800m. Almost certainly the finest winter climb in the UK available to weekend warriors, and certainly the longest. Tower ridge continues to fascinate and compel, with a magnificent mix of wall, ridge, and traverse lines taking the boldest classic alpine route almost to the very summit of Britain's highest mountain. The two crux pitches, the eastern traverse and the Tower Gap are formidable obstacles in any conditions, and many a party has been benighted attempting to solve their mysteries. On a ridge like this, route finding should be obvious, but in poor weather it can be a nightmare.

J.N.Collie, G.A.Sollie, J.Collier 30/Mar/1894

Ticklists: Cold Climbs, Ben Nevis Ridges, Mountaineering in Scotland: in the footsteps of WH Murray, 3 star Scottish winter, MUMC Ticklist, Scottish Winter: Ten Must-do Routes at II and III.

Joewearne 29/May 2nd O/S

Full winter conditions in May!

Hidden 02/May Lead
Hidden 21/Apr Lead
nicjbuk 19/Apr AltLd
with BILL BUTTERWORTH, ross nicol esq
Rob84 19/Apr Lead O/S

Stunning weather and 'alpine' conditions - can't claim a proper winter ascent with dry rock interspersed with snow and ice sections, but a cracking day out nonetheless.

with Mel
Hidden 18/Apr Lead
Hidden 18/Apr 2nd O/S
Hidden 08/Apr Lead
tallpaulselfridge 08/Apr AltLd O/S
John Dale 08/Apr AltLd
MonkeyDawson 07/Apr Lead O/S

Spring conditions. Lots of falling ice elsewhere.

with Shona
Little AndyH 04/Apr AltLd
Calum3610 04/Apr AltLd

Lead intial climb out of the gully, Eastern Traverse and The Gap. Moved together on short rope for the rest.

WhipperSnapper 02/Apr Solo dnf

Retreated back down the ridge from the Great Tower.

wilkinscl 02/Apr AltLd

Drier conditions made it quite different from the last time.

gazzagabb 24/Mar Lead

A fresh covering of snow made it harder to move quickly and find gear, but good neve underneath. Climbed as 2 pairs with Steven Carter and James and Henry Smith. Some absorbing pitches - never harder than III but no time to faff around! No other parties on the ridge and some atmospheric weather conditions led to a memorable day. 12 hours from N Face carpark and back.

Steven Carter 24/Mar Lead O/S
jogle03 24/Mar AltLd O/S
Hidden 22/Mar Lead
Robertgiddy 21/Mar Lead


Murilo Lessa 21/Mar AltLd O/S

Nicely easy. Beautiful date. Blue sky. Climbed in shirts... crazy..

with Alex Desborough
Hidden 21/Mar Lead
sann1458 21/Mar AltLd
with Brightwell
Hidden 20/Mar Lead dnf
Rob84 20/Mar AltLd dnf

Not in winter condition today - raining on the summit and the route was essentially a wet scramble with a bit of snow here and there, so we down climbed from the Little Tower and saved it for a proper winter day.

andymcronald 18/Mar -

Good conditions.

adamarchie 18/Mar Lead O/S

Massively long day, due in part to starting from Achintee. 7.30am left car, 11am or 11.30am at the bottom of East Gully, 7.45pm at the top, 11pm at the cars, 11.30pm at the all-night garage! Alex's third roped winter climb, his second multipitch climb of any sort, my first experience of moving together. Soloed East Gully. Pitched the intro chimney - tech 4 in the unhelpfully thin conditions we found it in (Alex let out a yelp at one point - on a tight rope! A stiff intro to mixed climbing...) Moved together for most of the next long section. 2 pitches up the direct line on the Little Tower (fun, including an optional tech 5 direct problem above 2 Tricam placements which was great - though Alex ended up going way right on easy ground and past the belay, risking rope stuckness!) Moved together to Eastern Traverse, then 2 pitches to above Tower Gap - really fun. Beautifully firm snow ledge to walk on! And some of the only in situ gear. Almost sunset now and hardly a breath of wind. All day stunning, really. I very carefully strolled to the gap - no hands! - and made it look easy, once I'd figured out the wee ledge to aim for. Moving up the other side fun too - to the left on iced slabs. Put lots of gear in for Alex on second, who managed fine. We then unroped and he led to the top. Massive day, nerve-wracking for me given timing etc., but we did a good job. Look forward to repeating in due course.

alex_140 18/Mar 2nd

Spectacular day. Icy without significant powder made certain sections trickier.

Hidden 17/Mar AltLd
Paul Figg 15/Mar -

Finished up Tower Ridge from Italian Climb Right Hand.

with Andy Brown
FreddieSmith 15/Mar AltLd O/S

Absolutely beautiful conditions, only ones on the route. Feel very lucky!

with Danny Grifths
Hidden 14/Mar AltLd O/S
arose 14/Mar Lead

Lovely day.

with Clients
Liam Ingram 14/Mar AltLd O/S
Hidden 14/Mar -
Euan Todd 14/Mar AltLd O/S

What a day! Perfect weather and perfect conditions. 3 SUMC parties on the route, all made it to the top and hung around on the summit for ages. Descended CMD.

Hugh Simons 14/Mar AltLd O/S

Very special day. Perfect conditions and lovely weather.

calumhicks 14/Mar -
with Adam Harris
catrin289 14/Mar AltLd O/S

Awesome day!

nclarey 14/Mar AltLd O/S

Paul led the pitches exiting Douglas Gap, Eastern Traverse and Tower Gap. I led the final easy summit pitch. Otherwise followed Paul alpine-style.

Hidden 14/Mar Solo O/S
Hidden 13/Mar AltLd
Hidden 10/Mar -
PanzerHanzler 10/Mar AltLd dnf

Backed off as climb was taking too long - lots of powdered snow + heavily verglassed rock led to pitching most of it out. A long day morphed into a really, really long day.

with Simon
Will Jerram 10/Mar 2nd β

A Great Mountaineering Day in Winter.

Andrew Holden 08/Mar Lead
Hidden 08/Mar 2nd O/S
mark-abz 04/Mar 2nd
with Michael B, Matt S
gavmac 27/Feb -
flat eric 27/Feb AltLd dnf
with Jacob K
Hidden 15/Feb AltLd
Finn Curry 14/Feb 2nd

From just below the Eastern Traverse, after climbing Italian Right Hand.

with Paul Warnock
lcullum7 14/Feb AltLd O/S
Hidden 14/Feb AltLd O/S
JenRoberts 11/Feb 2nd O/S
with Kate, Ollie
guy757 10/Feb -
Hidden 10/Feb 2nd O/S
j.buckley87 07/Feb Lead O/S

great conditions throughout,

Hidden 07/Feb AltLd O/S
HarryNewmark 07/Feb AltLd
with Jake Dowell
Hidden 07/Feb -
arose 02/Feb Lead

Stunning day. Lots of great neve.

with Clients
Liam Watson ?/Feb AltLd
phil64 27/Jan Lead O/S

Descended after ascent of the Great Chimney

with dan Butler
cearbhalld 18/Jan AltLd O/S

Missed Fallen-block Chimney after Eastern Traverse.

davkeo 18/Jan AltLd O/S
Tom Cox 17/Jan AltLd
carl_123 17/Jan Lead O/S
Dingchav 17/Jan Solo dnf

Quality conditions till about 5,then the weather came in. Close to the first tower,we couldn't move,long story short,rescued at 7 in the morning by helicopter

with dtbrad
kivell 04/Jan Lead
with will king, steve kivell
alasdair19 ??/2015 -

with Carl quite powdery low down with little build up in general. good neve from start of eastern traverse. nice to have it to ourselves.

Hidden ??/2015 -
plain kitten ??/2015 -
suds_01 ??/2015 -
Hidden ??/2015 -
sebbi30 30/Dec/14 AltLd
with iain howie, stewart miller
Pohil 29/Dec/14 Solo O/S

2 hours.

MightyStew 29/Dec/14 AltLd O/S

Benighted, topped out at 4am :)

HaddRoots 29/Dec/14 AltLd O/S

Amazing route, were benighted and reached the plateau 4am!

with sebastian costa
gavinpeach 29/Dec/14 AltLd O/S

Epic day out. Long waits at belays which led to us being benighted. We tried to descend after the eastern traverse due to the time but visibility was poor and the descent route was uncertain therefore we decided to continue. I led the great tower pitch with a head torch and Pete led tower gap. We led the ropes up for another group of 3 climbers to follow us. Topped out around 3 am and then walked back to the CIC hut. Additionally I led onto the little tower and the top out. Pete led the eastern traverse and the first chimney. Crux sections seemed to be the gap and the pitch up the great tower. A long but overall fun day/night out.

with Dave Gillen, Pete Cuthil
Andrew will wilson 28/Dec/14 -

Powdery and hard as conditions weren't the best

MonkeyDawson 25/Dec/14 Solo

5 hours door to door.

robertmichaeladams 25/Dec/14 Lead
with Bex
Hidden 30/Nov/14 AltLd O/S
Hidden 09/Nov/14 AltLd O/S
ianjdodd 03/Sep/14 Lead O/S
kev 25/Jul/14 Solo
Hidden ?/May/14 AltLd rpt
Hidden 26/Apr/14 AltLd
nicjbuk 25/Apr/14 AltLd

lots of snow gone since last week, almost in summer condition apart from last pitch.

with BILL BUTTERWORTH, ross nicol esq
elliptic 20/Apr/14 Lead
with Stewart
joeydurkin 19/Apr/14 Lead
with Ed, Russ
nicjbuk 18/Apr/14 AltLd
with ross nicol esq
tim exley 15/Apr/14 Lead O/S
with freddie waters
Hidden 02/Apr/14 -
clams ?/Apr/14 AltLd
with Toby
TomatoPro ?/Apr/14 2nd

Awesome spontaneous trip to Scotland.

Hidden 31/Mar/14 AltLd β
Hidden 31/Mar/14 AltLd
bantamdave 31/Mar/14 AltLd O/S

Amazing! 13 hours cic hut to cic hut !

with Swifty
Gazlynn 31/Mar/14 -
joesmith 31/Mar/14 AltLd O/S

With Lancs CC. Pitch out of Douglas Gap dry, and lots of slushy snow all the way

tallpaulselfridge 30/Mar/14 2nd O/S

Done after Vanishing Gully

Alpenglow 30/Mar/14 AltLd O/S

Great route, fantastic views. Snow was a bit slushy therefore some bits were difficult. First grade IV in almost alpine conditions! Lead 5/6 pitches that we pitched.

with Tom L
Dougbart 30/Mar/14 Lead

with Vanishing gully, grate day!

with paul selfrige
V11 30/Mar/14 -
Hidden 29/Mar/14 Lead O/S
tc7118 29/Mar/14 2nd O/S
Tim Bateman 29/Mar/14 AltLd
with Jamie
David86 29/Mar/14 2nd

alpine style bar traverse and gap

Martin Bagshaw 28/Mar/14 2nd O/S

Pitched 4 pitches mainly towards the end, moved together for the rest. First winter climb!

with Bryan Clary
Harry Holmes 26/Mar/14 Solo rpt
Cameron94 26/Mar/14 Lead

Led all pitches. Banked out with gear being hard won. Easy climbing but expect a long day.

Andy27 26/Mar/14 AltLd O/S

Lead some sections, Simon leading trickier parts.

Piers Harley 26/Mar/14 -

incorporated 1934 Route as an alternative start. moved together for much of the route.

with Carl
colenn 24/Mar/14 -
liamo333 24/Mar/14 AltLd O/S

Started up SW ridge of douglas boulder. 4 hrs from CIC to the top.

with colenn, Rob Noone
Rob N 24/Mar/14 -
stratandrew 24/Mar/14 AltLd O/S

Clear bright day. Horrendos wind and spindrift. Tottering snow crests. Tough. Led first chimney, E trav & Twr Gap and other pitches. some moving together.

with Jim Symon
Stuart Hurworth 24/Mar/14 2nd O/S

Amazing sunny day - everywhere else! On tower ridge we were intermittently blasted with spindrift from very gusty winds. The route is excellent, some tricky short moves and a variety of challenges but never desperate. The biggest challenge was the queuing before each of the tricky bits. Started at 7.30am, got to plateau at 8pm. 3 hours spent waiting! Got in a tangle as we belayed on the top of the block in the gap and everyone climbed past - ropes were caught and I couldn't climb out the other side as was being dragged down. Think we should have started from CIC at 6am.

with Manchester Climbing Club
mattking_109 24/Mar/14 AltLd

Clear but very windy. Slow party at tower gap and getting dark so climbed into gap then exited by a variation to the left. Made a change as had previously done the normal exit when doing Glovers chimney. Descent via glissading down red burn - tons of avalnache debris present. Managed to grab a lift down from upper car park to NF car park. Great day.

with Simon D
machars 23/Mar/14 Lead

Moved together most of the way. Swimming through powder to start then good ice and neve higher up. Felt like the alps with the stunning virgin snow ridges!

malteserEd 23/Mar/14 2nd
Hidden 23/Mar/14 2nd O/S
Andy Hewison 23/Mar/14 AltLd O/S

Busy day with some queuing at the belays. Moved together most of the way. Lots of powder to start, some ice on route and good neve high up after tower gap. Interesting moves straddling the arÍte down to tower gap. Amazing day in alpine conditions.

with Paul
Hidden 23/Mar/14 AltLd O/S
spearing05 23/Mar/14 AltLd O/S

Fantastic route. Had three lengthy waits but was almost worth it for not having to route find or dig out gear and biggest buzz ever topping out in the dark. Sat belaying with head torch off looking at the stars - still buzzing now in work.

with Andrew
AGoodi 23/Mar/14 AltLd

Moved together for most of it with Brian. Robin soloed most of it.

with Robin, Brian Shackleton
lcullum7 21/Mar/14 Lead dnf
with Will Jerram
LogieNick 18/Mar/14 2nd

Second day of week's guided climbing on the Ben staying at CIC hut. Thaw and cornice collapse danger meant the second classic ridge of the week. Low cloud, poor vis so views limited. Gained ridge via Eastern Gully to Douglas Gap. Heavily banked-out over large sections and particularly Eastern Traverse where fallen-block chimney completely covered. Lunch at summit shelter the descent in high wind via abseil posts into Coire Leis. Moved together over all but major difficulties. Grand outing - shame about the views!

with Glenmore Lodge Ice & Mixed Climbing Ben Nevis
Hidden 15/Mar/14 Lead O/S
JackM92 15/Mar/14 AltLd

Howling gales and rain, but ice screws surprisingly useful. Tower Gap interesting in the wind.

darcan 15/Mar/14 AltLd

very wet day

with jack
planetmarshall 12/Mar/14 AltLd

(Deliberate) night time ascent, with Martin and Luke. Started about 1am, on the summit by 8am. Incredible dawn on the ridge.

with Tim Taylor
Martin McKenna - UKC 12/Mar/14 AltLd O/S

Night accent, and what a night/morning! Flat calm, blue skies and amazing light as the sun was rising. Great day out!

Lawrie Brand 12/Mar/14 Lead rpt
with Sarah Laing
Hidden 12/Mar/14 -
Hidden 12/Mar/14 AltLd
Uisdean hawthorn 12/Mar/14 Solo
Hidden 12/Mar/14 2nd
Stefan_Morris 11/Mar/14 Lead rpt
with hfisher
Hidden 11/Mar/14 Lead
lukas richardo 10/Mar/14 Solo O/S

first proper winter endeavour. a misty warm day. 4 hours max bottom to top with some waiting and taking care not to rush so presumably very good conditions.

Hidden 09/Mar/14 Lead O/S
mzchambers 03/Mar/14 AltLd O/S
with Will R
robertmichaeladams 03/Mar/14 AltLd

Fantastic! Virgin snow crest all the way, conditions were excellent

with Susan
maria85 03/Mar/14 -

Moved together for all of it with a few belays on steeper sections. Great day out!

with Tom P, Jules
gordon henderson 01/Mar/14 AltLd
with Paul Rochford
Chrismith 01/Mar/14 AltLd

Sensational. Moved together for most of it, loads of snow - topped out in a whiteout.

with Seb
Andrew Holden 01/Mar/14 Lead
nich0las 01/Mar/14 AltLd
with Fabien
Roch 01/Mar/14 AltLd O/S

from the north face car park. Started climb at 0800 and route completed by 1530. Route was heavily loaded with snow making the eastern traverse steep but able to climb the little tower and gap direct. Walk off via half way lochan. Low winds but white out conditions for most of the day.

with Gordon Henderson
hfisher ?/Mar/14 -
with Teffy
davidbird63 28/Feb/14 AltLd O/S

An ambition for a whiole. On the day I think the only party on the route. More satisfying to have broken trail and found the route. The spindrift and wind and lack of consolodated snow made the Ridge the best option. Jumped Tower Gap because the climbdown was covered and looked horrible. Very hard to put protection in all up the route. We simply moved together and found almost no natural protection due to the covering of snow. A great and satisfying day.

ten4dave 28/Feb/14 Solo β
wilkinscl 24/Feb/14 Lead O/S

Quite a slog through fresh deep snow. Were overtaken when I took a wander out onto the false traverse.

with Ned, Edward shelly
Jim Slater 24/Feb/14 Lead O/S

Plenty of snow but solid under foot. Epic route, finished off with blizzard conditions on the summit.

with Jen Max
morpcat 24/Feb/14 2nd

Moved together as a rope of three lunatics for most of the day, Mr. W handily dispensing the trickier bits from the security of some amusing belays.

with Ned, wilkinscl
andyhewlett 20/Feb/14 2nd O/S

Completed with Abacus Mountaineering Guide. Walking into CIC Hut. Lots of snow which made the ridge easier than normal. Awesome day.

niallsash 19/Feb/14 Lead

Lots of snow. Well tracked

SUColdo 18/Feb/14 AltLd

Made fresh tracks through very deep snow. followed up by 8 people. took 5 hrs.

DStrawbridge 18/Feb/14 AltLd

brilliant route fantastic veiw :)

with colin
Hidden 16/Feb/14 AltLd O/S
thrillseekerz 14/Feb/14 -

Climb went swimingly, pun intended. The route was buried in snow with marginal gear options. Tower gap was an exciting double corniced wind romp. Made excellent time, though topped out in a full on blizzard with white out conditions making the descent quite arduous.

SumnerSan ?/Feb/14 AltLd
Sir Stefan 31/Jan/14 AltLd O/S

Great day out!

with Simon Richardson
Misha 30/Jan/14 AltLd O/S
Hidden 30/Jan/14 -
Hidden 28/Jan/14 Lead
Kyrros 22/Jan/14 AltLd O/S
Guy Chater 22/Jan/14 AltLd
jbb 17/Jan/14 AltLd

A lot of snow and not much gear. I confess to having pulled on gear a little while seconding the tower gap.

Hidden 16/Jan/14 Lead O/S
Hidden 13/Jan/14 2nd
gravity 13/Jan/14 2nd

A fantastic route, a great day, although conditions were a bit challenging. Lots of fresh snow, quite loose, no tracks, every runner and anchors had to be excavated from beneath snow. We finished route by headtorch and topped out onto summit plateau at 10pm.

with Ben Tibbetts
Dougbart 11/Jan/14 -
with Iain
Hidden 11/Jan/14 AltLd
saintlade ??/2014 -
yesbutnobutyesbut ??/2014 -
Hidden 23/Nov/13 AltLd dnf
SUColdo 03/Nov/13 -

Loads of snow and some frozen turf. lots of ice from the traverse up.

with Abe
Hidden ?/May/13 Solo
niallk 27/Apr/13 AltLd rpt

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.

with Willie
Hidden 27/Apr/13 AltLd O/S
Jenny Hall 16/Apr/13 2nd O/S

perfect conditions

with Louis
PeteLoveless 12/Apr/13 AltLd O/S
with Ben Gibson
Gibson27 12/Apr/13 AltLd O/S

Amazing day out. Warm and low cloud.

Clay C 07/Apr/13 AltLd rpt

Continued up Tower Ridge after Vanishing Gully.

Dougbart 06/Apr/13 -
with TIm
Mark123 06/Apr/13 2nd O/S

Stunning, stunning winter conditions and no-one else on it

Harry Holmes 05/Apr/13 Solo O/S
davebrox 05/Apr/13 Lead

Blue sky day

with Fiona
Andy Syme 05/Apr/13 AltLd O/S

Moving together most of the way in brilliant sun; an Alpine day. Glorious.

Louis Hume 05/Apr/13 Lead

Perfect conditions 5 and a half hours.

with Jenny
alan barnes 03/Apr/13 -
with cam fowler, luke
LJKing 30/Mar/13 Lead O/S

Done in 4 and a bit hours despite being held up by the only other party ahead - on Easter saturday, no less!

with Paul Clarkson
team fat belly 30/Mar/13 -

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

with Euan
Stuart Johnston 28/Mar/13 Lead O/S

Moved together the whole way. 4.5h.

with Adam Ryan, Dave Cowell
mrterrynelson 28/Mar/13 Lead dnf

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.

with Brian Hodgson
adam 24 28/Mar/13 AltLd O/S
Hidden 28/Mar/13 AltLd dnf
Roberttaylor 17/Mar/13 Lead rpt
with Thijs Lubbers
Craig Holden 16/Mar/13 AltLd O/S

Roped up from the Eastern traverse. White out on the way down.

with Alex Toomey
alex toomey 16/Mar/13 AltLd O/S

parts pitched - including eastern traverse and the gap, parts soloed,including first mixed pitch, and moved together in parts.

paulmck 16/Mar/13 Lead
jamieevans 15/Mar/13 Lead O/S

Moved together almost entire climb apart from eastern traverse and tower gap, just over 4 hours from cic hut, perfect conditions:)

Hidden 12/Mar/13 2nd
Hidden 12/Mar/13 2nd
manwithacam 11/Mar/13 AltLd
with Dom
D.Russell 10/Mar/13 Solo O/S

moved together

Matthew Robinson 06/Mar/13 AltLd
with Kevin
Tom Last 06/Mar/13 AltLd O/S

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.

cwhitty 05/Mar/13 AltLd
HIGHTOWER 05/Mar/13 Lead rpt
with Jiffy
Hidden 05/Mar/13 AltLd
Hidden 04/Mar/13 2nd
rossn 04/Mar/13 AltLd

Unbelievable conditions. 4 hours on route despite very heavy traffic. tremendous day out.

with Nick Bryan
nicjbuk 04/Mar/13 AltLd

route in top condition

with ross nicol esq
keithlambley 04/Mar/13 AltLd
with Jim L
Hidden 03/Mar/13 AltLd
Ross Young 02/Mar/13 AltLd O/S
with Marnoch
mhamiltonj 02/Mar/13 -
with Ross Y
Hidden 02/Mar/13 Lead
k2blow ?/Mar/13 AltLd

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 ,

with john howes
k2blow ?/Mar/13 AltLd

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,

with john howes
Nemo9 ?/Mar/13 -
with Col
ColdAndWet ?/Mar/13 AltLd
with Chris Press
ferdia 27/Feb/13 AltLd O/S
with Will Donaldson, Andrew Wielochowski
Keenb 27/Feb/13 AltLd O/S

Great conditions and great route. Moved together for most of it.

Hidden 25/Feb/13 AltLd O/S
prwalker 25/Feb/13 AltLd

Starting from the CIC hut, 5 hours to do the route from P1 to summit, route in great condition. Perfect clear day, no clouds and great views.

with wupert
Hidden 24/Feb/13 AltLd
simondunf 24/Feb/13 AltLd O/S

last of 4 blue sky days in a row !

with caspar
alastairbegley 23/Feb/13 Lead O/S

Soloed up to tower gap. http://www.masterplan-photography.co.uk/2013/02/tower-ridge

Alex Winter 23/Feb/13 AltLd O/S
with Nick, Alastair and Steve
Nick Russell 23/Feb/13 -

Soloed up to Tower gap, passing a couple of parties. Great views from the top!

SJS 23/Feb/13 Solo O/S
thedatastream 22/Feb/13 AltLd O/S
with J25
J25 22/Feb/13 -
with JP
Scott Rankin 21/Feb/13 AltLd
Hidden 21/Feb/13 AltLd O/S
jon59 21/Feb/13 Lead

Awesome day with very alpine weather, the route was in perfect condition with good ice and hard neve.

brianrunner 21/Feb/13 -

great conditions today!

with lisa kamphausen, mark robson
tsl42 21/Feb/13 AltLd O/S

I led Eastern Traverse and half of gap. David took tower pitch. Fantastic day!

with David Fountain
Gordon Lacey 21/Feb/13 AltLd
sgl 20/Feb/13 AltLd
with Bart
stuey4444 20/Feb/13 2nd

Great long alpine style route. Rapid weather change near summit.

Glen Burrows 19/Feb/13 2nd rpt

Wow - incredible conditions

with Paddy Cave, Ed Luke
Avinash Aujayeb 18/Feb/13 2nd O/S
luckyjim 18/Feb/13 AltLd

perfect conditions and perfect weather!

with c roff
Lumbering Oaf 18/Feb/13 AltLd O/S

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.

with Simon Caldrick
Hoyes 18/Feb/13 AltLd O/S

Onsight... more like follow the yellow brick road. Perfect conditions, bomber neve, blue skies and practically no wind.

Batt 18/Feb/13 -

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!

Hidden 18/Feb/13 AltLd O/S
alpinebutterfly 18/Feb/13 2nd
with J Stalker
Jim Haydock 18/Feb/13 AltLd
with Gordon Orr
stevelismore 17/Feb/13 AltLd O/S

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.

with James L
Hidden 16/Feb/13 AltLd O/S
clmbr 16/Feb/13 Lead O/S
with mr g walters
joe_lancs 16/Feb/13 Lead
Hidden 16/Feb/13 AltLd O/S
yehti 12/Feb/13 AltLd
Hidden 09/Feb/13 Lead
Tony Lancashire 06/Feb/13 Lead
OwenF 02/Feb/13 Lead
with John
jeb3496 02/Feb/13 AltLd rpt

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.

planetmarshall 02/Feb/13 AltLd O/S

Stunning conditions, and so lots of people on the route.

with Victor Manzanares
Hidden 02/Feb/13 AltLd O/S
Hidden 02/Feb/13 AltLd
shed dweller 02/Feb/13 -

First on route, climbed in just over 3hrs moving together. Fantastic conditions.

Ched 02/Feb/13 AltLd O/S

Exciting conditions. Fairly lean and variable ice / snow quality. Poor ice and snow after Eastern traverse was a bit worrying.

with Simon
radioshed 01/Feb/13 AltLd O/S
with dave s
David Stevens 01/Feb/13 AltLd rpt
GaryK 01/Feb/13 AltLd O/S
with Andy Cave
Hidden ?/Feb/13 Lead O/S
johniebriggs ?/Feb/13 -
Tom Campbell ?/Feb/13 Lead O/S

moved together a lot, all done in 3.50 mins!

tatz45 ?/Feb/13 AltLd O/S
robgixer ?/Feb/13 AltLd
Hidden ?/Feb/13 Lead O/S
Hidden 24/Jan/13 2nd
James_L88 24/Jan/13 AltLd O/S

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).

with Tom Furey
Hidden 19/Jan/13 AltLd O/S
Hidden 19/Jan/13 AltLd
shipton47 17/Jan/13 -
johnrich 14/Jan/13 2nd

lots of powder after a fresh dump.

with Mike Pescod
Hidden 12/Jan/13 Lead O/S
arose 10/Jan/13 Lead

Rock till the little tower then lots of rime and old neve. Route finding very easy!

with Miles Mconville
Blurgy319 ?/Jan/13 AltLd rpt
with Matt Hughes
mark12345 ??/2013 2nd
Avinash Aujayeb ??/2013 -
AndrewJamesCherry ??/2013 AltLd

a bit lean at the time

Hidden ??/2013 -
6aPunter ??/2013 -
captain ??/2013 -
JHolland ??/2013 -
matthew885 ??/2013 Lead
Stefan_Morris ??/2013 AltLd O/S
with Andy
Hidden 31/Dec/12 Lead
Matt1234 21/Dec/12 AltLd O/S
with Col
Col Kingshott 21/Dec/12 AltLd O/S

Top day out. Loads of powder and rime, no tracks 5 1/2hrs :-)

Stefan_Morris 10/Dec/12 AltLd O/S
Adamski1986 02/Dec/12 Lead O/S

Long day, with lots of powder!

dawp4810 ?/Dec/12 2nd
design crisis 03/Nov/12 Solo O/S

Epic, very powdery, ended up climbing up onto the traverse

Hidden 28/Oct/12 AltLd rpt
pete_naylor 02/Sep/12 -

My Birthday climb up Ben Nevis

luckyjim 22/Apr/12 Solo
Hidden 14/Apr/12 AltLd
Hidden 26/Mar/12 2nd
nicjbuk 22/Mar/12 AltLd

bottom half clean, some snow from eastern traverse. final pitch snow gully complete

with ross nicol esq
Hidden 12/Mar/12 Lead O/S
richardshoes 07/Mar/12 AltLd O/S
williamsd79 05/Mar/12 2nd
Ken Applegate 05/Mar/12 Lead

Beautiful day on the Ben!

with Alan
Blurgy319 05/Mar/12 AltLd O/S
Hidden 05/Mar/12 AltLd
LozM 05/Mar/12 -

mostly seconded, snow v loose

with Steve Scott, Mark J
colin fagan 04/Mar/12 2nd

Route was quite tricky with the conditions. Part of a weekend being guided.

hydraulicwave ?/Mar/12 2nd O/S
wee hippy ?/Mar/12 AltLd
with john jones
Steven Andrews 19/Feb/12 Lead O/S

Great climb with endless and varied climbing surrounded by the walls of Ben Nevis - Classic

JYates 19/Feb/12 AltLd
with Paul Coxon
TM_Horton 14/Feb/12 AltLd O/S

epic time on my 3rd ever winter route !

with ronnie
ronniemarshall 14/Feb/12 AltLd O/S
Pete23 09/Feb/12 AltLd
with Davie
Hidden 09/Feb/12 AltLd O/S
Jim Haydock 07/Feb/12 AltLd
with John France
freudy_love 06/Feb/12 AltLd O/S
with Dave Douglas
Dave Douglas 06/Feb/12 AltLd O/S

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.

Hidden 02/Feb/12 -
richiegarside ?/Feb/12 -
gowla ?/Feb/12 AltLd
with Alex Burns
Hidden ?/Feb/12 -
Tony Ryland ?/Feb/12 2nd

With Nick from Abacus

JonnoP 29/Jan/12 AltLd O/S
with Jess
Little AndyH 28/Jan/12 AltLd O/S
with Rob Reglinski
mikehenesy 28/Jan/12 2nd O/S

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.

with Bobby Pearson
mark88 27/Jan/12 AltLd
with Alex Vaughan
vaughany 27/Jan/12 AltLd
with mark patterson
Hidden 26/Jan/12 AltLd
Rob Pitt 24/Jan/12 -
with Lee Roberts, Jon Ratcliffe
Hannah Evans 23/Jan/12 AltLd
with Martyn Stott
mjsmith1973 23/Jan/12 2nd
with Mike Pescod, Mick Howie
andy wa 16/Jan/12 AltLd O/S


with isi
Gibbo 14/Jan/12 AltLd
Hidden 14/Jan/12 AltLd O/S
JanBella 13/Jan/12 2nd rpt

great climb. we did it mountaineering style on our course with paddy cave. cracking day!!!

Hidden 13/Jan/12 AltLd
saffy 13/Jan/12 2nd
climbtim 10/Jan/12 AltLd β
Hidden 09/Jan/12 AltLd O/S
R0bbie 09/Jan/12 Lead O/S
with Taba
palimer ??/2012 AltLd

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

Hidden ??/2012 -
Hidden ??/2012 -
Hidden ??/2012 -
Narked4fun ??/2012 -
Tony Kartawick ??/2012 -
Hidden ??/2012 -
Hidden ??/2012 -
Dave Hill ??/2012 -
Guy Wilson ??/2012 -
Hidden ??/2012 Lead O/S
cox ??/2012 -
with cris
Pete Graham ??/2012 Solo
neil9216 07/Aug/11 Solo

Soloed all exept,the gap,

kenneM ?/Apr/11 AltLd
with Davey Luke
Hidden 26/Mar/11 AltLd O/S
Hidden 26/Mar/11 -
Hidden 26/Mar/11 AltLd O/S
Hidden 26/Mar/11 AltLd
Sam Warby 26/Mar/11 2nd O/S
MartF 26/Mar/11 Lead O/S

With Julie Paton. CIC Hut weekend. Summited at dusk having been slow on the ridge despite no real issues with any of the actual climbing... Lamb shanks and whisky most welcome on return to the hut!

with Julie
dannymoo99 25/Mar/11 AltLd
with John Gupta, Tom Shooter
Hidden 25/Mar/11 AltLd
joeydurkin 24/Mar/11 -

Done in under 3 hours. Fantastic conditions. Hard snow and mostly dry rock.

with MarkFalcus
RKernan 22/Mar/11 AltLd O/S
with Alek Zholobenko
Sankey 22/Mar/11 2nd

Lots of hard ice and snow on the ridge, got views around the Great Tower.

with Simon Oxley, Adam Hughes
Hidden 22/Mar/11 2nd O/S
Hidden 19/Mar/11 -
Hidden 16/Mar/11 AltLd O/S
Palomino1hills 13/Mar/11 Lead

Great climb good winter conditions on Ridge led all pitches

with Andy
NoelleG 06/Mar/11 2nd

Beautiful day - blue sky and sunshine, fantastic. Finished in the dark, quite tired

with Adele Pennington, Claire Molloy
Claire Molloy 06/Mar/11 2nd
with Adele Pennington, Noelle
J1PEF 05/Mar/11 AltLd

glad for early start, first on route got it to our self, blue sky's great day!!

beds74 05/Mar/11 AltLd

Did it reasonably quickly, good conditions no troubles

tim newton 04/Mar/11 AltLd rpt
jamesh 04/Mar/11 AltLd
with Jim Unwin
Ken Applegate 03/Mar/11 Lead

Guiding day. Spring like conditions, with plenty of snow melt happening. Nice day though!

with Matt
Hidden 03/Mar/11 Lead O/S
tomshanti 03/Mar/11 2nd β

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!!

with nigel hooker
sacdenouilles 02/Mar/11 AltLd
with J F Philippe, D Pemble
Hidden 28/Feb/11 Solo dnf
alifin 28/Feb/11 2nd

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.

with Guide (Donald King) + Aidan Roe, Aidan Roe
Erik_M 28/Feb/11 2nd O/S

Absolutely Stunning! The weather was some of the best I've ever seen in Scotland and the route was really good fun!

with Kenny Grant, Alex Tuck
Hidden 28/Feb/11 2nd
Peter Metcalfe 27/Feb/11 Lead

Turned out to be a long day - reached Tower Gap about 6pm but didn't top-out until after 9!

with Amanda Turner
Conan 27/Feb/11 AltLd

Got stuck behind a slower party in front but the late finish gave fantastic views at sunset

with Philippa Reader, Loz
Hidden 26/Feb/11 AltLd O/S
John Holden 26/Feb/11 2nd rpt

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.

Hidden 17/Feb/11 Lead O/S
Haytor_Haggis 17/Feb/11 AltLd O/S
with Jeremy van Riemsdyke, Joe Bellows
johannes 12/Feb/11 AltLd O/S
henning82 12/Feb/11 AltLd O/S
Big Lee 12/Feb/11 Solo O/S

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.

Timo Austino 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:)

with Nats
Hidden 12/Feb/11 Lead
gordon henderson 11/Feb/11 AltLd O/S
with MRT
Byakkonick 11/Feb/11 AltLd

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 :)

connor 10/Feb/11 AltLd O/S

unbelivable conditions, route worth 4* !!!!!!

with mike scott
robcrowther 08/Feb/11 2nd
Johann 07/Feb/11 AltLd O/S
with Tony Shepherd
jacobjlloyd 05/Feb/11 Solo O/S

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.

Hidden ?/Feb/11 AltLd O/S
csw ?/Feb/11 Lead rpt
Drew M ?/Feb/11 AltLd
Charlie Zephyr Booth ?/Feb/11 -

excellent easy climbing all the way to the top!

net 29/Jan/11 2nd

George led 5 pitches and we moved together for the rest

with George
Thoms6974 29/Jan/11 Lead O/S

5 hour trip, 6 pitches, finishing for lunch in fine weather on the summit

with Dave S
Hidden 29/Jan/11 Lead
JdotP 26/Jan/11 Lead β

It is actually really straightforward if you bother to study the guidebook properly beforehand, haha

with Tom Eadington
Hidden 23/Jan/11 AltLd
DavPk 22/Jan/11 AltLd

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.

with Romain Rebut
MoWalker3 22/Jan/11 -
Hidden 21/Jan/11 -
chrissy 08/Jan/11 2nd
with Rich, Cormac, Mo
andy mcc 08/Jan/11 AltLd O/S

Quite a lot of deep powdery snow, but still superb nonetheless

with Jason King
Chris Toward 02/Jan/11 2nd O/S

What an awesome day, 8 hours on the ridge and only 5 others on it. Perfect conditions, temp dropping to -12 on summit.

Clay C 02/Jan/11 AltLd O/S
with Will A
Hidden 02/Jan/11 AltLd O/S
TDembrey 02/Jan/11 Lead O/S
colenn 02/Jan/11 AltLd β

In under 3 Hours.

with Peter Britton
liamo333 02/Jan/11 AltLd O/S

2.5 hours from top of gully

with Rob Noone
Rob N 02/Jan/11 AltLd
Hobojim 02/Jan/11 AltLd O/S
Harry Kingston 02/Jan/11 2nd
MonkeyDawson ?/Jan/11 AltLd
with Pete Reynolds
The Big Sender ?/Jan/11 AltLd O/S

moved together except for the gap.

Hidden ?/Jan/11 Lead
Hidden ??/2011 -
R2D2 ??/2011 -
adie84 ??/2011 -
Luke Brooks ??/2011 -
Hidden ??/2011 -
Timo Austino ??/2011 -
PAJames ??/2011 -
Hidden ??/2011 -
Paul Boggis ??/2011 AltLd
mschmude ??/2011 -
Hidden ??/2011 -
Hidden ??/2011 -
Hidden ??/2011 -
Hidden ??/2011 -
Tenko ??/2011 -
Hidden ??/2011 AltLd O/S
Ri ??/2011 -
Hidden 31/Dec/10 Lead
Shuttsie 31/Dec/10 2nd
with tim, Andrea Sales
Hidden 30/Dec/10 AltLd O/S
Hidden 30/Dec/10 -
Peter Holder 29/Dec/10 AltLd

4.30 hours, CIC hut to summit. soloed until traverse.

jack_eadie 14/Dec/10 AltLd
mikemartin 14/Dec/10 AltLd

Greeted by Brocken Spectres, cloud inversion and magic light as we topped out, stunning.

samrad ?/Dec/10 -

mainly soloed except for that tricky step. gorgeous clear day. ended up climbing it in 1h 50mins.

with tom livingston
Hidden 28/Nov/10 -
chmckay 24/Nov/10 -

Quite a good day out. The snow was mega soft and made it a long day out

with Graham Boistelle
mikemartin 22/Nov/10 Solo

I had the entire face to myself, superb early season nick.

isi_o 21/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.

with Rich Parker, Graham Stuchbury
Stuzz 21/Nov/10 AltLd O/S

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!

with Isi, Rich Parker
Lester 20/Nov/10 Lead rpt
goatee 10/Nov/10 Lead O/S

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.

with Francis Jan Kluzniak
thebat 18/Apr/10 -
with Ontour
John Workman 18/Apr/10 AltLd

Rain then snow then sun and hard neve - good

with Apprentice
Hidden 14/Apr/10 AltLd
Hidden 14/Apr/10 Solo
Hidden 13/Apr/10 AltLd
BallsOfSteel 13/Apr/10 AltLd O/S
nicjbuk 13/Apr/10 AltLd

got to gap and decided to abseil down into tower gully rather than top out due to snow conditions

abbeywall 12/Apr/10 AltLd

perfect alpine conditions. soloed up to little tower then pitched/moved together

with AC
Ben Sharp 11/Apr/10 2nd

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.

with Tilo
Martin Haworth 09/Apr/10 AltLd rpt

3 hrs.

with Andy
Callum T 09/Apr/10 AltLd O/S
DundeeDave 09/Apr/10 2nd

Snatched from the jaws of spring. Snow was definitely a bit mushy. Pitched the pitchy bits and moved together on the rest.

Andrew Sloan 09/Apr/10 AltLd

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!!!!

Sutty22 08/Apr/10 2nd

Absolutely loved this climb. It had a bit of everything. Unfortunately the clag was down so didn't get the full sense of exposure.

Hidden 08/Apr/10 AltLd O/S
Hidden 08/Apr/10 AltLd
Hidden 06/Apr/10 Lead O/S
Hidden 04/Apr/10 2nd
Hidden 04/Apr/10 Lead
Brannock 04/Apr/10 Lead O/S

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.

with Annette
Hidden 04/Apr/10 2nd
Christian Beck 03/Apr/10 AltLd O/S

Great days climbing with great snow conditions..

Hidden 03/Apr/10 2nd
KeithW 03/Apr/10 AltLd O/S

Mike led the E Traverse & Gap. Stuck behind a rope of 3, had to nav off in the dark & cloud.

with Mike Nuttall
MD 02/Apr/10 AltLd O/S
with Nick B
Phil Emerson ?/Apr/10 Lead

Standard of route matched the weather - quality day

mark12345 ?/Apr/10 2nd dnf
Hidden 29/Mar/10 2nd O/S
Hidden 29/Mar/10 2nd
irish paul 27/Mar/10 AltLd O/S
with Sarah Joyce
Hidden 22/Mar/10 2nd O/S
Hidden 22/Mar/10 2nd
Ben1983 21/Mar/10 AltLd O/S
Hidden 21/Mar/10 2nd O/S
mark88 17/Mar/10 2nd
with Jocky and Matt Barker
John Roe 16/Mar/10 Lead

Great day out. Descended via No 4 Gully

with Will Marshall
Karlos 16/Mar/10 AltLd O/S

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.

with Mark B
Hidden 16/Mar/10 AltLd
Hidden 13/Mar/10 Lead O/S
Roberttaylor 13/Mar/10 2nd O/S

Chris led any technical pitches, we moved together on easier ground.

with Crazy Chris
THardSevere 13/Mar/10 2nd O/S

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

with jamie foxen
Hidden 13/Mar/10 2nd O/S
allyrocke 13/Mar/10 Lead O/S

Awesome route, shame about the weather!

guyscott 13/Mar/10 AltLd O/S

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.

with Tommy, Klas
jamiefoxen 12/Mar/10 Lead O/S
PanzerHanzler 10/Mar/10 AltLd O/S

Awesome. Soloed the start gully, pitched the chimney, Eastern Traverse and Tower Gap otherwise moving together roped.

Lawrie Brand 07/Mar/10 AltLd O/S
jaybob 07/Mar/10 AltLd O/S
with Pete Heart, Lawrie Brand
francois 07/Mar/10 AltLd
with Gunnar
PeteH 07/Mar/10 AltLd O/S
tim newton 02/Mar/10 AltLd O/S
Hidden ?/Mar/10 AltLd O/S
Hidden ?/Mar/10 -
mark_jc ?/Mar/10 2nd O/S
Hidden ?/Mar/10 AltLd
simonward 23/Feb/10 AltLd O/S
Hidden 22/Feb/10 -
Piers Harley 22/Feb/10 AltLd β

perfect conditions!

with Rob King
rob k 22/Feb/10 AltLd O/S
with P Harley
niallk 20/Feb/10 AltLd rpt

Joined from the top of Vanishing Gully/1934 route.

with Willie
KeithAlexander 20/Feb/10 AltLd

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.

Hidden 20/Feb/10 AltLd
ollythomas 20/Feb/10 AltLd

Clear blue sky, firm squeaky neve and styrofoam ice. Took about 4 hours. Best day out in Scotland?

with Chris Hendron
krusty23 20/Feb/10 -

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

with Jaz, Paul Knowles
oliverk 20/Feb/10 AltLd

7 Hours from CIC to plateau, brilliant.

malc 19/Feb/10 2nd O/S
with Janes C, Dave K
Phil Jennings 19/Feb/10 Solo O/S

2hr 15mins, CIC to summit ;-)

jandyd05 19/Feb/10 2nd O/S

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

with Andy Owen
Andre Clarke 19/Feb/10 AltLd O/S
with jamster
Moonstone Hippy 19/Feb/10 2nd

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.

with Robin
Hidden 17/Feb/10 AltLd O/S
Hidden 15/Feb/10 2nd dnf
Conan 13/Feb/10 Lead

Another great trip up this classic. 5 times up in winter now I think. Will never get bored of this route.

with Paul Arkless, Ian Grey
Hidden 13/Feb/10 2nd
nickcanute 12/Feb/10 AltLd
Mr Powly 06/Feb/10 AltLd
Alexandre Buisse 06/Feb/10 AltLd

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.

with Dave E. Brown
tom.e 06/Feb/10 AltLd rpt
Ginger McGrath 02/Feb/10 Solo O/S

a snorkel would have been more appropriate than crampons!, but managed it in under 3 hours

johnmctighe ?/Feb/10 2nd
with Andy
Hidden ?/Feb/10 Solo O/S
Mr Wild ?/Feb/10 -
mickd ?/Feb/10 Lead O/S

simulclimbed in perfect nick. First on and off the route.

WilliamBurnside 28/Jan/10 AltLd
with R Bentley
Hidden 27/Jan/10 -
groovy_nut 25/Jan/10 AltLd O/S

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.

with Patrick
Merlin 24/Jan/10 AltLd O/S

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.

with Alex Kelly
dj_brigham05 17/Jan/10 AltLd

Good nick!

rclarke 17/Jan/10 AltLd

tower gap!

Spence22 16/Jan/10 AltLd O/S
with Ed
calumalien 09/Jan/10 AltLd

Perfect Condition!

with Nath
J Brown 09/Jan/10 AltLd O/S

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.

with RK
Hidden 09/Jan/10 AltLd
Hidden ??/2010 AltLd
Hidden ??/2010 -
Hidden ??/2010 -
Hidden ??/2010 -
colinthrelfall ??/2010 -
chmckay ??/2010 2nd
R2D2 ??/2010 -
ashpreston ??/2010 -
hikerman ??/2010 -
Peter Holder 28/Dec/09 AltLd
with Richard Lydiatt
robinsi197 28/Dec/09 Lead

Slow going in soft snow. Took the summer line.

with Ben
chapmand 14/Dec/09 AltLd
with Scott Webster
Hidden 05/Dec/09 AltLd
Chris L Hill 05/Dec/09 AltLd O/S
with Simon Pearce, Graham
gforce 05/Dec/09 AltLd
with Chris, Simon
Hidden 18/Nov/09 -
Hidden 18/Nov/09 AltLd O/S
tjmillen 14/Nov/09 Lead

15 hrs from car park to car park in bad condition and thick cloud. eastern traverse onwards in dark. great feeling to top out.

with trevor marrs, simon hall
tubby two ?/Nov/09 AltLd
with Jimbo
Hidden ?/Nov/09 Lead dnf
jonnie3430 15/Apr/09 Lead O/S
with Nikki and Cora
Hidden 15/Apr/09 AltLd
gb83 12/Apr/09 Solo O/S

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!

with masa
Elsier 12/Apr/09 Lead O/S

First time up Ben Nevis- Fab! The lower part was in summer condition, but the upper part was wintry.

with Stuart
lithos 11/Apr/09 AltLd

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

with Simon C
Will Smith 11/Apr/09 AltLd O/S

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.

with Matt and Andy
Simon Caldwell 11/Apr/09 AltLd

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.

with Carmen and Rob
Ross L 10/Apr/09 2nd
machars 05/Apr/09 2nd
with donald
adw07 01/Apr/09 AltLd O/S
Hidden 01/Apr/09 AltLd O/S
Hidden ?/Apr/09 AltLd
Hidden 30/Mar/09 AltLd O/S
oldgrey 28/Mar/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...

with Virgil Scott
niallk 28/Mar/09 AltLd O/S

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...

with Drew Connelly
minch 25/Mar/09 2nd
markfairbank 24/Mar/09 Lead O/S

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.

with SteveyM
SteveMyatt 24/Mar/09 2nd

3.00am start, topped out in a gale. Nice :)

with Mark Fairbank
Ken Applegate 21/Mar/09 Solo

Soloed most of the route, moved together over Tower Gap. Fantastic route!

with Nigel Wombell, Scott Kirkhope
Hidden 21/Mar/09 -
t_stork 21/Mar/09 AltLd O/S
with Steve Walls and Johannes
Hidden 21/Mar/09 2nd
Hidden 21/Mar/09 AltLd
mikehenesy 20/Mar/09 AltLd O/S

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!

with Chris Lodge
eldre070 19/Mar/09 2nd O/S

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.

with Mark Stevenson
Rachel Somerville 18/Mar/09 2nd O/S
Hidden 18/Mar/09 Lead O/S
hcooper 12/Mar/09 Lead


Kyuzo ?/Mar/09 -
with Richard Scott
glaramara ?/Mar/09 AltLd O/S
with dr marten
Jen80 ?/Mar/09 2nd
with Cooper
Hidden ?/Mar/09 -
JonHarvey 23/Feb/09 AltLd O/S

2.5 hours from CIC hut. Moved together whole route. Could have been more wintery but still awesome :)

Hidden 23/Feb/09 AltLd O/S
John Carney 19/Feb/09 2nd O/S

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.

with Rob Jarvis
colinakmc 14/Feb/09 2nd

Thin & icy. Incomparable!

asmith37 13/Feb/09 AltLd
with Matt Todd & Donald King
Hidden 13/Feb/09 AltLd β
wilkie14c 11/Feb/09 AltLd O/S

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.

with Dave Clarke
Cardi 09/Feb/09 AltLd O/S

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!)

with Collin (Sarah's dad)
Hidden 08/Feb/09 AltLd O/S
adamscottthomas 08/Feb/09 AltLd

Lot of powder but not so bad. Beautiful day on the Ben. Led the Eastern Traverse to the cave and moving across the Gap.

Dunx 08/Feb/09 AltLd O/S
with Joe M, Adam
heist182 ?/Feb/09 2nd

Awesome stuff

with Ed Gladwyn
Rich Kay ?/Feb/09 AltLd
with Dave G
woodenwealth ??/2009 2nd dnf

A very, very, very long day and most of a night. not to be underestimated, but fantastic climbing

with Mike Scott
Ross McGibbon ??/2009 -
sheffieldchris ??/2009 -
Alex Hofmann ??/2009 -
cragmanuk ??/2009 -
with Ian Lamb
rossn ??/2009 -

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.

Happy Wanderer ??/2009 AltLd O/S
with Ken T
JKeeley ??/2009 2nd
vincentvega 13/Dec/08 AltLd

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!!

with danny robb
Billy Walker - Bad Seller 02/Nov/08 Lead rpt
dj_brigham05 01/Nov/08 Lead dnf
with Anna Trenneman
Patrick803 ?/Sep/08 Lead
with Chris Clark
dalgleish33 05/Jun/08 2nd
with Iain Easingwood
nigel pearson ?/Jun/08 Lead O/S
with Mark
Paulww 20/Apr/08 AltLd
with Ryan
mulletcocktail2000 19/Apr/08 AltLd rpt

what a route! much better than in summer. eastern traverse and great tower being the best section of the route for me. a must.

with paul
tommytuffa 18/Apr/08 AltLd O/S

Brilliant. 7 and a bit hours. In tricky IV 3 winter condition. Weather perfect though.

Hidden 14/Apr/08 Lead
Hidden 14/Apr/08 Lead O/S
Somerset swede basher 11/Apr/08 AltLd O/S
with George Taylor and Jim Keeley
steven 10/Apr/08 AltLd O/S

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.

with Matt Rushton
david0811 05/Apr/08 AltLd
with Mark Reid
Sam W 05/Apr/08 AltLd
with Martin Lane
luckyjim ?/Apr/08 AltLd
with C Hossack
Hidden 23/Mar/08 AltLd O/S
Bristoldave 23/Mar/08 -
with douglas
Ed Booth 22/Mar/08 -
Adam Booth 22/Mar/08 AltLd O/S
dan gibson 17/Mar/08 AltLd O/S
with brian
Fultonius 16/Mar/08 AltLd O/S

Looong day, behind sloooow people! never follow, never follow, never follow etc etc.!

Ross Barnes 16/Mar/08 AltLd
with Ally
Itchy Starfish 15/Mar/08 Lead O/S
with Chris
Paula Hamilton-Gibson 15/Mar/08 AltLd O/S

Perfect weather and good conditions made it a memorable day. We soloed most of it just roping up for the harder pitches

with Nigel Jenkins
gregor ?/Mar/08 -
CurlyStevo ?/Mar/08 AltLd

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!

with Ben
GScot38 ?/Mar/08 AltLd
Hannah Evans 17/Feb/08 2nd
with Max Hunter
Hidden 16/Feb/08 AltLd O/S
Hidden 14/Feb/08 Lead
Simonfarfaraway 14/Feb/08 AltLd

Solo most of route

with Huw
cham749 06/Feb/08 2nd O/S
with Henry Methold
mic_b 02/Feb/08 -
with Chris Ensoll
Hidden ?/Feb/08 Solo
Chris Reid ?/Feb/08 -
Captain Solo 22/Jan/08 Solo

2 hrs, whole ridge to myself, perfect conditions.

lberry 16/Jan/08 Lead
HamishD 02/Jan/08 AltLd O/S

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.

with Jim
Diggler ?/Jan/08 Lead O/S
jam_rich ?/Jan/08 AltLd
smac ??/2008 -
inuklm ??/2008 -
with john chattaway
Hidden ??/2008 Lead O/S
Charlie wp Hill ??/2008 AltLd
Phill_ Thompson ??/2008 AltLd
with Matt Newman
ewan i ?/Dec/07 2nd
Dinger 25/Nov/07 AltLd O/S
with Pete Davies
David Revill 21/Nov/07 2nd β

Fantastically difficult as first winter accent, but huge sense of satisfaction after reaching the top.

with West Coast Mountain Guides
ian6206 05/Sep/07 AltLd rpt

fantastic route but complete reflection at the top-plenty of snow and strong winds.fantastic climb though,long walk in mind and a very long day. 13 hours in all.loved it

mulletcocktail2000 04/Aug/07 AltLd O/S

top route! moved alpine style for most of the route. piched the tricky sections due to adverse weather.

with joe
LakesWinter 04/Apr/07 AltLd dnf

It's a long way back down again. Lessons were learned. I hope.

Hidden 04/Apr/07 AltLd dnf
RobScotland 02/Apr/07 AltLd O/S
with jonnyb
Luke Kelly 01/Apr/07 AltLd O/S

Perfect weather, awesome climb.

with Rhian Evans and James Cross
Hidden 01/Apr/07 AltLd O/S
Hidden 01/Apr/07 AltLd
Hidden 01/Apr/07 -
mart rich 01/Apr/07 AltLd O/S

Beautiful day, great location and good company

with Steve Moody, Steve Cox
Hidden 26/Mar/07 Lead O/S
Hidden 25/Mar/07 AltLd
Neil Mackenzie 24/Mar/07 AltLd

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!

with Andy
andymoin 24/Mar/07 AltLd O/S

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.

stuartm555 24/Mar/07 2nd
Hidden 23/Mar/07 AltLd
CJE 02/Mar/07 AltLd O/S

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.

with Mark Anstey, Chris Haynes
crispy 02/Mar/07 2nd β
Hidden ?/Mar/07 AltLd O/S
DavidBarraclough ?/Mar/07 AltLd
Hidden 26/Feb/07 -
aged_ape 18/Feb/07 Lead O/S
Plastikote 18/Feb/07 -
with Tim O
Hidden 18/Feb/07 AltLd O/S
jl 17/Feb/07 AltLd O/S
with Brad
lazyhopkins 17/Feb/07 AltLd O/S
with Jon Lynch
gregor ?/Feb/07 -
Julian Prieto ?/Feb/07 2nd O/S
with Steve Wales
Hidden ?/Feb/07 AltLd
Dave Searle 27/Jan/07 Lead O/S
with sim
Hidden 21/Jan/07 AltLd
Alexander123 07/Jan/07 2nd
with John, Alan
Hidden ?/Jan/07 -
leigh ?/Jan/07 2nd


with Martin
Hidden ?/Jan/07 -
timmy-ts ??/2007 -
keith leonard ??/2007 Lead
with wife
glenngordon ??/2007 Lead
Hidden ??/2007 -
Hidden 19/Apr/06 -
French Erick 14/Apr/06 Solo

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

with Tom Chamberlain
Hidden 03/Apr/06 Lead O/S
NickBrown ?/Apr/06 AltLd O/S
with Tim
Hidden 25/Mar/06 AltLd
Hidden 22/Mar/06 -
Hidden 21/Mar/06 AltLd
Shaw Brown 18/Mar/06 AltLd

Blue skies all day, no wind, this can't be Scotland!

smithaldo 18/Mar/06 AltLd O/S

great day but had to queue alot, good fun on the mixed bits!

with Clegg
Peter Metcalfe 18/Mar/06 AltLd
Nicos 18/Mar/06 Lead O/S
with keith leonard
IanMcC 18/Mar/06 AltLd
Feeling bold 08/Mar/06 2nd

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?!

with Mike (UK), Andy
nicholas Barrowclough 07/Mar/06 AltLd O/S

Lovely sunny day, great views. Could enjoy it more this time than last time when I was soloing!

with Tim Davies
HIGHTOWER 03/Mar/06 AltLd β

My best winter day to date!

with Ali Beer, Chris Morrison
sacdenouilles 03/Mar/06 Lead
with D Pemble
Hidden ?/Mar/06 -
Jon Pilling ?/Mar/06 2nd O/S
with steve prescott
martinuk1001 ?/Mar/06 -
reg_measures 25/Feb/06 Lead O/S

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.

with claire salter
Hidden 24/Feb/06 AltLd
Hidden 18/Feb/06 AltLd O/S
Ed Saint 17/Feb/06 -

Covered in powder, very time consuming!

Spade 17/Feb/06 Lead
Hidden 13/Feb/06 2nd
JDSwain ?/Feb/06 -

Britains Longest route at 16 and with Andy Nisbet, can ney ask for more!!

with Andy Nisbet, Ian Swain
francis blunt ?/Feb/06 AltLd
with Joe Williams
DaleB ?/Feb/06 -
with GD
Hidden ?/Feb/06 AltLd
lawrenceK ?/Feb/06 Lead
Conan ?/Feb/06 Lead O/S
with Rachel
david morse ?/Jan/06 AltLd
with chris todd
John Kettle ??/2006 AltLd
beardy mike ??/2006 AltLd
with Bill Naylor
Hidden ??/2006 AltLd
Hidden ??/2006 Solo
Hidden ??/2006 -
centurion05 ??/2006 -
dangates ??/2006 -
with Cheese/ Tim Darlow
jamestheyip ??/2006 AltLd O/S
with Miguel Ciriza
Simon K ?/Nov/05 AltLd β

Led to Tower Gap with beta from DK. DK led from there.

with JB,DK
Kamikaze Badger ?/Sep/05 2nd

Cracking day out - with views to match.

with Dave Moseley
dave moseley ?/Sep/05 Lead
with nick
steveP 24/Mar/05 AltLd O/S
with Simon Flower
Hidden 14/Mar/05 AltLd O/S
mikecopp 06/Mar/05 Lead
with Tom O Grady
RunningMan 05/Mar/05 Lead O/S

Held up by slow party in front. V cold on belays. Use of bivvy shelter essential

with Keith Bevan
Hidden 05/Mar/05 Solo O/S
George Ormerod 03/Mar/05 AltLd O/S


with Roger
icescrew ?/Mar/05 AltLd

Just romped along it with running belays staying ahead of the faster teams behind. A Good Friday Day completed in 3and half hours.

with The Fox
Jon Pilling ?/Mar/05 2nd O/S

Camped overnight in an ice cave (not enough snow for a snow hole) - Devo'd

with steve prescott
Dave Latimer 21/Feb/05 AltLd O/S
dan cowley 06/Feb/05 AltLd O/S

In Winter! Not sure if I have selected the right one.

with Colin Hastie
KeithW ?/Feb/05 AltLd O/S
with Andy Rice
Hidden ?/Feb/05 Lead O/S
gripped01 ?/Feb/05 Lead dnf

A party of 2 had fall on Eastern Traverse and needed to reverse route, benighted, 27 hrs.

with Bobby G
oor wullie ??/2005 -
with Matthew Croll
GPN ??/2005 AltLd
JasonK ??/2005 AltLd
with Alec Carr
mike.moss ??/2005 AltLd O/S
Nick Wallis ??/2005 AltLd O/S
nicholas Barrowclough 22/Dec/04 Solo

hard in deep powder and verglass. some difficult mixed climbing to regain the ridge after the eastern traverse.

Rob Oram 11/Apr/04 AltLd O/S

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.

with James Booth
James B 11/Apr/04 -
with Rob
John Pickles 30/Mar/04 AltLd O/S
Hidden 30/Mar/04 AltLd
Andrew Barker 30/Mar/04 Lead O/S

Soloed up to the Eastern Traverse. Snow on all of it but felt like summer Alpine conditions.

with John Barker
Andy Clarke 13/Mar/04 Lead O/S

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.

with ChrisB
Ann S ?/Mar/04 2nd

Following Guide

with Guide
Hidden 28/Feb/04 2nd rpt
tom.e ?/Feb/04 AltLd O/S
with Charlie Everett
cliffy ?/Feb/04 AltLd
with Paul Crowsley
Scotsken ?/Feb/04 -
dthomson ??/2004 -
akhughes ??/2004 Lead O/S

Moved togethre at night by full moon. Brill!

with Steptoe
chris warner ?/Sep/03 -
with matt saywer, james fulton
climbtim 06/Apr/03 2nd
five ?/Apr/03 AltLd O/S
with JT
Hidden 23/Mar/03 AltLd
Hidden 20/Mar/03 AltLd
McGus 08/Mar/03 2nd
with Ruth and Donald
gripped01 ?/Mar/03 AltLd
with Jon Naylor
Tim W 21/Feb/03 AltLd O/S
with Andrew Wilkinson
Hidden ?/Feb/03 AltLd rpt
James W ?/Feb/03 AltLd O/S

stag do effort

with john sanday
rossn ?/Feb/03 AltLd O/S

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.

with Nick Bryan
Gambit ?/Feb/03 Lead O/S
with Carl, Tim
NeilGriffiths 01/Apr/02 -
with Tom Hubbard
Gman ?/Apr/02 AltLd O/S
with Carl, Rich
Goody 02/Mar/02 2nd dog

fell 8m at Tower Gap

Conan 02/Mar/02 Lead

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!

Hidden ?/Mar/02 AltLd O/S
Hidden ?/Mar/02 -
The Bad Cough 15/Feb/02 AltLd O/S
with Christian Minett
PenJD ?/Feb/02 AltLd O/S
with Jon Ascroft
seanyt ?/Feb/02 Solo
Hidden ??/2002 -
Jamie B ?/Apr/01 AltLd
with Simon Franks
Hidden ?/Apr/01 AltLd
Hidden ?/Apr/01 AltLd O/S
Hidden ?/Mar/01 AltLd O/S
crowberry gully 18/Feb/01 AltLd
with Ross McGibbon
Hidden ?/Feb/01 Lead
Hidden ?/Jan/01 2nd
niall_mac ?/Nov/00 2nd

deep deep wet snow, took 8 hour for the ridge

Hidden ?/Apr/00 AltLd O/S
Hidden ??/2000 Solo
Hidden ??/2000 -
Hidden ??/2000 -
graeme gatherer ??/2000 -
Hidden ??/2000 AltLd
prcleary ??/2000 AltLd
with barny hopton
Hidden 06/Mar/99 AltLd
frost ?/Mar/99 Solo
Chad123 ?/Feb/99 -
with Muppet
fritz_in_aotearoa ??/1999 -
kjbix ??/1999 AltLd
with Rob Gray
Hidden ??/1999 -
Hidden ??/1999 -
Dave Almond ??/1999 Solo
nickdonohue 09/Mar/98 AltLd
with Caley Latham
Hidden 07/Mar/98 AltLd O/S
Hidden ?/Feb/98 AltLd
Hidden 13/Jan/98 AltLd O/S
Louis Hume ??/1998 Lead
with Mustillos
Hidden 12/Feb/97 Lead O/S
iskra2000 21/Jan/97 AltLd

Sunset & moon shining through on summit. No rush & great day out. Stayed at C.I.C. Hut.

with Mark Smith
Neil Conway ??/1997 AltLd O/S
with Steve Hardy
Conan 29/Dec/96 AltLd O/S

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.

with Tony Chaplin
Tim Bateman 06/Apr/96 Lead
Hidden 06/Apr/96 Lead
Hidden 02/Apr/96 AltLd O/S
Hidden 04/Mar/96 Lead
michaelb1 ?/Mar/96 AltLd O/S

Climbed on good neve, superb

michaelb1 ?/Mar/96 Lead

Good day on firm snow

Hidden ?/Feb/96 -
butteredfrog ?/Apr/95 -
Hidden ?/Apr/95 Solo
Hidden 08/Feb/95 AltLd
TobyA ?/Apr/94 AltLd O/S

Classic day, down via CMD Arete.

with Ed
tev ?/Apr/94 AltLd O/S
with Stuart McK
djmarko75 ?/Mar/93 AltLd O/S
Hidden 09/Feb/93 Solo
cornishmackem ?/Feb/93 AltLd O/S
with Tim Bantam
Hidden ?/Jan/93 Lead
Hidden ?/Apr/92 AltLd O/S
FrankW ?/Mar/92 AltLd O/S
with Unknown
marcoleptic ?/Feb/92 AltLd O/S
with Banjo
Hidden ?/Feb/92 AltLd O/S
NickJH ?/Feb/92 AltLd O/S
with NBarrowclough
Iain Thow 23/Mar/91 Lead

Moved together for much of it. Neil's first winter climb.

with Liz Jolley, Neil Davis
Grezza ?/Feb/91 Solo
craig h 08/Jan/91 AltLd
with Nick D
Hidden ??/1991 Solo
Hidden 07/Nov/90 Solo
clarky_two ?/Jul/90 -
Yourlead 22/Apr/90 Lead
with Iain
rob from scotland 12/Mar/90 Lead O/S

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with Tom Shaw
Hidden ??/1990 AltLd
Hidden 27/Dec/89 AltLd
Hidden 09/Dec/89 AltLd
Hidden 15/Apr/89 Solo
pingora 04/Mar/89 AltLd
with Cooper
Steve Crowe 26/Feb/89 Solo O/S

Very fast ascent. Roped up for the Tower Gap only.

Hidden 03/Jan/89 Lead
surfbish ?/Feb/88 Lead O/S
gallonj ??/1988 -
Tim Sparrow ??/1988 -

Slept on the top. Sleep is not an accurate description. Serves us right for leaving Glen Nevis at 9.30am in Feb.

with Scoob, Alex Langdon
Hidden ?/Apr/87 AltLd
Richard Weller 02/Mar/87 AltLd
with John Sanders, Nigel Thompson
Hidden 17/Feb/87 AltLd
Hidden ?/Feb/87 Lead
Hidden ?/Feb/87 AltLd
Hidden 05/Jan/87 Lead
Hidden ?/Jan/87 AltLd
Hidden ?/Apr/86 AltLd
scree ?/Feb/86 AltLd
Hidden 06/Jan/86 AltLd dnf
johnkeith ??/1986 AltLd
with G. Callander
Hidden ?/Mar/85 AltLd
neil3965 ?/Jan/85 AltLd
with Pete McKenzie
Ghastly Rubberfeet ??/1985 Solo
Pete Pozman 23/Feb/84 AltLd O/S

Perfect conditions. I only led the pitch past the tower

with Andy Bennett
Hidden 15/Feb/84 AltLd
Martin Haworth ??/1984 AltLd O/S
with tim wright
Mark Kemball 21/Mar/83 AltLd
with Paul "Curly" Williamson
Sean Kelly ?/Jan/83 AltLd

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 ascent 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!

with Jim Symon
Bob ??/1983 Solo O/S

Took 75mins

GordonHart ?/Jan/82 AltLd O/S
with Dave Monteith
Hidden 04/Aug/81 Lead
Nevil ?/Mar/81 -
Hidden 06/Apr/80 AltLd
Bruce Kerr 28/Jan/80 AltLd
with Lesley Kirkwood
Campbell42 ??/1980 AltLd O/S
with Bob Teale, John Bogg, Alan Whitworth
Hidden ?/Mar/77 AltLd
Falko 22/Feb/76 AltLd O/S

Al's diary records 'Done in a howling gale and whiteout'. It was a full-value Scottish day then!

with Al W.
Jonathan Lagoe - UKC 12/Apr/75 -
Derek Ryden 04/Mar/75 AltLd O/S

Traversed too low. Climbed difficult and largely unprotected (and belay-less) pitch to regain the Eastern Traverse

with Derek Holt
Hidden ??/1975 -
Hidden ?/Mar/69 AltLd
uphillnow ?/Jan/64 Lead

Bobs first winter route I think. Done a number of times whilst living in Onich including one night ascent in deep powder after work.

with bob Taplin
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