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Hidden 07/Mar -
Hidden 06/Mar AltLd O/S
stuart34 05/Mar AltLd


with fat erik
ErikAndersen 05/Mar AltLd O/S

Super memorable route. Very happy to not have fallen off.

with Stu
planetmarshall 28/Feb AltLd

Well traveled, seems to go on forever. Constructed a hanging belay halfway up the icefall. Not an approach I'd recommend.

with John McDonald
Rob Pitt 28/Feb AltLd O/S

Quite cruddy & hollow ice on the steep bits. Didn't get much in the way of worthwhile screw placements.

with Nick Arding
Hidden 28/Feb -
robgixer 27/Feb Lead O/S

Quite thin on the crux, and pretty steep! Solid V

mattnuttall 27/Feb AltLd O/S

Variable ice but the route is all there... Felt no soft touch for V today. Considered the Shroud which has formed but steep ice above the pillar looks of the same 'variable' hollow nature as on Boomers... Perhaps wise to wait.

Andrew Wilson 27/Feb AltLd O/S

Fantastic weather. Variable ice. Cruddy and hollow at top of steeper pitch. Could have been worse, I could have been "Dave" on Castle Ridge. Poor lad.

with Matt Nuttall
petecurt 27/Feb 2nd

First time on the Ben in winter! Totally immense. Poor Dave.

with Klaus, Florian
rob16 25/Feb -
with Matt Brook
Hidden 25/Mar/15 AltLd O/S
jaggy bunnet 21/Mar/15 AltLd

Stoater of a day, solid neve and great ice. Could not believe we were the only two teams in the whole Castle area today. Solo'd first pitch then finished and traversed across left and down Ledge Route.

bullwinkle 21/Mar/15 AltLd dnf

Hollow ice and poor ice screws so backed off. To continue would have effectively been soloing ... One to come back to!

with Bart
picasso 21/Mar/15 AltLd
tebs 21/Mar/15 AltLd dnf

Interesting reading the comments about it being in great nick on Saturday, we thought the opposite! I guess we all have fairly subjective assessments of risk. Pretty warm day, plenty of water flowing under the first pitch; lots of ice and even a couple of rocks came past our heads loosened by the sun above. Ice was chewy and fun to climb though. The second pitch I didn't get on but both Tim and Phil found worthless screws and a wobbly old peg coupled with thin and potentially delaminating ice. All in all too many things warning us off it so we bailed around 10 in the morning to find something higher up.

with Phil, Tim
Phil Ingle 18/Mar/15 AltLd O/S
Hidden 17/Mar/15 AltLd
morsy 17/Mar/15 AltLd
with peter berwick
Pete23 17/Mar/15 AltLd
with Stephen Mors
Dougbart 17/Mar/15 AltLd

Grate climb, in good condition led crux pitch on right had side

with Iain
steveb2006 16/Mar/15 AltLd

Climbed main ice fall in one pitch keeping left (easier groove on R in 1st half) gives a good sustained pitch.

with Mick Fowler
nevets1984 15/Mar/15 2nd O/S
marxk 14/Mar/15 -

Great conditions didn't seem too hard

Paul Figg 14/Mar/15 AltLd
with Andy Brown
Harry Holmes 14/Mar/15 Solo O/S
andyinglis 13/Mar/15 AltLd O/S

Shroud pouring with water so dropped down into this from 2 pitches up Harrisons.

Uisdean hawthorn 13/Mar/15 AltLd O/S
andymcronald 26/Feb/15 -

1st pitch very wet, water running off (Horrible wet Belay). 2nd and 3rd pitch cruddy ice with difficult placements. Route completed despite heavy spin drift. Descended ledge route in deep snow, gale force winds.

MrRiley 14/Feb/15 AltLd O/S

A lot of unconsolidated snow around but main ice pitches in great nick. Wasn't too happy with the screws on the crux (climbed left corner) but chewy ice made for first time placements so not too hard. Went right after ice pitches and finished up behind Carn Dearg summit buttress - long day!

Debbie Lee 14/Feb/15 AltLd
Hidden 14/Feb/15 AltLd
Lawrie Brand 11/Feb/15 AltLd O/S
with Mark Stevenson
Ken Applegate 08/Feb/15 Lead

Day of guiding, and it was brilliant.

with Jason
arose 07/Feb/15 AltLd

Good Ice on steep pitch. Not too hard. Neil found a good ice column up to the right too.

with Neil Adams, Helen Rennard
Neil Adams 07/Feb/15 AltLd O/S
with arose
abbeywall 06/Feb/15 AltLd
with SJ, FM
Hidden 06/Feb/15 2nd
Stuart the postie 06/Feb/15 AltLd
with Martin Welch, Stewart Anderson
centurion05 ?/Feb/15 AltLd O/S
with patch
Hidden 22/Jan/15 AltLd
centurion05 22/Jan/15 AltLd
with patch
Valaisan 24/Mar/14 AltLd O/S
with Al Walker, Pauline Kell
Hidden 06/Apr/13 AltLd O/S
Hidden ?/Apr/13 AltLd
DPaul 20/Mar/13 AltLd O/S

Better than Orion Direct,great mountain day!

with R.Asher
bob johnson 12/Mar/13 -
with Mike Pescod, Al Borrett
niallk 10/Mar/13 AltLd O/S

Great route. Crux was steep water-ice but forgivingly hooked (still a bit pmpy nonetheless). Led p1, 3 (as full-length pitch including crux), 5 etc. Snow plod at top goes on longer than anticipated.

with Drew Connelly
akhughes 07/Mar/13 Lead O/S


Andy Hewison 05/Mar/13 2nd

Crux ice pitch was steep and very pumpy! It was fat ice so went right up the middle of it. Went all the way to top out.

with Pete Jackson, Mark Chadwick
AB1965 02/Mar/13 -
Hidden ?/Mar/13 -
NickJH ?/Mar/13 AltLd O/S
with LiamG
Sam Simpson 24/Feb/13 AltLd O/S
with Helen Harrison
Mark Grist 24/Feb/13 AltLd O/S
with Nick Allsop
guy757 20/Feb/13 -
guy757 19/Feb/13 AltLd
with Vic
uncontrollable 18/Feb/13 AltLd O/S
with Max
alifin 18/Feb/13 2nd

Steep pumpy crux. Awesome route.

with Mike Pescod, Aidan Roe
Hidden 18/Feb/13 2nd
luckyjim 10/Feb/13 AltLd
with C Hossack, D Helm
JasonK 10/Feb/13 AltLd

Led pitches 1 and 3, giving Euan the crux. Great climb, but crux felt scary, although never that difficult. Windy day!

shugsan 10/Feb/13 AltLd O/S

Nice route with fairly intimidating crux. Was disappointed that I took the chicken line but that seems to be standard.

Hidden 06/Feb/13 AltLd
Hidden ?/Feb/13 -
Tom Campbell ?/Feb/13 Lead O/S
adie84 ??/2013 -
Hidden ??/2013 -
Martin Haworth 22/Feb/11 AltLd O/S

Great route, good lead by Andy on the crux, very steep ice. Carried on to the summit.

with Andy
Andrew Sloan 22/Feb/11 AltLd O/S

I led crux pitch; very steep for grade V and ice only about 6 inches thick in places so worth taking shorter screws. Finished up one of exit gullies in very unconsolidated snow....hard work.

PAJames ??/2011 -
Captain Solo 15/Mar/08 AltLd
with Ewan
jimdanson 11/Mar/06 Lead dnf

backed off due to lack of ice on crux

with danm
danm 11/Mar/06 AltLd

Led first pitch to cave. Crux not in, had to bail.

with Jim Danson
luckyjim ?/Apr/05 AltLd
with A Cameron
Lone Rider ??/1996 AltLd
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