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Ticklists: Cold Climbs, Robin Smith Legacy, 3 star Scottish winter, The Great Mountain Crags of Scotland, The Pinnacle.

ClimberDateStyleNotes & Partners
rob16 03/Apr AltLd
Matt Brook
Steven Andrews 03/Apr AltLd O/S

Great climb. BIG.

Tom Shaw
arose 02/Apr Lead

Easy for the grade. Good ice all the way.

Hidden 26/Mar AltLd O/S
Hidden 25/Mar AltLd O/S
marxk 25/Mar -

great conditions, getting v. thin at the 2nd slab rib

GaryK 25/Mar AltLd

An outstanding day out. The crux traverse was thin and poorly protected, but nowhere technical. Very satisfying.

Dan Bailey
alexm198 24/Mar AltLd O/S

Just keeps coming! In 8 pitches, led evens, including the crux traverse which was in exciting semi-mixed condition at the bottom.

JackM92 24/Mar AltLd O/S

Awesome route, led odd pitches. Ice improved with height gain.

oliverk 21/Mar AltLd O/S

Pitches 1,3, 5 and 8. Brilliant

Tim E
mjsmith1973 19/Mar 2nd
Mike Pescod
ColdAndWet 19/Mar AltLd
Jeremy Windsor
Hidden 15/Mar AltLd O/S
Kirill 14/Mar AltLd O/S
mike.moss 14/Mar AltLd O/S
tjmillen 14/Mar AltLd
AGoodi ?/Mar -
Andrew Wilson 15/Feb AltLd O/S

Amazing route. Felt vast on such a clear day.

Matt Nuttall
tom.e 15/Feb AltLd O/S
mattnuttall 15/Feb AltLd O/S

With first pitch of directissima... Long route . Just keeps on giving :-)

Andy Wilson
colenn 28/Mar/14 AltLd O/S


rob87n 28/Mar/14 AltLd O/S
liamo333 28/Mar/14 AltLd
Hidden ??/2014 -
Hidden ??/2014 -
prcleary ??/2014 -
masa-alpin 04/May/13 AltLd O/S

My first May Scottish climb and the fantastic finale of this fantastic winter season! James lead P1 and then lead alternatively. Didn't expect we'd use 3 screws for both the upper & lower belay... 50m pitches with 3 screw runners only were not really good... We were continuously assaulted by spindrift from both above and below.

NickJH 27/Apr/13 AltLd
NeilGriffiths 13/Apr/13 AltLd

Excellent. Sustained and interesting all the way. The popularity is justified. Storm winds hit on the way down. Well timed.

Adrian Pedley
a pedley 13/Apr/13 AltLd

Mega route, done without incident apart from one dropped screw, won't mention names but it wasnt me!! great conditions topped out as the wind picked up

neil Griffeths
Hidden 13/Apr/13 AltLd O/S
Joe Nunn 12/Apr/13 AltLd O/S

Great Climb but took us a while. Good sustained level of climbing all the way through the 8 pitches.

alan barnes 09/Apr/13 AltLd
cam fowler, luke
Hidden 08/Apr/13 -
Scotsken 07/Apr/13 Lead O/S
abbeywall 06/Apr/13 AltLd

Led 1, 4, 7 9 pitches

Harry Holmes 05/Apr/13 Solo O/S


Hidden 02/Apr/13 AltLd
dav_713 02/Apr/13 AltLd
Davie Scott
Hidden ?/Apr/13 Lead
simon_D 29/Mar/13 AltLd O/S

Conditions were thin lower down on the crux but Alex did a grand job! Awesome route, took a while but involved everything I enjoy about ice climbing on the Ben.

peter neden 16/Mar/13 Lead

With rob and Sean - short day

rob1 13/Mar/13 AltLd O/S
Matthew Robinson 13/Mar/13 AltLd
Hidden 13/Mar/13 2nd
gregor 12/Mar/13 -
jon22 10/Mar/13 AltLd O/S
The Bad Cough 10/Mar/13 AltLd O/S

Fantastic conditions! Car to car 10 1/2 hours.

Andy Hewison 04/Mar/13 2nd

Great climb, crux was thin and exposed, a bit of mixed climbing. Chimney towards the end was good.

Pete Jackson, Mark Chadwick
Hidden 04/Mar/13 2nd O/S
radioshed 03/Mar/13 AltLd O/S
David Stevens 03/Mar/13 AltLd O/S
Hidden 02/Mar/13 AltLd O/S
Uisdean hawthorn 02/Mar/13 -
Tubs 02/Mar/13 Solo O/S

Excellent trip albeit very hacked out. Belays looked like gruyère.

Dave M
Hidden ?/Mar/13 AltLd
jamesturnbull ?/Mar/13 AltLd
Guy Wilson ?/Mar/13 -
Hidden 27/Feb/13 AltLd
dan gibson 27/Feb/13 Lead O/S


helen gibson
Helen Gibson 27/Feb/13 2nd O/S

.. not quite the direct route up the face..led the basin pitch only.. at downclimb and traverse, went too far right and continued up Slav route, which had rubbish belays and pro in upper section, quite scary in the dark, but an unforgettable adventure!!

stratandrew 27/Feb/13 AltLd O/S

the first 4 or 5 pitches of Orion then switched to Slav Route after the traverse and finished up the icy chimney to the back right of the tower. Good link up. Blue sky day.

gw3285 27/Feb/13 AltLd

Linked to Slav route

Wee Davie 26/Feb/13 AltLd O/S

Superb. Never desperately hard, but it's a huge route so fully worth the (V,5). We did it in 9 pitches.

Gary Gray
Liam Ingram 26/Feb/13 AltLd O/S

Perfect day.

allyrocke 26/Feb/13 AltLd O/S

In excellent condition - unforgettable day!

tomdude 26/Feb/13 AltLd O/S

Very stepped out but still a brilliant brilliant place to be! Bottom half to ourselves then caught up with others. Topped out with Orion rising over the crest...

Rich Abel
wheelsucker 26/Feb/13 AltLd
David Crawford
Hidden 26/Feb/13 AltLd
Hidden 25/Feb/13 Lead
robertmichaeladams 24/Feb/13 AltLd

after hadrian's - had the face to ourselves (you just need to start at 2pm)

Ben Wallace
Hidden 24/Feb/13 Lead
DPaul 23/Feb/13 AltLd O/S


mike barnard
Sam Simpson 23/Feb/13 AltLd O/S
Helen Harrison
Mark Grist 23/Feb/13 AltLd O/S
Nick Allsop
Adam Booth 23/Feb/13 AltLd O/S

Just over 4 hrs, awesome route

Hidden 23/Feb/13 AltLd
Diggler 22/Feb/13 AltLd O/S
alastairbegley 22/Feb/13 AltLd O/S

Alex Winter 22/Feb/13 AltLd O/S
Nick and Alastair
Nick Russell 22/Feb/13 AltLd O/S

First on the face, moved efficiently as a 3. Excellent conditions, and the climb lived up to expectations!

Simon Allcock 21/Feb/13 2nd O/S
atch 21/Feb/13 -

Fantastic route

James T
alifin 19/Feb/13 2nd

Alpine start. Amazing day. Amazing route. Amazing conditions. Climbed in less than 4 and half hours. Best day on the Ben ever.

Mike Pescod, Aidan Roe
Hidden 19/Feb/13 2nd
Tom Campbell ?/Feb/13 Lead O/S
greglad ?/Feb/13 -
Hidden ??/2013 -
Hidden ??/2013 -
captain ??/2013 -
ashpreston ??/2013 -
Hidden ??/2012 -
jamieevans 28/Mar/11 AltLd
joeydurkin 25/Mar/11 AltLd dnf

Had a go. Found the first pitch to not be complete / in my ability.

Ken Applegate 19/Mar/11 AltLd

Another working day. Traffic on the crux pitch is starting to take it's toll, as ice is becoming quite thin and detached.

Misha 19/Mar/11 AltLd O/S

Fantastic route, lived up to expectations and then some! Not technically hard for a V as the ice conditions were pretty good but it just kept coming! The crux consisted of a few slightly tricky mixed moves on the traverse pitch (once I got on the right line - initially traversed along what seemed an obvious sloping snow ledge but that was too low and took me too near to Zero, so had to reverse and reconsider). The only disappointment was that we didn't have much visibility for most of the time. Su did very well, particularly considering that her foot was in increasing pain. The 4+ parties backing up behind us must have been cursing us but first come, first served! Soloed P1 (approach pitch), Phil led P2 (a short steep section on good hooks), I P3 through first snowfield and a steeper bit of ice, Phil P4 through continuation shownfield, I P5 crux traverse and up steepish ice, easy groudn and a tricky mixed groove, Phil P6 icy grooves, I P7 icy slab with steep exit into large icy chimney (everything was icy!), Phil P8 out of chimney and up easier ground, I P9 direct to the top through couple of tricky mixed sections (route meant to go diagonally right up easy ground). Up at 2am, started walk in 3.30, started route 7.30, topped out 6.20, headtorches out going down Red Burn, megabog slog across from the lochan, back in NF car park 10.20, 19 hour day!

philhilo 19/Mar/11 AltLd O/S

What a lot of route! 9 long pitches. Up at 2am, walking in from 3.30. Lots of snow all the way. On route 7.30. Topped out 18.30. Back to car 22.30 - long day. Climbing straight forward but always better than Point Five. Excellent neve meant gear a bit poor - 1 decent rock belay on whole route, rest a variety of good to poor screws. Su with bad foot so Misha and I alt lead. I got big ice on P2, Misha the traverse (thin to start but good hooks - 5), I the chimney, Misha straightened the top to take in some steep mixed steps on top pitch. Slow but not bad for a 3some and Su on 6th winter climb.

Hidden 19/Mar/11 AltLd
Hidden 19/Mar/11 2nd O/S
Hidden 17/Mar/11 AltLd
simondunf 17/Mar/11 AltLd O/S
Ken Applegate 16/Mar/11 Lead

Guiding day. Stunning day on the mountain, with very calm weather and amazing views all day. Route is in good condition, crux pitch is a bit thin, but fine.

Heike 12/Mar/11 -

A wild day! Had to climb mainly blind due to spindrift.

Martin Fitzsimons
Simon K 07/Mar/11 2nd
Mike Pescod
Hidden 05/Mar/11 AltLd O/S
Ginger McGrath 05/Mar/11 AltLd O/S

lots of ice fall on lower pitches. fucking spicy, but amazing!

phil emerson, emily roo
machars 05/Mar/11 AltLd
Hidden 05/Mar/11 AltLd rpt
Scotsken ?/Mar/11 -
Pete Graham 27/Feb/11 AltLd
Hidden 21/Jan/11 AltLd dnf
AMarchant 21/Jan/11 AltLd dnf

Crucial traverse wasn't in condition so we bailed into Zero Gully

R2D2 ??/2011 -
adie84 ??/2011 -
PAJames ??/2011 -
Hidden ??/2011 -
alkira ??/2011 -
Hidden ??/2011 Lead
Hidden ??/2011 -
Hidden ??/2011 -
Hidden ??/2011 -
Hidden ??/2011 AltLd O/S
jamestheyip 08/Apr/10 AltLd O/S

Condition was marginal and misty, but still a great day out.

Ben Taylor, Carlos
Dave Thompson 07/Apr/10 AltLd O/S
Michael Stephenson
Hidden 01/Apr/10 2nd
Tim Sparrow ?/Apr/10 AltLd

Wanted to do this for years!

niallk 29/Mar/10 AltLd O/S

Lead even pitches including crux traverse. Beautiful day, amazing positions on the route.

Somerset swede basher 29/Mar/10 Lead O/S

First on the route, felt like we had it all to ourselves through apparently many teams below. I lead all 10 pitches, mentally shattered by the top. I think we may have done a pitch of the directissima after the crux for a pitch. We also took the first variation right of the traditional finish that traverses back onto the original line at the final bend back right. Amazing day out.

Jon Miles
The Mountain Goat 29/Mar/10 2nd O/S

First experience of Grade V. Brilliant Route.

Ally Baba 27/Mar/10 AltLd O/S

Bloody amazing climb. The ice was awesome. Long day though.

R. Mcmurry
Hidden 27/Mar/10 AltLd O/S
Hidden 27/Mar/10 AltLd O/S
bullwinkle 27/Mar/10 AltLd O/S

Great condition, 1st time placements the whole way. Pretty wild conditions!

Jules C 27/Mar/10 -

Good conditions - plenty of folk enjoying them!

Hidden 26/Mar/10 -
Hidden 23/Mar/10 2nd
R0bbie 21/Mar/10 AltLd O/S
hwackerhage 21/Mar/10 AltLd

Robbie Miller
DuncanR 20/Mar/10 AltLd

Cracking route, great position, perect nic.

david morse 13/Mar/10 AltLd

Traversed way too far on crux pitch into Slav route, followed this to a dead end 3m from the top then rapped into zero. Adventure!

ben anderson
Martin Haworth 13/Mar/10 Lead O/S

Awesome route. Climbing never too hard, but protection was poor. V,4.

Ben1983 13/Mar/10 AltLd
Andrew Sloan 13/Mar/10 AltLd O/S

Great day out but knackering. After traverse pitch above basin ended up following preceding parties up Slav route finish; unfortunately last 10ft was unclimbable slab(ice ran out!)so had to abseil into Zero gully to finish. Heinous conditions on top.

Jonathan Lagoe - UKC 12/Mar/10 AltLd
Pete Whillance
gregor 12/Mar/10 -
Hidden 12/Mar/10 -
Ken Applegate 10/Mar/10 AltLd

Climbed in 9 pitches, had the route to ourselves, in fantastic condition. Crux pitch was fairly straight forward today.

Scott Kirkhope
sadams 08/Mar/10 AltLd
Eric Hildrew
Andrew Barker 08/Mar/10 Lead O/S

A sublime route. Not huge amounts of gear and some suspect belays but there was plenty of good ice including on the crux. My favourite winter route so far, only a winter traverse of the Cullin could knock it into second place. We were pleased we got up early as we ended up in front of the masses who turned up after us!

John Barker
Limestone-Lad 08/Mar/10 AltLd O/S

With RK. Delays due to other parties. Last three pitched in dark. Mostly very good ice except a short section in the pitch above the crux pitch. Lead this by head torch light. A smashing day!

Big Lee 06/Mar/10 AltLd O/S

Route in great condition with bomber neve throughout.

Dave Latimer 06/Mar/10 AltLd O/S
benclimbing 06/Mar/10 AltLd O/S
Hidden 03/Mar/10 AltLd
Hidden 03/Mar/10 AltLd
AB1965 03/Mar/10 2nd
Hidden 03/Mar/10 AltLd O/S
bob johnson 02/Mar/10 -

very lucky - probably as easy as its gets very fine

Mike Pescod, Al Borrett
jmaskill ?/Mar/10 2nd
gripped01 ?/Mar/10 AltLd
Mike Palmer
spoony84 ?/Mar/10 AltLd O/S

led with daz lemal, beut day out

Smith42 ?/Mar/10 AltLd
luckyjim ?/Mar/09 AltLd
D Helm
Captain Solo 19/Apr/08 AltLd
Southern Mark Smith 16/Apr/08 AltLd O/S
Rimon Than
lberry 12/Apr/08 2nd
Hidden 06/Apr/08 -
Brown 05/Apr/08 AltLd O/S
Hidden ?/Apr/08 Lead O/S
Hidden 29/Mar/08 Lead O/S
centurion05 ?/Mar/08 AltLd
Grezza 18/Feb/08 Lead

softish ice conditions

innes ??/2008 -
HIGHTOWER 24/Mar/07 AltLd O/S

Best winter day ever!

sgl 20/Mar/07 AltLd
gaz.marshall 20/Mar/07 AltLd O/S
akhughes ?/Mar/07 AltLd O/S
Jamie B ?/Mar/07 Lead
Ed Morrison
timmy-ts ??/2007 -
keith leonard ??/2007 Lead
Hidden ??/2007 -
GuyM ?/Apr/06 AltLd
Hidden ??/2006 -
Nick Wallis ??/2005 AltLd O/S
Hidden 28/Mar/04 AltLd O/S
Hidden ?/Jan/03 AltLd O/S
Hidden ?/Mar/02 AltLd
Gudge ?/Mar/02 AltLd O/S
nickdonohue ?/Mar/02 AltLd

Think this is over-rated. A lot of uncharacterful pitches; a lot of climbing and nice scenery but in itself pretty uninteresting.

Jon Aylward
Dave Kerr 24/Feb/02 AltLd
Steve Wells
Hidden 04/May/01 AltLd dnf
Hidden ?/Feb/01 AltLd
plain kitten ??/2001 -


frost ?/Mar/00 AltLd
J Hubbard
Chad123 ?/Feb/00 AltLd

As good as the hype, great exposed position, bettered only by Psychedelic Wall or Astral Highway for position.....

Jonny M
Smith42 ??/1999 -
mark mcgowan01 ??/1993 -
Alex Runciman
Hidden ??/1990 -
Hidden 13/Apr/89 AltLd
Hidden 08/Apr/89 AltLd
Hidden 06/Apr/88 Solo
Hidden 25/Feb/87 Solo
scree ?/Feb/87 -
Dave H
Steve Crowe 19/Apr/86 2nd O/S

One of my first winter climbs. Never bettered.

Hidden ?/Apr/86 AltLd
Bruce Kerr 08/Feb/86 Lead
Perric Crellin
jcw ??/1986 -
Simon Richardson
Hidden 05/Feb/85 AltLd dnf
Gezzer ??/1984 AltLd
Max Rock
uphillnow 23/Feb/83 AltLd

Got best pitches.Very well covered, supurb conditions

Al Bennett
mark-abz 16/Feb/83 AltLd
Kev H
Bob ??/1981 AltLd O/S

My first route on the Ben

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