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.

Roberttaylor 08/Jun Solo O/S
Andypotter3 ?/Jun -
Hidden 02/May Lead
Andrew Holden 19/Apr Solo
Hidden 19/Apr 2nd
Timothy Miller 22/Mar Solo O/S

As descent

David Woods 21/Mar Solo O/S
adamarchie 21/Mar Solo O/S

Warming up so went high. Great weather and a Saturday, so all desirable climbs packed with people, and fragile ice with recent freeze-thaw causing lots of shrapnel. Tower Scoop was the consolation prize, followed by climb past The Elephant to stunning views on the plateau and CMD. First visit to Sammy's chip shop followed!

olekemi 21/Mar Solo O/S

In descent.

with Lester S
Hidden 21/Mar Solo
Rob84 21/Mar Solo O/S


arose 17/Mar Solo

Descended to get another route in

joesmith 17/Mar Solo


Hidden 15/Mar Solo O/S
Hidden 15/Mar Solo
Hidden 15/Mar Solo
Hidden 15/Mar Solo
MSchobitz 14/Mar Solo

Twice as decent.

Matt Harmon 14/Mar Solo O/S

for descent

Harry Holmes 14/Mar Solo O/S
calumhicks 14/Mar Solo O/S

Down climbed to get to tower scoop

with Adam Harris
Phil Ingle 13/Mar Solo

in descent

sjbrook 14/Feb Lead

To summit following Tower Scoop.

with Julian Sorrell, Joe PCC, PCC
Liam Watson ?/Feb Solo
Robertgiddy 04/Jan Solo
Hardonicus 04/Jan Solo O/S

In descent to access Smith's Route. Also re-ascended after bailing from the aforementioned route.

Hidden ??/2015 -
Callum_Johnson 23/Dec/14 Solo O/S


with Uisdean
andyinglis 21/Jun/14 -

Climbed then skied, 500m descent.

with Scott Muir
jamesh 28/Mar/14 Solo
with Jim Unwin
Stamford Raffles 06/Apr/13 -


with Rich Pyne, Kris
Hidden 06/Mar/13 -
Hidden 01/Mar/13 Solo O/S
bradholmes 01/Mar/13 Solo O/S
al jackson ?/Mar/13 2nd
Hidden 26/Feb/13 Solo O/S
Hidden 20/Feb/13 Solo dnf
Hidden 17/Feb/13 Solo
nickdonohue ?/Feb/13 Solo

As a descent; interesting way down.

with Ian Bryant
Hidden 16/Jan/13 Solo O/S
allyrocke 16/Jan/13 Solo O/S
Hidden ??/2013 -
Andrew Holden ??/2013 Solo
captain ??/2013 -
ross brinson 21/Dec/12 Solo
with Thomas Moore
Louis Hume 05/May/12 Solo

Late season, hard snow, didn't fancy chances of arresting successfuly so chopped steps.

with Jenny
Jenny Hall 05/May/12 Solo O/S

Did it in very hard conditions very icy and therefore hard work.

with Louis
lumbard 26/Mar/12 2nd
luckyjim 18/Mar/12 Solo
abbeywall 18/Mar/12 Solo

down climb after gardyloo

with K, AC
Hidden 09/Mar/12 Solo O/S
Chad123 04/Mar/12 Solo

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!

Hidden 02/Mar/12 Solo
Tim_Gomersall ?/Mar/12 Solo
with ANNA
Anna_wells ?/Mar/12 Solo
peter fetlar 18/Feb/12 AltLd O/S
with luke kenny, stewart
Hidden 18/Feb/12 2nd
connor ?/Feb/12 Solo

Paced to the Red Burn

jimhall 28/Jan/12 Solo O/S

topped out after tower scoop

with Paddy
Jones_88 28/Jan/12 Solo
david100 13/Jan/12 Solo

bomber neve

centurion05 ??/2012 -
PAJames ??/2012 -
hcreber ??/2012 -

Ski descent

Hidden ??/2012 -
tim20 ??/2012 -
with Mat
graeme gatherer 23/Apr/11 -

Ski descent

Jamie Johnston 17/Apr/11 Solo

Ski descent

with Niall Lightfoot, Alan McHardy, Ross Flatman, Eric Thomson, Craig Cameron, Doug Bryce
CacCarnBeag 15/Apr/11 Solo
with Bruce, Freddie, Sally
brwilson 14/Apr/11 -

lots of ice and some rock fall seen. Probably the end of the season.

frecro 14/Apr/11 Solo

Lots of snow, but lots of falling ice made the traverse below smith's route feel pretty exposed and scary!

Tim Rodgers 02/Apr/11 Lead
with David Anderson
Timo Austino 26/Mar/11 -
with Nats
crispy 26/Mar/11 Solo O/S
with Steven
The Bad Cough 12/Mar/11 2nd O/S
with Christian Minett, Tom Williams
Hidden 06/Mar/11 Solo O/S
ksneds 05/Mar/11 AltLd

Route to the top from Tower Scoop

with stevo
Hidden 28/Feb/11 Solo O/S
Mr Fuller 27/Feb/11 Solo

Climbed after Tower Scoop. Some horrid powder about.

with Lisa Witty
Hidden 22/Feb/11 Solo
climberuk 05/Feb/11 -

Soloed until just below the top where we took a belay due to soft snow and wee cornice.

with Drew
frankiesmythe 02/Jan/11 Solo O/S

Good Snow

with Grandad, Davis
CurlyStevo ??/2011 Lead

good condition, easy cornice.

with Kenny
adie84 ??/2011 -
rossn ??/2011 -
Paul Boggis ??/2011 Solo
Hidden ??/2011 -
Hidden ??/2011 Solo O/S
thegoatstroker 02/May/10 Lead
with Martin Lugg
robertmichaeladams 22/Apr/10 -

Finish was exciting for a I, climbed after bailing from point five

with Tom
tomdude 22/Apr/10 Solo
with rob
Hidden 10/Apr/10 AltLd O/S
Roger Cruse 08/Apr/10 Solo O/S
with Kris, Andy S & Rich Holt
Rick Ashton ?/Mar/10 Lead
with James King
Hidden 10/Feb/10 Solo O/S
Hidden ??/2010 -
Hidden ??/2010 -
colinthrelfall ??/2010 -
alancash100 ??/2010 AltLd
Hidden 13/Dec/09 Solo O/S
The Mountain Goat 17/Apr/09 Solo

In Decent

Somerset swede basher 17/Apr/09 Solo O/S

In descent

with Jon Miles
Hidden 13/Apr/09 Solo
Will Smith 12/Apr/09 Solo

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.

with Matt and Rob
lithos 12/Apr/09 Solo

seee will's comment !

with matt hobby
Col Kingshott ?/Apr/09 Lead O/S
kingjam ?/Mar/09 2nd
with Guide
Kyle Rance 27/Feb/09 Solo O/S
daviesp2 24/Feb/09 -
thomasaneurinsmith 15/Feb/09 Solo
with Neil Redgrave, Stuart Reeves
Jamboli ?/Feb/09 2nd
Becky E 03/Jan/09 2nd
Hidden 03/Jan/09 Solo O/S
Hidden 02/Jan/09 Solo
Siderunner 02/Jan/09 Solo β

Slightly worrying vertical exit, since we had no rope

with Kirsten
Fiona Reid 01/Jan/09 Solo

Awesome day, very exposed traversing above the Tower Scoop. Topped out at 9:45am in simply amazing weather - what a way to start 2009!

with Mike
Mike-W-99 01/Jan/09 Solo

Two attempts on the cornice, didn't notice the obvious right hand exit point.

with Fiona
Hidden ??/2009 -
Hidden ??/2009 -
cragmanuk ??/2009 -
with Ian Lamb, John Elliott,Fergal Corrigan
rossn ??/2009 -
Hidden 31/Dec/08 2nd O/S
stevepotter 31/Dec/08 Lead
with steve taylor
Hidden 28/Dec/08 Solo O/S
HamishD 28/Dec/08 Solo
Hidden 25/Apr/08 Solo
adw07 23/Apr/08 -
Hidden 22/Apr/08 Solo O/S
LakesWinter 19/Apr/08 AltLd
with gustav
Neil Mackenzie 19/Apr/08 Solo
with Andy
andymoin 19/Apr/08 Solo O/S

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.

Stuart Macfarlane 22/Mar/08 Lead
with Jeanie
Lawrie Brand 17/Feb/08 AltLd O/S
with David Lowell
newvena 17/Feb/08 Lead O/S
with macker, dean & andy
Hidden 15/Feb/08 Solo O/S
Gman ?/Feb/08 Lead O/S
with Steven
StevePr ??/2008 Solo

Very very cold day

with Alan
joe king 30/Dec/07 Lead

couple of ice pitches (III) near tower scoop

with Rose
Rosey Posey 30/Dec/07 2nd O/S
with Paul
Hidden 02/Dec/07 Solo
Hidden ?/Dec/07 Solo
stevomcd 14/Apr/07 Solo O/S

Snowboard descent from just below cornice. Didn't bother climbing over the cornice (about 7' high and 40° overhanging!)

Hidden 06/Apr/07 Solo
BallsOfSteel 03/Apr/07 AltLd O/S

HUGE cornice tunneled out by abseilers, but would not envy anyone soloing up this! exposed and quite scary for the grade in my opinion.

Hidden 03/Apr/07 AltLd
Hidden 26/Mar/07 2nd
beermonkey ?/Mar/07 -
with ronnie
Hidden 18/Feb/07 Solo O/S
Dave Searle 27/Jan/07 Solo

as descent from tower ridge after summiting.

with sim
Howard J 04/Feb/06 Solo


reg_measures ?/Jan/06 Lead O/S
with beth, claire
Hidden ??/2006 -
bms 29/Dec/05 Solo
Tom Stoddart ?/Apr/05 Solo
with Tom Slade, Iain Leverett, Dave Battley
Hidden ?/Feb/05 Solo
andrewbooth1000 29/Jan/05 Solo
with Rob, Mark & Sims
Hidden ?/Mar/04 AltLd O/S
Hidden ?/Mar/04 2nd
Captain Solo 14/Feb/04 Solo
akhughes ??/2000 -
Hidden 01/Mar/98 -
Hidden 10/Mar/97 Lead O/S
iskra2000 20/Jan/97 Solo
with Mark Smith
tev 22/Jan/94 2nd dog
with Dave M
Hidden 27/Dec/91 2nd O/S
NickJH ?/Feb/91 -
Hidden ??/1990 -
Hidden 10/Feb/86 -
Ghastly Rubberfeet ??/1984 Solo
99bolivar ?/Feb/82 AltLd
with Derek Smithson
Nigel Bond 17/Mar/81 Solo
Falko 28/Dec/77 Solo
with Howard Lancashire
mikej 08/Apr/69 Solo


with Wil Hurford
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