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The Forcan Ridge*** I/II

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Forcan Ridge, Double Direct >>
[Stunning ridge!, 2 kb]About 400m of ascent along a ridge featuring a mix of blocky scrambles, snowslopes, an entertaining downclimb or abseil, narrow airy paths, grassy platforms, 'a cheval' snow ridges, and turfy cracks, depending on the prevailing snow conditions. Escapes from some technical moves are possible when under sound snow, or when bare. These escapes can be dangerous in poor snow conditions. A very worthwhile mountaineering outing, often blessed with spectacular views, near and far. - - - (Route down. In most conditions, the south side route back is safer. This route back can be made difficult by following a line of boulders below the ridge that may be tortuous when covered by snow. In bare condition, or well-consolidated snow cover, go to the lochan on the far side of Bealach Coire Mhalagain and head directly across the top of the corrie towards the bottom of the ridge. Under consolidated heavy snow cover the north side can also offer a good route back to the bottom of the ridge. Always be aware of avalanche risk on the sides of the ridge)

Photo: Stunning ridge! © Will Nicholls
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PUBLIC LOGBOOKS
This climb is in 62 logbooks, and on 12 wishlists.

DaveB61 - AltLd - 23/Jan/14 with Ken Applegate, Greg Jennings, Dean Jones

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

Hidden - 28/May/13

punj - Solo - 29/Mar/13 with john meechan

Paterson12 - 2013

BUZZ1984 - Solo O/S - 09/Dec/12 with LucyG, Stephen

A cracking wee walk. We could see for miles from the summit.
dicky79 - Solo O/S - 08/Feb/12 with James D

Jim Slater - Solo - 19/Feb/11 with James, Tutt, Trevor, Gavin

Hidden - Solo - 19/Feb/11

tim newton - Solo O/S - 30/Jan/11

Andy Moles - Solo O/S - 14/Dec/10 with Ducky

Hoppo - Solo O/S - 16/Oct/10 with Dad

A misty day, but a good route
George Ormerod - Lead O/S - 03/Apr/10 with Clare W

Hidden - Solo - 02/Apr/10

Brilliant, except for the cronic sunburn now.
Batt - Solo - 02/Apr/10 with Alex Young

perfect alpine conditions
abbeywall - Solo - 02/Apr/10 with K, AC

alexyoung - Solo O/S - 02/Apr/10 with Rachel

Hidden - Lead O/S - 03/Mar/10

Hidden - Solo - 22/Feb/10

Climbed alpine style, moving together.
Stuart Macfarlane - Lead rpt - 23/Jan/10 with Jeanie

ccrowle - Lead O/S - 02/Jan/10 with Dan Shayler

Fabulous day out! A great way to christen (one of) my new ice axes :)
kitkat78 - 2nd O/S - 02/Jan/10 with SteveM

Unconsolidated powder. Moved together for top section. Descended by gully on left of usual abseil - started late & running out of daylight.
isi_o - 23/Dec/09 with Lorenzo, Steve Venton

Hidden - 23/Dec/09

lots of soft snow made of slow progress both in the car and on the hill. Despite a very early alarm call we abbed off in the saddle between the two main summits and just made it back to the car by dark.
CurlyStevo - Solo - Dec/09 with Kenny

jjax - Solo - 20/Mar/09 with jason

jacobfinn - Solo - 20/Mar/09 with jjax

Some snow patches but mainly just wet scrambling.
adamscottthomas - Solo - 27/Feb/09 with Gwilym Starks

Hidden - Lead - 22/Feb/09

Great warm-up for the Cuillin (well if you do it 10 times in both directions!)
simon_D - Solo - 31/Jan/09

Incredable route, we went after the heaviest snow for 18 years and with no tecnical gear other then some walking axes. This is by far the most terrifing experience i have ever had while climbing and the best.
Tom_Harding - Solo O/S - Jan/09

Hidden - Solo - Dec/08

Hidden - Solo - 27/Nov/08

Fiddler - Solo O/S - 19/Sep/08 with Callum, Psycho

ruggystunts - Solo - 26/Feb/08 with Andy

BallsOfSteel - Solo O/S - 02/Dec/07 with steve peatfield

dustbuddy - Solo O/S - Jun/07

Cracking summer weather.
Richard Holowka - Solo - Jun/07

Not much snow, calm clear day
JulianD - Solo - 24/Mar/07 with Paul B

very lean, almost like sping condidtions. still enjoyable.
mulletcocktail2000 - Solo O/S - 18/Feb/07 with joe and andy

Hidden - Solo - 21/Jan/07

Border Collie Meg accompanied us throughout only requiring assistance with the abseil.
Phil1967 - Solo O/S - 03/Mar/06 with BMRT

Dave Mason - Solo O/S - 03/Mar/06 with Phil Booth

joe king - Solo rpt - 19/Feb/06 with lots of people

Tom Last - Lead - Feb/06 with Denise

Roped upm for one short pitch and an absail.
HIGHTOWER - AltLd O/S - Feb/06 with Andy Couthbert, Soj

Hidden - Solo - 21/Feb/04

Stuart Macfarlane - AltLd rpt - 01/Feb/04 with Laura, Andy W

Hidden - Solo - 30/Jan/04

one abseil
niall_mac - Solo - Jan/04

Great wee scramble. Cloud inversion then broken spectres at top! Summer not winter tho!!!
thebat - Solo - Dec/03 with Ginger Dave.

andrewbooth1000 - Solo O/S - Sep/03 with Keira

SMC outing
Happy Wanderer - 18/Apr/03 with Graham C

Gman - Solo - Feb/03 with Carl

Stuart Macfarlane - AltLd - Mar/02 with Jenny, Iain F

Different Steve - Solo O/S - 2001

Hidden - Solo - Jan/00

kjbix - 2000 with Rob Gray

babymoac - 27/Mar/95 with Davy L

keith hal - 2nd - May/94 with Martin Moran

99bolivar - AltLd O/S - 13/Feb/83 with Derek Smithson

Climbed in company of Bill Burlton. Deep snow, not a lot seen.
David Smith - Solo - 1964

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Style of ascent

Soloed42 of 62 (67.7%)
Lead6 of 62 (9.7%)
Followed2 of 62 (3.2%)
Alt Leads5 of 62 (8.1%)
Unknown7 of 62 (11.3%)

'Climbed'37 of 62 (59.7%)
clean O/S22 of 62 (35.5%)
clean rpt3 of 62 (4.8%)