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Observatory Buttress*** V 4

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Ticklists: Cold Climbs, Robin Smith Legacy, Summer Trip 2014.

Photo: 2nd pitch © Rikardo
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This climb is in 61 logbooks, and on 29 wishlists.

Superb conditions. totally plastered. all mixed ground fully iced. temps around freezing so ice & neve very good placements. 7 pitches. A little over six hrs. I led odds, SG evens.
stratandrew - AltLd O/S - 13/Apr/13 with Steve Graham

rapped off 2nd pitch after prob with detached ice block-axes not sharp enough.
DPaul - AltLd dnf - 21/Mar/13 with R.Asher

naffan - Solo O/S - 17/Mar/13

Good climbing, but couldn't find much protection. First pitch was practically a solo. Slightly more exciting then I would have liked.
Kirill - AltLd O/S - 16/Mar/13 with Mike Moss

mike.moss - AltLd O/S - 16/Mar/13 with Kirill Spiridonov

Stormy day. Steep ice all the way - calves wrecked! N Face car park 0640, summit 1900
andybrown114 - Lead - 15/Mar/13 with Bill Billingsley

bob johnson - 12/Mar/13 with Mike Pescod, Al Borrett

terrymccall - 2nd O/S - 07/Mar/13 with ian cragie

Route in great condition, with chewy ice and first time axe placements throughout. Crux is steep but has sinker hooks all the way.
Ken Applegate - Lead - 03/Mar/13 with Bob, Al

luckyjim - AltLd - 03/Mar/13 with D Helm

With Ken Applegate and Bob - great route
AB1965 - 03/Mar/13

Hidden - AltLd - 02/Mar/13

Hidden - Mar/13

Jamie B - AltLd - 20/Feb/13 with Graham Boistelle

Hard steep ice pitch below the chimney, probably too early in the season.
Tubs - AltLd O/S - 10/Feb/13 with Amanda, Alan

Hidden - 2013

captain - 2013

Hidden - AltLd O/S - 19/Feb/12

working and wet, but very good
akhughes - Lead O/S - 21/Mar/11

First V on 2nd, felt hard and steep in places
Sankey - 2nd - 21/Mar/11 with Simon Oxley, Adam Hughes

Lovely route especially with the direct finish. Just enough ice to make it not too scary but some exciting bits on the first two pitches....
Chad123 - AltLd O/S - 05/Mar/11 with Kiwi Steve

Great day, fantastic route! James led P1 & 3, I led P2. We then traversed over to the Direct Finish, which was very thin in place, but good fun.
Ken Applegate - AltLd - 01/Mar/11 with James Kniffen

Captain Solo - AltLd - 26/Feb/11 with Ewan

Ginger McGrath - AltLd O/S - 12/Feb/11 with mike freeman, brian fencil

Classic route. Lower pitches in good nick, got a bit thin high up, with poor gear/belays.
Martin Haworth - AltLd O/S - 12/Feb/11 with richard white

Rob84 - AltLd O/S - 12/Feb/11 with Rob Adie

adie84 - 2011

PAJames - 2011

Hidden - 2011

Hidden - 2011

Hidden - 2011

Hidden - 02/Apr/10

Hidden - AltLd O/S - Apr/10

John Pickles - AltLd O/S - 07/Mar/10 with Chris Harling

Hidden - 2nd - Mar/10

khawk - AltLd O/S - 20/Feb/10 with DT

datoon - AltLd O/S - 20/Feb/10 with K

Hidden - AltLd O/S - Feb/10

Hidden - AltLd - 2010

Thin ice and little gear, abbed off
farmus21 - 2nd dnf - Dec/09 with Ben Allsford, Tom Ripley

Started this in thick cloud and didn't realise we were even on this route until we'd bailed. It looked hard and was melting fast. Should have been 200m lower on Observatory Ridge!
steveP - AltLd dnf - 21/Mar/09 with Paul Rowlands

steeper than it looked... some hollow and rotten ice
alan wilson - AltLd - 17/Apr/08 with n smith

Hidden - Lead O/S - 06/Apr/08

morsy - AltLd - 05/Apr/08 with gerhard mors

First pitch i ran out 60m with no gear. Ice to thin for screws but ok to climb. scary.
Joe Nunn - AltLd - 15/Mar/08 with stevious

steev - AltLd O/S - Mar/08 with Manjoe

Hidden - 2008

Hidden - AltLd O/S - 25/Mar/07

sgl - AltLd - 25/Mar/07 with Mike

gaz.marshall - AltLd O/S - 25/Mar/07 with kcr

mikecopp - AltLd - 25/Mar/07 with Sam Loveday

Hidden - AltLd - 23/Mar/07

frost - AltLd - Jan/07 with D Garry

Wild day out ..blow off my feet more than once.
mux - AltLd O/S - 2007 with Simon Frost

Hidden - 2006

smac - AltLd O/S - Mar/03 with John Lynch, Colin Maclean

Hidden - AltLd O/S - 09/Mar/02

Hidden - 2nd - Feb/02

Hidden - Mar/99

Grezza - AltLd O/S - Mar/93 with Mick RIP

Hidden - AltLd - 03/Apr/89

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Style of ascent

Soloed1 of 61 (1.6%)
Lead4 of 61 (6.6%)
Followed5 of 61 (8.2%)
Alt Leads37 of 61 (60.7%)
Unknown14 of 61 (23.0%)

'Climbed'33 of 61 (54.1%)
clean O/S25 of 61 (41.0%)
dnf3 of 61 (4.9%)