Started in poor visibility but sun broke through on pitch 2. Topped out in fading daylight to a sunset on the summit plateau. Bomber placements and screws most of the way. Possibly some variations from the normal route but just followed the logical line. Amazing day.
Brian Pollock - AltLd O/S - 30/Dec/14 with Luca
colenn - AltLd O/S - 28/Mar/14 with Liam Brophy, Rob Noone
rob87n - AltLd O/S - 28/Mar/14 with Colm ennis, Liam Brophy
liamo333 - AltLd - 28/Mar/14
bandersnatch - 2014
Hidden - 2014
prcleary - 2014
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.
masa-alpin - AltLd O/S - 04/May/13 with James C
NickJH - AltLd - 27/Apr/13 with LiamG
Excellent. Sustained and interesting all the way. The popularity is justified. Storm winds hit on the way down. Well timed.
NeilGriffiths - AltLd - 13/Apr/13 with Adrian Pedley
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
a pedley - AltLd - 13/Apr/13 with neil Griffeths
Hidden - AltLd O/S - 13/Apr/13
Great Climb but took us a while. Good sustained level of climbing all the way through the 8 pitches.
Joe Nunn - AltLd O/S - 12/Apr/13
alan barnes - AltLd - 09/Apr/13 with cam fowler, luke
Hidden - 08/Apr/13
Scotsken - Lead O/S - 07/Apr/13 with Jonno
Led 1, 4, 7
abbeywall - AltLd - 06/Apr/13 with K, FM
Harry Holmes - Solo O/S - 05/Apr/13
Hidden - AltLd - 02/Apr/13
dav_713 - AltLd - 02/Apr/13 with Davie Scott
Hidden - Lead - Apr/13
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.
simon_D - AltLd O/S - 29/Mar/13 with Alex
With rob and Sean - short day
peter neden - Lead - 16/Mar/13
rob1 - AltLd O/S - 13/Mar/13
Matthew Robinson - AltLd - 13/Mar/13 with Rob
Hidden - 2nd - 13/Mar/13
gregor - 12/Mar/13
jon22 - AltLd O/S - 10/Mar/13 with The Bad Cough
Fantastic conditions! Car to car 10 1/2 hours.
The Bad Cough - AltLd O/S - 10/Mar/13 with John Sealey
Great climb, crux was thin and exposed, a bit of mixed climbing. Chimney towards the end was good.
Andy Hewison - 2nd - 04/Mar/13 with Pete Jackson, Mark Chadwick
Hidden - 2nd O/S - 04/Mar/13
radioshed - AltLd O/S - 03/Mar/13 with dave s
David Stevens - AltLd O/S - 03/Mar/13 with Matt Craig
Hidden - AltLd O/S - 02/Mar/13
Uisdean hawthorn - 02/Mar/13
Excellent trip albeit very hacked out. Belays looked like gruyère.
Tubs - Solo O/S - 02/Mar/13 with Dave M
Hidden - AltLd - Mar/13
jamesturnbull - AltLd - Mar/13 with aiden
Guy Wilson - Mar/13 with Plum
Hidden - AltLd - 27/Feb/13
dan gibson - Lead O/S - 27/Feb/13 with helen gibson
.. 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!!
Helen Gibson - 2nd O/S - 27/Feb/13 with dan
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.
stratandrew - AltLd O/S - 27/Feb/13 with Gareth Williams
Linked to Slav route
gw3285 - AltLd - 27/Feb/13
Superb. Never desperately hard, but it's a huge route so fully worth the (V,5). We did it in 9 pitches.
Wee Davie - AltLd O/S - 26/Feb/13 with Gary Gray
Liam Ingram - AltLd O/S - 26/Feb/13 with Ally Rocke
In excellent condition - unforgettable day!
allyrocke - AltLd O/S - 26/Feb/13 with Liam Ingram
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...
tomdude - AltLd O/S - 26/Feb/13 with Rich Abel
wheelsucker - AltLd - 26/Feb/13 with David Crawford
Hidden - AltLd - 26/Feb/13
Hidden - Lead - 25/Feb/13
after hadrian's - had the face to ourselves (you just need to start at 2pm)
robertmichaeladams - AltLd - 24/Feb/13 with Ben Wallace
Hidden - Lead - 24/Feb/13
Hidden - AltLd O/S - 23/Feb/13
Sam Simpson - AltLd O/S - 23/Feb/13 with Helen Harrison
The Grist - AltLd O/S - 23/Feb/13 with Nick Allsop
Just over 4 hrs, awesome route
Adam Booth - AltLd O/S - 23/Feb/13 with Murdo
Hidden - AltLd - 23/Feb/13
Diggler - AltLd O/S - 22/Feb/13 with jonah
alastairbegley - AltLd O/S - 22/Feb/13 with Nick Russell, Alex Winter
Alex Winter - AltLd O/S - 22/Feb/13 with Nick and Alastair
First on the face, moved efficiently as a 3. Excellent conditions, and the climb lived up to expectations!
Nick Russell - AltLd O/S - 22/Feb/13 with Alex Winter, Alastair Begley
Simon Allcock - 2nd O/S - 21/Feb/13 with Wilki
atch - 21/Feb/13 with James T
Alpine start. Amazing day. Amazing route. Amazing conditions. Climbed in less than 4 and half hours. Best day on the Ben ever.
alifin - 2nd - 19/Feb/13 with Mike Pescod, Aidan Roe
Hidden - 2nd - 19/Feb/13
Tom Campbell - Lead O/S - Feb/13
greglad - Feb/13
Hidden - 2013
Hidden - 2013
captain - 2013
ashpreston - 2013
Hidden - 2012
Hidden - AltLd - 28/Mar/11
Had a go. Found the first pitch to not be complete / in my ability.
joeydurkin - AltLd dnf - 25/Mar/11 with Mark P
Another working day. Traffic on the crux pitch is starting to take it's toll, as ice is becoming quite thin and detached.
Ken Applegate - AltLd - 19/Mar/11 with Parminder
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!
Misha - AltLd O/S - 19/Mar/11 with Su, Phil
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.
philhilo - AltLd O/S - 19/Mar/11 with su, misha
Hidden - AltLd - 19/Mar/11
Hidden - 2nd O/S - 19/Mar/11
Hidden - AltLd - 17/Mar/11
simondunf - AltLd O/S - 17/Mar/11 with beau
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.
Ken Applegate - Lead - 16/Mar/11 with Dominic
A wild day! Had to climb mainly blind due to spindrift.
Heike - 12/Mar/11 with Martin Fitzsimons
Simon K - 2nd - 07/Mar/11 with Mike Pescod
Hidden - AltLd O/S - 05/Mar/11
lots of ice fall on lower pitches. fucking spicy, but amazing!
Ginger McGrath - AltLd O/S - 05/Mar/11 with phil emerson, emily roo
machars - AltLd - 05/Mar/11 with Bjorn Verduijn
Hidden - AltLd rpt - 05/Mar/11
Scotsken - Mar/11
Pete Graham - AltLd - 27/Feb/11 with Malcolm Scott
Hidden - AltLd dnf - 21/Jan/11
Crucial traverse wasn't in condition so we bailed into Zero Gully
AMarchant - AltLd dnf - 21/Jan/11 with Ally Hurst
R2D2 - 2011
adie84 - 2011
PAJames - 2011
Hidden - 2011
alkira - 2011
Hidden - Lead - 2011
Hidden - 2011
Hidden - 2011
Hidden - 2011
Hidden - AltLd O/S - 2011
Condition was marginal and misty, but still a great day out.
jamestheyip - AltLd O/S - 08/Apr/10 with Ben Taylor, Carlos
Dave Thompson - AltLd O/S - 07/Apr/10 with Michael Stephenson
Hidden - 2nd - 01/Apr/10
Wanted to do this for years!
Tim Sparrow - AltLd - Apr/10 with Ned
Hidden - AltLd O/S - 29/Mar/10
Lead even pitches including crux traverse. Beautiful day, amazing positions on the route.
niallk - AltLd O/S - 29/Mar/10 with Willie
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.
Somerset swede basher - Lead O/S - 29/Mar/10 with Jon Miles
First experience of Grade V. Brilliant Route.
The Mountain Goat - 2nd O/S - 29/Mar/10 with Dom Sellers
Bloody amazing climb. The ice was awesome. Long day though.
Ally Baba - AltLd O/S - 27/Mar/10 with R. Mcmurry
Hidden - AltLd O/S - 27/Mar/10
Hidden - AltLd O/S - 27/Mar/10
Great condition, 1st time placements the whole way. Pretty wild conditions!
bullwinkle - AltLd O/S - 27/Mar/10 with Bart Shaw
Good conditions - plenty of folk enjoying them!
Jules C - 27/Mar/10
Hidden - 26/Mar/10
Hidden - 2nd - 23/Mar/10
R0bbie - AltLd O/S - 21/Mar/10 with Henning
hwackerhage - AltLd - 21/Mar/10 with Robbie Miller
Cracking route, great position, perect nic.
DuncanR - AltLd - 20/Mar/10
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!
david morse - AltLd - 13/Mar/10 with ben anderson
Awesome route. Climbing never too hard, but protection was poor. V,4.
Martin Haworth - Lead O/S - 13/Mar/10 with Andy
Ben1983 - AltLd - 13/Mar/10
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.
Andrew Sloan - AltLd O/S - 13/Mar/10
Jonathan Lagoe - UKC - AltLd - 12/Mar/10 with Pete Whillance
gregor - 12/Mar/10
Hidden - 12/Mar/10
Climbed in 9 pitches, had the route to ourselves, in fantastic condition. Crux pitch was fairly straight forward today.
Ken Applegate - AltLd - 10/Mar/10 with Scott Kirkhope
sadams - AltLd - 08/Mar/10 with Eric Hildrew
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!
Andrew Barker - Lead O/S - 08/Mar/10 with John Barker
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!
Limestone-Lad - AltLd O/S - 08/Mar/10
Route in great condition with bomber neve throughout.
Big Lee - AltLd O/S - 06/Mar/10 with Peter Flanagan
Dave Latimer - AltLd O/S - 06/Mar/10
benclimbing - AltLd O/S - 06/Mar/10 with Dave Latimer
Hidden - AltLd - 03/Mar/10
Hidden - AltLd - 03/Mar/10
AB1965 - 2nd - 03/Mar/10
Hidden - AltLd O/S - 03/Mar/10
very lucky - probably as easy as its gets very fine
bob johnson - 02/Mar/10 with Mike Pescod, Al Borrett
jmaskill - 2nd - Mar/10
gripped01 - AltLd - Mar/10 with Mike Palmer
led with daz lemal, beut day out
spoony84 - AltLd O/S - Mar/10
Smith42 - AltLd - Mar/10
luckyjim - AltLd - Mar/09 with D Helm
Captain Solo - AltLd - 19/Apr/08 with Ewan
Richard White - AltLd O/S - 16/Apr/08 with Rimon Than
lberry - 2nd - 12/Apr/08
Hidden - 06/Apr/08
Brown - AltLd O/S - 05/Apr/08 with Innes
Hidden - Lead O/S - Apr/08
Hidden - Lead O/S - 29/Mar/08
centurion05 - AltLd - Mar/08
softish ice conditions
Grezza - Lead - 18/Feb/08
innes - 2008
Best winter day ever!
HIGHTOWER - AltLd O/S - 24/Mar/07 with Tim
sgl - AltLd - 20/Mar/07 with gaz
gaz.marshall - AltLd O/S - 20/Mar/07 with sgl
akhughes - AltLd O/S - Mar/07 with Steptoe
Jamie B - Lead - Mar/07 with Ed Morrison
timmy-ts - 2007
keith leonard - Lead - 2007 with wife
Hidden - 2007
GuyM - AltLd - Apr/06 with si
Hidden - 2006
Nick Wallis - AltLd O/S - 2005
Hidden - AltLd O/S - 28/Mar/04
Hidden - AltLd O/S - Jan/03
Hidden - AltLd - Mar/02
Gudge - AltLd O/S - Mar/02 with Gareth Hughes
Think this is over-rated. A lot of uncharacterful pitches; a lot of climbing and nice scenery but in itself pretty uninteresting.
nickdonohue - AltLd - Mar/02 with Jon Aylward
Dave Kerr - AltLd - 24/Feb/02 with Steve Wells
Hidden - AltLd dnf - 04/May/01
bandersnatch - Lead - Feb/01 with Mairi B
frost - AltLd - Mar/00 with J Hubbard
As good as the hype, great exposed position, bettered only by Psychedelic Wall or Astral Highway for position.....
Chad123 - AltLd - Feb/00 with Jonny M
Smith42 - 1999
mark mcgowan01 - 1993 with Alex Runciman
Hidden - 1990
Hidden - AltLd - 13/Apr/89
Hidden - Solo - 06/Apr/88
Hidden - Solo - 25/Feb/87
scree - Feb/87 with Dave H
One of my first winter climbs. Never bettered.
Steve Crowe - 2nd O/S - 19/Apr/86
Hidden - AltLd - Apr/86
Bruce Kerr - Lead - 08/Feb/86 with Perric Crellin
jcw - 1986 with Simon Richardson
Gezzer - AltLd - 1984 with Max Rock
Got best pitches.Very well covered, supurb conditions
David Smith - AltLd - 23/Feb/83 with Al Bennett
mark-abz - AltLd - 16/Feb/83 with Kev H
My first route on the Ben
Bob - AltLd O/S - 1981 with D. Geere