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Ticklists: 3 star Scottish winter, The Great Mountain Crags of Scotland, Mid-Grade Scottish Winter, Chasing the Ephemeral.

olekemi 05/Feb AltLd O/S

What a fine winter's day on an excellent route. Serious, sustained, and every bit (almost every move) interesting. Many strong climbers around.

with Jeremy M
metrorat 04/Feb AltLd dnf

Cracks verglassed, protection sketchy. Backed off after first pitch

with Euan Maharg
Hidden 28/Jan AltLd
harry_lewis 28/Jan AltLd rpt

take 2 - sick route, quality climbing on every pitch

with Connor Read
CRead 28/Jan AltLd O/S

Settled unfinished business! Led pitches 2 and 4, claiming O/S since I didn't get to my pitches last time....pretty loose I have to say!

Hidden 28/Jan AltLd
CRead 01/Jan AltLd dnf

Got to the belay above pitch 1, all was going well. Whilst sorting gear Harry dropped the bandolier with 3/4 of the rack attached and that was the end of that! Didn't have time to start again, we'll be back...

harry_lewis 01/Jan AltLd dnf

dropped the rack after p2

with Connor Read
rob16 19/Nov/16 AltLd
mattnuttall 16/Jan/16 AltLd dnf

Hard in the conditions... Not enough ice to climb but enough to make cams unusable plus a heavy coat of powder rendering pitch two a death trap... Andy reverses 30feet of unprotected steep hard ground facing a nasty fall onto my belay on pitch two and we opted for Thompson's route

Andrew Wilson 16/Jan/16 AltLd dnf

Backed off 2nd pitch. Crack was full of powder and verglassed. Not able to get gear I was happy with for the top bulge. Sketchy down climb back to the belay and abbed off.

with Matt Nuttall
mountain musher ??/2016 -
mountain musher ??/2016 -
Misha 12/Dec/15 AltLd O/S

Great weather, great (but tough) conditions, great route! Pretty much perfect early season conditions, which is to say the gear and hooks weren't hard to find but there was little decent neve and no ice to speak of, so the second and last pitches were solid VI 6 and proved to be the hardest. Mark led the short flake pitch. I did the second, moving right onto the gargoyle after the initial groove eased off, then going straight up and slightly right to a ledge below the shattered corner. Mark did the corner and steep wall above to the ledge. The wall was VI 6 with some less than perfect hooks between good hooks and feet but significantly easier than the second and last pitches. I took the chimney crack direct all the way to the top (including a 5 metre step above the ledge where you're meant to go right). Think doing it that way is tr top pitch of Hobgoblin. Tricky in places with some good but spaced gear. Topped out just as the light was fading, Mark seconded by head torch. 2.5hrs top car park to starting the route (thanks to the Sioux Wall team for tracking in fresh snow!), just over 7 for the route, 2 back down via Number 4. How it should be!

with Mark G
The Grist 12/Dec/15 AltLd O/S

Memorable route. I led the short first pitch and the 3rd pitch (guide book crux). On the day the 2nd and 4th pitches were the hardest. Good leads by Misha.

with Misha
Hidden 22/Mar/15 2nd
elliptic 21/Mar/15 AltLd
with Huw
alexm198 18/Mar/15 AltLd O/S

Started direct up the thinly iced corner. In 3 pitches, lead P2 consisting of the traverse and the crux wall. Utterly brilliant climb, one of the best days out I've had on the Ben.

Brian Pollock 17/Mar/15 AltLd O/S

Brilliant atmospheric route. Done in 3 pitches. Led 1 and 3.

with Craig
Hidden 14/Mar/15 AltLd O/S
AmyG 14/Mar/15 AltLd

Started direct, led pitch 1&2 together, Brian led traverse, Euan crux, then back to me

akhughes 10/Mar/15 Lead O/S

Work. Super icy.

jon22 21/Feb/15 AltLd
The Bad Cough 21/Feb/15 AltLd O/S
Hidden 03/Jan/15 AltLd
Malcolm Bass ??/2015 -
Uisdean hawthorn 18/Jan/14 AltLd O/S
with Dad
robpartridge 14/Jan/14 AltLd
robpartridge 12/Jan/14 Lead dnf

Lots of frozen snow on the rock, v.hard to find gear, and no decent ice. Made it to belay below crux pitch in the dark, then abbed off.

with Johnny Harris
Dave Almond 09/Jan/14 AltLd

Hoared up completely so very few placements for gear.

with Masa-Alpin
masa-alpin 09/Jan/14 AltLd O/S

Approached from the right (Sake) with my lead, Dave lead the crux, and I lead the last pitch to the left. Hoared up extremely.

with Dave Al
Paul Figg 12/Jan/13 AltLd

Great route done with Lawrence Monckton. Great crux pitch, safe but technical.

Hidden ??/2013 -
D.Russell 01/Dec/12 AltLd O/S
with Adam
guy757 29/Nov/12 -
tjmillen 25/Feb/12 AltLd
edmitchell 24/Feb/12 2nd O/S

In very lean condition.

Adam Booth 24/Feb/12 Lead O/S

3 pitches. Picks out some great lines on the cliff, but as a consequence weaves around a lot and isn't at all direct.

TeeBee 14/Feb/12 AltLd
Hidden ?/Feb/12 AltLd
Fatherof2 15/Jan/12 -

Good all the way

with Roger
Hidden 14/Jan/12 AltLd O/S
Hidden 05/Jan/12 AltLd O/S
Jack Loftus 05/Jan/12 AltLd O/S

Lead 3rd pitch.

with Graham, Nick
Hidden 05/Jan/12 2nd
adie84 ??/2012 -
samrad 21/Feb/11 AltLd dnf

Mega hoar frost!! could not find gear. wussed out under chockstone on pitch 2 :(

with tom livingstone
Hidden 15/Dec/10 AltLd
Hidden 04/Dec/10 Lead
Alco-nomic 01/Dec/10 2nd

exellent lead from conan in adverse weather, a must do route,well protected but sustained

with conan
Tom Livingstone ?/Dec/10 AltLd dnf
Hidden 20/Nov/10 AltLd O/S
Hidden ?/Apr/10 AltLd dnf
hwackerhage 17/Dec/09 AltLd O/S

Hard as it was all covered with large amounts of rime.

with James
sgl 01/Mar/09 2nd rpt
with Es and Jeff
Hidden ?/Mar/09 AltLd
simon_D 14/Dec/08 2nd O/S

Neil led the direct start which was good fun, never made it to the cracks so have to return for a rematch!

with Neil Silver
decs 10/Dec/08 AltLd O/S
with Kiwi Steve and Mike
mikecopp 10/Dec/08 Lead O/S
with Duncan S, Kiwi steve
Neil Adams 01/Nov/08 AltLd O/S

Very good route. Probably slightly easier (and better?) with ice but it was doable under powder & rime conditions.

with Ally F
Alasdair Fulton 01/Nov/08 AltLd

Nice early season route. Even got to watch the third ascent of "The Secret". Good smooth leading by Tony Stone on the crux pitch!

Pete Graham 13/Apr/08 AltLd
smac ??/2008 -
Hidden 10/Dec/07 AltLd O/S
sgl 10/Dec/07 AltLd
with Konnie
Robbie H 09/Mar/06 2nd

Guided ascent. Hard to find pro in cracks pitch (iced up)

with Richard Bentley
Nick Wallis ??/2005 AltLd O/S
a_hein ?/Dec/03 AltLd dnf

traversed out after first difficult pitch

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