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
LakesWinter - AltLd O/S - 02/Apr/15 with AD
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
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
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
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
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
GMcE + RC
plain kitten - 2001
graeme gatherer - 2000
NeilGriffiths - 1997 with Simon Frost
Hidden - 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