See main page for route description..... Climb the classic summer scramble in winter conditions. The route comes into condition with a freeze and a fall of snow as nearly all placements are hooks on rock. The route is far superior to many much talked about Scottish grade II buttresses. The reality is it is worth 2 stars, but I have left it as 1 star as per the current guidebook.

Mr Fuller 06/Jan AltLd β

Good fun. Moved together until the crux chimney and then did a couple of short pitches. Climbed the chimney with an axe and boots; put crampons on for the bit after that. Bit of ice right at the top but mostly powder.

hairy51 06/Jan AltLd O/S

Great day out, and excellent ridge. Shame its not longer. Crux step defo grade 3 but easy to protect.

with Tim Pinkstone, Chris Cowley, Joe Andrews
meanderthal 19/Dec/17 -
Hidden 15/Dec/17 Lead
JRJG 10/Dec/17 Lead O/S

More of a winter scramble than a climb, Andy placed the gear on the crux and I clipped on my lead.

with Dave
Simnel 10/Dec/17 AltLd

Solo climbed to the crux and roped over the pinnacle. Went over to do striding edge afterwards. Grand day out.

with Ian
maumau 09/Dec/17 AltLd
Davidwi 09/Dec/17 AltLd O/S

No axe no crampons, good coverage of snow.

with Soren
Charlie Zephyr Booth ?/Dec/17 Solo rpt
Hidden 29/Nov/17 AltLd
Hidden 27/Nov/17 Lead O/S
rob.grafton 25/Nov/17 Solo
with Martin Smith
Stamford Raffles 01/Jan/17 Solo

Terminal hangover from the night before. Skirted around the crux crack and pinnacles due to the layer of verglass coating them. Turf well frozen from about 700m.

with Chris Milne, Kris
LukeWawrzyniak ?/Jan/17 AltLd
Hidden 28/Nov/16 AltLd
Hidden 26/Nov/16 AltLd O/S
Hidden 26/Nov/16 AltLd
CHarrison 26/Nov/16 AltLd

Moving together with me leading to the crux then alt leads to the finish (Félix taking the crux pitch). Very busy on the route! Weather perfecly calm, conditions not great, temp inversion left the route a bit soft and thin whilst the valley floor remained frozen solid right throughout the day

with FelixL
Mike Hewitt 26/Nov/16 Solo rpt
Hidden 26/Nov/16 AltLd
FelixL 26/Nov/16 AltLd O/S

Splendid clear day although not quite in winter condition. Faffed with axes and crampons when boots and hands would have been easier. Great to be back on snow though!

ChrisH89 24/Nov/16 AltLd O/S

First winter climb of the season! Soloed until the crux.

ambrooker 24/Nov/16 2nd O/S
with Tom
chiverstom 24/Nov/16 Lead O/S
with Alice
Hidden 20/Nov/16 Solo
ian_v_climber 20/Nov/16 Solo
Hidden 20/Nov/16 Solo
tommylongfellow 20/Nov/16 AltLd
with Matthew
Fiona Hughes 20/Nov/16 Solo
with SP
Doug Scott 07/Mar/16 Lead
with Dave, Josh
smithjmw46 07/Mar/16 Lead rpt

Don't think it will get old. Such a good scramble. More like summer conditions with lots of powder.

with Doug Scott, Dave Bentley
froglette 06/Mar/16 2nd dnf

A foot or more of unconsolidated powder on bare rock, ended up pitching as it felt so insecure. Ran out of time so abbed back to solid ground!

with Paul Callaghan
Geras 06/Mar/16 Lead dnf

Poor conditions, banked out with really loose unconsolidated powder with a thin crisp topping. Bailed after 80M. This crag gets little Sun, so has not been through the freeze thaw, that say the climbs in Nethermost Cove got. However, will be back, as what we did get done had an awuful lot of interest!

with Amanda Redvers
atthedropofahat 27/Feb/16 Lead O/S

Bare of neve, alpine feel of rock with snow cover. Claiming winter ascent as we needed axes and crampons at the top and for the rest of the day. Fun.

IainMay 18/Feb/16 Lead O/S

Pitched corner and pinnacles. Belayed 2nd down last pinnacle then abseiled off. Good neve cover on whole route.

with Timothy May
Madden 18/Feb/16 Solo O/S
with Gabe Oliver
Mike Hood 13/Feb/16 Solo
with Ben
mrphilipoldham 12/Feb/16 AltLd O/S
devious wally ?/Feb/16 AltLd O/S
Zoomer 21/Jan/16 Lead O/S

Nice and cold with excellent neve. Crux bare and most footprints led left....went direct and found it very tricky easily tech 4. The route as a whole? II/III, 4 if you take each steep section direct.

with A Student
Tobias Barthelmes 17/Jan/16 2nd O/S
Hidden 17/Jan/16 2nd
Hidden 17/Jan/16 AltLd
OllieF 17/Jan/16 AltLd rpt

Quality day out, apart from dropping my axe bum sliding on descent - had to walk a mile or so back up the hill to find it :(

with Davina, Ash
Hidden 17/Jan/16 Lead
Gabe Oliver 16/Jan/16 Lead O/S

A little lean on the corner pitch but that was the only bit worth roping up for. Snow more consolidated and stable on the last snow slope. Went direct over the pinnacles which was surprisingly technical but all in all a class day out!

Andy Chadwick 13/Jan/16 AltLd

Powder low down, powder + neve higher up. Climbed the chimney right at the top which is similar difficulty to the crux corner.

Wesley Orvis 10/Jan/16 Lead
alias dave ??/2016 Solo

Cold and dry. No need for Axe's / crampons until very top slope.

laurence_falconer 31/Jan/15 Lead

Brilliant route on a great day. Good conditions.

with Joel Harman
glaramara 31/Jan/15 Lead

Maybe I'd give this scottish III, or II 4, due to the crux.

with tamzin
theplacelives 31/Jan/15 Lead
with lee1234
lee1234 31/Jan/15 2nd O/S
with joel
DSM 24/Jan/15 Solo
bantamdave 23/Jan/15 AltLd O/S

A bit mental today. Rob and I were determined to do a route today. It drizzled from leaving the car to our return. I was both wet and cold as we started the route. Ice was in meltdown all the way to the summit. High winds and poor condition made this route on the day quite serious and a little scary. Not in condition. Still a great day out. A BAD DAYS CLIMBING IS BETTER THAN A GOOD DAY AT WORK EH !

with Rob Hunt
Tom124 21/Jan/15 2nd
Sam_Marsland 21/Jan/15 Lead O/S
with Tom Howitt
David Cowley 18/Jan/15 Lead rpt
Hidden 18/Jan/15 -
Matt Amos 18/Jan/15 Solo O/S
with Deary65
Wesley Orvis 18/Jan/15 Solo
stev1e.wilso 18/Jan/15 Lead O/S
RichardThorpe 18/Jan/15 -

Moved together and pitched the crux

lordyosch 18/Jan/15 2nd

Found it hard work. Hadn't been out for months.

Hidden 18/Jan/15 AltLd O/S
d80f0u 18/Jan/15 Lead

Very windy, tons of spindrift. Really enjoyed the route though, felt harder than II today!

with Dave
Jim Haydock 18/Jan/15 AltLd
BPaske 18/Jan/15 -
NickJH 17/Jan/15 AltLd
Matt Reed 17/Jan/15 AltLd
1918hasti 17/Jan/15 AltLd
with Theeni
lcullum7 17/Jan/15 Solo O/S
Hidden 17/Jan/15 Solo
IMCole 17/Jan/15 -

Full on fun.

Theeni 17/Jan/15 AltLd O/S

Roped up at crux, pitched it and moved together afterwards

michaelb1 17/Jan/15 AltLd

Very good, one tricky pitch

with Carl h
TobyA 16/Jan/15 Solo O/S
jon59 16/Jan/15 AltLd

In good winter condition today with good hard neve on the exit

tobyk 16/Jan/15 Lead O/S
with Emma Akam
Deary65 ??/2015 Solo

Great day out.

with Matt A
Hidden 29/Dec/14 Solo O/S
steveg 29/Dec/14 -
with Neil and Pete
Hidden 29/Dec/14 Lead O/S
MartF 27/Dec/14 Solo

Route covered in snow up to a couple of inches deep in places, not sufficient to warrant tools or crampons (dusted off to find holds). Temperature around 0c.

with Matt
Hidden 27/Dec/14 Solo
martintom 27/Dec/14 -
with Daria Przybyla
Wesley Orvis 13/Dec/14 Lead
Hidden 12/Dec/14 AltLd
Hidden 12/Dec/14 AltLd
OllieF 08/Dec/14 Lead

Roped up for Crux, no need for crampons really.. Ice on rock was covered by powder snow for the mostpart.

with Ben
Hidden 08/Dec/14 AltLd O/S
Danny Crump 16/Feb/14 Solo
with Neil Kerr
Stamford Raffles 09/Feb/14 AltLd
with Sam Oliver
Wesley Orvis 02/Feb/14 Solo
mc2006 ?/Feb/14 -

First grade ll winter ascent

Hidden 22/Nov/13 Solo O/S
Hidden 05/Apr/13 Solo
innes 23/Mar/13 Lead

Fun-sized mountaineering. Full conditions (double corniced!).

with Ruth
Wesley Orvis 16/Mar/13 Lead

the crux felt hard for a II in the conditions, very atmospheric day.

Somerset swede basher 16/Mar/13 Solo O/S
JdotP 10/Mar/13 -

Mainly solo, roped up for corner pitch.

with The Chosen One, The former Mrs Huska
jonathandavey 10/Mar/13 Lead

Soloed nearly all the route, roped up for the crux and 1st winter lead.

Hidden ?/Mar/13 Solo O/S
Hidden ?/Mar/13 Solo
Hidden ?/Mar/13 Solo
AtRandom 01/Feb/13 Lead O/S

Piece of cake, took a dog with us.

smithjmw46 25/Jan/13 Solo O/S

Roped up for crux pitch which is a beaut in both summer and winter. Such a good scramble on good rock with positive holds all the way.

Harry Ellis 21/Jan/13 -

chimney variant to finish perhaps III 4

with Heddwyn, Emily Brooks, Gareth Scott-Borthwick
gareth scott borthwick 21/Jan/13 -
adamwesthead 19/Jan/13 Lead O/S

No ice but snow on ledges and haw frost meant that crampons and axes needed

with Forshaw
dakidunn 08/Dec/12 AltLd
with Ian Hope, John Haxon
IanHope 08/Dec/12 AltLd O/S

My first winter lead

with John L
Dan_Staff 08/Dec/12 Lead
robbiek 08/Dec/12 2nd
with Dan Staff
Simnel 08/Dec/12 AltLd

Solo and then roped up for crux and main ridge. Crux felt more like III. Down climbed after ridge ..nice ledges and good axe placements in the crack once it had been cleaned but placing gear for "seconds" protection is def a good idea

with John H, Ian, Mark
Hidden ?/Dec/12 Lead
Hidden 05/Nov/12 Solo O/S
r_o_b_h2 05/Nov/12 Solo

Good powdery fun, chucked a rope on for the crux crack and climbed it direct, abbed down the back of the pinnacle

with Tom Woodstone
droberts 04/Nov/12 Lead O/S

brilliant conditions with no ice buts lots of deep powder!

Elastic Jones 04/Apr/12 Lead O/S
with Jowsey lad
jdgaventa 11/Feb/12 AltLd
Hidden 04/Feb/12 -
Hidden 02/Feb/12 Lead O/S
birbeck 29/Jan/12 AltLd
with Austin
droberts 19/Dec/11 2nd dnf

all snow was wet and heavy and ice on rocks had turned to slush. made a decision to turn back early on as the weather deterioated

David Cowley 18/Dec/11 Lead O/S
with Kirsty Richardson, Shaun Duke, Liam Martin
kirstyrichardson 18/Dec/11 2nd O/S

Mix of rock, ice and snow.

with liam martin
Liam Martin 18/Dec/11 Lead rpt

Plenty of snow, Exit slope was in great condition, although the only part that didnt have a lot of snow was the crux corner.Good day out.

with David Cowley, Shaun Duke, Kirsty Richardson
pebbles 10/Dec/11 Solo

lots of unconsolidated snow, no real ice although some frozen turf at top, did with boots and walking axe but no crampons. got rope out for final slab but found it wasnt really required. good fun and a good way of getting back into gear for the winter season

with guido
tsjx 10/Dec/11 AltLd

With Mark. Mostly solo, pitched the tricky bit.

Hidden 22/Feb/11 Solo O/S
Mungo Shuntobox 28/Jan/11 Lead
with Andy Holt
Ben Sharp 09/Jan/11 AltLd
with Simon Ash
Hidden 08/Jan/11 Solo
pmurdy 02/Jan/11 Solo O/S
stevepotter 24/Dec/10 Lead
Ben Hollands 19/Dec/10 Lead O/S

Good route some tricky problems but not sustained and with limited exposure

with Dan the man
Jonny M 20/Feb/10 Lead O/S

The crux on this feels more like III but can be avoided by the gully on the left.

with Phil Thomas, Dave Hall
Liam Martin 07/Feb/10 Lead O/S
gazb 07/Feb/10 2nd
with liam martin
Hidden 24/Jan/10 AltLd O/S
no_more_scotch_eggs 24/Jan/10 AltLd rpt

moved together up to the corner pitch, i led that, then my brother led over the pinnacles. Surprisingly quiet, a good day out

with loudfish, philip, loudfish
Russell Lovett 10/Jan/10 Lead O/S

Done in perfect winter conditions.

with alan taylor
Phil West 09/Jan/10 AltLd O/S
with Shaun Walby
shaun walby 09/Jan/10 AltLd O/S

phil led rock section i led drop off section, approached directly from below crag grade I/II mountaineering very nice daggering, power made it feel slightly harder than II

with Phil West
Hidden 08/Jan/10 Lead O/S
greenroom 07/Jan/10 AltLd O/S

Good route, felt a touch go-ey for II, couldn't find the descent off the pinnacle so abbed. Some crazy avalanche hazard on the way in

twoplates 07/Jan/10 AltLd

covered in powder, felt a bit stiff in places...

Hidden 05/Jan/10 AltLd O/S
Hidden 03/Jan/10 Lead
Hidden 02/Jan/10 AltLd
Hidden 01/Jan/10 -
tomhull 01/Jan/10 Solo O/S

not sure if we were on the right ridge. good fun anyway

with matt harris
Roch 01/Jan/10 -


with MRT
Graeme Hammond 28/Dec/09 Lead O/S
with Pete aka Dad
Calder 08/Feb/09 AltLd O/S

Moving together.

Hidden 01/Feb/09 2nd
Hidden 25/Jan/09 Solo
philboy 25/Jan/09 Solo
with AD, bisanth, matt g
mark20 24/Jan/09 AltLd O/S

Very pleasant

BigHell 24/Jan/09 Solo

Took a look at the ridge early morning it looked to be in good nick , I always find Pinnacle ridge far from daunting and sometimes wonder about its grade 3 rating , I would rather tackle the ridge in conditions like today's, it was easier than when its wet. Took another look at it mid afternoon still in good condition very little snow on the pinnacles, just a dusting , wont be back now till summer .

crowberry gully 24/Jan/09 -

on the day we did it, it was a 3 star route, similar to the more famous and populated Dorsal Arete, but PR has more climbing and better views

with Ross McGibbon
Hidden 06/Dec/08 Solo
Hidden 06/Dec/08 Solo O/S
goingupintheworld 29/Nov/08 Solo
with Ben, Matt B, Matt H
MartF 29/Nov/08 -

Scrambling with a dusting of snow and ice on the rock. Stiff breeze, good visibility.

Peter Holder 30/Sep/08 Solo O/S
with Richard Lydiatt
Hidden ?/Jan/06 AltLd
Hidden ?/Jan/06 AltLd
Hidden ?/Jan/06 AltLd
Hidden ?/Jan/06 AltLd
Hidden ??/2006 AltLd
Hidden ?/Jan/01 Lead
Hidden ??/2000 Solo
cem ?/Jan/99 -

Date a bit approximate.

Hidden ?/Feb/88 AltLd
John Brayshaw 14/Mar/87 AltLd O/S
with Chris
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