Number Five Gully** I
[The top of number 5 gully, 2 kb]No description has been contributed for this climb.

Ticklists: Ben Nevis Numbered Gullies, Ben Nevis Gully Climbs.

Photo: The top of number 5 gully © mfisher
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ski descent
graeme gatherer - 22/Apr/15

Ski descent
andyinglis - Solo - 18/Apr/15

First winter gully climb. Good weather, a bit too warm. Overall well consolidated, though melting, snow with some hard ice sections in the shadowed areas. An interesting surprise was a deep and huge horizontal snow crack about 4m long and 30cm wide near the top. Carefully went around and kept going. Cornice at the top was easy to get past though the snow below it was fairly slushy.
Victor Ivanov - Solo O/S - 15/Mar/15

Hidden - Solo - 15/Mar/15

Hidden - 20/Feb/15

Climbed 1/2 way, snow bridges across 'bergshrunds' stable. Rain loaded snow on upper section led to long descent of slushy snow.
atthedropofahat - Solo dnf - 10/May/14

Hidden - Solo - 25/Apr/14

in reasonable condition
nickdonohue - Solo - 07/Apr/14 with Jim Barritt

Snow plod. Good conditions.
scott452 - Solo - 18/Jan/14

Hidden - Solo O/S - Jan/14

Hidden - 2014

Soft snow, evidence of previous avalanches and an unstable cornice at the top
JackM92 - Solo - 08/Nov/13

Ski descent - Craig's 40th birthday
Jamie Johnston - Solo - 09/May/13 with Blair Aitken, Paul Easto, Andrew Napier, Dave Anderson, Craig Cameron

Hidden - Solo O/S - 10/Apr/13

Top half after completing moonlight gully. Cornice was easily passable at the top right of the gully.
Jimmy1976 - Solo O/S - 03/Apr/13 with John

hydraulicwave - Solo O/S - 01/Apr/13

Was going for Ledge Route but not in good condition. Not a grade 1 today as very hard ice or Neve and steeper. Grade 2. Nice route topping out near the top of the Ben in perfect weather a rarity!
ClimbingGlen - Solo O/S - 31/Mar/13 with Gavin Peach, Peter Cuthill

gavinpeach - Solo - 31/Mar/13 with Pete Cuthil, Glen Dickson

Hidden - Solo - 19/Mar/13

Hidden - Solo - 10/Mar/13

Nice conditions out of the wind and a first winter gully climb for Naomi
BruceG - 10/Mar/13 with Naomi

Hidden - Solo - 05/Mar/13

Stefan_Morris - Solo O/S - 02/Mar/13

augustus trout - Lead O/S - 25/Feb/13 with Gareth Williams

gw3285 - Solo - 25/Feb/13

Hidden - Solo O/S - 24/Feb/13

Downclimbed after ledge route. Major slog.
bradholmes - Solo O/S - 24/Feb/13 with Chris Bonner

mark12345 - Solo - 23/Feb/13

Matthew Robinson - Solo - 18/Feb/13

Matt Dolan - AltLd O/S - 10/Feb/13 with Katy Boreham

Descent - lowered Si over the cornice and then pitched 3/4 of the way down, before walking off to the CIC.
alexm198 - AltLd O/S - 09/Feb/13 with Simon Smith

connor - Solo - Feb/13

Pompey - 12/Jan/13 with JT, Cogstar, johnnyw

Hidden - 2013

ewen75 - Solo O/S - 2013

Hidden - 2013

Hidden - 2013

Hidden - 2013

Hidden - Solo - 17/Dec/12

pblurton - 13/Dec/12 with Jacob Sutcliffe, Ewan

Ewan Russell - AltLd O/S - 13/Dec/12 with pblurton

CacCarnBeag - Solo - 04/May/12

Atmospheric mush.
Lawrie Brand - Solo O/S - 13/Mar/12

Backed off near the top due to a crevase.
Ash_Johnson - AltLd - 05/Mar/12 with Ian Lynch

Climb and ski descent, nice powdery snow and a fun gully at the top. Mostly a bit narrow for fun skiing, the other gullies were better today. Very airy dropping in past the cornice...
Chad123 - Solo - 04/Mar/12

Hidden - Solo O/S - 19/Feb/12

Hidden - Solo O/S - 15/Feb/12

murrayd - Solo O/S - 15/Feb/12

Hidden - AltLd O/S - 12/Feb/12

davesa - Solo - Feb/12

Really good conditions
stephenarnold - Solo O/S - 16/Jan/12

Timo Austino - Solo - 15/Jan/12

Superb and in great condition :)
chili-d - AltLd O/S - 15/Jan/12 with Poz

Superb route in such an atmospheric setting, nice top out from Chili-d on her first route on the Ben.
KPoz - AltLd - 15/Jan/12 with Chili-d

SnowdonGypsy - Solo - 12/Jan/12

Hidden - Solo - 2012

Ski descent
hcreber - 2012

Hidden - Solo O/S - 30/Dec/11

Intended to do the ledge route but it was soaking wet and slippery across the "ledge" so we decided to continue up number five gully. I trailed a rope to my 9year old sister and helped her up. Good climbing although a little loose.
OERees - Solo O/S - 23/Aug/11

Climber solo with Andrew Haigh , did not rope up.
Russell Lovett - Solo O/S - 05/Mar/11 with andrew haigh

Hidden - Solo - 04/Mar/11

After Moonlight Gully
JamesRoddie - Solo - 02/Mar/11

Hidden - Solo - 27/Feb/11

used for descent
mfisher - Solo O/S - 26/Feb/11 with Olly Roberts

ollyroberts - Solo O/S - 26/Feb/11 with James

Hidden - Solo O/S - 26/Feb/11

Hidden - 2nd - 23/Jan/11

Had a quick play on a small ice fall on our way up. Brilliant day!
Adamski1986 - Solo O/S - 02/Jan/11 with Kev Murley

Hidden - Solo - 01/Jan/11

Hidden - Solo O/S - Jan/11

Hidden - 2011

adie84 - 2011

PAJames - 2011

Paul Boggis - Solo - 2011

Hidden - 2011

Nice, and probably borderline grade II considering the length. Unfortunately we had to turn back due to large areas of wind slab blocking us of at a little over 300m- definitely an avalanche black spot. Down climbing not so fun
Doogleman - Solo dnf - Dec/10

pretty thin and more like III in those conditions. it was a great atmospheric route 6 hours round trip
connor - Solo O/S - 10/Nov/10 with willey, mike scott

Hidden - Solo O/S - 10/Nov/10

Hidden - Solo - 12/May/10

bigbadbob12345 - Solo O/S - 03/Feb/10 with Paul Ellis

Alison2 - Solo O/S - Feb/10 with Matthew

Hidden - Solo rpt - 27/Jan/10

Hidden - Solo - 05/Jul/09

notes about your climb, or leave blank Very warm vloudy and viz down to 5 meters when lookung for green gully
Timo Austino - Solo O/S - 21/Mar/09 with Nats

Hidden - Solo - 23/Feb/09

roped up for cornice
jdgaventa - Lead - 23/Feb/09

Captain Solo - Solo - 01/Feb/09

Hidden - Solo O/S - 01/Jan/09

CT6419 - Solo - 2009

JamesRoddie - 2009 with Alex Roddie

Gotr lost trying to find No. 4 Gully, after saying that a retard couldn't miss it. Good neve. Pretty gnarly. Not much of a cronice. Really good weather, inversion. Does it count as soloing if you are with a group?
tsl42 - Solo β - 31/Dec/08 with Tom, Aaron, Nick

Hidden - Solo O/S - 30/Dec/08

First winter climbing, stunning weather and views, just awesome
Fiona Reid - Solo - 28/Dec/08 with Mike, Ewan

An enjoyable wander.
Mike-W-99 - Solo - 28/Dec/08 with Ewan, Fiona

Jonny M - Lead O/S - 28/Dec/08 with Helen Tsai

GiveHerHelen - 2nd O/S - 28/Dec/08 with Jon Moulding

IanMcC - Solo - 23/Mar/08 with phil, Nigel

In descent, a bit windslabby.
Only a hill - Solo - 21/Mar/08 with James Roddie

dansmonkeytroubles - AltLd O/S - Mar/08 with Joe Harris

Harry The Owl - Lead - 16/Feb/08 with Chaz Payne

Andy DB - Solo O/S - 16/Feb/08

Ken Applegate - Solo - Feb/08 with Dave Buckett, Hannah Evans

Hidden - Solo - 24/Mar/07

Hidden - Solo - 24/Mar/07

Spent ages wearing our arms out by digging snowscrapes and belaying each other all the way from the bottom of the gully! The cornice was the first I've ever done and the steep snow and lack of protection made it pretty memorable! What's the point of roping up in this sort of situation? I probably would have taken Brian down with me had I come off...
The Oracle - AltLd O/S - 24/Feb/07 with Brian Coupland

Descent. Very steep at the top and quite intimidating.
Monk - 04/Feb/07 with Alan & Colm

stooby - Lead O/S - Feb/07 with group

Dave Searle - Solo - 28/Jan/07 with sim

Hidden - Solo - 27/Jan/07

jamestheyip - 2007 with Descend

Wanted Tower Ridge but too windy
deano - Solo - 22/Dec/06 with Ryan Stokes, Paul Silvester

can be big cornice at top, be weary of averlanch debries funneling from bowl at the top.
Adam Humphreys - AltLd O/S - 23/Feb/06 with Joe m

Dunx - AltLd O/S - 23/Jan/06 with Dom

joe king - Solo O/S - 20/Jan/06 with simon ringrose

industrialiceman - Solo - 27/Feb/05

John Simpson - AltLd O/S - 2005 with Steve James, Yan

G. Tiger, Esq. - AltLd - 31/Dec/04

Fair conditions for the route, only well consolidated snow left following rainfall, very long day pitching the full climb, inexperience is a nasty thing. Long walk off in the Dark. first Winter route
Bokonon - AltLd O/S - 31/Dec/04 with Nev

overhanging snow...
kevinknights - Solo - Mar/04 with Alison Parker

Hannah V - Solo - 19/Mar/03

Hidden - Mar/03

Pitched one rocky step, otherwise moved together.
Andy Clarke - Lead O/S - 06/May/01 with Tommo

akhughes - 2000

Hidden - 2nd - 14/Feb/99

John Pickles - Solo O/S - 27/May/98

Jacob Ram - Solo - 25/Mar/98 with anthony aylett

Mickdenali - 1994 with Simon Colley

Hidden - Lead O/S - 29/Dec/92

luckyjim - Solo - Dec/91

Rob Kennard - 1988 with Paul Andrews

Pete Pozman - Lead O/S - 23/Feb/87 with Janet

Yourlead - Solo - 02/Jan/86 with Mike, Donald Williamson

Martin Haworth - Solo - 1986

dodders - Solo - Mar/85 with Simon L

Ludicrously windy at cornice.
Iain Thow - Solo - 14/Dec/84 with Ian Burwood

Hidden - 1981

Lusk - Solo O/S - Jan/79

Ascended and descended regularly
uphillnow - 1964

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