Climb easy-angled snow up Observatory Gully to base of Tower Scoop. Traverse left around the cliff and continue upwards on steeper ground. Once above the cliff, traverse right again and continue steeply to the coire rim. Top-out usually defended by monster cornices.

Ticklists: Ben Nevis Gully Climbs.

Webster 29/Apr Solo


NullPointerEx17 29/Apr Solo

Melting at bottom, somewhat frozen up top, cornice was not a problem.

Kamikaze Bob 22/Apr Lead

Best conditions today. 3 other Parties on Tower Scoop, and Gardyloo Gully. On My fourth visit of Ben Nevis finally good views from the summit

Hidden 30/Mar Solo
joe king 19/Mar Solo rpt

planned to do Tower ridge but the wind was blowing the rain upwards so popped up TG - found a few short ice pitches but melting at all levels. roped up for the cornice

with steveP
steveP 19/Mar Solo
niallsash 07/Jan -

Finished out after bailing of gardyloo gully

with kdo
kdo 07/Jan -
rob16 02/Jan Solo
Garry_C 27/May/16 -

In descent, on skis

with Jim, Sarah
Webster 14/May/16 Solo

in decsent, rock solid refrozen snow. difficult entry over hollow cornice.

Fiona Hughes 23/Apr/16 2nd
with SP
Hidden 23/Apr/16 Lead
EcoClimber 27/Mar/16 AltLd

2 Degrees CC trip. Marc lead. Cornice was large, hence belay below. Great day out.

pawelb 27/Mar/16 Solo O/S

snowy cornices!!!

Hidden 27/Mar/16 TR dog
Hidden 20/Mar/16 Solo O/S
Oliver Smaje 20/Mar/16 Solo
Stephen Barrass 20/Mar/16 Solo

Done twice to link tower ridge to good friday, then to descend to CIC

with DHHZ
BenedictIEP 20/Mar/16 Solo

Eleanor and Adams first winter mountaineering experience. albeit on the first day of spring. (Doh!)

adamthisss 20/Mar/16 Solo
with Jake goodwin, JP
Leleanor93 20/Mar/16 Solo
Conor Nally 20/Mar/16 -
thedatastream 20/Mar/16 Solo
DHHZ 20/Mar/16 Solo


with Stephen
Oliver Smaje 19/Mar/16 Solo


Hidden 19/Mar/16 Lead O/S
Conor Nally 19/Mar/16 -

Down climbed

Hidden 15/Mar/16 2nd O/S
danieleaston 15/Mar/16 Lead O/S

Moved together after tower scoop. Slot in cornice but snow a bit soft on the final move!

with Tom
Hidden 11/Jan/16 -
Andy England 08/Jan/16 AltLd
Hidden 06/Jan/16 Solo O/S
SarahA 05/Jan/16 Solo
guy757 ??/2016 -
Dawn_K_B 31/Dec/15 Solo O/S

As descent, mostly in the dark. Pretty glad we didn't walk all the way down the tourist route in whiteout conditions!

amccann 31/Dec/15 Solo O/S

In descent after Good Friday Climb.

Teappleby 31/Dec/15 Solo O/S

As descent.

Matt Harmon 31/Dec/15 Solo rpt

For descent in the dark

KDSclimber 29/Dec/15 Solo
with Richard
EcoClimber 29/Dec/15 Solo
Rob Moorcroft 20/Dec/15 Solo
with Richard Ive
Roberttaylor 08/Jun/15 Solo O/S
Andypotter3 ?/Jun/15 -
Hidden 02/May/15 Lead
Andrew Holden 19/Apr/15 Solo
Hidden 19/Apr/15 2nd
Timothy Miller 22/Mar/15 Solo O/S

As descent

olekemi 21/Mar/15 Solo O/S

In descent.

with Lester S
Hidden 21/Mar/15 Solo O/S
Hidden 21/Mar/15 Solo O/S
David Woods 21/Mar/15 Solo O/S
Hidden 21/Mar/15 Solo
arose 17/Mar/15 Solo

Descended to get another route in

joesmith 17/Mar/15 Solo


Hidden 15/Mar/15 Solo O/S
Hidden 15/Mar/15 Solo
alexmcmillan 15/Mar/15 Solo O/S

In descent.

lu 15/Mar/15 Solo
cacheson 15/Mar/15 Solo

Descent, steep and icy for 1

Hidden 15/Mar/15 Solo
MSchobitz 14/Mar/15 Solo

Twice as decent.

Matt Harmon 14/Mar/15 Solo O/S

for descent

calumhicks 14/Mar/15 Solo O/S

Down climbed to get to tower scoop

with Adam Harris
Harry Holmes 14/Mar/15 Solo O/S
Hidden 13/Mar/15 Solo
sjbrook 14/Feb/15 Lead

To summit following Tower Scoop.

with Julian Sorrell, PCC
Liam Watson ?/Feb/15 Solo
Hardonicus 04/Jan/15 Solo O/S

In descent to access Smith's Route. Also re-ascended after bailing from the aforementioned route.

Robertgiddy 04/Jan/15 Solo
Hidden ??/2015 -
Hidden 23/Dec/14 Solo O/S
andyinglis 21/Jun/14 -

Climbed then skied, 500m descent.

with Scott Muir
jamesh 28/Mar/14 Solo
with Jim Unwin
Stamford Raffles 06/Apr/13 -


with Rich Pyne, Kris
scottie390 06/Mar/13 -
cbonner 01/Mar/13 Solo O/S
bradholmes 01/Mar/13 Solo O/S
al jackson ?/Mar/13 2nd
Hidden 26/Feb/13 Solo O/S
Hidden 20/Feb/13 Solo dnf
Hidden 17/Feb/13 Solo
nickdonohue ?/Feb/13 Solo

As a descent; interesting way down.

with Ian Bryant
Hidden 16/Jan/13 Solo O/S
allyrocke 16/Jan/13 Solo O/S
captain ??/2013 -
Andrew Holden ??/2013 Solo
Hidden ??/2013 -
ross brinson 21/Dec/12 Solo
with Thomas Moore
Louis Hume 05/May/12 Solo

Late season, hard snow, didn't fancy chances of arresting successfuly so chopped steps.

with Jenny
Jenny Hall 05/May/12 Solo O/S

Did it in very hard conditions very icy and therefore hard work.

with Louis
lumbard 26/Mar/12 2nd
luckyjim 18/Mar/12 Solo
abbeywall 18/Mar/12 Solo

down climb after gardyloo

with K, AC
Hidden 09/Mar/12 Solo O/S
Chad123 04/Mar/12 Solo

Ski Descent. Had wanted to do this for years and it lived up to the hype, lovely powdery snow all the way down, exciting entry at the top and you want to make sure you go past tower scoop!

Steve Woollard 02/Mar/12 Solo
Tim_Gomersall ?/Mar/12 Solo
with ANNA
Anna_wells ?/Mar/12 Solo
peter fetlar 18/Feb/12 AltLd O/S
with luke kenny, stewart
Hidden 18/Feb/12 2nd
connor ?/Feb/12 Solo

Paced to the Red Burn

jimhall 28/Jan/12 Solo O/S

topped out after tower scoop

with Paddy
Jones_88 28/Jan/12 Solo
david100 13/Jan/12 Solo

bomber neve

tim20 ??/2012 -
with Mat
centurion05 ??/2012 -
PAJames ??/2012 -
scottie390 ??/2012 -
Hidden ??/2012 -
graeme gatherer 23/Apr/11 -

Ski descent

Jamie Johnston 17/Apr/11 Solo

Ski descent

with Niall Lightfoot, Alan McHardy, Ross Flatman, Eric Thomson, Craig Cameron, Doug Bryce
CacCarnBeag 15/Apr/11 Solo
with Bruce, Freddie, Sally
frecro 14/Apr/11 Solo

Lots of snow, but lots of falling ice made the traverse below smith's route feel pretty exposed and scary!

brwilson 14/Apr/11 -

lots of ice and some rock fall seen. Probably the end of the season.

Tim Rodgers 02/Apr/11 Lead
with David Anderson
Timo Austino 26/Mar/11 -
with Nats
crispy 26/Mar/11 Solo O/S
with Steven
The Bad Cough 12/Mar/11 2nd O/S
with Christian Minett, Tom Williams
Hidden 06/Mar/11 Solo O/S
ksneds 05/Mar/11 AltLd

Route to the top from Tower Scoop

with stevo
Hidden 28/Feb/11 Solo O/S
Mr Fuller 27/Feb/11 Solo

Climbed after Tower Scoop. Some horrid powder about.

with Lisa Witty
Hidden 22/Feb/11 Solo
climberuk 05/Feb/11 -

Soloed until just below the top where we took a belay due to soft snow and wee cornice.

with Drew
frankiesmythe 02/Jan/11 Solo O/S

Good Snow

with Grandad, Davis
CurlyStevo ??/2011 Lead

good condition, easy cornice.

with Kenny
Hidden ??/2011 -
rossn ??/2011 -
Paul Boggis ??/2011 Solo
adie84 ??/2011 -
Hidden ??/2011 Solo O/S
Harry Ellis 02/May/10 Lead
with Martin Lugg
tomdude 22/Apr/10 Solo
with rob
robertmichaellovell 22/Apr/10 -

Finish was exciting for a I, climbed after bailing from point five

with Tom
Hidden 10/Apr/10 AltLd O/S
Roger Cruse 08/Apr/10 Solo O/S
with Kris, Andy S & Rich Holt
Rick Ashton ?/Mar/10 Lead
with James King
Hidden 10/Feb/10 Solo O/S
colinthrelfall ??/2010 -
Hidden ??/2010 -
Hidden ??/2010 -
alancash100 ??/2010 AltLd
Hidden 13/Dec/09 Solo O/S
Somerset swede basher 17/Apr/09 Solo O/S

In descent

with Jon Miles
The Mountain Goat 17/Apr/09 Solo

In Decent

Hidden 13/Apr/09 Solo
Will Smith 12/Apr/09 Solo

After tower scoop. Entertaining cornice exit - climbed through first cornice, then crawled along 10 feet between two cornices before breaking out of the upper one.

with Matt and Rob
lithos 12/Apr/09 Solo

seee will's comment !

with matt hobby
Col Kingshott ?/Apr/09 Lead O/S
kingjam ?/Mar/09 2nd
with Guide
Kyle Rance 27/Feb/09 Solo O/S
daviesp2 24/Feb/09 -
thomasaneurinsmith 15/Feb/09 Solo
with Neil Redgrave, Stuart Reeves
Jamboli ?/Feb/09 2nd
Becky E 03/Jan/09 2nd
Hidden 03/Jan/09 Solo O/S
Hidden 02/Jan/09 Solo β
Hidden 02/Jan/09 Solo
Fiona Reid 01/Jan/09 Solo

Awesome day, very exposed traversing above the Tower Scoop. Topped out at 9:45am in simply amazing weather - what a way to start 2009!

with Mike
Mike-W-99 01/Jan/09 Solo

Two attempts on the cornice, didn't notice the obvious right hand exit point.

with Fiona
rossn ??/2009 -
cragmanuk ??/2009 -
with Ian Lamb, John Elliott,Fergal Corrigan
Hidden ??/2009 -
Hidden ??/2009 -
Hidden 31/Dec/08 2nd O/S
stevepotter 31/Dec/08 Lead
with steve taylor
hamish2016 28/Dec/08 Solo
Hidden 28/Dec/08 Solo O/S
Hidden 25/Apr/08 Solo
Hidden 23/Apr/08 -
Hidden 22/Apr/08 Solo O/S
Neil Mackenzie 19/Apr/08 Solo
with Andy
9fingerjon 19/Apr/08 AltLd
with Matt
Hidden 19/Apr/08 AltLd
andymoin 19/Apr/08 Solo O/S

Looked at smiths but head wasn't in it so when up TG to the summit. Descended along the cmd arête to cmd summit, the opted for the fast way down and bum sild 500m meters back down to the cic, great fun.

Stuart Macfarlane 22/Mar/08 Lead
with Jeanie
Lawrie Brand 17/Feb/08 AltLd O/S
with David Lowell
newvena 17/Feb/08 Lead O/S
with macker, dean & andy
Hidden 15/Feb/08 Solo O/S
Gman ?/Feb/08 Lead O/S
with Steven
StevePr ??/2008 Solo

Very very cold day

with Alan
Rosey Posey 30/Dec/07 2nd O/S
with Paul
joe king 30/Dec/07 Lead

couple of ice pitches (III) near tower scoop

with Rose
Hidden 02/Dec/07 Solo
Hidden ?/Dec/07 Solo
stevomcd 14/Apr/07 Solo O/S

Snowboard descent from just below cornice. Didn't bother climbing over the cornice (about 7' high and 40° overhanging!)

Hidden 06/Apr/07 Solo
Hidden 03/Apr/07 AltLd
BallsOfSteel 03/Apr/07 AltLd O/S

HUGE cornice tunneled out by abseilers, but would not envy anyone soloing up this! exposed and quite scary for the grade in my opinion.

Hidden 26/Mar/07 2nd
beermonkey ?/Mar/07 -
with ronnie
Hidden 18/Feb/07 Solo O/S
Dave Searle 27/Jan/07 Solo

as descent from tower ridge after summiting.

with sim
Howard J 04/Feb/06 Solo


reg_measures ?/Jan/06 Lead O/S
with beth, claire
Hidden ??/2006 -
bms 29/Dec/05 Solo
Tom Stoddart ?/Apr/05 Solo
with Tom Slade, Iain Leverett, Dave Battley
Hidden ?/Feb/05 Solo
andrewbooth1000 29/Jan/05 Solo
with Rob, Mark & Sims
Hidden ?/Mar/04 AltLd O/S
Hidden ?/Mar/04 2nd
Captain Solo 14/Feb/04 Solo
Elastic Jones 04/Feb/04 Solo
Elastic Jones 08/Jan/03 Solo O/S
with Chris Cox
akhughes ??/2000 -
Hidden 01/Mar/98 -
Hidden 10/Mar/97 Lead O/S
iskra2000 20/Jan/97 Solo
with Mark Smith
tev 22/Jan/94 2nd dog
with Dave M
Hidden 27/Dec/91 2nd O/S
Sime64 17/Apr/91 2nd
with Alan Kimber Guide
NickJH ?/Feb/91 -
Hidden ??/1991 -
Hidden ??/1990 -
pauldrew ??/1988 AltLd
Hidden 10/Feb/86 -
Ghastly Rubberfeet ??/1984 Solo
Neil R 17/Feb/83 Solo
with David M
99bolivar ?/Feb/82 AltLd
with Derek Smithson
Nigel Bond 17/Mar/81 Solo
Falko 28/Dec/77 Solo
with Howard Lancashire
mikej 08/Apr/69 Solo


with Wil Hurford
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