Several ice pitches with easy ground in between. Approach from Lairigh Ghru Great views to Braeriach. Mostly ice screw protection. Grade III when banked out, IV when in lean and icy condition (which often occur after strong, cold westerly gales).

ClimberDateStyle
steveP 04/Mar AltLd

Two good ice pitches. Weather not so great...

joe king 04/Mar AltLd O/S
with steveP
mcglenr25 03/Mar 2nd O/S
with Matthew Jackson
nickdonohue 01/Mar 2nd

A mild day (bottom pitch not in condition and bypassed by easy snow on the right) but 2 nice ice pitches led by Tom.

with Tom Lawfield
Smith42 28/Feb AltLd

Four good ice pitches in the sun!

Tim Rodgers 28/Feb AltLd
Hidden 28/Feb AltLd
alan.rodger 27/Feb AltLd

Much credit to Gerhard on cruxes.

morsg 27/Feb AltLd

Ice protection still good, but melting in the sunshine.

Mr. K 27/Feb AltLd O/S

300m of ice climbing under blue skies with no wind, wearing t shirts and sunglasses! An amazing experience, this route deserves ***. We did five roped pitches and soloed the final pitch to the top, bypassing a small icefall. I lead pitch 1 & 3, Masa lead 2 & 4 and Elinor did her first Winter lead on pitch 5. For pitch 4 we took the right-hand branch and climbed a steep, slender ice pitch at a bold grade V. The rest of the route felt fair at III, plenty of easy ground between steeper ice sections. Another team that took the left-hand branch having backed off the thin ice pillar found a brilliant section of ice tucked away out of sight. I'd recommend going left at the top.

Hidden 27/Feb AltLd
Andrew Lodge 27/Feb AltLd O/S

Fantastic climbing most of the way but the ice turned to sugar near the top which made it interesting, led P2 and P5.

with Tony, Steve
Tony Ryland 27/Feb AltLd

Scary lead on left fork 5th pitch on thin ice covered rocks that looked like a candelabra Good ice in places

masa-alpin 27/Feb AltLd dog

Kyle lead P1, 3, Elinor did P5, and I did P2 an P4. We took the RH branch, and the crux pillar was thin with 20cm thick at the bottom. I took a fall at the no-fall zone, as I hadn't placed any screw on the fragile pillar, and was only saved by a lanyard… It was more like VI, 5 on this day's condition. But, still… I paid the toll of focusing only mixed climbing in the last couple of years.

with Elinor, Kyle
FlamehairedFrodo 27/Feb AltLd
Mike-W-99 26/Feb AltLd O/S

In 5 pitches with a snow plod to the top, led even ones. A good route with some fine situations.

with Fiona
Fiona Reid 26/Feb AltLd O/S

5 pitches then soloed the top snowy section. Led odd pitches. Route in great condition. Pitch 5 was excellent, 2 & 4 weren't bad either. Lovely weather and no wind.

with Mike
Hidden 25/Feb AltLd O/S
Hidden 25/Feb AltLd
davidswannn 24/Feb AltLd

Ice varied between crud and bullet hard. Nice crux just out from first belay. Loads of protection avalable though. A descent IV.

with James McMeekin
Hidden 24/Feb AltLd O/S
Steve Perry 23/Feb Lead O/S

Lead all pitches in brilliant nick, the last icefall is quality though the lower ones are very good too. Feels more IV than III

with Emilia
Hidden 23/Feb 2nd dog
Hidden 23/Feb 2nd O/S
Hidden 21/Feb Solo O/S
andybroadway 17/Feb AltLd O/S
Bob1984 17/Feb AltLd
with Andrew Broadway
Davie.G 16/Feb AltLd O/S
Hidden 04/Feb 2nd
Mike Roger ??/2016 AltLd
ColdAndWet 03/Mar/15 AltLd
with Jeremy Windsor
jon59 25/Feb/15 Lead

More snow than on north gully yesterday, first ice pitch very delicate with the next not in condition today, this can be turned on the right. The third and forth ice pitches are long (20m) and great value at grade 3+.

Meinertzhagen 25/Feb/15 2nd
with Jon Evans
djwall 18/Feb/15 AltLd
andrzej kierzek 17/Feb/15 Lead O/S

Lead all pitches. Last step was OK. Lower sections were thin and wet

arose 14/Feb/15 Lead

Marginal. Very sugary low down but the main pitch was awesome.

with Claire Hoolohan, Hannah Francis
Rebeccaneal 14/Feb/15 2nd
Tightsgirl 14/Feb/15 2nd
Hidden 14/Feb/15 2nd
Parkie 08/Feb/15 AltLd

Good condition, glad thankful to whoever had kicked a bucket foothold on the steepest pitch. Great weather, too hot at times and glad of shade at one point.

with Andy B
Liam Ingram 08/Feb/15 AltLd O/S

Baking in the sun. I thought the ice was a bit cruddy and melty in places but apparently it was just me....

catrin289 08/Feb/15 AltLd O/S

Sunny and warm!

shaunhumphreys 07/Feb/15 AltLd O/S
franhammond92 07/Feb/15 AltLd O/S

Great day out. Fat ice and fun moves. Lead P2

pete1993 07/Feb/15 AltLd O/S

excellent route, really good ice, led the main ice pitch at the top which was good, sustained but no particular hard move

with Shaun, Fran
aljones91 05/Feb/15 AltLd

Awesome route some steep sections felt harder than 3! loved it

with Ben hester
Hidden ?/Feb/15 AltLd
gripped01 31/Jan/15 Lead

Teaching

with Andy Grieves
baileyswalk 24/Jan/15 Lead O/S

Two nice ice pitches, more like grade IV in current conditions. Soloed the rest.

with Jack
johnkeith 22/Jan/15 2nd

Turned out to be a fine day. Top pitch climbed in sunshine - though a bit melty! 2 ice pitches felt steep and long for a Grade 3.

with Michael Sandison
Hidden 17/Jan/15 AltLd O/S
SWalls 17/Jan/15 AltLd
Hidden 17/Jan/15 AltLd
Colin Dyer 25/Mar/14 AltLd

Very good route with great views and several good ice pitches. Recommended.

with Paul Reilly
SkylarLobdell 09/Mar/14 -

Walked in ambitiously hoping the ice would still be in, we were wrong. Everything is gone, just flowing water over the rocks. Started up the snow field and quickly bailed left onto the buttress to escape the spray. Scrambled up the left-hand buttress to the summit. Warm and wet.

with Joe
justaddpowder 05/Mar/14 Lead dnf

walk in and out with strong winds. Did not climb due to very poor snow conditions and lots of ice melt. Climbed out of valley up a horrible loose scramble

with Nathan Robbins, Caroline Milree, Keiran O' (K'dog)
Tarquin 04/Mar/14 -

RAF MR Winter Course

John Roe 03/Mar/14 Lead
with Will Jabore, Alex Fitzpatrick
brighters 03/Mar/14 AltLd O/S

First ice step was chossy with difficult to place screws. Second ice step was glorious and solid, with screw placements very good. Beautiful route in good weather.

alastairbegley 02/Mar/14 2nd O/S

Lower two ice steps were rotten, middle step was good as was the top section. Great neve all the way when not on ice. http://www.masterplan-mountaineering.co.uk/2014/03/central-gully-lurchers-crag/

Slick 02/Mar/14 Lead
Egons Issy 02/Mar/14 2nd
with Alastair Begley, Richard Nicholson
Hidden 01/Mar/14 AltLd O/S
Pete-West88 01/Mar/14 AltLd O/S
with Joel P
michaelb1 01/Mar/14 AltLd

Wonderful day out. A long route, 9 pitches

troybison 01/Mar/14 AltLd
Ewan Russell 28/Feb/14 AltLd O/S
with gwen
mr_drains 27/Feb/14 AltLd O/S

Bottom ice pitch not in nick, Top ice pitch was in great nick but time was against us so by-passed, I'll take a grade II. topped out to gorgeous sunset over sron an lairige but howling wind and squall on lurchers. Great day.

with The Defecator
drsdave 23/Feb/14 2nd

lll/lV with ice pitches. walk in via the Charlamaine gap

with Phil B, Mat
Brucemacrosson 22/Feb/14 Solo

Thick ice & neve. Lovely nick. No loose snow or cornice.

with Simon Opit
philboy 22/Feb/14 AltLd

Good condition

with Dave, matt g
Hidden 22/Feb/14 AltLd
RM199 22/Feb/14 AltLd O/S

Moved together. Could be climbed at grade 3 of 4, we chose grade 4 option

joeallen28 22/Feb/14 Lead O/S

Bit windy at the top! in my novice opinion the ice was in good enough nick. What a great day out!

Hidden 22/Feb/14 AltLd
Hidden 20/Feb/14 AltLd O/S
Lawrie Brand 19/Feb/14 AltLd O/S

Very banked out, took a rib above last icefall on the right to add interest, at about tech 4/5

with Joe Beagly
adam 24 16/Feb/14 Lead O/S

I think I did the left hand finish of this route, but am not totally sure.

Webster 12/Feb/14 AltLd O/S

found the right gully this time! first ice step wasnt great so romped up the neve to the right (which is the more natural gully line anyway!) two main ice steps rather banked out so at the lower end of the grade and all intervening snow was good firm neve. would give it 1 star

Hidden 12/Feb/14 -
jon59 09/Feb/14 Lead

First two pitches up the gully hard work due to snow conditions, ice is good on both ice falls although gear was hard won.

Zoomer 19/Jan/14 Lead O/S

Rain on approach, met a team who backed off. Carried on to 'investigate'. Bottom ice pitch gone, 2nd doable -ish, two chicken shoots avoid these. Roped up for last ice pitch wet but thick, short but stiff for III.

adrian williams 19/Jan/14 2nd O/S
MrRiley 17/Jan/14 AltLd O/S

Stunning weather despite the forecast and nice to find this in reasonable nick. First ice pitch thin but entertaining, second hollow and scary, third fat and blue. A bit too much easy ground to really justify lots of stars though!

Rickrick 17/Jan/14 -
Debbie Lee 17/Jan/14 AltLd
with Ric, Dave Riley
gavmac 10/Jan/14 Lead
with Kyle MacKay
Hidden 09/Feb/13 2nd
Andy Hewison 09/Feb/13 AltLd O/S

Good Route, 4 ice pitches, last one was grade IV but short. Good belays (mainly ice). Ice was good but starting to drip later in the day. Well recommended.

with Iain Robertson
fire_munki 07/Feb/13 2nd O/S
with Al Halewood
morsy 02/Feb/13 AltLd

two good pitches and lots of easy ground. started up an easy introductory gully which arrived at the rhs of the first good pitch-looking at pictures think there's a lower pitch which wasn't well formed today

with peter berwick
Pete23 02/Feb/13 AltLd
with Stephen Mors
markwarner ?/Jan/13 -
tim20 ??/2013 -
justaddpowder 21/Dec/12 AltLd

Right top pitch on 10m ice fall Fell on ice screw

with Leo
Webster 16/Dec/12 AltLd O/S

ice was melting but still pretty thick and plenty good enough for ice screws. lead second ice pitch, moved together through easy mid section. took the right fork at the top which had a short steep ice fall of about grade IV

steve-grigg 16/Dec/12 AltLd O/S
nowler 05/Feb/12 AltLd
with hamish i
guy757 04/Feb/12 Lead
Steven Andrews 07/Jan/12 AltLd O/S

Three big ice pitches, the bottom one being pretty thin and the top one defineately warrantling IV. Fun place to get out of the wind.

with Arjan
Callum Anderson ??/2012 -
kenneM 19/Dec/11 AltLd
with Steve Crosby-Jones, Steve Marner
freemanTom 14/Feb/11 Solo

Jedi Solo. Rubbish snow and ice conditions apart from short icy groove on the righthand gully near the top. Avoided early ice pitch as looking really thin. Route we swam up worth about II.

size9hex 14/Feb/11 Solo O/S

Not the best conditions, but a good day on a safe-ish route when the northern corries were avalancing. Avoided the lower icefall (wasn't there), swam up deep snow, and climbed a good ice chimney near the top. Probably worth grade II in this condition.

Captain Solo 12/Feb/11 Solo

Still hanging in there despite sun starting to hit it. Turned into a beautiful day and apart from a few walkers heading for Braeriach not another soul around. Can only imagine the carnage going on that is Sneachda on a Saturday.

mikedelderfield 06/Feb/11 AltLd O/S

50% ice, 50% water

ste_d 05/Feb/11 AltLd O/S
with mik
Hidden 30/Jan/11 Lead O/S
Hidden 30/Jan/11 AltLd O/S
John Workman 09/Jan/11 2nd
with Apprentice
Hidden 09/Jan/11 AltLd
hedgehog77 07/Jan/11 2nd
Hidden 05/Jan/11 AltLd O/S
Mr.Billiams 03/Jan/11 AltLd
with Tom
PAJames ??/2011 -
Hidden ??/2011 -
Hidden ??/2011 -
Hidden 13/Feb/10 AltLd
Hidden ?/Feb/10 AltLd
Hidden 11/Jan/10 -
nicjbuk 28/Jan/09 AltLd
Hidden 19/Jan/08 Lead O/S
dthomson 12/Jan/08 -
with pete mayhew
JdotP 12/Jan/08 Lead O/S

A big day out! Lovely weather.

with Nicholas Dominelli Whiteley
tallthinmonkey ?/Jan/08 Lead O/S

Awesome and quiet. Good choice if northern corries are stuffed

with Ewan Paterson
Ander 07/Jan/03 AltLd
Hidden ??/2001 Lead
Hidden ??/2001 Solo
Tarquin ??/1999 -
Hidden ?/Jan/98 2nd O/S
nickdonohue 19/Mar/96 AltLd
with Caley Latham
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