3rd time lucky, having got lost to the right of the ridge twice. We climbed in dry conditions, except for snow on the top out. Walked up to summit Ben Nevis, and then bum-sled home.
catherine.e.moss - 2nd β - 12/Jun/15 with James Whereat, Tom Lewis, Katie Baker, jon shaw, Basil Moss
Not really a winter climb today, we only had to put the crampons on for the descent....
paulh.0776 - 2nd - 09/Apr/15 with Ken Applegate
Ridge looked black from beneath, but lots of sopping wet snow on all of the ledges. Some of the corners were more difficult, since no longer banked out but not dry either, and ice remnants on some of the slabs. Watched The Shroud fall apart, with large avalanche causing some ice blocks to bounce all of the way into the approach gully - TAKE CARE. Mostly clear skies, but did clag over towards the end, and we made of mistake of trying to descend too early. Retreated, and headed up and over to the zig zags - much faster even with detour.
Karlos - Lead - 06/Apr/15 with Harriet
Harriet Stewart - 2nd - 06/Apr/15 with Karl
Woof, one of the most extreme days of our lives so far. Mary and me thought the route was easier than it actually was. We managed to solo 2/5 of the route probably. At one point we got stuck, cos the route got too steep and I tried to lead it, but didn't manage to pas one move, so we decided to just sit and wait for the boys to appear at the top and throw us the rope. An hour later, nothing.. I then decided to try and lead it again, this time I took a crampon off to help me pass the move. It was very scary as a lot of rock and its features were covered with snow or thin ice. I managed to get up that pitch and Mary came after me. On top we realised that the climbs ahead were too hard for us. We called the boys to ask when they are coming and turned out that they were having trouble on the Castle Ridge and they had started retreating. Our hopes shattered. We told them we were stuck and we'd try to abseil down. We did that and at the bottom of that pitch the rope got stuck. So I climbed back up again to untangle it and by then the Mountain rescue were trying to contact us. We communicated back and forth for a bit less than an hour and just before 8pm a helicopter came to pick us up. It was boys that called them as they were extremely worried about us. So after a 14 hour day, me and Maria were safe and warm in Lochaber mountain rescue place in Fort William. So many different emotions that day :)
bazilikiukas - Solo dnf - 29/Mar/15 with Mary
sambosanquet101 - Lead O/S - 21/Feb/15 with Ian Goldsborough, Chris Rushe
Much more fresh snow than I had appreciated. Waded to the bottom of the ridge. Waded up the lower slabs. Had hoped conditions would improve as ridge became more defined, but even easy sections were time consuming under powder. Route still do-able, but opted for sensible retreat rather than all day struggle.
Karlos - Solo dnf - 20/Feb/15 with Random
Stuart Wildman - AltLd - 19/Feb/15 with Neil
A good route with minor difficulties. Traverse off towards Red Burn mildly unpleasant with strong SW wind firing ice in to face. Conditions on route good with enough ice/snow, despite recent thaw.
Lumbering Oaf - AltLd O/S - 19/Feb/15 with James Hoyes
Good conditions. Led the crux pitch. Not difficult.
Hoyes - AltLd O/S - 19/Feb/15 with Matt B
JHiley - Lead - 17/Feb/15 with PCC
Durkules - 2nd - 16/Feb/15
Hidden - 2nd - 16/Feb/15
Hidden - AltLd O/S - 14/Feb/15
Hidden - AltLd - 07/Feb/15
tomowen13 - 2nd - 07/Feb/15 with Ben Paske
BPaske - Lead - 07/Feb/15 with Tom Owen
Moved together, except for exposed corner, which made for excellent mixed moves. Fantastic route, complete in quick time.
Karlos - Solo - 05/Feb/15 with Husky Tom, Paul Cubbins
The Bad Cough - Lead O/S - 05/Feb/15 with Tom Simpson, Karl Stewart
Hidden - Lead O/S - 03/Jan/15
BUZZ1984 - Lead - 29/Dec/14 with LucyG
Not in great condition, lots of loose powder and nothing consolidated. Felt a lot harder than grade III
laurence_falconer - Lead - 28/Dec/14 with Ben Caley
bencaley - 2nd O/S - 28/Dec/14 with Laurence Falconer
Lead 60m or so in total, soloed the rest. Good fun despite depths of powder.
Cameron94 - 13/Dec/14
Hidden - Lead - Dec/14
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
Hidden - 10/Mar/14
johnrich - 2nd - 10/Mar/14 with Craig Quirk
Hidden - AltLd O/S - 02/Mar/14
Hidden - AltLd O/S - 01/Mar/14
Hidden - 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
great fun. seen 4 big avalanches to the left very glad we chose to do the ridge rather than the gully...
hoppojoe7 - AltLd O/S - 13/Feb/14 with stuart honick
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
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
Hidden - 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
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
Hidden - 2nd - 16/Feb/10
andybroadway - AltLd O/S - 06/Feb/10 with Simon Taylor
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
Made a right pigs ear of this climbed. Wore/didn't wear crampons at the wrong time, pitched bits we didn't need to. Total epic, went dark on route, longest day out. Ever!
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
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
konacol - AltLd - 21/Jan/06 with Robert McMurray
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 Simpson - AltLd O/S - Mar/04 with Yan
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
Hidden - 18/Jan/03
Hidden - AltLd - 07/Dec/02
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
Hidden - 2002
Pleasant ascent mostly moving together, apart from 2 pitches. Failed on Boomers Requiem (and Reaburns Buttress) earlier in day (poor thin ice). Enough daylight now to allow a late start of the ridge. Good day, prolonged clear spells on plateau in afternoon
steveb2006 - Lead - 07/Apr/01 with Ian Cartwright
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
Hidden - 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
Hidden - Solo O/S - Feb/94
Hidden - Lead - Jan/93
powder. one hard pitch in a kind of flakey corner. soloed the rest.
jlury - 2nd - 15/Nov/91 with Wolfgang Klein
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
First route on Ben Nevis. Started from lowest rocks, climbing the lower wall to the ridge. Crux felt quite
steveb2006 - AltLd - 01/Mar/83 with Mick Brown
Jonathan Lagoe - UKC - AltLd - Mar/79 with Roger Wilson
Hidden - Lead - Feb/76
auldscotal - Lead O/S - Apr/75 with Paul Murton
Hidden - 1975
Hidden - Solo - 14/Mar/71
uphillnow - Solo - Mar/64