First lead at the grade. Plenty of banked up snow, soft in places but firmer when required on steeper sections.steveforgrieve - AltLd - 30/Mar/14 with Chris Watkins
jamesh - 2nd - 30/Mar/14 with Jim Unwin
Hidden - AltLd O/S - 06/Apr/13
pete.hutchings - 2nd - 05/Mar/13
jev - AltLd O/S - 03/Mar/13 with Kasia, Ruslan
Hidden - AltLd dnf - 03/Mar/13
Went up chimney variation on the last pitch, traverse had hardly any ice on it and looked too hairy.
Kasia Lasota - 2nd O/S - 03/Mar/13 with jev, Ruslan Aizatulin
Hidden - Lead - 26/Feb/13
martinh13 - 2nd - 26/Feb/13 with Alan
Great conditions, did chimney variation at the top as the initial traverse onto ramp was very thin. Led odd pitches.
Fiona Reid - AltLd O/S - 23/Feb/13 with Mike
Chimney finish, traverse looked thin.
Mike_Watson_99 - AltLd O/S - 23/Feb/13 with Fiona
mrbird - AltLd - 23/Feb/13
Slightly disappointing route with only the exposed traverse at the end warranting its grade. Had to break trail on this last section as everyone had gone up the Chimney variation. It was by far the best part of the route.
Conan - AltLd O/S - 23/Feb/13 with Pete Glasper
Finished with chimney veriaton
Dougbart - AltLd - 23/Feb/13 with david bird
Hidden - Lead - 22/Feb/13
David Kay - AltLd O/S - 17/Feb/13 with Scott Stanley
Hidden - 2nd - 01/Feb/13
Marq - Lead O/S - 01/Feb/13 with Steve Mount
Hidden - Solo - Feb/13
Hidden - 19/Jan/13
A brilliant route on a very testing day, my first grade III and absolutely loved it, the exposure on the step across is superb. Thanks for leaving me that Steve!
Andrew Lodge - AltLd - 19/Jan/13 with Steve
johnrich - 2nd - 15/Jan/13 with Mike Pescod
Hidden - 2nd - 12/Jan/13
Hidden - 2013
IV,5 alternate finish
Pete23 - AltLd - 18/Dec/12 with Stephen Mors
loads of unconsolidated snow. finished up the chimney variation.
morsy - AltLd rpt - 18/Dec/12 with peter berwick
First pitch only
becoming-stranger - Lead O/S - 17/Dec/12 with Geoff Pyatt, Jon Ridley
Yourlead - 2nd - 14/Apr/12 with Graham Penny
Jimmy1976 - 2nd O/S - 03/Mar/12 with Kenny
colin fagan - 2nd - 03/Mar/12
Hidden - Lead O/S - 27/Feb/12
Hidden - AltLd - 19/Feb/12
J Brown - AltLd O/S - 19/Feb/12 with RK
monsterek999 - 18/Feb/12
Tarquin - 17/Feb/12 with Simon and George
Hidden - AltLd O/S - 17/Feb/12
Brilliant route, a cheeky step is always exciting!
STWright - 2nd O/S - 17/Feb/12
OwenF - AltLd - 12/Feb/12
Hidden - Lead O/S - 06/Feb/12
Hidden - AltLd O/S - Feb/12
Hidden - Lead O/S - 28/Jan/12
led all the pitches on a slack top rope so Zac could assess me on day 1 of the leading coaching. Great route. amazing conditions.
stratandrew - 2nd O/S - 28/Jan/12 with Zac Poulton, Tina Rupnik
mjsmith1973 - 2nd - 24/Jan/12 with Mike Pescod
Fergus Cuthill - AltLd O/S - 21/Jan/12
Hidden - AltLd O/S - 21/Jan/12
Hidden - 2nd O/S - 14/Jan/12
Nice little variation on first pitch, went straight up at the top of the last pitch.
Shaw Brown - Lead - 14/Jan/12 with Judith Neaves
Hidden - 2nd - 14/Jan/12
Did an alternative first pitch (ice IV) to the ramp. Did the 'traverse right finish' which had a hard (?desperate) step initiallly
Simonfarfaraway - AltLd O/S - 13/Jan/12 with loz
knicos - Lead - 07/Jan/12 with Robert Deller
luke321 - 07/Jan/12 with Jack Hodgson
Jack.H.92 - Lead O/S - 07/Jan/12
Soloed to the first proper mixed section, then finished in two pitches. Really fun, interesting climbing, with good gear when you need it if you're willing to do some digging!
MarcusP - Lead O/S - 06/Jan/12 with Louise
Jack Loftus - 06/Jan/12 with Nick
Hidden - AltLd O/S - 06/Jan/12
Hidden - Lead O/S - 05/Jan/12
Peter Holder - 2nd - 05/Jan/12 with Petarghh, Pete hill
Liam FLeming - 2012 with simon edwards
Still in reasonable condition, however top pitch was a bit thin.
Ken Applegate - Lead - 24/Mar/11 with Phil Applegate
gee-whizz - 2nd O/S - 21/Mar/11 with Tel-goatman, Gaz
Overall very good conditions,except for the final traverse. This was slightly desperate dry tooling and certainly didn't feel grade III. Should have done the more direct finish on the left.
Stuzz - AltLd rpt - 07/Mar/11 with Isi, Graham
Nice ice. Traverse right at the top felt pretty spicy for III in the conditions.
isi_o - AltLd - 07/Mar/11 with Graeme, Graham Stuchbury
AndyBryce - AltLd O/S - 06/Mar/11 with Alasdair McLean, Andy Nicol
Guiding day. Getting quite thin on the final couple of pitches, other than that, in great condition.
Ken Applegate - Lead - 05/Mar/11 with Dimitri, Ashley
Hidden - AltLd - 05/Mar/11
Great route in great conditions! Lead by our guide Kenny.
Erik_M - 2nd O/S - 27/Feb/11 with Kenny Grant, Alex Tuck
Much more snow on it than my previous attempt. Easy snow slopes and then a bit of III to the summit. Did final steep pitch rather than exposed traverse.
edmitchell - AltLd O/S - 26/Feb/11 with Pete Davis
Guided by James. Great route. Found the final pitch to be very sustained for the grade. Crawled over the top and had to rest on my knees for several minutes. The pump in my legs never quite went away over the rest of the week. I could have rested much better on the route. Really nice route.
mattrm - 2nd O/S - 10/Feb/11 with James Thacker, Darren09
1st 'proper' winter climb. Ice a bit thin on final pitch. Amazing conditions all day. Loved it!
Run_Ross_Run - 2nd O/S - 10/Feb/11 with MattM
Jenny Crook - 2nd - 25/Jan/11 with Rob Patchett
Anthony Dixon - AltLd - 22/Jan/11
Hidden - AltLd O/S - 22/Jan/11
Lead P1 and 4. Think we went off route on the last pitch (P4). I think rather than making an exposed step right onto the rising snow ledge we went straight but from there following a short but steep corner. Either way, lovely route.
Stuzz - AltLd O/S - 19/Jan/11 with Graham, Craig
chmckay - AltLd - 19/Jan/11 with Graham Stuchberry, Graham Boistelle
tech 5 chimney finish
r_o_b_h2 - Lead O/S - Jan/11 with Nik Goile
PAJames - 2011
Hidden - 2011
Tenko - 2011
Did direct finish - technical grade 4
Steve Woollard - AltLd - 30/Dec/10 with Kenny Grant
Hidden - 2nd O/S - 28/Dec/10
Hidden - AltLd - 12/Dec/10
The only route in...possibly
Timo Austino - Lead - 11/Dec/10 with Nats
Done in 4 pitches, lead P1 and P3. Poor quality snow meant slow first pitch as I had wanted to take a direct line via Quickstep, but ended up traversing back left with no gear to get onto the snow ramp. Second pitch easily up the snow ramp. Third pitch looked daunting, but good rock gear at the crux, which although tight (stayed right next to the wall) was short lived. Fourth pitch done at speed as light fading and wind increasing. Didn't take easy looking ramp on right, as MASSIVE exposure to get on to it. Instead stayed left and surmounted 5 foot step unceremoniously. Got occasional glimpses back down at this point, and would like to have savoured the exposure. Top route, good rock gear where it matters.
Karlos - AltLd O/S - 27/Nov/10 with Mark B
i lead 1,3,5,6 pitches
last two pitches are GREAT!!!!
lots of powder about made for a strenious accent. placed a cam that wont come out on the crux leading up the the small platform... sooo much powder
connor - Lead O/S - 26/Nov/10 with marie
Bit out of condition so harder than we expected. Full of powder. Tried the chimney finish but fell without the belay taking any weight finished with the III finish!
Major_Steve - AltLd O/S - 20/Nov/10 with Neil
What a route! The exposure is continuous. We did it in 5 pitches. Even the easy snow pitches at the beginning feel serious with the huge run out below. Snow low down was brick hard neve and occassionally ice. Gear here was spaced but adequate. There was then a devious traverse to get to the top of a ramp which looked terrifying from below. An exposed but well protected move led to easy snow. I then led an amazing long pitch to the finish. Easy snow/ice led up grooves to an outrageous move on rock. Comparable exposure to anything on tower ridge, the gear was good but still terrifying. The snow slopes from here to the top were seriously worrying. Having been in the sun all day and with gear only available every 10 metres, I was somewhat relieved to reach the top.
Will Smith - AltLd O/S - 11/Apr/10 with Matt
Hidden - AltLd O/S - 04/Apr/10
The final pitch was superb. Shame there was almost no visibility. With good visibility it would be phenomenal! No wonder there were at least four parties today on this route (including one of our friends, whom we bumped into on site!).
A person after us, who seconded Thompson's Route (IV) (which merges(?) to this route at the top pitch), froze at the crux of the top pitch, as it is a traverse. This route containing lots of traverse sections, I am afraid this route is not for beginners even just for seconding for that reason.
masa-alpin - Lead O/S - 03/Apr/10 with Claudia
tubby two - Lead - Apr/10 with Spork and Wallsie, Tinky
LJKing - Lead O/S - Apr/10 with Piers Harley
t_stork - AltLd O/S - 30/Mar/10 with Steve Walls
iceicebaby - 2nd O/S - 29/Mar/10 with Sam Wood
Hidden - AltLd - 29/Mar/10
irish paul - AltLd O/S - 26/Mar/10 with Sarah Joyce
A very challenging day with a rather exposed bit at the top
Peter Sowerby - 2nd - 13/Mar/10 with Martin Smith
amy - AltLd - 13/Feb/10 with will_he_fall
Led pitches 2&3. Han's first Grade III lead!
Ken Applegate - AltLd - 31/Jan/10 with Hannah Evans
Andy lead all but one pitch. Felt big, exposed and lacked any meaningful protection. Topped out in the dark, followed by three hour head torch descent. Welcome to winter climbing!
Dave Foster - AltLd O/S - 31/Jan/10 with Andy and Ross
Hannah Evans - AltLd - 31/Jan/10 with Ken Applegate
Thin in places and final pitch in the dark, great intro to the Ben!
Ross Anderrson - 2nd O/S - 30/Jan/10 with Andy, Dave Foster
surfbish - AltLd dnf - 17/Jan/10 with Tom
Hidden - AltLd - 2010
Hidden - 2010
colinthrelfall - 2010
Hidden - 2010
Bristoldave - Lead O/S - 29/Dec/09 with CarolineH
Hidden - 18/Dec/09
Hidden - AltLd - 17/Dec/09
giknockerpod - Lead O/S - 16/Dec/09
Johann - AltLd O/S - Dec/09 with Scott Kirkhope, Sarah Lewis
richiegarside - Dec/09 with Harry Ellis
Powdery snow / poor conditions meant we had to bail after third pitch. Some sketchy down-climbing meant we left no gear behind.
nukebat - Lead dnf - 29/Nov/09 with Stokesy
Hidden - 2nd - 11/Apr/09
Tim Sparrow - Solo - Apr/09
RCrockford - 2nd - 28/Mar/09 with Jonah
Hidden - AltLd - 25/Mar/09
Lou Kennedy - AltLd - 25/Mar/09
Hidden - 2nd O/S - 18/Mar/09
I led the traverse and a steep icy corner to get to the snow bay. Lots of fresh snow.
adamscottthomas - AltLd - 01/Mar/09 with Peter Duggan
Atmospheric day, spindrift pouring off the climb, down in the dark... glorious
Tom Stoddart - Lead - 01/Mar/09 with Dave Battley
jamestheyip - AltLd O/S - Mar/09 with Joe Larner
sgl - Lead - 26/Feb/09 with Jacques
joe larner - AltLd - 22/Feb/09 with James
morsy - 01/Feb/09 with gerhard mors
Hidden - AltLd O/S - Feb/09
Hidden - AltLd O/S - Feb/09
Caspar - AltLd - 04/Jan/09 with Mike Kann
GScot38 - Lead O/S - Jan/09
Ross McGibbon - 2009
Somerset swede basher - AltLd O/S - 12/Apr/08 with George Taylor
roryifinlay - 2nd - 11/Apr/08 with Pete Wilson
rob1 - AltLd - 07/Apr/08 with Dave Williams
Finished up the chimney variation as party in front.
wykealpha - 2nd - 05/Apr/08 with Andy Jukes, Mike Lates
Simul-soloed to the platform, Robin lead (crux) traverse pitch, I then led long pitch weaving up corners above that to the top. Great route.
Si dH - AltLd O/S - 27/Mar/08 with Robin Macintosh
Hidden - AltLd O/S - 26/Mar/08
Hidden - 2nd O/S - 26/Mar/08
mgg - 2nd - 24/Mar/08
Soloed the first pitch roped together to a good stance on a platform under rocks. Done in 3 shortish pitches from there - the first 2 pitches were excellent with good belay stances. Last pitch started with an awkward step right protected well by a No. 5 DMM Wallnut, and was superb.
markfairbank - Lead O/S - 22/Mar/08 with SteveyM
Lead and soloed the first pitch, seconded the remainder.
SteveMyatt - AltLd O/S - 22/Mar/08 with Mark Fairbank
Hidden - Lead - 15/Mar/08
ed woods - 2nd - 09/Mar/08 with Marshall
dj_brigham05 - Lead O/S - 01/Mar/08 with Jamie Nicholson
Almost perfect conditions, minimal protection and dubious belays.
jamie0510 - 2nd O/S - 01/Mar/08 with David Brigham
JdotP - AltLd O/S - Mar/08 with Bjarte Grytli Seim
abbeywall - AltLd - Mar/08 with K, EwanR
Hidden - AltLd - 16/Feb/08
gripped01 - Lead - Feb/08 with Si Moore
Hidden - Feb/08
Good effort from Niki; First winter route in "full" conditions!
Jamie B - Lead rpt - 30/Jan/08 with Client
Hidden - 2nd O/S - 27/Jan/08
jl - AltLd O/S - 03/Jan/08 with Brad
Hidden - Lead - Jan/08
MarkDavies36 - Solo O/S - Jan/08
TrollJester - AltLd O/S - 2008 with VARIOUS Throughout 80's+90's
John Pickles - AltLd rpt - 2008 with Zac Poulton
Hidden - AltLd - 2008
Hidden - AltLd dnf - 04/Apr/07
dan cowley - Lead O/S - 25/Mar/07 with Natalie
Captain Solo - Solo - 25/Mar/07
scary, unconsolidated, minimal pro
Jon Wickham - 2nd O/S - 20/Mar/07
PanzerHanzler - 2nd - 15/Mar/07 with Adrian Fagg, Ian Whitehead
Andrew Sloan - AltLd O/S - 09/Mar/07 with Steve Grove
excellent, loads of spindrift, full conditions
crowberry gully - AltLd - 08/Mar/07 with Ross McGibbon
Well we got a bit lost and it took a while but still was a good day out.
Whitt - Lead O/S - 03/Mar/07 with Chris Fisher
Hidden - AltLd O/S - 03/Mar/07
Lovely snow-ice the whole way up.
AJM - AltLd O/S - Mar/07 with Tom Lambert
Hidden - AltLd - 19/Feb/07
Hidden - Solo O/S - 17/Feb/07
John Kettle - AltLd - 13/Feb/07
mje1398 - 2nd - 13/Feb/07 with PYB
Hidden - Lead - 05/Feb/07
went off route, looked easier to bust straight up instead of the very exposed section. was very, very steep at top. Good times.
david morse - Solo - Feb/07 with chris todd
dsiska - AltLd - 21/Jan/07 with Matej
dangates - Lead - 2007 with Kirsty Maguire
keith leonard - Lead - 2007 with wife
Hidden - 2nd - 28/Dec/06
Nevis_Ben - 2nd O/S - 28/Dec/06
niall_mac - AltLd - Dec/06 with am_bodach
barney_edin - AltLd - 02/Apr/06 with Simon G
BruceG - 2nd - 18/Mar/06 with Alii
Hidden - 2nd O/S - 18/Mar/06
Climbing parallel with Richard Bentley (guiding) and Robert.
Robbie H - Lead O/S - 06/Mar/06 with Dan the Doctor
Hidden - Lead - 04/Mar/06
Ben dislocated on short ice pitch at start. Popped back in and continued.
Roch - 2nd O/S - 04/Mar/06 with Ben Tibbets, geof martin
dave o - AltLd O/S - 25/Feb/06 with Tim Walmsley
Hidden - Lead - 19/Feb/06
alifin - 2nd - 14/Feb/06 with Mark Walker and Aidan Roe
stooby - AltLd O/S - 27/Jan/06 with Pat
Hidden - AltLd β - Jan/06
edmitchell - 2nd O/S - Jan/06 with stuart macaleese, margaret best
CurlyStevo - AltLd - 2006
Hidden - 2006
Hidden - AltLd O/S - 13/Mar/05
James B - 05/Feb/05 with Phil
Hidden - Lead O/S - Feb/05
decs - AltLd - Feb/05 with Tom
luckyjim - AltLd - Feb/05 with tom ballard
Hidden - AltLd - Jan/05
Hidden - 2nd O/S - Jan/05
As it was bit lean it was more like grade II.
andrewbooth1000 - AltLd O/S - 2005 with Pete Baillie
GPN - AltLd - 2005
Hidden - AltLd O/S - Apr/04
lawrenceK - AltLd - Apr/04
PenJD - AltLd O/S - 13/Mar/04 with Dave Evans
Jamie B - AltLd - Feb/04 with Alex Glasgow
Charlie wp Hill - 2004
Hidden - 01/Feb/02
combined with a solo ascent of the curtain made a really pleasant day out.turned round shortly before summit of the ben by blizzard.
Dave Almond - Solo - Jan/01
akhughes - 2000
graeme gatherer - 2000
Last 2 pitches. As part of course
cem - 2nd O/S - 23/Feb/99 with Phil ?, Simon P
Hidden - AltLd - 13/Feb/99
John Pickles - AltLd O/S - Jan/99 with Tim Blakemore
nickdonohue - Lead - 10/Apr/98 with Richard Jasicki
biggianthead - 24/Jan/98 with HT
Marti999 - Lead - Feb/97
Hidden - AltLd - Apr/96
Hidden - AltLd O/S - 10/Feb/95
Bruce Kerr - AltLd - 18/Jan/92 with George McEwan
Hidden - Solo - 07/Feb/87
Lone Rider - AltLd - 16/Dec/84 with Colin Grant
Falko - AltLd O/S - 25/Feb/81 with Alan Taylor
Hidden - AltLd - Mar/77