Lou and Ollie led alternately. The first three pitches were steep but interesting with fantastic placements for your tools as the ice was in amazing condition. The angle softened a little towards the top and included more snow slopes. We exited left of the top cornice. My first grade V, just spectacular.
JenRoberts - 2nd O/S - 27/Feb/15 with Lou B, Ollie
Very, very arduous approach, deep snow in Observatory Gully - over 2 hours from CIC to base! Soft snow ice on route was very climbable but not so good for protection. Occasional spindrift avalanches, more especially lower down. Good peg and ice screw belays. 'Easier' pitches had deep snow / powder.
Rydell - 21/Feb/15 with Dan Shacklock, Chris Jakeman
First pitch, abbed off due to unworkable spindrift. Might as well have climbed in a blindfold.
JackM92 - Lead dnf - 15/Feb/15
phildawson - AltLd O/S - 14/Feb/15 with Ally Smith
robgixer - Lead O/S - 14/Feb/15
Hidden - AltLd O/S - 14/Feb/15
Wanted to do it for years, never ending! Difficulties are rather short lived.
joe.91 - Lead O/S - 13/Feb/15 with Thomas Reid
Hidden - 13/Feb/15
Bryce lead the first block of 3 - i did the rest. Fantastic route.
Karl Wooffindin - AltLd O/S - 13/Feb/15 with Bryce Rigler
lcullum7 - AltLd O/S - 13/Feb/15 with Simon Smith
Hidden - AltLd O/S - 13/Feb/15
Route was in excellent nic. Fat ice all the way up with a few sections being a bit hollow and crusty. Savage amounts of spindrift but good fun all round!
ernieb182 - AltLd O/S - 13/Feb/15 with karl wooffindin
mjsmith1973 - 2nd - 12/Feb/15 with Mike Pescod
flett53 - 2nd - 11/Feb/15
In 3 pitches and about 200m of moving together, led P2 (crux chimney). Caspian led Rogue pitch which was really enjoyable climbing. Route is pretty stepped out at the moment, sinker hooks everywhere too.
alexm198 - AltLd O/S - 11/Feb/15 with Caspian James
Hidden - AltLd - 11/Feb/15
Tdavy01 - AltLd - 11/Feb/15
Rickrick - 11/Feb/15
Absolutely fantastic day out. Perfect fat but stepped out ice. Lead pitch 2,3 and 5. First grade V and what an experience. Sunshine and cloud inversion on the summit, cant get much better than that!
MSchobitz - AltLd O/S - 10/Feb/15 with Paul Nairn
GlennWatson - AltLd - 09/Feb/15 with Ken Christie
so so good!
Stefan_Morris - AltLd O/S - 07/Feb/15 with AndrewJamesCherry
Brutal! Our first grade five, and felt pretty full value. Had a fair amount of spindrift and ice falling through the gully, enough to leave us nice and bruised!
AndrewJamesCherry - Lead O/S - 07/Feb/15 with stef morris
Lead p1, 3, 5; Colin p2, 4, 6. An early start, first team on it, 6 pitches all in, summit by lunchtime, and throughout excellent.
olekemi - AltLd O/S - 07/Feb/15 with Colin D
Hidden - AltLd - 07/Feb/15
Hidden - AltLd - 07/Feb/15
Hidden - AltLd - 04/Feb/15
Grand day out led 1st and 3rd pitch. In very good conditions
Dougbart - AltLd - 04/Feb/15 with Iain
Great day out in good conditions, approach top section a bit deeper and more slab about but felt fine, ice conditions great.
rob16 - AltLd - 02/Feb/15 with Matt Brook
alex toomey - AltLd O/S - 01/Feb/15 with craig holden
Craig Holden - AltLd O/S - 01/Feb/15 with Alex Toomey
Hidden - AltLd - Feb/15
savage spin drift spat us off at half height. great ice conditions and great fun, we'll be back.
j.buckley87 - Lead dnf - 24/Jan/15
dav_713 - AltLd - 22/Jan/15 with Andy Hague
Hidden - AltLd - 22/Jan/15
Hidden - AltLd - 22/Jan/15
nakedave - AltLd O/S - 22/Jan/15
Hidden - Lead O/S - 21/Jan/15
OwenF - AltLd O/S - 21/Jan/15 with Calum
Hidden - AltLd O/S - 19/Jan/15
Good ice & nice weather. 2.5hrs to climb.
jimmatthews - AltLd O/S - 19/Jan/15 with Ally Hurst
Hidden - AltLd - 17/Jan/15
First Grade V. Swapped leads until after the technical pitches when Andy had to do all the hard work... amazing ice but deep powder on the approach (inc 4ft crownwall at the start of P1) and also deep powder on last 2 pitches. V forgiving cornice though. Last 1.5hrs of the route in the dark. Descent via Core Leis.
Freddie 1 - AltLd O/S - 17/Jan/15 with Andyh83
Hidden - AltLd O/S - 17/Jan/15
Beyond good. Amazing route.
Andyh83 - AltLd O/S - 17/Jan/15 with Matt
Timothy Miller - AltLd O/S - 09/Jan/15 with dave keogh
davkeo - AltLd O/S - 09/Jan/15 with Tim Miller
Got it at last - solid ice all the way including a long grade III section above the rogue pitch, as well as other ice steps, made for a terrific sustained climb. Was even better than I thought it would be - maybe because it was so early in the session.
kenneM - AltLd - 03/Jan/15 with Carl Davies
AGoodi - AltLd O/S - 03/Jan/15 with Robin
Hidden - 2015
Loads of ice, really great condition and not at all hacked out. First time placements all the way. Had some trouble finding belays - either incompetence on our part or perhaps the gully is quite full up so in-situ pegs & tat are covered over. We found the steep icefall at the top of P1 way harder than Rogue Pitch. No cornice at all.
Zippy1999 - AltLd - 28/Dec/14 with Jonny Richards
Moved together for a lot of it. Really good ice. Great weather, hardly any wind. Brilliant on top.
Callum_Johnson - AltLd O/S - 27/Dec/14 with Uisdean
Uisdean hawthorn - AltLd O/S - 27/Dec/14 with Callum_Johnson
Tim_Gomersall - AltLd - 26/Dec/14 with ANNA
saintlade - 2014
Hidden - 2014
yesbutnobutyesbut - 2014
prcleary - 2014
cottoneye - 2014
Great route,perfect ice but virtually no rock showing to get gear. Good screws all the way
just one more - Lead O/S - 30/Apr/13 with john smith
fantastic condition. Impressive mini avalanches due to warming conditions & increasing SW winds. A roped solo.
manmike - AltLd - 20/Apr/13 with moose ridd
Hidden - AltLd - 20/Apr/13
SPD224 - 2nd - 20/Apr/13 with Martin Smith
Done in 7 pitches in a long day from Glasgow. Nobody else on the route. First three pitches awesome fun. Final three pitches of unprotected snowplodding took longer than the technical stuff. Bypassing cornice was interesting - Lawrie reckoned V,3 for that pitch!
Fat, easy nick with hooks and steps everywhere, but still steep - lower end tech 5? Definitely V overall.
jfmchivall - AltLd O/S - 12/Apr/13 with Lawrie Brand
Bit of a swim at the top with plenty of new snow. Lower pitches excellent!
Lawrie Brand - AltLd O/S - 12/Apr/13 with John Chivall
DundeeDave - 2nd O/S - 07/Apr/13 with Ewan Gourlay
elliptic - Solo rpt - 06/Apr/13
Hidden - AltLd - 05/Apr/13
Hidden - AltLd - 05/Apr/13
Hidden - AltLd - 04/Apr/13
alan barnes - 04/Apr/13 with cam fowler, luke
Perfect conditions with footholes and axe hooks every where. Just as well as this was JWs first route of the season and the first V for us both.
DaveAtkinson - AltLd - 04/Apr/13
Hidden - AltLd - 03/Apr/13
P1 & 3. 2.5hours.
Ollie B - AltLd O/S - 03/Apr/13 with T.Ripley
Peter Holder - Lead O/S - 02/Apr/13 with Matt Dudman
Easter Sunday. Fantastic weather and perfect ice, but quieter than I have ever seen it on the Ben. Euan led first pitch, Hugh the second and me the Rogue pitch. Felt surprisingly straightforward with the fat ice and big steps all the way up.
JasonK - AltLd - 31/Mar/13 with Euan Boyd
Hidden - AltLd O/S - 30/Mar/13
Scott Rankin - AltLd - 30/Mar/13
Gordon Lacey - AltLd O/S - 30/Mar/13
Stuart Johnston - AltLd O/S - 29/Mar/13 with Adam Ryan, Dave Cowell
robertmichaeladams - AltLd - 29/Mar/13 with Lawrence
Lovely day, climbing over all too soon.
wence - AltLd O/S - 29/Mar/13 with Rob
adam 24 - AltLd O/S - 29/Mar/13
Great conditions, as easy as it gets at the moment I would think.
team fat belly - 28/Mar/13 with Oli
Oliver Sherman - AltLd O/S - 28/Mar/13 with Tom Bell
sparbus - AltLd - 16/Mar/13 with mike b
Pitch 1,2,3 and moved together on top snow slopes.
ollyroberts - AltLd O/S - 16/Mar/13 with Piers Newton
Climberwales - 2nd O/S - 16/Mar/13 with Olly Roberts
Brucemacrosson - AltLd - 16/Mar/13 with Simon Opit
Hidden - AltLd - 13/Mar/13
OMG as the cool kids say!! What a day and what a route!! A midnight start from the house saw us walking in at 3:30am to be at the bottom of the route at 6:45. First on and the weather was shaping up well. then a soloist rocked up beside us and was nick bullock!! Anyway,climb was stunning. 2nd pitch was the crux on the day but nothing on any of them to be underestimated! AWESOME!!
010paw - AltLd O/S - 13/Mar/13 with Andy Watt
Ewan Russell - AltLd O/S - 12/Mar/13 with Richard Gentry
Matthew Robinson - AltLd - 12/Mar/13 with Rob
started up at 1.30..lots of spindrift avalanches..hot aches...moving slowly.. abbed off after 2nd pitch.. especially enjoyed the tea at cic hut!
Helen Gibson - 2nd dnf - 12/Mar/13 with Matt, Chris Vernon
Hannah Evans - AltLd - 11/Mar/13 with Dave Buckett
Hidden - AltLd - 11/Mar/13
manwithacam - AltLd - 11/Mar/13 with Dom
Every bit as good as I was hoping it would be! great conditions, exciting moves on the rogue pitch, chimney felt awkward, final 200+m goes on and on... Classic!
MrRiley - AltLd O/S - 10/Mar/13 with Rob Reglinski
climbtim - 2nd - 10/Mar/13
nickwhimster - AltLd O/S - 09/Mar/13 with monsteratt
Great!!! Good conditions and quite stepped out. Lead chimney pitch (2nd), which was great. Definately one of the best things I've lead in a while. Shame about the cold belays!
monsteratt - AltLd O/S - 09/Mar/13 with Nick Whimster
Hidden - 2nd O/S - 07/Mar/13
Lead P2, P4. Quite stepped. Perfect ice!
RKernan - AltLd O/S - 03/Mar/13 with Sam Simpson
Sam Simpson - AltLd O/S - 03/Mar/13 with Ronan Kernan
radioshed - AltLd O/S - 02/Mar/13 with dave s
David Stevens - AltLd O/S - 02/Mar/13 with Matt Craig
Tubs - Solo O/S - 02/Mar/13 with Dave M
machars - Lead - 01/Mar/13 with Ben Sharp
Ben Sharp - 2nd - 01/Mar/13 with Graeme Barr
Julian Prieto - AltLd O/S - 01/Mar/13 with Ian Clifford
cliffy - AltLd O/S - 01/Mar/13 with Julian Prieto
Hidden - AltLd - Mar/13
jamesturnbull - AltLd - Mar/13 with aiden
Guy Wilson - Mar/13 with Plum
winter hill1 - 2nd - Mar/13
First 3 pitches good. Last ones were falling apart. Top day out.
Col Kingshott - AltLd O/S - 28/Feb/13
First V lead, excellent.
jshields - AltLd - 28/Feb/13 with Jeff Ingman
Hidden - AltLd O/S - 27/Feb/13
freudy_love - AltLd O/S - 26/Feb/13 with Dave Douglas
Hidden - AltLd O/S - 26/Feb/13
Perfect weather, perfect ice, perfect route, couldn't have been a better day out!
Dave Douglas - AltLd O/S - 26/Feb/13 with paul smith, Paul Freudenthal
Hidden - AltLd O/S - 26/Feb/13
Hidden - AltLd - 26/Feb/13
gw3285 - AltLd - 26/Feb/13
Led 1st ice pitch, then 3rd (rogue) pitch. Excellent conditions, settled weather, hard pack with no powder or wind.
prwalker - AltLd - 26/Feb/13 with wupert
dav_713 - AltLd - 25/Feb/13 with Kev
Ice was in good condition, 7 pitches in all, I led 3. First 3 pitches the best. Topped out in Sun.
Andy Hewison - AltLd O/S - 25/Feb/13 with Drew Connelly
alastairbegley - AltLd O/S - 24/Feb/13 with Alex Winter
Alex Winter - AltLd O/S - 24/Feb/13 with Alastair
Excellent climb, excellent conditions: couldn't have asked for more!
Nick Russell - AltLd O/S - 24/Feb/13 with Steve Shenton
SJS - AltLd O/S - 24/Feb/13 with Nick
Hidden - AltLd O/S - 23/Feb/13
Tightsgirl - 2nd - 23/Feb/13 with Ali Rose
Great condition. Hard to protect but great hooks.
arose - Lead - 23/Feb/13 with Hannah Francis
greglad - 23/Feb/13
perfect weather and banked out with ice
uncontrollable - AltLd O/S - 21/Feb/13 with Max
Hidden - AltLd - 20/Feb/13
Hidden - AltLd O/S - 19/Feb/13
Hidden - 17/Feb/13
Hidden - 2nd rpt - 17/Feb/13
Lost in the mist thought we were going for an easy saunter up Gardyloo Gully and we ended up on this extremely vertical challenge! Did two and a half pitches but with another hard pitch in front and the clock coming up to 5:00 prudence prevailed and we abseiled down. Next time!
stevelismore - AltLd dnf - 15/Feb/13 with James L
planetmarshall - 2nd O/S - 12/Feb/13 with Andy Owen, John Harrison
HendrikTBB - 2nd O/S - 12/Feb/13 with Andrew Marshall, AO
Finn Curry - 2nd - 07/Feb/13 with Paul Warnock
Hidden - AltLd - 07/Feb/13
Amazing conditions, with barely any wind and clear skies almost all day made this a very memorable climb! Ice wasn't great for screws but axe placements were bommer all the way up. Had to climb over the cornice which was a little scary but it was rock solid on top so fine to pull over. Brilliant route, I had forgotten what a tedious slog the final pitches to the top are though!
guyscott - AltLd - 02/Feb/13 with Klas
lead pitch 1. Jan lead the next two. swapped leads after that. scared.
DaveMo - AltLd - 02/Feb/13 with josanna, Jan
Hidden - Feb/13
Tom Campbell - Lead O/S - Feb/13
Ace! Virgin ice and absolutely perfect conditions, we were very lucky. Took the harder left hand finish, which was also amazing. Spindrift was extremely intense to the point of comedy although I got off lightly as it subsided somewhat by the rogue pitch. Fantastic day.
JRae - AltLd - 01/Jan/13 with Ben Silvestre, M Watson
best new years day ever, fat virgin ice
mwatson - AltLd O/S - 01/Jan/13
6aPunter - 2013
Chris Reid - 2013
JHolland - 2013
Superb. First team on the route and first up into the corrie. Not quite the valentines present the misses was after... but not bad! Excellent conditions : )
petegunn - Lead - 14/Feb/12 with Davina
Hidden - 2nd O/S - 14/Feb/12
williamsd79 - 2nd dnf - 11/Feb/12
luckyjim - AltLd - Feb/12 with D Helm
Hidden - Lead dnf - 20/Jan/12
Hidden - 2nd dnf - 20/Jan/12
top route, really nice to get it done as one of the first of the season before it gets stepped out.
James S - AltLd O/S - 16/Jan/12 with sam
Thin and with really crappy chandeliered ice.
Edvin m - AltLd O/S - 15/Jan/12
Not really in condition yet, lots of junk ice.
stevebarratt - AltLd O/S - 15/Jan/12 with Edvin
Hidden - 2012
Hidden - 2012
Narked4fun - 2012
Steep and hard 1st 2 pitches. Amazing climb
Rick Ashton - Lead O/S - 29/Mar/11 with James calender
We're on a hellslide help us, help us.
allyrocke - AltLd O/S - 27/Mar/11 with Phil Jennings
Thinner than last time, first 2 pitches harder.
gripped01 - Lead - 27/Mar/11 with Stu Quinn
First pitch, tackled on the right, then abbed off due to a hole / waterfall above
Sankey - 2nd dnf - 24/Mar/11 with Bruce Poll, Simon Oxley
Completely stepped out. Only very short hard sections and could have done them without axes and crampons! Excellent effort from Su, no problems on only her 5th winter route and did most of 1st pitch unroped. Lead p2 , mostly snow ice, great for placements but poor for gear but not required with number of pegs and state of route. Much spindrift - where did the route go? Split 4 pitches of grade 2 to finish. Topped out at 6, poor visibility and going dark so took the tourist path back to Ft W. Long day, back at 22.20 - 16 hours.
philhilo - AltLd O/S - 07/Mar/11 with su, misha
A bit underwhelmed really - it's a good route but wouldn't say it's an all-time classic, though to be fair it would have been much better and harder if it hadn't been so stepped out. Could largely find own axe placements but hard to avoid the buckets for the feet! Left car park at 6.30, started climbing shortly after 10, topped out shortly after 6. Effectively soloed P1 (we all started soloing, then Su thought better of it, so Phil brought her up to a screw belay half way up the pitch while I carried on to the first proper belay and brought them both up), then led the rogue pitch (lucky to finish it before the spindrift river started pouring down, Phil and Su go plastered) and the second and last of the four easy finishing pitches. Very poor viz on the summit but not too hard to follow footprints, carns and compass down to the zigzags. A memorable 16 hour day (and birthday for Su), probably my longest ever day out. This was on Monday - the rest of the week was a write off due to heavy snow and strong winds so headed back on Wednesday.
Misha - AltLd O/S - 07/Mar/11 with Su, Phil
Led P1, taking the shallower left hand side. Mark took P2, tight chimney was pretty steep. Led P3 which was only steep for a move or two. Ice was well stepped out which lowered the grade quite a bit. In the upper we pitched it and moved together as required. Good route, certainly not intimidating as it's reputation (in my head at least) suggests.
Karlos - AltLd O/S - 07/Mar/11 with Mark B
chalk monster - AltLd O/S - 07/Mar/11 with Karl
Hidden - 2nd O/S - 07/Mar/11
Kyuzo - 06/Mar/11 with Richard Scott
oldgrey - 06/Mar/11
chimney p2 is a bit slushy but takes short screws, good neve where you need it...nice blue sky day, needs a good freeze and some snow
simon_D - AltLd O/S - 05/Mar/11 with Alex
Hidden - AltLd O/S - 05/Mar/11
Hidden - AltLd β - 05/Mar/11
Fantastic to tick our first grade 5, great to do it on this climb and so lucky with the weather! Topped out to wonderful cloud inversion. Ice on pitch 2 wasn't great for screws but solid axe placements all the way. Great climb.
guyscott - AltLd O/S - 03/Mar/11 with Klas
Hidden - AltLd O/S - Mar/11
TeeBee - AltLd O/S - Mar/11
Pete23 - 2nd - Mar/11
Jean François led, Doug followed, I filmed with my dislocated thumb
sacdenouilles - 2nd - 28/Feb/11 with J F Philippe, D Pemble
backed off pitch 2. melting.
Andrew Wilson - Lead dnf - 27/Feb/11 with Mark Fyles
mynyddresident - AltLd - 11/Feb/11 with wolf
4 outstanding pitches in quality condition, then moved together.
wolf.leeb - AltLd O/S - 11/Feb/11 with nic
Pat-H - 2nd - 10/Feb/11
Pete and Julian Led, I followed up pitch 1,2 and 3. Moved together on pitchs 4,5 and 6. Spent 12 hours trying to get down, clag and poor navigation meant that we could not find the descent gulleys. After rest in the summit shelter made our way down via red burn
twodada - 2nd O/S - 01/Feb/11 with julian, Pete Needen
peter neden - AltLd - Feb/11
With Andy Owen, fantastic day
AdamCB - 2nd - Feb/11
carl_123 - 2nd O/S - 29/Jan/11
Truly awesome! I've been waiting a while to do Point Five, and was worried it had been over-hyped, pleased to find this wasn't the case. Suprisingly easy climbing in current state, I'd say it is V,4 at the moment, moves on Taxus (Icicle Finish IV,4) were harder last weekend. The Rogue pitch wasn't very rogue, the crux seemed to be a short bulge on P1, protectable and easy to blast through. Very straight forward climbing overall due to nice snow ice, lack of water ice means pro is sparse though. Couple of pieces per pitch on average. No belays on the last 150m, but happily moved togeather, cornice sufficiently hacked! Started at 0800, topped out at 1200 above a cloud inversion, absolutely stunning.
Merlin - AltLd O/S - 28/Jan/11 with Mark Patterson
I think Merlin said it all!
mark88 - AltLd - 28/Jan/11 with Merlin Andrew
Led P1,3,5,7. Brilliant snow ice. Great axe placements. Not so great for screws. Top of P1 was really steep and probably the crux today. Chimney was fairly steep and good fun. Rogue pitch was over pretty quickly. P4 had some nice ice. P7 was the final pitch over cornice. Great day. Fully lived up to expectations. Topped out in the light for a change but about 10m visibility. Descended No 4
Cardi - AltLd O/S - 28/Jan/11 with Sam S
led pitches 2 and 4 then soloed out. good work to harry for clearing the cornice.
Andy Moles - AltLd O/S - 26/Jan/11 with Harry
Harry Holmes - AltLd rpt - 26/Jan/11 with Moles
yellow - 2nd - 22/Jan/11
Spence22 - Lead O/S - 22/Jan/11 with Carl
colenn - AltLd O/S - 07/Jan/11 with Peter Britton
Taba got to lead the rogue pitch, I got to be pelted with chunks of ice! The top snow bowl was pretty scary with little gear and a huge cornice.
R0bbie - AltLd O/S - 06/Jan/11 with Taba
Martin Haworth - AltLd rpt - 02/Jan/11 with Nick Harper
Hidden - Lead O/S - 02/Jan/11
Quiet day for Point Five in very good nick and comfortable weather. Awesome!
jamestheyip - AltLd O/S - 02/Jan/11 with Matt Freear
Hidden - AltLd O/S - 02/Jan/11
Just along for the ride, seconded all the way
ColinD - 2nd - Jan/11 with Nick Allsop
Hidden - 2011
adie84 - 2011
Timo Austino - 2011
PAJames - 2011
Hidden - 2011
alkira - 2011
newtonmore - AltLd - 2011
Hidden - 2011
Hidden - 2011
Hidden - 2011
Hidden - 2011
Hidden - 2011
it was probably possible to climb it but there was no ice just crud. didn't fancy it anyhow so retreated after the first pitch.
samrad - 2nd - Dec/10 with tom livingston
Led P1 but totally shiters ice meant we backed off from P1 belay
Tom Livingstone - Lead dnf - Dec/10 with sam radcliffe
NickJH - AltLd O/S - Dec/10 with LiamG
heavy spindrift avalanches, bailed after P1, shame as P2 looked awesome
robertmichaeladams - Lead dnf - 22/Apr/10 with Tom
nice ice but spindrift made things impossible after 1 pitch.... boooo
tomdude - AltLd dnf - 22/Apr/10 with rob
Hidden - 18/Apr/10
Hidden - AltLd dnf - 10/Apr/10
Hidden - AltLd O/S - 03/Apr/10
Smacked on the conk by a lump of ice right at the start of the route. Lead pitches 2,4 and 6. Lots of waiting at belays, not surprisingly. Rogue pitch was bold.
Dave Foster - AltLd O/S - 03/Apr/10 with Andy
Hidden - 2nd - 02/Apr/10
tjmillen - Lead - 02/Apr/10 with trevor marrs
Hidden - Lead O/S - 01/Apr/10
Hidden - AltLd O/S - 29/Mar/10
Hidden - AltLd - 29/Mar/10
Hidden - AltLd O/S - 28/Mar/10
Loads of spindrift and a dodgy axe.
lachlan - AltLd - 28/Mar/10 with Bjorn
Hidden - 2nd - 27/Mar/10
morsy - AltLd - 21/Mar/10 with gerhard mors
Chimney and rogue pitch thawing badly. Exciting stuff!
david morse - AltLd O/S - 21/Mar/10 with ben anderson
Ice good, fresh snow towards top made life hard. Some ice screw placements felt a bit iffy.
RunningMan - Lead - 21/Mar/10 with Keith Bevan
Great route- rotten ice though, making gear and solid axe placements scarce... Felt pretty bold.
AndyL - AltLd O/S - 20/Mar/10 with neil
Ben1983 - AltLd O/S - 20/Mar/10
Hidden - AltLd O/S - 13/Mar/10
Liam Ingram - AltLd O/S - 13/Mar/10 with Harry Holmes
Lots of unconsolidated snow, and not much solid ice, so screw placements dubious. Insane amounts of rime made finding rock gear hard. Lead pitches 1 and 3, and basically rope soloed pitches 4 to 8, finding only 2 pieces of solid gear on the whole section.
NickBrown - AltLd O/S - 13/Mar/10 with Tim
Late season with good neve and reasonable conditions. A nice route and of course it is uber classic. 6 pitches and I managed to get the Rogue Pitch, but where were the dragons and ninja warriors?
Rampikino - AltLd - 13/Mar/10 with Christian Minnett
Harry Holmes - AltLd O/S - 13/Mar/10
Hidden - AltLd - 10/Mar/10
Hidden - Lead O/S - 10/Mar/10
lawrenceK - AltLd - 10/Mar/10
Fantastic, really great day! The route was well travelled which made it easier but found it steady enough. Staying in the CIC hut made the approach easier. Led the Chimney pitch; we did it pretty much in 6 pitches with some moving together in the upper easier section - all the hard climbing was over after P3 really (other than the cornice!)
markfairbank - AltLd O/S - 09/Mar/10 with Ian Moore
John Carney - 2nd O/S - 08/Mar/10 with Rob Jarvis
John Pickles - AltLd O/S - 06/Mar/10 with Chris Harling
second ever ice route, BADASS
Dr Caterpillar - 2nd O/S - 04/Mar/10 with Ben Hirst
Amazing route! Will return to lead one day.
alifin - 2nd - 04/Mar/10 with Guide (Donald King) + Aidan Roe
Hidden - 2nd - 04/Mar/10
Hidden - AltLd - 02/Mar/10
Hidden - AltLd RP - 02/Mar/10
Seconded all the hard stuff and led up one of the final snow slopes
andy mcc - 2nd - Mar/10 with Jason King
With Graham McGrath - firts GUM club ascent for a few years...
Phil Emerson - 2nd - Mar/10
Hidden - AltLd O/S - 23/Feb/10
Hidden - AltLd O/S - 22/Feb/10
Hidden - AltLd O/S - 22/Feb/10
Ginger McGrath - AltLd O/S - 13/Feb/10 with phil emerson
Great route easy to see why four stars!!!!
rob1 - AltLd - 13/Feb/10 with Andrea Sales
Led pitches 1, 3 and 5; Jon topped out.
Peter Metcalfe - AltLd - 13/Feb/10 with Jonathan Yates
John Roe - AltLd - 11/Feb/10 with Iain (Jocky) Marr
Hidden - AltLd - 11/Feb/10
Hidden - AltLd - 09/Feb/10
Lead crux pitches
mic_b - AltLd O/S - 07/Feb/10 with Pete
Hidden - Lead O/S - 06/Feb/10
cox - AltLd - 03/Feb/10 with mall
tubby two - AltLd - Feb/10 with Will
Hidden - AltLd - Feb/10
Scotsken - Feb/10
stugreen75 - AltLd O/S - Feb/10 with scotsken
First grade V for us both.P1 Masa, P2 me, P3+4 masa as one, P5+6 me, move together to summit. Superb climb, although spindrift avalanches were terrible and occurred with monotonous regularity near rogue pitch. Belays all good. Ice a bit chossy in places, esp crux but all in all a good day out, and a cold one at that!
gb83 - AltLd O/S - 28/Jan/10 with masa
First Scottish grade V for both of us. The condition was good, if a bit snowy, while the weather was poor with loads of spindrift avalanches. When it was culminated I was leading The Rogue Pitch... I could not see well either with or without goggles, so decided not to bother placing screws but blasted through the crux several metres, and so did I. The temperature being about freezing, as well as continuous snow fall (and rain in low-down), every single gear was terribly iced up to the extent I had never experienced before. Memorable experience!
masa-alpin - AltLd O/S - 28/Jan/10 with Graeme B
sadams - AltLd - 24/Jan/10 with Eric Hildrew
Kayan - AltLd O/S - 23/Jan/10
Hidden - 2010
colinthrelfall - Lead - 2010 with George, paddy
Hidden - AltLd - 2010
colinthrelfall - 2010
chmckay - 2nd - 2010
Hidden - AltLd O/S - 2010
ashpreston - 2010
Led the first 2 technical pitches in 1. Snow covered the ice. It was a bit soft. Ice axes cutting through the snow at times. Quite scary. The ice underneath was a bit more solid. Joe got avalanced on near the top from a collapsed cornice. Good job an old peg held and he was on easier ground. Robin lost his old hammer and waterproof trousers ripped. Nice view from the top of the Ben though.
Skinny Kin - AltLd O/S - 12/Apr/09 with Robin Sillem, Joe Nunn
Had the climb to ourselves! A bit soft in places, but very worthwhile! Led the Rogue Pitch, and moved together above.
Ken Applegate - AltLd - 11/Apr/09 with Nigel Wombell
too much ice and rocks coming down from parties above. sacked it.
adw07 - AltLd dnf - 05/Apr/09 with Scott Becker
Hidden - AltLd dnf - 04/Apr/09
robinsi197 - 2nd - Apr/09 with Kin, Joe
jamestheyip - AltLd O/S - Apr/09 with Piet Wolters
Hidden - AltLd O/S - 24/Mar/09
Led 1st and 3rd 'Rogue' pitch. Lots of spindrift.
adamscottthomas - AltLd - 24/Mar/09 with Gwilym Starks
An early start ensured a place at the front of the que & the warm conditions made the route quite exiting in places!!
manmike - AltLd O/S - 21/Mar/09 with Jason
Led 1st, rogue and odd-numbered pitches.
niallk - AltLd O/S - 21/Mar/09 with Willie
jason - AltLd O/S - 21/Mar/09 with manmike
Was supposed to be part one of the trilogy of Point 5, Centurion and Tower Ridge but weather let us down. This part went fine - beat all the crowds racing to get to the start at 6am and climbed the route on lovely ice in two hours. Summit was eerily quiet at 8.30am! Then rain arrived....
Chad123 - AltLd rpt - 21/Mar/09 with Kiwi Steve and Humble
Felt straight forward lots of in-situ rusty pegs and dodgy tat. Amazing sticky ice
James Humble - AltLd O/S - 21/Mar/09 with chad, kimi steve
my first V lead-pitch 2.
davefount - AltLd O/S - 19/Mar/09 with Jez, Will Kelsall
Hidden - AltLd O/S - 19/Mar/09
bad conditions - too warm - knocked off my balance by cornice collapse while about to clip a screw. and fell 20m but no injuries (except my crampon cutting belayers trousers but fortunately no skin!)
Joe Nunn - AltLd dog - 15/Mar/09
Simon K - 2nd - 13/Mar/09 with Mike Pescod + PB
Hidden - AltLd O/S - Mar/09
Hidden - AltLd - Mar/09
mikemartin - AltLd - 13/Feb/09
Melting, lots of water running down the bottom three pitches. Led to the first 1 and a half pitches. Had to go directly up the first bulge as the left hand bit wasn't formed well. Awesome route! First tie ive climbed leashless on ice used a pair of fly's with a finger loop on and fortunately didn't drop them.
joe larner - AltLd O/S - 13/Feb/09 with Mike
Topped out in the dark. Last 100m of snow slopes unprotectable, but not desperate. Headtorch battery fell out!!
tommytuffa - AltLd O/S - 11/Feb/09 with Miles and Felix
felixthelion - AltLd - 11/Feb/09 with T. Brookes
First grade V lead for both,
First 3 pitches were superb on great water ice, thought rouge pitch was easist of the 3. Upper gully carrying some loose snow but firm undernead, good ice screws to be had if excavated. 7hrs on route, departing CIC at 7am, climbing 8.30am, topped out 3.30pm
StuDoig - AltLd - 08/Feb/09 with Romain
Backed off just before rogue pitch after being hit by many spindrift avalanches! Fat ice but very brittle. First pitch was the steepest!
dj_brigham05 - AltLd dnf - 08/Feb/09 with Alex Pickard
Hidden - Lead O/S - 02/Feb/09
tatz45 - AltLd O/S - 02/Feb/09 with Jamie Tattersall
Hidden - AltLd - Feb/09
datoon - Lead O/S - 03/Jan/09 with K
A Brilliant first experience of winter climbing on the ben.
MDowson - 2nd - 03/Jan/09 with si litchfield
Hidden - TR - 03/Jan/09
khawk - AltLd O/S - 03/Jan/09 with DT
Greg Boswell - AltLd O/S - 02/Jan/09 with James Dunn
Adam Booth - AltLd O/S - 02/Jan/09 with Roel
Lead pitches 1,2,3 and alternate leads after that.
HamishD - Lead O/S - 01/Jan/09 with chris burn
Mark Salter - AltLd O/S - Jan/09 with Myles Jordan
Hidden - 2nd - Jan/09
Ross McGibbon - 2009
Alex Hofmann - 2009
cragmanuk - 2009 with Ian Lamb, John Elliott,Fergal Corrigan
windy100 - 2009
Happy Wanderer - AltLd O/S - 2009 with Ken T
With Nate, after colorado
davebrox - AltLd - 2009
Hidden - AltLd O/S - 31/Dec/08
Best route I've done. Immaculate climbing and the perfect line. Thin conditions but solid water ice
benclimbing - AltLd O/S - 31/Dec/08 with Dave Latimer
Dave Latimer - AltLd - 31/Dec/08
Lived up to expectations. Would recommend 60m ropes, 50m was a pain.
Shaw Brown - AltLd - 29/Dec/08 with Loz
joese7en - Lead O/S - 28/Dec/08 with neil, james
centurion05 - Lead O/S - 10/Dec/08 with chris thorne
barney_edin - AltLd - 21/Apr/08 with Kati
Hidden - AltLd - 20/Apr/08
RobScotland - AltLd O/S - 20/Apr/08 with Dan
Great conditions, nice plastic ice, first pitch was steepest then pitches got progressively easier, a classic route.
adw07 - AltLd O/S - 19/Apr/08 with Mark Jarvie
Hidden - AltLd O/S - 18/Apr/08
Hidden - AltLd - 13/Apr/08
m dunn - AltLd - 13/Apr/08 with Martin
spindrift tastic. great climb thought. in daylight.
sneaks - 2nd - 09/Apr/08 with Neil C
first ice route.:) Good conditions made it easier. Crux was the first pitch moved together on the last half and possibly the 3rd?
Franco Cookson OLD - AltLd O/S - 08/Apr/08 with Ian Jackson
Superb outing! Even a couple of spindrift avalanches for that classic touch.
towdman - AltLd O/S - 08/Apr/08 with Graham Armitage
IanJackson - Lead O/S - 08/Apr/08 with FRANCO COOKSON
Graham Armitage - AltLd - 08/Apr/08 with towdman
Hidden - 2nd O/S - 02/Apr/08
gregor - Apr/08
Hidden - AltLd O/S - 27/Mar/08
Hidden - AltLd O/S - 27/Mar/08
simon_D - 2nd O/S - 26/Mar/08 with George McEwan, Andy Johno
breithorn4164 - AltLd O/S - 25/Mar/08 with Jackson
Lots and lots and lots of spin drift - quite a journey!
alaan - AltLd O/S - 23/Mar/08 with Dom
Somerset swede basher - AltLd O/S - 23/Mar/08 with Al Royal
stevepotter - Lead - 23/Mar/08 with ken
Pretty soft and insecure, with virtually no runners due to poor ice and choked up cracks -felt pretty scary.
Mr Powly - AltLd O/S - 17/Mar/08 with Pete Graham
Pete Graham - AltLd - 17/Mar/08 with Tom Powel
Hidden - AltLd O/S - 02/Mar/08
Hidden - Lead - Mar/08
Hidden - AltLd O/S - Mar/08
Dave Searle - AltLd O/S - 12/Jan/08 with sim
Hidden - 2008
mike.moss - AltLd O/S - 2008
Alan Kimber led under a hail of ice from those above!
markharro - 2nd - 2008
markjarvie - 2008 with andrew warren
Rob Pitt - 2008 with Nick Arding
stokesrees - AltLd - 12/Apr/07 with Ben Tibbets
Hidden - AltLd O/S - 06/Apr/07
Hidden - AltLd O/S - 06/Apr/07
Hidden - AltLd - 05/Apr/07
dthomson - 04/Apr/07 with smiler cuthbertson
Led different pitches from week before, left hand finish.
Captain Solo - AltLd rpt - 04/Apr/07 with Mark
Hidden - AltLd - 02/Apr/07
gaz.marshall - AltLd O/S - 01/Apr/07 with Mike
mikecopp - AltLd - 01/Apr/07 with Gaz Marshall
Another brilliant day on the hill, only a couple of party's ahead, topped out to bright sunshine!!!
Tile Diver - AltLd O/S - 01/Apr/07 with Creag
Hidden - AltLd O/S - 01/Apr/07
crowberry gully - 31/Mar/07 with Ross McGibbon
John Kettle - AltLd - 28/Mar/07
Captain Solo - AltLd - 28/Mar/07 with John Kettle
steveP - AltLd O/S - 26/Mar/07 with Paul Rowlands
Hidden - AltLd O/S - 25/Mar/07
s kennedy - AltLd O/S - 25/Mar/07 with mark mosgrove
joe king - AltLd O/S - 24/Mar/07 with steve petit
The Bad Cough - AltLd rpt - 24/Mar/07 with John Sealey
Hidden - AltLd O/S - 20/Mar/07
Hidden - AltLd O/S - 02/Mar/07
Hidden - AltLd O/S - 02/Mar/07
Jamie B - AltLd - Mar/07 with Ed Morrison
Lee Sheard - Lead O/S - Mar/07 with John Hubbard
gripped01 - AltLd O/S - Mar/07 with Jimmy Coates, Al Barnard
andyinglis - AltLd O/S - 24/Feb/07 with neil adams
Neil Adams - AltLd - 24/Feb/07 with Andy Inglis
Nicos - Lead O/S - 23/Feb/07 with rich howels
steev - AltLd O/S - 18/Feb/07 with Duncan
decs - AltLd O/S - 18/Feb/07 with Steve
A great climb - in good nick. I did the first and third pitches, David dispatched the middle gully pitch with ruthless efficiency.
Daniel Wrightson - AltLd O/S - 09/Feb/07 with David Thompson
reg_measures - AltLd O/S - 09/Feb/07 with steve burdett
Dave Thompson - AltLd O/S - 09/Feb/07 with Daniel Wrightson
Hidden - AltLd - 07/Feb/07
tumbling wizard - Feb/07
daz led crux pitch
spoony84 - AltLd O/S - Feb/07
Great conditions, first pitch hardest (tony went direct up the bulge)
smithaldo - AltLd O/S - 27/Jan/07 with TonyM
Hidden - AltLd O/S - 27/Jan/07
Spade - AltLd - 24/Jan/07 with Tom P and Andy M
Did the hard bit in two pitches. First one on stretch with a 60 m rope. Midway through the second pitch - surprise, surprise - the Rogue pitch bit appeared. Not sure that the guidebook pitch lengths are correct.
hwackerhage - 24/Jan/07 with dunx55
1st 2 pitches
Brown - AltLd dnf - 19/Jan/07 with John
Climbed in 5.5 pitches. Bottom four linked into two pitches. Whole climb had very nice ice especially crux.
dunx55 - AltLd O/S - Jan/07 with H Wackerhage
Hidden - Jan/07
Hidden - 2007
alan wilson - 2007
Constantinos Andreou - 2007
keith leonard - Lead - 2007 with wife
Hidden - 2007
innesmac - 2007
The Holy Grail to my climbing career however slightly underwhelmed not as hard as i thot i wud be,glorious day blue skies
Billy Walker - Bad Seller - 2nd β - 16/Dec/06 with my bestest bud, Manimal
Hidden - 27/Apr/06
Hidden - 2nd dnf - 16/Apr/06
Hidden - Lead O/S - 04/Apr/06
Hidden - Lead O/S - Apr/06
We had the route to ourselves in excellent conditions!
tom.e - 20/Mar/06 with Charlie Everett
Hidden - AltLd O/S - 19/Mar/06
Quite a lot of spindrift, first pitch steep, second pitch bold, third pitch short and straightforward then the long plod to the top!
nicholas Barrowclough - AltLd O/S - 05/Mar/06 with Tim Davies
luckyjim - AltLd - Feb/06 with S Rose
Hidden - 2006
DaleB - 2006 with IP
Hidden - Lead - 2006
French Erick - AltLd O/S - 13/Mar/05 with Toby
Ross Barnes - AltLd - Mar/05 with Ben W
Hidden - AltLd - Mar/05
GPN - AltLd - Mar/05 with Paul James
Ann S - 2nd - Mar/05 with Richard Bentley-guide MIC
sgl - AltLd O/S - 27/Feb/05 with Konnie
Hidden - AltLd O/S - 27/Feb/05
The Bad Cough - AltLd O/S - 26/Feb/05 with Paul Beacall, Tracey Quine
ian bryant - Lead O/S - Feb/05 with gregor
akhughes - AltLd O/S - Feb/05
Hidden - 2nd - Feb/05
Nick Wallis - AltLd O/S - 2005
First ever trip to Scotland. Ice was in fantastic conditon, only problem was the quantity of spindrift being poured down from above!
Rob Greenwood - UKC - AltLd O/S - Mar/04
Hidden - AltLd O/S - Mar/04
With Paddy Mitton
Scotsken - Lead - Feb/04
dangates - 2004 with Kirk Watson
Hidden - AltLd O/S - 23/Mar/03
Hidden - 22/Mar/03
Hidden - 2nd - 13/Mar/03
Hidden - 2003
Andrew Sloan - 13/Apr/02 with Steve Grove
konacol - AltLd - 06/Apr/02 with Dave Mitchell
cem - 2nd - 04/Apr/02 with Alan Kimber
gergosantha - Jan/02 with Geoff Tervet, Neil Cuthbert
Hidden - AltLd O/S - 2002
Hidden - Lead - Apr/01
ruaridhmac - AltLd - 18/Feb/01 with Helen Rennard
First V for us both.
BenTiffin - AltLd - Feb/01 with Dan Robinson
Point 4 more like!!
Chad123 - AltLd - Feb/00 with Mark Crampton
smac - AltLd O/S - Jan/00 with Tor Ellis
droites - AltLd O/S - 2000
graeme gatherer - 2000
Hidden - Lead O/S - 2000
RC in the moonlight
SR with one axe + a large rock
plain kitten - 2000
Billg - Lead O/S - 17/Apr/99 with Dave Gregory
Hidden - AltLd β - Mar/99
seanyt - AltLd - Feb/99
nickdonohue - AltLd - 11/Mar/98 with Caley Latham
AB1965 - AltLd - 20/Feb/98
Jim Walton - AltLd O/S - 08/Mar/97 with Matthew Stammers
Hidden - AltLd - 26/Feb/97
NeilGriffiths - 1997 with Dave Pritt
phardman - Feb/96
kp64zl - AltLd - Apr/95 with Giles
Hidden - AltLd - Feb/95
FrankW - AltLd O/S - Mar/94 with Andy R
Hidden - Lead O/S - 05/Mar/93
Hidden - 2nd - 1993
Hidden - AltLd - 12/Dec/92
seconded with old curved axes! Melting but also verglas. poor belays at top of first 2 pitches. Very scarey. 2 pitch extremely steep. 3rd pitch bridging chimney. 4th pitch (supposedly the crux) actually much easier and had nut belay thank christ! moved together to top. Wolfgang could have soloed the lot.......
jlury - 2nd - 02/Feb/92 with Wolfgang Klein
Grezza - Lead - Feb/92
excellent day on the ben - could not have asked for a better day, clear summit views and super company on the day !
Ian McNeill - Solo O/S - Jan/91 with OJ
garywalker147 - AltLd - 1990
Hidden - AltLd - 05/Apr/89
Hidden - Solo - 12/Mar/88
great day out, unforgetable.
Steve Crowe - AltLd O/S - 21/Mar/87 with Bob Bennett
Hidden - AltLd - 14/Feb/87
Hidden - AltLd - Feb/87
scree - Feb/87 with Dave H
GaryK - Solo - Feb/87
Tim Bateman - AltLd - 02/Mar/86
Bruce Kerr - AltLd - 22/Feb/86 with Neville Elstone
With Steve Tonx and Mark Hounslea
steveboote - AltLd - Jan/86
Tim Sparrow - AltLd - 1986 with Ian Owen
Richard Weller - Lead O/S - 02/Mar/85 with Andy Collins
Mark Kemball - AltLd - 13/Feb/85 with Ken Grainger
Hidden - AltLd - 07/Feb/85
Martin Haworth - AltLd O/S - Feb/85 with tim p
Jonathan Lagoe - UKC - AltLd - Feb/85 with Steve Howe
Mark Kemball - Lead - 28/Mar/84 with Aamir Butt
Campbell42 - AltLd O/S - 16/Mar/84 with Kim Wainwright
Hidden - AltLd - 08/Feb/84
Hidden - AltLd - Jan/84
mark mcgowan01 - Lead O/S - Jan/84 with Stephen Yates
Used rope on two pitches. I did narrows and Al did pitch 3. Rest soloed. Supurb
Did again 27.1.05 with Phil Gibson
David Smith - AltLd - Apr/83 with Al Bennett
Hidden - AltLd - Mar/83
mark-abz - AltLd - 18/Feb/83 with Walter P
Gezzer - AltLd - 1983 with Derek Shaw
Lone Rider - AltLd - 1983 with Cubby
Great route, straight forward good gear.Did with a stranger at the CIC Hut.
The Bronze - AltLd O/S - 23/Dec/79
Falko - AltLd O/S - 18/Feb/78 with Howard Lancashire
Bivvied in summit shelter.
Derek Ryden - AltLd - 03/Jan/78 with Andy Draper
Hidden - AltLd - Feb/77
Hidden - AltLd - 16/Mar/71