Hadrian's Wall Direct*** V 5
[James on pitch 1 of Observatory Buttress, with Hadrian's Wall Direct in the background., 3 kb]300m. No description has been contributed for this climb.

Ticklists: Cold Climbs, 3 star Scottish winter.

Photo: James on pitch 1 of Observatory Buttress, with Hadrian's Wall Direct in the background. © Ken Applegate
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Superb, 7 pitches. Led 2 and 5
abbeywall - AltLd - 09/May/15 with RL, K

JWrighty - AltLd - May/15

3am leaving the hut. Went light weight, great route.
AGoodi - AltLd - 19/Apr/15 with Robin

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.
Robertgiddy - Lead - 19/Apr/15

Still all there. Stunning day
arose - Lead - 18/Apr/15 with Clients

machars - Solo O/S - 18/Apr/15

Stunning alpine day on The Ben
Swiss Tony - 2nd - 18/Apr/15

GlennWatson - AltLd - 18/Apr/15 with Ken Christie

Hidden - AltLd O/S - 17/Apr/15

Hidden - Lead - 15/Apr/15

excellent conditions, excellent route, with Rydell
gear boy - AltLd - 15/Apr/15

Hidden - AltLd - 15/Apr/15

lead pitches 1 and a bit (70m ish), and pitch 3. moved together to the top. great nick still.
Webster - AltLd O/S - 12/Apr/15

Brilliant, wanted to do this for years.
Scotsken - AltLd O/S - 04/Apr/15 with Jamie Evans

Adamski1986 - AltLd O/S - 03/Apr/15 with Tim Rodgers

Hidden - 2nd - 03/Apr/15

Tim Rodgers - AltLd - 03/Apr/15 with Adam Gregg

mikewilson789 - 2nd O/S - 02/Apr/15 with martin kydd

Hidden - AltLd O/S - 02/Apr/15

jamieevans - AltLd - Apr/15

Hidden - AltLd O/S - 27/Mar/15

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.
John Holden - 2nd O/S - 21/Mar/15 with Charlie Booth

Simply brilliant!
Piers Harley - AltLd - 21/Mar/15 with Dave Turner

Anna_wells - AltLd - 21/Mar/15

adie84 - 20/Mar/15

Jack00 - AltLd O/S - 17/Mar/15 with Olly

ollyroberts - AltLd O/S - 17/Mar/15 with Jack Colbeck

Really good condition.
Col Kingshott - Lead O/S - 17/Mar/15

luckyjim - AltLd - 15/Mar/15 with D Helm

Hidden - AltLd - 15/Mar/15

Hidden - AltLd - 14/Mar/15

elliptic - Solo - 14/Mar/15

Julian Prieto - AltLd O/S - 14/Mar/15 with Ian Clifford

led the snow pitches
mrbird - AltLd - 14/Mar/15

mikeyjbs - AltLd O/S - 14/Mar/15 with Tony Seale

cliffy - AltLd O/S - 14/Mar/15 with Julian Prieto

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.
joe.91 - AltLd O/S - 13/Mar/15 with Thomas Reid

Fantastic climb, just keeps giving.
planetmarshall - Lead - 13/Mar/15 with Stephen Beard

Harry Holmes - Solo O/S - 13/Mar/15

Hidden - 2nd - 13/Mar/15

Alpine start. Great conditions and super climbing.
davkeo - Lead O/S - 11/Mar/15 with Cearbhall Daly

DK led two pitches then abseiled back down as the hurricane arrived.
cearbhalld - 2nd O/S - 11/Mar/15 with Dave Keogh

Pretty soft. the corner/chimney pitch was essentially slush with a bit of ice either side.
arose - Lead - 08/Mar/15 with Clients

Hidden - AltLd - 08/Mar/15

martinbettridge06 - 2nd - Mar/15 with colk1000

Hidden - Mar/15

clear skies no wind perfect ice! a gem of a day! shooting star while walking down as well
Charlie Zephyr Booth - Lead O/S - 28/Feb/15 with john holden

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!
davidbird63 - 2nd O/S - 27/Feb/15 with Zep Mouris, David Adcock

ten4dave - Lead - 27/Feb/15 with David Bird

Long cold day lashed by spindrift on a great route. A couple of lakes 3s really wasn't enough prep. Good work Rod.
DaveAtkinson - AltLd - 16/Feb/15 with Rod Strachan, jw

Hidden - 2nd - 16/Feb/15

Superb winter route to try out my new axes. Will never climb with a pair of Pterodactyls again.
Rod Strachan - AltLd O/S - 16/Feb/15 with jw, Dave Atkinson

tallpaulselfridge - 2nd - 15/Feb/15 with Douglas Bartholomew

Martin McKenna - UKC - AltLd O/S - 15/Feb/15 with Masa

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!
masa-alpin - AltLd O/S - 15/Feb/15 with Martin Mc

Amazing! Grate ice. Deluged by spindrift in the chimney. Good top pitch.
Dougbart - Lead - 15/Feb/15 with paul selfrige

Great route. Lead the steep sections with Scott leading most of the rest.
arose - Lead - 13/Feb/15 with Scott Brooks

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?
alexm198 - AltLd O/S - 12/Feb/15 with Caspian James

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.
andymcronald - 2nd - 12/Feb/15

Hidden - 2nd - 12/Feb/15

Great route, lots of water ice, good screw protection, squeezing through the chimney was good fun!
Andy Hewison - AltLd - 11/Feb/15 with Drew Connelly

Awesome route in great condition.Final pitch a sting in the tail ! Left summit at 6pm with fabulous sunset and cloud inversion.Thanks Rick.
bobpilgrem - 2nd O/S - 10/Feb/15 with Rick

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.
Murilo Lessa - AltLd O/S - 09/Feb/15 with Rhys Macallister

Excellent conditions at the moment. http://graniteandice.blogspot.co.uk/2015/02/hadrians-wall-direct-v5.html
hwackerhage - 07/Feb/15 with Robbie Miller

Led p1,3 etc.
niallk - AltLd O/S - 07/Feb/15 with Willie

R0bbie - AltLd O/S - 07/Feb/15 with hwackerhage

rob16 - AltLd - 06/Feb/15 with Matt Brook

Hidden - 2nd O/S - 04/Feb/15

chrisallan - AltLd O/S - 02/Feb/15

gingerking - AltLd - Feb/15

stephen ashworth - AltLd - Feb/15 with Mark booker

AGoodi - AltLd O/S - 04/Jan/15 with Robin

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.
MarcusP - AltLd O/S - 2015 with Al, Will

Brucemacrosson - 2015 with David Small

Brian Pollock - AltLd O/S - 30/Dec/14 with Luca

gallonj - 2nd - Mar/14

prcleary - 2014

cottoneye - 2014

Good ice, some soft snow and some neve in the higher parts of Zero. Warm and sunny on the summit with crowds of walkers
crowberry gully - 27/Apr/13 with Andy Nisbet

Hidden - 2nd O/S - 08/Apr/13

Sustained in the lower pitches, and it just keeps coming after that, with interest right to the top
Nick Russell - Lead O/S - 06/Apr/13 with Will Attridge

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).
Ken Applegate - Lead - 05/Apr/13 with Ryan

Jasonic - Apr/13

Jasonic - AltLd - Apr/13

My first route on the North Face of Ben. Phenomenol! Can't wait to get back!
StuartCJones - 2nd β - 29/Mar/13

Great route, Mike swam against the unrelenting tide of spindrift on the chimney pitch. Ice on P1 bomber.
Ian Dunbar - Lead O/S - 16/Mar/13 with Mike Davies

Ben Sharp - AltLd - 10/Mar/13 with Tom

PAJames - 05/Mar/13

alastairbegley - AltLd O/S - 03/Mar/13 with Richard Nicholson, David Martinez Majo

Slick - AltLd - 03/Mar/13 with Alastair Begley, David Martinez Majo

Same day as Orion and Point Five.
Tubs - AltLd O/S - 02/Mar/13 with Dave M

Hidden - AltLd O/S - 01/Mar/13

Kirill - AltLd O/S - 01/Mar/13 with Paul Bolton

robertmichaeladams - AltLd - 24/Feb/13 with Fiona

Ginger McGrath - Solo O/S - 24/Feb/13

picasso - 2nd - 17/Feb/13

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

Hidden - AltLd O/S - Feb/13

NickJH - Lead O/S - Feb/13 with R McGuiness

greglad - Feb/13

stuaart - 2nd - 01/Jan/13 with Michael Barnard, Neil Redgrave

captain - 2013

Hidden - Lead O/S - Dec/12

Hidden - AltLd - 20/Feb/12

morsy - AltLd - 19/Feb/12 with gerhard mors

Hidden - 2nd O/S - 19/Feb/12

BorisVBlade - AltLd O/S - 12/Feb/12 with Sam Thompson

khawk - AltLd O/S - 11/Feb/12 with DT

softish ice at start of P2, otherwise sound conditions. Solid at top.
Grezza - Lead O/S - 11/Feb/12 with Paul E

Hidden - 2nd - Feb/12

peter neden - 2nd - Feb/12

Liam FLeming - 2012

Harry_Pymont - AltLd β - 16/Dec/11

Hidden - AltLd O/S - 02/Apr/11

Felt very easy for te grade
Rick Ashton - AltLd - 28/Mar/11 with James calender

gripped01 - Lead - 26/Mar/11 with Si Moore

Hidden - AltLd O/S - 19/Mar/11

Lead 1st, 3rd and the pitch after the snow slope. Great route.
galpinos - Lead O/S - 19/Mar/11 with Dan

mike.moss - AltLd O/S - 18/Mar/11

Hidden - 2nd O/S - 18/Mar/11

bob johnson - 2nd O/S - 11/Mar/11 with Mike Pescod

jameshiggins - AltLd O/S - 06/Mar/11 with Francis Blunt

Crowley6969 - 2nd O/S - 06/Mar/11

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.
Big Lee - AltLd O/S - 05/Mar/11 with Mike Frodsham, Ryan Wilson

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!
guyscott - AltLd O/S - 05/Mar/11 with Klas

Hidden - AltLd O/S - 05/Mar/11

Hidden - AltLd - 05/Mar/11

Hidden - AltLd O/S - 01/Mar/11

Hidden - AltLd O/S - Mar/11

TeeBee - AltLd O/S - Mar/11

Hidden - Lead O/S - Mar/11

Ginger McGrath - AltLd O/S - 28/Feb/11 with phil emerson

A bit mushy in places, but generally good. Proper winter conditions with spindrift etc, a nice quiet day on the Ben.
Heike - 27/Feb/11 with Lester

henning82 - AltLd O/S - 27/Feb/11

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.
johannes - AltLd O/S - 27/Feb/11

Phil Emerson - AltLd - Feb/11

Rich led the hard stuff
Gibbo - AltLd - 29/Jan/11 with Rich Abell

robcrowther - 2nd - 10/Jan/11

Hidden - 2011

Hidden - 2011

Lone Rider - 2011

Hidden - 2011

Hidden - 2011

Hidden - 2011

Hidden - AltLd - 2011

Dustin - 2nd O/S - 22/Apr/10 with Pat Ingram

Hidden - Lead - 20/Apr/10

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
geoff.comley - AltLd O/S - 18/Apr/10 with Mark Cadman

mark-abz - AltLd - 18/Apr/10 with Geoff C, Alex

Ice Spider - AltLd - 15/Apr/10 with Tony Barton

tjmillen - Lead - 04/Apr/10 with dorine

Hidden - Lead O/S - 02/Apr/10

Shuttsie - 2nd - Apr/10 with Andrea Sales

Hidden - Lead - Apr/10

Good fat ice. Loads of spindrift.
jamestheyip - AltLd O/S - 27/Mar/10 with Alejandro Garcia

el cholo - AltLd O/S - 27/Mar/10 with jamestheyip

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.
niallk - AltLd O/S - 20/Mar/10 with Drew Connelly

gregor - 15/Mar/10

The Bad Cough - AltLd - 13/Mar/10 with John Sealey

Pete Graham - AltLd O/S - 13/Mar/10 with Luke Porter

rob1 - AltLd O/S - 13/Mar/10 with Andrea Sales

Hidden - AltLd O/S - 09/Mar/10

Dave Searle - AltLd - Mar/10 with gav

tubby two - AltLd - Mar/10 with Thom

Hidden - AltLd - Feb/10

Hidden - 2010

Hidden - AltLd - 2010

colinthrelfall - 2010

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!
simon_D - AltLd O/S - 28/Mar/09 with Neil Silver

Hidden - AltLd O/S - 21/Mar/09

bullwinkle - AltLd O/S - 21/Mar/09 with Bart

Hidden - 2nd - Mar/09

luckyjim - AltLd - Mar/09 with D Helm

benclimbing - AltLd O/S - Mar/09 with Jamie Bankhead

jon22 - AltLd - 10/Feb/09 with The Bad Cough

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.
Ken Applegate - AltLd - 09/Feb/09 with Tony Shephard

Jamie B - AltLd - Feb/09 with Ben Cooling

Hidden - AltLd - 21/Apr/08

Hidden - Lead O/S - 19/Apr/08

Hidden - AltLd O/S - 14/Apr/08

Hidden - AltLd O/S - 14/Apr/08

Captain Solo - AltLd - 12/Apr/08 with Ewan

Dave Thompson - AltLd O/S - 07/Apr/08 with Mike Allison

Hidden - Apr/08

Hidden - AltLd dnf - Apr/08

good ice all the way...crux on 1st pich bulge, second pitch steep start, chimney choked out...
alan wilson - AltLd - 24/Mar/08 with n smith

akhughes - AltLd O/S - 24/Mar/08 with Steptoe

Nicos - Lead O/S - 24/Mar/08 with rich howels

Sandy P - AltLd - 22/Mar/08 with Andy S

dave o - AltLd O/S - 22/Mar/08 with James R

Adam Booth - AltLd O/S - 21/Mar/08 with Ed Booth

Ed Booth - AltLd - 21/Mar/08 with Adam Booth

Hidden - AltLd - 01/Mar/08

smac - AltLd O/S - Mar/08 with Richard Biggar

gaz.marshall - AltLd O/S - Feb/08

scott gibson - 2nd - Feb/08 with john glendinning, steve lynch

Hidden - 2008

Hidden - 2008

Hidden - AltLd O/S - 02/Apr/07

2nd V ice route - superb!
Joe Nunn - Apr/07 with Andrew Stokes

RobScotland - AltLd O/S - 30/Mar/07 with jonnyb

Steve badly cut by ice dislodged by higher parties, needed stitches at A and E. Superb conditions.
Andrew Sloan - AltLd O/S - 24/Mar/07 with Steve Grove

stokesrees - AltLd - 22/Mar/07 with Joe Nunn

Rob Pitt - AltLd O/S - Feb/07 with Nick Arding

Hidden - AltLd O/S - 2007

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.
French Erick - AltLd O/S - 17/Apr/06 with Stuart McFarlane

seanyt - AltLd - Feb/06

sgl - AltLd O/S - 05/Mar/05 with Konnie

Hidden - AltLd O/S - 05/Mar/05

lead easier pitches - chimney, snow slopes and finish
danm - AltLd O/S - Feb/05 with Graham

Great route, three nice pitches at the bottom and then nice open, easy climbing. Topped out at sunset - lovely!
Chad123 - AltLd - Jan/05 with Greg and Numpty

Hidden - AltLd O/S - Mar/04

Jim Haydock - 2nd - 13/Mar/03 with Dave Hollinger

frost - AltLd - Mar/03 with N Griffiths

Hidden - AltLd O/S - Mar/03

Hidden - 2003

konacol - AltLd - 30/Mar/02 with Dave Mitchell

Dave Kerr - AltLd - 09/Mar/02 with John Watson

Hidden - AltLd - 31/Mar/01

plain kitten - 2001

graeme gatherer - 2000

NeilGriffiths - 1997 with Simon Frost

Smith42 - May/96

Hidden - AltLd O/S - 31/Mar/96

Hidden - Lead - 16/Apr/94

Campbell42 - AltLd O/S - 11/Apr/93 with Kim Wainwright

Hidden - Solo - 04/Apr/92

Yourlead - 2nd - 29/Apr/91 with Graham Penny

Grezza - Lead - 1991

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.
Falko - Lead O/S - 24/Feb/87 with Al W.

Hidden - Solo - 14/Feb/87

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.
GaryK - Solo - Feb/87

Hidden - Lead - 04/Feb/86

Bob - AltLd O/S - 1986

Ghastly Rubberfeet - Solo - 1985

Martin Haworth - AltLd O/S - Mar/84 with Scottish bloke

Steve Crowe - AltLd O/S - 13/Jan/80 with SimonGee

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