Also known as 'Schoolhouse Ridge', this route is clearly visible from Ballachulish village

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Si 19 Mar Lead Thawing rapidly
with Working
Thawing rapidly
with Working
GazE83 17 Mar Solo
with Shaun D
with Shaun D
Laurie Molloy 10 Mar Solo Turned back due to weather/large group
Turned back due to weather/large group
alexander.lea 10 Mar - W/ guide and brad
W/ guide and brad
pawel suhy 10 Mar Solo Turn back as a part of big group
with Sheffield Mountaineering, Gerry_Doncaster
Turn back as a part of big group
with Sheffield Mountaineering, Gerry_Doncaster
gabor 11 Feb Solo
with Ian.ch
with Ian.ch
Hidden 11 Feb Lead
Ian.ch 10 Feb Solo Shower early in day, finished in bright sunshine. Moderate powder, some frozen. Scrambling steps were interesting and fairly exposed, dusted them off then used hands. Went over to the other munros afterwards. Lovely snow ridge. 360 views. Started at sunrise so had the ridge and the tops all to ourselves on the way up. Good full body workout, good m'eering day.
with Gabor
Shower early in day, finished in bright sunshine. Moderate powder, some frozen. Scrambling steps were interesting and fairly exposed, dusted them off then used hands. Went over to the other munros afterwards. Lovely snow ridge. 360 views. Started at sunrise so had the ridge and the tops all to ourselves on the way up. Good full body workout, good m'eering day.
with Gabor
professorcobra 10 Feb Lead O/S
Hidden 10 Feb Solo O/S
Daniela Balslev 2 Feb Solo O/S powdery snow, turf not frozen. Hands, occasional ice ace hook.
powdery snow, turf not frozen. Hands, occasional ice ace hook.
andrewkeith 2 Feb Solo
with Tony OMC
with Tony OMC
icehockeyhair 2 Feb Solo O/S
with Hannah, debaser, Andi
with Hannah, debaser, Andi
debaser 2 Feb Solo
with icehockeyhair, Andi, Hannah
with icehockeyhair, Andi, Hannah
it624 30 Jan Solo O/S Sunny and deep powder, had to get G to pass me down a second axe for one step!
Sunny and deep powder, had to get G to pass me down a second axe for one step!
acer2012 30 Jan Solo O/S
with it624
with it624
Alan.rodger 24 Jan Solo Alpine today.
Alpine today.
CacCarnBeag 19 Jan Lead Followed by the horseshoe munros.
with Xavier
Followed by the horseshoe munros.
with Xavier
Sidders 21 Apr, 2018 - No snow so easy scramble.
No snow so easy scramble.
Hidden 10 Apr, 2018 Solo
Chesh1892 18 Mar, 2018 Solo Strong gusts, especially on summit - snowline from c. 550m; more technical steps generally snow free (more snow on final part before summit ridge)
Strong gusts, especially on summit - snowline from c. 550m; more technical steps generally snow free (more snow on final part before summit ridge)
dwc 12 Mar, 2018 Solo O/S
morsg 12 Mar, 2018 Solo
Mapleleaf 11 Mar, 2018 Lead
with James Orpwood
with James Orpwood
Hidden 8 Mar, 2018 Lead
jennym32 8 Mar, 2018 AltLd O/S Moved together with some direct belays and body belays.
Moved together with some direct belays and body belays.
jh1990 3 Mar, 2018 Solo O/S
with Dom Teichmann
with Dom Teichmann
Hidden ?Mar, 2018 Solo
ADEightyEight 26 Feb, 2018 AltLd O/S
ClimbyMcClimbface 25 Feb, 2018 Solo
with a_m154
with a_m154
BradDodd 25 Feb, 2018 Solo
with a_m154
with a_m154
JessWilliams 25 Feb, 2018 Solo
with a_m154
with a_m154
a_m154 25 Feb, 2018 Solo Easy conditions today- scrambling mainly snow free, ridge covered in compacted snow. Lovely day!!
Easy conditions today- scrambling mainly snow free, ridge covered in compacted snow. Lovely day!!
SophieWalker 24 Feb, 2018 Solo First winter ridge lead
with Geoff Pettitt, Adam Collins , Michael Bonallie
First winter ridge lead
with Geoff Pettitt, Adam Collins , Michael Bonallie
JonathanC 24 Feb, 2018 - Ballachulish Horseshoe
Ballachulish Horseshoe
biggianthead 24 Feb, 2018 Solo
with G
with G
Michael Bonallie 24 Feb, 2018 Solo As part of Ballachulish Horseshoe
with Katie Smith, Geoff Pettitt, Adam Collins, SophieWalker
As part of Ballachulish Horseshoe
with Katie Smith, Geoff Pettitt, Adam Collins, SophieWalker
Geoff Pettitt 24 Feb, 2018 Solo
Hidden 20 Feb, 2018 AltLd
Philip Hawarden 20 Feb, 2018 - Mostly bluebird, snow was getting sparse but fine for butt sliding the second ridge back down
with Doug, Jack, Jake, Storme England, Heather Osborne
Mostly bluebird, snow was getting sparse but fine for butt sliding the second ridge back down
with Doug, Jack, Jake, Storme England, Heather Osborne
Jake397 20 Feb, 2018 Solo
with Jack Clough, doug richardson, Storme
with Jack Clough, doug richardson, Storme
Hidden 20 Feb, 2018 AltLd O/S
Heather Osborne 20 Feb, 2018 Solo rpt
Storme 20 Feb, 2018 Solo
with Heather Osborne, Doug Richardson, Jake397
with Heather Osborne, Doug Richardson, Jake397
Lewis Read 19 Feb, 2018 Solo
chris cockbain 19 Feb, 2018 Solo O/S
Tom Draude 19 Feb, 2018 Solo O/S
Hidden 18 Feb, 2018 Solo O/S
amccann 18 Feb, 2018 Solo O/S
matildascott111 18 Feb, 2018 Solo
with amccann
with amccann
Teappleby 18 Feb, 2018 Solo O/S Bad connies so did this walk. Almost enjoyed walking!
Bad connies so did this walk. Almost enjoyed walking!
adi_the_goat 18 Feb, 2018 2nd Banks of snow - awesome views
Banks of snow - awesome views
Max Streeton 15 Feb, 2018 Solo WMC club. Supervising,
WMC club. Supervising,
Mackinclimb 13 Feb, 2018 Solo
HannahFrancis 13 Feb, 2018 Solo
Trace 13 Feb, 2018 Solo Lots of snow and a cracking day out
Lots of snow and a cracking day out
samuellzc 11 Feb, 2018 Lead O/S
Ryan59 11 Feb, 2018 2nd
elclarko 11 Feb, 2018 Lead
with Ryan59
with Ryan59
RobSimpson 10 Feb, 2018 Solo
Becky.Hodgson 10 Feb, 2018 -
Jenny Hall 10 Feb, 2018 2nd
with Louis
with Louis
Hidden 10 Feb, 2018 Solo O/S
sam_owen41 7 Feb, 2018 AltLd
Garry_C 6 Feb, 2018 Solo
Kizzy 4 Feb, 2018 Solo
with odox
with odox
odox 4 Feb, 2018 Solo Super nice day.
with Kizzy
Super nice day.
with Kizzy
Hidden 3 Feb, 2018 Solo
Jim Walton 3 Feb, 2018 Solo First up for the day. Carried on round to Short Dhearg and then down it's North ridge. Fantastic day.
First up for the day. Carried on round to Short Dhearg and then down it's North ridge. Fantastic day.
Si 1 Feb, 2018 Solo With LLMRT crew
With LLMRT crew
wi11 1 Feb, 2018 Solo O/S
Danm79 31 Jan, 2018 -
flying el burro 28 Jan, 2018 Lead Wet and wild
Wet and wild
bclifton 26 Jan, 2018 Lead O/S I am surprised this only gets one star! I know it is fairly short and the difficulty is not sustained, but I thought this was a great outing with interest and great views through out - linked up with the ballachulish Horseshoe.
I am surprised this only gets one star! I know it is fairly short and the difficulty is not sustained, but I thought this was a great outing with interest and great views through out - linked up with the ballachulish Horseshoe.
Rachael Paxton 26 Jan, 2018 2nd
mattfarr 25 Jan, 2018 Lead
with Hugh, Mike
with Hugh, Mike
Hidden 22 Jan, 2018 AltLd
nicholsonharry 20 Jan, 2018 AltLd O/S
Andy Moles 10 Jan, 2018 Solo
morsy 7 Jan, 2018 Solo
with peter berwick, gregor imrie
with peter berwick, gregor imrie
Pete23 7 Jan, 2018 Solo
Baggie 6 Jan, 2018 Solo
Hidden 1 Jan, 2018 -
The9inger 1 Jan, 2018 Solo
James.houghton 1 Jan, 2018 Solo Fantastic start to the year. Turf frozen above 700m. Axe and crampons used. Cloud lifted as we reached the summit.
Fantastic start to the year. Turf frozen above 700m. Axe and crampons used. Cloud lifted as we reached the summit.
lo22 1 Jan, 2018 Solo
JackBooth 1 Jan, 2018 Solo
wnicholson 1 Jan, 2018 Solo O/S Great day out. Fantastic route.
Great day out. Fantastic route.
Steely12 1 Jan, 2018 Solo β Great start to the year. Didn't take rope and rack although there were a couple of trickier sections where it may have been beneficial. Awesome winter scramble.
with Dan , lo22, Deema Mozayen
Great start to the year. Didn't take rope and rack although there were a couple of trickier sections where it may have been beneficial. Awesome winter scramble.
with Dan , lo22, Deema Mozayen
Hidden 1 Jan, 2018 Solo O/S
Heather Osborne 1 Jan, 2018 Lead O/S New Years Day 2018 with LUMC - beautiful day.
New Years Day 2018 with LUMC - beautiful day.
Hidden ??, 2018 -
Hidden 17 Dec, 2017 Solo
NullPointerEx17 26 Nov, 2017 Solo Fresh powder snow, rock wasn't iced up, turf frozen, crampons not needed.
with Miles
Fresh powder snow, rock wasn't iced up, turf frozen, crampons not needed.
with Miles
arose 22 Mar, 2017 Lead
with Clients
with Clients
eoinb 2 Mar, 2017 Lead Fantastic route. Not much snow. Glad of the rope.
Fantastic route. Not much snow. Glad of the rope.
fredh ?Mar, 2017 Solo
Hidden 24 Feb, 2017 Lead
a_simecek 24 Feb, 2017 2nd
Hidden 12 Feb, 2017 Solo
Hidden 12 Feb, 2017 Solo
Phredd Smith 11 Feb, 2017 Solo
with gregorhogg, Mac
with gregorhogg, Mac
gregorhogg 11 Feb, 2017 Solo O/S Route was in really good condition, the 'steps' had plenty of the hard stuff for axe placement etc. - a cracking day out!
with Ian McIntosh, Phredd Smith
Route was in really good condition, the 'steps' had plenty of the hard stuff for axe placement etc. - a cracking day out!
with Ian McIntosh, Phredd Smith
Hidden 10 Feb, 2017 Solo
summerse 10 Feb, 2017 Solo Good day out as part of the Horseshoe
Good day out as part of the Horseshoe
richardsavill 29 Jan, 2017 Solo first winter route of the season, not much ice mainly powdery snow, nice enough, fairly easy, nice to top out onto the ridge and continue to the top of sgorr dhearg.
first winter route of the season, not much ice mainly powdery snow, nice enough, fairly easy, nice to top out onto the ridge and continue to the top of sgorr dhearg.
sarahrowlands 29 Jan, 2017 Solo
RichardThorpe 20 Nov, 2016 Solo Buried in powder, lots of excavation looking for holds. Brilliant day above the cloud made up for it.
Buried in powder, lots of excavation looking for holds. Brilliant day above the cloud made up for it.
Hidden 20 Nov, 2016 Solo
Ken Christie 19 Nov, 2016 Solo
watersah 6 Mar, 2016 AltLd One particularly tricky step, glad we had the rope.
with Jas, Sean, Kevin
One particularly tricky step, glad we had the rope.
with Jas, Sean, Kevin
evanc77 ?Mar, 2016 Solo dnf High winds and not in great nick, saved for another day
High winds and not in great nick, saved for another day
Hidden 28 Feb, 2016 Lead O/S
Hidden 28 Feb, 2016 2nd
Hidden 27 Feb, 2016 Solo
keith hal 27 Feb, 2016 Solo First time out in hills since Achilles tendon op in September.Done as part of Ballachulish horseshoe. Cracking day!!
with martin
First time out in hills since Achilles tendon op in September.Done as part of Ballachulish horseshoe. Cracking day!!
with martin
martinh13 27 Feb, 2016 Solo
asmith37 27 Feb, 2016 Solo One short section felt a bit exposed, wish I'd had a short rope.
with Matt Cooper, Stu McKinnon
One short section felt a bit exposed, wish I'd had a short rope.
with Matt Cooper, Stu McKinnon
tsl42 15 Feb, 2016 AltLd O/S
with David Fountain
with David Fountain
colin fagan 14 Feb, 2016 Solo
Mike Hale 13 Feb, 2016 Solo dnf Snowy/Avalanchy conditions. Watched 2 other teams bail whilst we ascended Sgorr a'Choise
Snowy/Avalanchy conditions. Watched 2 other teams bail whilst we ascended Sgorr a'Choise
JonLongshanks 11 Feb, 2016 2nd O/S with benjamin brabner lot. great last day :) moving together, Dave Evans pitched small steps for us. Kath with the other half of the group behind.
with benjamin brabner lot. great last day :) moving together, Dave Evans pitched small steps for us. Kath with the other half of the group behind.
Hidden 9 Feb, 2016 -
steveg 9 Feb, 2016 Solo Short roped section on top rope
with ncmc
Short roped section on top rope
with ncmc
tom_lewis89 7 Feb, 2016 - Climbed in pretty full on condition as part of an intro to mountaineering course. Completed the ridge but traversed the horseshoe lower than the summit as the gusts were already knocking people off their feet. The plan was for the students (us) to pitch the climb but our guides (Tom and Andy from Hebridean Pursuits) thought better of it and put 4 of us on a short rope. (4 students to one guide). Cracking fun!
Climbed in pretty full on condition as part of an intro to mountaineering course. Completed the ridge but traversed the horseshoe lower than the summit as the gusts were already knocking people off their feet. The plan was for the students (us) to pitch the climb but our guides (Tom and Andy from Hebridean Pursuits) thought better of it and put 4 of us on a short rope. (4 students to one guide). Cracking fun!
Trace 31 Jan, 2016 2nd climbed lean today, broad, comfortable ridge with plenty of places for gear, rests and hands/feet. would be a great first lead as not too exposed.
climbed lean today, broad, comfortable ridge with plenty of places for gear, rests and hands/feet. would be a great first lead as not too exposed.
BarneyLoosemore 21 Jan, 2016 AltLd
Jamie B 17 Jan, 2016 - The rockfall has no impact on this route under snow.
with Ben Lairig York University party
The rockfall has no impact on this route under snow.
with Ben Lairig York University party
Hidden 17 Jan, 2016 Solo
Hidden 17 Jan, 2016 AltLd
Xeriff217 16 Jan, 2016 -
Hidden 16 Jan, 2016 AltLd O/S
genghis76 16 Jan, 2016 - David's birthday, soft and deep snow lent a bit of extra character.
with leonide
David's birthday, soft and deep snow lent a bit of extra character.
with leonide
HairyBean 26 Feb, 2015 Lead
with Phil Maher
with Phil Maher
MartinN 26 Feb, 2015 Lead O/S Nice snow conditions on the arrete with rock steps near the top having snow on the ledges and semi frozen turf. Moved together except for one step which we pitched. Very strong winds which got worse the higher we got. It was an effort getting to the summit of Sgorr Dhearg, almost got blown off our feet several times. Turned straight round at the summit and descended the north ridge. This route is described in the Cicerone Press guide as School House Ridge and marked as such on the BMC map.
Nice snow conditions on the arrete with rock steps near the top having snow on the ledges and semi frozen turf. Moved together except for one step which we pitched. Very strong winds which got worse the higher we got. It was an effort getting to the summit of Sgorr Dhearg, almost got blown off our feet several times. Turned straight round at the summit and descended the north ridge. This route is described in the Cicerone Press guide as School House Ridge and marked as such on the BMC map.
Chris Homewood (Swindon MC) 26 Feb, 2015 - Extremely blustery on summit. Steve had fun while roped!
with MartinN, Steve King
Extremely blustery on summit. Steve had fun while roped!
with MartinN, Steve King
Stephen Halliday 24 Feb, 2015 Solo
with Badgers
with Badgers
Badgers 24 Feb, 2015 Solo
Hidden 24 Feb, 2015 Solo O/S
gav 14 Feb, 2015 Solo Only really snowy at the top
Only really snowy at the top
amaciejk 14 Feb, 2015 Solo
with gav
with gav
gilandcoop 4 Feb, 2015 AltLd O/S On JSAT Winter Mountaineering Concentration
On JSAT Winter Mountaineering Concentration
goatee ?Feb, 2015 -
Hairbear75 31 Jan, 2015 - Very windy, but enjoyable.
with Gemma Hope, Andy Hope
Very windy, but enjoyable.
with Gemma Hope, Andy Hope
steveq 1 Mar, 2014 -
Louvet 16 Feb, 2014 -
with Tarquin
with Tarquin
Tarquin 16 Feb, 2014 -
with Louvet
with Louvet
ear4mb 11 Feb, 2014 AltLd Lots of new snow, plus windy conditions slowed us down a bit but an excellent afternoon out. Rock steps straightforward although new snow and drifting meant some insecurity and digging for good axe placements at times.
Lots of new snow, plus windy conditions slowed us down a bit but an excellent afternoon out. Rock steps straightforward although new snow and drifting meant some insecurity and digging for good axe placements at times.
Stuart Hurworth 9 Feb, 2014 AltLd O/S Climbed on a training course - moving together and using various types of belay, direct, body, Italian hitch and 'normal'. Fun and easy, but very windy at top and on descent ridge!
with Manchester Climbing Club
Climbed on a training course - moving together and using various types of belay, direct, body, Italian hitch and 'normal'. Fun and easy, but very windy at top and on descent ridge!
with Manchester Climbing Club
ralphio 9 Feb, 2014 Lead Moved together over the rock steps. Not too difficult or exposed.
Moved together over the rock steps. Not too difficult or exposed.
Tarquin 7 Feb, 2014 -
arose 30 Jan, 2014 Solo Great fun - Alfie should remember his crampons next time though!
with Alfie Tipler, Miles Mconville
Great fun - Alfie should remember his crampons next time though!
with Alfie Tipler, Miles Mconville
Howard J 12 Jan, 2014 Solo AKA School House Ridge. Mostly fresh snow with patches of good neve. Mostly straightforward, Grade I/easy Grade II, except for one section which I was reluctant to tackle solo, so I followed a ledge leftwards and up a small gully on well-consolidated neve. Traces of old tracks showed I wasn't the only one to make this choice. An enjoyable and easily accessible route and seemed fairly safe from avalanche risk.
AKA School House Ridge. Mostly fresh snow with patches of good neve. Mostly straightforward, Grade I/easy Grade II, except for one section which I was reluctant to tackle solo, so I followed a ledge leftwards and up a small gully on well-consolidated neve. Traces of old tracks showed I wasn't the only one to make this choice. An enjoyable and easily accessible route and seemed fairly safe from avalanche risk.
Flett ??, 2014 -
dan_the_dingo 29 Mar, 2013 Solo
TizzyA 23 Feb, 2013 Solo
colenn 5 Jan, 2012 Solo
with eoin25
with eoin25
Hidden 14 Mar, 2011 Lead
Hidden 22 Feb, 2011 Solo O/S
tony wood 22 Feb, 2011 Solo
with bobfish
with bobfish
Danny Crump 22 Feb, 2011 Solo
with bobfish
with bobfish
Mark Collins 13 Feb, 2011 Solo O/S
Hidden 8 Jan, 2011 Solo
Hidden ??, 2011 Solo
colin fagan 13 Mar, 2010 Solo Cracking ridge walk/scramble with one or two interesting steps which were quite icy. Done this as part of ballachulish horseshoe.
Cracking ridge walk/scramble with one or two interesting steps which were quite icy. Done this as part of ballachulish horseshoe.
halfaseesaw 7 Mar, 2010 Solo dnf Thaw overnight stripped much of the snow, so the interesting bit was bare. Decided to err on the side of caution and turned back. However, superb views and a good day out anyway.
with yvonne, absolutebeginner
Thaw overnight stripped much of the snow, so the interesting bit was bare. Decided to err on the side of caution and turned back. However, superb views and a good day out anyway.
with yvonne, absolutebeginner
sgl0jd 6 Jan, 2010 - Beautiful. Really alpine feel to it, especially the upper snow arete.
Beautiful. Really alpine feel to it, especially the upper snow arete.
jdgaventa 4 Jan, 2010 Solo as part of Ballachulish Horseshoe
with jacob, katy
as part of Ballachulish Horseshoe
with jacob, katy
mountainbagger 1 Jan, 2010 Solo Great route (as found in the back of Dan Bailey's Scotland's Mountain Ridges in the list of routes he couldn't fit into the actual book!) in winter condition. Couple of tricky bits, one particularly (for a Grade I) as I got it all wrong and ended up precariously balanced, but got through it! Nobody else on it at the time, so really nice day. The walk up to summit of Sgorr Ban (so really this is Sgorr Ban's ENE Ridge, not Sgorr Dhearg's) was really nice and the ridge across to Sgorr Dhearg was delightful - one of the best days walking I've ever had. Went on to summit of Sgorr Dhonuill, but that was a bit less pleasant, though a great looking rocky top. Recommended if in condition, and I guess an easy scramble in the summer.
with Mrs Mountainbagger
Great route (as found in the back of Dan Bailey's Scotland's Mountain Ridges in the list of routes he couldn't fit into the actual book!) in winter condition. Couple of tricky bits, one particularly (for a Grade I) as I got it all wrong and ended up precariously balanced, but got through it! Nobody else on it at the time, so really nice day. The walk up to summit of Sgorr Ban (so really this is Sgorr Ban's ENE Ridge, not Sgorr Dhearg's) was really nice and the ridge across to Sgorr Dhearg was delightful - one of the best days walking I've ever had. Went on to summit of Sgorr Dhonuill, but that was a bit less pleasant, though a great looking rocky top. Recommended if in condition, and I guess an easy scramble in the summer.
with Mrs Mountainbagger
Simon Caldwell 31 Dec, 2009 - Difficulties short lived, but awkward and exposed while they lasted. Looked like we were the only ones who persevered, everyone behind us retreated and traversed to the north ridge (or off the mountain completely) - I must have made it look desperate!
with Lemming
Difficulties short lived, but awkward and exposed while they lasted. Looked like we were the only ones who persevered, everyone behind us retreated and traversed to the north ridge (or off the mountain completely) - I must have made it look desperate!
with Lemming
steveb2006 6 Apr, 2008 Solo Started out as a low level walk but end up doing this really nice snowy scramble up the ridge. No gear.
Started out as a low level walk but end up doing this really nice snowy scramble up the ridge. No gear.
CathS 31 Dec, 2003 Solo O/S The rock step felt more like Grade II than Grade I. Tricky and exposed. The rest of the ridge was very straightforward.
The rock step felt more like Grade II than Grade I. Tricky and exposed. The rest of the ridge was very straightforward.
MikeLeeds 31 Dec, 2003 Solo
with CathS
with CathS
Iain Thow 16 Dec, 1982 Solo
with Paul Sumbler, Mel Sumbler, Jane Henderson, John Tyler, Dave Bermingham, Kev Hobbs, Andy Sutton, Ian Burwood
with Paul Sumbler, Mel Sumbler, Jane Henderson, John Tyler, Dave Bermingham, Kev Hobbs, Andy Sutton, Ian Burwood
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