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Ticklists: Cold Climbs, 3 star Scottish winter.

abbeywall 09/May AltLd

Superb, 7 pitches. Led 2 and 5

with RL, K
JWrighty ?/May AltLd
AGoodi 19/Apr AltLd

3am leaving the hut. Went light weight, great route.

with Robin
Robertgiddy 19/Apr Lead

Great conditions although it's days are numbered. Should be good for a few more days though. Bullet hard ice but very stepped out. Not really much melting happening in the shade.

arose 18/Apr Lead

Still all there. Stunning day

with Clients
machars 18/Apr Solo O/S
Swiss Tony 18/Apr 2nd

Stunning alpine day on The Ben

GlennWatson 18/Apr AltLd
with Ken Christie
adamarchie 17/Apr AltLd O/S

Drove up from Larbert (after a couple hours' kip in the car) once Andrei had finished work. Just over 4 hours' sleep at the NF car park. 3am alarm. Into Observatory Gully approx 6am. Maybe climbing 7am? I (as usual) elected to lead the first pitch. First grade V ice lead! Felt brilliant. The Tech Machines were superb. (First climb with them > III) Never sketchy. 50m ropes, so belayed just before the final steepening, which Andrei led with some trepidation and 4 screw runners! Good steep climbing. He belayed a bit further up. I then ran it up to the beginning of the chimney pitch and re-belayed, then led the chimney. Very nice indeed. The rest was a mixture of III and IV ice plus plenty of neve. A real calf burner! Moved together to extend my last pitch (P9) by 15-20m to reach NE Buttress. Absolutely elating. Great views from the top too. Descent via Red Burn, then drive back to Larbert for night shift!

Hidden 15/Apr Lead
gear boy 15/Apr AltLd

excellent conditions, excellent route, with Rydell

Hidden 15/Apr AltLd
Webster 12/Apr AltLd O/S

lead pitches 1 and a bit (70m ish), and pitch 3. moved together to the top. great nick still.

Scotsken 04/Apr AltLd O/S

Brilliant, wanted to do this for years.

with Jamie Evans
Adamski1986 03/Apr AltLd O/S
Hidden 03/Apr 2nd
Tim Rodgers 03/Apr AltLd
mikewilson789 02/Apr 2nd O/S
with martin kydd
LakesWinter 02/Apr AltLd O/S
with AD
jamieevans ?/Apr AltLd
Brucemacrosson ?/Apr AltLd O/S

perfect day / conditions / partner - one of my best days in the mountains ever.

with David Small
Phil Ingle 27/Mar AltLd O/S

Amazing conditions, good ice right up at the top section. Bomber screws all the way.

with Max Cole
Hidden 26/Mar AltLd O/S
John Holden 21/Mar 2nd O/S

My hardest and probably the best winter route to date, however after around 1000ft of front pointing I still have killer calfs, two days later. Never the less, one of the very best days I have ever spent out on the hills, many, many thanks Charlie.

with Charlie Booth
Piers Harley 21/Mar AltLd

Simply brilliant!

with Dave Turner
Anna_wells 21/Mar AltLd
adie84 20/Mar -
Jack00 17/Mar AltLd O/S
with Olly
ollyroberts 17/Mar AltLd O/S
Col Kingshott 17/Mar Lead O/S

Really good condition.

luckyjim 15/Mar AltLd
with D Helm
Hidden 15/Mar AltLd
Hidden 14/Mar AltLd
elliptic 14/Mar Solo
Julian Prieto 14/Mar AltLd O/S
mrbird 14/Mar AltLd

led the snow pitches

mikeyjbs 14/Mar AltLd O/S
with Tony Seale
cliffy 14/Mar AltLd O/S
joe.91 13/Mar AltLd O/S

Great climb, combined the first two pitches into one 60m pitch. About 2-3 inches of crud on top of good ice meant I got a little nervous on the first pitch.

planetmarshall 13/Mar Lead

Fantastic climb, just keeps giving.

with Stephen Beard
Harry Holmes 13/Mar Solo O/S
Hidden 13/Mar 2nd
Hidden 13/Mar AltLd
davkeo 11/Mar Lead O/S

Alpine start. Great conditions and super climbing.

cearbhalld 11/Mar 2nd O/S

DK led two pitches then abseiled back down as the hurricane arrived.

arose 08/Mar Lead

Pretty soft. the corner/chimney pitch was essentially slush with a bit of ice either side.

with Clients
Hidden 08/Mar AltLd
martinbettridge06 ?/Mar 2nd
Charlie Zephyr Booth 28/Feb Lead O/S

clear skies no wind perfect ice! a gem of a day! shooting star while walking down as well

with john holden
davidbird63 27/Feb 2nd O/S

Great climb on good ice. Finished into white out and navigation went very well to get down the Red Burn. Dave led out with a long 'moving together' after three pitches. The final climb of a stay at the CIC blighted by bad weather. But, we'll be back!

with Zep Mouris, David Adcock
ten4dave 27/Feb Lead
DaveAtkinson 16/Feb AltLd

Long cold day lashed by spindrift on a great route. A couple of lakes 3s really wasn't enough prep. Good work Rod.

with Rod Strachan, jw
Hidden 16/Feb 2nd
Rod Strachan 16/Feb AltLd O/S

Superb winter route to try out my new axes. Will never climb with a pair of Pterodactyls again.

with jw, Dave Atkinson
tallpaulselfridge 15/Feb 2nd
Martin McKenna - UKC 15/Feb AltLd O/S
with Masa
masa-alpin 15/Feb AltLd O/S

Great ice conditions! Felt easy and well protected. Fair amount of spindrift, which covers dips on the ice, too. Ice under such snow was often found to be well hacked. Martin lead P1(60m),3(chimney,40m),5(60m),7(35m), and I lead P2(40m),4(60m),6(50m). We took the direct finish (P6) on the corner (IV, 5 in today's conditions; very well protected with screws). Varied and excellent quality route!

Dougbart 15/Feb Lead

Amazing! Grate ice. Deluged by spindrift in the chimney. Good top pitch.

with paul selfrige
arose 13/Feb Lead

Great route. Lead the steep sections with Scott leading most of the rest.

alexm198 12/Feb AltLd O/S

In 6/7 pitches (can't remember). Led everything except the short pitch before the chimney and the pitch after the chimney. First pitch is the crux at the moment, sustained and steep in places, lack of runners for the lower slopes also adds to the excitement! Chimney was awkward and a bit strenuous. Whole climb was varied and interesting throughout...better than Point Five?

andymcronald 12/Feb 2nd

With Louisa Reynolds and Ritchie Slessor. Fantastic climbing day, 1st pitch was crux pitch and vertical in sections. Tough going but amazing. 7 pitches in total and topped out into a windy Ben Nevis summit with almost no visibility. Back to North Face car park in darkness. Grade V.

Hidden 12/Feb 2nd
Andy Hewison 11/Feb AltLd

Great route, lots of water ice, good screw protection, squeezing through the chimney was good fun!

with Drew Connelly
bobpilgrem 10/Feb 2nd O/S

Awesome route in great condition.Final pitch a sting in the tail ! Left summit at 6pm with fabulous sunset and cloud inversion.Thanks Rick.

with Rick
Murilo Lessa 09/Feb AltLd O/S

Rhys lead the first pitch which is long but has good resting points. We simu-climbed a bit and managed to join both 1st and 2nd pitches. I did the 3rd pitch, the crack which is straight forward but nice anyway. We simu-climbed the rest of the route. 8h30 to and back the parking place. Nice day, very cool route.

with Rhys Macallister
hwackerhage 07/Feb -

Excellent conditions at the moment. http://graniteandice.blogspot.co.uk/2015/02/hadrians-wall-direct-v5.html

with Robbie Miller
niallk 07/Feb AltLd O/S

Led p1,3 etc.

with Willie
R0bbie 07/Feb AltLd O/S
rob16 06/Feb AltLd
with Matt Brook
Hidden 04/Feb 2nd O/S
chrisallan 02/Feb AltLd O/S
gingerking ?/Feb AltLd
stephen ashworth ?/Feb AltLd
with Mark booker
AGoodi 04/Jan AltLd O/S
with Robin
MarcusP ??/2015 AltLd O/S

Second party on the route. Gave the First party a full pitch of space, and were rewarded for this by getting clusterfucked by three separate teams up from England, who set up overlapping pitches, dragged their ropes over, under and generally all around us while we belayed, and gave my partner a nosebleed.

with Al, Will
Hidden ??/2015 -
Brian Pollock 30/Dec/14 AltLd O/S
with Luca
gallonj ?/Mar/14 2nd
prcleary ??/2014 -
cottoneye ??/2014 -
crowberry gully 27/Apr/13 -

Good ice, some soft snow and some neve in the higher parts of Zero. Warm and sunny on the summit with crowds of walkers

Hidden 08/Apr/13 2nd O/S
Nick Russell 06/Apr/13 Lead O/S

Sustained in the lower pitches, and it just keeps coming after that, with interest right to the top

Ken Applegate 05/Apr/13 Lead

Day of guiding. As good as the first time, and nice to climb it during the day (the first time, Tony and I intentionally climbed it during a very fine moonlit night).

with Ryan
Jasonic ?/Apr/13 -
Jasonic ?/Apr/13 AltLd
StuartCJones 29/Mar/13 2nd β

My first route on the North Face of Ben. Phenomenol! Can't wait to get back!

Ian Dunbar 16/Mar/13 Lead O/S

Great route, Mike swam against the unrelenting tide of spindrift on the chimney pitch. Ice on P1 bomber.

with Mike Davies
Ben Sharp 10/Mar/13 AltLd
with Tom
PAJames 05/Mar/13 -


alastairbegley 03/Mar/13 AltLd O/S


Slick 03/Mar/13 AltLd
Tubs 02/Mar/13 AltLd O/S

Same day as Orion and Point Five.

with Dave M
Hidden 01/Mar/13 AltLd O/S
Kirill 01/Mar/13 AltLd O/S
robertmichaeladams 24/Feb/13 AltLd
with Fiona
Ginger McGrath 24/Feb/13 Solo O/S
picasso 17/Feb/13 2nd
Hidden 16/Feb/13 AltLd O/S
Hidden ?/Feb/13 AltLd O/S
NickJH ?/Feb/13 Lead O/S
with R McGuiness
greglad ?/Feb/13 -
stuaart 01/Jan/13 2nd
with Michael Barnard, Neil Redgrave
captain ??/2013 -
Hidden ?/Dec/12 Lead O/S
Hidden 20/Feb/12 AltLd
morsy 19/Feb/12 AltLd
with gerhard mors
Hidden 19/Feb/12 2nd O/S
BorisVBlade 12/Feb/12 AltLd O/S
with Sam Thompson
khawk 11/Feb/12 AltLd O/S
with DT
Grezza 11/Feb/12 Lead O/S

softish ice at start of P2, otherwise sound conditions. Solid at top.

with Paul E
Hidden ?/Feb/12 2nd
peter neden ?/Feb/12 2nd
Liam FLeming ??/2012 -
Harry_Pymont 16/Dec/11 AltLd β
Hidden 02/Apr/11 AltLd O/S
Rick Ashton 28/Mar/11 AltLd

Felt very easy for te grade

with James calender
gripped01 26/Mar/11 Lead
with Si Moore
Hidden 19/Mar/11 AltLd O/S
galpinos 19/Mar/11 Lead O/S

Lead 1st, 3rd and the pitch after the snow slope. Great route.

with Dan
mike.moss 18/Mar/11 AltLd O/S
Hidden 18/Mar/11 2nd O/S
bob johnson 11/Mar/11 2nd O/S
with Mike Pescod
jameshiggins 06/Mar/11 AltLd O/S
with Francis Blunt
Crowley6969 06/Mar/11 2nd O/S
Big Lee 05/Mar/11 AltLd O/S

Good conditions. Lead all but the second pitch. Late start/finish on route due to wasting time queuing at the bottom of Point Five Gully.

with Mike Frodsham, Ryan Wilson
guyscott 05/Mar/11 AltLd O/S

Awesome fun! Amazing ice pitches in another day of stunning weather. The final 100m or so dragged a bit, but an incredible climb all in all. Very busy, with several teams climbing along side each other, but everyone was very friendly and in high spirits!

with Klas
Hidden 05/Mar/11 AltLd O/S
Hidden 05/Mar/11 AltLd
Hidden 01/Mar/11 AltLd O/S
Hidden ?/Mar/11 AltLd O/S
TeeBee ?/Mar/11 AltLd O/S
Hidden ?/Mar/11 Lead O/S
Ginger McGrath 28/Feb/11 AltLd O/S
with phil emerson
Heike 27/Feb/11 -

A bit mushy in places, but generally good. Proper winter conditions with spindrift etc, a nice quiet day on the Ben.

with Lester
henning82 27/Feb/11 AltLd O/S
johannes 27/Feb/11 AltLd O/S

Lots of spindrift on first pitch. Ice did not take screws well, in places I found good ice for screws after whacking off ~15 cm of crap ice. More solid ice near the top.

Phil Emerson ?/Feb/11 AltLd
Gibbo 29/Jan/11 AltLd

Rich led the hard stuff

robcrowther 10/Jan/11 2nd
Hidden ??/2011 -
Hidden ??/2011 -
Lone Rider ??/2011 -
Hidden ??/2011 -
Hidden ??/2011 -
Hidden ??/2011 -
Hidden ??/2011 AltLd
Dustin 22/Apr/10 2nd O/S
with Pat Ingram
Hidden 20/Apr/10 Lead
geoff.comley 18/Apr/10 AltLd O/S

Mark led first three pitches and i led next two with mark topping out on a windless summit plateau. Long route but climbing was amazing with good conditions

mark-abz 18/Apr/10 AltLd
with Geoff C, Alex
Ice Spider 15/Apr/10 AltLd
tjmillen 04/Apr/10 Lead
with dorine
Hidden 02/Apr/10 Lead O/S
Shuttsie ?/Apr/10 2nd
Hidden ?/Apr/10 Lead
jamestheyip 27/Mar/10 AltLd O/S

Good fat ice. Loads of spindrift.

with Alejandro Garcia
el cholo 27/Mar/10 AltLd O/S
niallk 20/Mar/10 AltLd O/S

First up after the thaw, so nice to do a 'fresh' route. Great ice for climbing at the bottom, less so for protection. Absolutely amazing styrofoam on the top pitch. Led 2nd, final and some snow pitches.

with Drew Connelly
gregor 15/Mar/10 -
The Bad Cough 13/Mar/10 AltLd
Pete Graham 13/Mar/10 AltLd O/S
with Luke Porter
rob1 13/Mar/10 AltLd O/S
with Andrea Sales
Hidden 09/Mar/10 AltLd O/S
Dave Searle ?/Mar/10 AltLd
with gav
tubby two ?/Mar/10 AltLd
with Thom
Hidden ?/Feb/10 AltLd
Hidden ??/2010 -
Hidden ??/2010 AltLd
colinthrelfall ??/2010 -
simon_D 28/Mar/09 AltLd O/S

Good quality and fat ice on p1,2 and chimney 4. Higher up ice a wee bit brittle and also some pure water ice bosses have formed (steep and hard!). Took us 8 hours on this route with faf and 7 pitches, belayed 5m short of summit as only had 50m rope lengths, do yourself a favour and take 60's! Great route!

with Neil Silver
Hidden 21/Mar/09 AltLd O/S
bullwinkle 21/Mar/09 AltLd O/S
with Bart
Hidden ?/Mar/09 2nd
luckyjim ?/Mar/09 AltLd
with D Helm
benclimbing ?/Mar/09 AltLd O/S
with Jamie Bankhead
jon22 10/Feb/09 AltLd
Ken Applegate 09/Feb/09 AltLd

Tony suggested a moon-lit climb, so having climbed Comb Gully that day, I headed home for an hour's rest, before heading back up, and climbing through the night. What a great route! Climbed in 7 pitches, topped out at 4am.

with Tony Shephard
Jamie B ?/Feb/09 AltLd
with Ben Cooling
Hidden 21/Apr/08 AltLd
Hidden 19/Apr/08 Lead O/S
Hidden 14/Apr/08 AltLd O/S
Hidden 14/Apr/08 AltLd O/S
Captain Solo 12/Apr/08 AltLd
with Ewan
Dave Thompson 07/Apr/08 AltLd O/S
with Mike Allison
Hidden ?/Apr/08 -
Hidden ?/Apr/08 AltLd dnf
alan wilson 24/Mar/08 AltLd

good ice all the way...crux on 1st pich bulge, second pitch steep start, chimney choked out...

with n smith
akhughes 24/Mar/08 AltLd O/S
with Steptoe
Nicos 24/Mar/08 Lead O/S
Sandy P 22/Mar/08 AltLd
with Andy S
dave o 22/Mar/08 AltLd O/S
with James R
Adam Booth 21/Mar/08 AltLd O/S
Ed Booth 21/Mar/08 AltLd
Hidden 01/Mar/08 AltLd
smac ?/Mar/08 AltLd O/S
with Richard Biggar
gaz.marshall ?/Feb/08 AltLd O/S
scott gibson ?/Feb/08 2nd
with john glendinning, steve lynch
Hidden ??/2008 -
Hidden ??/2008 -
Hidden 02/Apr/07 AltLd O/S
Joe Nunn ?/Apr/07 -

2nd V ice route - superb!

with Andrew Stokes
RobScotland 30/Mar/07 AltLd O/S
with jonnyb
Andrew Sloan 24/Mar/07 AltLd O/S

Steve badly cut by ice dislodged by higher parties, needed stitches at A and E. Superb conditions.

with Steve Grove
stokesrees 22/Mar/07 AltLd
with Joe Nunn
Rob Pitt ?/Feb/07 AltLd O/S
with Nick Arding
Hidden ??/2007 AltLd O/S
French Erick 17/Apr/06 AltLd O/S

Good route but miserable conditions. Super heavy duty spindrifts (or mini avalanches)threatening to pull us off with very sparse fiddly gear. Felt serious although the climbing is mostly easy. To round it up had to navigate out in full-on blizzard. An entertaining day out.

seanyt ?/Feb/06 AltLd
sgl 05/Mar/05 AltLd O/S
with Konnie
Hidden 05/Mar/05 AltLd O/S
danm ?/Feb/05 AltLd O/S

lead easier pitches - chimney, snow slopes and finish

with Graham
Chad123 ?/Jan/05 AltLd

Great route, three nice pitches at the bottom and then nice open, easy climbing. Topped out at sunset - lovely!

with Greg and Numpty
Hidden ?/Mar/04 AltLd O/S
Jim Haydock 13/Mar/03 2nd
with Dave Hollinger
frost ?/Mar/03 AltLd
with N Griffiths
Hidden ?/Mar/03 AltLd O/S
Hidden ??/2003 -
konacol 30/Mar/02 AltLd
with Dave Mitchell
Dave Kerr 09/Mar/02 AltLd
with John Watson
Hidden 31/Mar/01 AltLd
plain kitten ??/2001 -


graeme gatherer ??/2000 -
NeilGriffiths ??/1997 -
with Simon Frost
Hidden ?/May/96 -
Hidden 31/Mar/96 AltLd O/S
Hidden 16/Apr/94 Lead
Campbell42 11/Apr/93 AltLd O/S
with Kim Wainwright
pingora 11/Mar/93 AltLd O/S
with Shaun R, Blaggers
Hidden 04/Apr/92 Solo
Yourlead 29/Apr/91 2nd
with Graham Penny
Grezza ??/1991 Lead
Falko 24/Feb/87 Lead O/S

Had the worst hotaches of my life at the foot of this route! I remember the pain, even after 25 years. The climbing was brilliant thereafter.

with Al W.
Hidden 14/Feb/87 Solo
GaryK ?/Feb/87 Solo

Soloed it with Chris Forrest. I had just soloed Point 5 and he had just led Astral Highway, and we both fancied another route before descending. Excellent route in a great position.

Hidden 04/Feb/86 Lead
Bob ??/1986 AltLd O/S
Ghastly Rubberfeet ??/1985 Solo
Martin Haworth ?/Mar/84 AltLd O/S
with Scottish bloke
charlesmfrench 07/Apr/83 AltLd O/S


with Alan Bennett
charlesmfrench 07/Apr/83 AltLd O/S


with Alan Bennett
Steve Crowe 13/Jan/80 AltLd O/S
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