The Pumpkin*** V 4
[Unknown climbers on The pumpkin, Creag Meagaidh, 3 kb]260m, 5 pitches. (NOTE: Route may vary depending on conditions!)

P1: Ascend the steepening icy ramp for 40 meters to a 80 degree six meter icewall. Scoot over this and left to belay 10 meters back on wires and a rusty peg at the lower and smaller of two roofs (60m).

P2: Traverse right from belay and attack a short steep bulge to gain a 45 degree snow slope. move up this for 30 meters or so to another wire belay at the back of the scoop (50m).

P3/4/5: Move up and left to the foot of a really nice 60/70 ramp. Belay at the top (50m... ish), or continue round the corner where you might be able to see the summit cornice and up the first snow field passing small buttress on right (50m), and then up to the second snow slope to the top (50m).

Ticklists: Cold Climbs, 3 star Scottish winter.

Photo: Unknown climbers on The pumpkin, Creag Meagaidh © PaulCunningham
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This climb is in 210 logbooks, and on 61 wishlists.

Great mountaineering day out, very alpine.
andyinglis - Solo O/S - 21/Mar/15

In 5 pitches, lead 2, 3 and 5. First pitch is a cracker!
alexm198 - AltLd O/S - 16/Mar/15 with Oli Giles

Great route! Climbed the first corner in one pitch, this however involved 5m of moving together to reach the belay. This was with 50m ropes so there must be some depth of snow at the bottom - we were expecting the corner to be 90m according to our guide. The cornice was easy.
Robertgiddy - Lead - 14/Mar/15

DundeeDave - AltLd O/S - 14/Feb/15 with Ewan Gourlay

Rhys lead first pitch that is the main interesting bit of the climb, the rest is ok but a nice line nonetheless.
Murilo Lessa - AltLd O/S - 08/Feb/15 with Rhys Macallister

Hidden - 2nd O/S - 22/Apr/13

Hidden - 2nd dnf - 13/Apr/13

Peter Holder - Lead O/S - 10/Apr/13 with lewis fraser

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

markwarner - AltLd - 08/Apr/13

keithlambley - AltLd - 06/Apr/13 with Kate R

Hidden - AltLd O/S - 04/Apr/13

First pitch bold. Take lots of screws.
Ste Ridd - AltLd - 04/Apr/13 with M.Sadler

First pitch is long with screw belays at bottom and top. Take lots of scews unless you are feeling bold.
Stuart Johnston - AltLd O/S - 31/Mar/13 with Adam Ryan, Dave Cowell

adam 24 - AltLd O/S - 30/Mar/13

machars - AltLd - 29/Mar/13 with matt

Matthew Robinson - AltLd - 29/Mar/13 with Graeme

shugsan - AltLd O/S - 29/Mar/13 with Tom B

Good conditions throughout
team fat belly - 29/Mar/13 with Euan

Excellent conditions. Rach led the crux first pitch, which had a particularly steep section just below the belay.
Hoyes - AltLd O/S - 29/Mar/13 with Rachel B

P1 - me, P2 - J. Brilliant
Batt - AltLd - 29/Mar/13 with James Hoyes

Oliver Sherman - AltLd O/S - 29/Mar/13 with Hugh Thomas

Hidden - Lead - 27/Mar/13

Hidden - AltLd O/S - 23/Mar/13

Hidden - Lead rpt - 17/Mar/13

davesa - AltLd - 16/Mar/13

Hidden - AltLd - 13/Mar/13

Dougbart - 13/Mar/13 with Iain

Hidden - Lead - 11/Mar/13

Hidden - Lead O/S - 11/Mar/13

dav_713 - AltLd - 11/Mar/13 with Davie Scott

John Roe - Lead - 10/Mar/13 with Brian Smith (Kinloss)
radioshed - AltLd O/S - 10/Mar/13 with Marnoch, dave s

Brian Smith 84 - 2nd - 10/Mar/13 with John Roe

David Stevens - AltLd O/S - 10/Mar/13 with Marnoch Hamillton-Jones, Matt Craig

mhamiltonj - AltLd O/S - 10/Mar/13 with Mathew C, David Stevens

Hidden - AltLd - 09/Mar/13

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

wee hippy - Lead - 05/Mar/13 with john jones

Stepped out but pretty slushy
joe_lancs - Lead - 03/Mar/13

sann1458 - AltLd O/S - 02/Mar/13

Hidden - AltLd O/S - 01/Mar/13

Tim Hamlet - AltLd - 01/Mar/13 with Pete Nellis

More like IV,4 on the day.
Andrew Barker - AltLd O/S - Mar/13 with Hannah

Led 1 (60m), P2-30m, then about 40m out
abbeywall - AltLd - 26/Feb/13 with K

Very hooked out. A bulge towards the end of the first pitch was tech 5.
Col Kingshott - Lead O/S - 26/Feb/13

Very easy for grade, probably IV,4
Jamie B - AltLd - 26/Feb/13 with Richard Gentry

Hidden - AltLd O/S - 25/Feb/13

Two long pitches in an hour.
akhughes - AltLd O/S - 25/Feb/13

Hidden - AltLd - 25/Feb/13

dan gibson - AltLd O/S - 25/Feb/13 with helen gibson

1st Scottish winter climb.. couldn't have asked for a more beautiful day.
Helen Gibson - AltLd O/S - 25/Feb/13 with dan

Stuzz - AltLd O/S - 25/Feb/13 with Gwilym

Hidden - Lead - 24/Feb/13

A superb day, first time to Meggie and what a route. Well stepped but still excellent. Led (with some simu climbing) 100m to our 1st belay. On the summit for 9.30, the cloud lifting for us to be basked in glorious sunshine. Down via the window to watch teams enjoying The Wand, Pumpkin and Staghorn while we had our lunch :)
petegunn - AltLd - 24/Feb/13 with Ash

In good nick, brilliant climb, good company, started in cloud, finished in sun, well worth a few stars.....
MadProfessor - 23/Feb/13 with Mr Wilson, Mr Vaughan

Hidden - 2nd - 23/Feb/13

Hidden - 23/Feb/13

Hidden - AltLd O/S - 23/Feb/13

adie84 - 23/Feb/13

Rob84 - AltLd O/S - 23/Feb/13 with Si Ashmore, Rob Adie

First time on a proper ice route-outstanding!
Adrianw - 2nd O/S - 23/Feb/13 with John Spencer, John Vaughan

Hidden - 2nd - 23/Feb/13

With Fi. T Blue sky day, now wind either, quite a number of teams ahead of us.
davebrox - Lead - 22/Feb/13

Me P1,3 Moved together,P5,to top. Fantastic(tho very stepped) Good fat ice,steep bulge before first belay.
tomshanti - AltLd O/S - 22/Feb/13 with Max Streeton

Bit badly hacked out but still good fun
Steven Andrews - AltLd O/S - 21/Feb/13 with Ben Tibbetts

Hooked and stepped but good fun.
Hannah Evans - AltLd - 21/Feb/13 with Andy Barker

freudy_love - AltLd O/S - 19/Feb/13 with Dave Douglas

Good day out on a classic route. Weather perfect. A bit stepped out and busy, but still an excellent day out.
Dave Douglas - AltLd O/S - 19/Feb/13 with Paul Freudenthal

peter neden - Lead - 19/Feb/13

Stewart Armstrong - AltLd - 19/Feb/13 with Peter Neden

luckyjim - AltLd - 16/Feb/13 with D Helm

greglad - 16/Feb/13

Hidden - AltLd - 12/Feb/13

Superb climb although not in 3* condition. Some good ice separated by cruddy snowy sections. Long day but a great achievement. Thanks to the guys that allowed us to go in front.
Sutty22 - 2nd - 08/Feb/13 with Rocio, Claire Roff

Great climbing with some nice company on the route.
lawrenceK - AltLd - 08/Feb/13

alpinebutterfly - 2nd - 08/Feb/13 with C Sutcliffe, R Siemens

Hidden - AltLd O/S - 07/Feb/13

gripped01 - AltLd - 02/Feb/13 with Rimon Than

Charlie Zephyr Booth - Lead - Feb/13 with michael kirby

Charlie Zephyr Booth - Lead O/S - Feb/13 with michael kirby

tjmillen - Lead - Feb/13 with Rachel

jamesturnbull - AltLd - Feb/13 with rich howells

ashpreston - 2013

BorisVBlade - AltLd O/S - 15/Feb/12 with Sam Thompson

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

Hidden - AltLd O/S - 13/Feb/12

Hidden - 2nd O/S - 13/Feb/12

In reasonable nick if a little sugary in places
Theeni - AltLd - 12/Feb/12 with Mike Kennedy

Good route, thawing today so not much in the way of reliable screws. Felt very straightforward for the grade. Certainly a 2 star route but in the SMC guidebook 4 stars!?
benclimbing - AltLd O/S - 12/Feb/12 with Dave Latimer

In pretty easy nick for grade V but a great little route.
kenneM - Lead O/S - 12/Feb/12 with Henry Crosby

Dave Latimer - AltLd O/S - Feb/12

Hidden - 2012

Hidden - 2012

Hidden - 2012

Melting and a bit thin but still good. Top of pitch 1 was crux.
Liam Ingram - AltLd O/S - 05/Mar/11 with Ondrej Mandula

Abit warm but was in pretty good condition - led P1
markfairbank - AltLd O/S - 05/Mar/11 with Paul Sheehan, Dave Brown

1st trip to Meagy, found conditions OK even after slight thaw. Lead P2.
Mountain Llama - AltLd - 05/Mar/11 with Mark & Paul

lovely evening solo whilst wmla candidates dug snowholes!!!!
phil64 - Solo - 01/Mar/11

Martin Haworth - AltLd O/S - 21/Feb/11 with Andy

A soft touch at grade V.
Andrew Sloan - AltLd rpt - 21/Feb/11

well travelled (do the direct start, it's nice)
simon_D - AltLd O/S - 20/Feb/11 with Neil Silver

tim newton - AltLd O/S - 20/Feb/11 with kev turner, lee leatherbarrow

samrad - AltLd O/S - 20/Feb/11 with tom livingstone

Tom Livingstone - Lead O/S - 20/Feb/11 with sam radcliffe

Hidden - Lead - 19/Feb/11

Led P1 and P3/4/5 (ran together). Excellent conditions despite sh*tty forecast. Massive cornice at the top but a large gap in it saved the day.
ruaidh - AltLd O/S - 19/Feb/11 with Luke

edmund94 - 2nd β - 19/Feb/11

Hidden - AltLd O/S - 17/Feb/11

Good conditions on a stunning day. Excellent route.
George Ormerod - AltLd O/S - 17/Feb/11 with Mark

myoung - AltLd O/S - 17/Feb/11

Roger Cruse - AltLd O/S - 17/Feb/11 with Kris

A very strong updraft combined with spindrift made this a bit of a battle. Climbed most of the 2nd pitch with my eyes shut! A very good route nontheless but really only IV,4.
Captain Solo - AltLd - 15/Feb/11 with Dave Kerr

Abed off after P1, as we were running late. There were loads of spindrift avalanches. The quality of P1 was excellent, though.
masa-alpin - Lead dnf - 13/Feb/11 with Matt P

Hidden - Feb/11

Luke lead p1 and p2, then retreated off insitu nut due to deteriorating ice conditions. Great climb up to that point!
msoldn - 2nd dnf - 31/Jan/11 with Luke

alkira - AltLd - 29/Jan/11 with J Finlay

Hidden - AltLd O/S - 25/Jan/11

tomdude - AltLd - 20/Jan/11 with joe dowsett

First winter route in 20 yrs. Fabulous day out, ace route. Kev led hard pitches.
Rich Kirby - AltLd O/S - 08/Jan/11 with Kev

Sweet classic climb... very sustained Ice ice ice! Got to stay in the smc rayburn hut as well good day out for sally's birthday. Second pich was the hardest
connor - AltLd O/S - 06/Jan/11 with willey

quality ice, brilliant route finished at sunset
Ollie B - AltLd O/S - 05/Jan/11 with J.Monypenny

Hidden - 2011

Timo Austino - 2011

Hidden - 2011

Hidden - 2011

newtonmore - AltLd - 2011

Hidden - 2011

Hidden - 2011

am_bodach - AltLd O/S - 14/Dec/10 with Niall Maclachlan

niall_mac - AltLd - 14/Dec/10 with am_bodach

Hidden - AltLd O/S - 14/Mar/10

Hidden - AltLd - 14/Mar/10

Stephen18 - AltLd O/S - 13/Mar/10

Hidden - AltLd O/S - 13/Mar/10

Hidden - AltLd O/S - 13/Mar/10

Hidden - 10/Mar/10

gripped01 - AltLd - Mar/10 with Mike Palmer

Hidden - AltLd O/S - Mar/10

John Roe - Lead - 23/Feb/10 with Gordon Henderson

John Pickles - AltLd O/S - 23/Feb/10 with Chris Harling

gordon henderson - 2nd O/S - 23/Feb/10 with John Roe

gregor - 22/Feb/10

Jen Crook - 2nd - 22/Feb/10 with Rob Patchett

AndyL - AltLd O/S - 21/Feb/10 with neil

Fucking Awesome weather, like an Alpine day, busy though, at least 2 party's ahead of us, came off i the dark!!
Tile Diver - Lead O/S - 20/Feb/10 with Rossi

steven - AltLd O/S - 20/Feb/10 with Simon Dawson

sdawson1 - AltLd O/S - 20/Feb/10 with swifty

Magic Alpine day. Incredible hoar crystals on the plateau. Pint owed to bloke who caught my dropped glove with his face!
NeilGriffiths - AltLd - 19/Feb/10 with Adam

Neil did the hard bits and I got the donkey work in the thigh deep powder :) Magical day
A Crook - AltLd O/S - 19/Feb/10 with Neil Griffiths

Rhys Jones - 18/Feb/10

Thefly - 18/Feb/10 with Stuart Rose, Rhys Jones, andy smith

Hidden - Lead - 18/Feb/10

Hidden - 14/Feb/10

Lots of ice, a delight to climb.
BenTiffin - AltLd - 14/Feb/10 with Dan Robinson

jazzyjackson - AltLd - 13/Feb/10 with Jimbob

twoplates - 2nd - 13/Feb/10 with dave sharpe

Wikid fat plastic ice. Lead the crux as my first grade V.
CurlyStevo - AltLd - 11/Feb/10 with Kenny

Hidden - AltLd O/S - 11/Feb/10

konacol - AltLd - 11/Feb/10 with Robert McMurray

Andy Moles - AltLd O/S - 08/Feb/10 with Chris, Neil

No chance of getting lonely or lost....well not til the summit! Walking on a bearing to the window shows that there are some seriously wonky compass's around!
Timo Austino - Lead - 08/Feb/10

Hidden - AltLd - 07/Feb/10

In fine condition and very easy at the grade just now. Steady 4
graeme gatherer - 07/Feb/10

Along with about a dozen others! Great conditions.
MonkeyDawson - Lead - 06/Feb/10 with Bob Foster

Hidden - 2nd O/S - 06/Feb/10

Hidden - Lead O/S - 06/Feb/10

Hidden - 2nd - 02/Feb/10

Hidden - 2nd - 01/Feb/10

Waited a long time to get started. Good conditions
uphillnow - Lead - Feb/10 with cath walton

Hidden - 2nd - Feb/10

Smith42 - AltLd - Feb/10

Hidden - Lead - Feb/10

Led pitches 2, 4 and 6/7. Did 5 pitches then moved together to the top. Enjoyable route, decent screw placements today.
niallk - AltLd O/S - 31/Jan/10 with Willie

Hidden - Lead - 31/Jan/10

TimPerkin - AltLd O/S - 29/Jan/10 with Chris Griffiths, Colin Beechey

morsy - AltLd - 24/Jan/10 with gerhard mors

sadams - AltLd - 23/Jan/10 with Eric Hildrew

Great route, and my first on Meagaidh. Although the guidebook suggests 300m and 7 pitches, we climbed it in 5 pitches (60m ropes) and reckon 270m.
Ken Applegate - AltLd - 21/Jan/10 with Scott Kirkhope

Hidden - 2010

mike.moss - Lead O/S - 2010

Jamie Simpson - 2009 with Andy Munro

bullwinkle - AltLd O/S - 19/Mar/08 with Sam

jamestheyip - AltLd O/S - 09/Apr/06 with Miguel Ciriza

Hidden - AltLd - 18/Mar/06

smac - AltLd O/S - Feb/03 with Colin Maclean

luckyjim - AltLd - Feb/03 with K Marsden

Hidden - Lead O/S - Mar/02

Chad123 - Jan/02 with Blonde Tom

kato'sdad - 2nd - 20/Feb/01 with Giles Trussel

Hidden - AltLd O/S - 27/Jan/01

Hidden - AltLd O/S - 2001

seanyt - AltLd - Feb/00

Hidden - Lead - 2000

AB1965 - AltLd - 10/Feb/98

Hidden - Lead - 08/Mar/97

Smith42 - Feb/97

Tenko - AltLd - 06/Apr/96 with Kev Wilson

phardman - Feb/96

nickdonohue - AltLd - 1996 with Caley Latham

Grezza - Lead - Feb/95

Derek Ryden - AltLd O/S - Feb/94 with Ian Parnell

FrankW - AltLd O/S - Jan/94 with Unknown

ChrisJD - Lead - 17/Feb/91

Hidden - AltLd - Mar/88

Hidden - Solo - 11/Mar/87

Hidden - AltLd - 25/Feb/87

Bruce Kerr - AltLd - 17/Feb/85 with Andy Cant

Mark Kemball - AltLd - 11/Feb/85 with Ken Grainger

mark-abz - AltLd - Feb/84 with Walter P

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