Tower Gully I
[Cornice Exit, 1 kb]Climb easy-angled snow up Observatory Gully to base of Tower Scoop. Traverse left around the cliff and continue upwards on steeper ground. Once above the cliff, traverse right again and continue steeply to the coire rim. Top-out usually defended by monster cornices.

Ticklists: Ben Nevis Gully Climbs.

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This climb is in 166 logbooks, and on 8 wishlists.

As descent
Timothy Miller - Solo O/S - 22/Mar/15

David Woods - Solo O/S - 21/Mar/15

Hidden - Solo O/S - 21/Mar/15

In descent.
olekemi - Solo O/S - 21/Mar/15 with Lester S

Hidden - Solo - 21/Mar/15

Hidden - Solo O/S - 21/Mar/15

Descended to get another route in
arose - Solo - 17/Mar/15 with Joe Smith

Descent
joesmith - Solo - 17/Mar/15 with Ali Rose

Hidden - Solo O/S - 15/Mar/15

Hidden - Solo - 15/Mar/15

Hidden - Solo - 15/Mar/15

Hidden - Solo - 15/Mar/15

Twice as decent.
MSchobitz - Solo - 14/Mar/15 with Matt Harmon

for descent
Matt Harmon - Solo O/S - 14/Mar/15

Harry Holmes - Solo O/S - 14/Mar/15

Down climbed to get to tower scoop
calumhicks - Solo O/S - 14/Mar/15 with Adam Harris

Hidden - Solo - 13/Mar/15

To summit following Tower Scoop.
sjbrook - Lead - 14/Feb/15 with Julian Sorrell, Joe PCC, PCC

Robertgiddy - Solo - 04/Jan/15

In descent to access Smith's Route. Also re-ascended after bailing from the aforementioned route.
Hardonicus - Solo O/S - 04/Jan/15

Descent.
Callum_Johnson - Solo O/S - 23/Dec/14 with Uisdean

Climbed then skied, 500m descent.
andyinglis - 21/Jun/14 with Scott Muir

jamesh - Solo - 28/Mar/14 with Jim Unwin

Outstanding.
Stamford Raffles - 06/Apr/13 with Rich Pyne, Kris

Hidden - 06/Mar/13

Hidden - Solo O/S - 01/Mar/13

bradholmes - Solo O/S - 01/Mar/13 with Chris Bonner

al jackson - 2nd - Mar/13

Hidden - Solo O/S - 26/Feb/13

Hidden - Solo dnf - 20/Feb/13

Hidden - Solo - 17/Feb/13

As a descent; interesting way down.
nickdonohue - Solo - Feb/13 with Ian Bryant

Hidden - Solo O/S - 16/Jan/13

allyrocke - Solo O/S - 16/Jan/13 with Chris Prescott

Hidden - 2013

Andrew Holden - Solo - 2013

captain - 2013

ross brinson - Solo - 21/Dec/12 with Thomas Moore

Late season, hard snow, didn't fancy chances of arresting successfuly so chopped steps.
Louis Hume - Solo - 05/May/12 with Jenny

Did it in very hard conditions very icy and therefore hard work.
Jenny Hall - Solo O/S - 05/May/12 with Louis

lumbard - 2nd - 26/Mar/12

luckyjim - Solo - 18/Mar/12

down climb after gardyloo
abbeywall - Solo - 18/Mar/12 with K, AC

Hidden - Solo O/S - 09/Mar/12

Ski Descent. Had wanted to do this for years and it lived up to the hype, lovely powdery snow all the way down, exciting entry at the top and you want to make sure you go past tower scoop!
Chad123 - Solo - 04/Mar/12

Hidden - Solo - 02/Mar/12

Tim_Gomersall - Solo - Mar/12 with ANNA

Anna_wells - Solo - Mar/12

peter fetlar - AltLd O/S - 18/Feb/12 with luke kenny, stewart

Hidden - 2nd - 18/Feb/12

Paced to the Red Burn
connor - Solo - Feb/12

topped out after tower scoop
jimhall - Solo O/S - 28/Jan/12 with Paddy

Jones_88 - Solo - 28/Jan/12

bomber neve
david100 - Solo - 13/Jan/12

centurion05 - 2012

PAJames - 2012

Ski descent
hcreber - 2012

Hidden - 2012

tim20 - 2012 with Mat

Ski descent
graeme gatherer - 23/Apr/11

Ski descent
Jamie Johnston - Solo - 17/Apr/11 with Niall Lightfoot, Alan McHardy, Ross Flatman, Eric Thomson, Craig Cameron, Doug Bryce

CacCarnBeag - Solo - 15/Apr/11 with Bruce, Freddie, Sally

lots of ice and some rock fall seen. Probably the end of the season.
brwilson - 14/Apr/11

Lots of snow, but lots of falling ice made the traverse below smith's route feel pretty exposed and scary!
frecro - Solo - 14/Apr/11

Tim Rodgers - Lead - 02/Apr/11 with David Anderson

Timo Austino - 26/Mar/11 with Nats

crispy - Solo O/S - 26/Mar/11 with Steven

The Bad Cough - 2nd O/S - 12/Mar/11 with Christian Minett, Tom Williams

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

Route to the top from Tower Scoop
ksneds - AltLd - 05/Mar/11 with stevo

Hidden - Solo O/S - 28/Feb/11

Climbed after Tower Scoop. Some horrid powder about.
Mr Fuller - Solo - 27/Feb/11 with Lisa Witty

Hidden - Solo - 22/Feb/11

Soloed until just below the top where we took a belay due to soft snow and wee cornice.
climberuk - 05/Feb/11 with Drew

Good Snow
frankiesmythe - Solo O/S - 02/Jan/11 with Grandad, Davis

good condition, easy cornice.
CurlyStevo - Lead - 2011 with Kenny

adie84 - 2011

rossn - 2011

Paul Boggis - Solo - 2011

Hidden - 2011

Hidden - Solo O/S - 2011

Hidden - Lead - 02/May/10

Finish was exciting for a I, climbed after bailing from point five
robertmichaeladams - 22/Apr/10 with Tom

tomdude - Solo - 22/Apr/10 with rob

Hidden - AltLd O/S - 10/Apr/10

Roger Cruse - Solo O/S - 08/Apr/10 with Kris, Andy S & Rich Holt

Rick Ashton - Lead - Mar/10 with James King

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

Hidden - 2010

Hidden - 2010

colinthrelfall - 2010

alancash100 - AltLd - 2010

Hidden - Solo O/S - 13/Dec/09

In Decent
The Mountain Goat - Solo - 17/Apr/09 with Dom Sellers

In descent
Somerset swede basher - Solo O/S - 17/Apr/09 with Jon Miles

Hidden - Solo - 13/Apr/09

After tower scoop. Entertaining cornice exit - climbed through first cornice, then crawled along 10 feet between two cornices before breaking out of the upper one.
Will Smith - Solo - 12/Apr/09 with Matt and Rob

seee will's comment !
lithos - Solo - 12/Apr/09 with matt hobby

Col Kingshott - Lead O/S - Apr/09

kingjam - 2nd - Mar/09 with Guide

Kyle Rance - Solo O/S - 27/Feb/09

daviesp2 - 24/Feb/09

thomasaneurinsmith - Solo - 15/Feb/09 with Neil Redgrave, Stuart Reeves

Jamboli - 2nd - Feb/09 with Simon Palmer

Becky E - 2nd - 03/Jan/09 with Phil Lee

Hidden - Solo O/S - 03/Jan/09

Hidden - Solo - 02/Jan/09

Slightly worrying vertical exit, since we had no rope
Siderunner - Solo β - 02/Jan/09 with Kirsten

Awesome day, very exposed traversing above the Tower Scoop. Topped out at 9:45am in simply amazing weather - what a way to start 2009!
Fiona Reid - Solo - 01/Jan/09 with Mike

Two attempts on the cornice, didn't notice the obvious right hand exit point.
prog99 - Solo - 01/Jan/09 with Fiona

Hidden - 2009

Hidden - 2009

cragmanuk - 2009 with Ian Lamb, John Elliott,Fergal Corrigan

rossn - 2009

Hidden - 2nd O/S - 31/Dec/08

stevepotter - Lead - 31/Dec/08 with steve taylor

Hidden - Solo O/S - 28/Dec/08

HamishD - Solo - 28/Dec/08

Hidden - Solo - 25/Apr/08

adw07 - 23/Apr/08

Hidden - Solo O/S - 22/Apr/08

LakesWinter - AltLd - 19/Apr/08 with gustav

Neil Mackenzie - Solo - 19/Apr/08 with Andy

Looked at smiths but head wasn't in it so when up TG to the summit. Descended along the cmd aręte to cmd summit, the opted for the fast way down and bum sild 500m meters back down to the cic, great fun.
andymoin - Solo O/S - 19/Apr/08 with Neil Mackenzie

Stuart Macfarlane - Lead - 22/Mar/08 with Jeanie

Lawrie Brand - AltLd O/S - 17/Feb/08 with David Lowell

newvena - Lead O/S - 17/Feb/08 with macker, dean & andy

Hidden - Solo O/S - 15/Feb/08

Gman - Lead O/S - Feb/08 with Steven

Very very cold day
StevePr - Solo - 2008 with Alan

couple of ice pitches (III) near tower scoop
joe king - Lead - 30/Dec/07 with Rose

Rosey Posey - 2nd O/S - 30/Dec/07 with Paul

Hidden - Solo - 02/Dec/07

Hidden - Solo - Dec/07

Snowboard descent from just below cornice. Didn't bother climbing over the cornice (about 7' high and 40° overhanging!)
stevomcd - Solo O/S - 14/Apr/07

Hidden - Solo - 06/Apr/07

HUGE cornice tunneled out by abseilers, but would not envy anyone soloing up this! exposed and quite scary for the grade in my opinion.
BallsOfSteel - AltLd O/S - 03/Apr/07 with IainMunro

Hidden - AltLd - 03/Apr/07

Hidden - 2nd - 26/Mar/07

beermonkey - Mar/07 with ronnie

Hidden - Solo O/S - 18/Feb/07

as descent from tower ridge after summiting.
Dave Searle - Solo - 27/Jan/07 with sim

Descent
Howard J - Solo - 04/Feb/06

reg_measures - Lead O/S - Jan/06 with beth, claire

Hidden - 2006

bms - Solo - 29/Dec/05

Tom Stoddart - Solo - Apr/05 with Tom Slade, Iain Leverett, Dave Battley

Hidden - Solo - Feb/05

andrewbooth1000 - Solo - 29/Jan/05 with Rob, Mark & Sims

Hidden - AltLd O/S - Mar/04

Hidden - 2nd - Mar/04

Captain Solo - Solo - 14/Feb/04

akhughes - 2000

Hidden - 01/Mar/98

Hidden - Lead O/S - 10/Mar/97

iskra2000 - Solo - 20/Jan/97 with Mark Smith

tev - 2nd dog - 22/Jan/94 with Dave M

Hidden - 2nd O/S - 27/Dec/91

NickJH - Feb/91

Hidden - 1990

Hidden - 10/Feb/86

Ghastly Rubberfeet - Solo - 1984

99bolivar - AltLd - Feb/82 with Derek Smithson

Nigel Bond - Solo - 17/Mar/81

Falko - Solo - 28/Dec/77 with Howard Lancashire

Descent.
mikej - Solo - 08/Apr/69 with Wil Hurford

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