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Ticklists: Scotland's Mountain Ridges by Dan Bailey, Ultimate Scottish Rock, Summer Trip 2014.

Photo: It wouldn't be the same without the snow... © Caspar
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This climb is in 138 logbooks, and on 23 wishlists.

Had planned to go do Ledge Route but seen that this was completely snow free and the only part of the hill in sunshine, had been on the hit list for a while anyway. Crazy exposure on the flaky crux chimney !
Nath93 - Solo - 02/Apr/14

Hidden - 2014

Nice technical section near the top
arose - Solo - 20/Oct/13

Moved together doing the 5 ridges in a day twice down Coire Leis once done the Ledge Route up NE, OR, TR and CR great day on the hill
easers - AltLd - 06/Sep/13 with Doug

Dougbart - 06/Sep/13 with Iain

easers - Solo - 28/Aug/13

Hidden - Lead O/S - 24/Aug/13

aldo c - 31/Jul/13

Moved together as one of five classic ridges in a day.
machars - Lead - 13/Jul/13 with Bjorn Verduijn

Hidden - 2nd O/S - 13/Jul/13

Iain Thow - Solo - 26/Jun/13

Hidden - AltLd O/S - 09/Jun/13

olekemi - Solo O/S - 09/Jun/13 with Sam S, Andrew T, Damian J

punj - Solo - 08/Jun/13

Hidden - 26/May/13

Binder - Solo O/S - 26/May/13 with Chiz, Harri K

Harri777 - May/13 with George M, Chiz

Hidden - 2013

DougSt - Solo - 2013

Hidden - 2013

Andy Moles - Solo - 07/Oct/12 with Luke

iceicebaby - Solo O/S - 23/Sep/12 with Sam Wood, Lisa Ferrero

Wind getting stronger, 5th of 5 ridges OR, TR, NEB, LR, CR in 5 1/2hrs, 8 1/2hrs from NFCP.
Captain Solo - Solo rpt - 23/Sep/12

Hidden - Lead - 07/Sep/12

Paul Keenan - Solo O/S - 09/Aug/12

BUZZ1984 - Solo - Aug/12 with Andy Laing

Hidden - AltLd O/S - 06/Jul/12

Hidden - Solo O/S - 03/Jul/12

spitfirerick - AltLd O/S - 13/Jun/12

Hidden - Solo - 04/Jun/12

Hidden - AltLd - 03/Jun/12

Very nice, after finding the actual route. Will take a guidebook next time.
Liam Ingram - Solo O/S - 23/May/12

captain_reindeer - 20/May/12 with Alastair Grantham

Hidden - 2012

centurion05 - 2012

Johann - 2012

Patzl - 2012

Patzl - 2012

Narked4fun - 2012

Hidden - Solo - 2012

Hidden - Solo O/S - 2012

Robertgiddy - Lead - 18/Nov/11

Cold, wet and windy but thoroughly enjoyable. A couple of good spicy bits for a moderate. Certainly worthy of 3 stars.
Dustin - 16/Oct/11 with Tom Pollock

TomPollock - 16/Oct/11 with Dustin Bunyan

pitched one section high up on the ridge brilliant route I suspect that if this ridge was on almost any other british mountain it would get 3 stars
sk8world19 - Lead O/S - 12/Oct/11 with Andy Robson

Done in big boots on a very wet day!
keith hal - AltLd O/S - 10/Sep/11 with Peter Berwick

Pete23 - AltLd - Sep/11 with Keith Haldane

Moved together, pretty tired, 5th Ben ridge of the day!
Elsier - Solo O/S - 11/Jun/11 with Katy V, Amy

Milesy - Solo - 11/Jun/11

Alastair MacSween - Solo - 04/Jun/11 with Graham Drinkwater

Hidden - AltLd - 14/May/11

Winter conditions on top half of route (deep snow/ice)!
Simonfarfaraway - AltLd - 14/May/11 with Paul

Hidden - Lead - 02/May/11

Hidden - 2nd - 29/Apr/11

Scrambled to the crux section, Lovely exposed pitch, then scramble to top. Return via Carn Mor Dearg arete.
scatface - Lead - 27/Apr/11 with pepette

Ben Sharp - Lead - 26/Apr/11 with Colin

Beautiful day for a quick ascent. For a Mod the two steep pitches are good value!!! particularly with all the crampon scratches. Never dull!
Moonstone Hippy - Solo - 22/Apr/11

fall-line - Lead O/S - 14/Apr/11 with dad

Hidden - Apr/11

Hidden - Solo - 26/Mar/11

Hidden - 2011

Hidden - 2011

An amazing route, especially as my first winter climb, and first mountain route. Some ice and a dusting of snow - axes and crampons in places. Beautiful still clear day. Descended #4 Gully.
mhowie - 2nd - 24/Oct/10 with Nathan

Hidden - 23/Oct/10

dhjunkie - AltLd - 23/Oct/10 with Pricey

Stuzz - Solo O/S - 01/Sep/10

Down climbed at the end of the day, up observatory and tower ridges and down north east buttress in between.
tallthinmonkey - Solo O/S - 25/Aug/10 with Ben Wallace

John Tanner - Solo O/S - 21/Aug/10 with Tom Maidwell, Jonny Pearson

JamesRoddie - Solo - Aug/10

Hidden - Solo O/S - 10/Jul/10

Hidden - AltLd - Jul/10

holly138 - Solo - 26/Jun/10 with Dale, Lundy, Lyndsey MacKay

Scrambling with a few sections of easy climbing
Big Lee - Solo O/S - 18/Jun/10

Good scrambling and some decent mod pitches. Solo'd mostly, watch out for a tricky pitch after a very loose section before the ridge. Extremely atmospheric, especially once the ridge is gained. Watch out for deer on the approach!
crazy pierre - 2nd O/S - 15/Jun/10 with Lisa Wilkes, Steve Hanley, Paul Ireland, Rory Juss

I don't think we could have took the right way, seemed alot harder than mod.
frume - Solo O/S - 15/Jun/10 with Andy Edwards, Rory Juss

Hidden - Solo - 15/Jun/10

Got very lost!
amy - 12/Jun/10 with Dave Farnell

Seemed a bit hard for a moderate or maybe I'm getting crap. Enjoyable with good views. 4 hrs with much faffing.
halfaseesaw - AltLd - 05/Jun/10 with absolutebeginner

absolutebeginner - AltLd - 05/Jun/10 with halfaseesaw

Graham Westbrook - Solo - Jun/10

mjackson - Solo - Jun/10

colinthrelfall - 2010

stephenmckenzie - Solo O/S - 15/Sep/09 with Mike Cross

Perfect weather again, harder than expected.
Fiskavaig - Solo - 12/Sep/09 with Paul R

2010_graham - 2nd O/S - 26/Jul/09 with Wendell M

Hidden - Solo - 11/Jul/09

Hidden - 2nd - 11/Jul/09

bigbobbyking - AltLd - 11/Jul/09 with jacob davies

Choss Weasel - 2nd O/S - 11/Jul/09 with Matt, Daryl and Jules

Bailed half way up - scrambled into North Castle Gully to descend
Moonstone Hippy - Solo - 05/Jul/09 with Wes

Nice climb - turned a bit wet and greasy later on in the day.
TerryB - Lead β - 13/Jun/09

TerryB - Lead O/S - 13/Jun/09 with Mark F

Wet and snowing at times. Roped up for one short pitch.
HIGHTOWER - Solo - 06/Jun/09 with Ben C

Very wet and windy
joeydurkin - AltLd rpt - 06/Jun/09 with Pricey

BUZZ1984 - Lead rpt - Jun/09 with Ian Mckenzie, Stephen

Did 2 short pitches. Continued on to the summit and then back to the NF car park via the Carn Mor Dearg Arete
david0811 - AltLd O/S - 31/May/09 with Mairi Nelson

gareth scott borthwick - Solo - 14/May/09

Lots of snow but not quite winter conditions, didn't use crampons.
oliverk - AltLd - 10/May/09 with Michael

Hidden - Solo O/S - May/09

Hidden - 14/Apr/09

jonnie3430 - Lead O/S - 14/Apr/09 with Don

Hidden - Solo - 14/Apr/09

Hidden - Solo - 14/Apr/09

Blisco - 12/Apr/09 with Richard Lizzimore, Simon Waters

A mass ascent done late on Friday after walking up to the CIC hut for the weekend. Snow and ice looked dodgy so did this in summer condition (i.e. it rained most of the way). Climbing wet rock in scarpa vegas is interesting.
Will Smith - 10/Apr/09 with Rob, Matt, Andy, Carmen, Simon

after walk in to hut, no snow bit wet in places, fun (descent horrid)
lithos - Solo - 10/Apr/09 with simon + carmen, will, matt and andy

After slogging up to the CIC hut with enough food for a month. In summer conditions, ie wet rock, and it snowed near the top. Good fun.
Simon Caldwell - Solo - 10/Apr/09 with Carmen, Rob, Will, Matt, Andy

Julesthe1st - Solo O/S - Apr/09 with Tom

davidellis53 - Mar/09

rossn - 2009

daftdazza - 2nd - 2009

Brendan - AltLd O/S - Aug/08

joeydurkin - 2nd - 31/May/08 with Steve Campball, Tim

Hidden - 02/Jan/08

giknockerpod - 2nd O/S - Dec/07

Hidden - 23/Jun/07

Twine ropes in Winter Boots. Summer condition - no need for ice gear.
ian_tintin - AltLd O/S - 28/Apr/07 with Ian Pamplin

CurlyStevo - Lead - 2007

easers - Oct/06

latitude - AltLd - 14/May/06 with Kate Drugan

Alastair MacSween - Solo - 13/May/06 with Andy Ingram, Graham Hunter, Phil Warriner

solo'd all but the nose and arete - two short pitches led by Graeme.
andy hunter - Solo - Sep/05 with Graeme

malky_c - Sep/05

Sandman55555 - Solo O/S - 20/Aug/05

abbeywall - Solo - 14/May/05 with K

Hidden - Solo - 14/May/05

akhughes - Solo - 2005

Captain Solo - Solo - 30/Oct/04

The climb before the injury that ruined my leg
Nevis_Ben - 2nd O/S - 05/Oct/03

lawrenceK - May/03

Alastair MacSween - Solo - 08/Jun/02

luckyjim - Solo - Sep/00

Hidden - 2000

Part of a big day soloing. Up NEB, down Tower then up Castle. Top day :-)
220bpm - Solo - 15/May/99

Hidden - Solo O/S - 1999

honestman - 08/Jul/95

Had done before in 60's
David Smith - Lead rpt - Aug/84 with Margaret Smith, Graeme Smith

nigehughes - AltLd - Jan/83 with Pete Kay

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Total votes cast 53
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D0 of 27
easy D9 of 27
hard M14 of 27
M4 of 27
easy M0 of 27
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Style of ascent

Soloed57 of 138 (41.3%)
Lead15 of 138 (10.9%)
Followed11 of 138 (8.0%)
Alt Leads21 of 138 (15.2%)
Unknown34 of 138 (24.6%)

'Climbed'96 of 138 (69.6%)
clean O/S37 of 138 (26.8%)
clean β1 of 138 (0.7%)
clean rpt4 of 138 (2.9%)