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.

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Duncan Beard 16 Feb Solo O/S In surprisingly good nick as the rest of the Ben was almost stripped bare. A typical grade I snow plod with a little spice in the last 5m on some steeper soft snow left of cornice. Possible nut belay just before this. Scenic & atmospheric in the murk.
with Joe Hiley
In surprisingly good nick as the rest of the Ben was almost stripped bare. A typical grade I snow plod with a little spice in the last 5m on some steeper soft snow left of cornice. Possible nut belay just before this. Scenic & atmospheric in the murk.
with Joe Hiley
JHiley 16 Feb Solo Snow surprisingly firm but very little left on the nearby routes and melting ice all around including near the top.
Snow surprisingly firm but very little left on the nearby routes and melting ice all around including near the top.
Tarquin 9 Jan -
eddbeale 3 Jan 2nd
cavemancolumbus 3 Jan 2nd
NigelHurst 13 Dec, 2018 2nd O/S Final day of 4 on mountaineering course with Ken from West Coast Mountaineering and an adventure. Felt steep for grade 1 as early on season and snow hadn't banked up. Hard neve made the steep climb hard but felt safe as houses on crampons and axe with Ken leading. Clouds cleared on beautiful rime covered summit for great views to south.
Final day of 4 on mountaineering course with Ken from West Coast Mountaineering and an adventure. Felt steep for grade 1 as early on season and snow hadn't banked up. Hard neve made the steep climb hard but felt safe as houses on crampons and axe with Ken leading. Clouds cleared on beautiful rime covered summit for great views to south.
Camric 27 May, 2018 Solo Skied in nice spring conditions after climbing tower ridge.
Skied in nice spring conditions after climbing tower ridge.
David Cooper 29 Apr, 2018 Solo O/S Before complete ski descent of tower and observatory gully. One of the most sublime ski descents in memory. Also checked lower reaches of gardyloo below ice pitch - perfect powder.
with Jamie Druid
Before complete ski descent of tower and observatory gully. One of the most sublime ski descents in memory. Also checked lower reaches of gardyloo below ice pitch - perfect powder.
with Jamie Druid
Cuillin Calling 1 Apr, 2018 Solo Nice way to top out after Tower Scoop
Nice way to top out after Tower Scoop
morpcat 31 Mar, 2018 Lead
Rhys Deane 31 Mar, 2018 Lead
Kevin Woods 19 Mar, 2018 Solo Descended into, back out, into, and back out again - filming in Observatory Gully. First 30m ab off bollard.
Descended into, back out, into, and back out again - filming in Observatory Gully. First 30m ab off bollard.
Carol Goodall 3 Mar, 2018 Solo Used as a descent route from Tower Gap after climbing Glover's Chimney. Abbed the first 60m then down climbed in darkness.
with Jude
Used as a descent route from Tower Gap after climbing Glover's Chimney. Abbed the first 60m then down climbed in darkness.
with Jude
Tom.Priestley 1 Mar, 2018 Solo O/S Decent
with James Gibson
Decent
with James Gibson
piken 26 Feb, 2018 - A fitting way to finish the scoop
with Sarah
A fitting way to finish the scoop
with Sarah
Hidden 21 Feb, 2018 Solo
Toby_Cronshaw 17 Feb, 2018 Solo O/S Had to kick steps all the way up. Knee to waist deep powder. Very poor visibility at the top and shut down by cornice and fading light. Very easy route, even in tough conditions. Snowboarded down.
Had to kick steps all the way up. Knee to waist deep powder. Very poor visibility at the top and shut down by cornice and fading light. Very easy route, even in tough conditions. Snowboarded down.
Hidden ??, 2018 -
Swiss Tony ??, 2018 -
Webster 29 Apr, 2017 Solo decent
decent
NullPointerEx17 29 Apr, 2017 Solo Melting at bottom, somewhat frozen up top, cornice was not a problem.
Melting at bottom, somewhat frozen up top, cornice was not a problem.
Kamikaze Bob 22 Apr, 2017 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
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, 2017 Solo
joe king 19 Mar, 2017 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
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, 2017 Solo
niallsash 7 Jan, 2017 - Finished out after bailing of gardyloo gully
with kdo
Finished out after bailing of gardyloo gully
with kdo
Hidden 7 Jan, 2017 -
rob16 2 Jan, 2017 Solo
Garry_C 27 May, 2016 - In descent, on skis
with Jim, Sarah
In descent, on skis
with Jim, Sarah
Webster 14 May, 2016 Solo in decsent, rock solid refrozen snow. difficult entry over hollow cornice.
in decsent, rock solid refrozen snow. difficult entry over hollow cornice.
FH 23 Apr, 2016 2nd
with SP
with SP
Hidden 23 Apr, 2016 Lead
EcoClimber 27 Mar, 2016 AltLd 2 Degrees CC trip. Marc lead. Cornice was large, hence belay below. Great day out.
2 Degrees CC trip. Marc lead. Cornice was large, hence belay below. Great day out.
pawelb 27 Mar, 2016 Solo O/S snowy cornices!!!
snowy cornices!!!
Hidden 27 Mar, 2016 TR dog
Hidden 20 Mar, 2016 Solo O/S
Oliver Smaje 20 Mar, 2016 Solo
Stephen Barrass 20 Mar, 2016 Solo Done twice to link tower ridge to good friday, then to descend to CIC
with DHHZ
Done twice to link tower ridge to good friday, then to descend to CIC
with DHHZ
BenedictIEP 20 Mar, 2016 Solo Eleanor and Adams first winter mountaineering experience. albeit on the first day of spring. (Doh!)
with Louise Miller, adamthisss, Leleanor93, MrRum, thedatastream
Eleanor and Adams first winter mountaineering experience. albeit on the first day of spring. (Doh!)
with Louise Miller, adamthisss, Leleanor93, MrRum, thedatastream
adamthisss 20 Mar, 2016 Solo
with Jake goodwin, thedatastream
with Jake goodwin, thedatastream
Leleanor93 20 Mar, 2016 Solo
Conor Nally 20 Mar, 2016 -
thedatastream 20 Mar, 2016 Solo
DHHZ 20 Mar, 2016 Solo Downclimbed
with Stephen
Downclimbed
with Stephen
Oliver Smaje 19 Mar, 2016 Solo Down
Down
Hidden 19 Mar, 2016 Lead O/S
Chuck 19 Mar, 2016 -
Conor Nally 19 Mar, 2016 - Down climbed
Down climbed
Hidden 15 Mar, 2016 2nd O/S
danieleaston 15 Mar, 2016 Lead Moved together after tower scoop. Slot in cornice but snow a bit soft on the final move!
Moved together after tower scoop. Slot in cornice but snow a bit soft on the final move!
mBob8 11 Jan, 2016 - Descent after Gardyloo
Descent after Gardyloo
Andy England 8 Jan, 2016 AltLd
Hidden 6 Jan, 2016 Solo O/S
SarahA 5 Jan, 2016 Solo
Hidden ??, 2016 -
Dawn_K_B 31 Dec, 2015 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!
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, 2015 Solo O/S In descent after Good Friday Climb.
In descent after Good Friday Climb.
Teappleby 31 Dec, 2015 Solo O/S As descent.
As descent.
Matt Harmon 31 Dec, 2015 Solo rpt For descent in the dark
For descent in the dark
KDSclimber 29 Dec, 2015 Solo
EcoClimber 29 Dec, 2015 Solo
Rob Moorcroft 20 Dec, 2015 Solo
with Richard Ive
with Richard Ive
Roberttaylor 8 Jun, 2015 Solo O/S
Andypotter3 ?Jun, 2015 -
Hidden 2 May, 2015 Lead
Hidden 2 May, 2015 2nd
Andrew Holden 19 Apr, 2015 Solo
Hidden 19 Apr, 2015 2nd
mim tiller 22 Mar, 2015 Solo O/S As descent
As descent
olekemi 21 Mar, 2015 Solo O/S In descent.
with Lester S
In descent.
with Lester S
Rob84 21 Mar, 2015 Solo O/S Descent
Descent
Hidden 21 Mar, 2015 Solo O/S
Sloth Chops 21 Mar, 2015 Solo O/S
Hidden 21 Mar, 2015 Solo
arose 17 Mar, 2015 Solo Descended to get another route in
Descended to get another route in
joesmith 17 Mar, 2015 Solo Descent
with arose
Descent
with arose
Hidden 15 Mar, 2015 Solo O/S
Hidden 15 Mar, 2015 Solo
alexmcmillan 15 Mar, 2015 Solo O/S In descent.
In descent.
lu 15 Mar, 2015 Solo
cacheson 15 Mar, 2015 Solo Descent, steep and icy for 1
Descent, steep and icy for 1
Hidden 15 Mar, 2015 Solo
MSchobitz 14 Mar, 2015 Solo Twice as decent.
Twice as decent.
Matt Harmon 14 Mar, 2015 Solo O/S for descent
for descent
calumhicks 14 Mar, 2015 Solo O/S Down climbed to get to tower scoop
with Adam Harris
Down climbed to get to tower scoop
with Adam Harris
Harry Holmes 14 Mar, 2015 Solo O/S
Hidden 13 Mar, 2015 Solo
sjbrook 14 Feb, 2015 Lead To summit following Tower Scoop.
with Julian Sorrell, PCC
To summit following Tower Scoop.
with Julian Sorrell, PCC
Liam Watson ?Feb, 2015 Solo
Hardonicus 4 Jan, 2015 Solo O/S In descent to access Smith's Route. Also re-ascended after bailing from the aforementioned route.
In descent to access Smith's Route. Also re-ascended after bailing from the aforementioned route.
Robertgiddy 4 Jan, 2015 Solo
kbow265 ??, 2015 -
Hidden 23 Dec, 2014 Solo O/S
andyinglis 21 Jun, 2014 - Climbed then skied, 500m descent.
with Scott Muir
Climbed then skied, 500m descent.
with Scott Muir
jamesh 28 Mar, 2014 Solo
with Jim Unwin
with Jim Unwin
Stamford Raffles 6 Apr, 2013 - Outstanding.
with Rich Pyne, Kris
Outstanding.
with Rich Pyne, Kris
Hidden 6 Mar, 2013 -
Hidden 1 Mar, 2013 Solo O/S
bradholmes 1 Mar, 2013 Solo O/S
with cbonner
with cbonner
al jackson ?Mar, 2013 2nd
Hidden 26 Feb, 2013 Solo O/S
Hidden 20 Feb, 2013 Solo dnf
Hidden 17 Feb, 2013 Solo
nickdonohue ?Feb, 2013 Solo As a descent; interesting way down.
with Ian Bryant
As a descent; interesting way down.
with Ian Bryant
Hidden 16 Jan, 2013 Solo O/S
allyrocke 16 Jan, 2013 Solo O/S
captain ??, 2013 -
Andrew Holden ??, 2013 Solo
drew8connelly ??, 2013 -
ross brinson 21 Dec, 2012 Solo
with Thomas Moore
with Thomas Moore
Louis Hume 5 May, 2012 Solo Late season, hard snow, didn't fancy chances of arresting successfuly so chopped steps.
Late season, hard snow, didn't fancy chances of arresting successfuly so chopped steps.
Jenny Hall 5 May, 2012 Solo O/S Did it in very hard conditions very icy and therefore hard work.
with Louis
Did it in very hard conditions very icy and therefore hard work.
with Louis
lumbard 26 Mar, 2012 2nd
luckyjim 18 Mar, 2012 Solo
abbeywall 18 Mar, 2012 Solo down climb after gardyloo
with K, AC
down climb after gardyloo
with K, AC
Hidden 9 Mar, 2012 Solo O/S
Chad123 4 Mar, 2012 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!
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 2 Mar, 2012 Solo
Tim_Gomersall ?Mar, 2012 Solo
Anna_wells ?Mar, 2012 Solo
peter fetlar 18 Feb, 2012 AltLd O/S
with luke kenny, stewart
with luke kenny, stewart
Hidden 18 Feb, 2012 2nd
connor ?Feb, 2012 Solo Paced to the Red Burn
Paced to the Red Burn
jimhall 28 Jan, 2012 Solo O/S topped out after tower scoop
with pclark
topped out after tower scoop
with pclark
Jones_88 28 Jan, 2012 Solo
david100 13 Jan, 2012 Solo bomber neve
bomber neve
tim20 ??, 2012 -
with Mat
with Mat
centurion05 ??, 2012 -
PAJames ??, 2012 -
Hidden ??, 2012 -
Hidden ??, 2012 -
graeme gatherer 23 Apr, 2011 - Ski descent
Ski descent
Jamie Johnston 17 Apr, 2011 Solo Ski descent
with Niall Lightfoot, Alan McHardy, Ross Flatman, Eric Thomson, Craig Cameron, Doug Bryce
Ski descent
with Niall Lightfoot, Alan McHardy, Ross Flatman, Eric Thomson, Craig Cameron, Doug Bryce
Hidden 15 Apr, 2011 Solo
frecro 14 Apr, 2011 Solo Lots of snow, but lots of falling ice made the traverse below smith's route feel pretty exposed and scary!
Lots of snow, but lots of falling ice made the traverse below smith's route feel pretty exposed and scary!
brwilson 14 Apr, 2011 - lots of ice and some rock fall seen. Probably the end of the season.
lots of ice and some rock fall seen. Probably the end of the season.
Hidden 2 Apr, 2011 Lead
Timo Austino 26 Mar, 2011 -
with Nats
with Nats
crispy 26 Mar, 2011 Solo O/S
The Bad Cough 12 Mar, 2011 2nd O/S
with Christian Minett, stoned
with Christian Minett, stoned
Hidden 6 Mar, 2011 Solo O/S
ksneds 5 Mar, 2011 AltLd Route to the top from Tower Scoop
Route to the top from Tower Scoop
blahblahblah 28 Feb, 2011 Solo O/S finish for tower scoop - quite steep at the top
with Phil Bachelor
finish for tower scoop - quite steep at the top
with Phil Bachelor
Mr Fuller 27 Feb, 2011 Solo Climbed after Tower Scoop. Some horrid powder about.
with Lisa Witty
Climbed after Tower Scoop. Some horrid powder about.
with Lisa Witty
Hidden 22 Feb, 2011 Solo
climberuk 5 Feb, 2011 - Soloed until just below the top where we took a belay due to soft snow and wee cornice.
with Drew
Soloed until just below the top where we took a belay due to soft snow and wee cornice.
with Drew
frankiesmythe 2 Jan, 2011 Solo O/S Good Snow
with Grandad, Davis
Good Snow
with Grandad, Davis
CurlyStevo ??, 2011 Lead good condition, easy cornice.
with Kenny
good condition, easy cornice.
with Kenny
drew8connelly ??, 2011 -
rossn ??, 2011 -
Paul Boggis ??, 2011 Solo
adie84 ??, 2011 -
Hidden ??, 2011 Solo O/S
Harry Ellis 2 May, 2010 Lead
with Martin Lugg
with Martin Lugg
tomdude 22 Apr, 2010 Solo
robertmichaellovell 22 Apr, 2010 - Finish was exciting for a I, climbed after bailing from point five
with tomdude
Finish was exciting for a I, climbed after bailing from point five
with tomdude
Hidden 10 Apr, 2010 AltLd O/S
Roger Cruse 8 Apr, 2010 Solo O/S
with Kris, Andy S & Rich Holt
with Kris, Andy S & Rich Holt
Rick Ashton ?Mar, 2010 Lead
with James King
with James King
Hidden 10 Feb, 2010 Solo O/S
colinthrelfall ??, 2010 -
Hidden ??, 2010 -
alancash100 ??, 2010 AltLd
Hidden 13 Dec, 2009 Solo O/S
Somerset swede basher 17 Apr, 2009 Solo O/S In descent
with Jon Miles
In descent
with Jon Miles
The Mountain Goat 17 Apr, 2009 Solo In Decent
In Decent
Hidden 13 Apr, 2009 Solo
Will Smith 12 Apr, 2009 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
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, 2009 Solo seee will's comment !
with matt hobby
seee will's comment !
with matt hobby
Col Kingshott ?Apr, 2009 Lead O/S
kingjam ?Mar, 2009 2nd
with Guide
with Guide
Kyle Rance 27 Feb, 2009 Solo O/S
daviesp2 24 Feb, 2009 -
thomasaneurinsmith 15 Feb, 2009 Solo
with Neil Redgrave, Stuart Reeves
with Neil Redgrave, Stuart Reeves
Jamboli ?Feb, 2009 2nd
Becky E 3 Jan, 2009 2nd
Hidden 3 Jan, 2009 Solo O/S
Hidden 2 Jan, 2009 Solo β
Hidden 2 Jan, 2009 Solo
Hidden 1 Jan, 2009 Solo
Hidden 1 Jan, 2009 Solo
rossn ??, 2009 -
cragmanuk ??, 2009 -
with Ian Lamb, John Elliott,Fergal Corrigan
with Ian Lamb, John Elliott,Fergal Corrigan
Hidden ??, 2009 -
Hidden ??, 2009 -
Hidden 31 Dec, 2008 2nd O/S
stevepotter 31 Dec, 2008 Lead
with steve taylor
with steve taylor
hamish2016 28 Dec, 2008 Solo
Hidden 28 Dec, 2008 Solo O/S
Hidden 25 Apr, 2008 Solo
Hidden 23 Apr, 2008 -
Hidden 22 Apr, 2008 Solo O/S
Neil Mackenzie 19 Apr, 2008 Solo
9fingerjon 19 Apr, 2008 AltLd
Hidden 19 Apr, 2008 AltLd
andymoin 19 Apr, 2008 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.
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, 2008 Lead
with Jeanie
with Jeanie
Lawrie Brand 17 Feb, 2008 AltLd O/S
with David Lowell
with David Lowell
newvena 17 Feb, 2008 Lead O/S
with macker, dean & andy
with macker, dean & andy
Hidden 15 Feb, 2008 Solo O/S
Hidden 9 Feb, 2008 AltLd
Gman ?Feb, 2008 Lead O/S
with Steven
with Steven
StevePr ??, 2008 Solo Very very cold day
with Alan
Very very cold day
with Alan
Rosey Posey 30 Dec, 2007 2nd O/S
with Paul
with Paul
joe king 30 Dec, 2007 Lead couple of ice pitches (III) near tower scoop
with Rose
couple of ice pitches (III) near tower scoop
with Rose
Hidden 2 Dec, 2007 Solo
Hidden ?Dec, 2007 Solo
stevomcd 14 Apr, 2007 Solo O/S Snowboard descent from just below cornice. Didn't bother climbing over the cornice (about 7' high and 40° overhanging!)
Snowboard descent from just below cornice. Didn't bother climbing over the cornice (about 7' high and 40° overhanging!)
Hidden 3 Apr, 2007 AltLd
BallsOfSteel 3 Apr, 2007 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.
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, 2007 2nd
beermonkey ?Mar, 2007 -
with ronnie
with ronnie
MarkyGee 18 Feb, 2007 Solo O/S Were headed for Gradyloo Gully but it looked too steep for us with a nasty looking cornice. Headed up Tower Gully instead and found that cornice almost as bad. Had to crawl along a shelf under the lip to get to the gap. Great way to get to the Summit though, as long as you don't mind the occassional chunks of ice that fly down from other parties on routes in Observatory Gully! Those chunks seemed to have our names on them!
with Steve Whelan
Were headed for Gradyloo Gully but it looked too steep for us with a nasty looking cornice. Headed up Tower Gully instead and found that cornice almost as bad. Had to crawl along a shelf under the lip to get to the gap. Great way to get to the Summit though, as long as you don't mind the occassional chunks of ice that fly down from other parties on routes in Observatory Gully! Those chunks seemed to have our names on them!
with Steve Whelan
Dave Searle 27 Jan, 2007 Solo as descent from tower ridge after summiting.
with sim
as descent from tower ridge after summiting.
with sim
Howard J 4 Feb, 2006 Solo Descent
Descent
reg_measures ?Jan, 2006 Lead O/S
with beth, claire
with beth, claire
Hidden ??, 2006 -
bms 29 Dec, 2005 Solo
Tom Stoddart ?Apr, 2005 Solo
with Tom Slade, Iain Leverett, Dave Battley
with Tom Slade, Iain Leverett, Dave Battley
Hidden ?Feb, 2005 Solo
andrewbooth1000 29 Jan, 2005 Solo
with Rob, Mark & Sims
with Rob, Mark & Sims
Hidden ?Mar, 2004 AltLd O/S
Hidden ?Mar, 2004 2nd
Captain Solo 14 Feb, 2004 Solo
Elastic Jones 4 Feb, 2004 Solo
Elastic Jones 8 Jan, 2003 Solo O/S
with Chris Cox
with Chris Cox
akhughes ??, 2000 -
James Gordon ?Apr, 1999 -
Hidden 1 Mar, 1998 -
Hidden 10 Mar, 1997 Lead O/S
Hidden 20 Jan, 1997 Solo
andy_pemberton ??, 1995 AltLd
Hidden 22 Jan, 1994 2nd dog
Hidden 27 Dec, 1991 2nd O/S
Sime64 17 Apr, 1991 2nd
with Alan Kimber Guide
with Alan Kimber Guide
NickJH ?Feb, 1991 -
Hidden ??, 1991 -
Hidden ??, 1990 -
pauldrew ??, 1988 AltLd
ChrisMarden ??, 1988 -
with Simon
with Simon
Hidden 10 Feb, 1986 -
Basemetal 16 Mar, 1985 Solo
Ghastly Rubberfeet ??, 1984 Solo
Neil R 17 Feb, 1983 Solo
with David M
with David M
phil64 ??, 1983 -
99bolivar ?Feb, 1982 AltLd
with Derek Smithson
with Derek Smithson
Nigel Bond 17 Mar, 1981 Solo
Falko 28 Dec, 1977 Solo
with Howard Lancashire
with Howard Lancashire
mikej 8 Apr, 1969 Solo Descent.
with Wil Hurford
Descent.
with Wil Hurford
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