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.
andymcronald - 26/Feb/15
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! http://www.mistymountainhop.net/2015/02/west-is-best-classic-ice-on-ben-nevis/
MrRiley - AltLd O/S - 14/Feb/15 with Debbie Lee
Hidden - AltLd - 14/Feb/15
Hidden - AltLd - 14/Feb/15
Lawrie Brand - AltLd O/S - 11/Feb/15 with Mark Stevenson
Day of guiding, and it was brilliant.
Ken Applegate - Lead - 08/Feb/15 with Jason
Good Ice on steep pitch. Not too hard. Neil found a good ice column up to the right too.
arose - AltLd - 07/Feb/15 with Neil Adams, Helen Rennard
abbeywall - AltLd - 06/Feb/15 with SJ, FM
Hidden - 2nd - 06/Feb/15
Stuart the postie - AltLd - 06/Feb/15 with Martin Welch, Stewart Anderson
Hidden - AltLd O/S - 06/Apr/13
Hidden - AltLd O/S - 20/Mar/13
bob johnson - 12/Mar/13 with Mike Pescod, Al Borrett
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.
niallk - AltLd O/S - 10/Mar/13 with Drew Connelly
akhughes - Lead O/S - 07/Mar/13
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.
Andy Hewison - 2nd - 05/Mar/13 with Pete Jackson, Mark Chadwick
AB1965 - 02/Mar/13
Hidden - Mar/13
NickJH - AltLd O/S - Mar/13 with LiamG
Sam Simpson - AltLd O/S - 24/Feb/13 with Helen Harrison
The Grist - AltLd O/S - 24/Feb/13 with Nick Allsop
guy757 - 20/Feb/13
guy757 - AltLd - 19/Feb/13 with Vic
uncontrollable - AltLd O/S - 18/Feb/13 with Max
Steep pumpy crux. Awesome route.
alifin - 2nd - 18/Feb/13 with Mike Pescod, Aidan Roe
Hidden - 2nd - 18/Feb/13
luckyjim - AltLd - 10/Feb/13 with C Hossack, D Helm
Led pitches 1 and 3, giving Euan the crux. Great climb, but crux felt scary, although never that difficult. Windy day!
JasonK - AltLd - 10/Feb/13 with Euan Boyd
Nice route with fairly intimidating crux. Was disappointed that I took the chicken line but that seems to be standard.
shugsan - AltLd O/S - 10/Feb/13 with Jason King
Hidden - AltLd - 06/Feb/13
Hidden - Feb/13
Tom Campbell - Lead O/S - Feb/13
adie84 - 2013
Hidden - 2013
Great route, good lead by Andy on the crux, very steep ice. Carried on to the summit.
Martin Haworth - AltLd O/S - 22/Feb/11 with Andy
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.
Andrew Sloan - AltLd O/S - 22/Feb/11
PAJames - 2011
Captain Solo - AltLd - 15/Mar/08 with Ewan
backed off due to lack of ice on crux
jimdanson - Lead dnf - 11/Mar/06 with danm
Led first pitch to cave. Crux not in, had to bail.
danm - AltLd - 11/Mar/06 with Jim Danson
luckyjim - AltLd - Apr/05 with A Cameron
Lone Rider - AltLd - 1996