|Climber||Date||Style||Notes & Partners|
|Steven Andrews||03/Apr||AltLd O/S||
Great climb. BIG.
Easy for the grade. Good ice all the way.
great conditions, getting v. thin at the 2nd slab rib
An outstanding day out. The crux traverse was thin and poorly protected, but nowhere technical. Very satisfying.
Just keeps coming! In 8 pitches, led evens, including the crux traverse which was in exciting semi-mixed condition at the bottom.
Awesome route, led odd pitches. Ice improved with height gain.
Pitches 1,3, 5 and 8. Brilliant
|Andrew Wilson||15/Feb||AltLd O/S||
Amazing route. Felt vast on such a clear day.
With first pitch of directissima... Long route . Just keeps on giving :-)
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.
Excellent. Sustained and interesting all the way. The popularity is justified. Storm winds hit on the way down. Well timed.
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
|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.
cam fowler, luke
Led 1, 4, 7 9 pitches
|Harry Holmes||05/Apr/13||Solo 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.
With rob and Sean - short day
|The Bad Cough||10/Mar/13||AltLd O/S||
Fantastic conditions! Car to car 10 1/2 hours.
Great climb, crux was thin and exposed, a bit of mixed climbing. Chimney towards the end was good.
Pete Jackson, Mark Chadwick
|David Stevens||03/Mar/13||AltLd O/S|
Excellent trip albeit very hacked out. Belays looked like gruyère.
|dan gibson||27/Feb/13||Lead O/S||
|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!!
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.
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.
|Liam Ingram||26/Feb/13||AltLd O/S||
In excellent condition - unforgettable day!
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...
after hadrian's - had the face to ourselves (you just need to start at 2pm)
|Sam Simpson||23/Feb/13||AltLd O/S||
|Mark Grist||23/Feb/13||AltLd O/S||
|Adam Booth||23/Feb/13||AltLd O/S||
Just over 4 hrs, awesome route
|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||
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
|Tom Campbell||?/Feb/13||Lead O/S|
Had a go. Found the first pitch to not be complete / in my ability.
Another working day. Traffic on the crux pitch is starting to take it's toll, as ice is becoming quite thin and detached.
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!
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.
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.
A wild day! Had to climb mainly blind due to spindrift.
|Ginger McGrath||05/Mar/11||AltLd O/S||
lots of ice fall on lower pitches. fucking spicy, but amazing!
phil emerson, emily roo
Crucial traverse wasn't in condition so we bailed into Zero Gully
Condition was marginal and misty, but still a great day out.
Ben Taylor, Carlos
|Dave Thompson||07/Apr/10||AltLd O/S||
Wanted to do this for years!
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.
|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.
Great condition, 1st time placements the whole way. Pretty wild conditions!
Good conditions - plenty of folk enjoying them!
Cracking route, great position, perect nic.
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!
|Martin Haworth||13/Mar/10||Lead O/S||
Awesome route. Climbing never too hard, but protection was poor. V,4.
|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||
Climbed in 9 pitches, had the route to ourselves, in fantastic condition. Crux pitch was fairly straight forward today.
|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!
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|
very lucky - probably as easy as its gets very fine
Mike Pescod, Al Borrett
led with daz lemal, beut day out
|Southern Mark Smith||16/Apr/08||AltLd O/S||
softish ice conditions
Best winter day ever!
|Nick Wallis||??/2005||AltLd O/S|
Think this is over-rated. A lot of uncharacterful pitches; a lot of climbing and nice scenery but in itself pretty uninteresting.
As good as the hype, great exposed position, bettered only by Psychedelic Wall or Astral Highway for position.....
|Steve Crowe||19/Apr/86||2nd O/S||
One of my first winter climbs. Never bettered.
Got best pitches.Very well covered, supurb conditions
My first route on the Ben