Caked in fresh snow overnight. Managed to lose a crampon halfway up the first pitch, Katie lowered me back down and I eventually found it c.150 vertical m below. Soloed first pitch to join Katie in cave, who was suffering the worst hot aches ever. Pete did second pitch and I led final pitch. Traverse out from belay was a bit marginal, the ice above wasn't taking ice screws, so ended up effectively soloing that pitch too. A hard won tick but an awesome adventure in challenging conditions.
Peter Metcalfe - AltLd - 01/Mar/15 with Pete Glasper
K Mckay - AltLd O/S - 01/Mar/15 with Pete Metcalfe, Pete Glasper
Hidden - AltLd O/S - 27/Feb/15
gergosantha - 2nd O/S - 27/Feb/15
Led P.3. Pretty thin now off the belay and at points in the groove
LakesWinter - AltLd - 27/Feb/15 with Rob Mid
johnrich - 2nd - 25/Feb/15 with Luke, Mike Pescod
Lead P1 up to ice cave. How long will those pitons last?
The second pitch has a possible belay on the left across a dry slab that involves a horrible traverse. Better with 60m ropes to carry on straight over the ice bulge to a better belay on easier ground at the finish. Down the Ledge Route. My first Scottish IV lead - excluding Tower Ridge (which is different). Oddly after my first Scottish V lead!
davidbird63 - AltLd O/S - 25/Feb/15 with Zep Mouris, David Adcock
Stefan_Morris - AltLd O/S - 21/Feb/15 with AndrewJamesCherry
Was glad I got the 2nd pitch, as the 1st and 3rd were a little thin/ rotten in places! (I made Stefan do the rotten bits...)
End of 2nd pitch (traverse to Belay) now quite thin, with lots if 'freshly departed' ice.
AndrewJamesCherry - AltLd O/S - 21/Feb/15 with stef morris
A late afternoon ascent, glad I didn't have the lead for the last 20ft, there wasn't much left. The rest of the route was great.
Shaw Brown - AltLd - 21/Feb/15 with Loz
Hidden - 2nd - 21/Feb/15
Hidden - Lead O/S - 21/Feb/15
sj87 - 2nd - 21/Feb/15
Abbed off from the second belay as we'd run out of time. First pitch had some rotten ice. I led the second which was solid apart from the traverse to the belay which was very sketchy (ice had melted off the slab).
Will Smith - AltLd dnf - 20/Feb/15 with Paul Davies, Rob
Finn Curry - 2nd - 17/Feb/15 with Paul Warnock
guy757 - 17/Feb/15 with Vic
planetmarshall - AltLd - 17/Feb/15 with Christopher Douglas
manmike - AltLd O/S - 17/Feb/15 with mikecollins, moose ridd
Hidden - AltLd - 17/Feb/15
Hidden - AltLd - 17/Feb/15
In full ice, with a fresh dusting of snow to add to the frisson. Led in two pitches, using the second belay as a runner. Fabulous!
stevelismore - Lead O/S - 16/Feb/15 with Mike Pcc
Hidden - 2nd - 15/Feb/15
Hidden - 2nd - 15/Feb/15
Got up early to be the first on the route. The ice is in great conditions but it is very stepped out. Took a variation of the line at the end of the second pitch and went straight up unhooked steep ice rather than heading left along the line of hooks.
alastairbegley - AltLd O/S - 14/Feb/15 with Jo
Pretty stepped out. Good wee climb, taking the steeper option on the last pitch was definitely more fun.
J_Trottet - AltLd O/S - 14/Feb/15 with Al
Another good route today, wish we went across to do one of the other shorter routes but too tired from yesterday!
joe.91 - Lead O/S - 14/Feb/15 with Thomas Reid
Misha - AltLd O/S - 14/Feb/15 with Nic
peter neden - AltLd - 14/Feb/15
Hidden - 2nd O/S - 14/Feb/15
freudy_love - Lead O/S - 13/Feb/15 with Dunc
jacobfinn - 2nd O/S - 13/Feb/15 with Graham davies
Tom Livingstone - Solo O/S - 13/Feb/15
Tdavy01 - AltLd - 13/Feb/15
Rickrick - 13/Feb/15
Great route but stepped out, sociable too! http://www.mistymountainhop.net/2015/02/west-is-best-classic-ice-on-ben-nevis/
MrRiley - AltLd O/S - 11/Feb/15 with Debbie Lee
Hidden - AltLd - 11/Feb/15
flett53 - 2nd - 10/Feb/15
joese7en - 10/Feb/15
alan barnes - AltLd - 10/Feb/15 with tom sylvester, julie baum
Wanted to do point 5 that day, but that was too crowded so we did this instead. Super warm and wet, but still fat enough to be climbed (by us and about 8 other parties! - fairly crowded belays!). Led pitches 1 and 3. Really good fun!
MSchobitz - AltLd O/S - 09/Feb/15 with Paul Nairn
As 3 in 3 pitches, one lead each. Nice.
olekemi - AltLd O/S - 08/Feb/15 with Colin D, Andy B
Done in 3 pitches. Lead pitch 1.
andybroadway - AltLd O/S - 08/Feb/15 with Colin Dyer, Ole Kemi
Hidden - AltLd - 08/Feb/15
Did rh variation up ice pillar from cave to another cave belay then then steep ice sheet above. Brilliant.
Fatherof2 - AltLd O/S - 08/Feb/15 with Roger
Drew M - AltLd O/S - 08/Feb/15 with Fred Lyon
Nice conditions, just starting to warm up though.
MTBAnimal - AltLd O/S - 08/Feb/15
mike.moss - Lead O/S - 07/Feb/15 with Andy Crutchley
Diggler - AltLd O/S - 07/Feb/15 with jonah
mattc - 2nd O/S - 07/Feb/15
Colwyn lead 1st pitch. I combined 2nd and 3rd to complete route.
gst - AltLd O/S - 07/Feb/15 with Colwyn Jones
abbeywall - AltLd - 05/Feb/15 with Rhys Macallister, FM
Nice, easy, lots of traffic and blue skies for some of it.
Steve Perry - AltLd O/S - 04/Feb/15 with Dan Bailey
2nd-ed P1, all good but tough on the calves. Belayed out on the left to make next pitches shorts. Led P2 (joined with P3). Water running down steeper sections, but short lived, with excellent exposure. Lovely route, worthy of the stars.
Karlos - AltLd O/S - 04/Feb/15 with Husky Tom
samohtdoowde - 2nd O/S - 03/Feb/15
Steep. Set off onto crux pitch in gathering darkness, with one bent axe and the other broken!
joeallen28 - 2nd O/S - 03/Feb/15
Lead First and Second
mzchambers - AltLd rpt - 02/Feb/15 with Ewan L
Hidden - 2nd - 02/Feb/15
fantastic climbing on a fantastic day, done the day after we had to bail from the route because of avalanches
CaelanB - 2nd O/S - 01/Feb/15 with Joe Barlow
catrin289 - 2nd O/S - 01/Feb/15 with Liam Ingram
As hard or harder than many classic grade V ice routes.
Liam Ingram - Lead O/S - 01/Feb/15 with Catrin Nichols
SkylarLobdell - AltLd - 01/Feb/15 with Caelan, Joe
Neil Hamlet - 2nd - Feb/15
Think we must have been the 7th party up this today! Abbed off
arose - Lead - 24/Jan/15 with Clients
Scott Rankin - AltLd - 24/Jan/15 with Gordon Lacey
alifin - 2nd - 24/Jan/15 with Niall Hed, Aidan Roe
Rob84 - AltLd O/S - 24/Jan/15 with Will H
Hidden - AltLd O/S - 22/Jan/15
Stepped out, wet and melting - ropes froze. I lead 1st pitch. 2nd & 3rd pitch done in one.
jimmatthews - AltLd O/S - 22/Jan/15 with Ally Hurst
Callum_Johnson - Solo O/S - 22/Jan/15
Hannah Evans - 2nd - 22/Jan/15 with Scott Kirkhope
Hidden - 2nd - 22/Jan/15
Led the second pitch. Whole route was brilliant. Nice to finally have climbed it having walked past it (mostly out of condition) so many times.
Ken Applegate - AltLd - 21/Jan/15 with Lou
Hidden - 2nd dnf - 21/Jan/15
Lawrie Brand - AltLd O/S - 20/Jan/15 with Mark Stevenson
Awesome. Quick morning blast then home for lunch.
arose - AltLd - 19/Jan/15 with Graham Dawson
MonkeyDawson - AltLd - 19/Jan/15 with Ali Rose
dav_713 - AltLd - 19/Jan/15 with Kev
chris smith - AltLd O/S - 17/Jan/15
Timothy Miller - Solo O/S - 17/Jan/15
davkeo - Solo O/S - 13/Jan/15
Led 1st pitch which was hollow and fairly bold, got a couple of hexes to the RHS and a screw before the first cave (that I had to dig out to get at the insitu tat). Drew led 2nd pitch that was even bolder. Some better ice in places (a couple of screws placed), hollow with holes in other places). Over to ledge route (loads of snow on it) for descent.
Andy Hewison - AltLd O/S - 02/Mar/14 with Drew Connelly
Did 1st pitch which was sketchy at best, got a couple of hexes to the RHS, 2nd on 2nd pitch ( better ice, though a little hollow in places ) which we did as another 45m ish pitch then a easy few meter plod over to ledge route for decent
Mr Christian - AltLd O/S - 25/Feb/14 with chris p duck
Pitch 2 2 short screws ran the rope out 15 mtrs and belayed on the snow slope
chris p duck - AltLd O/S - 25/Feb/14 with Chris R
JackM92 - AltLd - 22/Feb/14
Lost two draws to another party on the route. Please get in touch.
wilkinscl - Lead O/S - 22/Feb/14 with Ned, Edward shelly
Very busy day with over a dozen people hacking their way up. Best ice on p2 - p1 was a bit mushy and p3 a bit hollow.
morpcat - 2nd - 22/Feb/14 with Ned, wilkinscl
Hidden - 2nd O/S - 19/Feb/14
nice easy nick
phil64 - Lead - 19/Feb/14
Good conditions except first pitch which was soft and wet.
sacdenouilles - AltLd - 19/Feb/14 with J F Philippe
Hidden - AltLd O/S - 18/Feb/14
Tom Vivian - 2nd - 18/Feb/14 with Spike Sellers, Jonathan
alifin - 2nd - 17/Feb/14
Good and solid ice&snow. It's, never steep, so well worth doing in these conditions. take 60m rope, as 50 doesn;t quite stretch for the top 2 pitches together.
UndercoverElephant - Lead O/S - 17/Feb/14 with S
Hidden - 2nd - 17/Feb/14
Great route, Ice not great on first pitch, but much better on the top section.
georgec - Lead O/S - 16/Feb/14 with John
karlc - 2nd O/S - 16/Feb/14
Hidden - TR O/S - 13/Feb/14
The weather was full-on but the route was in good conditions. First pitch felt easy due to soft ice. Ice on the slab vibrated from our axes and crampons. The cave needed some excavation. Pitches 2 and 3 had proper ice and were awesome even if gusts nearly blew us off the face. It took some time to find protection for the top belay because there was so much snow. Great day!
Pohil - Lead O/S - 12/Feb/14 with Ed Watson
Hidden - AltLd - 09/Feb/14
Hidden - AltLd O/S - 09/Feb/14
magik_bob - 2nd - 07/Feb/14
Tilt - 2nd - Feb/14 with Ben Pearce
Hidden - Lead - Feb/14
saintlade - 2014
yesbutnobutyesbut - 2014
Abbed onto the route from Ledge Route to lead the lastpitch
John Roe - 20/Mar/13 with James Atkinson, Nathan Maxwell
Mowglee - 2nd O/S - 24/Feb/13 with Ralph
PYB intro final day, lead by Tim Neill
steveforgrieve - 2nd - 21/Feb/13
Glen Burrows - 2nd dog - 21/Feb/13 with Paddy Cave, Ed Luke
Hidden - AltLd - 15/Feb/13
At long last! A bit soggy on the day but all the ice was there, felt about IV,4.
Captain Solo - AltLd - 15/Feb/13 with Kenny
buzby78 - AltLd - 12/Feb/13 with Craig Smith
A quality day, The ben looking magnificent in its winter coat. The first pitch a little thin and run out but solid, superb climbing on the next two. A busy day out on the hill with many people enjoying the fine weather.
petegunn - AltLd - 12/Feb/13 with Ash
just easy hooking
simon kimber - AltLd - 12/Feb/13 with Phil Evans
Climbed pitch 2. First steep ice lead. Amazing climbing and mega exposure.
Jonny Nick - AltLd - 12/Feb/13
Charlie Zephyr Booth - Lead O/S - 12/Feb/13 with michael kirby
planetmarshall - 2nd O/S - 11/Feb/13 with Andy Owen, John Harrison
HendrikTBB - 2nd O/S - 11/Feb/13 with Andrew Marshall, AO
a13x - AltLd O/S - 09/Feb/13 with Jordan Phethean
Hidden - AltLd O/S - 09/Feb/13
Last climb with Rimon
gripped01 - AltLd - 09/Feb/13 with Rob Patchett, Rimon Than
Very thin initial slab but not sure if it ever gets fat. No convincing screws on the route but the neve was solid. Very good belays. Great route.
benclimbing - AltLd O/S - 08/Feb/13 with graham boistelle
Working. Pleasant and easy for the grade.
akhughes - Lead O/S - 07/Feb/13
gavinpeach - 2nd O/S - 07/Feb/13
mjsmith1973 - 2nd - 06/Feb/13 with Mike Pescod
tjmillen - AltLd - Feb/13 with Ian
Hidden - AltLd - Jan/13
jon59 - 2013
captain - 2013
ashpreston - 2013
Narked4fun - 2012
Hidden - 2012
thin on the slab until the overlap, take some stubby's, top pitch thick but also not taking screws well, may not last long...:]
simon_D - AltLd O/S - 15/Mar/11 with Ian W
Hidden - AltLd - Mar/11
wi11 - AltLd O/S - 22/Feb/11 with Chris Gee
Adam Booth - Lead O/S - 22/Feb/11 with Carl
Tim Sparrow - Lead - 21/Feb/11 with Pete Robinson
adie84 - 2011
Hidden - 2011
Hidden - Lead - 2011
Hidden - 2011
Hidden - 2011
Tenko - 2011
Climbed rather out of condition, so the first half of pitch 1 was scratchy, insecure climbing on rock: well done Tom. Next pitch was great, but much thinner than in the photos I've seen: stepping round on to the steep ice wall on poor axes was a bit hairy, but made up for by superb exposure to the (2 rusty pegs + a nut) belay. The final short wall rounded it off nicely: a great salvage of a day so claggy we couldn't find the Comb!
andybuckley - AltLd - 07/Mar/10 with Tom Whipple
luckyjim - Solo - Feb/10
Hidden - AltLd - 2010
Hidden - 2010
colinthrelfall - 2010
cragmanuk - 2009 with Andy Kipling
windy100 - 2009
Neil Adams - AltLd O/S - 29/Mar/08 with Malcolm
Hidden - AltLd dnf - 27/Mar/08
simon_D - 2nd O/S - 27/Mar/08 with George McEwan, Andy Johno
sadams - 2nd - 24/Mar/08 with Eric Hildrew
Hidden - Lead O/S - 23/Mar/08
Greg Boswell - Lead O/S - Mar/08 with Bommer Harris
Hidden - 2008
Hidden - 2007
innesmac - 2007
nakedave - 2nd - 2006
Hidden - 2006
jaggy bunnet - AltLd - 06/Apr/05
Stuart Macfarlane - AltLd O/S - 13/Mar/05 with Paul
Hidden - 2nd O/S - Mar/05
Route I'd always dreamed of doing, bit of a let down but still a good day out
AndyH1710 - 2nd O/S - Mar/05 with Jason Day
Hidden - AltLd O/S - Mar/05
Ann S - 2nd - Mar/05 with Guide -Dave Hollinger
sgl - AltLd O/S - 28/Feb/05 with Konnie
Hidden - AltLd O/S - 28/Feb/05
The Bad Cough - AltLd O/S - 25/Feb/05 with Paul Beacall
Hidden - 2nd - 22/Feb/05
Dave Latimer - AltLd O/S - 20/Feb/05
centurion05 - 2nd O/S - Feb/05 with Dan Carroll
seanyt - Lead - Feb/05
Nick Wallis - AltLd O/S - 2005
Hidden - AltLd - 10/Dec/04
Chris L Hill - 2nd - 22/Feb/04 with Di Gilbert, Stuart Shaw
Hidden - AltLd O/S - 2004
Hidden - Lead - 2002
Hidden - Lead O/S - 26/Jan/01
vivid memory of watching the water under the ice and of water spurting over my axe head before starting the rising bulging traverse on the third pitch.
Dave Almond - Solo - Jan/01
Hidden - Jan/01
GMcE, my axe broke while leading crux pitch
plain kitten - 2001
220bpm - AltLd O/S - Mar/00 with Alan
NickJH - Lead O/S - Feb/00
Hidden - Lead - Feb/00
Hidden - AltLd O/S - 2000
Hidden - Lead - 13/Mar/99
Hidden - 2nd dnf - 10/Mar/99
As part of course.
cem - 2nd - 24/Feb/99 with Phil ?, Simon P
Hidden - 2nd - 14/Feb/99
Dave Kerr - Lead - 10/Feb/99 with Craig Proctor
Hidden - Lead - Feb/99
Hidden - AltLd O/S - Feb/99
Hidden - Lead - 1999
Hidden - AltLd - 1999
nickdonohue - Lead - 10/Mar/98
Hidden - 01/Mar/98
Hidden - Mar/98
AB1965 - AltLd - 19/Feb/98
phardman - Feb/96
Marti999 - Lead - Mar/95
tlr - AltLd - Jan/95 with Nick
alkira - 26/Apr/94
Mick King - Lead - 16/Apr/94 with Stu Hardacre
Hidden - AltLd - 09/Apr/94
TheAndyBarker - AltLd - Jan/94
frost - Lead - 1992
OMSKB - 2nd - 11/Feb/91
Had been well hacked, so mostly hooking.
craig h - AltLd - Jan/91 with Nick D
Hidden - Solo - 15/Mar/89
Hidden - Lead - Feb/89
Hidden - Solo - 06/Feb/88
Grezza - Lead - Feb/88 with JuJu
top half was steep
jlury - 2nd - Feb/88 with Nick Phillips
Hidden - 1988
Hidden - Solo - 21/Mar/87
Hidden - Lead - 24/Feb/87
scree - Solo - Feb/87
Hidden - AltLd - 12/Jan/87
ChrisJD - Lead - 06/Jan/87 with PeteC
I soloed it after my friend Colin Gourlay had soloed it. He had forgotten his tools, so I lent him mine and we tossed a coin for who would go first. I lost.
GaryK - Solo - Apr/86
John Marsland - AltLd - 21/Feb/86 with Dave Soles
Hidden - Solo - 08/Feb/86
Hidden - Solo - 07/Feb/86
Hidden - AltLd - 02/Feb/86
Hidden - 2nd - 01/Feb/86
Hidden - AltLd - 01/Jan/86
amcleish - 1986
jcw - 1986 with Roger Everett
Martin Haworth - AltLd O/S - Mar/84 with Dave Snowden
Bruce Kerr - AltLd - 14/Feb/84 with Dave Bartle
Gezzer - AltLd - 1984 with Steve Burns
Ghastly Rubberfeet - Solo - 1984
Mark Kemball - Lead - 25/Mar/83 with Aamir Butt
Hidden - AltLd - Mar/83
Howard J - 2nd O/S - 17/Feb/83 with Loch Eil Centre
mark-abz - AltLd - 14/Feb/83 with Walter P
Soloed in the Eighties with John Christie in wet conditions
Lone Rider - 1980 with John Christie
Good nick. John Page also on rope
David Smith - AltLd - 16/Feb/78 with Al Bennett
Climbed in full conditions! Desperate descent down No.5 gully and lost Bob on the walk out. Gavin & Dudley meanwhile retreated from high on Observatory Ridge and were helicoptered off the ridge on their next attempt, when Dudley fell and was left swinging in space!
Sean Kelly - AltLd - Jan/78 with Bob Milward
Hidden - AltLd rpt - 1978
Falko - AltLd O/S - 01/Feb/77 with Andy Parkin
Paul Clarke - 1975 with FMC