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, 3 star Scottish winter, Scottish Winter: Ten Must-do Routes at II and III.

cas smerdon 05/Jul Solo
with Mark S
Hidden 05/Jul Solo
AntMayer 04/Apr AltLd

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.

Jim Haydock 01/Apr AltLd

Tough going in the fresh snow but worth the slog in.

with David bell
crowberry gully 01/Apr -
Hidden 29/Mar -
LakesWinter 29/Mar AltLd

Moved together. Very impressive route with loads of good climbing and scrambling and a surprising amount of exposure.

with Kenny, AD
sj87 19/Mar Lead
Hidden 19/Mar 2nd O/S
AndyG71 14/Mar -

A bit thin

arose 04/Mar Lead

Teaching day, MIC assessment.

with Clients
Hidden 04/Mar Lead O/S
Nath93 25/Feb Solo

Found the correct line today and what a route, great grade II fun!

Hidden 21/Feb Solo
graemecw 21/Feb AltLd O/S

Moved together for most of the way. Great route.

Dougbart 21/Feb Solo
with Iain
Robertgiddy 16/Feb -

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.

GuitarGenius92 16/Feb AltLd O/S

I lead the pitch at the start then moved together over the rest of the route.

with Jonathan Hazell
Hidden 14/Feb AltLd O/S
Scott_vzr 07/Feb 2nd O/S

Bluesky day, good turf and neve.

MTBAnimal 07/Feb AltLd O/S

Hard with Skis on your back!

Sam Maher 06/Feb Solo O/S

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!

with Mike Davie
Hidden 04/Feb -
rambler_gary 04/Feb 2nd

lovely weather, Scott Kirkhope guiding

with Haydn
ross brinson 02/Feb -

Felt hard. lots of sugar powder,

with James
Hidden 01/Feb Lead O/S
Matt Schwarz 22/Jan Solo O/S

really hard to find the start, not sure if it was right, but greta fun and steady the whole way!

Zoomer 19/Jan 2nd O/S

First day of WIT, bluebird and cold. Easy ridge, soft at II. Moved together for the majority.

Dave Douglas 19/Jan AltLd O/S

Superb easy day out. Blue skies, no wind. What winter climbing is all about.

with Neil Barron, Paul Freudenthal
jezb1 19/Jan Lead

Decent route, amazing weather. Moved together all the way.

freudy_love 19/Jan AltLd O/S
with Dave Douglas, Neil Barron
Hidden 19/Jan -
Hidden 19/Jan -
Benstar 18/Jan -
timday 17/Jan Lead

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.

with MartinH
martinh13 17/Jan 2nd
with Tim Day
Hidden 16/Jan AltLd O/S
Fiona Reid 04/Jan AltLd

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.

with Mike
Mike-W-99 04/Jan AltLd O/S

Good mountaineering day out.

with Fiona
kenneM 04/Jan Lead
with Paul Elliott
chris smith 03/Jan Solo O/S
mrginna ?/Jan Solo O/S
with Stu B, matt
Hidden ??/2015 -
Nath93 28/Dec/14 Solo

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.

Cameron94 ?/Dec/14 Solo

First time climbing with skis on my back, good mountaineering route. Skiied from the summit cairn to the gondola.

Marq 28/Mar/14 AltLd O/S
Andy27 28/Mar/14 Lead O/S
Hidden 28/Mar/14 AltLd
K8Wilson 23/Mar/14 Lead
johnrich 23/Mar/14 AltLd
with Luke
Ken Applegate 22/Mar/14 Lead

Quite a lot of fresh snow both on the approach and on the route.

morsy 22/Mar/14 AltLd rpt

approach took ages due to lots of snow; moved together

with peter berwick
Pete23 22/Mar/14 AltLd
with Stephen Mors
Hidden 01/Mar/14 AltLd O/S
RichardThorpe 01/Mar/14 AltLd
Hidden 01/Mar/14 Lead
Purely 28/Feb/14 2nd

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.

with Mat Adams
alastairbegley 28/Feb/14 Solo


Slick 28/Feb/14 Lead
with David Q
JonHarvey 26/Feb/14 Lead O/S

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 :-)

Darrell Read 22/Feb/14 -
Dan_Staff 22/Feb/14 -
Hidden 16/Feb/14 2nd O/S
keith hal 16/Feb/14 Lead O/S
with John Bell
Hidden 16/Feb/14 Lead
mzchambers 14/Feb/14 Solo O/S
with Rory
Laura Hamlet 09/Feb/14 -
BPaske 01/Feb/14 2nd
with Calum Ross, James Heath
Laura Hamlet ?/Feb/14 -
Hidden 23/Jan/14 Lead O/S
CLyus 23/Jan/14 -

Direct start, so much white stuff!!!!!

with Jam, James Davis, Meinertzhagen
Meinertzhagen 23/Jan/14 2nd

Direct start (III)

with James Mark Walter, Christopher Lyus, James Davis
Hidden 23/Jan/14 2nd O/S
Hidden 20/Jan/14 Solo
Hidden 14/Jan/14 Lead O/S
gravity 12/Jan/14 2nd

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.

with Ben Tibbetts
arose 11/Jan/14 Lead

Moved together, 2 teams of 2. Great fun easy day

with Georgia Hancock, Luis Parsons, Hannah Francis
Tightsgirl 11/Jan/14 2nd

Great! Moved together.

Hidden 03/Jan/14 Lead O/S
Hidden 03/Jan/14 2nd
aneate ?/Jan/14 -
tsl42 30/Dec/13 AltLd O/S

Moving together. Powdery and deep. Great way to bring in the new year.

with Chris Damm
Hidden 30/Dec/13 -
Hidden 30/Dec/13 -
danny269 30/Dec/13 AltLd

next time get the climber's gondola from 8am!

with Cripsey
team fat belly 29/Dec/13 Solo

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.

with Chris, Toby
chrisallan 29/Dec/13 Solo O/S
stanleynkk ?/Dec/13 AltLd
with Tom Golden
michaelmurray 30/Mar/13 -

Great day out in stunning weather! Moved together the whole way with Matt in the lead. Took about 7.5 hours gondola to gondola.

with Matt Myerscough, James
Julesthe1st 15/Mar/13 AltLd O/S
with Paul Wolf
lou_rankine ?/Mar/13 -
Stuart Macfarlane 23/Feb/13 Lead rpt
with Jeanie
Hidden 23/Feb/13 -
Jenny Hall 20/Feb/13 2nd

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.

with tom wood, Louis
Hidden 20/Feb/13 AltLd O/S
Louis Hume 20/Feb/13 Lead

Clagged in so lucky to meet AMI on way in who knew the start. Straight forward after that with nice exposure.

Hidden 20/Feb/13 Solo O/S
Sutty22 19/Feb/13 Solo O/S

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.

davidbird63 17/Feb/13 2nd O/S

Great day. Long and easy. Finished in the dark and missed the gondola. It's a long fierce walk down

with James Rodgers, David Adcock
ten4dave 17/Feb/13 Lead
Moonstone Hippy 16/Feb/13 Solo

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.

Hidden 07/Feb/13 Solo O/S
Matt1234 06/Feb/13 Lead O/S
Hidden 06/Feb/13 Solo
Theeni 06/Feb/13 AltLd O/S
carl_123 06/Feb/13 Lead O/S
morpcat 05/Feb/13 2nd

Moved together

wilkinscl 05/Feb/13 Lead
Hidden 01/Feb/13 2nd O/S
ChrisVian 15/Jan/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.

jon59 10/Jan/13 AltLd

Verglas on the rocks lower down lead to rime ice, snow and frozen turf from then on, good route but difficulties short lived

Hidden ??/2013 -
MarkRoe 18/Dec/12 Lead O/S

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.

Luke W Edwards 18/Dec/12 2nd O/S
Ragingpossum 16/Dec/12 Lead O/S

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.

with louise phillips
LouiseP 16/Dec/12 -
Harry Kingston 16/Dec/12 Lead O/S
with Naomi Malkin
R_W_M 16/Dec/12 Lead O/S
with Mat Sav
JamesRoddie 10/Dec/12 Solo O/S

Enjoyable thoughout. Snow quite crusty and well frozen turf.

Double Knee Bar 06/Feb/12 AltLd O/S

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.

jamesbrown1979 06/Feb/12 Lead

first scottish winter route. first ever winter lead! excelent day out :) shame about the walk back down. A lot was learned this day.

Hidden 05/Feb/12 Solo O/S
Palomino1hills ?/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.

with Andy
Hidden ?/Jan/12 AltLd
mattking_109 ?/Jan/12 AltLd
aneate ?/Jan/12 -
Warren Earle 30/Dec/11 Solo O/S

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.

with Nev
billyeatspies 20/Aug/11 AltLd O/S

I lead first pitch.

with Chris Baird, Richie Maybank, Joe Wiggins, Kieran Sanaghan, Graham Wootton
ctbaird 20/Aug/11 AltLd O/S
iansm 20/Mar/11 2nd
with James, Archie, John
Moonstone Hippy 26/Feb/11 Solo O/S

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!

Hidden 22/Feb/11 Lead
Hidden 22/Feb/11 AltLd
John Kettle 18/Feb/11 Lead


Simon Caldwell 18/Feb/11 Lead O/S

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!

with Carmen
Hidden 17/Feb/11 -
glaramara 12/Feb/11 Lead

powdery but excellent.

with Dr Liz, Farmer Pete, tamzin
Pete Barker 12/Feb/11 Lead O/S
with Tamzin, Dave, Lizzie
jack_eadie 08/Feb/11 Solo
mikemartin 08/Feb/11 Solo

Simul solo, great route, great conditions.

donkster 08/Feb/11 Lead O/S

Moved together.

with dennis
rylett 07/Feb/11 -

Short roped with PK and Paul James

with Paul Knowles
TerryLines 06/Feb/11 2nd
Al Kells 27/Jan/11 -
gateaublaster 27/Jan/11 -

Was out with Jamie Bankhead who was practising his excellent short roping skills on this fantastic route .. beautiful blue skies and nice consolidated snow ..

Jamie B 27/Jan/11 -
fall-line 21/Jan/11 -

Niced route, the hard bits were steady and not sustained, so soloed the whole route. Not many views.

with Sarah Collins, Andy Wank, Sarah Kirton
Hidden 06/Jan/11 Solo O/S
peas65 05/Jan/11 Lead

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

oliverk ??/2011 -
Luke Brooks ??/2011 Solo
PAJames ??/2011 -
Euan Strachan ??/2011 AltLd O/S

Benighted! Route was loaded with powder.

with Sian, Rori Brooker
Hidden ??/2011 -
Fiona Reid 28/Dec/10 2nd

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.

with Ewan
morsy 23/Dec/10 Solo
Ruari Brooker 05/Dec/10 2nd

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

with Sian, Euan Strachan
SianR 05/Dec/10 AltLd
with Ruari and Euan
Hidden 28/Nov/10 Solo
Hidden 13/Mar/10 Solo O/S
clive-greenwood 13/Mar/10 AltLd O/S
with Andy Assam
kingjam ?/Mar/10 Lead
with Rich Ashton, Craig Higgins, Matt Naylor
Jimmy1976 19/Feb/10 2nd O/S

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.

with Kenny and Dan
djcarter 19/Feb/10 -

Beautiful clear day, lots of fresh powder so trail-breaking from the river at the base of the climb.

with Kenny, jimmy121
Bokonon 16/Feb/10 AltLd O/S

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.

with Dave
Sankey 16/Feb/10 AltLd
with Andy E
smiler 16/Feb/10 AltLd
with Bokonon
Hidden 15/Feb/10 AltLd O/S
Daniel Sutherland 14/Feb/10 Lead dnf

Abbed of into gully just before the knife edge, night was falling and didn't fancy being stuck on the ridgein the dark.

with Mike
Hidden 12/Feb/10 Solo O/S
cubehead 11/Feb/10 AltLd
Hidden 06/Feb/10 2nd
Hidden 06/Feb/10 Lead O/S
Hidden 06/Feb/10 Lead
JulianD 03/Feb/10 AltLd

Stunning snowy ridge line, guided up by Phil

with Michael L
Captain Solo 01/Feb/10 Solo
richiegarside ?/Feb/10 AltLd
tubby two ?/Feb/10 Lead
with Mr Jones, Tinky
Braintax ?/Feb/10 2nd
Hidden ?/Feb/10 2nd O/S
LJKing ?/Feb/10 Lead
with Rustam Stolkien, Piers Harley
CathS 30/Jan/10 AltLd O/S

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...

with Mark Robinson
iceicebaby 24/Jan/10 -
Ian Jones 24/Jan/10 2nd O/S

I cleverly forgot to take any axes so borrowed a single, old axe. Moderately entertaining.

with iceicebaby, Sam Wood
Hidden 24/Jan/10 AltLd
oliverk 24/Jan/10 AltLd
Hidden 22/Jan/10 Solo O/S
Stuzz 22/Jan/10 Lead O/S

1st winter lead, with Gwilym soloing alongside. lots of soft snow made things slightly tricky

with Kev
ladislav 07/Jan/10 AltLd O/S
with Elsie
chmckay ?/Jan/10 AltLd
with Connor Holdsworth
tk1991 ??/2010 -
WilliamBurnside 24/Dec/09 Solo
with B Strachan
Elsier 07/Dec/09 AltLd O/S

Great day out, conditions much better than expected. Hard slog up and down though as the Gondola was closed.

with Miles
stev1e.wilso 11/Apr/09 Solo
with Tom, Dylan
bigbadbob12345 11/Apr/09 Solo
Hidden ?/Apr/09 -
Keenb 28/Mar/09 2nd O/S

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).

Hidden 19/Mar/09 -
cliffy 06/Mar/09 AltLd
with Debbie Roberts
Julian Prieto 06/Mar/09 AltLd O/S
with Andy Combes
Batt 06/Mar/09 AltLd O/S
Hoyes 06/Mar/09 AltLd O/S
Hidden ?/Mar/09 2nd
markfairbank 07/Feb/09 Lead O/S

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...

LauraTurnbull 07/Feb/09 -
with Mark F
DrJon 05/Feb/09 2nd O/S
with Anne & Mark
rlrs ?/Feb/09 AltLd
KeithW 24/Jan/09 Lead O/S

Paul's 1st proper winter climb. Snowed on & off all day, lots of soft snow on final ridge.

with Paul Lucas
lucasp 24/Jan/09 AltLd O/S

First winter route.

with keith lmc
riven 24/Jan/09 Lead O/S
with Dave Trueman, Matt Fuller
Mr Fuller 20/Jan/09 2nd O/S

First ever trad multipitch! First ever winter climb unguided!

with Dumpster Dave, Joe Barker
wykealpha 09/Apr/08 2nd

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.

Simon Hodgson 30/Mar/08 -
with Luke Adams, Heather Loosemore
Skinny Kin 15/Mar/08 AltLd O/S
with Jon Trafford
luckyjim ?/Mar/08 Solo
Jamie B 06/Jan/08 Lead
with Debbie and Stuart
mgg 12/Mar/07 Lead
with PG.
mgg 12/Mar/07 Lead
with PG.
Hidden 06/Feb/07 AltLd
developadventure ?/Feb/07 Lead
with Tom Heath
Simon K 27/Jan/07 Lead rpt
with RT
Hidden 22/Jan/07 Lead
Yellow_trousers 17/Jan/07 Solo

Beautiful day, crampons balling up

with Tom Crooks
Hidden 02/Jan/07 Solo
davefount ?/Jan/07 Solo O/S

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

with Mike, Jez and Alan
Hidden 10/Apr/06 AltLd
nicholas Barrowclough 06/Mar/06 AltLd O/S

OK climb, in a lovely area and situation.

with Tim Davies
abbeywall 05/Mar/06 AltLd
with K
Simon K 04/Mar/06 Lead O/S


with PR
Sandy P 02/Mar/06 Solo
with David Monteith
G. Tiger, Esq. 25/Feb/06 Solo
Bokonon 25/Feb/06 Solo O/S

Very enjoyable route, on a very nice section of easily accessible mountain.

crowberry gully 11/Feb/06 AltLd

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

with Ross McGibbon
keith leonard ??/2006 AltLd
Hidden ??/2006 AltLd
Stuart Macfarlane 26/Feb/05 AltLd
with Lucy
Hidden 26/Feb/05 AltLd
dan cowley 16/Feb/05 AltLd O/S

Very wet all day, moved together up route in just under an hour!

with John Maguire
Hidden 06/Jan/05 Lead
lawrenceK ?/Jan/05 Lead
Harry The Owl ?/Mar/04 AltLd β

Done Alpine style with a couple of a mates, one of whom is MIA

with Tony The Blade
Tony the Blade ?/Mar/04 AltLd
with Harry Miller
luckyjim ?/Dec/03 Solo
djdavies 04/Mar/03 2nd
Hidden ?/Feb/03 -
dangates ??/2002 AltLd
with Alison Davey/ Alex Cross
plain kitten ??/2000 -
Hidden ??/1998 Solo
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