South-West Ridge** IV 5
[Dave O' Brien on South-West Ridge, 1 kb]180m, 5 pitches. Upgraded to IV,5 in the latest SMC Scottish Winter Climbs guide. First Pitch (which can be avoided by going gully and following groove) and last pitch hardest.
J.Y.MacDonald, H.W.Turnbull Mar/1934

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This climb is in 141 logbooks, and on 11 wishlists.

dakidunn - AltLd - 15/Apr/15 with Julian Goddard

Absolutely superb, good runners and belays. One very hard section
michaelb1 - AltLd - 02/Apr/15 with M Tighe

Jordangask - 2nd - 24/Mar/15

mark-abz - 2nd - 02/Mar/15 with Michael B, Matt S

robin8234 - AltLd - 01/Mar/15

Peter Metcalfe - AltLd - 28/Feb/15 with Katie Frances, Pete Glasper

K Mckay - AltLd O/S - 28/Feb/15 with Pete Metcalfe, Pete Glasper

Shaw Brown - AltLd - 21/Feb/15 with Loz

Hidden - 2nd O/S - 19/Feb/15

First route on the Ben!
Stani49 - 2nd - 17/Feb/15 with Francis Blunt

guy757 - 03/Feb/15

Hidden - 2nd - 03/Feb/15

Hidden - 2nd - 03/Feb/15

ADConway - 2nd O/S - 03/Feb/15 with David Nichols

Hidden - 2nd O/S - 03/Feb/15

stephen ashworth - AltLd - Feb/15 with Jack southward

SamHallam - 2nd - 27/Jan/15

pamvdb17 - 2nd - 25/Jan/15 with Ollie

oliverk - Lead O/S - 24/Jan/15 with Pam

Hidden - AltLd O/S - 24/Jan/15

BnB - 20/Jan/15

Hidden - 2nd - 18/Jan/15

Hidden - 2nd O/S - 18/Jan/15

Timothy Miller - AltLd O/S - 17/Jan/15

John McKenna - AltLd O/S - 17/Jan/15 with Timothy Miller

mjsmith1973 - 2nd - 17/Jan/15 with S.Ritson, C.Marlow

Hidden - Lead O/S - 03/Jan/15

aebewick - 2nd O/S - 2015

adie84 - 2015

plain kitten - 2015

Fantastic little gem. Great for when is a a bit wild higher up. Some tricky steps but nothing desperate
A Crook - AltLd O/S - 13/Dec/14 with Neil Griffiths

Delightful. Right choice for a grotty day.
NeilGriffiths - AltLd - 13/Dec/14 with Adam

Direct start will be hard until there is some more consolidation so we gained the ridge from the ramp up West Gully. First tech 4 lead. A wee bit spicy without the use of frozen turf or neve, but good hooks all the way so not much bother.
Nath93 - AltLd O/S - 08/Dec/14

first route of the season
connor - AltLd O/S - 08/Dec/14

with nathan
connor - AltLd - Dec/14

Hidden - 29/Mar/14

colenn - 24/Mar/14 with Liam Brophy, Rob Noone

rob87n - 24/Mar/14 with Colm ennis, Liam Brophy

Andrew Holden - 2nd - 23/Mar/14

Poor conditions of rising temperatures, rain and high gusting winds meant options very limited for 4th day of guided climbing based at CIC hut. Route only just in condition - semi-frozen turf with numerous loose blocks. Tricky move exiting short chimney on last pitch. Descent from Douglas Boulder via abseil to Douglas Gap and further abseil down top half of East Gully.
LogieNick - 2nd - 20/Mar/14 with Glenmore Lodge Ice & Mixed Climbing Ben Nevis

davebrox - Lead - 18/Mar/14

Hidden - Lead O/S - 07/Mar/14

Hidden - Lead O/S - 06/Mar/14

mzchambers - AltLd O/S - 03/Mar/14 with Will R

Scott Rankin - AltLd - 03/Mar/14 with Martin Mckenna

Martin McKenna - UKC - AltLd O/S - 03/Mar/14 with Scott Rankin

Lots of snow covering most of the holds.
Stuart Wildman - 2nd - 01/Mar/14 with Neil

Hidden - Lead - 24/Feb/14

Melty ice and snow. Backed off.
LJC - 19/Feb/14 with Rich, Little Ben

Hidden - 2nd O/S - 17/Feb/14

Hidden - AltLd O/S - 16/Feb/14

Started at the groove/crack next to the West Gully - tech 6 (Yuki's hardest climb so far), at least today. The rest was V, 4 - technically not hard, but sparse and hard-gained protections. It took 1 hour from the CIC hut just to get to the starting point of P1, primarily because of the deep powder snow. Starting after 2pm meant we finished climbing in the dark in 4 pitches in total. Abbed off all the way to the foot of East Gully.
masa-alpin - Lead O/S - 11/Feb/14 with Yuki S

2010_graham - AltLd O/S - 09/Feb/14 with Olle K

Sideways into it and finished the Route. Lots of snow.
olekemi - AltLd O/S - 08/Feb/14 with Iain M, Graham D

Hidden - 2nd - 08/Feb/14

Good interesting climbing all the way. Wasn't 180m, probably 120m
SUColdo - AltLd - 04/Feb/14 with DStrawbridge

Hidden - Lead O/S - 04/Feb/14

good climb, snow wasn't great. Fun climb though.
DStrawbridge - AltLd - 04/Feb/14 with colin

Loads of (good) snow. Start was banked out, probably a fair bit easier than usual.
RKernan - Lead - 03/Feb/14 with Kora Przybyszewska

magik_bob - 2nd - 03/Feb/14

Hidden - 2nd - 29/Jan/14

wild day on the ben good safe option
phil64 - Lead rpt - 20/Jan/14

Really nice route. Bomber neve and good pro. Topped out and then down climbed back to ab point.
Andrew Sloan - AltLd O/S - 19/Jan/14 with Steve Grove

Hidden - 19/Jan/14

Loads of Snow. Saw some big avalanches in Number 3 Gully
arose - Lead - 12/Jan/14 with Alfie Tipler

Phill_ Thompson - AltLd - 11/Jan/14 with Richard Abell, Lucy Prins

Hidden - 2nd O/S - 01/Jan/14

With Stu, powder tastic wading, nice route though, good choice for a poor weather day.
Brannock - Lead O/S - 01/Jan/14

Hidden - 2nd - 20/Dec/13

Hidden - AltLd - 19/Mar/13

Harry Holmes - Solo O/S - 17/Mar/13

Started up the groove, avoiding P1. Douglas Gully W was a bit avalanchey and absolutely choked with powder.
Roberttaylor - Lead O/S - 17/Mar/13 with Thijs Lubbers

Done it before but this time conditions made it a different proposition, a lot harder! Weather came in as predicted in the afternoon, got pretty grim. Chris did a heroic job getting us off the top, hairy! Hard work getting back to the hut ok from there. Three folk didn't, in the summit shelter until helo'd of 14:00hrs!!
mikehenesy - Lead β - Mar/13 with Chris Lodge

Upward spindrift kind of day.
Tim Sparrow - AltLd - 10/Feb/13 with Geoff Thomas

Hidden - 2nd O/S - 06/Feb/13

flett53 - AltLd - Feb/13

greglad - Feb/13

The Bad Cough - AltLd O/S - 29/Jan/13 with Mark Booker

Hidden - AltLd O/S - 29/Jan/13

GaryK - AltLd O/S - 29/Jan/13 with Andy Cave

Hidden - AltLd - 15/Jan/13

dav_713 - 15/Jan/13 with Davie Scott

Hidden - AltLd - 14/Jan/13

took a fall after some 'turf' ripped. must be more careful! shaken but not broken so we abbed off
Neil Mackenzie - AltLd dnf - 27/Dec/12 with jamsey

Very good climb, nice one to get back into the swing of things. First winter route this season!
010paw - 2nd O/S - 15/Dec/12 with Guy Stephens, calum mcphee

Marcus led P1, I did 2 and 3
libby.southgate - AltLd O/S - 01/Dec/12 with Marcus Peabody

Nice route for a day low down the mountain.
Northern Mountain Monkey - 03/Apr/12

Hidden - 2nd - 10/Feb/12

Hidden - 2nd - 07/Feb/12

Hidden - AltLd dnf - 05/Feb/12

nice route, makes for a good short day if energy levels are low
robertmichaeladams - AltLd - 30/Jan/12 with Lawrence

wence - AltLd O/S - 30/Jan/12 with Rob

guy757 - AltLd - 29/Jan/12

Hidden - Lead - 29/Jan/12

Andy lead what we thought was going to be a IV/V but it was more like a III/IV maybe? We missed out the first bit though,Guy and Ade reconed that bit was pretty tasty. Lovely climbing though, and performed as a collective! Us three, Guy Ade and Lloydy and Bill.
mikehenesy - 2nd O/S - 29/Jan/12 with andybrown114, Bobby Pearson

Hidden - Lead dnf - Jan/12

Hidden - Lead - 14/Mar/11

Proper Scottish winter day out! Great route for the conditions, but busy!
Elsier - AltLd O/S - 12/Mar/11 with Keith

great route. skipped the first pitch by starting further up the gully.
KeithAlexander - AltLd O/S - 12/Mar/11 with Elsier

Hidden - 2nd O/S - 09/Mar/11

Tim Sparrow - AltLd - 21/Feb/11 with Pete Robinson

Hidden - Lead - 16/Feb/11

Hidden - AltLd O/S - 14/Feb/11

Hidden - AltLd - 14/Feb/11

rylett - 2nd - 10/Feb/11 with Paul Knowles

Hidden - 2nd O/S - 07/Feb/11

chmckay - 2nd - 30/Jan/11 with Graham Boistelle

Pitch 1 only- spindriftastic!
IanMcC - Lead - 23/Jan/11 with ade

Hidden - 2011

PAJames - 2011

Started via gully. Lots of powder on route so lots of searching round for good hooks. Last moves the most dificult, having to use tiny edges
Jimmy1976 - 2nd O/S - 04/Apr/10 with Kenny

IJHunt - 2nd O/S - Mar/10

WilliamBurnside - AltLd - 28/Feb/10 with Robert Manby

mikelaing - 2nd - Jan/10 with Ian Whitehead

Hidden - 2010

thebat - AltLd - 13/Dec/09 with Ontour

Scary Descent
joeydurkin - AltLd O/S - 29/Mar/09 with Dave Gleave

Interesting all the way
t_stork - AltLd - 28/Mar/09 with Andy Ruck

An excellend day in por conditions
John Roe - Lead - 10/Mar/09 with Ant Downing

Rusty led me & Adam on 2 half ropes.
kleky - 2nd O/S - Mar/09 with MRT Valley: Rusty

Hidden - Lead - Mar/09

peebles boy - 2nd - Mar/09

Great route, an interesting combination of rock and winter climbing. Led the 1st pitch. The route is nowhere near 180m as per the guidebook! We thought it was more like 120m.
Ken Applegate - AltLd - 05/Feb/09 with Dave Kirby, Alex Wheldon

During the Kimber week
critchlg - 2nd O/S - 28/Jan/09 with Spike

rob1 - AltLd O/S - 24/Jan/09 with Neil Loydon

Hidden - AltLd - 15/Dec/08

The Bad Cough - AltLd O/S - 07/Apr/08 with John Nesbitt

Hidden - AltLd O/S - 28/Mar/08

Sandy P - AltLd - 21/Mar/08 with LukeO

Pete lead all pitches.
sasmojo - 2nd - 08/Mar/08 with Pete (WCMG), Jamie Evans

Martyn - 2nd O/S - Mar/08 with James Williams

dustbuddy - Lead O/S - 05/Feb/08 with Paul

MarkDavies36 - Lead O/S - 2008

glaramara - Lead - 01/Jul/07 with m clerk

Hidden - AltLd - 20/Jan/07

tubby two - AltLd - 2004 with Colm

NickJH - Lead O/S - Feb/00

akhughes - 2000

graeme gatherer - 2000

Hidden - AltLd O/S - Feb/99

Hidden - Lead - 1999

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