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 routerobpartridge - AltLd - 12/Jan/14 with Johnny Harris
bandersnatch - 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
Hidden - AltLd - 07/Apr/13
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 - 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 - Lead - 20/Mar/13
Andy Moles - AltLd O/S - 20/Mar/13 with Adam, Ferdia
Hidden - AltLd O/S - 20/Mar/13
mctinkno - 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
naffan - 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 at points and plenty spindrift. man points to jamie for 2nd pitch lead. memorable decent down tower ridge!
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
andybrown114 - Lead - 16/Mar/13 with Bill Billingsley
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
Hidden - 2nd O/S - 22/Feb/13
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
Took first lead, but abbed off after first pitch. Nice cold shower at the first belay. Thawing rapidly
frazzy4 - AltLd dnf - 16/Feb/13 with jim, billy
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
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
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
Hidden - AltLd - 22/Jan/00
akhughes - 2000
graeme gatherer - 2000
Yourlead - 2nd - 17/Mar/96 with Graham Penny
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
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