Centurion*** HVS 5a
[Team behind us at the end of the big 2nd pitch, 3 kb]**** in Ben Nevis, SMC

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This climb is in 253 logbooks, and on 252 wishlists.

I led pitches 2 &4. Really enjoyed corner pitch. We had to divert to route II after pitch 5 as the top pitches were damp and it was getting dark. Cold but manageable.
nigel pearson - AltLd O/S - 03/Oct/15 with Robin

Been on the list for a while and didn't disappoint! Awesome!
joe.91 - AltLd O/S - 30/Sep/15 with Thomas Reid

Hidden - AltLd dnf - 11/Sep/15

gjd - AltLd dnf - 11/Sep/15 with Brian H

With pitch 2 and part of 3 of King Kong. Josh got lost....
Liam Ingram - AltLd rpt - 10/Sep/15 with Josh Williams

Brilliant line up this monster of a crag. shame about pitch 5 its a bit scrappy also not impressed by the amount of damage that has been done to pitch 1-3 by winter climbers.
andy28th - AltLd O/S - 10/Sep/15

CaelanB - AltLd O/S - 07/Sep/15 with Joe Barlow

Me p1, john half of p2 before realising it was too wet to climb the corner, so we bailed. we'll be back!
mishabruml - AltLd dnf - 16/Aug/15 with John McKenna

Incredible climb, second pitch is absolutely outstanding (even though it was a bit wet) and most of the route is a jug-fest. Led pitches 1,2,4,5 and 6.
Nath93 - AltLd O/S - 15/Jul/15

Excellent day out. Lead P3 and 7, i'll be back for the 5a pitches!
callumwaddell - AltLd O/S - 15/Jul/15 with Nathan Adam, Andy Croy

elliptic - AltLd - 15/Jun/15 with Tom R.

Ginger McGrath - Solo rpt - 12/Jun/15

Fantastic Climb, 2nd pitch damp so made it feel a bit stiff for the grade.
steve prior - AltLd - 12/Jun/15 with Roger C

Hidden - 2015

Hidden - 2015

Lived up to its reputation! Led P3/4, 6.
GPN - AltLd O/S - 21/Sep/14 with Graham Hadaway

Lead P1,3,5,6. Had the whole of the Ben to ourselves, in near perfect conditions, awesome route!
joesmith - AltLd O/S - 18/Sep/14 with Chris.

Hidden - AltLd O/S - 18/Sep/14

Great route. Felt good to have completed it! Wouldn't have wanted to retreat off this. Chris P1-2, 6-7 Colin P3-5
Chris Sansum - AltLd O/S - 16/Sep/14 with Colin Gunning

Hidden - AltLd O/S - 14/Sep/14

Brilliant route, though there was still a little water on P2. Found P1 as hard as anything above but far less sustained.
Robertgiddy - Lead - 13/Sep/14

jamesgr87 - AltLd O/S - 13/Sep/14

Hidden - Lead dnf - 12/Sep/14

Lead 1, 2, 5 and 6. First route on the Ben. Lived up expectation. Pitch 2 was soaking and slimey so felt tough at 5a.
Brian Pollock - AltLd O/S - 24/Aug/14 with Luca

An outstanding route! http://wainwrightclimbing.blogspot.co.uk/2014/07/chumps-on-tour-scottish-odyssyy.html
Samuel Wainwright - AltLd O/S - 24/Jul/14 with Rafe Osborne

Nigel Bond - Lead - 23/Jul/14 with Colin Hutton

Hidden - Lead O/S - 23/Jul/14

First climb on the Ben did not disappoint, lived up to expectations and then some! Just brilliant, second pitch is particularly good and the last one has crazy exposure. Banter a plenty from the other two teams that were on it, whoever thought that climbing big cliffs could be so sociable?
UncleMephisto - AltLd O/S - 23/Jul/14 with Sam Wainwright

quickdrawmcraw - Lead O/S - 09/Jul/14 with liz osbourn

grate cimbe! second pitch was quite wet
Dougbart - Lead O/S - 09/Jul/14 with liam

Hidden - 2nd - 09/Jul/14

Timothy Miller - AltLd O/S - 30/Jun/14 with seth ford

In two 100m pitches, simul climbing.
Callum_Johnson - AltLd O/S - 29/Jun/14 with Uisdean

Uisdean hawthorn - AltLd O/S - 29/Jun/14 with Callum_Johnson

Hidden - AltLd - 26/Jun/14

Luci - 2nd - 20/Jun/14 with Doug, Eachann

We were going to do the bat but bailed because we felt crap after a poor, midgey induced sleep the night before, glad I did though cause what an amazing route! HVS at every moment! Didn't realise that it didn't top out, fortunately getting off down the gully was easy enough. Lead every pitch.
Shea - Lead O/S - 31/May/14 with Christine

jcw - 2014

mike mo - 2014

GordonAinslie - 2014

dav_713 - AltLd - 22/Jul/13 with Andy Hague

Good fun the whole way up! Very hot day, almost too hot in shorts and a t-shirt! Got very burn I think. Lead pitches 3,4,6.
Rachel Slater - AltLd O/S - 21/Jul/13 with Olli Crudge

Olli-C - AltLd O/S - 21/Jul/13 with Rachel Slater

Led 1, 2, 5, 7.
Liam Ingram - AltLd O/S - 20/Jul/13 with Jamie Sparkes

allyrocke - AltLd rpt - 20/Jul/13 with Matt King

Lead P3+4 as one and Pitch 6. hard work. article here: http://bit.ly/15WKpTa
JamieSparkes - AltLd O/S - 20/Jul/13 with Liam Ingram

Lead P3,5,7.
mattking_109 - AltLd - 20/Jul/13 with Ally Rocke

Hidden - AltLd dnf - 20/Jul/13

Brilliant! Had the crag to ourselves which was nice.
gforce - Lead - 19/Jul/13 with Emma

Led P2,4,5,7
PeteLoveless - AltLd O/S - 13/Jul/13 with jon

Hidden - 2nd - 10/Jul/13

First multi pitch route
seanwalsh - 2nd - 10/Jul/13

Hidden - Lead - 10/Jul/13

lead p2,4,6. rain started as I started 6.
colin milton - AltLd - 25/Jun/13 with shaun l

Graham Westbrook - AltLd O/S - 19/Jun/13

Got frozen on it and bailed 2 pitches from end due to shaking with the cold and rain. Enjoyed the 5a pitch I did lower down but. Very good!
richardashe - AltLd dnf - 19/Jun/13 with Mark Jackson

mzchambers - AltLd O/S - 11/Jun/13 with Ewan

Very nice indeed.
Smelly Fox - AltLd O/S - 10/Jun/13 with Stuart Kennedy

s kennedy - AltLd O/S - 10/Jun/13 with tris fox

Brilliant climb. Every pitch is good. Inadvertently took the final overhang on pitch 6 direct - it's quite steep!. Led even pitches 2,4 & 6.
Fiona Reid - AltLd O/S - 08/Jun/13 with Mike

Led 1,3,5,7. Every pitch interesting right up to the very end!
Mike-W-99 - AltLd O/S - 08/Jun/13 with Fiona

Led 1 and 6, a route that lives up to expectations. Great line and every pitch has something.
abbeywall - AltLd - 08/Jun/13 with borderline, K

Pitches 2,4 and 7
oliverk - AltLd O/S - 08/Jun/13 with Tim Clarke

Hidden - AltLd O/S - 08/Jun/13

Hidden - AltLd O/S - 08/Jun/13

Fantastic climb. interesting second pitch.
Tim Hamlet - AltLd - 06/Jun/13 with lawrie brand

Great route - remember to look at the exposure on pitch 7 as you pull through the final roof..
Lawrie Brand - AltLd O/S - 06/Jun/13 with Tim Hamlet

great route, started raining on p5 so had to wait a while for it to stop and dry off, but the overhang section was largely protected from the wet, p7 was not!
Neil Mackenzie - AltLd O/S - 05/Jun/13 with si

captain - 2013

captain - 2013

Hidden - 2013

Hidden - 2013

Tony Kartawick - 2013

Led P2, P4, half of P5 and P7. Fantastic route with great positions.... P2 is superb. Long day as usual on The Ben!
markfairbank - AltLd O/S - 11/Aug/12 with Ray Sharples

tim newton - AltLd O/S - 10/Aug/12 with john trythall

Started too late in the day - will be back.
allyrocke - Lead dnf - 12/Jun/12 with Fiona Mellor

Hidden - 2nd dnf - 12/Jun/12

Led P1,P3,P5,P7. A stunning line that was bone dry. Can't believe we were the only ones on the cliff.
mtempest - AltLd - 05/Jun/12

Hidden - AltLd O/S - 04/Jun/12

Backed of first pitch, too cold, moving too slow. Will be back!
freemanTom - Lead dnf - 03/Jun/12 with Andy Night

Led P1,P3,P5,P7.
Kirill - AltLd O/S - 03/Jun/12 with Graham Dolman

Bern - AltLd O/S - 02/Jun/12 with Peter Brown

One climbing shoe, one approach shoe
Tightsgirl - 2nd - 30/May/12 with Ali Rose

ferdia - AltLd O/S - 28/May/12 with Adam Russell

Hidden - AltLd O/S - 27/May/12

Hidden - Lead O/S - 27/May/12

Hidden - AltLd - 26/May/12

Led pitches 1,3,5 and 7.Took 5 hours.
Andrew Sloan - AltLd O/S - 26/May/12 with Martin Haworth

Martin Haworth - AltLd O/S - 26/May/12 with Andy

simon_D - AltLd O/S - 25/May/12 with Karen Mc

Lead all pitches as Hannah had forgotten one shoe!
arose - Lead - 21/May/12 with Hannah Francis

Absolutely stunning day! Wore approach shoes all day, and managed to miss out most the snow in the bottom of No. 5 Gully. Led P2,4 and 6.
Ken Applegate - AltLd - 26/Mar/12 with Max Hunter

Hidden - 2012

Hidden - 2012

Hidden - 2012

Patzl - 2012

Patzl - 2012

Patzl - 2012

Patzl - AltLd - 2012

cox - 2012

Tony Kartawick - 2012

Tony Kartawick - 2012

m dunn - 2012

Stone Idle - 2012

Tony Kartawick - 2012

Hidden - AltLd - 2012

Steven Carter - Lead O/S - 2012

isi_o - AltLd - 30/Jul/11 with Johnny, Pete

westaway - AltLd O/S - 30/Jul/11 with Imelda Neale

Hidden - AltLd - 30/Jul/11

Slightly wet in various places along the route, but still quite enjoyable. Found the detached flake a very worrying hold to pull on, but maybe that's just me being overly nervous.
johannes - AltLd O/S - 23/Jul/11

Awesome climbing! Definitely deserves 3 stars!!!
henning82 - AltLd O/S - 23/Jul/11

Hidden - AltLd - Jul/11

Hidden - AltLd O/S - Jul/11

Was piss wet. Some if the higher pitches were ok. But it ruined the enjoyment of the 1st few. Felt nails. Wish we had waited till it was dry.
CharlieMack - AltLd O/S - 03/Jun/11 with David

jim.macp - 01/Jun/11

simon_D - AltLd O/S - 30/Apr/11 with Alex

Awesome climbing
whistler - AltLd O/S - 30/Apr/11 with Dan Simmons

normal cheese for a normal person. Climb was dry with impecable rock. unashamedly worth it's 4 stars.. even the wet decent was choice
danimal88 - AltLd O/S - 30/Apr/11 with piotr

Damp in sections. Rope tangle, not the best day out!!
smcw - AltLd - 28/Apr/11

burto - AltLd O/S - 26/Apr/11 with hertha

lead 1st, 3rd, 5th and 7th pitch, loved the exposure on 3rd, 2nd pitch was a bit wet adding to excitement, what a day, where is the 4 stars?
Hertha - AltLd O/S - 26/Apr/11 with Burto

walts4 - 2011

newtonmore - AltLd - 2011

Glenn Sutcliffe - 2011

Hidden - 2011

Hidden - 2011

Hidden - 2011

Hidden - 2011

awsome! lead 1 and 2 together with a bit of confusion about on/off belay due to other partys on the face....eeekk!!. last two pitches were fantastic
Ginger McGrath - Lead O/S - 26/Sep/10 with marcus, louise

MarcusP - 2nd - 26/Sep/10 with Louise, Graham

chmckay - 2nd - 23/Sep/10 with Graham Boistelle

Windy day, but a bit sheltered in the corner.
Jules C - 05/Sep/10

Hidden - AltLd O/S - 04/Sep/10

Hidden - 04/Sep/10

Hidden - AltLd O/S - 02/Sep/10

Combined pitches 1 & 2 and 3 & 4 without dramas. Excellent.
jonnie3430 - AltLd O/S - 01/Sep/10 with The Barnyard

Backed off as pitch 2 was very wet!
John Tanner - AltLd dnf - 21/Aug/10 with Tom Maidwell

glenngordon - AltLd O/S - 23/Jun/10

rclarke - AltLd - 20/Jun/10 with John C

brilliant climb with some class positions on the traverse and pitch 6.
johnrc - AltLd O/S - 20/Jun/10 with rich clark

buzby78 - AltLd - 20/Jun/10 with Glenn

R0bbie - AltLd O/S - 03/Jun/10 with Rob Johnson, Taba

The cold made our fingers very numb. Felt much harder than last time. Started to rain when we finished the second pitch. Had to ab off.
jamestheyip - Lead dnf - 09/May/10 with Peter

Hidden - 2010

Hidden - 2010

Hidden - AltLd O/S - 14/Sep/09

Hidden - AltLd O/S - 12/Sep/09

Pitch 2 slimy and wet, 1PA.
andyinglis - AltLd O/S - 12/Sep/09 with mal_meech, Jen McKenzie

Wicked route - pitch two 'the holds keep on coming'? The wet slimy holds! 2, 5 and 7 led.
robertmichaeladams - AltLd - 12/Sep/09 with Tom

lovely. led 1,3,4,6. pitch two a bit wet and desperate with rucksack on. have wanted to do this for some time now
tomdude - AltLd - 12/Sep/09 with rob

el cholo - AltLd O/S - 25/Jul/09 with jamestheyip

jamestheyip - AltLd O/S - 25/Jul/09 with Alejandro Garcia

Hidden - AltLd O/S - 10/Jul/09

sebrider - AltLd O/S - 10/Jul/09 with Dan Walker

Hidden - 2nd - Jul/09

Hidden - AltLd O/S - 30/Jun/09

MonkeyDawson - AltLd - 28/Jun/09 with Scotty G and Bob

Sean Bell - AltLd O/S - 03/Jun/09 with Col, Neil

Johann - AltLd O/S - Jun/09 with Alex Wheeldon

Tom led 5th pitch, I led all others, 2nd pitch was very wet and slimy.
gareth scott borthwick - AltLd - 30/May/09 with tom thorn

Hidden - AltLd O/S - 30/May/09

Hidden - Lead - 2009

a_hein - 2009

Christian Beck - AltLd - Aug/08

A bit damp in places but still a brilliant route
Neil Adams - AltLd O/S - 26/Jul/08 with Tom L

Tom Last - AltLd O/S - 26/Jul/08 with Neil Adams

Amazing climb, isnt this a great country we live in with such bountiful weather!! grrrr
R0bbie - AltLd dnf - 07/Jul/08 with Leighn Chambers

whoa! well done robbie for doing that second pitch in the rain
leighncsontos - AltLd - 06/Jul/08 with R0bbie

Rain stopped play after three pitches. Ran out of gear on pitch 2 and took an intermediate belay.
John Marsland - AltLd dnf - 16/Jun/08 with John Haslam

Hidden - AltLd - 07/Jun/08

Hidden - AltLd - 31/May/08

martrin - AltLd - 24/May/08 with Sarah Kekus

Hidden - 24/May/08

Ed Babs - AltLd O/S - 15/May/08 with Lee Mercer

Really a great route, with good 2nd and wonderful 5th pitch - the highlight being breaking through the overhangs on pitch 5.
clipskipper - AltLd O/S - 15/May/08 with Ed Babington

JGW - AltLd - May/08 with Matt Tilley

Hidden - AltLd - May/08

Leslie Witt - 2008

TrollJester - AltLd O/S - 2008 with Bruce A Strachan

peterp - AltLd - Aug/07 with Sully

Hidden - AltLd O/S - 25/Jul/07

Rich Mayfield - AltLd - 25/Jul/07 with Mark Stevenson

freudy_love - Lead dnf - Jul/07 with Rob Worthing

Hidden - AltLd O/S - 10/Jun/07

Wee Davie - AltLd - 10/Jun/07 with Stuart Burns

Wow an amazing climb, dreamed of doing it for so long, takes a relativity easy way through some stupendous territory. Got pitches 2,4,6. Got lost at the end eventually finished up the last pitch of the bat/torro(don't be fooled by the tat you see on pitch 6 its not the way to go).
andymoin - AltLd O/S - 09/Jun/07 with Tim Cross

beegsyboy - AltLd O/S - 09/Jun/07 with Andy

Captain Solo - AltLd - 29/Apr/07 with Mark

I seconded first 5a pitch, and led second 5a pitch.
HIGHTOWER - AltLd O/S - 07/Apr/07 with Tim

timmy-ts - AltLd - Apr/07 with Hightower

Hidden - AltLd O/S - 2007

tumbling wizard - 2007

I lead the first pitch.
Dougie Harvey - 2nd O/S - 16/Sep/06 with Finlay Wild

sgl - AltLd O/S - 27/Jul/06 with gaz

hwackerhage - 19/Jul/06

mav - AltLd - 15/Jul/06 with James Beckett

Hidden - AltLd O/S - 15/Jul/06

gaz.marshall - AltLd O/S - Jul/06 with sgl

Hidden - AltLd - Jul/06

dunx55 - AltLd - 2006

Hidden - 2006

Hidden - AltLd O/S - Aug/05

Mr.Billiams - AltLd - Aug/05 with Konrad

steev - AltLd O/S - Jul/05 with Jo B

Hidden - Lead - Jul/05

dave o - Lead O/S - 11/Jun/05 with Julia H

Hidden - 2nd O/S - 11/Jun/05

Hidden - Jun/05

first hard rock roue
centurion05 - Lead O/S - 28/Apr/05 with Dan Carroll

Hidden - 2005

Hidden - Apr/04

chrishedgehog - AltLd O/S - 2004 with Dan Bailey

Summer (But wet in corner of 2nd pitch)
MarkDavies36 - AltLd O/S - 2004 with Richard Bentley

Dave Kerr - AltLd - 09/Aug/03 with Steve Wells

Neil Ireson - AltLd - Aug/03 with Pete M

Hidden - AltLd - 13/Apr/03

220bpm - Lead O/S - 12/Aug/02 with Snowboarder

snowboarder - 2nd - 12/Aug/02 with Mark

Gudge - AltLd O/S - 2002 with Gareth Hughes

Vic C
plain kitten - AltLd - 2001

Daniel Armitage - AltLd O/S - Jul/00 with Jordan Buys

Unbelievably good route
Drmikew - AltLd - Jun/00

with stuart 2nd attempt after rain on the saturday
alasdair19 - 2000

Bruce Kerr - Lead - 05/Aug/99 with Jenny Kerr

MarkDavies36 - AltLd O/S - 1999 with Richard Bentley

dangates - AltLd - 1997 with Nick Tarmey/ Derek Bain

phardman - AltLd - 15/Sep/96 with Jon Bibby

Led 2,4,5&7. Mindblowing! What a line.
Iain Thow - AltLd - 23/Jun/96 with Phil Green

alkira - 1996

brianrunner - AltLd - Jul/95


babymoac - Lead - 06/Jul/91 with Howard

Andy Say - Lead - 27/May/90

michael burrows - AltLd O/S - 24/May/90 with brian jones

Hidden - AltLd O/S - 20/May/90

Hidden - Lead O/S - Jul/88

Hidden - AltLd - 15/Jun/88

Hidden - 1988

rogerskews - AltLd O/S - 28/May/87 with Bryn Roberts

Hidden - AltLd - May/87

Hidden - AltLd - 1983

GeoffG - Solo O/S - Aug/81

Andy Chubb - AltLd - 1981 with Geoff Barker

Chris Craggs - Lead - 1980

Hidden - 1980

climbed 4 times since, done all pitches
uphillnow - AltLd - Jun/78 with George Wilson, Al Bennett

Soloed after bailing off Caligula in an attempt for the 2nd ascent. Foot slipped of wet hold on top crux.Also retrieved sling left behind after party abseiled off earlier in the day because it lower crux bridge was "wet". That's what bridging is for.
Lone Rider - Solo O/S - Jun/78

Hidden - AltLd - 07/Jul/76

Hidden - AltLd rpt - 17/Nov/73

Tony Holdsworth - 01/Jan/70

Seymore Butt - 1970

Hidden - AltLd - 11/Aug/68

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