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User Date Style Notes & Partners
Harry Martin 3 Jul Lead
with james smith
with james smith
JNSmith 3 Jul AltLd
peater 29 Sep, 2018 AltLd dnf Picked a wrong day for it.
Picked a wrong day for it.
dave o 14 Jul, 2018 AltLd Great route....once you've found the right way to go
with Steve Addy
Great route....once you've found the right way to go
with Steve Addy
jonskippy 8 Jul, 2018 AltLd
Ulgrid 30 Jun, 2018 AltLd A great but slightly convoluted route - ended up finishing up Pink Elephant which was fantastic.
A great but slightly convoluted route - ended up finishing up Pink Elephant which was fantastic.
Hidden 30 Jun, 2018 AltLd
Simon Yearsley 26 Jun, 2018 AltLd Superb route. Guidebook description is spot-on if followed to the letter and with a "big mountain route" head on. Grade is a wee bit off - bone dry when we did it, but the final section of the corner/groove on P2, and the initial moves up the pink slab on P6, were both easily 4c - certainly the same grade as the Quartz Corner (which is beautiful climbing!). Lovely to have such an impressive mountain crag to ourselves. Started at 8.30am, summit at 1.30pm
with Chris Pasteur
Superb route. Guidebook description is spot-on if followed to the letter and with a "big mountain route" head on. Grade is a wee bit off - bone dry when we did it, but the final section of the corner/groove on P2, and the initial moves up the pink slab on P6, were both easily 4c - certainly the same grade as the Quartz Corner (which is beautiful climbing!). Lovely to have such an impressive mountain crag to ourselves. Started at 8.30am, summit at 1.30pm
with Chris Pasteur
Hidden 24 Jun, 2018 -
Hidden 22 Jun, 2018 AltLd
mark-abz 6 Jun, 2018 AltLd Dry, good conditions. Route finding tricky, particularly on pitch 5. A better guidebook route description would have reduced the faff.
with Keith M
Dry, good conditions. Route finding tricky, particularly on pitch 5. A better guidebook route description would have reduced the faff.
with Keith M
Gawyllie 29 May, 2018 AltLd http://grahamwyllie.blogspot.com/2018/06/creag-dubh-loch-black-mamba.html?m=1
with mrbird
http://grahamwyllie.blogspot.com/2018/06/creag-dubh-loch-black-mamba.html?m=1
with mrbird
mrbird 29 May, 2018 AltLd O/S Ace.
Ace.
RocKalina 19 May, 2018 AltLd dnf We were too slow, abbed off. Will be back.
We were too slow, abbed off. Will be back.
mattkemp70 ?Aug, 2017 AltLd dnf Abbed from top of pitch 3
with Rich
Abbed from top of pitch 3
with Rich
Captain Solo 29 Aug, 2016 Solo A bit damp on the 2nd pitch and the exit grooves but didn't affect the climbing. Fairly focuses the mind alright.
A bit damp on the 2nd pitch and the exit grooves but didn't affect the climbing. Fairly focuses the mind alright.
Tobes 2 Jun, 2016 AltLd 2nd go, midges forced retreat last time. Good day out, but a cold cold wind....brhh.
with 'hidden'
2nd go, midges forced retreat last time. Good day out, but a cold cold wind....brhh.
with 'hidden'
Hidden 2 Jun, 2016 AltLd O/S
dansimkin 13 Sep, 2014 AltLd dnf
Marcus McLernon 13 Sep, 2014 AltLd dnf Almost finished the second pitch after pushing on more than we should have. Way too wet so decided to bail. Wish we had brought the guide book and not just a copy of the pages we thought we needed because Central Gully Wall looked very dry.
Almost finished the second pitch after pushing on more than we should have. Way too wet so decided to bail. Wish we had brought the guide book and not just a copy of the pages we thought we needed because Central Gully Wall looked very dry.
Lamb 11 Jul, 2014 AltLd dnf Climbed 5 pitches to the terrace and couldn't decipher where to go! Bailed off. A bit broken and wandering up around the terrace to be of 'classic' standard. The first 4 pitches provided good climbing though, although think we must have been first up after the Winter, as a lot of cleaning was required!
with Iain Powell
Climbed 5 pitches to the terrace and couldn't decipher where to go! Bailed off. A bit broken and wandering up around the terrace to be of 'classic' standard. The first 4 pitches provided good climbing though, although think we must have been first up after the Winter, as a lot of cleaning was required!
with Iain Powell
Hidden 20 Jul, 2013 AltLd O/S
Johannes Petersen 14 Jul, 2013 AltLd O/S
with Joe Gibson
with Joe Gibson
Hidden 28 Jun, 2013 AltLd dnf
captain ??, 2013 -
Andy Chubb 8 Sep, 2012 AltLd Lower pitches looked dry though we could see wet streaks on the pink slabs, but decided to go for it anyway. First 4 pitches very nice VS climbing, and then we got to the Terrace, which was pretty wet. Traversed left looking for the 'obvious' crescent shaped groove. After about 30m we found a leaning V corner but it would take a bit of imagination to make it 'crescent shaped'. Set off up the cracks left of the groove to the pink slabs to find the upper section wet and greasy and without great gear. Continued up and left past the correct belay in the upper middle of the slabs (take note, but not the greatest belay), and then travesed 30m right along another wet terrace to get back on the route under the prominent nose. The Quartz Crack was notable for the lack of visible quartz, and was black, slimy and running with water and was pretty much unclimbable. Fortunately you can go round it on the left and then drop down into the upper part of the corner and complete the route as per the description. 11 pitches including the traverses. 9 hours - slow in the upper half due to the wet. Too much vegetation and too disjointed to be a classic, and worth mentioning that the protection is not always great - some long run outs required on wet rock, mud and handfulls of grass. Very alpine in feel made all the more interesting by an inadequate route description. No wonder so many people go off route.
with Guy Hustinx
Lower pitches looked dry though we could see wet streaks on the pink slabs, but decided to go for it anyway. First 4 pitches very nice VS climbing, and then we got to the Terrace, which was pretty wet. Traversed left looking for the 'obvious' crescent shaped groove. After about 30m we found a leaning V corner but it would take a bit of imagination to make it 'crescent shaped'. Set off up the cracks left of the groove to the pink slabs to find the upper section wet and greasy and without great gear. Continued up and left past the correct belay in the upper middle of the slabs (take note, but not the greatest belay), and then travesed 30m right along another wet terrace to get back on the route under the prominent nose. The Quartz Crack was notable for the lack of visible quartz, and was black, slimy and running with water and was pretty much unclimbable. Fortunately you can go round it on the left and then drop down into the upper part of the corner and complete the route as per the description. 11 pitches including the traverses. 9 hours - slow in the upper half due to the wet. Too much vegetation and too disjointed to be a classic, and worth mentioning that the protection is not always great - some long run outs required on wet rock, mud and handfulls of grass. Very alpine in feel made all the more interesting by an inadequate route description. No wonder so many people go off route.
with Guy Hustinx
Hidden 7 Sep, 2012 AltLd O/S
Tim Hamlet 2 Sep, 2012 AltLd
Laura Hamlet 2 Sep, 2012 2nd dnf So we started to Alt lead but I freaked out near the top of pitch two and down climbed back to Tim. Who then heroically lead pitches 2-5. Bailed out up some grade III winter route (spagnum moss and loose heather in summer) to finished in the dark.
So we started to Alt lead but I freaked out near the top of pitch two and down climbed back to Tim. Who then heroically lead pitches 2-5. Bailed out up some grade III winter route (spagnum moss and loose heather in summer) to finished in the dark.
Hidden 27 May, 2012 2nd
Chris L Hill 27 Mar, 2012 AltLd Climbed Black Mamba to the terrace, then the slabs above had some damp streaks still, so we climbed the crescent groove of Cyclops instead.
with Simon Pearce
Climbed Black Mamba to the terrace, then the slabs above had some damp streaks still, so we climbed the crescent groove of Cyclops instead.
with Simon Pearce
Hidden ??, 2012 -
donas 28 Jul, 2011 AltLd
hwackerhage 24 Jul, 2011 - Thought of Pink Elephant but the top groove looked to wet.
with Arno Alpi
Thought of Pink Elephant but the top groove looked to wet.
with Arno Alpi
Hidden 2 Jul, 2011 Lead O/S
Hidden 3 Jun, 2011 AltLd O/S
michael83 3 Jun, 2011 AltLd O/S pitches 1,3,5,6&7,9 Some really good climbing and almost all the rock was dry
with Mark Mosgrove, Campbell Forbes
pitches 1,3,5,6&7,9 Some really good climbing and almost all the rock was dry
with Mark Mosgrove, Campbell Forbes
drew8connelly ??, 2011 -
geoff.comley 8 Aug, 2010 AltLd dnf Well.... walked in to find most of the crag wet, went for black mamba and after myself climbing the 1st pitch and Pat the 2nd we though better of it. Lesson 1 - Bike in, or stay a few days Lesson 2 - Dont climb wet slabs ;) Shame, Next time!!!
Well.... walked in to find most of the crag wet, went for black mamba and after myself climbing the 1st pitch and Pat the 2nd we though better of it. Lesson 1 - Bike in, or stay a few days Lesson 2 - Dont climb wet slabs ;) Shame, Next time!!!
Neil Mackenzie 24 Jul, 2010 AltLd O/S pitches 6&7 wet so had to go direct up slimey grove and then over crazy set of small overlaps. certainly not VS but took us gratefully upto the belay below the quartz corner. proper mountain adventure!
with adw07
pitches 6&7 wet so had to go direct up slimey grove and then over crazy set of small overlaps. certainly not VS but took us gratefully upto the belay below the quartz corner. proper mountain adventure!
with adw07
Hidden 24 Jul, 2010 AltLd O/S
tallthinmonkey 13 Jul, 2010 AltLd O/S
with Rob Leuhman, Josh Plant
with Rob Leuhman, Josh Plant
Elsier 25 Jun, 2010 AltLd dnf Lead pitches 2 and 4 to terrace, retreated back to terrace after pitch 6 as couldn't find the route and exited up grassy ground to the right.
with Stuart
Lead pitches 2 and 4 to terrace, retreated back to terrace after pitch 6 as couldn't find the route and exited up grassy ground to the right.
with Stuart
Hidden 20 Sep, 2009 AltLd O/S
Hidden 19 Sep, 2009 Lead O/S
Hertha 19 Sep, 2009 AltLd lead first and 3rd pitches, then we escaped up grassy v diff
with Manfran
lead first and 3rd pitches, then we escaped up grassy v diff
with Manfran
Hidden ?Sep, 2009 -
MDowson 20 Jun, 2009 AltLd O/S Led first 4 pitches of route and the 5th grassy scramble pitch, At that point were running too late to complete route and the top looked very wet. Exited via loose broken ground to the right.
with oli warlow
Led first 4 pitches of route and the 5th grassy scramble pitch, At that point were running too late to complete route and the top looked very wet. Exited via loose broken ground to the right.
with oli warlow
Hidden 20 Jun, 2009 AltLd
Mike H 29 May, 2009 AltLd dnf Very wet on the upper pitches, retreated via abseil
with Jamie Smith
Very wet on the upper pitches, retreated via abseil
with Jamie Smith
windy100 ??, 2009 -
twright180 24 Jun, 2008 Solo O/S
Lawrie Brand 23 May, 2008 AltLd dnf Abbed off after 4th pitch - bloody freezing, and Al set of a huge rockfall above second pitch.. not as clean a line as Mousetrap.
with Al Goodridge
Abbed off after 4th pitch - bloody freezing, and Al set of a huge rockfall above second pitch.. not as clean a line as Mousetrap.
with Al Goodridge
Hidden ??, 2008 -
Chris wilson 8 Sep, 2007 2nd A great day out although route finding is difficult on first pitch above the grassy terrace. we went too high before traversing right and ended up on harder ground
with Paulww
A great day out although route finding is difficult on first pitch above the grassy terrace. we went too high before traversing right and ended up on harder ground
with Paulww
DavPk 2 Sep, 2006 AltLd dnf Climbed pitches 1-4 ok. Went off route to right on 5th pitch. 6th pitch got us back on route. Began 7th pitch tr left beneath Cyclops but dripping slab and voracious midges forced retreat. Descended to left along grassy ledges and then 2 abs to bottom.
with Romain Rebut
Climbed pitches 1-4 ok. Went off route to right on 5th pitch. 6th pitch got us back on route. Began 7th pitch tr left beneath Cyclops but dripping slab and voracious midges forced retreat. Descended to left along grassy ledges and then 2 abs to bottom.
with Romain Rebut
dunx55 ??, 2006 -
Jamie B ?Jul, 2005 AltLd Went too far left above terrace (bottom of Cyclops) and ended up on Pink Elephant. A common mistake apparently.
with Simon Franks
Went too far left above terrace (bottom of Cyclops) and ended up on Pink Elephant. A common mistake apparently.
with Simon Franks
Jamie Simpson - Alpine Dragons ?Jun, 2004 AltLd O/S Finished route at the large terrace due to the top being soaked. Good route, last pitch to the terrace was running with water.
with Andy Munro
Finished route at the large terrace due to the top being soaked. Good route, last pitch to the terrace was running with water.
with Andy Munro
Colin Mcgregor 2 Sep, 2002 AltLd O/S
Hidden 2 Sep, 2002 AltLd
The Pulsing Motorik of Neu! 24 Jun, 2001 AltLd O/S Pink Elephant finish
with Duncan
Pink Elephant finish
with Duncan
BRUCESTRAC ??, 2001 -
with GRANT CAMBELL
with GRANT CAMBELL
Lone Rider ??, 2000 -
graeme gatherer ??, 2000 -
Stuart S ?Jun, 1999 AltLd O/S
TrollJester ??, 1998 AltLd O/S
with Bruce A Strachan
with Bruce A Strachan
Nettle 1 Jul, 1991 AltLd O/S ** - 330m!!! (4c/4b/4b/4b/-/4b/4b/4c/4c/-/-) - With Chinny Holland. An awesome day out, driving and walking in with a hangover. Climbing the route, finishing at 2300hrs in broad daylight and descending down the main gully which was full of snow, before bivvying on the beach of the Dubh Loch afterwards.
with Wilf2
** - 330m!!! (4c/4b/4b/4b/-/4b/4b/4c/4c/-/-) - With Chinny Holland. An awesome day out, driving and walking in with a hangover. Climbing the route, finishing at 2300hrs in broad daylight and descending down the main gully which was full of snow, before bivvying on the beach of the Dubh Loch afterwards.
with Wilf2
brianrunner ??, 1990 -
amcleish ??, 1986 -
Fraidknot 17 Jul, 1984 Solo
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