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Ticklists: Cold Climbs, Robin Smith Legacy, 3 star Scottish winter, The Pinnacle.

Palindrome 02/May 2nd O/S

Amazing thick solid ice in May!

picasso 25/Apr AltLd

with florian , icicle variation

gear boy 16/Apr AltLd

Long slog to a short but excellent route. good conditions, with Rydell

Hidden 12/Apr AltLd O/S
Hidden 08/Apr Solo
Phil Ingle 03/Apr AltLd O/S
with Richard Lade
alexm198 25/Mar AltLd O/S

Led P2, crux. Steeper than it appears from below!

morsy 24/Mar AltLd

Via icicle var. Good conditions but found this hard!

with peter berwick
Pete23 24/Mar AltLd
with Stephen Mors
Adam Long 24/Mar AltLd
with Richard Barson
Hidden 24/Mar AltLd O/S
tim newton 22/Mar Lead O/S
Rachel Slater 22/Mar 2nd O/S

Really fun route.

Nath93 18/Mar 2nd

Incredible route, went the original way. A little stepped out just now and good hooks, still quite steep from the cave to the belay though!

Col Kingshott 18/Mar Lead O/S

Quality route in good condition.

arose 17/Mar AltLd

Steep but good hooks

joesmith 17/Mar AltLd
Hidden 16/Mar AltLd
CaelanB 15/Mar AltLd O/S

Led the top section, icicle variation

Julian Prieto 15/Mar AltLd O/S
Hidden 15/Mar AltLd O/S
cliffy 15/Mar AltLd O/S

Original route

Anna_wells 15/Mar AltLd
Rob N 14/Mar AltLd O/S
Matt Harmon 14/Mar AltLd dog

Led P1 and P3, first grade V! we did the icicle variation, but i fell on this section on second.

with Micki
MSchobitz 14/Mar AltLd O/S

Great route! I led the crux p2. Went out left from the cave, but then went back into the 'direct' after a few meters because the normal route seemed to turn to crud.

Dafer4 14/Mar AltLd

good condition very nice climb..unfortunately the last climb of the of our Scotttish journey with another fantastic day on the Ben!with Gianpaolo.

alex toomey 13/Mar AltLd
AndyL 13/Mar AltLd O/S
Harry Holmes 13/Mar Solo O/S
Scott Rankin 10/Mar AltLd
with Brian Pollock
Hannah Evans 10/Mar -

In great condition. Led a pitch each.

with Steve Holmes, Dave ANderson
Brian Pollock 10/Mar AltLd O/S

Led pitch 2. Good short route.

with Scott Rankin, Luca
dav_713 10/Mar AltLd
with Steve Holmes, Hannah Evans
alastairbegley 08/Mar AltLd O/S

Not brilliant conditions, poor ice on the second pitch

with Jason
JackM92 08/Mar AltLd O/S

Led P2 with the usual lack of any recognised ice climbing technique. Ice was soft and placements insecure, an exciting route.

AGoodi 08/Mar AltLd O/S

Lots of spindrift, cold day. Cave was pouring with water so carried on up icicle.

with Robin
SeánM 28/Feb AltLd O/S
joe.91 21/Feb AltLd O/S

Great route, exciting traverse! Took a while to get to the base.

with Rob Reglinski, Andy Harrison
Little AndyH 21/Feb AltLd O/S
luckyjim 15/Feb AltLd
with D Helm
ashpreston 14/Feb AltLd

Brilliant day, pitch two felt steep and sustained with a tricky move traversing from the cave

petegunn 14/Feb AltLd

Superb. A truly awe inspiring achievement by Smith and Marshall. Not stepped out and no cornice.

with Ash
Steven Andrews 09/Feb AltLd O/S

Classic with a pretty steep crux - emerged above a sea of cloud - the only peak showing.

with Ali
Hidden 09/Feb AltLd O/S
rob16 07/Feb AltLd
with Matt Brook
Hardonicus 04/Jan 2nd dnf

Bailed after first pitch as icicle not fully formed. First grade V attempt for both of us.

with Tom Woods
Cameron94 03/Jan Lead

Led first pitch before abing off due to accident on pitch two. Left behind a lot of kit, see for details.

plain kitten ??/2015 -
Callum_Johnson 23/Dec/14 AltLd O/S

Brilliant early season conditions, chewy ice all the way. And currently no cornice!

with Uisdean, Robin C
Uisdean hawthorn 23/Dec/14 AltLd O/S
prcleary ??/2014 -
cottoneye ??/2014 -
RKernan 16/Mar/13 AltLd dog

Pumped miserably and had to rest on P2. Had an epic trying (and failing) to get through the cornice, ripping a couple of screws falling off trying to get through it. Downclimbed and abbed off once we found the way down. Conditions are good on P1 and P2. Icicle not fully formed. Do not go to the top, no real anchor near the cornice and it's too big to get through. One 60m abseil from the tat on the right near the bottom of the easy ground atop P2 will get you to safety.

with Stuart Abraham
stuart90 16/Mar/13 AltLd
with ronan kernan
Hidden 03/Mar/13 AltLd O/S
Kirill 03/Mar/13 AltLd dog

Slogged all the way to Gardyloo Buttress in an attempt to reach the freezing level. Ice a bit crumbly, had really hard time keeping my feet on. Clipped the axe for a sneaky rest. Arrived at the belay completely destroyed. Tremendous route!

mjsmith1973 27/Mar/12 2nd
with Mike Pescod
Andy Hewison 21/Mar/12 2nd O/S

Great Route, hanging belay at the cave, got soaked. Hard vertical ice after the hanging belay was 'interesting'. Did the original route and not the icicle route.

rufus.duits 10/Mar/12 Solo

Enough ice, but melting fast. The icicle is relatively solid. Should still be OK tomorrow.

Hidden 10/Mar/12 2nd
Hidden 09/Mar/12 2nd O/S
Hidden 05/Mar/12 AltLd O/S
machars 04/Mar/12 AltLd
Hidden 04/Mar/12 2nd
Hidden 04/Mar/12 AltLd O/S
Tom Campbell 24/Feb/12 AltLd O/S

lead p1 and p3 (fnished via the last pitch of kellets route) Jan lead the icicle variation on P2 quality

joeydurkin 24/Feb/12 2nd
with Stu H, Patch
Liam FLeming 24/Feb/12 -
with chris thorn
Hidden 24/Feb/12 AltLd
wadh1720 17/Feb/12 AltLd O/S

First and third pitch. Return visit after Tuesday's drama (see below). Retrieved gear left and also found some! Great route, need to return to lead the crux second pitch at some point, which is definitely 'out there' as mentioned.

with jimmyk
wadh1720 14/Feb/12 2nd dnf

First pitch fine, James off route on second and took fall. Abbed off tatt and sacrificed some gear. Otherwise great route. Will be back.

with Chris L, jimmyk
TeeBee 13/Feb/12 AltLd
Tom Vivian 12/Feb/12 2nd

very fat although the column by the cave wasn't formed.

with chris thorne
mark-abz 12/Feb/12 2nd
with Tom V, Chris T
Tim Sparrow 12/Feb/12 -
with Ned
Heike 11/Feb/12 -

Surprisingly good on a day of 'anticyclonic gloom' as predicted by mwis

with Brian
furbrow 11/Feb/12 AltLd

Via icicle. Warmish day but good conditions

with Dave A
simonward 03/Feb/12 AltLd O/S
Hidden ?/Feb/12 AltLd
olekemi 28/Jan/12 AltLd


with Florian U
tsl42 28/Jan/12 AltLd dog

1st and third pitches. Fell off traverse on second.

Hidden 28/Jan/12 AltLd
Hidden 28/Jan/12 AltLd O/S
mike.moss 26/Jan/12 AltLd O/S
Hidden 26/Jan/12 2nd
Rob Pitt 25/Jan/12 -
with Lee Roberts, Jon Ratcliffe
guyscott 23/Jan/12 Lead O/S

Original route wasn't formed so we took the icicle variation - which felt steep, exposed and scary! Great placements on hard ice all the way though.

with Klas
Edvin m 19/Jan/12 Lead O/S
Hidden 19/Jan/12 Lead
James S 17/Jan/12 AltLd O/S

great route. easy first time placements almost all the way and great sustained second pitch.

with sam
MonkeyDawson 15/Jan/12 AltLd

Not in very good style. Not enough decent screws.

with Simon Smith
Hidden ?/Jan/12 2nd
luckyjim ??/2012 -
Narked4fun ??/2012 -
mark88 03/Apr/11 Lead
with Alex Vaughan
Ian Dunbar 03/Apr/11 AltLd O/S

Ice a bit soft, but bomber axe placements. Lots of spindrift.

with Phil Hall
vaughany 03/Apr/11 2nd
with mark patterson
Hidden 30/Mar/11 AltLd O/S
niallk 26/Mar/11 AltLd O/S

Lead pitches 2 and 4. Did the original variation.

with Willie
tjmillen 26/Mar/11 AltLd
with ray cassidy, vicky
allyrocke 26/Mar/11 Lead O/S

First belay was a bit drippy (more like a cold shower!) but great route!

mikeyjbs 06/Mar/11 AltLd O/S

Good solid ice, the route was well picked out. Note only the original was in.

with mike moss
mike.moss 06/Mar/11 AltLd O/S
Martin Haworth 05/Mar/11 AltLd O/S

Ice was good for climbing but not so good for screws. Really good route.

Chad123 05/Mar/11 AltLd rpt

Started 4pm! Did both pitches together as the belay was dripping, super plastic ice made it very easy today. Steve did a great variation top pitch up the groove left of the normal route - not in guidebook?

with Kiwi Steve
rob1 05/Mar/11 AltLd O/S
gripped01 ?/Mar/11 Lead
with Dave Tait
Hidden 10/Feb/11 AltLd O/S
buzby78 01/Jan/11 2nd

Seconded with sling harness as I had forgotten mine, doh...

with McGeek
Hidden ??/2011 -
adie84 ??/2011 -
Hidden ??/2011 -
Hidden ??/2011 -
Hidden ??/2011 -
Tenko ??/2011 -
Hidden 21/Apr/10 AltLd
HansUDes 29/Mar/10 2nd dnf

excellent conditions on this sunny Monday on the route - but Bradley got injured by falling ice (was ok the next day)

with Spike Sellers, Bradley Morrell
Hidden 29/Mar/10 2nd dog
Big Lee 27/Mar/10 AltLd O/S

Climbed the original line which was in good nick.

Skinny Kin 27/Mar/10 AltLd O/S

The party in front faffed around on 1st pitch for ages (possibly 2 hours or more!). Should've overtaken them. My climbing partner too nice to do just that. Ended up getting back to hut at almost 10pm whereas we got to the bottom of the route at 10am!

Ken Applegate 20/Mar/10 AltLd

Led the second, crux pitch. Gear was far from ideal, but first time axe placements. Icicle was there, but very thin. Great route!

with Alex Wheldon
Hidden 14/Mar/10 AltLd O/S
Hidden ?/Mar/10 AltLd O/S
Hidden ?/Mar/10 Lead
Hidden ??/2010 -
colinthrelfall ??/2010 -
Chad123 13/Dec/09 AltLd O/S

Great day out - perfect weather and conditions. A little bit exciting on the crux as a fairly sustained steep pitch and not sure all the screws were very good! Certainly not late season soft grades at the moment though ice for axes is solid. Icicle is almost there too and Kellet's should be formed soon....Great to do an ice route before Christmas!

with Emily
Ally Baba 12/Dec/09 AltLd O/S

amazing climb, psyced to get back up to the ben soon. Think i did a little, harder varition. Went up too the left of the iceicle variation then joined the hanging slab.

with Mike G
adamscottthomas 19/Mar/09 AltLd

Love the cave belay!

Hidden 17/Mar/09 Lead
benclimbing 02/Mar/09 AltLd O/S

Icicle variation. Classic water ice climbing. Great gear and belays

with Lorenzo Antolovi
Becky E 26/Feb/09 2nd

Icicle Variation. V wet day, but route in good condition. I was wet and cold from the walk in so not in the best of moods to appreciate it.

with Phil Lee & Trevor Wilson
Hidden 20/Feb/09 AltLd O/S
mgeek 01/Jan/09 Lead O/S

Like Norway with a bugger of a walk in!

with Neill Busby
cragmanuk ??/2009 -
with Ian Lamb, John Elliott,Fergal Corrigan
davebrox ??/2009 2nd

With Tim Neil as part of work day

akhughes 30/Dec/08 AltLd O/S

An early season ascent. Only the original line was there, which was climbing very steep for V,5. Excellent section of 85/90 degrees for 5m, but thin for screws at times.

with Greg B
Greg Boswell 30/Dec/08 AltLd O/S
dangates ?/May/08 AltLd

Icicle variation

with Kirk Watson
dangates ?/May/08 AltLd

Icicle variation

with Kirk Watson
Hidden 18/Apr/08 AltLd O/S
Somerset swede basher 12/Apr/08 AltLd O/S
with George Taylor
Dave Warburton 09/Apr/08 2nd dnf

Ian took a 'variation' (kellett's) which was about VI. Belay Cave was quite good fun! On the final steep section my placements were poor, so i was in the process of replacing one, when my OK axe pulled. Down i went. From about 50 metres due to a belay faliure. Absolutely fine, if not a bit shaken!! - Ian Broke his hand and was helped by fellow climbers. Cheers to all, Dave & Ian

alan wilson 25/Mar/08 AltLd

great route...icicle variation...cic hut

with n smith
ewen 23/Mar/08 AltLd O/S
John Kettle 23/Mar/08 AltLd
Ed Booth 23/Mar/08 AltLd O/S

Leading through the icicle is amazing - full on!

stevepotter 23/Mar/08 AltLd
with ken
Adam Booth 23/Mar/08 AltLd O/S
Mr Powly 19/Mar/08 AltLd
Pete Graham 19/Mar/08 AltLd
Captain Solo 14/Mar/08 AltLd
with Gary
luckyjim ?/Mar/08 AltLd
with L callaghan
tom.e 17/Feb/08 AltLd dnf

Pete led pitch 1, the icicle was not there on pitch 2, and the original route looked a bit scary so we abbed off.

with Pete
Hidden 16/Feb/08 AltLd O/S
smithaldo 16/Feb/08 AltLd O/S
with andreas, aussie rob
Hidden 15/Feb/08 AltLd O/S
Fultonius 15/Feb/08 AltLd O/S
with Burnsie
Hidden 13/Feb/08 AltLd
Hidden ??/2008 -
Charlie wp Hill ??/2008 AltLd
Rob Pitt ??/2008 -
with Nick Arding
Hidden 04/Apr/07 AltLd
RobScotland 31/Mar/07 AltLd O/S
with jonnyb
HIGHTOWER 25/Mar/07 AltLd O/S
with Tim
Andrew Sloan 25/Mar/07 AltLd O/S

Have waited years to do this route after seeing the pictures in cold climbs......fantastic classic.

with Steve Grove
Spade 22/Mar/07 AltLd
with Tom Pearson
andyinglis 05/Mar/07 AltLd O/S
with neil adams
Neil Adams 05/Mar/07 AltLd O/S
gregor ?/Mar/07 -
JDSwain 19/Feb/07 -

An amazing climb and in superb condition, a true classic (Included the icicle variation direct)

with Andy Nisbet
centurion05 17/Feb/07 Lead O/S
with dave g
Daigroom 09/Feb/07 AltLd O/S

Led the Crux Pitch. Fantastic Ice!

with Stevie Price
Nicos 09/Feb/07 Lead O/S
decs 07/Feb/07 AltLd
with Mike and Gaz
gaz.marshall 07/Feb/07 AltLd O/S

They got the good pitches. I had the last. Arse.

with Dunc and Mike
scott gibson 04/Feb/07 2nd

original steep middle pitch, steep!

with steve lynch
gripped01 ?/Feb/07 AltLd
with Ru Capleton
BenTiffin ?/Feb/07 AltLd

Wet in the cave - awesome on the icicle variation

with Bob Currie
centurion05 ??/2007 -
timmy-ts ??/2007 -
mux ??/2007 AltLd O/S
Hidden ??/2007 -
Hidden ??/2007 Lead
barney_edin 19/Apr/06 2nd
with Joanna
jamestheyip ?/Apr/06 AltLd O/S
with Miguel Ciriza
DaleB ?/Feb/06 -
with IP
a_hein ??/2006 AltLd
with Viv Scott
Hidden ?/Mar/05 Lead
Hidden 05/Feb/05 Lead O/S
Hidden ?/Feb/05 Lead O/S
peter neden ?/Feb/05 AltLd
Nick Wallis ??/2005 AltLd O/S
Gudge ?/Apr/02 AltLd O/S
Hidden ?/Mar/02 -
Chad123 ?/Feb/02 AltLd
with Georgie
nickdonohue ?/Feb/02 AltLd
with Mark McCarthy
Hidden ??/2002 AltLd O/S
frost ?/Mar/01 AltLd
with D Garry
Hidden ?/Jan/01 2nd
NeilGriffiths 15/Apr/00 AltLd
with James Hubbard
seanyt ?/Feb/00 AltLd
Hidden ??/2000 AltLd O/S
graeme gatherer ??/2000 -
John Pickles ?/Jan/99 AltLd O/S
with Tim Blakemore
AB1965 10/Jan/98 AltLd
Jonathan Lagoe - UKC 22/Apr/97 -
with Tony Brindle
Hidden 30/Mar/97 AltLd O/S
markharro 23/Mar/97 AltLd

Stoked...big night out, hazy drive, sobering walk-in and awesome climb

with Swot
Hidden 12/Mar/97 Lead
Hidden 11/Mar/97 AltLd O/S
Hidden ??/1997 AltLd
NickJH ?/Feb/96 AltLd O/S
with AShipp
AB1965 10/Jan/96 AltLd
AB1965 10/Jan/96 AltLd
switch ?/Jan/96 Lead
Hidden 22/Apr/95 Lead
Grezza ?/Feb/95 Lead O/S

Original route. Hard frozen water ice conditions with 3-5 strikes per placement.

with Mick RIP, Andy Kemp
pingora 16/Apr/94 2nd O/S
with G Armstrong, Rob L
Hidden 23/Mar/92 AltLd
Hidden 21/Mar/92 Solo
GaryK ?/Feb/88 Solo

Had to climb round a bloke who had just fallen off the top of the first pitch, but apart from that an excellent route.

scree ?/Feb/87 -
with Dave H
Hidden 30/Jan/87 AltLd
Hidden 05/Feb/86 Lead
Lone Rider ?/Feb/85 Solo


Lone Rider 02/Jan/85 Solo

Squeaky ice and in 20 mins.

Lone Rider 21/Feb/81 Lead

After crux had to ab back down to rescue someone else who was getting stangled by a snagged tape round his neck after his partner came off below when doing the lefthand variation.

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