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West-South-West Ridge (Normal Route) PD

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Straight forward glacier crossing, followed by rock-ridge scramble and then summit slope of snow/ice.
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This climb is in 105 logbooks, and on 2 wishlists.

First alpine route. Conditions not ideal (top in cloud). Followed ridge all the way from/back to Weissmies hut to avoid glacier. Bottom section is a boulder field not a ridge followed by a short ridge (to UK grade 1 except unavoidable slab around UK grade 3) then long slope to summit on snowed up/iced up loose rock to right rather than whited out snowslope to left. People met on the way up pronounced the last section too icy and dangerous so turned back at 3950+ metres. Made guidebook time up but not down.
mysterion - 12/Sep/13

Hidden - Sep/13

From first lift to Hosaas - in beautiful nick, with a coating of fresh snow which made the top straightforward.
Finn Curry - Lead - 26/Aug/13 with John Wilshaw

Hidden - 14/Aug/13

Descent
alastairbegley - 04/Aug/13 with David Emmett

Descent.
Hoyes - Solo O/S - 02/Aug/13 with Rachel B

summit traverse, ascent SSW ridge, descent normal route
uncontrollable - AltLd O/S - Aug/13 with Max

Stephen Halliday - 30/Jul/13 with Neil Halliday

Hidden - AltLd - 15/Jul/13

olekemi - Solo O/S - 13/Jul/13

Cheese Monkey - 25/Jun/13 with Iain

bonoid - Sep/12 with Duncan McLaughlin

Anna_wells - 27/Aug/12 with TIM

Tim_Gomersall - 27/Aug/12 with ANNA

In ascent from the Weissmies Hut.
michaelmurray - 21/Aug/12 with Matt Myerscough, Ray Birch, James

lauramfletcher - 17/Aug/12

Guides: Daniel Johnson, Magnuss
Dave Hyman - 17/Aug/12 with Oscar Holloway, Laura Fletcher

With John Holiday and Jonny Logan
Malpractise - 07/Aug/12 with Jonny Logan

Hidden - AltLd - Aug/12

Hidden - Solo O/S - Aug/12

As descent route.
Poco Loco - 26/Jul/12 with Liz, Fraser

Tim Rodgers - AltLd - 24/Jul/12 with Adam Gregg

TimPerkin - Lead - 24/Jul/12 with Simon Preuss

Hidden - AltLd O/S - 12/Jul/12

Some thin ice and steep snow near the top made this a more serious PD than I expected. Five German climbers had fallen to their deaths a week before and I could understand why.
caradoc - AltLd - 10/Jul/12 with nick yapp

Adamski1986 - AltLd - Jul/12 with Tim Rodgers

Jasonic - 2012

Alfuller18 - 2012 with Matthew Fuller

aerobiee - Solo O/S - 2012

Bex_M - 02/Sep/11

Hidden - Lead - 23/Aug/11

Hidden - 06/Aug/11

Pete Rigby - AltLd O/S - Aug/11 with Kelli Roberts

kelliroberts3 - Lead O/S - Aug/11 with Peter Rigby

Hidden - 2nd - 29/Jul/11

James_L88 - 21/Jul/11 with Badger

Hidden - Solo - Jul/11

Dave Toseland - Solo - 22/Aug/10 with Jim

MartinN - 12/Aug/10

dkd - Lead O/S - 08/Aug/10 with Al

good walk. only took 4h15 up an down from the hosshas. was expectin a bit of a longer day.
samrad - Aug/10 with abe

Hidden - Solo O/S - 21/Jul/10

Simon Baker - 21/Jul/10

streapadair - Solo - 21/Jul/10 with Sonya

jandyd05 - Lead O/S - 10/Jul/10 with Julie Anglesea

Hidden - 2nd - 10/Jul/10

Hidden - Lead - 07/Jul/10

With Mark and Francois
bjlsmith - 06/Jul/10

Hidden - 2nd dnf - 29/Jun/10

cmaradcliffe - 29/Jun/10

Steve Woollard - AltLd - 27/Jun/10 with Kevin Colclough, Steve Price

Hidden - 2nd - 08/Sep/09

Mr Fuller - 08/Sep/09 with Ally, Joe Barker

riven - 08/Sep/09 with Matt Fuller

Irk the Purist - 07/Sep/09

Hidden - 27/Aug/09

ross duffield - Lead - 31/Jul/09 with row

Nice mix of scrambling and crampon work. Summit is real airy. Little bit loose in places but more like scree than genuine risk of being hit by falling rock. Plenty of compact rock and large boulder scrambling.
Scott McRae - 2nd O/S - 31/Jul/09 with Stefano

Jim Slater - Solo O/S - 28/Jul/09 with Tim Pearson, Phil

Descent
Matt Bennett - 28/Jul/09 with Andrew Moore, Keith Lambley

Hidden - Lead - 26/Jul/09

Left Weissmies Hut at 4am. Summitted at 9:40am, and back at Weissmies Hut by 1:20pm. Ascended via the Lagginhorn Glacier, and decided to descend via the Lagginhorn Ridge. However, this was very long, and not very pleasant in descent, so we changed our minds and decided to cross the glacier on the way down too. Hol's first 4000m peak!
DavidR - AltLd O/S - 22/Jul/09 with Holly Adamthwaite

ian2707 - Jul/09

Chris Plewa - Lead O/S - Jul/09

In descent after climbing the South ridge. Horribly loose and would not recommend it to anyone. Weather turned near the bottom and got soaked as well. About 2 hrs back to the mid-lift station.
markfairbank - Solo - 11/Sep/08

Hidden - Lead dnf - 11/Sep/08

Straight off cable car and up. Exhausting! Good scrambling to be had and some interesting stuff near the top - bit icy so involved a touch of front-pointing. Good weather and nice view from the summit.
mountainbagger - 2nd - 13/Aug/08 with Mrs Mountainbagger, Rob, Walter

Loved this peak. Hardly anyone on it. Decent ice steps in it and quality scrambling. Smashing.
jimorothy - AltLd - Aug/08 with Rachel Crolla

glaramara - Aug/08 with james

MattOwen - Aug/08 with Simon Thorn

acb44 - Aug/08

Hidden - 18/Jul/08

wowbagger - Jul/08 with Crazy Pete

Hidden - 2008

davidellis53 - 2008

Will_he_fall - Aug/07 with Amy

Lagginhorn 4010m, Started at the Weismeiss Hut. Left at 0400hrs reached summit at 0830hrs.
Iain Blackwood - Aug/07

furry - 28/Jul/07 with Caz

Hidden - Jul/07

Chris L Hill - Jul/07 with Mark Harrison, Stuart Shaw, Ed Cheadle, Simon Pearce

Straight up to Hohsass on lifts, then up ridge, very slow going due to not acclimatising properly, but i learnt a lot of lessons that day, mt first full 4000m, good weather, the final traverse to the summit block was very unnerving, on a thin track of unstable ice granules, and a huge drop!!, the summit was very small and exposed,but the views amazing. Very long and tiring descent, back to the hut for a sleepless night, thanks to some noisy, inconsiderate B******s !
Fiskavaig - Solo - Jul/07 with Steve Bridg, Paul R

Hidden - 2nd O/S - 20/Jul/06

Hidden - 07/Jul/06

Zoomer - Lead - Jul/06 with 'Flash' Gordon

rob k - AltLd O/S - Jul/06 with C Amis

The Ivanator - Aug/05

Hidden - 2nd - 08/Jul/05

Hidden - Jul/05

Andy Clarke - Solo - 29/Jul/04

biggianthead - 26/Jul/04 with T

Hidden - 19/Jul/04

tom_holdsworth - 14/Jul/04 with Will Taylor

In snowstorm high up
Iain Thow - Solo - 05/Jul/04

Gustav - Solo O/S - Aug/03 with Andrew US

Hidden - 07/Jul/03

Hidden - Jul/03

From Weissmies Hut. Helped by good snow on the last 200m.
streapadair - Solo - 07/Sep/02

James W - Aug/00

nice line but quite choossy
James W - Aug/00 with john sanday

jsw1 - 30/Jul/00 with Robert Smith, Claire Smith, Bernard Smith, Josie Smith

Hidden - AltLd - 21/Jul/00

Hidden - 16/Jul/00

My first 4000er, got altitude sickness, felt top snow climb was mega steep until the decent when I looked back up & realised it was not much more than a walk ! Rock ridge good fun. Loads of crevasses opend up on glacier that we didn't see during our alpine early start.
chrisrogers - 2nd - Jul/98 with Rob H

brockers - Solo O/S - Jul/97

Nigel Bond - Lead - 15/Aug/75 with Cy, Sandie

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Style of ascent

Soloed16 of 105 (15.2%)
Lead13 of 105 (12.4%)
Followed9 of 105 (8.6%)
Alt Leads13 of 105 (12.4%)
Unknown54 of 105 (51.4%)

'Climbed'84 of 105 (80.0%)
clean O/S19 of 105 (18.1%)
dnf2 of 105 (1.9%)