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[Harry Ellis on the Long Climb, 1 kb]420m, 11 pitches. No description has been contributed for this climb.

Ticklists: Classic Rock, The 100 Best UK VS routes?, Ultimate Scottish Rock, Scottish Mid-Grade Multi-Pitch, Scottish 3 and 4 star multi-pitch routes, MIA logbook must haves!, Mountain Rock (big mid grade summit routes on rock!).

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This climb is in 64 logbooks, and on 159 wishlists.

punj - AltLd - 20/Jul/13 with Steve Appleyard

In a word....shite! Bad holds, hard route finding, E2 gear, loose, wet in places, mossy, not a decent hold on the route! Unmemorable moves, not a decent pitch. Did it for the Classic Rock tick.... Good bits...topping out on the Ben, the views, climbing on the North face, fantastic weather, ending. Would not recommend!
beds74 - AltLd - 20/Jul/13 with Ray Sparks

Ray Sparks - AltLd O/S - 20/Jul/13 with paul

Climbed this on the same day as the chaps below and I have to say that we had a very different experience. Route finding was tricky but not impossible. The 2nd and 3rd pitches were excellent - dry grippy rock, loved the twin cracks. The easier climbing didn't really materialise but at least three pitches could be tackled by moving together rather than pitching to save time. It still took us 8 hours though. Hardly Uli Steck stuff!
Doc A - AltLd - 20/Jul/13 with Graham Wylie

Damn book sent us the wrong way after p7, great until then. Fear, rockfall and sketchy escape to observatory ridge ensued.
sprout3099 - 12/Jun/13 with Becky Wood

Excellent alpine way up the Orion Face, including a chossy, wet, snow-patchy, and loose route with complex routefinding. First ascent of the year?
olekemi - AltLd O/S - 08/Jun/13 with Sam S

TheAndyBarker - 2013

Hidden - 2012

Hidden - 2012

Hidden - 2012

TheAndyBarker - 2012

TheAndyBarker - 2012

Patzl - 2012

Patzl - 2012

Narked4fun - 2012

Hidden - AltLd O/S - 28/Apr/11

Pete Rigby - AltLd O/S - Apr/11 with Jim Tan

Hidden - 2011

Hidden - 2011

Hidden - 2011

Hidden - 2011

Tenko - 2011

An aptly named route. The 4b second rib seemed punchy, even given 4c for the direct. I don't know where you go to finish that pitch, I ended up only (it was wet,) being able to traverse to the big ledge to the left, but found the route by traversing high and back right again, so there must be some way. The "easier climbing," of the final three pitches never materialised, there are many options and time is required to explore to find a do-able one. Good route, but tough.
jonnie3430 - Lead O/S - 25/Aug/10 with Sian

SianR - 2nd - 25/Aug/10 with Jonnie

Very intimidating, very long, so long we missed the England match! Route finding very hard above Second Slab Rib, climbed some hard stuff on and around third slab. Swirling cloud, scary snow approach, slimy rock, some sensational pitches and a magnificent way for us to finish our Classic Rock ticks.
jimorothy - Lead - 12/Jun/10 with Rachel Crolla

Hidden - 2010

Hidden - AltLd - 13/Sep/09

Hidden - Lead - 09/Aug/09


Hidden - Lead O/S - Sep/08

Euan Strachan - Sep/08

Grim weather, absolutely soaked by top of first pitch. Got to third pitch and bailed.
tom.ireson - Lead dnf - Jul/08 with Jens Verhagh

Hidden - 2008

TrollJester - AltLd O/S - 2008 with Bruce A Strachan

ewan i - AltLd dnf - 2008

What a fantastic route on a beautiful day. Best multi pitch climb i've done to date.
bomberharris - 2nd O/S - 19/Jun/07 with Lee

westaway - AltLd O/S - Jun/07 with Imelda Neale

Hidden - AltLd - Jun/07

alan wilson - 2007

maybe_si - Lead O/S - Aug/06 with jez

Jez - AltLd O/S - Aug/06 with Maybe_Si

Hidden - AltLd - 01/Jul/06

Hidden - AltLd - 06/Jun/05

Hidden - AltLd - Sep/04

Rainy and slippy. Spent a lot of time wondering where the route was supposed to go around pitch 8/9. Fantastic climb, well worth it.
Nevis_Ben - 2nd O/S - 16/Jun/03

9hrs of climbing across wet rocks/mud and grass
A Crook - AltLd O/S - 25/Jul/01 with Sam

luckyjim - AltLd - Aug/00

Hidden - 2000

Dave Kerr - AltLd - 07/Aug/99 with Brian Dickson, Gavin Rees

brianrunner - AltLd - Jul/99 with dave kerr

Hidden - AltLd O/S - 02/Jun/97

Hidden - 2nd O/S - Sep/96

Hidden - Solo O/S - 19/Sep/95

Tenko - AltLd - Jun/93 with Kev Wilson

mark mcgowan01 - 1992 with Ian Haliday

Hidden - AltLd - 1992

Aborted Attempt, abbed off in high wind and rain
Neil Henderson - Solo - Sep/91 with Billy webster

babymoac - Lead - 07/Jul/91 with Howard

Nigel Bond - Lead - 28/May/87 with Martin Cash

Hidden - AltLd - May/87

John HW - AltLd - Apr/86

biggianthead - 09/Jul/83 with HT

Lone Rider - AltLd - 13/Aug/77

Very hot, rock boots and shorts
David Smith - Solo - Aug/70 with jim williams

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Style of ascent

Soloed3 of 64 (4.7%)
Lead8 of 64 (12.5%)
Followed4 of 64 (6.2%)
Alt Leads26 of 64 (40.6%)
Unknown23 of 64 (35.9%)

'Climbed'46 of 64 (71.9%)
clean O/S16 of 64 (25.0%)
dnf2 of 64 (3.1%)