Wet snow and little usable neve made for more taxing going than expected. Led Tower Gap this time which was a fine virgin snow-arete.niallk - AltLd rpt - 27/Apr/13 with Willie
Hidden - AltLd O/S - 27/Apr/13
PeteLoveless - AltLd O/S - 12/Apr/13 with Ben Gibson
Amazing day out. Warm and low cloud.
Gibson27 - AltLd O/S - 12/Apr/13
Continued up Tower Ridge after Vanishing Gully.
Clay C - AltLd rpt - 07/Apr/13 with Nick R
Dougbart - 06/Apr/13 with TIm
naffan - Solo O/S - 05/Apr/13
Blue sky day
davebrox - Lead - 05/Apr/13 with Fiona
Moving together most of the way in brilliant sun; an Alpine day. Glorious.
Andy Syme - AltLd O/S - 05/Apr/13 with Al Goodridge
alan r b - 03/Apr/13 with cam fowler, luke
Done in 4 and a bit hours despite being held up by the only other party ahead - on Easter saturday, no less!
LJKing - Lead O/S - 30/Mar/13 with Paul Clarkson
Got up late to try to avoid the ques but there was no one on the mountain. 3 hrs 15. Bomb proof neve from start to finish
team fat belly - 30/Mar/13 with Euan
Moved together the whole way. 4.5h.
Stuart Johnston - Lead O/S - 28/Mar/13 with Adam Ryan, Dave Cowell
Stunning conditions but we probably pitched more than we needed to. It got dark for the eastern traverse and we climbed the tower by head torches. Cold Bivouac at the top of the tower and escaped in the morning by down climbing to the traverse.
mrterrynelson - Lead dnf - 28/Mar/13 with Brian
Roberttaylor - Lead rpt - 17/Mar/13 with Thijs Lubbers
Roped up from the Eastern traverse. White out on the way down.
Craig Holden - AltLd O/S - 16/Mar/13
parts pitched - including eastern traverse and the gap, parts soloed,including first mixed pitch, and moved together in parts.
alex toomey - AltLd O/S - 16/Mar/13 with craig holden
paulmck - Lead - 16/Mar/13
Hidden - 2nd - 12/Mar/13
Hidden - 2nd - 12/Mar/13
middlemarker - AltLd - 11/Mar/13 with Dom
Hidden - Solo O/S - 10/Mar/13
Matthew Robinson - AltLd - 06/Mar/13 with Kevin
Fantastic! Long time coming :) Just under 6 hours, great conditions. Led Douglas Gap pitch, bits of icy Little Tower, Eastern Traverse, Tower Gap entry and top out.
Southern Man - AltLd O/S - 06/Mar/13 with Andy March
cwhitty - AltLd - 05/Mar/13
HIGHTOWER - Lead rpt - 05/Mar/13 with Jiffy
Hidden - AltLd - 05/Mar/13
Hidden - 2nd - 04/Mar/13
Unbelievable conditions. 4 hours on route despite very heavy traffic. tremendous day out.
rossn - AltLd - 04/Mar/13 with Nick Bryan
route in top condition
nicjbuk - AltLd - 04/Mar/13 with ross nicol esq
keithlambley - AltLd - 04/Mar/13 with Jim L
Hidden - AltLd - 03/Mar/13
Ross Young - AltLd O/S - 02/Mar/13 with Marnoch
mhamiltonj - 02/Mar/13 with Ross Y
Hidden - Lead - 02/Mar/13
finnally ticked off this route in winter, soloed it in summer in 99, conditions were good, snow was compact but plentiful, ice was thud solid, lead after the gap upto summit , run out. the gap and traverse were mega, not at all out my depth, if it was thin then different story, quite a few others on route, waited 45mins at the gap , a party came uoto it from the chinmy, this route is mega, long day, but worth it, other partys can make it longer beware of this ,
k2blow - AltLd - Mar/13 with john howes
finnally ticked off this route in winter, soloed it in summer in 99, conditions were good, snow was compact but plentiful, ice was thud solid, lead after the gap upto summit , run out. the gap and traverse were mega, not at all out my depth, if it was thin then different story, quite a few others on route, waited 45mins at the gap , a party came uoto it from the chinmy, this route is mega, long day, but worth it, other partys can make it longer beware of this ,there is plenty of protection too, in the right places, dont attempt route if visibilty is poor,
k2blow - AltLd - Mar/13 with john howes
mctinkno - AltLd O/S - 27/Feb/13 with Will Donaldson, Andrew Wielochowski
Great conditions and great route. Moved together for most of it.
Keenb - AltLd O/S - 27/Feb/13 with Duncan Bell
Hidden - AltLd O/S - 25/Feb/13
Hidden - AltLd - 24/Feb/13
last of 4 blue sky days in a row !
simondunf - AltLd O/S - 24/Feb/13 with caspar
Soloed up to tower gap. http://www.masterplan-photography.co.uk/2013/02/tower-ridge
Foxy - Lead O/S - 23/Feb/13 with Steve Shenton, Nick Russell, Alex Winter
Alex Winter - AltLd O/S - 23/Feb/13 with Nick, Alastair and Steve
Soloed up to Tower gap, passing a couple of parties. Great views from the top!
Nick Russell - 23/Feb/13 with Alex, Alastair, Steve
thedatastream - AltLd - 22/Feb/13 with J25
J25 - 22/Feb/13 with JP
Scott Rankin - AltLd - 21/Feb/13
A forgotten helmet (mine) led to an impromptu change of plan and a great save of a day. Superb route and mega neve made for a fast but relaxed ascent, and the bonus of an evening at home!
Bart Shaw - AltLd O/S - 21/Feb/13 with Sam
Awesome day with very alpine weather, the route was in perfect condition with good ice and hard neve.
jon59 - Lead - 21/Feb/13
great conditions today!
brianrunner - 21/Feb/13 with lisa kamphausen, mark robson
I led Eastern Traverse and half of gap. David took tower pitch. Fantastic day!
tsl42 - AltLd O/S - 21/Feb/13 with David Fountain
Gordon Lacey - AltLd - 21/Feb/13
sgl - AltLd - 20/Feb/13 with Bart
Great long alpine style route. Rapid weather change near summit.
stuey4444 - 2nd - 20/Feb/13
Wow - incredible conditions
Glen Burrows - 2nd rpt - 19/Feb/13 with Paddy Cave, Ed Luke
aujayeb - 2nd O/S - 18/Feb/13
perfect conditions and perfect weather!
luckyjim - AltLd - 18/Feb/13 with c roff
Soloed up to the wall. Si led the small wall, moved together to small tower, Si led small tower, moved together to Great Tower, Si led Eastern Traverse after much waiting. I led short wall up to ridge. Si descended into Gap, I led out of gap and we moved together to top. 7 hrs in all with around 2 hrs of waiting.
Lumbering Oaf - AltLd O/S - 18/Feb/13 with Simon Caldrick
Onsight... more like follow the yellow brick road. Perfect conditions, bomber neve, blue skies and practically no wind.
Hoyes - AltLd O/S - 18/Feb/13 with Rachel B
With Matt and Si. Wonderful sunshine, mostly good neve and ice. Started up Douglas Gully East solo, J lead out gap. Move together til wall then I lead. Moved together then alt-pitched little tower and moved to foot of great tower. Bit of a queue at the traverse due to hold ups ahead. I lead traverse, J lead wall, I lead down gap, J lead out then moved together. All good. 7 hours inc 2 hours queueing. Down to Clachaig dinner!
Batt - 18/Feb/13 with James Hoyes
Hidden - AltLd O/S - 18/Feb/13
alpinebutterfly - 2nd - 18/Feb/13 with J Stalker
Fantastic route in bright sun and crystal visibility. A lot of bare rock and soft snow though so a bit harder than normal. Mainly moving together, pitched the traverses around the towers.
stevelismore - AltLd O/S - 17/Feb/13 with James L
Hidden - AltLd O/S - 16/Feb/13
clmbr - Lead O/S - 16/Feb/13 with mr g walters
joe_lancs - Lead - 16/Feb/13
Hidden - AltLd O/S - 16/Feb/13
yehti - AltLd - 12/Feb/13 with Iain Smith
andybrown114 - Lead - 09/Feb/13 with Jim Fisher
OwenF - Lead - 02/Feb/13 with John
Seconded most of the route with occasional leads. Well done Owen Flowers on some daring leads! Perfect conditions if a little hairy on the Eastern Traverse.
jeb3496 - AltLd rpt - 02/Feb/13
Stunning conditions, and so lots of people on the route.
planetmarshall - AltLd O/S - 02/Feb/13 with Victor Manzanares
Hidden - AltLd O/S - 02/Feb/13
Hidden - AltLd - 02/Feb/13
First on route, climbed in just over 3hrs moving together. Fantastic conditions.
shed dweller - 02/Feb/13
Fairly lean and variable ice / snow quality.
Poor ice and snow after Eastern traverse was a bit worrying.
Ched - AltLd O/S - 02/Feb/13 with Simon
radioshed - AltLd O/S - 01/Feb/13 with dave s
David Stevens - AltLd rpt - 01/Feb/13 with Matt Craig
GaryK - AltLd O/S - 01/Feb/13 with Andy Cave
Hidden - Lead O/S - Feb/13
johniebriggs - Feb/13
moved together a lot, all done in 3.50 mins!
Tom Campbell - Lead O/S - Feb/13
tatz45 - AltLd O/S - Feb/13 with Mark Boden
Hidden - 2nd - 24/Jan/13
Fantastic route! Did the "directissima" up the steep ground before the little tower (probably IV 4) and went out too far right before going up the little tower (IV 4).
James_L88 - AltLd O/S - 24/Jan/13 with Tom Furey
Hidden - AltLd O/S - 19/Jan/13
Hidden - AltLd - 19/Jan/13
shipton47 - 17/Jan/13
lots of powder after a fresh dump.
johnrich - 2nd - 14/Jan/13 with Mike Pescod
Hidden - Lead O/S - 12/Jan/13
Rock till the little tower then lots of rime and old neve. Route finding very easy!
arose - Lead - 10/Jan/13 with Miles Mconville
Blurgy319 - AltLd rpt - Jan/13 with Matt Hughes
aujayeb - 2013
a bit lean at the time
AndrewJamesCherry - AltLd - 2013 with stef morris
firthy1234 - AltLd O/S - 21/Dec/12 with Col
Top day out. Loads of powder and rime, no tracks 5 1/2hrs :-)
Col Kingshott - AltLd O/S - 21/Dec/12
Stefan_Morris - AltLd O/S - 10/Dec/12 with AndrewJamesCherry
Long day, with lots of powder!
Adamski1986 - Lead - 02/Dec/12 with Eamon Hanlon
Epic, very powdery, ended up climbing up onto the traverse
design crisis - Solo O/S - 03/Nov/12
Hidden - AltLd rpt - 28/Oct/12
My Birthday climb up Ben Nevis
pete_naylor - 02/Sep/12 with Jake Rumsey, David Humm
luckyjim - Solo - 22/Apr/12
Unconsoledated snow, on the route so a wee bit slow going the second half of the route but very a very nice day out almost alpine looking.....
easers - AltLd - 14/Apr/12 with Doug Aitken
Hidden - 2nd - 26/Mar/12
bottom half clean, some snow from eastern traverse.
final pitch snow gully complete
nicjbuk - AltLd - 22/Mar/12 with ross nicol esq
Hidden - Lead O/S - 12/Mar/12
richardshoes - AltLd O/S - 07/Mar/12
williamsd79 - 2nd - 05/Mar/12
Beautiful day on the Ben!
Ken Applegate - Lead - 05/Mar/12 with Alan
Blurgy319 - AltLd O/S - 05/Mar/12
Hidden - AltLd - 05/Mar/12
mostly seconded, snow v loose
LozM - 05/Mar/12 with Steve Scott, Mark J
Route was quite tricky with the conditions. Part of a weekend being guided.
colin fagan - 2nd - 04/Mar/12
hydraulicwave - 2nd O/S - Mar/12
wee hippy - AltLd - Mar/12 with john jones
Great climb with endless and varied climbing surrounded by the walls of Ben Nevis - Classic
Steven Andrews - Lead O/S - 19/Feb/12 with Rich Garside
JYates - AltLd - 19/Feb/12 with Paul Coxon
epic time on my 3rd ever winter route !
TM_Horton - AltLd O/S - 14/Feb/12 with ronnie
ronniemarshall - AltLd O/S - 14/Feb/12 with Tom Horton
Pete23 - AltLd - 09/Feb/12 with Davie
Hidden - AltLd O/S - 09/Feb/12
freudy_love - AltLd O/S - 06/Feb/12 with Dave Douglas
Awesome day out. Could have done with an earlier start, but there's nothing like topping out in the dark. Had to miss some off the easier bits due to deep unstable snow.
Dave Douglas - AltLd O/S - 06/Feb/12 with Paul Freudenthal
Hidden - 02/Feb/12
richiegarside - Feb/12
gowla - AltLd - Feb/12 with Alex Burns
Hidden - Feb/12
JonnoP - AltLd O/S - 29/Jan/12 with Jess
Little AndyH - AltLd O/S - 28/Jan/12 with Rob Reglinski
A few delays so we didn't get on the route until ten but it all went fine and were finished by 3. Bobby led it all and I did a stirling job seconding. Sociable event with other parties including Bill and Lloydy. Not ideal conditions but neve on the last bit but snow more solid than last time I did it and more of it. No pro on the traverse which made it exciting.
mikehenesy - 2nd O/S - 28/Jan/12 with Bobby Pearson
mark88 - AltLd - 27/Jan/12 with Alex Vaughan
vaughany - AltLd - 27/Jan/12 with mark patterson
Hidden - AltLd - 26/Jan/12
Hidden - 24/Jan/12
Hannah Evans - AltLd - 23/Jan/12 with Martyn Stott
mjsmith1973 - 2nd - 23/Jan/12 with Mike Pescod, Mick Howie
andy wa - AltLd O/S - 16/Jan/12 with isi
Gibbo - AltLd - 14/Jan/12 with Rich Abell
Hidden - AltLd O/S - 14/Jan/12
great climb. we did it mountaineering style on our course with paddy cave. cracking day!!!
JanBella - 2nd rpt - 13/Jan/12
Hidden - AltLd - 13/Jan/12
saffy - 2nd - 13/Jan/12
climbtim - AltLd β - 10/Jan/12 with Tom Thorne
Briliant conditions, briliant neve, briliant banter what more could you want from a day on the hill!
Tom Thorne - AltLd O/S - 09/Jan/12 with Tim
R0bbie - Lead O/S - 09/Jan/12 with Taba
Not much ice. After the down climb probably went the wrong way as we followed som steps to the left to a piton in a not icy at all slab. Quite tecnical move there. Soloed the route from the begining to the 1st tower, then one pitch to leave space in betewen us and the people in front. Then moving together to the top.
Nice ridge! 5h. Acceptable to nice weather
palimer - AltLd - 2012
Hidden - 2012
Hidden - 2012
Hidden - 2012
Narked4fun - 2012
kenneM - AltLd - 2012
Tony Kartawick - 2012
Hidden - 2012
Hidden - 2012
Dave Hill - 2012
Guy Wilson - 2012
Soloed all exept,the gap,
neil9216 - Solo - 07/Aug/11
Hidden - AltLd O/S - 26/Mar/11
Hidden - 26/Mar/11
Hidden - AltLd O/S - 26/Mar/11
Hidden - AltLd - 26/Mar/11
Sam Warby - 2nd O/S - 26/Mar/11
dannymoo99 - AltLd - 25/Mar/11 with John Gupta, Tom Shooter
Hidden - AltLd - 25/Mar/11
Done in under 3 hours. Fantastic conditions. Hard snow and mostly dry rock.
joeydurkin - 24/Mar/11 with MarkFalcus
RKernan - AltLd O/S - 22/Mar/11 with Alek Zholobenko
Lots of hard ice and snow on the ridge, got views around the Great Tower.
Sankey - 2nd - 22/Mar/11 with Simon Oxley, Adam Hughes
Hidden - 2nd O/S - 22/Mar/11
Hidden - 19/Mar/11
Hidden - AltLd O/S - 16/Mar/11
Great climb good winter conditions on Ridge led all pitches
Palomino1hills - Lead - 13/Mar/11 with Andy
Beautiful day - blue sky and sunshine, fantastic. Finished in the dark, quite tired
NoelleG - 2nd - 06/Mar/11 with Adele Pennington, Claire Molloy
Claire Molloy - 2nd - 06/Mar/11 with Adele Pennington, Noelle
glad for early start, first on route got it to our self, blue sky's great day!!
J1PEF - AltLd - 05/Mar/11
Did it reasonably quickly, good conditions no troubles
beds74 - AltLd - 05/Mar/11 with Jon Peffer
tim newton - AltLd rpt - 04/Mar/11 with shaun dance
jamesh - AltLd - 04/Mar/11 with Jim Unwin
Guiding day. Spring like conditions, with plenty of snow melt happening. Nice day though!
Ken Applegate - Lead - 03/Mar/11 with Matt
Hidden - Lead O/S - 03/Mar/11
epic day out!rather damp and little mixed in character low down.traversed in,moving together, from observatory gully to avoid douglas gap.eastern traverse,wow!crux gaining top of great tower.ascended from tower gap on the left.fantastic!!
tomshanti - 2nd β - 03/Mar/11 with nigel hooker
sacdenouilles - AltLd - 02/Mar/11 with J F Philippe, D Pemble
Hidden - Solo dnf - 28/Feb/11
Brilliant weather and amazing route. We were up in just over 4 hours (thanks Donald)! and had time to come down no.4 and do another route.
alifin - 2nd - 28/Feb/11 with Guide (Donald King) + Aidan Roe, Aidan Roe
Absolutely Stunning! The weather was some of the best I've ever seen in Scotland and the route was really good fun!
Erik_M - 2nd O/S - 28/Feb/11 with Kenny Grant, Alex Tuck
Turned out to be a long day - reached Tower Gap about 6pm but didn't top-out until after 9!
Peter Metcalfe - Lead - 27/Feb/11 with Amanda Turner
Got stuck behind a slower party in front but the late finish gave fantastic views at sunset
Conan - AltLd - 27/Feb/11 with Philippa Reader, Loz
Ed Feldman - AltLd O/S - 26/Feb/11 with Drew
Done as part of a mass Carlisle Club ascent, in the care of Steve McDonnel and Ray Cassidy. First pitch behind the Douglas boulder rather thin on ice, but thereafter good snow and ice for most of the route with the odd bit of mixed here and there. Eastern traverse...Wow! Tower gap, very hard, did ice ramp on the left rather than climbing direct out of the gap, which looked desparate. Thanks boys.
curley - 2nd rpt - 26/Feb/11
Caspar - Lead O/S - 17/Feb/11 with Mike Kann
Haytor_Haggis - AltLd O/S - 17/Feb/11 with Jeremy van Riemsdyke, Joe Bellows
johannes - AltLd O/S - 12/Feb/11
henning82 - AltLd O/S - 12/Feb/11
Lots of fresh snow and far from the perfect conditions to be soloing the route but a great outing and first across Tower Gap. Ascended the Douglas Gap West Gully to avoid the crowds. 1pm top-out and climbed in under 3 hours from Douglas Gap.
Big Lee - Solo O/S - 12/Feb/11
11 years after my first ascent wi little simon, where we fell asleep on tower gap:) Nat provided the highlights this time by gettin' stuck upside down...plugged the gap so she did:)
Timo Austino - 12/Feb/11 with Nats
Outstanding but long.
andybrown114 - Lead - 12/Feb/11 with Rick Brown, Tony Lancashire
gordon henderson - AltLd O/S - 11/Feb/11 with MRT
Conditions good, but the cloud came in half way up the ridge so made route finding hard from then on. The pitch up onto the ridge from Douglas gap was interesting. Got lost on the second tower, went off left, not a good idea! Eastern traverse was sporting and the gap was hairy! (Slight cross winds and a 30m run out from the belay into the gap). Good day despite all that :)
Byakkonick - AltLd - 11/Feb/11
unbelivable conditions, route worth 4* !!!!!!
connor - AltLd O/S - 10/Feb/11 with mike scott
robcrowther - 2nd - 08/Feb/11
Johann - AltLd O/S - 07/Feb/11 with Tony Shepherd
Went wrong a bit, muddled about (should have read the guidebook properly) but did the accepted route most of the way, with the original western traverse option. Best day of climbing I've had! Beautiful weather.
jacobjlloyd - Solo O/S - 05/Feb/11
Hidden - AltLd O/S - Feb/11
csw - Lead rpt - Feb/11 with Avalanche Nick
Drew M - AltLd - Feb/11 with Ed Feldman
excellent easy climbing all the way to the top!
Charlie Zephyr Booth - Feb/11
Hidden - 2nd - 29/Jan/11
5 hour trip, 6 pitches, finishing for lunch in fine weather on the summit
Thoms6974 - Lead O/S - 29/Jan/11 with Dave S
It is actually really straightforward if you bother to study the guidebook properly beforehand, haha
JdotP - Lead β - 26/Jan/11 with Tom Eadington
Hidden - AltLd - 23/Jan/11
Lead pitch up Great Tower and out of Tower Gap. RR lead E. Traverse, into gap and top pitch. Moved together on remainder. Gap was congested and awkward. RR on hanging belay off slings and several parties coming up Glovers Chimney. Fell a couple of metres into the gap on descent when axe pulled out! Fortunately no injuries except a slashed jacket arm! Fantastic route.
DavPk - AltLd - 22/Jan/11 with Romain Rebut
MoWalker3 - 22/Jan/11
Hidden - 21/Jan/11
chrissy - 2nd - 08/Jan/11 with Rich, Cormac, Mo
Quite a lot of deep powdery snow, but still superb nonetheless
andy mcc - AltLd O/S - 08/Jan/11 with Jason King
What an awesome day, 8 hours on the ridge and only 5 others on it. Perfect conditions, temp dropping to -12 on summit.
Chris Toward - 2nd O/S - 02/Jan/11
Clay C - AltLd O/S - 02/Jan/11 with Will A
Hidden - AltLd O/S - 02/Jan/11
TDembrey - Lead O/S - 02/Jan/11
In under 3 Hours.
colenn - AltLd β - 02/Jan/11 with Peter Britton
2.5 hours from top of gully
liamo333 - AltLd O/S - 02/Jan/11 with Rob Noone
rob87n - AltLd - 02/Jan/11 with Liam Brophy
Hobojim - AltLd O/S - 02/Jan/11
Harry Kingston - 2nd - 02/Jan/11
MonkeyDawson - AltLd - Jan/11 with Pete Reynolds
moved together except for the gap.
The Big Sender - AltLd O/S - Jan/11
Hidden - 2011
R2D2 - 2011
adie84 - 2011
Luke Brooks - 2011
Hidden - 2011
Timo Austino - 2011
Hidden - 2011
Hidden - 2011
Paul Boggis - AltLd - 2011
Hidden - Solo - 2011
mschmude - 2011
Hidden - 2011
Hidden - 2011
Hidden - 2011
Hidden - 2011
Tenko - 2011
Hidden - AltLd O/S - 2011
Hidden - Lead - 31/Dec/10
Shuttsie - 2nd - 31/Dec/10 with tim, Andrea Sales
Hidden - AltLd O/S - 30/Dec/10
Hidden - 30/Dec/10
4.30 hours, CIC hut to summit. soloed until traverse.
james.peter - AltLd - 29/Dec/10 with lewis fraser
jack_eadie - AltLd - 14/Dec/10
Greeted by Brocken Spectres, cloud inversion and magic light as we topped out, stunning.
mikemartin - AltLd - 14/Dec/10
mainly soloed except for that tricky step. gorgeous clear day. ended up climbing it in 1h 50mins.
samrad - Dec/10 with tom livingston
Hidden - 28/Nov/10
Quite a good day out. The snow was mega soft and made it a long day out
chmckay - 24/Nov/10 with Graham Boistelle
I had the entire face to myself, superb early season nick.
mikemartin - Solo - 22/Nov/10
Pitched the first chimney, top of the great tower & the gap, soloed the rest. Great day out, surprisingly good conditions with snow starting to consolidate in places and the through route at the chock stone on the great tower still passable.
isi_o - 21/Nov/10 with Rich Parker, Graham Stuchbury
lead 1st chimney ptich and the gap, rich lead pitch onto the top of the great tower. soloed the rest. Great day with great conditions for the time of year!
Stuzz - AltLd O/S - 21/Nov/10 with Isi, Rich Parker
Lester - Lead rpt - 20/Nov/10 with Tom Passmore
the rock was icy but snow free up until just below the eastern traverse. thereafter snow and ice all the way. we continued too far on the traverse and climbed directly up into tower gap.
goatee - Lead O/S - 10/Nov/10 with Francis Jan Kluzniac
thebat - 18/Apr/10 with Ontour
Rain then snow then sun and hard neve - good
John Workman - AltLd - 18/Apr/10 with Apprentice
Hidden - AltLd - 14/Apr/10
Hidden - Solo - 14/Apr/10
Hidden - AltLd - 13/Apr/10
BallsOfSteel - AltLd O/S - 13/Apr/10 with IainMunro
got to gap and decided to abseil down into tower gully rather than top out due to snow conditions
nicjbuk - AltLd - 13/Apr/10
perfect alpine conditions. soloed up to little tower then pitched/moved together
abbeywall - AltLd - 12/Apr/10 with AC
sh*t myself a little. Apart from that utterly fantastic and unbelievable weather. Could see how it would be so much harder in bad conditions.
Ben Sharp - 2nd - 11/Apr/10 with Tilo
Martin Haworth - AltLd rpt - 09/Apr/10 with Andy
Callum T - AltLd O/S - 09/Apr/10 with Alistair Macey
Snatched from the jaws of spring. Snow was definitely a bit mushy. Pitched the pitchy bits and moved together on the rest.
DundeeDave - 2nd - 09/Apr/10 with Ewan Gourlay
Too warm to climb any grade 5's so opted to climb tower ridge moving together.Finished in 3 hours.At tower gap snow collapsed beneath me and fell 20ft before rope went tight, pulling Martin off; fortunately plenty of gear between us!Exciting!!!!
Andrew Sloan - AltLd - 09/Apr/10
Absolutely loved this climb. It had a bit of everything. Unfortunately the clag was down so didn't get the full sense of exposure.
Sutty22 - 2nd - 08/Apr/10 with Dan Carroll
Hidden - AltLd O/S - 08/Apr/10
Steve Woollard - AltLd - 08/Apr/10 with Kenny Grant
Hidden - Lead O/S - 06/Apr/10
Hidden - 2nd - 04/Apr/10
Hidden - Lead - 04/Apr/10
Lot of snow, started the walk in ranning, turned to snow above forest, and the sun came out as we started the ridge, all the snow and being genrally slow meant it took a long time, darkness fell as we reached the top of the great tower, topped out at half past midnight into a white out, spent the night in the summit shelter, walked out in the rain the next morning. 16hrs on the ridge, 26 and a half hour round trip. Annettes second winter route. Awsome experience.
Brannock - Lead O/S - 04/Apr/10 with Annette
Hidden - 2nd - 04/Apr/10
Great days climbing with great snow conditions..
Christian Beck - AltLd O/S - 03/Apr/10
Hidden - 2nd - 03/Apr/10
Mike led the E Traverse & Gap. Stuck behind a rope of 3, had to nav off in the dark & cloud.
KeithW - AltLd O/S - 03/Apr/10 with Mike Nuttall
MD - AltLd O/S - 02/Apr/10 with Nick B
Standard of route matched the weather - quality day
Phil Emerson - Lead - Apr/10
Magic :) first time on Ben Nevis. Perfect conditions, but a lot of people on the route, so really slow. 11 hrs from leaving the car to getting back to it!
Nick Smith - UKC - 2nd O/S - 29/Mar/10 with Ed Chard
Hidden - 2nd - 29/Mar/10
irish paul - AltLd O/S - 27/Mar/10 with Sarah Joyce
Hidden - 2nd O/S - 22/Mar/10
Hidden - 2nd - 22/Mar/10
Ben1983 - AltLd O/S - 21/Mar/10
Hidden - 2nd O/S - 21/Mar/10
mark88 - 2nd - 17/Mar/10 with Jocky and Matt Barker
Great day out. Descended via No 4 Gully
John Roe - Lead - 16/Mar/10 with Will Marshall
A cold night had firmed up the snow nicely. Pitched most of the mixed parts of the route, but moved together on the longer snow sections. Found the Eastern Traverse easy, although gaining the tower on the next pitch was rather bold. Led the gap, finding it quite awkward to committ my weight to the small ledge on the other side - maybe I was doing it wrong. Great day out, would do it again in an instant.
Karlos - AltLd O/S - 16/Mar/10 with Mark B
chalk monster - AltLd - 16/Mar/10 with Karlos
Hidden - Lead O/S - 13/Mar/10
Chris led any technical pitches, we moved together on easier ground.
Roberttaylor - 2nd O/S - 13/Mar/10 with Crazy Chris
glad i wasn't leading it. the cruxes were scary especially considering the short amount of daylight left and the clouds surrounding us. Walk down was long and boring
THardSevere - 2nd O/S - 13/Mar/10 with jamie foxen
Hidden - 2nd O/S - 13/Mar/10
Awesome route, shame about the weather!
allyrocke - Lead O/S - 13/Mar/10 with Fiona Mellor, Rachel Wilkie
Started too far left so the first pitch (mine) was quite a bit harder than expected! Final pitch in dark made for an exciting finish.
guyscott - AltLd O/S - 13/Mar/10 with Tommy, Klas
jamiefoxen - Lead O/S - 12/Mar/10
Awesome. Soloed the start gully, pitched the chimney, Eastern Traverse and Tower Gap otherwise moving together roped.
PanzerHanzler - AltLd O/S - 10/Mar/10 with Adrian Fagg
Lawrie Brand - AltLd O/S - 07/Mar/10 with Pete Hart, Jamie Wilson
jaybob - AltLd O/S - 07/Mar/10 with Pete Heart, Lawrie Brand
francois - AltLd - 07/Mar/10 with Gunnar
PeteH - AltLd O/S - 07/Mar/10 with Jamie Wilson, Lawrie Brand
tim newton - AltLd O/S - 02/Mar/10 with ewan buckingham
Hidden - AltLd O/S - Mar/10
Ally lead the few pitches we did. Soloed the rest. Awesome, but knackering.
confusicating - Mar/10 with Ally, Fi
mark_jc - 2nd O/S - Mar/10
Hidden - AltLd - Mar/10
simonward - AltLd O/S - 23/Feb/10
Hidden - 22/Feb/10
Piers Harley - AltLd β - 22/Feb/10 with Rob King
rob k - AltLd O/S - 22/Feb/10 with P Harley
Joined from the top of Vanishing Gully/1934 route.
niallk - AltLd rpt - 20/Feb/10 with Willie
glorious day, great conditions, lunch on the summit. took a bit over 5 hours from the hut I think. had to queue at the gap, but a good opportunity to take in the views.
KeithAlexander - AltLd - 20/Feb/10 with Jelle Muylle
Hidden - AltLd - 20/Feb/10
Clear blue sky, firm squeaky neve and styrofoam ice. Took about 4 hours. Best day out in Scotland?
ollythomas - AltLd - 20/Feb/10 with Chris Hendron
4.30 alarm, 6 - 8walk in, topped out 1.30, lunch and back inthe pub for 3.30. Blue skies, 3rd team on the ridge so no delays, pitched and moving together, tower gap tricky
krusty23 - 20/Feb/10 with Jaz, Paul Knowles
7 Hours from CIC to plateau, brilliant.
oliverk - AltLd - 20/Feb/10 with Tim Clarke
malc - 2nd O/S - 19/Feb/10 with Janes C, Dave K
2hr 15mins, CIC to summit ;-)
Phil Jennings - Solo O/S - 19/Feb/10 with Kieran Leary
Totally class route done with the ben plastered in snow on a glorious sunny day. Topped out at sunset after being delayed by slow groups on th traverse and gap and a dangerous " guide" dragging a couple of incompetents and trying 2 climb over everyone
jandyd05 - 2nd O/S - 19/Feb/10 with Andy Owen
Andre Clarke - AltLd O/S - 19/Feb/10 with jamster
Fantastic sunny, cold day. Busy route, 11 hours car to car via first platform of NE buttress, before going to Tower. Spike following us with clients.
Moonstone Hippy - 2nd - 19/Feb/10 with Robin
Hidden - AltLd O/S - 17/Feb/10
Hidden - 2nd dnf - 15/Feb/10
Hidden - AltLd O/S - 15/Feb/10
Another great trip up this classic. 5 times up in winter now I think. Will never get bored of this route.
Conan - Lead - 13/Feb/10 with Paul Arkless, Ian Grey
Hidden - 2nd - 13/Feb/10
nickcanute - AltLd - 12/Feb/10
Mr Powly - AltLd - 06/Feb/10 with Tom Everett
Lots of snow but well consolidated, had to dig all the placements out. Thin but solid ice on the upper half. Heavy avalanch risk, we heard several releases in the morning, so descended the zigzag.
Alexandre Buisse - AltLd - 06/Feb/10 with Dave E. Brown
tom.e - AltLd rpt - 06/Feb/10 with Tom Powell
a snorkel would have been more appropriate than crampons!, but managed it in under 3 hours
Ginger McGrath - Solo O/S - 02/Feb/10
johnmctighe - 2nd - Feb/10 with Andy
Hidden - Solo O/S - Feb/10
Mr Wild - Feb/10 with Simon Ward
simulclimbed in perfect nick. First on and off the route.
mickd - Lead O/S - Feb/10
WilliamBurnside - AltLd - 28/Jan/10 with R Bentley
Hidden - 27/Jan/10
Snow conditions not brilliant, some horrendous insecure loose 'cruddy' snow sections making some of the easier 'moving together' type ground much harder and more serious (for us necessitating some extra pitching). Lots of rime higher up and somewhat better although still not brilliant snow conditions. Starting chimney poorly iced and really rather difficult. Good day out though - we completed the route in around 6 hours.
groovy_nut - AltLd O/S - 25/Jan/10 with Patrick
Clear day, bitterly cold, early start, late finish. Slow going in deep snow. The dicey snow meant we were forced to tackle the rock buttresses direct instead of out flanking them. I personally think the route is overated.
Merlin - AltLd O/S - 24/Jan/10 with Alex Kelly
dj_brigham05 - AltLd - 17/Jan/10 with Rich Clarke
rclarke - AltLd - 17/Jan/10 with Dave Brigham
Spence22 - AltLd O/S - 16/Jan/10 with Ed
calumalien - AltLd - 09/Jan/10 with Nath
Brilliant. The route was in great condition, and lived up to my high expectations. We moved together over the easier ground - and I lead from the end of the Eastern Traverse up to the Great Tower, and into Tower Gap. A long, but thoroughly enjoyable day.
J Brown - AltLd O/S - 09/Jan/10 with RK
Hidden - AltLd - 09/Jan/10
Hidden - AltLd - 2010
Hidden - 2010
Hidden - 2010
Hidden - 2010
colinthrelfall - 2010
chmckay - 2nd - 2010
R2D2 - 2010
james.peter - AltLd - 28/Dec/09 with Richard Lydiatt
Slow going in soft snow. Took the summer line.
robinsi197 - Lead - 28/Dec/09 with Ben
chapmand - AltLd - 14/Dec/09 with Scott Webster
Hidden - AltLd - 05/Dec/09
Chris L Hill - AltLd O/S - 05/Dec/09 with Simon Pearce, Graham
gforce - AltLd - 05/Dec/09 with Chris, Simon
Hidden - 18/Nov/09
Hidden - AltLd O/S - 18/Nov/09
15 hrs from car park to car park in bad condition and thick cloud. eastern traverse onwards in dark. great feeling to top out.
tjmillen - Lead - 14/Nov/09 with trevor marrs, simon hall
tubby two - AltLd - Nov/09 with Jimbo
Hidden - Lead dnf - Nov/09
jonnie3430 - Lead O/S - 15/Apr/09 with Nikki and Cora
SWalls - AltLd - 15/Apr/09 with Mike Coppock, Alex Moran
soloed up to TG. pitched the gap (masa leads) then solo to the top out. joined the ridge from the west past douglas gap as eastern gully was not in. took 3 hrs from the ridge. best mountain route ive done.heart in throat on the eastern traverse!
gb83 - Solo O/S - 12/Apr/09 with masa
First time up Ben Nevis- Fab! The lower part was in summer condition, but the upper part was wintry.
Elsier - Lead O/S - 12/Apr/09 with Stuart
great day out, moved together, soloed and lead various bits. Dusting of snow lower section and bits of water ice getting out of Douglas Gap. Led Eastern Traverse, Tower Gap and top out which was all fun
lithos - AltLd - 11/Apr/09 with Toreador
Absolutely amazing day. Overnight the snow had refrozen and most of the ridge had a light cover of fresh snow. Quite sunny for the bottom half so felt very alpine. We roped up near the little tower and moved together or pitched the rest of the route. Started snowing at the eastern traverse so the end felt quite epic. I led tower gap which was rather exciting and the final snow slopes were a bit unnerving on loose snow. Took about 8.5 hours in total. We finished off by leading two groups of walkers off the plateau who were lost in the mist.
Will Smith - AltLd O/S - 11/Apr/09 with Matt and Andy
Started up Eastern Gully. Rock with a little ice to below Little Tower then proper winter conditions above that. Pitched 3 sections, moved together or soloed the rest. A fantastic day. Descent via No 4.
Toreador - AltLd - 11/Apr/09 with Carmen and Rob
Ross L - 2nd - 10/Apr/09
machars - 2nd - 05/Apr/09 with donald
adw07 - AltLd O/S - 01/Apr/09 with Scott Becker
Hidden - AltLd - Apr/09
Perfect weather, perfect climb.
Very varied - loose powder, hard neve, thin ice, scramble, - conditions meant trickiest bit was just getting round the corner after Tower Gap - pretty vertical, no footholds, trust picks on thinish ice as you crab across...
oldgrey - 28/Mar/09 with Virgil Scott
Plastered with snow and rime. Moved together with the odd pitch thrown in, up to the Eastern traverse in 1.5hrs. Pitched the next bits - tricky move up the rime covered wall (harder than III) after the buried fallen boulder. Waited 2.5hrs at Tower Gap due to congestion. Thought most would have cleared it as we had started so late...
niallk - AltLd O/S - 28/Mar/09 with Drew Connelly
Brillant route - loved it. The crux for me was getting out of Tower Gap. The Little Tower and Eastern Traverse were fine. Heading out into a worsening forecast meant we left the car park at 3.30am, on the route by 7 after abit of faffing around and topped out about midday with the wind picking up and vis dropping. Couldn't ab down 4 gully due to conditions so a long wet walk down the tourist track ensued.
markfairbank - Lead O/S - 24/Mar/09 with SteveyM
3.00am start, topped out in a gale. Nice :)
SteveMyatt - 2nd - 24/Mar/09 with Mark Fairbank
Soloed most of the route, moved together over Tower Gap. Fantastic route!
Ken Applegate - Solo - 21/Mar/09 with Nigel Wombell, Scott Kirkhope
SWalls - 21/Mar/09 with Tom Stork, Johannes
t_stork - AltLd O/S - 21/Mar/09 with Steve Walls and Johannes
Hidden - 2nd - 21/Mar/09
Hidden - AltLd - 21/Mar/09
Mist, rain, snow and wind. Oh and soft crumbling snow. Missed the start got back on it though, up the left side. Couldn't see the drops fortunately. Shitty soft snow but done in good time and style!
mikehenesy - AltLd O/S - 20/Mar/09 with Chris Lodge
Brilliant weather, but route could have benefitted from more snow/ice. Eastern Traverse was helped by a large path. A bit windy in Tower Gap. Caught up with another team. From the Douglas Gap to the summit in 3hr 45mins.
eldre070 - 2nd O/S - 19/Mar/09 with Mark Stevenson
Hidden - 2nd O/S - 18/Mar/09
Hidden - Lead O/S - 18/Mar/09
hcooper - Lead - 12/Mar/09 with Jennifer Slack
Kyuzo - Mar/09 with Richard Scott
glaramara - AltLd O/S - Mar/09 with dr marten
Jen80 - 2nd - Mar/09 with Cooper
Hidden - Mar/09
2.5 hours from CIC hut. Moved together whole route. Could have been more wintery but still awesome :)
JonHarvey - AltLd O/S - 23/Feb/09 with Jay Jackson
Hidden - AltLd O/S - 23/Feb/09
Superb winter conditions with rime and verglas higher up, good consolidated snow on the eastern traverse. Only three other parties seen on the rigde. A real pleasure to climb.
John Carney - 2nd O/S - 19/Feb/09 with Rob Jarvis
Thin & icy. Incomparable!
colinakmc - 2nd - 14/Feb/09
asmith37 - AltLd - 13/Feb/09 with Matt Todd & Donald King
Hidden - AltLd β - 13/Feb/09
Great route, goes without saying. Managed to walk to the gap rather than crawling! ET was thin and scary! The final top snow field was an exillerating romp to the top.
blanchie14c - AltLd O/S - 11/Feb/09 with Dave Clarke
Snow down to Fort William. Quite powdery. Ended up avoiding Tower Gap (thankfully) by going further along the traverse (following footprints) than expected. Topped out in moonlight at 7.30pm (8h on ridge!)
Cardi - AltLd O/S - 09/Feb/09 with Collin (Sarah's dad)
Hidden - AltLd O/S - 08/Feb/09
Lot of powder but not so bad. Beautiful day on the Ben. Led the Eastern Traverse to the cave and moving across the Gap.
adamscottthomas - AltLd - 08/Feb/09 with Gwilym Starks
Dunx - AltLd O/S - 08/Feb/09 with Joe M, Adam
heist182 - 2nd - Feb/09 with Ed Gladwyn
Templeton Adams - AltLd - Feb/09 with Dave G
A very, very, very long day and most of a night. not to be underestimated, but fantastic climbing
woodenwealth - 2nd dnf - 2009 with Mike Scott
Ross McGibbon - 2009
sheffieldchris - 2009
Alex Hofmann - 2009
cragmanuk - 2009 with Ian Lamb
I tremember this as being about the 18th time on the ridge. Weather was absolute perfection but the snow iffy. Ab off at the gap only to find out later that the last couple of hundred feet had the best snow of the day. Got some excellent pictures that day.
rossn - 2009
Happy Wanderer - AltLd O/S - 2009 with Ken T
Backed off on the little tower due to the huge ammount of powder snow making things very slow going. Will be back later in the seson when things have firmed up and you dont have to spend the day clearing powder to find pro placements!!
vincentvega - AltLd - 13/Dec/08 with danny robb
Billy Walker - Bad Seller - Lead rpt - 02/Nov/08 with my bestest bud
dj_brigham05 - Lead dnf - 01/Nov/08 with Anna Trenneman
Patrick803 - Lead - Sep/08 with Chris Clark
nigel pearson - Lead O/S - Jun/08 with Mark
Paulww - AltLd - 20/Apr/08 with Ryan
what a route! much better than in summer. eastern traverse and great tower being the best section of the route for me. a must.
mulletcocktail2000 - AltLd rpt - 19/Apr/08 with paul
Brilliant. 7 and a bit hours. In tricky IV 3 winter condition. Weather perfect though.
tommytuffa - AltLd O/S - 18/Apr/08 with luketheape
Hidden - Lead - 14/Apr/08
Hidden - Lead O/S - 14/Apr/08
Somerset swede basher - AltLd O/S - 11/Apr/08 with George Taylor and Jim Keeley
First grade 3 winter climb. Fantastic conditions. Started at 10 o'clock and had the climb to our selves. More new snow overnight made it even better with all the previous days tracks completly covered. Finished about about half five. Previous day head light torches were seen at 11 o'clock at night from our tent behind the CIC hut.
steven - AltLd O/S - 10/Apr/08 with Matt Rushton
david0811 - AltLd - 05/Apr/08 with Mark Reid
Sam W - AltLd - 05/Apr/08 with Martin Lane
luckyjim - AltLd - Apr/08 with C Hossack
Hidden - AltLd O/S - 23/Mar/08
Bristoldave - 23/Mar/08 with douglas
Hidden - 22/Mar/08
Adam Booth - AltLd O/S - 22/Mar/08 with Ed Booth
dan gibson - AltLd O/S - 17/Mar/08 with brian
Looong day, behind sloooow people! never follow, never follow, never follow etc etc.!
Fultonius - AltLd O/S - 16/Mar/08 with Ross Barnes
Ross Barnes - AltLd - 16/Mar/08 with Ally
Itchy Starfish - Lead O/S - 15/Mar/08 with Chris
Perfect weather and good conditions made it a memorable day. We soloed most of it just roping up for the harder pitches
Paula Hamilton-Gibson - AltLd O/S - 15/Mar/08 with Nigel Jenkins
gregor - Mar/08
Perfect conditions 2-4 inches of powder sitting on top of perfect ice and neve. Blue skies and amazing views.
Took just over 5 hours, did it on a sunday and didn't encounter any parties on the actual ridge at all!
CurlyStevo - AltLd - Mar/08 with Ben
GScot38 - AltLd - Mar/08
Hannah Evans - 2nd - 17/Feb/08 with Max Hunter
Hidden - AltLd O/S - 16/Feb/08
Hidden - Lead - 14/Feb/08
Solo most of route
Simonfarfaraway - AltLd - 14/Feb/08 with Huw
cham749 - 2nd O/S - 06/Feb/08 with Henry Methold
mic_b - 02/Feb/08 with Chris Ensoll
Hidden - Solo - Feb/08
2 hrs, whole ridge to myself, perfect conditions.
Captain Solo - Solo - 22/Jan/08
lberry - Lead - 16/Jan/08
Two parties of two (other party Chris Burn & Cat Kilburn). Very windy but an awesome day out. 11 hours from leaving North Face car park to return.
HamishD - AltLd O/S - 02/Jan/08 with Jim
Diggler - Lead O/S - Jan/08
jam_rich - AltLd - Jan/08
smac - 2008
inuklm - 2008 with john chattaway
Hidden - Lead O/S - 2008
Charlie wp Hill - AltLd - 2008
ewan i - 2nd - Dec/07
Dinger - AltLd O/S - 25/Nov/07 with Pete Davies
Fantastically difficult as first winter accent, but huge sense of satisfaction after reaching the top.
David Revill - 2nd β - 21/Nov/07 with West Coast Mountain Guides
top route! moved alpine style for most of the route. piched the tricky sections due to adverse weather.
mulletcocktail2000 - AltLd O/S - 04/Aug/07 with joe
daprince - Jul/07
Hidden - AltLd dnf - 04/Apr/07
Hidden - AltLd dnf - 04/Apr/07
RobScotland - AltLd O/S - 02/Apr/07 with jonnyb
Perfect weather, awesome climb.
Luke Kelly - AltLd O/S - 01/Apr/07 with Rhian Evans and James Cross
Hidden - AltLd O/S - 01/Apr/07
Hidden - AltLd - 01/Apr/07
Hidden - 01/Apr/07
Beautiful day, great location and good company
mart rich - AltLd O/S - 01/Apr/07 with Steve Moody, Steve Cox
Hidden - Lead O/S - 26/Mar/07
Awesome route. Perfect conditions and perfect weather. Started late so only queuing was for about a minute at tower gap and we topped out to an awesome sunset.
SWalls - AltLd - 25/Mar/07 with Andy Ruck
What a beaut!!! took us 11hrs, with plenty of queuing on a fine sunny day with loads of other parties on the route. managed to fall out of tower gap which was quite scary!
Neil Mackenzie - AltLd - 24/Mar/07 with Andy
Beautiful day with the ridge in great condition, pitched little tower; found the first pitch of this the the hardest bit with some interesting mixed moves. The eastern traverse and the gap were also pitched with the approach to the gap felling very exposed, I led out and got a belay on a hammered axe and a spike, Neil took a 10m fall when he tried to get out of the gap, very exciting. We toped out just as the sun went down. Took us 11 hours because of the queues, would say IV, 3 is an appropriated grade as its a very hard day, wow what a route.
andymoin - AltLd O/S - 24/Mar/07 with Neil Mackenzie
stuartm555 - 2nd - 24/Mar/07 with Seb Rider
Hidden - AltLd - 23/Mar/07
Route in good condition, which unfortunately drew numerous parties to the ridge. Resulted in waits of up to two hours at the choke points of Eastern Traverse and Tower Gap. Topped out at 6 and descended in the dark in a blizzard.
CJE - AltLd O/S - 02/Mar/07 with Mark Anstey, Chris Haynes
crispy - 2nd β - 02/Mar/07
Hidden - AltLd O/S - Mar/07
Hidden - 26/Feb/07
aged_ape - Lead O/S - 18/Feb/07 with Simon Oliver
Plastikote - 18/Feb/07 with Tim O
jl - AltLd O/S - 17/Feb/07 with Brad
lazyhopkins - AltLd O/S - 17/Feb/07 with Jon Lynch
gregor - Feb/07
Julian Prieto - 2nd O/S - Feb/07 with Steve Wales
easers - AltLd - Feb/07 with Doug Aitken
Dave Searle - Lead O/S - 27/Jan/07 with sim
Hidden - AltLd - 21/Jan/07
Alexander123 - 2nd - 07/Jan/07 with John, Alan
Hidden - Jan/07
leigh - 2nd - Jan/07 with Martin
Hidden - Jan/07
timmy-ts - 2007
keith leonard - Lead - 2007 with wife
glenngordon - Lead - 2007
Hidden - 2007
Hidden - 19/Apr/06
after being spat out of .5 (heavy spindrifts) decided to do Tower Ridge. We roped up and move together from the eastern traverse. easy but magnificent. A real classic
French Erick - Solo - 14/Apr/06 with Tom Chamberlain
Hidden - Lead O/S - 03/Apr/06
NickBrown - AltLd O/S - Apr/06 with Tim
Hidden - AltLd - 25/Mar/06
Hidden - 22/Mar/06
Hidden - AltLd - 21/Mar/06
Hidden - AltLd - 18/Mar/06
great day but had to queue alot, good fun on the mixed bits!
smithaldo - AltLd O/S - 18/Mar/06 with Clegg
Peter Metcalfe - AltLd - 18/Mar/06 with Shaw Brown
Nicos - Lead O/S - 18/Mar/06 with keith leonard
An experience, some excellent climbing with a couple of scarey axe-dangling moments, took 5 and a half hours. Not sure how I would get across the gap without axes in the summer?!
Feeling bold - 2nd - 08/Mar/06 with Mike (UK), Andy
Lovely sunny day, great views. Could enjoy it more this time than last time when I was soloing!
nicholas Barrowclough - AltLd O/S - 07/Mar/06 with Tim Davies
My best winter day to date!
HIGHTOWER - AltLd β - 03/Mar/06 with Ali Beer, Chris Morrison
sacdenouilles - Lead - 03/Mar/06 with D Pemble
Hidden - Mar/06
Jon Pilling - 2nd O/S - Mar/06 with steve prescott
Awesome route, took 4hours 20mins with claire despite getting stuck behind someone doing three pitches on the eastern traverse - would have prefered to do as 1.
reg_measures - Lead O/S - 25/Feb/06 with claire salter
Hidden - AltLd - 24/Feb/06
Hidden - AltLd O/S - 18/Feb/06
Covered in powder, very time consuming!
Ed Saint - 17/Feb/06
Spade - Lead - 17/Feb/06 with Ed Cooper
Hidden - 2nd - 13/Feb/06
Britains Longest route at 16 and with Andy Nisbet, can ney ask for more!!
Swain16 - Feb/06 with Andy Nisbet, Ian Swain
francis blunt - AltLd - Feb/06 with Joe Williams
DaleB - Feb/06 with GD
Hidden - AltLd - Feb/06
lawrenceK - Lead - Feb/06
Conan - Lead O/S - Feb/06 with Rachel
david morse - AltLd - Jan/06 with chris todd
John Kettle - AltLd - 2006
mike kann - AltLd - 2006 with Bill Naylor
Hidden - AltLd - 2006
Hidden - Solo - 2006
creag - 2006
centurion05 - 2006
dangates - 2006 with Cheese/ Tim Darlow
jamestheyip - AltLd O/S - 2006 with Miguel Ciriza
Led to Tower Gap with beta from DK. DK led from there.
Simon K - AltLd β - Nov/05 with JB,DK
Cracking day out - with views to match.
Kamikaze Badger - 2nd - Sep/05 with Dave Moseley
dave moseley - Lead - Sep/05 with nick
steveP - AltLd O/S - 24/Mar/05 with Simon Flower
Hidden - AltLd O/S - 14/Mar/05
mikecopp - Lead - 06/Mar/05 with Tom O Grady
Held up by slow party in front. V cold on belays. Use of bivvy shelter essential
RunningMan - Lead O/S - 05/Mar/05 with Keith Bevan
Hidden - Solo O/S - 05/Mar/05
George Ormerod - AltLd O/S - 03/Mar/05 with Roger
Just romped along it with running belays staying ahead of the faster teams behind. A Good Friday Day completed in 3and half hours.
icescrew - AltLd - Mar/05 with The Fox
Camped overnight in an ice cave (not enough snow for a snow hole) - Devo'd
Jon Pilling - 2nd O/S - Mar/05 with steve prescott
In Winter! Not sure if I have selected the right one.
dan cowley - AltLd O/S - 06/Feb/05 with Colin Hastie
KeithW - AltLd O/S - Feb/05 with Andy Rice
Hidden - Lead O/S - Feb/05
A party of 2 had fall on Eastern Traverse and needed to reverse route, benighted, 27 hrs.
gripped01 - Lead dnf - Feb/05 with Bobby G
easers - AltLd - Feb/05 with Doug Aitken
oor wullie - 2005 with Matthew Croll
GPN - AltLd - 2005
JasonK - AltLd - 2005 with Alec Carr
mike.moss - AltLd O/S - 2005
hard in deep powder and verglass. some difficult mixed climbing to regain the ridge after the eastern traverse.
nicholas Barrowclough - Solo - 22/Dec/04
Excellent day out, faster than we anticipated. In the top three climbs I've done! Had a hariy start after going a bit far up the gully and then cut across on to the ridge on decidely dodgy snow.
Rob Oram - AltLd O/S - 11/Apr/04 with James Booth
James B - 11/Apr/04 with Rob
John Pickles - AltLd O/S - 30/Mar/04 with Zac Poulton
Hidden - AltLd - 30/Mar/04
Soloed up to the Eastern Traverse. Snow on all of it but felt like summer Alpine conditions.
Andrew Barker - Lead O/S - 30/Mar/04 with John Barker
Staying at CIC hut, so should have been first on route, but spent a couple of hours walking back down path looking for the axe Chris had lost on the walk-in in the dark. No joy. Now last on route, and had a long wait in queue at the Gap. But worked to our advantage: by the time we topped out, the all-day clag was breaking and we had the summit plateau to ourselves. I was greeted by a small twite (I think) looking at me quizzically: the only moving thing in all that white. Then back to CIC hut for whisky and philosophising deep into the night. A brilliant day.
Andy Clarke - Lead O/S - 13/Mar/04 with ChrisB
Ann S - 2nd - Mar/04 with Guide
tom.e - AltLd O/S - Feb/04 with Charlie Everett
cliffy - AltLd - Feb/04 with Paul Crowsley
Scotsken - Feb/04
dthomson - 2004 with JOHN BURNS
Moved togethre at night by full moon. Brill!
akhughes - Lead O/S - 2004 with Steptoe
chris warner - Sep/03 with matt saywer, james fulton
climbtim - 2nd - 06/Apr/03
five - AltLd O/S - Apr/03 with JT
Hidden - AltLd - 23/Mar/03
McGus - 2nd - 08/Mar/03 with Ruth and Donald
gripped01 - AltLd - Mar/03 with Jon Naylor
Tim W - AltLd O/S - 21/Feb/03 with Andrew Wilkinson
Hidden - AltLd rpt - Feb/03
stag do effort
James W - AltLd O/S - Feb/03 with john sanday
Technically not difficult but committing. Climbed in dreadfull conditions. Just remember we went straight up the face after the first levelling instead of the diagonal rising ramp to the right. That put us behind schedule on what was an awful day anyway.
rossn - AltLd O/S - Feb/03 with Nick Bryan
Gambit - Lead O/S - Feb/03 with Carl, Tim
NeilGriffiths - 01/Apr/02 with Tom Hubbard
Gman - AltLd O/S - Apr/02 with Carl, Rich
fell 8m at Tower Gap
Goody - 2nd dog - 02/Mar/02 with Conan Harrod
Dave fell into Tower Gap. Not helping himself by pulling the sling of the block as he went.
I made the mistake of belaying him from the gap.
No damage done though!
Conan - Lead - 02/Mar/02 with Dave Goodman
Hidden - AltLd O/S - Mar/02
Hidden - Mar/02
The Bad Cough - AltLd O/S - 15/Feb/02 with Christian Minett
PenJD - AltLd O/S - Feb/02 with Jon Ascroft
seanyt - Solo - Feb/02
Tarquin - 2002
Jamie B - AltLd - Apr/01 with Simon Franks
Hidden - AltLd - Apr/01
Hidden - AltLd O/S - Apr/01
crowberry gully - AltLd - 18/Feb/01 with Ross McGibbon
Hidden - 2nd - Jan/01
deep deep wet snow, took 8 hour for the ridge
niall_mac - 2nd - Nov/00 with am_bodach
Hidden - AltLd O/S - Apr/00
Hidden - Solo - 2000
Hidden - 2000
Tarquin - 2000
Top day 9 Hours on the route! Cos of the Traffic!!
wadey1973 - AltLd - 06/Mar/99 with Neild Waring
frost - Solo - Mar/99
Chad123 - Feb/99 with Muppet
fritz_in_aotearoa - 1999
kjbix - AltLd - 1999 with Rob Gray
Tarquin - 1999
Tarquin - 1999
Dave Almond - Solo - 1999
Hidden - AltLd - Feb/98
Hidden - AltLd O/S - 13/Jan/98
Hidden - Lead O/S - 12/Feb/97
Sunset & moon shining through on summit. No rush & great day out. Stayed at C.I.C. Hut.
iskra2000 - AltLd - 21/Jan/97 with Mark Smith
Neil Conway - AltLd O/S - 1997 with Steve Hardy
My 2nd scariest climbing moment ever when Tony tested a belay and pulled the block out of the wall resulting in a full rope length fall (150 feet) off the side of the ridge. To this day, I still can't work out how I held on with no other protection! Continued to the summit with 2 broken ribs and a knackered rope.
Conan - AltLd O/S - 29/Dec/96 with Tony Chaplin
Tim Bateman - Lead - 06/Apr/96
Hidden - AltLd O/S - 02/Apr/96
Climbed on good neve, superb
michaelb1 - AltLd O/S - Mar/96
Good day on firm snow
michaelb1 - Lead - Mar/96
butteredfrog - Apr/95
Hidden - AltLd - 08/Feb/95
Classic day, down via CMD Arete.
TobyA - AltLd O/S - Apr/94 with Ed
tev - AltLd O/S - Apr/94 with Stuart McK
djmarko75 - AltLd O/S - Mar/93
cornishmackem - AltLd O/S - Feb/93 with Tim Bantam
Hidden - AltLd O/S - Apr/92
FrankW - AltLd O/S - Mar/92 with Unknown
marcoleptic - AltLd O/S - Feb/92 with Banjo
Hidden - AltLd O/S - Feb/92
Moved together for much of it. Neil's first winter climb.
Iain Thow - Lead - 23/Mar/91 with Liz Jolley, Neil Davis
Grezza - Solo - Feb/91
craig h - AltLd - 08/Jan/91 with Nick D
Yourlead - Lead - 22/Apr/90 with Iain
rob from scotland - Lead O/S - 12/Mar/90 with Tom Shaw
surfbish - Lead O/S - Feb/88
gallonj - 1988
Hidden - AltLd - Apr/87
Richard Weller - AltLd - 02/Mar/87 with John Sanders, Nigel Thompson
Hidden - Lead - Feb/87
ChrisJD - Lead - 05/Jan/87
Hidden - AltLd - Jan/87
scree - AltLd - Feb/86
Stuck behind a very slow party, and consequently onto the plateau in the dark and truly wild weather. Another descent down Five Fingers Gully! All part of the full Scottish experience!
An attempt with Paul Harding a couple of years later resulted in retreat from just below the Eastern Traverse with 20+ people in the queue ahead of us. Perfect neve too!
Sean Kelly - Jan/86 with Jim Symon
johnkeith - AltLd - 1986 with G. Callander
Hidden - AltLd - Mar/85
neil3965 - AltLd - Jan/85 with Pete McKenzie
Ghastly Rubberfeet - Solo - 1985
Perfect conditions. I only led the pitch past the tower
Pete Pozman - AltLd O/S - 23/Feb/84 with Andy Bennett
Martin Haworth - AltLd O/S - 1984 with tim wright
Mark Kemball - AltLd - 21/Mar/83 with Paul "Curly" Williamson
GordonHart - AltLd O/S - Jan/82 with Dave Monteith
Hidden - Lead - 04/Aug/81
Hidden - AltLd - 06/Apr/80
Hidden - AltLd - 28/Jan/80
Hidden - AltLd - Mar/77
Al's diary records 'Done in a howling gale and whiteout'. It was a full-value Scottish day then!
Falko - AltLd O/S - 22/Feb/76 with Al W.
Jonathan Lagoe - UKC - 12/Apr/75 with Ken Taylor
Bobs 1st winter route I think. Done a number of times whilst living in Onich including one night ascent in deep powder.
David Smith - Lead - Jan/64 with bob Taplin