3:30 am start at carpark. The temperature low enough in P2-3, but the chimney pitch was shower-climb with a big run out due to heavily verglassed wall. Everything got soaked. Mike's second Scottish winter.
masa-alpin - Lead O/S - 04/Apr/15 with Mike W
Mike Webster - 2nd - 04/Apr/15 with masa-alpin
bullwinkle - AltLd O/S - 03/Apr/15
Finished up The Gutter.
Captain Solo - Solo rpt - 02/Apr/15
Timothy Miller - Solo O/S - 22/Mar/15
Great day out in the sunshine on the Ben. Chimney pitch at the top was well iced up
Ian Dunbar - AltLd - 13/Mar/15 with Phil Hall
Hidden - Lead O/S - 10/Mar/15
Easy ice/slopes up to atmospheric mixed chimney. Finished out tower ridge to blue skies.
davkeo - Solo O/S - 10/Mar/15
Finished out Tower Ridge.
cearbhalld - AltLd O/S - 10/Mar/15
Durkules - 2nd - 14/Feb/15
great final pitch
g0rd0n davids0n - Lead - 12/Feb/15 with roy davidson
Solo up to the final chimney, ice pitch in great nick
Lawrie Brand - AltLd O/S - 10/Feb/15 with Mark Stevenson
joese7en - 08/Feb/15
Great first ice pitch! Good neve and ice, every placement felt solid. However the whole climb took much longer than expected. 5 pitches instead of 3. Snow and ice section upto start of the chimney took 3 lengths of 60m rope. Resulting in climbing the chimney pitch and rest of tower ridge in the dark. Chimney pitch felt very bold as all cracks for gear placement iced up. But again enough good neve to get through.
Amazing cloud inversion all day.
skirton - AltLd O/S - 06/Feb/15 with Sean Henderson
What a day, took longer than expected so ended up topping out on Nevis at 19.45! Took 5 long pitches, Sarah leading 1, 3 & 5 (The crux final chimney pitch in the dark) and I lead the easier 2nd and 4th pitches as managed to forget my harness so had to improvise with a sling :-/ leading up out of tower gap was amazing in the dark, exposure was crazy! Great full day out, cloud inversion got better all day, sunset on last belay and amazing stars on the summit. Epic day
seanhendo123 - AltLd O/S - 06/Feb/15 with Sarah
Lead first and last. Good ice on first pitch.
mzchambers - AltLd rpt - 03/Jan/15 with Brodie Hood
PAJames - 03/Jan/15
chmckay - 2nd - 2015
Hidden - 2015
Soloed to chimney pitch. peachy lead this and next pitch and moved together to the top.
dunnyg - 15/Apr/14 with ian peachey
Crux was probably the bergshrund where the first ice pitch normally is! Totally banked out today . Snow very soft . A little ice in chimney.
Nemo9 - AltLd - 07/Apr/14 with Jim
pamvdb17 - 2nd - 29/Mar/14 with Ollie
Initial ice pitch banked out but otherwise good conditions. Topped out in superb light from the setting sun
oliverk - Lead O/S - 28/Mar/14 with Pam
The chimney had massive amounts of snow and ice compared to any pictures I've seen. I really felt stuck at one point with my rucksack on. Would have been much easier if we had hauled the rucksacks. Brilliant day out with the Ben clearing out for a few brief minutes.
khalidq - AltLd O/S - 09/Mar/14 with Dan Metcalf
12 hours hostel to hostel, up via Garbach Gully. Pretty poor weather but cleared for period in afternoon and wind calmed right down for summit. No sign of recent traffic but TR had prints and ice cleared for gear. Great big day.
manwithacam - AltLd - 09/Mar/14 with khalid
Hidden - Lead - 30/Apr/13
Well banked out when we were on it!
Crux was the mixed moves in to the Gap!! Great locations! I then lead tower ridge to the top - it was a stunning evening!
010paw - 2nd O/S - 30/Apr/13 with calum mcphee, Andy Watt
Great route. First and last pitches excellent (Ice pitch and chimney pitch), with some snow plodding in between. Most gear cracks iced up in top pitch though. We then hit the traffic jams on tower ridge...
mattking_109 - Lead - 16/Mar/13
alexmcmillan - 2nd O/S - 16/Mar/13 with Matt King
Simonfarfaraway - Lead - 23/Feb/13 with Paul Arkless
Hidden - AltLd - 23/Feb/13
mrbird - AltLd - 22/Feb/13
Matthew Robinson - AltLd - 22/Feb/13 with David Bird
David Kay - AltLd O/S - 19/Feb/13 with Paul Scott, Scott Stanley
scottidog - AltLd O/S - 19/Feb/13 with Paul S, Dave K
Led P2 and 4(from Tower gap). No pro in top section as cracks iced.
LozM - AltLd - 16/Feb/13 with Mark J
claregardiner - AltLd - 16/Feb/13
Gibbo - AltLd - 02/Feb/13 with Sash Coombes
Hidden - AltLd O/S - 01/Feb/13
Hidden - AltLd O/S - Feb/13
j.buckley87 - AltLd O/S - Feb/13
ollyroberts - Lead O/S - 12/Jan/13 with Piers Newton
piersnewton - 2nd O/S - 12/Jan/13 with Olly Roberts
Thin ice pitch but fantastic neve on the route
Yourlead - AltLd - 11/Jan/13 with Graham Penny
Ewan Russell - AltLd O/S - 03/Jan/13 with Alec
APRS - AltLd - 03/Jan/13 with Ewan Russell
Hidden - 2013
Hidden - 2013
Ewan Lead the first and the lasted. James and me lead the middle pitches
mzchambers - AltLd O/S - 18/Dec/12 with Ewan, James
Hidden - 2nd O/S - 01/Dec/12
Hidden - Lead - 01/Dec/12
sacdenouilles - AltLd - 26/Feb/12 with Jim McAlpin, J F Philippe
Ice pitch in condition, stonked up the gully, Rach led the chimney (little to no ice), finished up to the summit via the remainder of Tower Ridge. Topped out at 6 pm. James dropped axe back into gully from top of Tower Ridge
Lumbering Oaf - 2nd O/S - 24/Feb/12 with James Hoyes, Rach Batt
P1-James, P2-me then J lead moving together, me- next P and final chimney, J-tower gap and FINALLY me moving together. Good ice and snow, good gear lots of spindrift, used the deadweight! Chimney v little ice but good hooks. Tower ridge good to top.
Batt - AltLd O/S - 24/Feb/12 with Matt Box, James Hoyes
A really enjoyable and varied route. Highlight of the winter.
Hoyes - AltLd O/S - 24/Feb/12 with Matt B, Rachel B
picasso - 2nd - 19/Feb/12
Hidden - Lead - 17/Feb/12
Hidden - 15/Feb/12
deklan - AltLd - 06/Feb/12 with sam
jamesh - AltLd - 05/Feb/12 with Jim Unwin
markwarner - AltLd O/S - 05/Feb/12
4 hours to get to bottom of climb, got first ice screw in at belay and decided to bin it. Too late in the day and the team ahead were moving slow and kicking lots of ice down!!
Andy Hewison - Lead dnf - 30/Jan/12 with Steve T
stephenmckenzie - AltLd O/S - 28/Jan/12 with Daniel Sutherland
Daniel Sutherland - AltLd O/S - 28/Jan/12 with Stephen Mckenzie
Finished by an unknown ice pitch out right at the top due to queues, quite a steep wee pitch.
greenroom - Lead O/S - 28/Jan/12 with hodgegrayson
Jonny Fart-Pants - AltLd - 28/Jan/12 with Frith Wood
Andy Mathers - AltLd O/S - 28/Jan/12
sgl - AltLd rpt - 26/Jan/12 with Benjamin
Hidden - AltLd - 25/Jan/12
Lead pitch one.then the gully.got stuck up in the chimney,had to get Keith to bail me out.
neil9216 - Lead - 15/Jan/12
stuart90 - 2nd - Jan/12
luckyjim - 2012
Marko Duksi - 2012
Narked4fun - 2012
Hidden - 2012
tim20 - 2012 with Mat
Fantastic route, the last pitch had no ice and tower gap was completely bare. First attempt at mixed and though scary thoroughly enjoyed it!
theycallmefrodo - 2nd O/S - 28/Mar/11 with David Tait
I lead the ice pitch and Richard lead the chimney pitch. Straightforward between those pitches. Great route.
J Brown - AltLd O/S - 26/Mar/11 with RK
Hidden - AltLd - 26/Mar/11
lead the ice pitch, part of the easy ground and the final part of tower ridge
carl_123 - AltLd O/S - 26/Mar/11
Hidden - AltLd O/S - 12/Mar/11
Led two pitches in the middle and the top out from Tower Ridge onto the plateau. Great route!
CalumA - AltLd O/S - 05/Mar/11 with Andy Ruck
epic top pitch
melville18 - 2nd - 01/Mar/11 with nigel martin, john jackson
Martin leading. A superb mixed climb in perfect weather. Had a few Graham and Linda swearing though. Exit from the chimney into the Tower Ridge gap, awesome!
iansm - 2nd - 01/Mar/11 with Linda, Martin (Wilf)
Hidden - AltLd O/S - 12/Feb/11
Hidden - Lead O/S - 12/Feb/11
With Matt Forshaw.
MartF - 2nd - 27/Jan/11
Great fun. Led ice pitch and chimney. Cracks were pretty choked so felt quite bold. Mike seconded the last pitch by torchlight. Top out on Tower Ridge by starlight!
Cardi - AltLd O/S - 26/Jan/11 with Mike Wild
Absolutely sensational, recommend. Scott got ice, I got Chimney crux.
jimorothy - AltLd - 22/Jan/11 with Scott Barnett
Hidden - AltLd O/S - 22/Jan/11
Hidden - AltLd dnf - 01/Jan/11
We were geared up for a chimney with mostly rock protection and were stoped by an icefall (ca IV) at the entry of Glover's Chimney (didn't have sufficient ice screws) - therefore changed route and did No.2 Gully instead.
HansUDes - AltLd dnf - 01/Jan/11 with Bradley Morrell
With Greg martin and Stu coxon. Tricky wet icefall at the start (perhaps IV), snow all hard neve, chimney well iced up and porly protected. Toped out just as the sun was going down. Awesome route.
Brannock - Lead O/S - 01/Jan/11
Hidden - 2nd O/S - 01/Jan/11
Hidden - 2011
adie84 - 2011
centurion05 - 2011
Hidden - 2011
Hidden - 2011
Hidden - 2011
Hidden - 2011
Hidden - 2011
Andrew Wilson - Lead O/S - 30/Dec/10 with Tim Pearson
Very warm on the Ben (around 4 degrees at 900m). Finished in the dark, got down to car around 1am.
stuaart - AltLd O/S - 29/Dec/10 with Neil Redgrave
Second ascend within two weeks. It's much fatter this time and a bit easier. Still nail for the grade though!
jamestheyip - AltLd O/S - 23/Dec/10 with Peter
Hidden - AltLd O/S - 22/Dec/10
ig248 - AltLd O/S - 18/Dec/10 with Alex Cowan
dan gibson - Lead O/S - 15/Dec/10 with sam read
Last pitch was fun. Ice on first pitch was quite steep. The rest was a long gentle snow ramp.
jamestheyip - Lead O/S - 12/Dec/10 with Hannah Vickers
Fantastic icefall at the start of the route. Moves at GardeIV, followed by fairly long stretch of hard neve leading up to next belay. Final pitch in the chimney was a bit thin but reasonable to find ice axe placements. Chimney walls glazed in ice though!
Hannah V - 2nd - 12/Dec/10 with James Yip
Ice Spider - AltLd - 02/May/10 with Tony Barton
nicjbuk - AltLd - 02/May/10
Hidden - AltLd O/S - 07/Apr/10
I lead the crux mark was scared!
philboy - AltLd - 07/Apr/10 with Mark, matt g
Led the ice pitch, which was quite banked out so had only about 10 - 15 metres of steep ice (followed a direct line which was a good 4). Moved together on the snow plod middle section, with Rich leading. Tom led the chimney pitch, which was good fun. Shortly after Tom finished that pitch, Nick and Mike went past him at the Gap - they had set out from the car park a couple of hours before us. We caught up with them on the summit plateau. Glissaded all the way down No 4 gully and then almost all the way to the CIC Hut. Frosty, blue sky day - perfect! Enjoyable first and last pitches but spoilt by the snow plod... My first route on the Ben, apart from Carn Mor Dearg Arete four years ago.
Misha - AltLd O/S - 02/Apr/10 with Rich, Tom
Pretty damp conditions. Route is pretty good, the mixed section at the top was probably the highlight. The snow on Tower Ridge really needs a freeze!
Ken Applegate - Lead - 25/Mar/10 with Phil Applegate
1st pitch had poor pro. Last bit excellent, glad i wasn't leading it.
glaramara - AltLd - 20/Mar/10 with mark gorin
Led the lower ice pitch which was fun direct, moved together up the snow gully and seconded the mixed chimney.
Steven Andrews - AltLd O/S - 13/Mar/10 with Harry
Hidden - AltLd - 13/Mar/10
cox - AltLd - 10/Mar/10 with cris
Spence22 - AltLd - 06/Mar/10 with Guy
Amazing route! Ice was in good condition, though the middle pitches required quite a lot of snow swimming due to the recent dump of powder. 12 hour day, summited the Ben at 7pm in the dark.
Helen23 - 2nd - 19/Feb/10 with Dave Ayris, Dave Sokald
Phil had bottom ice pitch, I had chimney and out of gap.
Moonstone Hippy - AltLd - 06/Feb/10 with Phil
Hidden - AltLd - 06/Feb/10
JonBrown - AltLd O/S - 30/Jan/10 with Marcel
Led top pitches. Awesome route but very long day.
tatz45 - AltLd O/S - 30/Jan/10 with Mark Boden, Tom Boyle
Lead first pitch, ice steps
tomboyle - AltLd O/S - 30/Jan/10 with mark boden, tatts
Sophie Nunn - 2nd - 30/Jan/10
Hidden - AltLd O/S - Jan/10
marceli - Lead - 2010 with JonBrown
1st pitch thin. last, hard for a IV.
glaramara - AltLd - 2010
Hidden - AltLd - 2010
Hidden - Lead - 13/Apr/09
Col Kingshott - Lead O/S - Apr/09
Hidden - Lead - 21/Mar/09
Dave Latimer - Lead O/S - 19/Mar/09
Led the top chimney
adamscottthomas - AltLd - 17/Mar/09 with Andy Wardle
Seconded first ice pitch and chimney at the top. I led pitch 2, and ran out up Tower ridge to the summit. Moved together in middle snow gulley. Great clear day, topped out 5.30pm. Descent down no.4 gulley.
prwalker - AltLd - 17/Mar/09 with Tom Wallbank
sgl - Lead rpt - 24/Feb/09 with Tamar
Superb winter climb, really enjoyable.
David Revill - 2nd - 24/Feb/09 with Christopher Revill
Christopher Revill - Lead - 24/Feb/09 with David Revill
Top pitch felt hard for 4, extremely well-protected though. Had to descend from the Gap as partner was exhausted, rope got stuck on final icefall pitch.
Peter Metcalfe - AltLd - 22/Feb/09 with Anita Goldsworthy
JdotP - AltLd O/S - 08/Feb/09 with Aleks Domanski
First route of the 2009 season: chimney pitch was verglased and pretty gymnastic, and the wind coming over the ridge was gale force: very nearly got blown back down the chimney when clippping the sling on Tower Gap. In fact, the wind was so strong that we pitched 2 rope lengths of crawling (!) from the Gap to safe ground!
andybuckley - Lead - Feb/09 with Mike Moss
Led first ice pitch, possibly quite lean and steep for III but only for about 2 moves. Crampon came off on 2nd pitch and fell down the couloir. Finished the rest on 2nd in one crampon, surprisingly without difficulty.
niallk - AltLd O/S - 03/Jan/09 with Willie
stuartm555 - 2nd - 03/Jan/09 with Seb Rider
Adam Booth - AltLd O/S - 03/Jan/09 with Roel
Hidden - AltLd - Jan/09
Hidden - Lead O/S - Jan/09
Ross McGibbon - 2009
cragmanuk - 2009 with Ian Lamb
net - AltLd - 31/Dec/08 with George
GPN - AltLd - 31/Dec/08 with Annette
steep 1st pitch followed by 4 or 5 pitches of grade 1. good chimney to top out though.
mulletcocktail2000 - AltLd O/S - 29/Dec/08 with john
Led chimney pitch
Bristoldave - AltLd O/S - 27/Mar/08 with Neil Ferguson
Alexander123 - AltLd O/S - 26/Mar/08 with Nicholas Watt
Watty - AltLd O/S - 26/Mar/08 with A.Watt
1st, 3rd and final pitches led. final pitch was awesome, made me understand how good winter climbing is. Topped out 5mins before sunset at 7 in a whiteout, back at car at 4am
Alex Mason - AltLd O/S - 26/Mar/08 with Dan Matthewman
Hidden - AltLd O/S - 26/Mar/08
Shaw Brown - AltLd - 24/Mar/08 with Loz
Ken did hardest (fuinal pitch)
tom_holdsworth - AltLd - 18/Mar/08 with Mike Kennedy
Chimney Pitch is very good climbing the rest was dissapointing! A little scary as a muppet fell down tower gap, his crampon bouncing 1/2m above my face as i was on the crux!
Mr.Billiams - Lead O/S - 16/Mar/08 with Lundy & Lyndsey
swimming up the first few pitches at times, good top chimney though.
joe king - AltLd O/S - 09/Mar/08 with steve petit
Not thrilled to find a rope of four crossing the gap at a snails pace just as I got there....
steveP - AltLd O/S - 09/Mar/08 with Paul Rowlands
Hidden - Lead O/S - Mar/08
Hidden - 2nd - 18/Feb/08
Hidden - 2nd O/S - 19/Jan/08
Hidden - Lead O/S - 18/Jan/08
John Kettle - AltLd O/S - 06/Jan/08
ewen - AltLd O/S - 05/Jan/08 with the kettle
smac - 2008
Charlie wp Hill - AltLd - 2008
Hidden - 2nd O/S - 2008
Lead all proper pitches.
HamishD - Lead O/S - 30/Dec/07 with Cat Kilburn
crowberry gully - 01/Apr/07 with Ross McGibbon
luckyjim - AltLd - Apr/07 with tom ballard
Hidden - 25/Mar/07
Hidden - AltLd O/S - 25/Mar/07
manmike - AltLd O/S - 25/Mar/07 with Jason
jason - AltLd O/S - 25/Mar/07 with manmike
Perfect ice & neve. I got the chimney pitch & it was a belter.
KeithW - AltLd O/S - 24/Mar/07 with SteveM
Captain Solo - AltLd - 06/Feb/07 with Jim Marshall
Hidden - Solo - Feb/07
Hidden - AltLd - Feb/07
Hidden - 2nd - 27/Jan/07
Hidden - AltLd - 25/Jan/07
alan wilson - 2007
bailed on the crux moves getting on to TR
CurlyStevo - Lead dnf - 2007
mike.moss - AltLd O/S - 2007
Boxy - AltLd - 19/Mar/06 with Aus
Hidden - AltLd - 07/Mar/06
gripped01 - Lead O/S - Mar/06 with Si Moore
Hidden - AltLd - Mar/06
G. Tiger, Esq. - AltLd - 28/Jan/06
Hidden - 2006
Climbed with Moony around Dec 05- long day and first proper route on the Ben
kenneM - Lead - 17/Dec/05 with Moony
Hidden - 2nd - Mar/05
decs - AltLd - Mar/05 with Fran
Hidden - AltLd O/S - 27/Feb/05
Nicos - Lead O/S - 25/Feb/05 with tom knight
Lead all pitches, it was pretty cool, good ice fall at the start bit of walk in the middle
James Humble - Lead O/S - Feb/05 with Spewy Tom
Hidden - AltLd - Feb/05
Dave Kerr - AltLd - 27/Jan/05 with Kenny Grant
Hidden - AltLd - 2005
Nick Wallis - AltLd O/S - 2005
Hidden - AltLd O/S - Apr/04
Thin ice andnot much in the chimney
Yourlead - AltLd - 20/Feb/04 with Graham Penny
ruggystunts - 2nd - Feb/04 with Sean
seanyt - Lead - Feb/04
abbeywall - AltLd - 2004
niall_mac - AltLd - Apr/03 with am_bodach
Hidden - 2nd - 11/Mar/03
Ann S - 2nd - Mar/03 with Guide
dthomson - 2003 with paul klauza
Richard Weller - AltLd - 06/Apr/02 with Nick Cruden, Keith Morris
Gudge - AltLd O/S - Apr/02 with Gareth Hughes
Jamie B - AltLd - Apr/01 with Simon Franks
Hidden - Mar/01
Hidden - AltLd - 2001
Phill_ Thompson - AltLd - Feb/00 with Matt Newman, Lucy Prins
Hidden - Lead - 2000
akhughes - Solo O/S - 2000
ill_bill - AltLd - Feb/99
Hidden - 01/Mar/98
johnkeith - AltLd - 1998 with G. Callander
Smith42 - Mar/97
Hidden - AltLd O/S - 09/Jan/97
Marti999 - AltLd - 1997
AB1965 - 15/Mar/96
Mickdenali - Lead - Mar/95 with Mick Cadwell, Gail Waller
Hidden - Solo O/S - Feb/95
Mick King - Lead - 15/Apr/94 with Stu Hardacre
Good climbing - Icefall start (John led) and Steep mixed finish (I led). Finish up final part of Tower Ridge.
steveb2006 - AltLd - 28/Mar/92 with John Sumner
mark-abz - AltLd - Mar/92 with Simon K
Dave Musgrove Jnr - 26/Feb/92 with Nick Ashton
Hidden - AltLd - 1990
scree - Feb/87 with Phil Coates
Hidden - AltLd - 31/Jan/87
Campbell42 - AltLd O/S - 17/Mar/86 with Kim Wainwright
John Marsland - Lead - 18/Feb/86 with Dave Soles
Lone Rider - Solo O/S - 08/Feb/86
Martin Haworth - Lead O/S - Feb/85 with Amazonian woman
Richard Weller - AltLd - 14/Jan/85 with Ant Osborne
Ghastly Rubberfeet - AltLd - 1985 with Duncan Bond
Bruce Kerr - AltLd - 14/Feb/84 with Dave Bartle
Hidden - Lead - 1984
Mark Kemball - AltLd - 25/Feb/81 with Mark Boon
Fine condition. John Page also on rope
uphillnow - AltLd - Feb/80 with Al Bennett
Hidden - AltLd - Mar/77
Dropped a 'Terror' exiting the final chimney, and descent down Five Fingers Gully in wild weather!
Sean Kelly - AltLd - Dec/75 with Norman Ingham
Hidden - 1975
mikej - AltLd - 07/Apr/69 with Wil Hurford
Did first pitch only.
mikej - AltLd dnf - 06/Apr/69 with Wil Hurford