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Nirvana Wall*** HS 4b

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[Nirvana Wall, 3 kb]One of the great unsung classics of all Scotland. Follow the crack system all the way up the biggest section of wall.

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This climb is in 50 logbooks, and on 28 wishlists.

Led pitch one, very stiff and bold start for HS I thought. Be aware of pitch 1 as the block is loose with a few sustained 4b-4c moves. Pitch 2 is just great climbing, tantalisingly thin feeling and sustained but the jugs are there!!!
colinerees - AltLd O/S - 24/Aug/14 with Gordon M

gurumed - AltLd O/S - 24/Aug/14 with Colin

marie_p - Jul/14 with Adrian

Hidden - AltLd O/S - 30/Jun/14

AndyBryce - Lead O/S - 28/Jun/14 with Hamish Frost

hambo88 - 2nd - 28/Jun/14

Top pitch is probably the best i've done in the mountains so far, absolutely superb pitch of climbing! Start is really quite stiff for 4b if you go straight through the thin crack...! Couple of 4b moves elsewhere but really just enjoyable and flowing climbing.
Nath93 - Lead - 31/May/14

Hidden - Lead O/S - 28/Apr/14

Stunning top pitch! Why isn't this more of a classic?
Liam Ingram - Lead O/S - 29/Sep/13 with Alan Verona, Emma Tivey

Lead pitch 1. Pitch 2 is one of the best pitches anywhere!
holly138 - AltLd O/S - 28/Sep/13 with Tom B

cam1401 - 2nd - 25/Aug/13 with Andy G, Andy O

First pitch direct start is about HVS 5a then VD to ledge. Second pitch is excellent
jfmchivall - Lead O/S - 25/Aug/13 with Karen Whitfield

A second ascent of this three star route
John Workman - AltLd - 14/Jul/13 with Lex

DougSt - AltLd - 2013

Hidden - 2nd O/S - 22/Sep/12

Top pitch is probably the best easier pitch in Glencoe..
Lawrie Brand - Lead O/S - 22/Sep/12 with Sarah Laing

On this cold day, it felt like sustained 4b and so one of the best VS's I've climbed in a long time. Our crux was the steep moves on to the loose block at the start of P1, which requires great care.
Jim at Craigdhu - Lead O/S - 26/Aug/12 with Mary Doll

keith hal - Lead O/S - 14/Jul/12 with Iain Mckenzie

Pitch 2 is excellent, lovely route.
tompilgrem - AltLd O/S - 09/Jul/12 with Dad

Lead P2- 3 stars-fantastic crackline - and also well protected !
bobpilgrem - AltLd O/S - 09/Jul/12 with Tom

morsy - AltLd - 02/Jun/12 with peter berwick

Pete23 - AltLd - 02/Jun/12 with Stephen Mors

Climbed along with Weeping Wall, Archer Ridge then Nirvana Wall - three brilliant routes and good old Aonach Dubh kept the best 'till last. Kurt Cobain - eat your heart out. Oops sorry - he already did.
John Workman - AltLd - 29/Apr/12 with Mark II

CouchSurfer - 2012

In 2 pitches. Top pitch has exposed and exciting crux. Very good route.
IanMcC - AltLd - 17/Aug/11 with Jimbo

Hidden - AltLd - 17/Aug/11

Liz Miller - AltLd - 23/Jul/11 with Lynda Fenton

Hidden - AltLd - 21/Jul/11

Hidden - AltLd O/S - 09/Jul/11

Good value route!
Moonstone Hippy - AltLd - 02/May/11 with Tony Barton

Hidden - 2011

1st pitch is poor, P2 is excellent.
daWalt - Lead O/S - 09/Oct/10 with Lisa

lead 2nd pitch
Nic DW - AltLd O/S - 26/Sep/10 with Robyn

Hidden - Lead - Aug/10

The top crack felt like 4b, great exposed climbing, the bottom half is a bit scrappy though.
mikemartin - Solo - 03/Jun/10

Very Good. Spoilt only by escape opitions near top.
alan moore - Solo - Mar/10

A gem of a climb. I led the first pitch, which I found sustained for a few moves but well-protected. Jack led the exposed upper pitch which was simply magnificent.
Only a hill - AltLd O/S - 09/Jun/09 with Jack Eadie

jack_eadie - AltLd - 09/Jun/09

Hidden - 2009

niallk - AltLd O/S - 29/Sep/07 with Ross

Captain Solo - AltLd - 30/Jul/07 with Mark

Hidden - Lead rpt - 05/May/07

Auld mick - AltLd O/S - Apr/07 with wylie

abbeywall - 2nd - Jul/04 with K

Hidden - AltLd O/S - 30/Apr/04

Stuart Macfarlane - Lead - 20/Sep/03 with Carolyn

Superb route, thrillingly exposed at the grade with a stiff pull right at the top.
Sankey - 2003 with Andy E

Stuart Macfarlane - AltLd - 25/Aug/02 with Laura

Jamie B - Lead - Jul/02 with Jamie Hagemann

gypsy3006 - Lead - 2000

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Style of ascent

Soloed2 of 50 (4.0%)
Lead14 of 50 (28.0%)
Followed4 of 50 (8.0%)
Alt Leads25 of 50 (50.0%)
Unknown5 of 50 (10.0%)

'Climbed'28 of 50 (56.0%)
clean O/S21 of 50 (42.0%)
clean rpt1 of 50 (2.0%)