Observatory Buttress*** V 4
[Ben Nevis - Observatory Buttress, 2 kb]No description has been contributed for this climb.

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

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This climb is in 69 logbooks, and on 33 wishlists.

Hidden - AltLd - 14/May/15

Lower half climbed with in big boots and crampons were donned when verglas became a problem. Top had two sections of great ice taking screws. Great neve elsewhere. Not truly winter neither summer conditions. The Ben was the place to be. Certainly alpine. https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.995095233834261.1073741842.553984794611976&type=1
glenngordon - AltLd O/S - 14/May/15 with Euan Fowler

Excellent. Swinging leads and some moving together.
olekemi - AltLd O/S - 21/Mar/15 with Lester S

In 5 pitches. Led odds. 1st pitch is in mixed condition, ice is complete after this, if a bit rotten in places. All in all a steady but serious climb, with gear prospects fairly slim given the quality of the ice and the widespread verglas.
alexm198 - AltLd O/S - 08/Mar/15 with Masa Sakano

Alex lead P1, 3, 5, and I did P2, 4 (and very easy P6). We climbed through spindrift all day, as it never ceased. Awful weather. But the ice conditions weren't too bad, though pretty sparsely protected. The temperature was above freezing with water dripping from ice when we started, but the freezing level got lowered below the CIC by the early evening.
masa-alpin - AltLd O/S - 08/Mar/15 with Alex M

rob1 - 2014

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

Harry Holmes - 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

Hidden - Lead - 15/Mar/13

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

Chris Reid - 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

Hidden - Lead - 22/Mar/08

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

Nick Wallis - AltLd O/S - 2005

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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