Good ice, partner led first two pitches and I got the last pitch of no.3 gully buttress which has a stiff little move and virtually no gear for the traverse, pretty exposed but amazing position!
Nath93 - AltLd O/S - 13/Feb/15
mzchambers - AltLd O/S - 13/Feb/15 with Nathan
mjsmith1973 - 2nd - 12/Feb/15 with Mike Pescod
Hidden - AltLd - 11/Feb/15
with Louisa Reynolds, Abacus mountaineering. Also Ritchie Slessor. Great condition, nice day. Grade IV.
andymcronald - 2nd - 10/Feb/15
plain kitten - 2015
great conditions, a little lean. Excellent weather
Ewanski - 28/Dec/14 with Bruce M
benclimbing - Lead O/S - 26/Dec/14 with jonskippy
jonskippy - 26/Dec/14 with benclimbing
Hidden - Lead O/S - 30/Mar/14
No pissing on the ice screws to clear them this time.
John Workman - AltLd - 30/Mar/14 with Tony
David86 - 2nd - 30/Mar/14 with james davis
Great ice on the route today. Couldn't see much though.
Ken Applegate - Lead - 29/Mar/14 with Gary, Wes
direct finish rather than gully no.3 buttress finish, keeping with the grade IV, good ice all the way.
Wesley Orvis - 2nd - 29/Mar/14
colenn - AltLd O/S - 27/Mar/14 with Liam Brophy, Rob Noone
rob87n - AltLd O/S - 27/Mar/14 with Colm ennis, Liam Brophy
gallonj - 2nd - Mar/14
carl_123 - AltLd O/S - 18/Jan/14
AndyL - Lead dnf - 24/Nov/13 with Henry Dodson
Kyle lead P1 (45m), I lead the rest in 3 long pitches. The first climbing experience for Simon. The snow was a bit unstable, and ice was not as fat as we'd wish, but the overall conditions were good. The crux was the final pitch, shared with Number Three Gully Buttress.
masa-alpin - AltLd O/S - 20/Apr/13 with Kyle, Simon P
Lead first pitch, slightly insecure ice and neve. Masa lead the rest with improving conditions as we got higher. Last pitch had a very stiff traverse on bad hooks to access a very steep exit neve slope - felt far harder than the III it should have been! Bit of an epic day out all in all!
Mr. K - AltLd O/S - 20/Apr/13 with Simon Perry, Masa Sakano
Hidden - 2nd - 24/Mar/13
IJHunt - 2nd O/S - 13/Mar/13
Carl UKC lead initial crux pitch- quite sustained, and the direct finish which gives a more natural line and maintains the overall grade.
A great route.
bobpilgrem - AltLd O/S - 11/Mar/13
1st Pitch was the hardest, chimney was thin.
Andy Hewison - 2nd - 05/Mar/13 with Pete Jackson, Mark Chadwick
Matthew Robinson - AltLd - 24/Feb/13 with Joris
Conan - AltLd O/S - 24/Feb/13 with Paul Horabin, Pete Glasper
Excellent first pitch
Mike Tutt - Lead - 17/Feb/13
Hidden - 2nd - 17/Feb/13
done as a mixed line, quality climbing loads of gear, not IV 4 as a mixed line for definite !!
connor - AltLd O/S - 11/Jan/13 with willey
Hidden - 2013
Chris Reid - 2013
Adam Booth - AltLd O/S - 17/Feb/12 with Ed Booth
Hidden - AltLd O/S - 17/Feb/12
Lead main pitch, not much ice in chimney at the bottom, had to move out left then back right via some thin mixed moves. Finished direct which was banked out at II
Glyn - AltLd O/S - 14/Feb/12 with David Fountain
richard s - 2nd - 14/Feb/12 with Andy Stotesbury
Lead pitch one. Chimney not in great condition. Traversed left and clipped tatt. Couldn't find a great belay. Good route and exciting position.
wadh1720 - AltLd O/S - 13/Feb/12 with Chris L, jimmyk
luckyjim - AltLd - 05/Feb/12 with D Helm
Gezzer - AltLd - 03/Feb/12 with Steve Burns
Hidden - Lead - 03/Feb/12
nickdonohue - AltLd - Feb/12 with Andy March
machars - AltLd - 29/Jan/12 with Ben Sharp
very good with an alternative finish!!
bob johnson - 2nd O/S - 29/Jan/12 with Mike Pescod, Rich Ball
Ben Sharp - AltLd - 29/Jan/12 with Graeme Barr
Hidden - AltLd O/S - 14/Jan/12
Ryan Wilson - Lead - 14/Jan/12 with Tony Harris
In thin but reasonable condition, did right hand variation finish (IV,5).
Very enjoyable route.
Martin Haworth - AltLd O/S - 07/Jan/12 with Andy
Did the right hand variation at the top.
Andrew Sloan - AltLd rpt - 07/Jan/12 with Martin Haworth
Filmed ascent - challenging conditions with spindrift in abundance!
simon_D - 03/Dec/11 with Neil Silver
Done in 4 pitches (short ropes!) - thin ice, hard mixed climbing - Johnny reckoned probably closer to V today - at least the gear was good - loose blocks in places to keep clear of.
Moonstone Hippy - AltLd O/S - 06/Mar/11 with Johnny
Hidden - AltLd - 05/Mar/11
jaggy bunnet - AltLd - 05/Mar/11 with frazzy4
Hidden - Lead O/S - 28/Feb/11
freudy_love - AltLd O/S - 27/Feb/11 with Dave Douglas
Awesome route, ice a bit dodgy in places due to recent thaw. Finished up direct finish to No. 3 gully buttress
Dave Douglas - AltLd O/S - 27/Feb/11 with Paul Freudenthal
samrad - AltLd O/S - 21/Feb/11 with tom livingstone
Tom Livingstone - Lead O/S - 21/Feb/11 with sam radcliffe
Led P1 and P3 (variation on no. 3 gully buttress). Snow ramp had large cornice, so went for the steep butress, which was excellent.
ruaidh - AltLd O/S - 18/Feb/11 with Michael
great day out!
msoldn - AltLd O/S - 18/Feb/11 with Rory
Hidden - 17/Feb/11
Hidden - 17/Feb/11
Diggler - Lead O/S - 12/Feb/11 with Johnny
Hidden - Lead - Feb/11
A brilliant piece of climbing up the lower chimney, one of the best winter routes I've done on the Ben.
Bob - AltLd O/S - 29/Jan/11 with Steve Brock
Led P2, Really NIce.
shugsan - AltLd O/S - 23/Jan/11 with Jason King, Hannah
JasonK - AltLd - 23/Jan/11 with Hanakin Gibs, Euan Boyd
Hidden - AltLd - 23/Jan/11
Hidden - 2011
Hidden - 2011
Owen1984 - 2nd O/S - 30/Dec/10
am_bodach - AltLd O/S - 15/Dec/10 with Niall Maclachlan
niall_mac - AltLd - 15/Dec/10 with am_bodach
HansUDes - 2nd O/S - 04/Dec/10 with Spike Sellers
not very consolidated yet, felt in quite hard nick
Ginger McGrath - Solo O/S - 21/Nov/10
Hidden - 2nd - 21/Nov/10
Hidden - 04/Sep/10
Hidden - AltLd - 16/Apr/10
Hidden - AltLd - Apr/10
Hidden - AltLd O/S - 29/Mar/10
Hidden - AltLd - 29/Mar/10
Hidden - 25/Mar/10
conditions not good, thin melting ice or powder
ritid - 2nd O/S - 23/Mar/10
John Pickles - Lead rpt - 23/Mar/10 with Work
Hidden - 2nd dog - 20/Mar/10
Mock student for the day with the Brenin. Nice climbing and good conditions - will be back another time to lead it.
isi_o - 2nd - 16/Mar/10 with Stu, Gaz, Ali Marwick
Great route in good condition, led P2 and 4. Thought by winter climbing standards the gear was ok; after the first 2 pitches the climbing is much easier but still in great positions. Highly recommended!
markfairbank - AltLd O/S - 08/Mar/10 with Ian Moore
Harrowing! Ton did the first pitch, ice missing atr the start requiring a poorly traverse out right, good belay though. 'You can do the second pitch, it's just a straight chimney up to a large platform'. Ice thin, v poor pro, got in sling after run out, carried on but no platform and running out of rope,one piece of poor pro. Reversed back and belayed off sling. Tom did next pitch, no pro and nothing for axes, kicked big buckets in crap snow - scary! Got in 0.5 nut then hammered in bull-dog, oh dear! Tom completed final scarey pitch. - 'no lads you didn't want to go near Thompsons in these conditions'.
mikehenesy - AltLd O/S - 06/Mar/10 with Tom Boeux
Alco-nomic - AltLd - Mar/10
Not what we planned to do, but thoroughly enjoyable day out.
jameshiggins - AltLd O/S - 30/Jan/10 with GBriff
Hidden - 2010
colinthrelfall - 2010
centurion05 - 2010
Mostly good ice, tricky bit at narrowing of chimney. Cold weather and much spindrift.
WilliamBurnside - AltLd - 19/Dec/09 with B Strachan
Hidden - 2nd dnf - 19/Dec/09
Took a direct finish as opposed to the traverse off right
Jim Walton - AltLd O/S - 12/Dec/09 with Dan Matthewman
Hidden - AltLd O/S - 12/Dec/09
Lead the first pitch, thin and scary, abbed off
farmus21 - Lead dnf - Dec/09 with Ben Allsford, Tom Ripley
Dave Latimer - Lead O/S - 19/Mar/09
The Bad Cough - Lead O/S - 13/Mar/09 with John Nesbitt, Chris Minnett
Hidden - Lead O/S - 12/Mar/09
jonnie3430 - AltLd O/S - 05/Feb/09 with Flash
Hidden - AltLd O/S - 04/Jan/09
bullwinkle - AltLd - 02/Jan/09 with Sam
Hidden - AltLd O/S - Jan/09
lberry - 2nd - Jan/09
Hidden - 2009
Hidden - Lead O/S - 2009
Hidden - AltLd O/S - 18/Apr/08
A good route.
RobScotland - AltLd O/S - 05/Apr/08 with Dan
jaggy bunnet - AltLd - 05/Apr/08
Hidden - Lead O/S - 02/Apr/08
Hidden - AltLd O/S - 27/Mar/08
simon_D - 2nd O/S - 24/Mar/08 with George McEwan, Andy Johno
Captain Solo - AltLd - 15/Mar/08 with Ewan
Hidden - AltLd - 05/Mar/08
aged_ape - Lead O/S - 20/Feb/08 with MD
nofx - 2008
John Pickles - AltLd O/S - 2008 with Zac Poulton
Hidden - AltLd - 2008
Hidden - AltLd - 03/Apr/07
decs - AltLd O/S - 03/Apr/07 with Bart
Hidden - AltLd - 03/Apr/07
barney_edin - AltLd - 02/Apr/07 with Simon G
gaz.marshall - AltLd O/S - 01/Apr/07 with Mike
mikecopp - AltLd - 01/Apr/07 with Gaz Marshall
steveP - AltLd O/S - 24/Mar/07 with Simon Ringrose
gareth r - 2nd - 01/Mar/07
Jamie B - AltLd - Mar/07 with Gabbi Varga
gregor - Mar/07
Led Pitch 2. Wished I had led pitch 1, as it was far more interesting!
Ken Applegate - AltLd - Mar/07 with Dave Kirby
seanyt - AltLd - Mar/07
Ice missing from first chimney. Otherwise fine but bold.
steev - AltLd O/S - 25/Jan/07 with Alex T
Good snow ice all the way.
Shaw Brown - AltLd - 21/Jan/07 with steve prior
CurlyStevo - AltLd - 2007
Hidden - AltLd O/S - 2007
Weather forecast was bad viewing for today but it turned out to be fine. Really enjoyed the chimney section. Great mixed climbing.
Big Lee - AltLd O/S - 02/Apr/06 with William Woodhead
dsiska - AltLd - 19/Mar/06 with Duncan, Fran
Guided ascent. Intricate, fun climbing - lots of bridging and backstepping
Robbie H - 2nd - 09/Mar/06 with Richard Bentley
chrissloan84 - AltLd - Mar/06 with jon
Hidden - 01/Feb/06
nickcanute - AltLd - 12/Mar/05 with tim parkinson
Hidden - AltLd O/S - 26/Feb/05
sgl - AltLd - 24/Feb/05 with Konnie
Dirk Wallis - AltLd - Mar/04 with Grrr
Hidden - 2nd O/S - Feb/04
Hidden - AltLd O/S - 2002
Hidden - 2001
Grezza - Lead - Feb/95 with Mick RIP, Andy Kemp
Hidden - AltLd - 29/Feb/92
Unroped ascent in gale conditions - why? originally III/IV in notes
Lone Rider - Solo - 15/Feb/86 with John Christie