Main Ridge Traverse (winter)*** II
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Ticklists: Britain's winter ridges, Scotland's Mountain Ridges by Dan Bailey, Winter Munroist's "Must Do", 3 star Scottish winter.

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Traverse from West to East after ascending by Northern Pinnacles. Ridge itself was summer conditions but there was still snow on way down to the decent path. Spent half an hour on Stuc a'Choire Dhuibh Bhig as the sun was setting enjoying peace and quiet on a sunny and windless day.
Carol Goodall - Solo - 14/Mar/15 with Katerina Massing, Henry O'Brian, Will Hastie, Will Taylor, Libby Southgate, Marcus Peabody

Traversed the ridge W->E, ascended to main traverse via South Ridge. Slushy snow below 700m due to rain and relatively warm temperatures. Wandered a short way along the Northern Pinnacles before turning back and heading across the main ridge. Snow along the ridge was very solid/icy on windward side, softer on the leeward. Large cornices overhanging N. face, probably stable but I wouldn't risk it. Descended off far western face towards the path through the valley. Scree field was a slushy nightmare, but seemed (probably mistakenly) like it would be easier than descending the steep, banked out upper section of the gully.
SkylarLobdell - 28/Feb/15 with Peter

Long day on Liathach, had an awesome time! Traversed W to E in challenging conditions, descending on sketchy scree field on far east face.
Pete_Stewart - 28/Feb/15 with Skylar

Trace - 2nd O/S - 15/Feb/15

Hidden - Solo - 14/Feb/15

Hidden - AltLd O/S - 14/Feb/15

Hidden - Solo - 14/Feb/15

Hidden - Solo - 14/Feb/15

Hidden - Solo O/S - 14/Feb/15

Chrismith - Solo - 14/Feb/15 with Shane

Soft unconsolidated snow. Back pain. Cracking weather, great views.
Mr.Billiams - 03/Jan/15 with Russell

Hidden - Jan/15

plain kitten - 2015

Kahti - 2015

Hidden - 2015

Hidden - 2015

Captain Solo - Solo rpt - 29/Dec/14

Sam Simpson - Solo O/S - 04/Dec/14 with James matthews, Ally Hurst

Hidden - Solo O/S - 02/Dec/14

jimmatthews - Solo - 02/Dec/14 with Ally Hurst, Sam Simpson

ross brinson - Solo - 02/Mar/14 with Devin Farkas

alex toomey - Solo O/S - 02/Mar/14

Hidden - Solo - 02/Mar/14

The Big Sender - Solo - 01/Mar/14

Harry Holmes - Solo O/S - 01/Mar/14

Liam Ingram - Solo O/S - 01/Mar/14 with Miles, Harry Newmark, Jason Horrocks, Ed Venables, Tom E, Jamie Sparkes

Hidden - Solo - 01/Mar/14

The conclusion to a long, but amazing day.
alexmcmillan - Solo O/S - 01/Mar/14 with Max Scherer

Excellent day out, some nice little steps. Grade 1 terrain but II exposure I think.
JamieSparkes - Solo O/S - 01/Mar/14 with Yummicks, Tom Eadington, Liam Ingram

Superb traverse
Mike.Kinge - Solo - 01/Mar/14 with Andrew Dowsett

Hidden - 01/Mar/14

Found this fucking scary. With Liam etc. (Team Blue)
Edvenables - Solo O/S - Mar/14

HarryNewmark - Solo - Mar/14

Hidden - Solo - 19/Feb/14

Stunning Day
Dougbart - Solo - 19/Feb/14 with Iain

Very banked out. Hard work getting onto the ridge.
Mike-W-99 - Solo - 14/Feb/14 with Fiona

Silly amounts of snow but a fantastic day out.
Fiona Reid - Solo - 14/Feb/14

Hidden - Solo - 14/Feb/14

Just really awesome.
Quallim - Solo - 08/Feb/14 with Cameron Spooner, The Welsh Dwarf

The Pinnacles are bit dicey to descend unroped, from east to west anyway. Wonderful day out. Thanks to Les Bates for lift home.
ollie1 - Lead - Feb/14

Hidden - Feb/14

Topped out from a solo of Central Trinity Gully and the views along the ridge were stunning, couldn't resist the traverse. Variable conditions - full winter for much of the ridge but sections of bare grass and rock as well.
JamesRoddie - Solo O/S - 17/Jan/14

Moved together throughout,
Daniel Sutherland - AltLd O/S - 16/Jan/14 with Stephen Mckenzie

stephenmckenzie - AltLd O/S - 16/Jan/14 with Daniel Sutherland

Tom Last - Solo - 11/Jan/14 with Chester

crustypunkuk - 2014

Hidden - 2014

Stunning alpine day in great conditions. Moved together across the pinnacles
MrRiley - AltLd O/S - 27/Apr/13 with Dave Marshall

Fantastic day out!
david0811 - AltLd O/S - 27/Apr/13 with Dave Riley

Roger & Mike
hwackerhage - 27/Apr/13

Hidden - 12/Apr/13

Neil Adams - 01/Apr/13 with Elizabeth

Lawrie Brand - Solo O/S - 31/Mar/13 with Sarah Laing

A fantastic alpine day, clear blue sky and very little wind.
John HW - 31/Mar/13 with Cath

piersnewton - Solo O/S - 31/Mar/13 with Olly Roberts

ollyroberts - Solo O/S - 31/Mar/13 with Piers Newton

Hidden - Lead O/S - 31/Mar/13

Hidden - Solo O/S - 30/Mar/13

Hidden - Solo - 30/Mar/13

Hidden - 10/Mar/13

Excellent condition, done with the turf ridge start on the left of the large gully. Actual ridge section only about grade one. Awesome day out!
Euan Strachan - Solo - 10/Mar/13 with Matt Dooner

An Alpine day
goatee - AltLd - 23/Feb/13 with Patrick Price

innes - Solo - 22/Feb/13 with Ruth

Hidden - Solo - 21/Feb/13

Brilliant weather and conditions upto the technical section, which had very limited snow. Brilliant long day out.
Zoomer - Solo - 20/Feb/13

First Winter Ridge. Fantastic day out.
i8kopites - 2nd - 20/Feb/13

Hidden - Solo O/S - 20/Feb/13

first half up to 1st munro in perfect neve. pinnicles were quite bare. superb weather
punj - Solo - 18/Feb/13 with Russell Shanks

Hidden - Solo - 12/Feb/13

Gman - Solo - 12/Feb/13 with Gareth Thomas

johnrich - Solo - 20/Jan/13
PAJames - 12/Jan/13

radioshed - Solo - 12/Jan/13 with dave s

Ross Young - Solo O/S - 12/Jan/13 with Marnoch

David Stevens - Solo - 12/Jan/13 with Matt Craig

mhamiltonj - Solo - 12/Jan/13 with Ross Y

Very little snow, some rime on the highest peaks, more like a summers day
pwb1981 - Solo - 10/Jan/13

Alastair MacSween - 2013

yorkshiresherpa - 30/Dec/12

Andy Moles - Solo - 02/Dec/12 with Ferdia

ferdia - Solo - 02/Dec/12 with Andy

Early season.Powder snow,no verglas and no neve. Perfect weather conditions.Fantastic ridge traverse.
captain_reindeer - 02/Dec/12 with Alastair Grantham

A traverse in winter with around 10cm fresh snow but unlikely to qualify as a winter traverse. Splendid day. Skirted the pinnacles.
mikesuth - Lead - 05/Mar/12 with Andrew James

Hidden - Solo - 03/Mar/12

Hidden - Solo - 31/Jan/12

Hidden - Solo - 15/Jan/12

Hidden - Lead - 13/Jan/12

georgemax - 2012

Hidden - 2012

Hidden - AltLd - 2012

Terrible snow pack conditions. Powdered snow on bare rock. The little bit of frozen turf couldn't give me confidence over the large amount of windslab breaking up when crossing tops of gullies. Needs a good freeze-thaw cycle to be stable.
Ross Young - Solo dnf - 17/Dec/11 with Rubi HWUMC, Anders HWUMC, Emma HWUMC

aimees - Solo - Nov/11

Hidden - Mar/11

Not great snow conditions but, even so, still a tremendous day out.
chris_j_s - Solo - 22/Feb/11 with David Beadle, Catherine Speakman

Great Mountaineering Day
rob1 - Solo - 22/Feb/11

Lovely day great views massive potential !
unbezonking - Solo O/S - 21/Feb/11 with nic, ana, lyndsey, johnno and Roddie

Lovely day, could see Harris & Lewis and a nice easy sliding desent
rodders24 - Solo - 21/Feb/11 with Lindsey, Nicola Smith, Anna, Jonny Young, Alistair Gray

tev - Solo β - 21/Feb/11 with Alan B

Monkey_Alan - Solo O/S - 21/Feb/11 with Thomas Vaughan

climbed in excellent conditions with john, daz and the laird of eastby
spoony84 - 20/Feb/11

Straight after George, superb day.
t_stork - Solo - 19/Feb/11 with John, Finlay, Rory Brown, Marcus Brown

CacCarnBeag - Solo - 19/Feb/11 with Marcus Brown, Rory Brown, John Eccles, Tom Stork

Hidden - Solo - 19/Feb/11

Hidden - 18/Feb/11

Also done in Feb 05.
Andrew Barker - Lead rpt - 17/Feb/11 with John Barker

sparbus - Solo - 29/Jan/11 with dave porter, simon clark

Hidden - Lead dnf - 08/Jan/11

jonnie3430 - Solo - 06/Jan/11 with Carol

Carol Goodall - Solo - 06/Jan/11 with Jonnie Williams

Superb alpine-style ridge. Moved together the whole way with occasional waist belays.
Ly-Cilph - AltLd O/S - 02/Jan/11 with Tim N

tim newton - AltLd O/S - 02/Jan/11 with patrick

adie84 - 2011

oliverk - 2011

PAJames - 2011

Sean Kelly - 2011

bad weather, minimum vis and on New Years Eve!
Marq - Solo O/S - 31/Dec/10 with Chris Billington

Hidden - Solo - 07/Mar/10

lizzie_malc - Solo - 07/Mar/10 with Emily Ward

Fairly wet snow but brilliant with sunny spells and never too hard.
fall-line - 06/Mar/10 with Alex Tuck

rfdl100 - 02/Mar/10 with Joris

Col Kingshott - AltLd - Mar/10

Joris.Roulleau - Mar/10 with Michael Hopert

Tim Rodgers - 2nd - 28/Feb/10 with Jody Knight, Kevin O'Neale

mark and i alternated leads on a rope while AW and GW were the lead rope. stunningly beautiful day and good solid conditions. taken as a whole, a hard II.
andy hunter - AltLd - 21/Feb/10 with mark

Hidden - Solo - 20/Feb/10

Ian JL - Solo O/S - 15/Feb/10

Ian JL - Solo O/S - 15/Feb/10

Hidden - Solo - 10/Feb/10

Ross Young - Solo dnf - 23/Jan/10 with Emma HWUMC, Matt HWUMC

With Dave & Phil. Roped second for tricky step onto ridge but otherwise solo. Weather was forgiving but visability disapointingly poor.
Briwi - Solo O/S - 14/Jan/10

LRB - Solo O/S - 14/Jan/10 with Dave Pilgrim, Garry Smith, Mike Gray

alancash100 - Solo - 2010

Hidden - 2010

malc - Solo - 12/Apr/09 with Martin and Paul

Moved together for most of the pinnicles. Occasionally stopped for short pitches. Wild weather. Got blown over by spindrift at one point.
bigbobbyking - 29/Mar/09 with Peter Hill

Hidden - AltLd - Mar/09

melville18 - Lead O/S - 29/Dec/08 with claire melville

melville18 - Solo O/S - 29/Dec/08 with claire melville

HamishD - Solo O/S - 16/Mar/08 with gerard, will, phil

atyson1 - 04/Mar/08

Captain Solo - Solo - 15/Jan/08

Ken Applegate - 2008

brianrunner - Solo - 24/Mar/07 with martina

nakedave - Solo - Mar/07

Hidden - 2nd O/S - 12/Feb/07

mortimea - Lead - 11/Jan/07 with Matt Fisher

Sandy Simpson - Solo - 2007

Hidden - Solo rpt - 18/Mar/06

Stuart Macfarlane - Solo - 18/Feb/06 with Anne-Marie

ayuplass - Solo - Feb/06 with dave

DavPk - 21/Jan/06 with Romain Rebut

Richard Holowka - Solo - Jun/05

Joe Nunn - AltLd O/S - Feb/05 with stevious

Done with arm broken 2 weeks before
sgl - AltLd O/S - 06/Mar/04 with Konnie and Matt

Hidden - AltLd O/S - 06/Mar/04

Stuart Macfarlane - AltLd - 28/Feb/04 with Fergal

Gman - Solo O/S - Feb/04 with Carl, Rich, James

Hidden - Jun/03

Hidden - Jan/03

Hidden - Solo - 17/Feb/02

Hidden - 25/Feb/96

not full winter conditions
niall_mac - Solo - Feb/96

Student trip staying at Ling Hut, fresh snow down to nearly sea level. East to west and apart from scary moment at crest of initial ascent, seemed easy at the time. Luc Chaverot said "verree gooood".
nick everett - 1994

Hidden - Solo - 26/Dec/89

Stuart S - Solo - Nov/89 with Nigel Eastmond and Ian Robertson

Hidden - Solo - 27/Dec/88

nickcanute - Solo - Mar/87

Iain Thow - Solo - 22/Dec/83

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