5 quite hard pitches followed by a long romp to the top. Great reintroduction to mixed, eccellent conditions, particularly high up. Would be desperate under powder
RKernan - AltLd O/S - 08/Feb/15 with Conor Gilmour
this is long
gilmour_789 - AltLd O/S - 07/Feb/15 with Rkernan
Hidden - Oct/14
Ridge was in alpine condition, with quite a bit of bare rock & snow on ledges. Wore crampons throughout.
Ken Applegate - Lead - 31/Mar/14 with Mick
mjsmith1973 - 2nd - 31/Mar/14 with Ken Applegate
Harry Holmes - Solo O/S - 26/Mar/14
One of my longest days in the mountains at 16hrs. Hard for the grade with powder snow but probably a good route choice instead of the gullies!
kenneM - AltLd - 22/Mar/14 with Carl Davies
Slow going as there was lots of fresh snow, surprisingly little neve, semi-frozen turf, and ice that was mostly rotten. Didn't top out until 7.20pm. Tough day out but probably the best route on offer at the grade.
Big Lee - AltLd O/S - 22/Mar/14 with Alex Kelly
Hidden - AltLd O/S - 22/Mar/14
In fairly easy nic, seemed much easier than the last time I climbed this route very good all the same
easers - AltLd - 10/Mar/14 with Doug
Dougbart - AltLd - 10/Mar/14 with Iain
Hidden - AltLd - 28/Feb/14
Powdertastic slogging. A couple of grade 4 moves low down then just swimming upwards
arose - AltLd - 19/Feb/14 with Adam Macintosh, Graham Dawson
Mackinclimb - AltLd - 19/Feb/14
Hidden - 2nd O/S - 19/Feb/14
Awesome route. Exciting as there was no gear at all in the upper half.
alifin - 2nd - 18/Feb/14
Hidden - 2nd - 18/Feb/14
Very hard going unconsolidated snow aretes near the top and a real lack of gear on the whole route. Did well to get back to cic in daylight. Overall Hard
robgixer - AltLd - 20/Jan/14
Combination of pitched-climb and moving together. Due to powder, not much ice, unfrozen turf under a foot or more of snow high up on the route, climb was hard, gear was worse. We placed 15-ish gear in the entire route, including the (often poor) belays. Rob lead p1 (100m), P3, P5, P7 (100m), I lead P2 (10m; probable crux - above poor belay with no runner), P4 (80m), P6 (one tech-6 move). It took 7 hours for us to complete the route, back in the CIC just in daylight.
masa-alpin - AltLd O/S - 20/Jan/14 with Rob G
Hidden - 2014
radioshed - AltLd O/S - 12/Apr/13 with andy t
A great and varied adventure. Completely lost track of time and only just got back to the CIC without headtorches!
Thoms6974 - AltLd O/S - 12/Apr/13 with Matt
tom.e - AltLd O/S - 20/Mar/13 with Tom Powell
Mr Powly - AltLd O/S - 20/Mar/13 with Tom Everett
4* vote from me. Finished up Zero as the top part of the ridge looked buried.
Shaw Brown - AltLd - 24/Feb/13 with Loz
Bottom 3 pitches vergalsed slabs, quite hard for guidebook gade IV I though! Top half great condition. http://pjmountains.blogspot.co.uk/2013/01/10-01-13-ben-nevis-winter-climbing.html
PAJames - AltLd - 10/Jan/13
Hidden - Jan/13
Chris Reid - 2013
Stunning leading by Dave in difficult conditions. Unconsolidated in parts & several mini storms. Topped out after midnight. Happy to have made top of such a route!
EcoClimber - 2nd - 11/Apr/12 with Florence Larpent, Dave Barker
Ondrej lead cruxes. Moved together on the rest and finished up Zero Gully. Under quite a bit of powder with no useful ice at all. Probably V 5 today and harder than both the adjacent gullies but also probably ****!
Liam Ingram - AltLd O/S - 17/Mar/12 with Ondrej Mandula
GaryK - AltLd rpt - 14/Feb/12 with James Edwards
Narked4fun - 2012
Laura Hamlet - 2nd - 24/Jul/11 with Tim Hamlet, Chris W
liamo333 - AltLd - 19/Mar/11 with colenn
colenn - AltLd - 19/Mar/11
little snow on first two pitches so in easier condition. above that lovely climbing. climbed last 60m of zero gully
fatboyblim - 04/Mar/11
Unconsolidated. Great leading by Tim on harder pitches. Finished up zero gully, topped out at half ten
oliverk - AltLd O/S - 12/Feb/11 with Tim Clarke
Hidden - Lead O/S - 12/Feb/11
Unconsolidated snow. Backed off early.
robinsi197 - Lead dnf - 22/Jan/11 with Bryn
deep powder with no neve or ice to be seen, very slow progress with little gear so retreated. Better to wait till later in the season
adw07 - AltLd dnf - 20/Jan/11 with Mark Jarvie
Timo Austino - 2011
Hidden - 2011
scottveitch - 2011
rossn - 2011
bottom part of climb wasnt in winter nick, moved together without crampons until we hit the snow line then soloed the rest
Ginger McGrath - 13/Apr/10 with jonnie williams
Simon K - 2nd - 27/Mar/10 with AB, DK
AB1965 - 27/Mar/10
AB1965 - 27/Mar/10
Far more snow than last time. Felt trickier overall as some of the snow was a bit cruddy and also because I think I picked a harder variation to get to the top of the initial buttress. Finished up Zero Gully again as the upper buttress was plastered.
Andrew Barker - Lead rpt - 10/Mar/10 with John Barker
Hidden - AltLd - 03/Feb/10
butteredfrog - Feb/10
Captain Solo - AltLd - 23/Jan/10 with Ewan
Hidden - 2010
keith leonard - AltLd dnf - 2010
My mate said, what grade is this meant to be? It is at least two grades harder than that! Pointing at tower ridge..
Jasonic - 2010
centurion05 - 2010
plain kitten - Lead - 2010
Hidden - Lead dnf - 17/Dec/09
nicjbuk - AltLd - 18/Mar/09
rossn - 2009
Hidden - 2009
Amazing and Epic day out. Fairly good conditions but some hard rock sections to overcome. Topped out at 2:15am and spent night in the shelter on the Ben.
richw2k2 - AltLd O/S - 19/Apr/08 with Rob Grey
Excellent Route Epic in powder conditions!
rob1 - AltLd - 19/Apr/08 with Richard Wilkes
Dave Thompson - AltLd O/S - 31/Mar/08 with Mike Allison
Hidden - AltLd O/S - 25/Mar/08
Hidden - AltLd O/S - 25/Mar/08
Hidden - AltLd - Mar/08
One of Scotland finest winter routes, climbing at my limit on the day and topped out in the dark what a day out....
easers - AltLd - Mar/08 with Doug Aitken
sgl - AltLd O/S - 27/Feb/08 with gaz
gaz.marshall - AltLd O/S - Feb/08
Hidden - AltLd - 2008
Hidden - 2008
Day off from work with Tim Neil
davebrox - 2nd - 2008
RobScotland - 28/Apr/07 with oaf
Hard work even with the first few pitches on dry rock.
dan cowley - AltLd O/S - 01/Apr/07 with Neil and John
Fantastic weather and good climbing conditions
rossn - AltLd O/S - 19/Feb/07 with Nick Bryan
Hidden - AltLd O/S - 03/Feb/07
tumbling wizard - Lead dnf - Feb/07
timmy-ts - 2007
Hidden - AltLd O/S - 22/Mar/06
Hardest of the Nevis ridges falls.
nicholas Barrowclough - AltLd - 10/Mar/06 with Tim Davies
Guided ascent, dropped into Zero for last two pitches.
Robbie H - 2nd - 08/Mar/06 with Richard Bentley
decs - AltLd - Mar/06 with Tom
Desperate powder conditions.
Scary pull over onto the tower.
Filled my pants looking down at the long runout.
Conan - Lead - Feb/06 with Keith W
Hidden - AltLd O/S - Jan/06
Hidden - AltLd dnf - 2006
Hidden - 2006
francis blunt - AltLd - 2006 with Joe Williams
with Russell too. Bloody desperate.
KeithW - 2nd O/S - Mar/05 with Conan
Guided- crampon popped and banged chest hard against rock-thought I'd pranged a rib so rather painful after that!! Did the finish which does not drop into Zero gully.
Ann S - 2nd - Mar/05 with Richard Bentley-guide MIC
Awesome route, with proper scale and atmosphere!
smac - AltLd O/S - Mar/05 with Richard Biggar
Hidden - Lead O/S - Jan/05
Nick Wallis - AltLd O/S - 2005
Snow was a bit thin low down but plenty higher up. Finished up Zero Gully due to it being late. Topped out into a beautiful sunset at around 7pm.
Andrew Barker - Lead O/S - 31/Mar/04 with John Barker
Dirk Wallis - AltLd - Mar/04 with Grrr
nickdonohue - AltLd - Feb/02 with Mark McCarthy
NeilGriffiths - AltLd - Apr/01 with Bill Gregory
climbed with full bivy kit and slept in the summit shelter.
frost - AltLd - Feb/00 with J Hubbard
Hidden - AltLd - 2000
NickJH - AltLd dnf - Dec/95 with LiamG
TheAndyBarker - AltLd - Jan/94
Mark Dancey - Lead O/S - 1994
craig h - AltLd - Jan/89 with Nick D
Hidden - AltLd - 07/Mar/88
Hidden - AltLd dnf - 08/Feb/88
Hidden - AltLd - 09/Feb/87
An excellent day out, which culminated in Tommy getting lost on the golf course, the car being towed from the golf course by the police to get it started, and meeting Mark on the back of Mungo the Magnificent's enormous BMW motorbike at the roundabout in the Fort.
GaryK - AltLd O/S - Jan/87 with Mark Miller, Tom Curtis, Simon Yates
cornishmackem - 28/Feb/86
My first winter route of any note. Ironic since it required the full gamut of rock climbing moves - layback, jamming, mantles and rock-overs. Got off route at one point ending up in an steep ice gully on the West side - rope jammed round blind corner, Colin not amused! Great route.
allmag - 2nd - Feb/85
Campbell42 - AltLd O/S - Feb/82 with Frank Wilkinson
Pedro50 - AltLd - 10/Mar/80 with Pete Thexton
Ken Taylor - AltLd - 14/Feb/78 with Jonathan Lagoe
Paul Clarke - 1975 with FMC
mikej - AltLd - 08/Apr/69 with Wil Hurford
Bottom pitch rock, winter conditions higher up. Used rope on one pitch
David Smith - Apr/64 with John Grieve