SMC Description
120m. The lower slanting fault starting from the corner of the buttress has two short awkward corners before an easy direct ascent can be made to a choice of finishes in the region of the upper snowfield. Going too far up the slanting fault leads into a corner of The Messenger, which is good but harder. There is a third line up, reached just before The Messenger corner, which is also technical 4. The route is III,5 in lean conditions, the crux being the second awkward corner. © SMC

D.Haston and party 1965

Ticklists: Cairngorm Winter Climbs.

Gordon JH 25/Mar AltLd
william henderson 25/Mar AltLd O/S
aliReid 23/Feb AltLd O/S

First tech 4! Lead the crux. Gorgeous neve, ice was a little lean on the crux, but otherwise in good nic. Great route!

with Nathan
nrobinson93 21/Feb 2nd O/S
jennym32 21/Feb 2nd O/S

First half before crossing over to Hidden Chimney. Touch crux move with no ice - pulled on in situ sling

with Chris Allewell
Harrison_Connie 18/Feb Lead

Fun route, harder than expected, the crux felt tough but was well protected and fun to climb. Busy day on Mess of Pot, mostly good conditions.

with Alistair Bell
grady_9 18/Feb AltLd
Jack.H.92 17/Feb AltLd
Matt Cooke 17/Feb AltLd O/S
Hidden 16/Feb 2nd O/S
Bones [:B 16/Feb 2nd
tbm 16/Feb Lead
with Tom
guy127917 16/Feb Lead O/S

Good fun route, great conditions today- sunshine!

Hidden 16/Feb Lead O/S
OG 12/Feb -
with Rich
davidswannn 12/Feb AltLd
with Ruth Love
Retro Rowan 11/Feb AltLd
Cuillin Calling 11/Feb AltLd O/S

Good snow cover. Very hard thrutchy corner move at crux.

WillHempstead 11/Feb AltLd O/S

First winter lead, led both pitches then mairi lead through the top out. Lost a no6 nut on p1 only to pick one up on p2...told the owners above us I’d get it to them on the top but nowhere to be seen, sorry guys

alexcollins123 11/Feb AltLd
dwc 11/Feb AltLd O/S

Lead the bit above the crux onto the slant

andycash 10/Feb Lead
Hidden 09/Feb AltLd O/S
Hidden 08/Feb Lead
Alastair MacSween 07/Feb AltLd rpt
with Graham Drinkwater
jamesnchlsn 05/Feb AltLd O/S
Tom Fullen 05/Feb AltLd
BMaybee 05/Feb AltLd
jamesnchlsn 05/Feb AltLd O/S
Mr Fuller 05/Feb AltLd O/S

Option D for the day! Led P2. Did in three pitches. V good conditions at present.

with R Brown
R Brown 05/Feb AltLd O/S

Lead p1 & p3

Hidden 04/Feb Lead
Turk 04/Feb -
Fiona Hughes 04/Feb 2nd
with SP
kevoliver 03/Feb 2nd
Hidden 03/Feb AltLd
Hidden 02/Feb AltLd
Matt Boyd 01/Feb AltLd O/S
with Neil Dickson
Hidden 01/Feb 2nd O/S
Hidden ?/Feb AltLd
Hidden 31/Jan AltLd
Hidden 30/Jan 2nd rpt
Rowan Page 28/Jan 2nd
with NUMC
OLGrady 28/Jan Lead
with NUMC, I Walton
PatrickRT 28/Jan Lead O/S
with Rowan
Andrew Sloan 27/Jan Lead O/S

The crux on 1st pitch felt like a well protected tech 5. A bit disconcerting traversing across with 80mph gusts.

with Steve Grove
j.buckley87 22/Jan Lead O/S
augmantas 21/Jan Lead O/S

Quite tricky crux on exposed climb. Had a good time until the storm came in and Calum lost his way through the slant.

with Callum
Hidden 21/Jan Lead O/S
neal 20/Jan AltLd O/S

Led P1 to the slant. Stu led a variation finish on hidden chimney, as all other finishes were busy. Nice enough route, but only a couple of moves.

with Stuart Mcleod
Hidden 19/Jan Lead rpt
Jmpollard 14/Jan Lead O/S

Just the first pitch and then abbed off, couldn't be arsed with topping out it today's winds!

scotclimb 13/Jan Lead O/S
with Dave Strang
glaramara 13/Jan Lead

crux harder than I was expecting but lots of in situ pro.

with james
nicjbuk 11/Jan Lead dnf

Half a pitch. Unconsolidated snow on slab by rock. Lowered off top of first big block

tomwright1509 04/Jan AltLd O/S
with joedean
jpc1 04/Jan 2nd

Dave's lead. Lots of fresh snow and stil snowing. Great lead by Dave

with Tom , Dave S
sheelba 02/Jan AltLd
with Alex
Orange 02/Jan AltLd O/S

Finished up Yukon Jack

with Louis Kennedy
Little AndyH 01/Jan AltLd

With joe & calum

joe.91 01/Jan AltLd O/S

Decided to walk back in during Hogmanay in Aberdeen, 5 hrs sleep before we drove back across to Cairngorm! Little groggy in the morning so we did a shorter route.

Calum3610 01/Jan AltLd

Lead the snow ramps at the end (II)

Hidden ?/Jan AltLd
2852tomki ??/2018 -
Marek Raganowicz 16/Dec/17 AltLd
with Magda
Hidden 12/Dec/17 Lead rpt
CalumFerry 09/Dec/17 AltLd
Hidden 29/Nov/17 AltLd
Hidden 25/Nov/17 AltLd O/S
Flett 23/Nov/17 2nd

Crux move felt nails!

Chrismith 23/Nov/17 Lead O/S

Plan z. The coire isn't in the best nick at the moment...bit of a powder fest, as expected. Nice consolation route though.

with Flett
67hours 02/Mar/17 AltLd O/S

Finished up the final pitch of the Messenger (on purpose!)

with Dave Birdy
davidbird63 02/Mar/17 AltLd
furbrow 01/Mar/17 AltLd

Lots of ice, unfortunately it was all on the path.

with Simon O
Wiseman ?/Mar/17 2nd
Hidden ?/Mar/17 Lead
Hidden ?/Mar/17 Lead
Finn Curry 27/Feb/17 2nd
with Paul Warnock
Sutty22 15/Feb/17 AltLd O/S

A bit of an adventure day, skied in, climbed in ski boots and skied back out via Cairngorm and the ski centre. Climbing was good although the crux was a bit thin. I took a belay just before and let Tim have it, shameless :-) Finished up mixed ground above the slant. Stunning weather and views. Top day out.

George Killaspy 11/Feb/17 AltLd
Gabe Oliver 11/Feb/17 AltLd O/S

Tough conditions. A hell of a lot of snow over rock, so didn't find much in the way of gear. Bits of frozen turf here and there but had to dig for it. Finished up Yukon Jack

Tim Bevan 10/Feb/17 AltLd
DaveThexton 10/Feb/17 AltLd O/S
philippoc93 07/Feb/17 2nd β

Finished with the hidden chimney. Very heavy snow day, felt like we were swimming at times

Hidden 06/Feb/17 AltLd O/S
Hidden 06/Feb/17 AltLd O/S
nellyonarope 04/Feb/17 Lead
Hidden 29/Jan/17 2nd O/S
Dave Payne 14/Jan/17 AltLd

Very enjoyable climbing. Loose snow cover but well frozen turf, good hooks and torques.

with Sandy
Wendy Watthews 14/Jan/17 2nd O/S
Hidden 14/Jan/17 AltLd
JoeCoxson 14/Jan/17 Lead O/S

Quite lean, but good frozen turf in places. The two corners on the traverse were good, but the best one was on the section leading back onto the slant.

Hidden 13/Jan/17 AltLd O/S
Mackinclimb 05/Jan/17 AltLd
connor 05/Jan/17 AltLd

Fun climbing with one small tricky step finished up hidden chimney

with adam mackintosh
evanc77 04/Jan/17 2nd
graemew ??/2017 -
Gazlynn 24/Nov/16 2nd
with Richard
Lawrie Brand 23/Nov/16 Lead O/S
with Sarah Laing
Hidden 23/Nov/16 2nd
Chuck 20/Nov/16 AltLd

L P2 into slant

with Dominic Scott
BrianShackleton 19/Nov/16 AltLd

Main pitch led by Andy with continuation pitch by myself up the Slant on frozen gravel & turf with very little snow or ice!

with Iain Wilson, Andy Ice
Busby 19/Nov/16 2nd
Jamie Skelton 10/Nov/16 Lead O/S
Jamie Skelton 08/Nov/16 Lead rpt
EmmaAtkinson 09/Mar/16 2nd
with Tom Lawifield
joe king 05/Mar/16 AltLd O/S

Hard crux then unprotected neve above, good for the mind!

with steveP
steveP 05/Mar/16 AltLd

A good route, although the major difficulty is all over after the first move of the second pitch.

ewanthomson 05/Mar/16 2nd O/S
JoeMortimer 04/Mar/16 Lead
with Jen, ewanthomson
Zoomer 03/Mar/16 Lead O/S

Crossed too far after doing the crux and moved into the Messenger. Hard crux and in today's conditions worthy of IV, 4.

with A Student
BStar 01/Mar/16 2nd

Hard but very fun!

with Scott Kirkhope, Rachael88
Rachael88 01/Mar/16 Lead

Second route of the day. The crux move was much harder than I have previously climbed. Made it up it tho!

with BStar
mcglenr25 29/Feb/16 2nd O/S
with Matthew Jackson
swmackey 28/Feb/16 Lead
with Chris Cookson
c357 28/Feb/16 2nd O/S
Hidden 27/Feb/16 AltLd O/S
GermanAlex 27/Feb/16 Lead O/S

Nice route, but only one single hard move.

MJProSkater 27/Feb/16 AltLd
Hidden 27/Feb/16 AltLd
freemanTom 27/Feb/16 2nd

Found the crux very hard indeed. Harder than crux of Pateys or any move on Hidden chimney direct.

with Chris Coapes
monkeyme2 27/Feb/16 2nd
Hidden 23/Feb/16 AltLd O/S
K Mckay 22/Feb/16 Lead O/S

I found the overhanging rock corner really difficult in current conditions. I really struggled to get good placements for my picks. I made it eventually! It may just be short arsed me.

with Richard Mckay
Hidden 21/Feb/16 AltLd
David Staples 21/Feb/16 2nd O/S
Matt Harmon 20/Feb/16 AltLd dnf

abbed off after ~35m. Poor powdery snow

Hidden 20/Feb/16 AltLd
Sarah Roscoe 20/Feb/16 2nd dnf
with Poppy Henson, Matt Harmon
dobby 200 19/Feb/16 AltLd O/S
with Stuart Rose
Hidden 19/Feb/16 Lead
luckyjim 18/Feb/16 -
with Jen
JendeHoxar 18/Feb/16 2nd
Ewan Russell 18/Feb/16 AltLd O/S

Finished up last pitch of yukon line. Quite powdery not very consolidated. harder than it should be

with Henry Logg
Alastair MacSween 13/Feb/16 Lead rpt
with Graham Drinkwater, Graham Hunter
mrteale 13/Feb/16 Lead O/S

Lead in one pitch to a belay between final pitch of Yukon Jack & Hidden Chimney. Ali unwittingly finished up final pitch of Yukon Jack for a fun day's climbing.

Al_Mac 11/Feb/16 Lead

Buried under powder and no neve or ice to write home about. Missed the turning off the main ramp and carried on to belay in a single pitch under a small chimney which cut up and onto the slant. Good day out in virtually breathless conditions.

JoeMortimer 10/Feb/16 Lead

Lead The Haston Line, and then finished up Hidden Chimney. 3 pitches in total.

with Droyd
jennym32 10/Feb/16 2nd

Difficult step is indeed difficult! Especially with no ice!

Droyd 10/Feb/16 2nd O/S
smithjmw46 09/Feb/16 AltLd O/S

With some sort of variation on the left to finish gaining the slant a little higher up than the normal route.

mussonlr 09/Feb/16 AltLd
HimTiggins 08/Feb/16 Lead O/S
crag_hopper_Jay 08/Feb/16 2nd O/S
hamish2016 08/Feb/16 Lead
with Ollie Ross
Davie.G 06/Feb/16 AltLd O/S
Davesmith1981 06/Feb/16 AltLd
with Tim Oates
jamesgr87 04/Feb/16 AltLd
Hidden 03/Feb/16 Lead O/S
annep 03/Feb/16 AltLd
HosteDenis 02/Feb/16 Lead O/S
with Friedemann
BLodge 31/Jan/16 2nd
OLGrady 31/Jan/16 AltLd O/S

First Winter Lead. Really good climb though found the crux to be very bold however the chimney provides some great climbing.

Hidden 31/Jan/16 Lead
ChrisH89 31/Jan/16 Lead O/S
tase 31/Jan/16 Lead
with Fanny, Krzysztof
michaelb1 31/Jan/16 AltLd


with Carl h
BPaske 31/Jan/16 2nd
adie84 28/Jan/16 -
Elsier 28/Jan/16 AltLd rpt
with Assaf BMC International Meet
Andy Hewison 17/Jan/16 AltLd

Swimming in deep snow and no ice made it a struggle, finished up hidden chimney

with Harry Mc
carlh 17/Jan/16 -
Elastic Jones 09/Jan/16 AltLd O/S

Lots of powder, lots of Spindrift.

with Alistair
mountain musher ??/2016 -
leo-z-g 15/Dec/15 Lead O/S

Went up the gully to the top

wnicholson 15/Dec/15 2nd O/S
Hidden 14/Dec/15 AltLd rpt
Piers Harley 14/Dec/15 AltLd rpt

Felt tough under powder!

with Paul Winder
edjenkins 14/Dec/15 Lead
with Hermione Toomey
harry_lewis 13/Dec/15 2nd O/S

P1 only, then did a link pitch into frozen assets

Matt Harmon 13/Dec/15 Lead O/S

P1 only then we moved across to frozen assets via a 35m linking pitch. Felt III 5 today

Robin Clothier 05/Dec/15 AltLd O/S
with AmyG
AmyG 05/Dec/15 AltLd O/S

Pouring with water. Ice axes and crampons stayed in sack

Andy Clark 22/Nov/15 AltLd rpt


with Postie
Stuart the postie 22/Nov/15 AltLd


with Andy Clark
A Reid 22/Nov/15 Lead
with Anna
John Workman 21/Nov/15 AltLd

Powder on rock all the way. Top end 4?

with Billy
JonnyJT 31/Mar/15 2nd O/S

Easy straightforward ground linked by some hard moves. Some very nasty crux about 20m from the top (belay stance)

with Mehmet Karatay
morsg 27/Mar/15 AltLd
alan.rodger 27/Mar/15 AltLd
with morsg
Jameskelly200 21/Mar/15 AltLd O/S

Great mixed route bits of falling ice due to rise in tempreture but enjoyable

with James kelly, Andy Wilson
mes32 17/Mar/15 2nd O/S

Very lean, definitely III 5 today!

with Mick
pingora 05/Mar/15 2nd rpt
gingerbex 02/Mar/15 2nd
alastairbegley 02/Mar/15 Lead O/S

Lead most of the ramp in one pitch, crux felt fairly thin. Not sure if I went up the correct corner or not, certainly felt pretty hard for III, 4! Great climbing though!

grady_9 21/Feb/15 Lead O/S

Loved the crux. Great fun!

Hidden 21/Feb/15 Lead O/S
Jimmy1976 17/Feb/15 AltLd O/S

Lead crux corner

with Jon
Hidden 16/Feb/15 AltLd rpt
monkeyme2 16/Feb/15 2nd O/S
with Ben J
amccann 14/Feb/15 2nd

Matt strung the first 2 pitches together then we went up to the top pitch of hidden chimney.

with Jem, Matt Groom
JemG 14/Feb/15 2nd O/S

First pitch up Haston Line ( the better pitch), finished up hidden chimney.

with Matt Groom
jezb1 10/Feb/15 2nd

IV today? Nice.

johnjb 10/Feb/15 2nd O/S

One very tricky rock move. I certainly scratched some granite.

with John P CMC
franhammond92 08/Feb/15 AltLd O/S

Great fun with an interesting crux. I lead P2 which involved some crappy snow and a fun little corner that decided to fill with spindrift as soon as I got in it.

with pete1993, David Robinnette
pete1993 08/Feb/15 AltLd O/S

good route, nice with a few crux sections, did a harder variation at the top which involved yarding up on small turf blobs and dubious blind hooks

Flett 04/Feb/15 2nd
aljones91 03/Feb/15 2nd
with Ben hester
kj001 02/Feb/15 2nd

Hard technical moves under powder

with phil64
phil64 02/Feb/15 Lead
with kj001
OliverRoss 01/Feb/15 2nd dog
Hidden 01/Feb/15 Lead O/S
Naomi.P ?/Feb/15 2nd

Seconded with Quentin and Bernie

Hugh Simons 24/Jan/15 AltLd O/S
with AliRLee
Euan Todd 24/Jan/15 AltLd O/S
with Richard
Piers Harley 21/Jan/15 AltLd O/S

Lots of powder made finding gear placements slow and laborious! Worthy of Grade 4.

with Bryan Clary
Robertgiddy 18/Jan/15 -

Hard with lots of unconsolidated snow.

catrin289 17/Jan/15 AltLd
with Sam P
Sam Parker 17/Jan/15 AltLd O/S
with Catrin
cacheson 17/Jan/15 AltLd O/S

First roped winter climb, much harder than expected as the snow was unconsolidated powder on rock. Led first and third pitches.

mzchambers 13/Jan/15 AltLd O/S
GordonAinslie ??/2015 AltLd
alasdair19 ??/2015 -
plain kitten ??/2015 -
Alex Thomson 26/Dec/14 AltLd
with jenpen
Hidden 26/Dec/14 2nd O/S
jonnie3430 20/Dec/14 Lead O/S

Did the chimney of The Messenger after, great way to get off.

with Pete
Hidden 25/Jan/14 Lead O/S
Jon Pilling 15/Jan/14 2nd O/S
with Ben Hardy
aljones91 12/Jan/14 AltLd

Lead first move!

nich0las 11/Jan/14 Lead
with Catriona C
alexm198 08/Jan/14 Lead O/S

Fun climb, bomber gear though it required considerable excavation. Good belays on the top. Did it in 2 pitches.

with aldo56
aldo56 08/Jan/14 2nd O/S

Developed my snow swimming technique.

ashsleight 08/Jan/14 2nd O/S

The route was under a lot of snow so protection was hard to find.

Fiona Reid 05/Jan/14 AltLd O/S

3 pitches. Finished up final pitch of Yukon Jack. Led pitch 1 & 3, pretty scary traverse with a long runout. Spent ages trying to find gear but the only thing that would have worked was a screw which we didn't have with us.

Mike-W-99 05/Jan/14 AltLd O/S

Fiona led the difficulties on hl. I did the last pitch of Yukon jack and then easy snow to the top.

chrisallan 04/Jan/14 AltLd O/S
Murilo Lessa 04/Jan/14 AltLd O/S

Lead first pitch. We were the first on the route and it took me over an hour to clear all the huge amount of snow. Very bad ice and the traverse through the rock bulge was a bit fiddly considering I could not find decent protection or ice.

with William Watson
w-watson 04/Jan/14 AltLd
team fat belly 04/Jan/14 Lead

Reasonable condition with ice on the crux. The gear needs digging out a little.

with Chris
Hidden 03/Jan/14 -
simondunf 02/Jan/14 Lead

linked into hidden chimney

with caspar
Hidden 02/Jan/14 AltLd O/S
Oceanic ?/Jan/14 -
saffy ?/Jan/14 AltLd O/S
prcleary ??/2014 -
Adamski1986 29/Dec/13 Lead

Enjoyable, second route of the day!

Dunx 29/Dec/13 Lead
with robh14
Brucemacrosson 29/Dec/13 AltLd

thick neve & good ice, a soft touch for the grade today

with Ewan Paterson
cpforbes 29/Dec/13 AltLd O/S
robh14 29/Dec/13 2nd
with Dunx
benny_m 26/Dec/13 AltLd O/S
Hidden 26/Dec/13 AltLd O/S
Hidden 22/Dec/13 AltLd O/S
mim tiller 22/Dec/13 AltLd O/S
with ScottyG
Steve Woollard 19/Dec/13 2nd

In lean conditions Grade IV 5

with Kenny
Ccmilree 17/Dec/13 Lead
justaddpowder 17/Dec/13 2nd
chewy098 ?/Dec/13 AltLd O/S
peter.herd 23/Nov/13 AltLd
with Tom Shaw
masa-alpin 23/Nov/13 2nd β

Kyle lead in 2 pitches. Chris's first Scottish winter route! After the route, we followed the grade I to diagonally-left. The temperature was just freezing, but pretty wet day.

with Chris Chef, Mr. K
Chris_Mullaney 23/Nov/13 2nd
with Mr. K
Mr. K 23/Nov/13 Lead O/S

In two pitches. Finished up The Slant for pitch two.

Webster 10/Nov/13 Lead O/S

III 5 in todays conditions, very cruxy and well protected with easy walking between hard corners

Hidden 09/Nov/13 2nd
jshields 09/Nov/13 2nd
Hidden ?/Nov/13 AltLd O/S
jamesgr87 ?/Nov/13 AltLd O/S
Hugh Macgregor ?/Oct/13 2nd
with Webster
DundeeDave 13/Apr/13 AltLd
with ephraim
ClimbingGlen 01/Apr/13 AltLd dog

couple of inches of snow over good ice and neve, some pumpy moves!

with peter c
Adrianw 24/Feb/13 AltLd O/S

Did first couple of pitches of Haston Line then finished up Hidden Chimney. A good combination.

with Richard Pow
Andy DB 23/Feb/13 AltLd O/S
with Will C
Hidden 23/Feb/13 AltLd O/S
benkelsey 16/Feb/13 Lead O/S

stiff pull around a rocky step.

with HPC
Alpenglow 16/Feb/13 Lead dog

Fell just above the crux when my axe leashes got tangled in a place of gear I had just placed. Clean otherwise. Finished up the Slant.

with Ben M, Pudding, NUMC
Hidden 14/Feb/13 Lead
Rachel Slater 09/Feb/13 2nd O/S

First winter!

with Olli-C
Olli-C 09/Feb/13 Lead O/S

First route in Scotland and hardest route yet. Fun, lots of snow covering everything made finding gear difficult.

Anna_wells 09/Feb/13 -
Tim_Gomersall 09/Feb/13 AltLd
AlistairB 03/Feb/13 2nd O/S
with John H, Johan
ruairidhwad ?/Feb/13 2nd
with Tom Whitfield
Hidden ?/Feb/13 Lead
drobin ?/Feb/13 2nd
birbeck ?/Feb/13 AltLd O/S
robgixer ?/Feb/13 Lead
Darrell Read 27/Jan/13 AltLd
Hidden 27/Jan/13 AltLd
robbiek 27/Jan/13 2nd
with Oliver Mentz, Darrell Read
j4star 27/Jan/13 AltLd
franksnb 13/Jan/13 Lead O/S

iced rocks with a dusting of snow!

with calum, crazy steven
Hidden 13/Jan/13 2nd
Hidden 06/Jan/13 Lead
Hidden 01/Jan/13 Lead O/S
robh14 ??/2013 2nd
Hidden ??/2013 AltLd O/S
DougSt ??/2013 AltLd
with Neil Wightwick
wheelsucker ??/2013 -
Hidden ??/2013 -
sheffieldchris ??/2013 -
Bobby Pearson 30/Dec/12 Lead O/S

Freezing level about 900m, good neve and ice, but wind was v strong 100mph SW'ly was blowing down the goat track around the corrie and up the gullies. First grade 4 but easy in the grade. Wind was atrocious we finished up Hidden Chimney agin which was in much better nic with good neve and ice.

with Tim Pearson, tomblankenstein
tomblankenstein 30/Dec/12 2nd O/S
with Bobby Pearson
BFG 20/Dec/12 Lead O/S
Woodiee 20/Dec/12 Lead O/S

cracking route - bold condition with lots of icing and powder ontop but felt secure the whole way up

ferdia 18/Dec/12 Lead rpt
with newtonmore, Anne Pulli
Hidden 18/Dec/12 2nd
rufus.duits 18/Dec/12 Solo
annep 18/Dec/12 2nd
justaddpowder 16/Dec/12 AltLd
Hidden 16/Dec/12 AltLd O/S
lcullum7 16/Dec/12 Lead O/S
Hidden 11/Dec/12 Lead O/S
Hidden 10/Dec/12 AltLd O/S
ollyroberts 06/Dec/12 Lead O/S

All pitches

luckyjim 02/Dec/12 AltLd
with C Hossack, D Helm
piersnewton 02/Dec/12 2nd O/S
Hidden ?/Dec/12 AltLd
youarearobot 01/Nov/12 2nd O/S

Cold, Clear conditions :D

with Alex Runicman
Hidden 19/Feb/12 Lead O/S
technick 19/Feb/12 2nd O/S
el cholo 12/Feb/12 Lead O/S
with Richard, Lucy
Hidden 11/Feb/12 AltLd
Hidden 07/Feb/12 Lead
ferdia 05/Feb/12 2nd
with Joris Volmer
Hidden 05/Feb/12 -
Hidden 05/Feb/12 Lead
Hidden 04/Feb/12 AltLd O/S
libby.southgate 04/Feb/12 2nd

Did in two pitches, Marcus led the first 60m and Callum the second. (slightly ran out of rope for the last 3m)

MarcusP 04/Feb/12 AltLd
with Callum, Libby
Callum T 04/Feb/12 Lead
John Pickles 03/Feb/12 Lead rpt
with Lewis Thompson
stratandrew 03/Feb/12 AltLd O/S

P1 crux v hard in lean conditions, as the guidebook says it feels more like a 5 then a 4 pulling over the 2nd big corner. Jim P2. Me pitch 3. very enjoyable in day in perfect sunny conditions

with Jim Symon
lewiz 03/Feb/12 2nd O/S

John Pickles leading. First pitch worth doing, rest very so-so.

becoming-stranger 30/Jan/12 2nd O/S
groliver26 30/Jan/12 AltLd
Hidden 30/Jan/12 AltLd O/S
jon_ridley 30/Jan/12 AltLd O/S

led crux pitch(es) and finished up hidden chimney. looking at photos now I think we had lean conditions

daWalt 29/Jan/12 2nd O/S
with TC
Hidden 29/Jan/12 Lead O/S
The Mountain Goat 28/Jan/12 AltLd O/S
Somerset swede basher 28/Jan/12 AltLd O/S
with Jon Miles
Hidden 27/Jan/12 Lead O/S
Hidden 23/Jan/12 AltLd O/S
michael83 23/Jan/12 AltLd O/S

finished up the last pitch of Yukon Jack

with Mark020
Hannah Evans 22/Jan/12 AltLd
with Martyn Stott
rockstott 22/Jan/12 AltLd
Hidden 20/Jan/12 AltLd O/S
Clay C 20/Jan/12 AltLd O/S
Piers Harley 17/Jan/12 AltLd
with Jeremy Windsor, Paul Winder
ruggystunts 13/Jan/12 Lead
with Alen
Steven Andrews 08/Jan/12 Lead O/S

Only a covering of ice on the crux gave the route its full technical grade but good gear and very secure hooks. Great route.

with Arjan
wheelsucker 07/Jan/12 2nd
Hidden 07/Jan/12 Lead
Hidden 07/Jan/12 -
Spongebob 02/Jan/12 AltLd O/S
Hidden 02/Jan/12 AltLd
Gibson27 ?/Jan/12 -

Windy but pretty good conditions, a bit thin in places. Finished up The Slant.

Hidden ?/Jan/12 AltLd
Jonny Fart-Pants 20/Dec/11 Lead
kipman725 19/Dec/11 AltLd
Dunx 18/Dec/11 AltLd O/S
with Steve Holmes
Jbw 18/Dec/11 AltLd O/S
Hidden 17/Dec/11 AltLd
Ian Jones 17/Dec/11 Lead O/S

Late start, calf injury flared up. Bit busy up there so logical option. Bit of a two move wonder on a claggy day.

with John Rosario
Sianny 15/Dec/11 2nd

loved the climb, great route :)

with steves
Dave Douglas 12/Dec/11 AltLd O/S

1 st half of Haston then finished up Hidden Chimney

freudy_love 12/Dec/11 2nd rpt
with Dave Douglas
riven 10/Dec/11 AltLd

Lean conditions, maybe III, 5. Finished up corner right of the messenger at about III, 4.

with oliverk
oliverk 10/Dec/11 AltLd
with Joe
Elsier 10/Dec/11 Lead O/S
with Koon
Koon 10/Dec/11 AltLd O/S

Elsie lead the first crux pitch. Lead the second pitch to the base of Hidden chimney which I then lead the final crux pitch. Very exciting. I went straight up the left instead of going up the small ledges on the right. Thought it would be easier but it was just as hard.

with Elsier
samwillo 04/Dec/11 AltLd
with Lairig Climbing Club
CacCarnBeag 04/Dec/11 AltLd

lead pitch 1

with Sinclair, samwillo
Hidden 04/Dec/11 AltLd O/S
MrRiley 03/Dec/11 AltLd O/S

Rob pitch 1, me pitch 2 to the base of Hidden Chimney. Good but tricky conditions with iced cracks and powder. IV, 4 today.

Hidden ?/Dec/11 2nd
Hidden ?/Dec/11 2nd O/S
Hidden 09/Feb/11 Lead
Hidden 09/Feb/11 2nd
stevebarratt 05/Feb/11 Solo
Hidden 04/Feb/11 2nd
willhawkins 30/Jan/11 Lead O/S

Very enjoyable climbing. Plenty of gear on the 2nd corner (crux). Only the first pitch is of any real interest- last pitch of Yukon Jack makes a much better finish.

benjaminireland 30/Jan/11 2nd O/S

In good condition, Gets a IV,4 in the new cairngorms guide

with William Hawkins
Hidden 29/Jan/11 AltLd O/S
Hidden 29/Jan/11 AltLd
theotherpetehill 27/Jan/11 AltLd O/S
with Myr
jhawton 26/Jan/11 AltLd O/S
with Tom Anderson, Griff87
Griff87 26/Jan/11 AltLd O/S

thin climbing conditions but a quality route, finished up top of Yukon Jack which was also a quality climb

with Tom Anderson, Jamie Hawton
mistertees 24/Jan/11 2nd
Hidden 22/Jan/11 AltLd O/S
will6459 22/Jan/11 AltLd O/S
Batt 21/Jan/11 AltLd O/S

P1&3 me, p2&4 James Inc crux. Fun. Pretty thin but enough ice about.

with Hoyes
Hoyes 21/Jan/11 AltLd O/S

Good conditions. Difficulties short lived and well protected. First grade 4 lead.

with Batt
freudy_love 07/Jan/11 Lead O/S

Started on this line until approximately where "Sharks Fin Soup" joins it, then headed off right to finish up "Hidden Chimney" - a good wee combo!

with Stevie Addison, Jimmy Addison
Hidden 06/Jan/11 -
Betha. 04/Jan/11 2nd O/S
with Neil D
Neil D 04/Jan/11 Lead rpt
with Betha.
Alastair MacSween 03/Jan/11 AltLd
with Phil Warriner
Rob84 02/Jan/11 Lead O/S
with Si White
Hidden ?/Jan/11 AltLd
steve-grigg ?/Jan/11 2nd
PAJames ??/2011 -
Hidden ??/2011 -
Hidden ??/2011 -
James Gordon ??/2011 -
David Sherratt ??/2011 Lead O/S
Hidden ??/2011 -
bridget143 31/Dec/10 AltLd O/S

I led P1, Matt P2, me P3

with Matt Freear
The_Boy_ODwyer 21/Dec/10 AltLd
with JP, Tom
JdotP 20/Dec/10 AltLd O/S
with James O'Dwyer, Tom Bishop
Tile Diver 18/Dec/10 AltLd O/S

Already fell off Yukon Jack, decided on Haston Line, horrible climbing conditions, thick icy crust on top of unconsolidated powder, it took ages scraping around for gear too, not a good day!!

with Ivan Tait
Hidden 23/Nov/10 2nd O/S
KeithW 22/Nov/10 AltLd O/S

Led to just below The Slant, Nath came through & then we soloed to top.

with Nathan White
SWalls 14/Nov/10 AltLd
with t_stork
niallk 14/Nov/10 AltLd

Ignominious failure at the crux. Sent Willie up for a try who pulled over but was "within a baw-hair of sacking it".

t_stork 14/Nov/10 AltLd


with Steve Walls
Hidden 14/Nov/10 AltLd
lachlan ?/Nov/10 AltLd
Hidden ?/Nov/10 AltLd
TomKingston 21/Mar/10 Lead
cas smerdon 14/Feb/10 2nd

snow soft

with foggy, Ann Shaw
Ann S 14/Feb/10 2nd
with Foggy and Carole
mark20 13/Feb/10 AltLd O/S
Ollie B 13/Feb/10 Lead O/S
with M.Rankine
Hidden 07/Feb/10 AltLd rpt
lizzie_malc 07/Feb/10 AltLd
with Charlotte Simmons, emily roo
Hidden 04/Feb/10 Solo
Cacyn 02/Feb/10 2nd O/S
with John Jackson
dan_o_b ?/Jan/10 AltLd O/S
Hidden ??/2010 AltLd
rossn ??/2010 Lead O/S

Nice route but straightforward

with Nick Bryan
Hidden ??/2010 AltLd
Hidden ??/2010 -
Hidden ??/2010 -
Hidden 29/Dec/09 AltLd
Greg Boswell 21/Dec/09 Lead O/S
with Sarah Boswell
chris2451 20/Dec/09 AltLd
with DJayB
DJayB 20/Dec/09 AltLd rpt
nicjbuk 16/Dec/09 AltLd
barni 11/Mar/09 2nd O/S

Mock student, not very wintery

with Kenny
Hidden 08/Mar/09 AltLd
HIGHTOWER 08/Mar/09 2nd
9fingerjon 08/Mar/09 AltLd O/S

Backed off crux and pointed Matt at it!

joeydurkin 08/Mar/09 AltLd

Had to back of crux and get Tim to lead it after waiting around getting pretty damn cold.

Hidden ?/Feb/09 Lead
Ken Applegate 26/Jan/09 Lead

Quite banked out.

with Dave Kirby
manmike 24/Jan/09 Lead
Ste Ridd 24/Jan/09 2nd

Second corner move is the crux.

with manmike
stuaart 24/Jan/09 AltLd O/S

Stewart did all the hard stuff. Bit of a one move wonder in the conditions we did it...

with Stewart Whiting
Hidden 21/Jan/09 AltLd
Hidden 07/Jan/09 AltLd O/S
Hidden 03/Jan/09 AltLd O/S
D.Russell 03/Jan/09 AltLd
John Pickles ?/Jan/09 Lead O/S
with Steve Randles
Neil D ?/Jan/09 AltLd O/S
windy100 ??/2009 -
rossn ??/2009 -
d_meacher 20/Dec/08 AltLd O/S
Mark Walter ?/Dec/08 AltLd O/S

got a IV,4 in my guide and felt it deserved it

Hidden 22/Nov/08 AltLd
frecro 30/Oct/08 AltLd

had to ab off after first pitch due to difficulties and deterioating conditions

with t_stork
Alastair MacSween 01/Apr/08 AltLd
with Phil Warriner
jazzyjackson 14/Mar/08 Lead

Some clearing of sugary snow needed today, but some great torquing and hooking with frozen turf higher up made for a good route.

with Tully
Jim Slater 08/Mar/08 AltLd O/S
Hidden 07/Mar/08 -
akhughes ?/Mar/08 Lead O/S
abbeywall ?/Mar/08 AltLd
Mr Powly 07/Feb/08 AltLd

Very, very wet

DJayB 02/Feb/08 AltLd dnf

Poor Conditions, backed off to make it back for dinner

with Alex Pickard, jamie0510
jamie0510 02/Feb/08 2nd dnf

First real winter climb, basically dry tooling but with lots of powdery snow. Good fun though!

with Alex Pickard, David Brigham
RobScotland 12/Jan/08 AltLd O/S

Very little ice about and snow fairly soft. Sounds like this route doesn't usually build up a lot of ice anyway. First crux move is easier than second - both require careful dry tooling. Tricams useful on slightly flared cracks. All rock gear - no ice gear placed.Enjoyable. Snowcover on the Cairngorm plateau very windblown so not ideal for ski tourers.

with Steve
Alco-nomic ??/2008 AltLd
fritz_in_aotearoa ??/2008 -
CurlyStevo ??/2008 AltLd
morsy 30/Dec/07 AltLd

carried on up deep chimney in top tier starting about 10m up The Slant from the top of Haston Line (don't know what it's called).

with gerhard mors
Hidden 21/Mar/07 AltLd
BallsOfSteel 21/Mar/07 AltLd

took a weird variation finish up to the slant, along a traverse right from the standard left slanting ramp, and up some fractured slabs

Hidden ?/Mar/07 Lead O/S
morsg 04/Feb/07 AltLd
with morsy
Hidden ?/Jan/07 AltLd
timmy-ts ??/2007 -
Hidden 21/Nov/06 AltLd O/S
Hidden 21/Nov/06 AltLd O/S
Alastair MacSween 30/Jul/06 Solo

As a rock route

Hidden ?/Mar/06 AltLd O/S
Hidden 19/Feb/06 Lead O/S
andrewbooth1000 18/Feb/06 2nd O/S
with Pete Baillie
Ken Applegate ?/Jan/06 AltLd
with Ryan Glass
theflyingpaddy ??/2006 -
Phill_ Thompson ?/Dec/05 2nd
with Mike Lea
Captain Solo 19/Nov/05 AltLd
oor wullie ??/2005 AltLd O/S
with Neil
mrtom 03/Apr/04 AltLd O/S
with Mike Moss
Mark Stevenson 28/Dec/03 AltLd O/S
with Ian (AMA)
Gman ?/Feb/03 AltLd O/S
with Carl
mike.moss ?/Jan/03 AltLd
with mrtom
mrtom ?/Jan/03 AltLd
mrtom ?/Jan/03 AltLd
mrtom ?/Jan/03 AltLd
mike.moss ??/2003 AltLd O/S
with mrtom
Hidden 16/Dec/02 AltLd
Jamie Simpson 15/Feb/02 AltLd O/S

Good condition, short sharp crux.

with Numerous, Andy porter
AndyP 15/Feb/02 AltLd O/S

The corner is awkward.

with Jamie
Colin Mcgregor 10/Feb/02 AltLd
with Dave Mitchell
Rich Cross - Alpine Guides ?/Feb/02 Lead
Ally Smith ??/2002 AltLd

Date a guess; sometime between 2002 & 2006

with Piers
steveP ?/Feb/01 AltLd O/S
with Frank Popham
Hidden ?/Jun/00 AltLd O/S
Jon Gordon ?/Jan/00 Lead
Tarquin ??/2000 -
Tarquin ??/2000 -
EllieWoods 01/Jan/99 2nd O/S
with Si, Iestyn
smithaldo ?/Feb/98 AltLd O/S

Think it was a III then, but felt quite hard only my third route though.

with tom matthew
pingora 23/Feb/97 AltLd O/S
with Sammy D
Hidden 01/Jan/97 Lead O/S
tlr 09/Mar/96 AltLd
with Chris Harvey
Colin McKerrell ??/1996 -
Hidden 01/Feb/95 -
Hidden 22/Dec/94 AltLd
pingora 27/Nov/93 Lead
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