Observatory Ridge*** V 4
[observatory ridge, 2 kb]420m. No description has been contributed for this climb.

Ticklists: Cold Climbs, Ben Nevis Ridges, Mountaineering in Scotland: in the footsteps of WH Murray, 3 star Scottish winter.

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This climb is in 118 logbooks, and on 64 wishlists.

jamieevans - AltLd - Apr/15

Big day out. Mixture of pitching, moving together and soloing. Not much in the way of useful snow, but okay when it needed to be.
Nath93 - AltLd - 16/Mar/15

mzchambers - AltLd O/S - 16/Mar/15 with Nathan, Brodie Hood

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

Smith42 - AltLd O/S - 22/Mar/14 with Lindsay Yule

Hidden - AltLd - 10/Mar/14

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

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

Hidden - AltLd - Mar/08

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

Smith42 - AltLd - 2000

NickJH - AltLd dnf - Dec/95 with LiamG

TheAndyBarker - AltLd - Jan/94

Mark Dancey - Lead O/S - 1994

Hidden - Lead - Jan/93

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

Hidden - 1975

mikej - AltLd - 08/Apr/69 with Wil Hurford

Bottom pitch rock, winter conditions higher up. Used rope on one pitch
uphillnow - Apr/64 with John Grieve

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