The main spur, visible all the way down the Lairig Eilde. It's a fine route to the summit of Stob Coire Sgreamhach at the head of Beinn Fhada (the leftmost of the three sisters)

Ticklists: Britain's winter ridges, Scotland's Mountain Ridges by Dan Bailey, 3 star Scottish winter.

el diablo 21/Nov Solo
Stuart Macfarlane 21/Nov Solo rpt
with John D
Howard J 04/Apr -

Soft snow but very enjoyable. We moved together as a rope of 3 and another of 2.

wezzie 29/Mar -
boyson 10/Mar Solo

Solo. Alpine conditions. Bomber neve everywhere, exit slopes rock hard.

Hidden 21/Feb Solo
Jenny Hall 18/Feb Solo dnf

In wild conditions 60mph winds managed to reach the first cairn. Saw the SAIS guy digging pits on the way up.

with Louis
NorthernClamberer 17/Feb 2nd

Jamie took me up here as an introduction to winter climbing

with Jamie Bankhead
peterhubbard 16/Feb AltLd
with Alastair
carl_123 14/Feb Lead O/S
MartF 14/Feb AltLd O/S
ali macphee 14/Feb AltLd O/S
PoorPaddy 12/Feb AltLd

Great ridge with lots of nice exposed sections. My first winter climb! Snow has melted quite a bit however.

kermit_uk 08/Feb AltLd O/S

Really nice day out. Solo'd most, took some of the harder looking sections for fun. Turf mostly well frozen, ice around some of it starting to melt, snow was a bit sugary high up but generally good.

with Steve Woolass
dicky79 08/Feb AltLd O/S
with Richard K
alex toomey 31/Jan Solo
Craig Holden 31/Jan Solo
with Alex Toomey
tallpaulselfridge 04/Jan Solo
sj87 04/Jan Lead O/S
plain kitten ??/2015 -
Hidden 29/Dec/14 Solo
colin fagan 28/Dec/14 Solo

Fantastic Weather! Turf not frozen.

Hidden 28/Dec/14 AltLd
drsdave 25/Dec/14 Solo O/S

enjoyable but not consolidated

Purely 20/Dec/14 AltLd O/S

Good value for the grade. Fairly lean in places - especially the snow aretes. Beautiful day considering what MWIS said it was going to be like...

with Rubisco
rubisco 20/Dec/14 AltLd O/S
with Purely
maria85 01/Mar/14 Solo

A winter wander rather than a climb - completely banked out with snow, no more than an easy angled walk. Huge cornices.

with Tom P, Jules
Hidden 28/Feb/14 AltLd
CMCM 14/Feb/14 Lead O/S

Nice weather rapidly deteriorating. A true epic descent - extremely windy, zero visibility. Both Scotty and me fell through cornices on separate occasions. 13hrs on the hill!

royalste45 14/Feb/14 2nd O/S

Winter climb. Weather became really bad at summit 80mph winds had to use escape route to get off of the hill

CMCM 22/Jan/14 Solo O/S

A great mountain day. Lots of snow. Descended via the 'bad step' on Beinn Fhada.

Hidden 22/Jan/14 Lead O/S
CLyus 22/Jan/14 2nd
with Jam, James Davis, Meinertzhagen
Meinertzhagen 22/Jan/14 2nd
with James Mark Walter, Christopher Lyus, James Davis
Hidden 22/Jan/14 2nd O/S
Hidden 21/Jan/14 Lead
Hidden 17/Jan/14 Solo
steveq 04/Jan/14 -
shugsan 04/Jan/14 AltLd O/S
with Lisa, Toby
drsdave ??/2014 Solo

plenty of soft snow, no ice and soft turf, otherwise a really nice day out.

peebles boy 25/Nov/13 Solo
The Big Sender 24/Nov/13 Solo O/S
annep11 24/Nov/13 Solo O/S
Liam Ingram 24/Nov/13 Solo O/S
Ross Young 24/Nov/13 Solo O/S
JamieSparkes 24/Nov/13 Solo
brad_tait 24/Nov/13 -
olekemi 23/Nov/13 Solo O/S

Great choice for the day.

Hidden 23/Nov/13 AltLd
Hidden 23/Nov/13 AltLd
aldo56 22/Nov/13 Solo rpt

Suffering from the effects of food poisoning, not exactly alpine slick style.

ConorC 21/Nov/13 AltLd

Soloed to final narrow section high on ridge. Excellent early season mountaineering conditions. Snow on narrow section soft due to sunshine. Pitch and a half along here to reach exit slopes

Hidden 30/Mar/13 AltLd
Hidden 30/Mar/13 AltLd
Hidden 04/Mar/13 Solo
Hidden ?/Mar/13 -
mikelaing ?/Mar/13 2nd
with Ben & Rad
keithlambley 24/Feb/13 Solo
with Jeff H
pete87abs 18/Feb/13 Solo O/S

camped on the way and treated to the best sun set

with Rosie Crossley, rob
GlennWatson 14/Feb/13 Solo
Jim Brownlow 10/Feb/13 AltLd
with Iain Mount
jack robinson 06/Feb/13 Solo O/S
with Andrew Thorpe, Matt Grime
Hidden ?/Feb/13 Lead
Jamie B 26/Jan/13 Lead

Variant gully on lower buttress, grade III

with Client
Hidden 19/Jan/13 Solo O/S
OwenF 19/Jan/13 Solo
peebles boy 18/Jan/13 Solo
isi_o 16/Jan/13 Solo

A fair bit of powder made it a little time consuming, but great day out. Interest throughout but nowhere too difficult.

with Graham Stuchbury
Stuzz 16/Jan/13 Solo
with Isi
rusteswan 07/Jan/13 2nd

Easily deserving of a 3 star classic, often overlooked but this can work in your favour and get the place to yourself!

aldo56 04/Jan/13 Solo O/S
markwarner ?/Jan/13 Solo
aneate ?/Jan/13 -
Jacks20 ??/2013 AltLd
with Al Brightman
laurence_falconer 18/Dec/12 Solo

First winter 2 scramble. Was great fun and a beautiful clear day with stunning views of glen coe. Great introduction to winter climbing and would highly recomend it. We took ropes harnesses and gear but didnt use any of it due to perfect conditions and there being few exposed parts. Would maybe only take a rope and slings (for harnesses and gear) next time if the weather was worse to protect the exposed traverses

with Tom Eldridge, Rich Bowles
arduff 17/Dec/12 AltLd

Bit bare at the bottom, then slushy till last 50m or so.

hedgehog_john 17/Dec/12 AltLd
Hidden 16/Dec/12 Solo
Elsier 16/Dec/12 Solo rpt

Roped a few short sections and soloed the rest.

with Ben W, Keri
tallthinmonkey 16/Dec/12 -
with Ben Wallace
DundeeDave 02/Dec/12 Lead O/S
with Ephraim
picasso 02/Dec/12 Solo
Chris Harding 01/Dec/12 2nd O/S

weather was cold and clear was plenty of snow but not much ice excellent route in superb position.

with Ben, Wendy & Danny
Ben Hollands 30/Nov/12 Lead O/S
with Dan the man, Chris Harding, Wendy Anderson
peebles boy 30/Nov/12 Lead
Andy Moles 29/Nov/12 Solo
tom.e 29/Nov/12 Solo
with Ferdia, Andy Moles
ferdia 29/Nov/12 Solo
with Tom Everett, Andy
JamesRoddie 27/Nov/12 Solo

Plenty of snow, some of the exposed turf starting to freeze.

Graeme High 10/Mar/12 Solo
Ash_Johnson 06/Mar/12 AltLd
Hidden 07/Feb/12 Lead O/S
jamesbrown1979 07/Feb/12 AltLd O/S
Hidden 05/Feb/12 Solo
Hidden 05/Feb/12 Solo
iwanap 05/Feb/12 Solo O/S

Soloed with only one ice axe.

with Gerwyn, Euryn
Hidden 01/Feb/12 -
johnkeith 28/Jan/12 Lead
Stuart Macfarlane 27/Jan/12 Lead rpt
with Jeanie
Hidden 17/Jan/12 2nd
Phil PBC 17/Jan/12 2nd O/S
with henry castle
Hidden 08/Jan/12 -
cambi1987 07/Jan/12 Lead

Louis on second - Mild, but good snow cover.

Hidden ??/2012 Solo
stafford101 31/Dec/11 Lead
cbeard 31/Dec/11 -
Ragingpossum 31/Dec/11 Solo

Second ever winter climb. Fun but was more like a wet scramble due to the very bare and mild conditions. Me and Charlie did some variations lower down to make it more interesting and these felt like vdiff/s routes.

with George frisby, Chris Stafford, cbeard
67hours 30/Dec/11 Solo

Some spindrift and soft fluffy snow. Made this pleasant route well worth a go. On top out the winds. Bit into my chin. Made the descent route much longer and slow.

with Martha & Naomi
keith hal 18/Dec/11 AltLd O/S
with Iain Mckenzie
Hidden 09/Mar/11 Solo
99bolivar 04/Mar/11 Solo
with Adrian Bridge, Peter Elliott, Richard Smith
Hidden ?/Mar/11 Solo
manwithacam 27/Feb/11 -

good romp up the ridge, made excellent day out of it by heading up to Bidean and Stob Coire nan Lochain, then dropping down Broad gully and checking out the Coire. We were some way down the path when Mike realised he had left his axe somewhere up there so we headed back up in the dark. He went back up the gully whilst I sat half way up in the starlight surveying the scene. No axe found but I think even Mike would agree it was a good day.

Hidden 27/Feb/11 Solo O/S
c_s_hawkins 21/Feb/11 AltLd O/S
Hidden 21/Feb/11 Lead O/S
Hidden 21/Feb/11 -
Hidden 20/Feb/11 AltLd
JamesRoddie 17/Feb/11 Solo O/S

Lots of sugary snow and powder, tiring work in places! But a lovely route.

mr.benton 15/Feb/11 2nd

Excellent day out. bit hairy towards the end crossing the narrow snow arete.

paulh.0776 03/Feb/11 2nd β
with Andy Ravenhill,
alan.rodger 29/Jan/11 Lead rpt
with ian glen, johnnie walker
Hidden 28/Jan/11 Lead
Caralynh 22/Jan/11 AltLd

Nearly all moving together. Lovely warm sunny day and amazing views

Hidden 22/Jan/11 AltLd
tomdude 09/Jan/11 -


with marie
Jack Doyle 09/Jan/11 -
with Theo
Stephen Halliday 07/Jan/11 AltLd β
Finn Curry 07/Jan/11 AltLd
Hidden 01/Jan/11 Solo O/S
Hidden 01/Jan/11 Solo O/S
Hidden 01/Jan/11 Solo O/S
Hidden 01/Jan/11 Solo O/S
aalper ?/Jan/11 2nd O/S
smcw ?/Jan/11 Lead O/S

With zayna and alex. Drizzly day and melting but good day out.

ZA ?/Jan/11 2nd
with smcw
Hidden ??/2011 -
Luke Brooks ??/2011 Solo
PAJames ??/2011 -
Sean Kelly ??/2011 -
Clay C 31/Dec/10 Solo O/S
TDembrey 30/Dec/10 Solo
ladislav 19/Dec/10 2nd O/S

Thin powder over loose rock, with a short section of brittle ice to spice things up.

with Ian
ladislav 19/Dec/10 2nd
with Ian
Gazlynn 18/Dec/10 AltLd

Not in the best of nick loads of powdery snow. Tough in the grade in these conditions but still a great route.

with Mark
Fly Fifer 18/Dec/10 AltLd
with Gaz
Simon Yearsley 12/Dec/10 -
jacobfinn 04/Dec/10 Lead O/S

Interesting winter scramble. Loads of potential ways up onto the ridge proper, including the bare slab we chose to scratch our way up. Too much soft snow at the top.

with Anne Scottish Walkers, Andrew Thornley, jjax
Hidden 04/Dec/10 Solo O/S
jjax 04/Dec/10 2nd
with jason
Pete23 ?/Dec/10 Lead
with Chris Couper
Hidden 10/Nov/10 Solo
Hidden ?/Nov/10 Solo
Milesy 16/May/10 Lead
with Craig
Lawrie Brand 02/Apr/10 Solo O/S

Route a little dry on the lower section but v.wintry higher up. Some usefull neve on exposed steps. Stunning alpine like weather

Gazlynn 13/Mar/10 Lead

Climbed with Tony. Soft snow conditions.

Hidden 13/Mar/10 Lead
HIGHTOWER 06/Mar/10 AltLd O/S
with Scot Mclennen
Hidden 06/Mar/10 2nd O/S
Hidden 06/Mar/10 Lead
tubby two ?/Mar/10 AltLd
with The Rock and Brejebreeeee, Tinky
Shaw Brown 22/Feb/10 Solo

Awesome day out, I can't believe that some people only give this route 2*

with Loz
Hidden 22/Feb/10 -
Hidden 22/Feb/10 Lead
Hidden 22/Feb/10 Lead
iceicebaby 21/Feb/10 AltLd

What a stunner of a day!

with Brie, Sam Wood, Andy Ruck
Hidden 21/Feb/10 Solo rpt
Hidden 21/Feb/10 2nd
Jamie B 20/Feb/10 Lead
with Clients
Only a hill 19/Feb/10 Solo

Stunning Alpine conditions. Two crux pitches featured short-lived mixed difficulties, good value at the grade.

Hidden 08/Feb/10 -
Neil Adams 31/Jan/10 Lead
with Elizabeth
Mike-W-99 30/Jan/10 AltLd O/S

Pitched a couple of thin sections. Moved together otherwise.

with Fiona
Fiona Reid 30/Jan/10 AltLd O/S

Pitched the icy groove (rather thin and interesting) and a longer section above. Otherwise moved together. New crampons stayed attached which is always good.

with Mike
ben__day 29/Jan/10 AltLd O/S
abercolin 23/Jan/10 Lead O/S

A superb climb - better than Dorsal Arete in my opinion and a lot less busy. We soloed most of it apart from the crux chimney/groove/slab pitch (which was pretty thin and interesting) and the thin section of the crest at the very top.

hayleylouise 23/Jan/10 Solo

Soloed most of the climb, seconded gully and top section.

Hidden 09/Jan/10 Solo
niallk 09/Jan/10 -

Soloed all but the short slabby pitch on the right (which in the end had enough consolidated snow to have soloed that too). Easy for the grade. Nice day out.

with Chris, Steven Harris
Stuart Macfarlane 09/Jan/10 Lead rpt

Moved together on a short rope, alpine style.

with Jeanie
climberuk 09/Jan/10 Lead O/S

Only pitched one bit near start. A corner ramp by a slab on the right side of the ridge. Didnt really need to pitch it as was easy. Soloed the rest including the crux narrow section. Imagine it would be a bit trickier if buried under lots of fresh powder snow.

with Chris P, Niall
thegoatstroker 09/Jan/10 -
with Chris Webster
crispy 09/Jan/10 2nd β
riven 04/Jan/10 Solo O/S
oliverk 04/Jan/10 Solo
with Joe
bennevis 01/Jan/10 AltLd O/S
with Barry
liamo333 ??/2010 Lead O/S
liamo333 ??/2010 Lead O/S

Great day out, did the right hand start which was very thin and quite run out...

Mr Powly 31/Dec/09 Lead
with Rozzy
Simon Caldwell 27/Dec/09 -

Was supposed to be an easy warm-up but took 12 hours! The route itself was OK - roped up for the short arete section. Then took ages to get to the summit of Stob Coire Sgreamhach (knee deep powder) and even longer to get down the NE ridge (abseiled the bad step). Then another hour just to get down the powder back into the valley.

with Carmen
Zoomer 26/Dec/09 Lead

Track bashed all the way to the base and then swam up gullies till reaching the mixed ground. Very easy grade 1 but a heartbreaker in powder!Soloed and moved together with wife.

rallymania 26/Dec/09 2nd O/S

Route suggested by Nev and he lead most of it, some pitched some moving together. Beautiful day but hard work in very loose and soft snow. took along time but the airy last ridge section just before summit was immense. Brilliant, have graded is haven't got a clue :-)

Jules 210681 26/Dec/09 2nd
morsy 24/Dec/09 Solo rpt
Hidden 15/Dec/09 Solo O/S
Ewan Russell 15/Dec/09 AltLd O/S

Soloed up the ridge until snow formed(150 meters from top) put on gear then moved together till the end. I took the latter half. Sean and Asa behind and steve and dod were some way in front. carried on to summit. good nick.

with Martin
Martin McPhillie 15/Dec/09 AltLd O/S
with Ewan Russell
matt_ringrose 14/Dec/09 -
with Ian Phillips
thebat 12/Dec/09 Solo
with Ontour
Ross Barnes 05/Dec/09 -

Snow above 800m.

with Stuart
Hidden ?/Dec/09 Lead
Hidden ?/Dec/09 2nd
alan.rodger 18/Apr/09 Lead rpt
with elaine rodger
Kevin Mc Bride 28/Mar/09 AltLd
with Allan H
jdgaventa 24/Feb/09 Solo

not much snow until the end; mostly a scramble

Hidden 24/Feb/09 -
tim newton 20/Feb/09 Solo O/S
Elsier 14/Feb/09 AltLd O/S
with Michael
Surge 14/Feb/09 -

Would do that again on a clear day, actually I'd probably do it again anyway!

with Elsie
no_more_scotch_eggs 07/Feb/09 Lead O/S

mixture of moving together and pitches; good varied route, narrow level section remarkably exposed.

with tamsin
Hidden 07/Feb/09 Lead O/S
Hidden 06/Feb/09 Solo
jlury ?/Feb/09 Lead

took guly on left to avoid lower bit

with paul, dick winslow
Hidden 31/Jan/09 -
Hidden 23/Jan/09 Solo
Badam 17/Jan/09 2nd O/S

Ridge walk with oudoor ed,long slog in,rained on walk out,very tired and we

with Craig Mclaren
StevePr ??/2009 AltLd

Very nice interesting narrow bit higher up

with Alan
andrewb ??/2009 -
with SteveE
whispering nic 20/Dec/08 Solo
with Wavy Dot
Hidden 02/Dec/08 Solo
Hidden 01/Nov/08 Solo
lawrenceK ?/Nov/08 Solo
Only a hill 30/Oct/08 Solo dnf

Gave up after climbing half the ridge, as it was not really in nick and I was by myself. Good ice on the first few pitches, but the crux slab was glazed and difficult.

that_idiot 29/Oct/08 Solo O/S
with JC
alan.rodger 06/Jun/08 Solo
ruggystunts 16/Apr/08 AltLd
with Bruce
J Brown 16/Mar/08 2nd O/S

Moving together, with a couple of pitches.

with RK
Paula Hamilton-Gibson 16/Mar/08 Solo

Soloed together, grade 1 conditions.

with Nigel Jenkins
Hidden 16/Mar/08 AltLd
mortimea 05/Mar/08 Lead

No major difficulties. Nice and narrow in parts with impressive drops.

with Jim Heath
Adam Booth 27/Feb/08 Lead O/S
Hidden 19/Jan/08 Lead
Novice ?/Jan/08 AltLd
griggj 07/Nov/07 -
with nick livesey
munnsy 22/Jan/07 2nd O/S
Hidden 21/Jan/07 AltLd
Hidden 21/Jan/07 -
Watty 04/Jan/07 AltLd O/S
with W.Watt, Spike
Hidden 09/Apr/06 Lead
Simon K 05/Mar/06 2nd


with PR
Sankey 01/Mar/06 Lead O/S
with Andy B
Stuart Macfarlane 26/Feb/06 Solo
with Jenny, Iain F, Dave M
rob k 20/Feb/06 AltLd O/S

Took a Right Hand Variant

with A Newman
Hidden 09/Feb/06 Solo
niall_mac ?/Feb/06 AltLd
with Mark R
Captain Solo 04/Mar/05 Solo
dellboy ?/Mar/05 Solo O/S
Stuart Macfarlane 20/Feb/05 AltLd
with Jean Y, Lucy
crowberry gully 18/Feb/05 AltLd
with Ross McGibbon
konacol 06/Feb/05 Solo
McGus ?/Feb/04 Lead
with Ruth
Hannah V 28/Jan/04 2nd
with Sarah Kekus, Alice
Hidden 04/Jan/04 AltLd
barney_edin 30/Dec/03 Lead
with Richard K
Stuart Macfarlane ?/Dec/03 AltLd
with Laura, Roddy
Stuart Macfarlane 01/Feb/03 AltLd
with Helen
Hidden 03/Jan/03 AltLd O/S
Jamie B ?/Nov/02 Lead
Hidden ??/2002 Solo
Hidden ??/2002 Solo
Tubroos! ?/Dec/01 Lead O/S

Fine climb, plenty of snow, gusty on the top, and a grand evening camping in the glen below.

with Kate Lloyd
IanMcC ?/Feb/00 AltLd
with Jimbo
Hidden ??/2000 -
Stuart Macfarlane ?/Dec/99 AltLd
with Roddy
Stuart Macfarlane 30/Jan/99 Solo O/S
with Gordon S
Iain Thow 26/Jan/99 Solo
with Tony Hemingway
Bruce Kerr 19/Dec/98 AltLd
with Roger Benton
Hidden ??/1998 Lead
LakesWinter 15/Feb/97 -

A very stormy day with good snow cover

with Adam and Chris
andrewbooth1000 ?/Feb/97 AltLd O/S
with Neil Urquhart
biggianthead 26/Feb/95 Solo
jim_randell 31/Dec/93 AltLd O/S

My first winter climb.

with MB
Scott_vzr 12/Dec/91 2nd
with Peter Davis
Hidden ?/Mar/91 AltLd
babymoac 22/Feb/90 -
with MTW
macmuseeuw ??/1988 AltLd

Can't remember exact year

with Clark Fenton
Hidden 05/Apr/83 AltLd
Tony Prendergast ?/Feb/82 -
with Daz Nolan, Mike Evans
Dave Musgrove 26/Feb/72 AltLd
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