Still in good condition and now the first pitch has been cleaned a bit to reveal the rock gear it is reasonably well protected. Use the belay in the cave to the right of the cluster of death tat, you can still just about squeeze in and its bomb proof. The second pitch is still in reasonable condition.
team fat belly - 03/Apr/15 with Chris
chrisallan - AltLd O/S - 03/Apr/15
Hidden - AltLd O/S - 02/Apr/15
First pitch in poor condition, unconsolidated snow and no ice, pretty scary. Second pitch was good. Wild weather
Dougbart - Lead - 29/Mar/15 with Ruban
Hidden - 2nd - 24/Mar/15
davebrox - Lead - 24/Mar/15
First pitch falling apart, bit of gloves off rock climbing needed at one point. Rest of the route in better condition but still had to search out the good placements. First grade v route.
Jonny Nick - AltLd O/S - 22/Mar/15
Fantastic conditions. Continued on to tower ridge.
andymcronald - 18/Mar/15
With matt Stygall and ian
climber34neil - 17/Mar/15
First pitch thin, fine to climb but spaced gear. Rest in great nick. Rich's first Scottish route, good effort
just one more - Lead O/S - 15/Mar/15 with rich h
Paul Figg - AltLd - 14/Mar/15 with Andy Brown
First pitch was a bit thin, 2nd ice pitch (led by Drew) was in great condition and awesome to climb.
Andy Hewison - AltLd - 14/Mar/15 with Drew Connelly
Great nick, abbed down 34rte
phil64 - Lead rpt - 14/Mar/15
Cracking climb. In 3 pitches, lead P2. Wild day on the Ben, got blown over on the walk out!
alexm198 - AltLd O/S - 11/Mar/15 with Frazer Burley
mark-abz - 2nd - 05/Mar/15 with Michael B, Matt S
Hidden - 2nd - Mar/15
P1 and 2 then abbed off. Lots of unconsolidated snow and spindrift galore!
SteveJCox - Lead O/S - 28/Feb/15 with Tom Cox
Tom Cox - AltLd - 28/Feb/15
johnrich - 2nd - 25/Feb/15 with Luke, Mike Pescod
Led P1. First Scottish V lead. All good. Great ice. Finished down 1934 by abseil.
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davidbird63 - AltLd O/S - 25/Feb/15 with Zep Mouris, David Adcock
ten4dave - AltLd - 25/Feb/15 with David Bird
Paul Figg - AltLd - 21/Feb/15 with Nick Cement
Hidden - Lead dnf - 21/Feb/15
Stuart the postie - AltLd - 21/Feb/15 with Ian Dempster
Nick Clement - AltLd O/S - 21/Feb/15 with Paul Figg
sj87 - 2nd β - 18/Feb/15
Finn Curry - 2nd - 17/Feb/15 with Paul Warnock
Timothy Miller - AltLd O/S - 15/Feb/15
peter neden - Lead - 15/Feb/15
Hidden - Lead O/S - 15/Feb/15
bullwinkle - AltLd O/S - 14/Feb/15 with Alan
Samantha Dickson - 2nd - 14/Feb/15 with Tim Miller
Lawrie Brand - AltLd O/S - 10/Feb/15 with Mark Stevenson
mike.moss - Lead O/S - 08/Feb/15 with Andy Crutchley
2 pitchef then abseil. Colwyn did 1st I did 2nd.
gst - AltLd O/S - 07/Feb/15 with Colwyn Jones
Hidden - AltLd O/S - 04/Feb/15
gingerking - AltLd - Feb/15
stephen ashworth - AltLd - Feb/15 with Mark booker
Marginal ice on first pitch. Lots of slush
arose - 28/Jan/15 with Craig, Ed Luke
Lead the crux 2nd pitch. Ice wasn't great...sketchy!
Martin McKenna - UKC - AltLd O/S - 17/Jan/15 with Luke McPhee
mjsmith1973 - 2nd - 17/Jan/15 with S.Ritson, C.Marlow
Hidden - AltLd O/S - 16/Jan/15
Ice on 2nd pitch was unconsolidated. Decended 1934 route.
jimmatthews - AltLd O/S - 16/Jan/15 with Random Irish Dave, Ally Hurst
davkeo - AltLd O/S - 16/Jan/15
Climbed up to cave. Condition of ice hereafter didn't feel so good. Abed back down but was soon up again having forced myself upon a climbing pair at the base. Led pitch from cave which felt better with a rope.
davkeo - Solo dnf - 16/Jan/15
Amazing day on the Ben! Impeccable leading as always from doug. Finished off with Tower Ridge
tallpaulselfridge - 2nd O/S - 30/Mar/14 with Douglas Bartholomew
Dougbart - Lead - 30/Mar/14 with paul selfrige
Second pitch hadn't consolidated, sugar snow and tons of it made climbing difficult. Didn't finish up 1934 route (avalanche risk).
Palindrome - 2nd dog - 18/Feb/14
Conditions on the Ben aren't great. Soloed 1st pitch as no decent ice for screws, 2nd pitch took good screws for the crux. Good fun route
robpartridge - AltLd - 12/Jan/14 with Johnny Harris
Hidden - 2014
Scott Rankin - AltLd - 13/Apr/13
Gordon Lacey - AltLd O/S - 13/Apr/13 with Scott Rankin
Rapped after first pitch due to fatigue, frozen ropes and lack of psyche...
One to return to!
Scotsken - AltLd dnf - 08/Apr/13 with Jonno
A really good route, and with the continuation up Tower Ridge, an excellent day! Got a late start (11am at the CIC hut), but long days at this time of year so ok. Pitch 2 would have been very hard if not so stepped out. Actually found the hardest climbing on P4 (one of the "easy exit pitches') where we encountered an ice fall and icy chimney with no hooks or in fact any signs of traffic. Most people had abbed off after P2
Nick Russell - AltLd O/S - 07/Apr/13 with Clay
Smith42 - AltLd - 07/Apr/13 with Dave Douglas
Clay C - AltLd O/S - 07/Apr/13 with Nick R
Wanted a quick day and opted for the first 2 pitches then abbed off. Would be good to link with the ridge for a bigger day out.
Dave Douglas - AltLd O/S - 07/Apr/13 with paul smith
A glorious and quiet day on The Ben. Sunshine and very little wind, even the turbine at the hut stopped briefly!
Two excellent pitches with good hooks on the second : )
petegunn - AltLd - 29/Mar/13 with Ash, Tom
Two Cams Tom - 2nd O/S - 29/Mar/13 with Ash, petegunn
Tim Rodgers - AltLd - 28/Mar/13 with Chris Down, Mike Lea
Hidden - AltLd O/S - 26/Mar/13
Hidden - 2nd - 24/Mar/13
Hidden - Lead - 20/Mar/13
Andy Moles - AltLd O/S - 20/Mar/13 with Adam, Ferdia
Hidden - AltLd O/S - 20/Mar/13
ferdia - 2nd - 20/Mar/13 with Adam Russell, Andy
Amazing, Perfect ice but quite hacked out with hookable placements. Weather much worse than predicted with strong winds and spindrift so didn't venture anything higher or longer.
Just Another Dave - 2nd - 20/Mar/13 with Jo Bertalot
DPaul - AltLd O/S - 19/Mar/13 with R.Asher
Thoms6974 - 2nd O/S - 18/Mar/13 with James
Harry Holmes - Solo O/S - 17/Mar/13
2 great pitches, led 2nd
abbeywall - AltLd - 17/Mar/13 with K
alastairbegley - Lead O/S - 17/Mar/13 with James Pomeroy
climbtim - AltLd O/S - 16/Mar/13
Steep crux and hilarious quantities of spindrift for Jamie on p2. Led p1, 3, 5 - glad we continued after p3; p5 is a fun ice chimney lead.. Memorable decent off tower ridge; hearing desperate pleas on the wind from Orion face "take on blue... pleease.." was pitiful but quite comical for some reason.
JonmapDL - AltLd O/S - 16/Mar/13 with Jamie Sparkes
First grade V. Hard pitch from cave, not sure about this being the end of the difficulties, there was a stiff grade IV ice pitch at the top of the snow field!
JamieSparkes - AltLd O/S - 16/Mar/13 with Jon dL
Hidden - Lead - 16/Mar/13
Really enjoyable on good ice. Enough interest with the steeper sections.
Poco Loco - 2nd - 16/Mar/13 with Alastair
Hidden - AltLd - 16/Mar/13
Hidden - 2nd - 16/Mar/13
Matthew Robinson - AltLd - 14/Mar/13 with Ewan
2 good long pitches, well stepped out, descended 1934 route, climbed with Matt.
Captain Solo - AltLd - 14/Mar/13
Hidden - AltLd O/S - 10/Mar/13
Another blue sky day. Good first pitch. Paul led crux second pitch, which was steep and had brittle ice. Two abseils down 1934 route.
Hoyes - 2nd O/S - 10/Mar/13 with Paul S, Mel M
Hidden - AltLd - 10/Mar/13
Jack00 - AltLd O/S - 09/Mar/13 with Olly
ollyroberts - AltLd O/S - 09/Mar/13 with Jack
furbrow - AltLd - 09/Mar/13 with Ruth L
Did first pitch then abseiled back down as the weather was awful (very windy). 2nd Belay was dripping.
Andy Hewison - 2nd - 08/Mar/13 with Mark Chadwick
Hidden - 2nd - 06/Mar/13
Great route! Second pith was dripping wet, but the ice was still in very good condition.
Ken Applegate - Lead - 04/Mar/13 with Stephan
Bailed from cave,ice melting badly
DPaul - AltLd dnf - 01/Mar/13 with R.Asher
DeanD - AltLd O/S - 01/Mar/13 with Cliff lowther
dav_713 - AltLd - Mar/13 with Andy MacDonald, Davie Scott
jamesturnbull - AltLd - Mar/13 with aiden
Hidden - AltLd - 26/Feb/13
Jamie B - AltLd - 25/Feb/13 with Richard Gentry, Jamie Hagemann
Hidden - Lead O/S - 24/Feb/13
Stuzz - AltLd O/S - 24/Feb/13 with Gwilym
Hooks all the way but didn't spoil the fun. Nice route.
Shaw Brown - AltLd - 23/Feb/13 with Loz
Dino Dave - 2nd O/S - 22/Feb/13 with Dad
Hidden - AltLd O/S - 20/Feb/13
dizzyg - 2nd O/S - 20/Feb/13 with rob the caver, aidy
Great day. Thanks Phil.
The Patriot - 2nd - 17/Feb/13 with Phil Dowthwaite
Hidden - AltLd dnf - 16/Feb/13
jaggy bunnet - AltLd - 15/Feb/13 with frazzy4
only pitch 1 it was melting!
davesa - 2nd - 15/Feb/13
abbed down after first pitch because of heavy sugar comeing down the route, thawing as well! lovely pitch!
Charlie Zephyr Booth - Lead O/S - 14/Feb/13 with michael kirby
Simon Yearsley - AltLd - 12/Feb/13 with Helen Rennard
Rob84 - AltLd O/S - 11/Feb/13 with Chris Handy, Si Ashmore
Hidden - 2nd O/S - 11/Feb/13
Climbed to the top of the difficulties and than abseiled down '1934 route' The enjoyment slightly tempered by the unremitting cold wind. I led second pitch. Route very well travelled and I suspect in easy condition.
Andrew Sloan - AltLd O/S - 10/Feb/13 with Steve Grove
morsy - AltLd - 08/Feb/13 with gerhard mors
Brilliant route in great condition. Good gear and belays all the way. Easy down climb down the 1934 route
benclimbing - AltLd O/S - 08/Feb/13 with graham boistelle
morsg - AltLd - 08/Feb/13 with Stephan Mors
mjsmith1973 - 2nd - 06/Feb/13 with Mike Pescod
luckyjim - AltLd - 03/Feb/13 with D Helm
Hidden - AltLd - 01/Feb/13
Hidden - 2nd O/S - Feb/13
captain - 2013
ashpreston - 2013
Dave Hill - 2012
Great day to have with my husband! Thanks to our climbing partner for babysitting!
Heike - AltLd - 19/Mar/11 with Brian
simon_D - AltLd O/S - 18/Mar/11 with Simon
simondunf - AltLd O/S - 18/Mar/11 with Simon
chmckay - 2nd O/S - 18/Mar/11 with Graham Boistelle
Hidden - Lead O/S - 17/Mar/11
sparbus - AltLd - 15/Mar/11 with mike b
Hidden - AltLd - Mar/11
Lead P1,P2, moved together in P3. A bit thin in P1, but rock gear was available. At least half a dozen parties were on the route. Felt as IV/V 4 in the condition we met. Ed's first V.
masa-alpin - AltLd O/S - 22/Feb/11 with Ed P
Tim Sparrow - AltLd - 22/Feb/11 with Pete Robinson
Hidden - 2nd - 21/Feb/11
tim newton - AltLd O/S - 21/Feb/11 with lee leatherbarrow
Grezza - Lead O/S - 12/Feb/11 with Paul E
glenngordon - Lead O/S - 12/Feb/11 with jerry millichip
bob johnson - 2nd O/S - 11/Feb/11 with Mike Pescod
Simon K - 2nd - 10/Feb/11 with BJ, Mike Pescod
rob1 - AltLd O/S - 10/Feb/11
Good route across all pitches. Leading the first pitch required some concentration as the snow/ice was on the soft side. Ab'ed off above the difficulties.
Big Lee - AltLd O/S - 10/Feb/11 with Rob Gray
Hidden - AltLd O/S - 30/Jan/11
First grade V. Amazing route, especially 2nd pitch from the cave belay.
jacobfinn - 2nd β - 29/Jan/11 with Doug Spencer (Falkirk), Euan Whittaker
adie84 - 2011
PAJames - 2011
Hidden - Lead - 2011
Hidden - 2011
Hidden - 2011
Hidden - 2nd - 31/Mar/10
against the odds considering the weather.
frost - AltLd - 30/Mar/10 with Duncan Tunstall, Adam
superb climb excellent neve and ice, the ice cave beeing a real highlight
A Crook - 2nd O/S - 30/Mar/10 with Duncan Tunstall, Simon Frost
Ice Spider - AltLd - 14/Mar/10 with Tony Barton
Johann - AltLd O/S - 13/Mar/10 with Dave Kirkby
John Carney - 2nd O/S - 10/Mar/10 with Rob Jarvis
Hidden - Lead O/S - 08/Mar/10
sparbus - AltLd - 07/Mar/10 with steve
nice route lead pitches 1 & 3, wouldn't take much thaw for the bottom pitch to be no good though. We did the first 3 money pitches and then abbed off (as suggested in the winter climbs guide) and did some ice bouldering
CurlyStevo - AltLd - 07/Mar/10 with Ben
First grade V climb, first V lead for Tom! If you don't include yesterdays!! Straight forward nice ice and neve, second pitch easy as well travelled, steps kicked. Good but spaced solid pro. Done in tandem with Jim and Bill, us at the front. Well done all round - marvellous!
mikehenesy - 2nd O/S - 07/Mar/10 with Tom Boeux
Hidden - Lead - 07/Mar/10
With RK. Two pitches of ice then an ab down 1938 Route(?). First pitch physically narrow, placing axe above axe rather than side by side, easy angled. Second pitch lovely steep ice, two steps little respite between them. An easy evening route after the slog into the CIC.
Limestone-Lad - AltLd O/S - 07/Mar/10
Spence22 - AltLd - 06/Mar/10 with Guy
Led p2, the crux pitch. Pitch 1 was fine, although quite chopped up. Crux pitch was steep, but with plenty of hooks, and steps for feet. Abseiled back down 1934 Route.
Ken Applegate - AltLd - 04/Mar/10 with Scott Kirkhope
Excellent route, great ice, good afternoon. Lead 3rd pitch.
Lamb - AltLd O/S - 28/Feb/10 with Martin, Mike
Hidden - AltLd O/S - 24/Feb/10
Hidden - AltLd - 22/Feb/10
Lead 2nd pitch. Hard ice, but stepped. Cracking pitch. Finished up Tower Ridge for the full Ben day.
niallk - AltLd O/S - 20/Feb/10 with Willie
Drapes - 2nd - 19/Feb/10 with Richard Bentley
Phil Jennings - AltLd O/S - 19/Feb/10 with Kieran Leary
dj_brigham05 - Lead O/S - 18/Feb/10 with Rich Clarke
rclarke - 2nd - 18/Feb/10 with Dave Brigham
Hidden - AltLd - 16/Feb/10
Hidden - AltLd O/S - 16/Feb/10
Hidden - AltLd - 16/Feb/10
Thin but wicked
Pete Main - AltLd O/S - 15/Feb/10 with Andrew S
Hidden - AltLd O/S - 15/Feb/10
a superb friday, good conditions and had it to ourselves all the way up tower ridge. sunset on summit, top day out.
nickcanute - AltLd - 12/Feb/10
Hidden - AltLd O/S - Feb/10
lemon - AltLd O/S - 31/Jan/10 with Joe and James
Hidden - AltLd - 31/Jan/10
Hidden - 2010
Hidden - 2010
colinthrelfall - 2010
cragmanuk - 2009 with Ian Lamb
Seymore Butt - 2009
Some ice in the groove. Nowhere as thick as Norway.
Skinny Kin - Lead O/S - 29/Mar/08 with John Flitcroft
Nicos - Lead O/S - 21/Mar/08 with rich howels
dangates - 2008 with Cheese/ Tim Darlow
Hidden - 2006
Hidden - AltLd O/S - 14/Mar/05
Hidden - AltLd O/S - 05/Mar/05
marcoleptic - AltLd O/S - Feb/05 with Ben
Nick Wallis - AltLd O/S - 2005
Hidden - Mar/01
Hidden - AltLd - 22/Feb/01
Dave Kerr - AltLd - 18/Feb/01 with Steve Wells
climbed down tower ridge in dark
James W - Feb/01 with walter
nickdonohue - AltLd - Feb/01 with Mark McCarthy
Hidden - AltLd - 22/Jan/00
akhughes - 2000
graeme gatherer - 2000
plain kitten - 2000
Yourlead - 2nd - 17/Mar/96 with Graham Penny
Hidden - AltLd - 09/Mar/96
NickJH - AltLd O/S - Mar/96 with JOwen, I Smith
Hidden - AltLd - 10/Feb/96
Campbell42 - AltLd O/S - 12/Mar/94 with Adam Wainwright
Early start, fast ascent, continued up Tower Ridge.
Steve Crowe - Lead O/S - 02/Mar/89 with SimonGee
Hidden - AltLd - 05/Mar/88
Hidden - AltLd - 24/Mar/87
Soloed it the following year and have climbed it twice more since then. Have climbed it with ice over the cave and without.
GaryK - AltLd O/S - Jan/87 with Kev Howett
Ghastly Rubberfeet - Lead - 1985 with Duncan Bond
Hidden - AltLd - 1984
Given IV in the day
Lone Rider - AltLd - 1984 with Al Scott
Mark Kemball - AltLd - 24/Mar/83 with Paul "Curly" Williamson
mark-abz - AltLd - 13/Feb/83 with Walter P
Hidden - AltLd - 08/Mar/80
Bruce Kerr - AltLd - 03/Feb/80 with Lesley Kirkwood
Falko - AltLd O/S - 02/Feb/77 with Martin Kaye