Castle Ridge** III
[Ben Nevis awaits, 2 kb]No description has been contributed for this climb.

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Marq - AltLd O/S - 29/Mar/14 with Steve Mount

Hidden - AltLd - 29/Mar/14

Great little climb done in a couple of hours.
LJKing - Lead O/S - 29/Mar/14 with Paul Clarkson

Dizz - AltLd O/S - 29/Mar/14 with rob p

Harry Holmes - Solo O/S - 26/Mar/14

Ridge chosen as introductory route of week-long guided climbing at ICI Hut, Thawing conditions and huge cornices meant gully climbs at risk. Avalanche debris evident in all gullies. Topped out on Carn Dearg and returned to CIC Hut via Red Burn and Halfway Lochan. Poor visibility in low cloud and gusting high winds.
LogieNick - 2nd - 17/Mar/14 with Glenmore Lodge Ice & Mixed Climbing Ben Nevis

lovely climb and alpine conditions
phil64 - Lead O/S - 11/Mar/14

MIC
Tarquin - 10/Mar/14

johnrich - 2nd - 10/Mar/14 with Craig Quirk

philgriffiths - AltLd O/S - 02/Mar/14 with Rich Payne

Hidden - AltLd O/S - 01/Mar/14

Chris Hind - AltLd - 01/Mar/14

Quite blowy and spindrifty. Gully to the left avalanched twice. Went left at the crux for a more awkward pitch. Near whiteout at the top. Difficult descent.
Ronan O Keeffe - 27/Feb/14 with Damien Hawkins, Sean Martin

in around an hour, felt easy. nav'ed off
connor - Solo O/S - 27/Feb/14 with willey

wilkinscl - 26/Feb/14 with Ned

bob johnson - AltLd - 18/Feb/14 with Rich Ball

moved together for most of it. climbed the corner left of flaky chimney. maybe at grade 4? was good fun.
SUColdo - 16/Feb/14 with DStrawbridge

nice climb really good day
DStrawbridge - AltLd - 16/Feb/14 with colin

Hidden - Lead - 08/Feb/14

on Plas y Brenin "Scottish Winter Climbing" course
ian.ross.bnc - 2nd - Feb/14

Hidden - 27/Jan/14

Moved as roped pair for majority. High winds on summit ridge so retreated. Abseiled chimney and down climbed rest.
angry pirate - Lead dnf - 25/Jan/14

Hidden - Lead O/S - 13/Jan/14

Poor conditions.
ryan_d - AltLd O/S - Jan/14

Hidden - 2014

Hidden - 2014

Hidden - 2014

Deep wet snow. Icy higher up
arose - AltLd - 30/Dec/13 with Giles Cranston

Sam Simpson - AltLd O/S - 24/Nov/13 with Hannah Gibbs

Hidden - AltLd - 24/Nov/13

Hidden - AltLd O/S - 24/Nov/13

Nice variety of difficulty. Harder pitches are short, with easy scrambling in between. Thin conditions, especially on the flaky chimney! Awesome day out, finished with a wander to the top of Nevis.
Zoe Cockburn - Lead - 23/Nov/13

Brilliant route on a lovely day on the Ben despite forecast for freezing level at 1100m. Soloed most of this but let Matt lead the hard sections. Good start to the season.
Carol Goodall - 2nd O/S - 23/Nov/13 with Matt Dooner

Tom Redmond - AltLd - 23/Nov/13 with Joshua Willett

Hidden - 12/Jul/13

my first multi pitch lead in high winds and on wet rock, moved alpine style mainly and pitched wettest parts, was epic day done the climb in 3 hours 30 mins
Matthew Martin Wsm - Lead - 18/May/13

dry tooling not my thing
Jenny Hall - 2nd O/S - 03/Apr/13 with Louis

Mostly dry tooling.
Louis Hume - Lead - 03/Apr/13 with Jenny

Another great day at work. Route was good fun, the two trickier sections didn't really require axes today.
Ken Applegate - Lead - 21/Mar/13 with Justin

Lawrie Brand - Lead O/S - 20/Mar/13 with Sarah Laing

Hidden - 2nd O/S - 20/Mar/13

Splendid route, felt more like III,4 with the steep flaky chimney being the crux. Route finding straightforward, fun mixed climbing throughout.
thedatastream - AltLd O/S - 23/Feb/13 with J25

J25 - 23/Feb/13 with JP

2nd grade III of the week.. long 10 hr day (to the top out) with initial poor/foggy visibility which cleared by the time we had got on the route proper. lead both chimney pitches.
danny269 - AltLd - 23/Feb/13 with Louise

nich0las - AltLd - 17/Feb/13 with Kate (AC), Martin (AC)

With JH, MG, GC and AD
5eamuz - 2nd O/S - 17/Feb/13 with Gerard O'Sullivan

georgec - Lead - 17/Feb/13 with Alfie Donnelly

GOS - Lead O/S - 17/Feb/13 with Seamus McErlean

Hidden - 2nd O/S - 17/Feb/13

Hidden - Lead O/S - 16/Feb/13

Moved together, pitched the crux.
Eireannach - AltLd O/S - Feb/13 with Thomas O'Hagen

stuart90 - Lead - 24/Jan/13

Moving together with two pitches
ThomasO'Hagan - AltLd rpt - Jan/13 with Michael Campbell

Moved together for most, pitched the crux.
chrisicles - Jan/13 with Stuart

gateaublaster - Solo O/S - 2013

Hidden - AltLd - 08/Dec/12

No ice after strong thaw, just wet snow on ledges and bare rock on rock step sections.
El Plunge - AltLd O/S - 08/Dec/12

Shedloads of unconsolidated snow. Hard work.
Mr Fuller - AltLd O/S - 07/Dec/12 with Joe Barker

bigredsquirrel - 2nd - 07/Dec/12 with Paul Gibbison

riven - AltLd - 07/Dec/12 with Matt Fuller

Nigel Coe - AltLd - 05/Dec/12 with Andy March

Hidden - AltLd O/S - 01/Dec/12

Hidden - AltLd O/S - 01/Dec/12

Hannah Evans - AltLd - 01/Dec/12 with Dave Buckett

Ben Sharp - Lead - 30/Nov/12 with robbie

Hidden - 2nd - 30/Nov/12

Hidden - AltLd O/S - 19/Aug/12

Hidden - Solo O/S - 02/Mar/12

Tim_Gomersall - AltLd - Mar/12 with ANNA

Anna_wells - Mar/12 with TIM

a fair bit of powder snow, no frozen turf made for slowish going. the crux is like a punch in the gut after mainly II terrain!
franksnb - AltLd O/S - 19/Feb/12 with euan, rury

Very lean, and lots of scratching around on rock, but very nice. Moved together for the first and last few pitches.
Ly-Cilph - AltLd O/S - 12/Feb/12 with David P (CMC)

Warm weather and soft snow but still an enjoyable day out and a cracking route. I lead 3 pitches including the crux.
abercolin - AltLd O/S - 11/Feb/12 with James Heptenstall, Simon Palmer

deklan - AltLd - 07/Feb/12 with sam, julie

Hidden - Lead - 06/Feb/12

son of thor - 2nd - 05/Feb/12

Snow conditions not too helpful but a good day. Last pitch proved to be the crux and was hard. Justified a IV grade. Maybe off route but whatever, IV.
glaramara - Lead - 29/Jan/12 with james

ThomasO'Hagan - 2nd - Jan/12 with Jonny Parr

Hidden - Lead - Jan/12

Hidden - 2012

Narked4fun - 2012

fantastic!great day out(thin lower down,good neve further up,turf soft!)
tomshanti - 2nd O/S - 30/Dec/11 with spike sellers

Great route, but a bit harder than expected. More difficult than Tower Ridge when I climbed it last year in good conditions.
Clay C - AltLd O/S - 30/Dec/11 with Harry K

Really great day out, conditions a bit thin in places, some really nice climbing to be had on the second crux in particular
R_W_M - Lead O/S - 30/Dec/11 with Steve C

In pretty good and fat condition, although the snow was less consolidated on the second half of the route. Crux chimney quite rimed up.
JamesRoddie - Solo - 15/Dec/11

bottom half rock scramble, top half full winter conditions
Simonfarfaraway - AltLd - 14/May/11 with Paul

started as a scramble. Forced to put crampons on higher mup due to fresh falling snow. Not properly in condition. Good higher up on the ridge.
Tom Campbell - 03/Apr/11

Daniel Wrightson - 20/Mar/11 with Paul Winder, Jason Shuttleworth

First Scottish Climb! The walk back round to the Hut was more exhausting then the climb!
Chris Perry - 2nd - 19/Mar/11

first real mixed route, lead all, move together aprt from on the two crux pitches which seemed a big step up from the grade 2 the previous day, snow was unconsolidated.
carl_123 - Lead O/S - 18/Mar/11

colenn - AltLd - 17/Mar/11

Superb!
liamo333 - AltLd - 17/Mar/11 with colenn

robgixer - AltLd - Mar/11

A tad warm, snow a bit soft lower down but some useful ice left, improved with height.
Captain Solo - Solo - 22/Feb/11

Hidden - AltLd - 21/Feb/11

tobydunford - Lead O/S - 20/Feb/11

Hidden - Lead O/S - 17/Feb/11

Hidden - AltLd - 10/Feb/11

Hidden - Lead - Feb/11

brilliant! awesome outlook down the valley from the upper section
tomdude - 21/Jan/11 with joe dowsett

Hidden - AltLd O/S - 20/Jan/11

Hidden - AltLd - 02/Jan/11

mr rob - AltLd O/S - 2011 with Jordan

PAJames - 2011

Hidden - 2011

Hidden - Solo - 2011

darcan - AltLd - 2011

Very enjoyable route, good conditions. Better than tower ridge in my opinion. A strong crosswind made the crux much more enjoyable than it would otherwise have been.
adw07 - AltLd O/S - 18/Dec/10 with Duncan

Good nick for November
John Workman - 2nd - 21/Nov/10 with Apprentice

Hidden - Solo O/S - 20/Nov/10

JYates - Lead O/S - 20/Nov/10 with Malcom Jessop

Hidden - Solo O/S - 20/Nov/10

AMarchant - Solo - 20/Nov/10 with Frank Palmer, Ally Hurst

Hidden - Solo dnf - 14/Nov/10

BobbyMotherwell - Lead O/S - Aug/10 with Peter Dorrington

kenneM - AltLd - Apr/10 with Davey Luke

not great conditions
Phil Jennings - AltLd O/S - 13/Mar/10 with Fergus Cuthill, Calum Cuthill

carpguru - 2nd - 12/Mar/10

Slushy snow, almost no ice and very, very warm. A great day out and a super fun ridge with two well defined cruxes.
Alexandre Buisse - AltLd O/S - 06/Mar/10 with Ben Coe

Hidden - AltLd - 03/Mar/10

moved together, pitched the two chimneys and the narrows. Thought this was hard for grade III, it may have been the conditions though - unconsolidated powder, little ice and dry tooling through both cruxes
viking - AltLd O/S - Mar/10 with rick

Hidden - Lead O/S - 22/Feb/10

gareth scott borthwick - AltLd - 21/Feb/10 with tom thorn

Hidden - AltLd O/S - 21/Feb/10

Started as Alt. Leads but Simon lead the two crux pitches.
Caspar - 2nd - 16/Feb/10 with Simon Reynolds

andybroadway - AltLd O/S - 06/Feb/10 with Simon Taylor

Deep powder.
mgg - 04/Feb/10 with KW

Hidden - AltLd - 04/Feb/10

Hidden - AltLd dnf - 30/Jan/10

Hidden - 2nd O/S - 23/Jan/10

Spence22 - AltLd O/S - 17/Jan/10 with Ed

Hidden - AltLd - 2010

pratty25 - 2010

centurion05 - 2010

KKilroy - AltLd - 2010

Dougie Harvey - AltLd O/S - 26/Dec/09 with Finlay Wild

Hidden - Lead dnf - 22/Dec/09

Thin with sketchy ice patches. Topped out as it got dark and the wind picked up. Descent via Red Burn.
Merlin - AltLd O/S - 06/Dec/09 with Alex Kelly

graeme gatherer - Nov/09

Gorgeous sunny calm day. had the factor 25 on! An excellent ridge scramble, well worth the trip up. We camped near the cic hut so we could grab another route next day.
Malcolm Auchie - Solo - 29/Jun/09 with Adele Martin

Karlos - AltLd O/S - 08/Apr/09 with Mark B

chalk monster - AltLd - 08/Apr/09 with Karlos

Full on winter conditions; heavy winds, deep powder and spindrift made for an exciting day! Great route, really enjoyed the exposed chimney pitch - great torquing moves, certainly would be easier in better nick, might have warranted technical grade 4 as climbed.
alifin - 2nd - 08/Mar/09 with Guide + Aidan Roe

NeilGriffiths - Mar/09 with Simon Frost

frost - AltLd - 21/Feb/09 with N Griffiths

Ridge completely bare after thaw. Wet slippery rock not much fun, bailed off the route into north castle gully.
Poco Loco - Lead dnf - 19/Feb/09 with Richard Roberts

oliverthomp - AltLd - 17/Feb/09 with Craig kitching

Hidden - AltLd - 16/Feb/09

Climbed 60m ice pitch to gain the ledge leading to the ridge. Grade IIIish. Good way to start route.
tommytuffa - 08/Feb/09 with Miles

Hidden - AltLd - Jan/09

Ross McGibbon - 2009

mickd - AltLd - 2009

morsy - AltLd - 14/Dec/08 with gerhard mors

KerryClimbing - Lead - Dec/08

Hidden - AltLd - 23/Mar/08

Fantastic. A brilliant route.
Only a hill - Lead O/S - 19/Mar/08 with James Roddie

Tom Stoddart - 18/Mar/08 with Tom Slade, Iain Leverett, David Battley, James Wright

Hidden - Lead - 16/Mar/08

Most of the route was very straightforward and enjoyable. Climbed in the conditions we had on Saturday though the crux pitch was difficult and demanding - don't have a lot of experience with mixed grades but think around technical 4 - requiring determined use of dry tooling on vertical rock. With one or two exceptions ice axe placements were in good, solid cracks. Much of the snow too soft to be of any use. Crampon marks testify to ascents in much fatter conditions!
RobScotland - AltLd O/S - 16/Mar/08 with Gary Kinsey

Hidden - 2nd - 08/Mar/08

JamesRoddie - Mar/08 with Alex Roddie

Hidden - Lead O/S - Mar/08

AndrewJenkins - 2008

Hidden - 2008

smac - 2008

mike.moss - AltLd O/S - 2008

Snow down to 500m but the ridge was soggy and unfrozen. Bailed after the first 100m.
ed woods - AltLd dnf - 09/Dec/07 with Marshall

Rainy, greasy.
KevB - AltLd dnf - 27/Jul/07

A fine team effort with Nick Gardiner & Abby White following as a second rope. Great views from the top.
RiPomc - Lead - 26/May/07 with Julie Cooke

My 1st mountaineering route! Used some Alpine skills acquired in the Sierra Nevada. What fun (the ascent, NOT the descent!)
JCookie - 26/May/07 with Richard Plater

Hidden - 29/Mar/07

Hidden - 2nd O/S - 29/Mar/07

Hidden - AltLd O/S - Mar/07

Hidden - Feb/07

Hidden - AltLd - Feb/07

timmy-ts - 2007

peteetheridge - 2nd O/S - 09/Nov/06 with Mark Blackwell

Quite narrow a points - great day out!
mjwilson85 - Solo O/S - 16/Aug/06 with Matt Willliams

Hidden - AltLd O/S - 21/Jul/06

Hidden - AltLd O/S - Apr/06

PanzerHanzler - 2nd O/S - 12/Mar/06 with Ian Whitehead

Hidden - AltLd - 11/Mar/06

Unconsolidated snow, started at 1:00, finished at 4:30.
tom.e - AltLd O/S - 02/Mar/06 with Charlie Everett

Hidden - AltLd - 01/Mar/06

CJE - AltLd - 24/Feb/06 with Chris Haynes

Hidden - AltLd O/S - 19/Feb/06

NickJH - AltLd O/S - Feb/06 with SLambert

Zippy1999 - Lead - Feb/06 with Maggie Roche

beardy mike - Lead O/S - 2006 with Doug Oppenheim

DaleB - 2006 with JS

DaleB - 2006 with DG

Hidden - Lead O/S - 2006

Hidden - AltLd O/S - 2006

Hidden - 2nd - Nov/05

Alan Taylor - Solo - Apr/05 with Brambles/Baby Dragon/Keith Harper

icescrew - AltLd - Mar/05 with The Badger

Hidden - Mar/05

Chris L Hill - AltLd O/S - Mar/05 with Ed Cheadle

cliffy - AltLd - Feb/05 with Alan Turner

niall_mac - Lead - Feb/05 with Paul R

Hidden - AltLd O/S - 01/Jan/05

Group scramble in winter, not a lot of snow
climbingfoetus - Solo O/S - 11/Dec/04

AJM - AltLd O/S - Mar/04 with Alec Corio

John Kettle - AltLd - 2004

dan cowley - Solo O/S - 2004 with Angus Murray

JP guiding - another wet day out
Robbie H - 2nd - 10/Mar/03 with Jonathan Preston, Kevin O'Rourke

easers - AltLd - 07/Dec/02 with Doug Aitken

Hidden - AltLd O/S - 24/Mar/02

crowberry gully - 14/Mar/02 with Ross McGibbon

Hidden - 2nd - 30/Jan/02

DerwentDiluted - AltLd - Jan/02 with J. Ellson

Tarquin - 2002

Hidden - Lead - 2001

seanyt - Lead - Mar/00

Hidden - AltLd - 2000

ColdAndWet - AltLd - 2000 with Fran Williams

Jacob Ram - Lead - 29/Nov/99 with mike taylor

Jacob Ram - Lead O/S - 31/Dec/98 with anthony aylett

Dave Kerr - Solo - 19/Jul/98

Smith42 - Mar/98

Tarquin - 1998

As part of course
cem - 2nd - Feb/97 with Pieter, Maarten, Alan Kimber

Summer line. No snow on route until top of ridge. Scrambling in plastics, cracking route.
iskra2000 - Solo - 22/Jan/97 with Mark Smith

AB1965 - AltLd - 14/Mar/96

Marti999 - Lead - Mar/95

Hidden - AltLd - 15/Feb/94

Soloed except for one pitch. Chris's first "proper" winter route.
Iain Thow - Lead - 24/Mar/91 with Liz Jolley, Chris Dodd

Hidden - 1991

Pete Pozman - AltLd O/S - 24/Feb/88 with Dave

Hidden - Solo - 01/Dec/87

Hidden - Solo O/S - 1987

Campbell42 - AltLd - 31/Dec/85 with Adam Wainwright, David Stott, Kim Wainwright

Mark Kemball - Lead - 26/Mar/84 with Dave Hall, John Braithwait

Hidden - Solo - Mar/84

Richard Weller - Jan/84 with Tom

Jonathan Lagoe - UKC - AltLd - Mar/79 with Roger Wilson

Steve Woollard - Lead - Feb/76 with Norman Hoskins

auldscotal - Lead O/S - Apr/75 with Paul Murton

Paul Clarke - 1975 with FMC

Hidden - Solo - 14/Mar/71

David Smith - Solo - Mar/64

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