramara - Lead - 12/Feb/11 with Dr Liz, Farmer Pete, tamzin

Pete Barker - Lead O/S - 12/Feb/11 with Tamzin, Dave, Lizzie

jack_eadie - Solo - 08/Feb/11

Simul solo, great route, great conditions.
mikemartin - Solo - 08/Feb/11

Moved together.
donkster - Lead O/S - 08/Feb/11 with dennis

Short roped with PK and Paul James
rylett - 07/Feb/11 with Paul Knowles

TerryLines - 2nd - 06/Feb/11

Al Kells - 27/Jan/11 with Jamie Bankhead, gateaublaster

Was out with Jamie Bankhead who was practising his excellent short roping skills on this fantastic route .. beautiful blue skies and nice consolidated snow ..
gateaublaster - 27/Jan/11 with Alan Kells

Niced route, the hard bits were steady and not sustained, so soloed the whole route. Not many views.
fall-line - 21/Jan/11 with Sarah Collins, Andy Wank, Sarah Kirton

Hidden - Solo O/S - 06/Jan/11

Cleared the way through plenty of powder snow, good route but 2 axes felt cumbersome after first snow slopes. Glad we didnt have to find it in the mist! 3.5 hours
peas65 - Lead - 05/Jan/11

oliverk - 2011

Luke Brooks - Solo - 2011

PAJames - 2011

Benighted! Route was loaded with powder.
Euan Strachan - AltLd O/S - 2011 with Sian, Rori Brooker

Hidden - 2011

Pitched a couple of sections, otherwise moved together with Ewan leading the way. Visibility pretty poor but hopefully we went up the right route.
Fiona Reid - 2nd - 28/Dec/10 with Ewan

morsy - Solo - 23/Dec/10

took 12 hours in powder conditions weather at the top was dire, visibility poor high winds. so we spent the night in a bothy bag, only to find in the morning that we were 50m from the summit and a man in a tent
Ruari Brooker - 2nd - 05/Dec/10 with Sian, Euan Strachan

SianR - AltLd - 05/Dec/10 with Ruari and Euan

easers - Solo O/S - 28/Nov/10

Hidden - Solo O/S - 13/Mar/10

clive-greenwood - AltLd O/S - 13/Mar/10 with Andy Assam

Was short roped up this with some direct belays used by our instructor kenny. Was a great day and my first real mountaineering route. Quite a bit of loose powder made finding placements slightly difficult, but still a great day.
Jimmy1976 - 2nd O/S - 19/Feb/10 with Kenny and Dan

Beautiful clear day, lots of fresh powder so trail-breaking from the river at the base of the climb.
djcarter - 19/Feb/10 with Kenny, jimmy121

Climbed in deep powder in the upper sections, not that much fun in places, went slightly off route to the right and ended up in a very powdery snowy bay to gain the ridge. Retrospectively Fun.
Bokonon - AltLd O/S - 16/Feb/10 with Dave

Sankey - AltLd - 16/Feb/10 with Andy E

smiler - AltLd - 16/Feb/10 with Bokonon

Hidden - AltLd O/S - 15/Feb/10

Abbed of into gully just before the knife edge, night was falling and didn't fancy being stuck on the ridgein the dark.
Daniel Sutherland - Lead dnf - 14/Feb/10 with Mike

Hidden - Solo O/S - 12/Feb/10

cubehead - AltLd - 11/Feb/10

Hidden - 2nd - 06/Feb/10

Hidden - Lead O/S - 06/Feb/10

Hidden - Lead - 06/Feb/10

Stunning snowy ridge line, guided up by Phil
JulianD - AltLd - 03/Feb/10 with Michael L

Captain Solo - Solo - 01/Feb/10

richiegarside - AltLd - Feb/10

tubby two - Lead - Feb/10 with Mr Jones, Tinky

Braintax - 2nd - Feb/10

Hidden - 2nd O/S - Feb/10

LJKing - Lead - Feb/10 with Rustam Stolkien, Piers Harley

A long and committing route and the conditions (lots of unconsolidated powder snow over rock) made for quite a challenging day out. Much scrabbling around for decent axe placements and footholds. The steep buttress pitches felt moderately desperate at a couple of points - pretty run-out and felt like very technical moves for a Grade II! But it all came good and thankfully we topped out before it got dark - unlike other less fortunate parties on the crag. The very airy and horrifically unstable upper ridge was incredible! Must have been in the zone by that point... Mark's first proper winter route, for which a medal is in order...
CathS - AltLd O/S - 30/Jan/10 with Mark Robinson

iceicebaby - 24/Jan/10

I cleverly forgot to take any axes so borrowed a single, old axe. Moderately entertaining.
Ian Jones - 2nd O/S - 24/Jan/10 with iceicebaby, Sam Wood

Hidden - AltLd - 24/Jan/10

oliverk - AltLd - 24/Jan/10 with Tim Clarke

Hidden - Solo O/S - 22/Jan/10

1st winter lead, with Gwilym soloing alongside. lots of soft snow made things slightly tricky
Stuzz - Lead O/S - 22/Jan/10 with Kev

ladislav - AltLd O/S - 07/Jan/10 with Elsie

chmckay - AltLd - Jan/10 with Connor Holdsworth

tk1991 - 2010

kingjam - Lead - 2010

WilliamBurnside - Solo - 24/Dec/09 with B Strachan

Great day out, conditions much better than expected. Hard slog up and down though as the Gondola was closed.
Elsier - AltLd O/S - 07/Dec/09 with Miles

stev1e.wilso - Solo - 11/Apr/09 with Tom, Dylan

bigbadbob12345 - Solo - 11/Apr/09 with Steve Wilson

Hidden - Apr/09

My first winter climb. Not sure it was Golden Oldy or a ridge to the left. Snow wasn't consolidated but weather was very good (clear and sunny).
Keenb - 2nd O/S - 28/Mar/09 with Duncan Bell

Hidden - 19/Mar/09

cliffy - AltLd - 06/Mar/09 with Debbie Roberts

Julian Prieto - AltLd O/S - 06/Mar/09 with Andy Combes

Batt - AltLd O/S - 06/Mar/09 with James Hoyes

Hoyes - AltLd O/S - 06/Mar/09 with Rachel B

Hidden - 2nd - Mar/09

Good long day out. Limited visibility made picking the right rib tricky but the weather cleared and we moved together the whole way. Only placed 1 bit of gear - it ended up at the bottom of the route - if anyone finds a No. 8 hex...
markfairbank - Lead O/S - 07/Feb/09 with Laura Turnbull

LauraTurnbull - 07/Feb/09 with Mark F

DrJon - 2nd O/S - 05/Feb/09 with Anne & Mark

rlrs - AltLd - Feb/09

Paul's 1st proper winter climb. Snowed on & off all day, lots of soft snow on final ridge.
KeithW - Lead O/S - 24/Jan/09 with Paul Lucas

First winter route.
lucasp - AltLd O/S - 24/Jan/09 with keith lmc

riven - Lead O/S - 24/Jan/09 with Dave Trueman, Matt Fuller

First ever trad multipitch! First ever winter climb unguided!
Mr Fuller - 2nd O/S - 20/Jan/09 with Dumpster Dave, Joe Barker

We failed to locate the climb the previous day but were camping further down the Allt Daim so had a second attempt. Deep powder covered the ridge which made for a long day. The second time I have climbed this route, an absolute gem.
wykealpha - 2nd - 09/Apr/08 with James Thompson

Simon Hodgson - 30/Mar/08 with Luke Adams, Heather Loosemore

Skinny Kin - AltLd O/S - 15/Mar/08 with Jon Trafford

luckyjim - Solo - Mar/08

Jamie B - Lead - 06/Jan/08 with Debbie and Stuart

mgg - Lead - 12/Mar/07 with PG.

mgg - Lead - 12/Mar/07 with PG.

easers - AltLd - 06/Feb/07 with Doug Aitken

developadventure - Lead - Feb/07 with Tom Heath

Simon K - Lead rpt - 27/Jan/07 with RT

Hidden - Lead - 22/Jan/07

Beautiful day, crampons balling up
Yellow_trousers - Solo - 17/Jan/07 with Tom Crooks

Hidden - Solo - 02/Jan/07

can't be 100% we were on the right ridge, may have replaced some of the rocky crest with steep snow on the right flank
davefount - Solo O/S - Jan/07 with Mike, Jez and Alan

Hidden - AltLd - 10/Apr/06

OK climb, in a lovely area and situation.
nicholas Barrowclough - AltLd O/S - 06/Mar/06 with Tim Davies

abbeywall - AltLd - 05/Mar/06 with K

Excellent
Simon K - Lead O/S - 04/Mar/06 with PR

Sandy P - Solo - 02/Mar/06 with David Monteith

G. Tiger, Esq. - Solo - 25/Feb/06

Very enjoyable route, on a very nice section of easily accessible mountain.
Bokonon - Solo O/S - 25/Feb/06

It snowed all day, a good depth of fresh snow on the ridge getting deeper all the time. Great conditions for this climb which was a real mountaineering adventure
crowberry gully - AltLd - 11/Feb/06 with Ross McGibbon

keith leonard - AltLd - 2006

Hidden - AltLd - 2006

Stuart Macfarlane - AltLd - 26/Feb/05 with Lucy

Hidden - AltLd - 26/Feb/05

Very wet all day, moved together up route in just under an hour!
dan cowley - AltLd O/S - 16/Feb/05 with John Maguire

easers - Lead - 06/Jan/05 with Claire Dalgleish

lawrenceK - Lead - Jan/05

Done Alpine style with a couple of a mates, one of whom is MIA
Harry The Owl - AltLd β - Mar/04 with Tony The Blade

Tony the Blade - AltLd - Mar/04 with Harry Miller

luckyjim - Solo - Dec/03

djdavies - 2nd - 04/Mar/03

Hidden - Feb/03

dangates - AltLd - 2002 with Alison Davey/ Alex Cross

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II32 of 41
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Style of ascent

Soloed35 of 195 (17.9%)
Lead48 of 195 (24.6%)
Followed27 of 195 (13.8%)
Alt Leads56 of 195 (28.7%)
Unknown29 of 195 (14.9%)

'Climbed'118 of 195 (60.5%)
clean O/S72 of 195 (36.9%)
clean β1 of 195 (0.5%)
clean rpt3 of 195 (1.5%)
dnf1 of 195 (0.5%)