A bit of a thaw going on. Lower section looks like there is a variety of options till you get to the narrow gangway near the top. Take lots of slings.
AntMayer - AltLd - 04/Apr/15
Tough going in the fresh snow but worth the slog in.
Jim Haydock - AltLd - 01/Apr/15 with David bell
crowberry gully - 01/Apr/15 with Jim Haydock
Hidden - 29/Mar/15
Hidden - AltLd - 29/Mar/15
sj87 - Lead - 19/Mar/15 with Simon Raven
Hidden - 2nd O/S - 19/Mar/15
A bit thin
AndyG71 - 14/Mar/15 with Douglas MacEwan
Teaching day, MIC assessment.
arose - Lead - 04/Mar/15 with Clients
Hidden - Lead O/S - 04/Mar/15
Found the correct line today and what a route, great grade II fun!
Nath93 - Solo - 25/Feb/15
Hidden - Solo - 21/Feb/15
Moved together for most of the way. Great route.
graemecw - AltLd O/S - 21/Feb/15
Dougbart - Solo - 21/Feb/15 with Iain
Did one short pitch to start then moved together all the way to the top from there. If i did it again I would only take one rope thus reducing weight and the amount or rope that has to be dealt with when moving together, of course this is only a good idea if you think you are unlikely to pitch much of the route.
Robertgiddy - 16/Feb/15
I lead the pitch at the start then moved together over the rest of the route.
GuitarGenius92 - AltLd O/S - 16/Feb/15 with Jonathan Hazell
Hidden - AltLd O/S - 14/Feb/15
Bluesky day, good turf and neve.
Scott_vzr - 2nd O/S - 07/Feb/15
Hard with Skis on your back!
MTBAnimal - AltLd O/S - 07/Feb/15
Finding the started proved unnecessarily difficult. Moral of the story, check the approach description in the guidebook before thinking you know better! Really good route with loads of great exposure, a little too much in some places since neither mike nor I had much experience in winter placements so ended up unintentionally soloing it all. As the sun came over, the snow started to turn to mush and it was more like swimming and I was quite conscious about not falling off. Great route but one we got away with!
Sam Maher - Solo O/S - 06/Feb/15 with Mike Davie
Hidden - 04/Feb/15
lovely weather, Scott Kirkhope guiding
rambler_gary - 2nd - 04/Feb/15 with Haydn
Felt hard. lots of sugar powder,
ross brinson - 02/Feb/15 with James
Deep powder fest.
stucknortherner - Lead O/S - 01/Feb/15 with Kat Sizer
really hard to find the start, not sure if it was right, but greta fun and steady the whole way!
Matt Schwarz - Solo O/S - 22/Jan/15
First day of WIT, bluebird and cold. Easy ridge, soft at II. Moved together for the majority.
Zoomer - 2nd O/S - 19/Jan/15
Superb easy day out. Blue skies, no wind. What winter climbing is all about.
Dave Douglas - AltLd O/S - 19/Jan/15 with Neil Barron, Paul Freudenthal
Decent route, amazing weather. Moved together all the way.
jezb1 - Lead - 19/Jan/15
freudy_love - AltLd O/S - 19/Jan/15 with Dave Douglas, Neil Barron
Hidden - 19/Jan/15
Hidden - 19/Jan/15
Benstar - 18/Jan/15
Nice route. Lots of powdery snow on it, but nothing for axes so mainly hooking boulders or torqueing cracks all the way. Plenty of boulders/spikes/threads for slings. After a few pitches tried to switch to moving together... just in time for an unexpected fin-like arete which forced us back to pitching. Surprisingly easy walk in despite all the snow; back down in plenty of time for gondola.
timday - Lead - 17/Jan/15 with MartinH
martinh13 - 2nd - 17/Jan/15 with Tim Day
Hidden - AltLd O/S - 16/Jan/15
A little soggy low down but pretty well frozen on the route. Soloed to the start of the first rocky section and used rope thereafter. Started of claggy and raining but cleared into a really brilliant day so glad we didn't bail. Didn't recognise much from my first ascent confirming my suspicion that we were likely off route.
Fiona Reid - AltLd - 04/Jan/15 with Mike
Good mountaineering day out.
prog99 - AltLd O/S - 04/Jan/15 with Fiona
kenneM - Lead - 04/Jan/15 with Paul Elliott
chris smith - Solo O/S - 03/Jan/15
mrginna - Solo O/S - Jan/15 with Stu B, matt
Hidden - 2015
Think we did this but managed to go off route into more broken and undefined ground to the left near the top. Bottom parts were good fun though, and steady at II.
Nath93 - Solo - 28/Dec/14
First time climbing with skis on my back, good mountaineering route. Skiied from the summit cairn to the gondola.
Cameron94 - Solo - Dec/14
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
Hidden - AltLd O/S - 01/Mar/14
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
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
Hidden - Lead - 16/Feb/14
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
aneate - 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
Hidden - Solo - 06/Feb/13
Theeni - AltLd O/S - 06/Feb/13
carl_123 - Lead O/S - 06/Feb/13
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
Long day deep powder on approach missed last gondola but managed to get down as there was a party on at the restaurant and gondolas running throug the night.
Palomino1hills - Feb/12 with Andy
Hidden - AltLd - Jan/12
mattking_109 - AltLd - Jan/12
aneate - 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
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
Hidden - 17/Feb/11
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
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. Update in 2015: having now seen the crag in good visibility I'm pretty sure we started out on the left hand start to Western Rib and somehow traversed across eventually ending up on the top section of Golden Oldy.
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
Hidden - Solo - 28/Nov/10
Hidden - Solo O/S - 13/Mar/10
clive-greenwood - AltLd O/S - 13/Mar/10 with Andy Assam
kingjam - Lead - Mar/10 with Rich Ashton, Craig Higgins, Matt Naylor
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
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.
Hidden - AltLd - 06/Feb/07
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
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
Hidden - Lead - 06/Jan/05
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
plain kitten - 2000
Hidden - Solo - 1998