UK Winter Conditions

This Winter Conditions page gives a summary of what is being climbed at the moment, what is 'in' nick and what the prospects are. All the winter climbs done by users in their UKC climbing logbooks over the past 5 days are shown - click on the route name to find details of all the recent ascents, the map shows the locations of the crags where routes are being done.

There is also a summary of the 'condition' threads on the Winter Forum, including those by the UKC Area Correspondents. At the base of the page are winter photos taken over the same period.

Recent Winter climbs

Lochnagar Aberdeenshire

Shadow Buttress A, Original Route (IV 5) on Fri 19th 2 ascents
Bell's Route (V 6) on Fri 19th
Eagle Ridge (VI 6) on Mon 15th 2 ascents

Stob Coire nan Lochan Highland

Twisting Gully (III 4) on Thu 18th
Dorsal Arete (II) on Tue 16th
Broad Gully (I) on Mon 15th
Dorsal Arete (II) on Mon 15th
NC Gully (I/II) on Mon 15th
Inclination (VII 7) on Mon 15th

Bidean nam Bian Highland

Crypt Route (winter) (V 6) on Tue 16th

Stob Ban Highland

Flying Saucer (VI 5) on Tue 16th

Beinn a'Chaorainn Highland

East Ridge (II) on Wed 17th

Ben Nevis Highland

Ledge Route (II) on Tue 16th 2 ascents
The Secret (IX 9) on Tue 16th 2 ascents

Coire an t'Sneachda Invernesshire

Patey's Route (IV 5) on Sat 20th
Jacob's Ladder (I) on Fri 19th
Patey's Route (IV 5) on Fri 19th
Broken Gully (III) on Fri 19th
Fiacaill Ridge (I/II) on Fri 19th
Spiral Gully Direct (III) on Fri 19th
Invernookie (III 4) on Thu 18th
Rampant (IV 5) on Thu 18th
The Runnel (II) on Wed 17th
Fluted Buttress Direct (IV 4) on Wed 17th
Jacob's Ladder (I) on Tue 16th
Aladdin's Couloir (I) on Tue 16th
Patey's Route (IV 5) on Tue 16th 2 ascents
Aladdin's Mirror (I) on Tue 16th 2 ascents
The Runnel (II) on Tue 16th 2 ascents
Fingers Ridge (IV 4) on Tue 16th
Red Gully (II) on Tue 16th
Goat Track Gully (II) on Tue 16th
Fiacaill Couloir (II/III) on Tue 16th
Short Circuit (IV 5) on Tue 16th
Jacob's Edge (I/II) on Tue 16th 2 ascents
Unnamed 1 (II) on Tue 16th 2 ascents
Jacob's Ladder (I) on Mon 15th 4 ascents
Aladdin's Mirror Direct (IV 4) on Mon 15th 2 ascents
Red Gully (II) on Mon 15th
Goat Track Gully (II) on Mon 15th
Fiacaill Ridge (I/II) on Mon 15th
Hidden Chimney (II/III) on Mon 15th 4 ascents
Forty Thieves (I) on Mon 15th
Central Left Hand (I/II) on Mon 15th 2 ascents
Short Circuit (IV 5) on Mon 15th 2 ascents
Jacob's Edge (I/II) on Mon 15th

Coire an Lochain (Cairngorm) Invernesshire

Savage Slit (V 6) on Thu 18th
Ventilator (II) on Tue 16th
Ewen Buttress (III) on Tue 16th 2 ascents
Iron Butterfly (III) on Mon 15th

Newtyle Quarry Perthshire

Grooviliscious (M4) on Fri 19th 2 ascents
Bonzai (M4) on Fri 19th 2 ascents
Roofiliscious (M5) on Fri 19th 2 ascents

Sgurr a'Mhadaidh Isle of Skye

Foxes Rake (IV 3) on Tue 16th

The Cobbler Argyll and Bute

Cave Route (III 4) on Tue 16th 2 ascents

White Goods Clwyd

Adams (they made me) (M5) on Mon 15th 2 ascents
Apocalypse Now (M5+) on Mon 15th 2 ascents
Monoculture (M5+) on Mon 15th 2 ascents
Subculture (M6+) on Mon 15th 2 ascents

Glyder Fach Gwynedd

Main Gully (III 3/4) on Tue 16th

Brown Cove Crags Cumbria

Stepped Ridge (III) on Tue 16th
Parallel Gullys Rib (II) on Mon 15th

Helvellyn - Red Tarn Cove Cumbria

Wall and Ramp (III) on Tue 16th
Gully 2, Left Hand Finish (II) on Tue 16th

Striding Edge Cumbria

Striding Edge (WINTER) (I) on Mon 15th

The Works Cumbria

Time and a Half (M5) on Wed 17th
Double Time (M6) on Wed 17th
Overtime (M6) on Wed 17th

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