Col Kingshott 01/Apr Lead O/S

Lots of unconsolidated snow. Amazing route. The guidebook is correct about the route finding. I reckon V, 5 today.

pftom 01/Apr 2nd O/S
with Col Kingshott
Hoyes 22/Feb AltLd O/S

Also with Dave Palmer. Great route and a good adventure. Led the tapered chimney (steady and well protected).

with Alex S
Robbie Blease 18/Feb 2nd O/S

Finished up red guard.

andycash 16/Feb AltLd O/S
with LucaC
LucaC 16/Feb AltLd O/S

Led p1,3,5,6. Not much ice, lots of powder and verglass made for hard work in places. One star for position, but that’s about it, somewhat underwhelming.

oliverk 11/Feb AltLd O/S
with Tim E
Tom Livingstone 09/Feb Solo O/S
with Ben Silvestre
BPaske 07/Feb AltLd
Hidden 07/Feb AltLd
alexm198 20/Jan AltLd O/S

Walked in with glorious weather -- felt almost alpine with the sun and the amount of snow around. Thankfully conditions were excellent underfoot and we made it to the bottom of the route in 2h10 from the car park. Climbed the route in 5 pitches, of which I led the evens (crux chimney and a rope-stretching 60m pitch through the overhang and up the battlements groove). Had to stop halfway up the chimney to remove my pack and dangle it from my harness on a sling! Some devious route finding after this, up to the battlements. The weather soon closed in and it was fucking baltic on the top pitch. A long romp back to the goat track in near-whiteout conditions and then a quick march back to the car by 5pm. 4h for the route. A fine day of mountaineering.

with sink14
Hidden 20/Jan AltLd O/S
Hidden 13/Jan AltLd
Dougbart 13/Jan AltLd
with Iain
mattnuttall 11/Jan AltLd O/S

From the Hutchinson in the dark to be under crag by daybreak... very damp and drizzling. Set off pessimistic but conditions soon improved to blue sky and frozen. Got too deep in crux chimney mistaking the thing for caving but other than that great. What an adventure. Took some time with route finding and climbed final chimneys by headtorch. A Major day out!

with Alan Holden
HaddRoots 23/Mar/17 AltLd O/S
masa-alpin 23/Mar/17 AltLd O/S

Superb day! 5am carpark start and topped out at the midday via "Alternative Finish" (as in SMC The Cairngorms definitive guide 2007 - our excuse was we followed the white bit, though admittedly unintentionally). Neve was good, and upper pitches are well rimed. Soloed the first easy bit, then moved together (Sean's lead), I lead the crux chimney, and moved together the rest (Sean's lead).

with Sean
seanhendo123 23/Mar/17 AltLd O/S

Excellent day, alpine start rewarded with great morning weather. Moved together apart from the crux chimney which Masa lead. Slightly off route at the top but followed best conditions. Great mountaineering route

HaddRoots ?/Mar/17 AltLd
with Joey
manmike 15/Feb/17 AltLd O/S

Loose cruddy snow, no ice but the sun was shining. Great route.

Ste Ridd 15/Feb/17 -

Testing conditions with unconsolidated snow. Great route on a big mountain day.

mikecollins 15/Feb/17 AltLd O/S
Matt Harmon 11/Feb/17 Lead O/S

A long day. Had to take rucksack off for the chimney! nice enough climbing on all pitches, not sure its worthy of all the stars but having a view and a lot less powder would make it more enjoyable- one to save for good connies? Abel smashed his first winter route.

with Abel
Hidden 05/Feb/17 AltLd O/S
Hidden 05/Feb/17 AltLd O/S
Hidden 30/Jan/17 -
pcurt 14/Jan/17 2nd

Nice route in epic surroundings, and though not very sustained, it was appreciated as my first winter climb of the season! Well frozen turf. Crux was very awkward with a backpack!

with Ryan, Pina
Pina 14/Jan/17 AltLd O/S

Good day out. Approach was a lot less arduous than expected (plateau stripped of snow). Led the crux chimney and the exit chimney, moved together on the easier terrain. Guidebook is right with regards to route mostly getting stars due to location rather than quality of climbing.

with pcurt, Ryan
The old James turnbull 18/Feb/16 AltLd

As a 3. Awesome day, amazing climbing and in such great condition. Topped out at 1pm. Best mountaineering route I've done in Scotland.

with aiden
planetmarshall 18/Feb/16 AltLd

Superlative mountaineering route, worth every one of its four stars.

neal 06/Feb/16 AltLd

Excellent route. Pretty good conditions, some powder, turf was well frozen where it wasn't completely buried.

with Stuart Mcleod
Kirill 13/Dec/15 AltLd
mike.moss 13/Dec/15 AltLd rpt
with Kirill
Hidden 05/Mar/15 AltLd dnf
Hidden 02/Mar/15 AltLd
benclimbing 28/Feb/15 AltLd O/S
with graham boistelle
HosteDenis ?/Feb/15 2nd O/S
Simon Yearsley 14/Jan/14 AltLd
with geezer
Hidden 14/Jan/14 AltLd
GordonAinslie ?/Jan/14 AltLd
GordonAinslie ??/2014 -
prcleary ??/2014 -
Captain Solo 08/Apr/13 Solo

Some annoying fresh powder to clear but some useful ice in the grooves that made it a little less nerve-wracking.

Hidden 05/Mar/13 AltLd
colin fagan 02/Mar/13 2nd

Fantastic route although weather was a bit damp and mild with things melting as the day went on. First day of a great weekend being guided by Kevin.

Hidden 24/Feb/13 AltLd
Hidden 24/Feb/13 -
Steven Andrews 18/Feb/13 AltLd O/S

What an amazing day and amazing climb....and a snowy owl as well

with Ben Tibbetts
Jake Young 09/Feb/13 AltLd O/S

Big day, Ben crushed the crux, obtained a little help from friends to extend a pitch.

with Darren, benkelsey
benkelsey 09/Feb/13 AltLd O/S

epic day. last pitch in the dark. lead all cruxes p's: 1,3,5

with Darren Lincoln, Jake Young
GraMc 02/Feb/13 Solo O/S

consolation route

alasdair19 ??/2013 -
sparbus 13/Dec/12 AltLd

Good nick. Sustained at grade.

with FedUp
MattKnox 05/Nov/12 2nd

Scored an early season classic!

Katy Nelson 07/Feb/12 -
with Tania
MonkeyDawson 05/Feb/12 AltLd O/S

Did the alternative start from near the base of Red Guard to the base of the crux chimney in 1 long pitch. Great route in a great setting.

with Simon Smith, Bob Foster
Hidden 29/Jan/12 AltLd O/S
Colin Mcgregor 29/Jan/12 AltLd
steev 28/Jan/12 AltLd O/S


andybuckley 28/Jan/12 AltLd

Brilliant route: the initial chimney and the overhang/groove pitch of The Battlements were particularly good, but even the easy ground was interesting.

with Steve Crawford
mike.moss 28/Jan/12 AltLd O/S
Martin Cooper 26/Jan/12 AltLd

Marco Croatia

with BMC winter meet
Hidden ??/2012 -
Marko Duksi ??/2012 -
Steve Woollard 30/Dec/11 2nd
with Mark Chadwick
Hidden 28/Feb/11 AltLd
Hidden 28/Feb/11 AltLd
Hidden 28/Feb/11 AltLd O/S
glenngordon 28/Feb/11 AltLd O/S
with jerry millichip, bomber harris
t_stork 11/Feb/11 AltLd O/S
with Steve Walls
SWalls 11/Feb/11 AltLd
with t_stork
Hidden ?/Feb/11 AltLd O/S
Drew M ?/Feb/11 AltLd
with Kane Chandler
bsavage 22/Jan/11 2nd O/S

Bit bare v little snow on chimney pitch.

with Beau Fraser, Tim
Hidden 22/Jan/11 Lead
Hidden 20/Jan/11 AltLd O/S
graeme gatherer 02/Jan/11 -
Hidden ??/2011 AltLd
alkira ??/2011 -
Hidden ??/2011 -
Hidden ??/2011 -
Hidden ??/2011 -
Hidden ??/2011 -
geoff.comley 27/Mar/10 AltLd O/S

P1 and P4 was mine, Pat lead P2,3,5. An awesome day out and a really worth while route, would of been even better if conditions had been favourable. 1st crux is amazing climbing and the other crux pitches are slightly easier but still interesting and varied. Happy Days

John Workman 10/Mar/10 AltLd

reasonable nick

with Mark II
crowberry gully 13/Feb/10 2nd

Good conditions, some ice in the battlements, a 4* route.

blouise 13/Feb/10 -
lyndseymackay ?/Feb/10 -
Alco-nomic ?/Jan/10 AltLd
with Geoff, Andy Wardle
Hidden ??/2010 AltLd
mulletcocktail2000 22/Dec/09 AltLd O/S

epic. long route for a shrot but nice day. last 2 pitches climbed in darkness.

with stuart
s kennedy 22/Dec/09 AltLd O/S
with ryan
al99 18/Dec/09 AltLd O/S

Epic! Got off route high up as there was so much rime and very little gear. Walked back across the plateau in the dark with a white out!

with Dunx
Dunx 18/Dec/09 AltLd O/S
with Al Benson
gaz.marshall 28/Nov/09 AltLd O/S
with Alex
Hidden 28/Nov/09 AltLd O/S
Peter Metcalfe 24/Jan/09 AltLd

Shaw did the hard bits!

Shaw Brown 24/Jan/09 AltLd

Employed an unpaid guide (Loz) to clear away all the powder and find the placements, made life much simpler!

Hidden 02/Jan/09 AltLd O/S
NeilGriffiths 02/Jan/09 -
with Adam
windy100 ??/2009 -
Hidden 31/Dec/08 AltLd
Hidden 15/Mar/08 AltLd
jimdanson 15/Mar/08 AltLd
with dan middleton
Hidden 24/Jan/08 AltLd O/S
Jamie B 24/Jan/08 AltLd

Three-star route, four-star experience.

with Stuart Burns
Nick Wallis ??/2008 AltLd O/S
with Simon Cooke
Neil Adams 03/Mar/07 AltLd O/S
andyinglis 03/Mar/07 AltLd O/S
with neil adams
niall_mac ?/Jan/07 AltLd
with Mark R
Hidden ??/2007 -
mux ??/2007 AltLd O/S
with frost
1202alarm ?/Dec/06 -

Pretty much the only decent route we did on an AMA new year meet. Brilliant day out, absorbing and interesting climbing.

with Si Ball
kato'sdad 25/Feb/06 2nd
with Giles Trussel
Hidden 25/Feb/06 AltLd O/S
david morse ?/Feb/06 AltLd O/S
with chris todd
sgl 26/Nov/05 AltLd
with Konnie
Hidden 19/Nov/05 AltLd O/S
dangates ??/2005 -
with Derek Bain
frost ?/Feb/04 AltLd
with D Garry
Jonathan Lagoe - UKC 03/Dec/03 AltLd
with Andy Hyslop
Paul Figg 15/Mar/03 AltLd
with Dave Johnson
zero six ??/2003 AltLd O/S
markharro ??/2002 AltLd

Excellent wild route with sporting return over the plateau in the dark

with Allan
Dave Kerr 06/Jan/01 AltLd O/S

Lots of powder

with Richard Jewell
plain kitten ??/2000 -

my first IV,5 lead

prcleary ??/2000 AltLd
ArnaudG 13/Feb/99 AltLd
with Tim
Hidden 09/Jan/99 AltLd
James Gordon ?/Apr/98 -
Hidden ?/Feb/97 AltLd O/S
Grezza ??/1997 Lead
Hidden ??/1997 Lead
Yourlead 23/Mar/96 2nd

Epic sunny day with deep powder (should have gone skiing) The climb took ages due to snow conditions aand we were late getting back to the car 10pm where Jurgen was waiting!!

with Graham Penny
nickdonohue 06/Mar/96 AltLd
with Caley Latham
Dave Musgrove Jnr 26/Feb/95 AltLd

Great Day out

with Richard Dibley
Neil McA 13/Feb/94 AltLd O/S

Bit of an epic while navigating back in the dark and white out.

with Andy Perkins
pingora 29/Dec/92 AltLd O/S
with Davy R
TheAndyBarker ?/Jan/92 AltLd


Bruce Kerr 16/Jan/88 AltLd
with Chris Czech
steveb2006 13/Dec/87 AltLd

Superb climb on a superb long weekend bivvying at the shelterstone.

with Roy Ruddle
Hidden ??/1985 AltLd
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