275m. The easiest of the major Nevis ridges (after ledge route) but still makes a very fine mountaineering expedition. Beware of avalanches from the castle area above, otherwise it is possible in most conditions. Traverse right onto the ridge from below the castle gullies and scramble up it via easy walls and slabs. At the steepening, climb a steep groove to a ledge and then traverse right in a spectacular position. From a niche, a very exposed chimney on good flakey holds leads to a ledge and belay. Another steep pitch leads to an easing in the ridge, and easier ground leads to the top.
In good conditions an excellent descent is to ascend to the north summit of Carn Dearg and descend ledge route. If descending via the halfway Lochan, traverse the hillside west from the top of the ridge for 300m to avoid the north face of Carn Dearg.

Collie JN, Naismith WW, Thomson G, Traverse M 12/Apr/1895

Ticklists: Ben Nevis Ridges, Winter Aspirations, The Great Gumclub Ticklist.

MichelleChristiana 12/Apr 2nd

Dry climb in B3's, occasionally used an axe. Descend down a snow slope

BillyB 12/Apr Lead
ChristyCole 02/Apr AltLd O/S
with Teshil
Julesthe1st 01/Apr AltLd O/S

Started late. Dropped a bag down the approach gully which caused a lot of faff to receive it (and the contents). Still a pristine day in the sunshine. Snow was sugary and made the route feel a lot more challenging. Descended down the steep western flank. Brilliant long day out.

PilarMartinez 01/Apr AltLd

What a day we had!! after lots of faffing at the beginning and starting a bit late, lucky the days are long. Great Ridge but lots of sugary snow what make some bits quite hard or maybe was the fact that the day before we had a 12 hour day on the Ben too, so two day in a row were Knackering. We descended right to the lake by Halfway Lonchan what involved lots of down climbing on easy ground but exhausting and it was looooong :-(

alexm198 31/Mar Solo O/S

The beginning of a big day enchaining the five Nevis ridges. Left the tent at 5am, catapulted up towards Castle Ridge by some excellent coffee. Good snow conditions underfoot, lovely moves through the very exposed crux chimney. Felt very alpine. Think we took about 45 mins for the route, followed by a long slog to the summit in a whiteout.

Matt Harle 31/Mar Solo O/S

First of the day and a great one to get the legs moving. 1/5 of all the ridges in a day.

manmike 24/Mar AltLd rpt
Neil Adams 24/Mar Solo
with Brian
Ste Ridd 24/Mar AltLd

Superb mountain route done in Jeans.

with manmike
Brian Pollock 24/Mar Solo O/S
with Neil
jameslomax 22/Mar AltLd O/S

Quite slushy, moved together for most of it but pitched the hard section as rock climbs (without crampons or axes). First rock pitch caused intense finger pain with wet hands exposed to wind. Practised ice axe arrests (first unintentionally, then intentionally) on the way down.

Charlie Fraser 22/Mar AltLd
Hidden 12/Mar 2nd
SamDicks 07/Mar AltLd
RobSimpson 07/Mar AltLd

Great route with a super fun and exposed crux. I only wish there was more of those sections!

with SamDicks
DHHZ 05/Mar Solo O/S
with Alex L
Michael Haywood 03/Mar Lead


with Dave Battle
Hidden 01/Mar Lead dnf
shah ?/Mar AltLd O/S
with Charlie Fraser, rowlandh, jameslomax
WillHempstead 25/Feb Lead

Moved together for all but one five meter pitch, lots of very easy ground with one or two grade three sections...thought it would be a bit more sustained :( topped out at about eleven am

Conor Nally 25/Feb Lead
with Mojca
Butler! 25/Feb AltLd
with Will Hempstead
Hidden 24/Feb AltLd
Hidden 24/Feb AltLd
Hidden 22/Feb Lead
Hidden 21/Feb AltLd O/S
ferdia 20/Feb 2nd

MIC prep for Andy. And the only ben ridge I hadn't done!

Andy Moles 20/Feb Lead

Dry rock at the crux at the moment, gloves aff.

with ferdia
Rhys Deane 09/Feb Lead
HP9 07/Feb Lead
with Martin Bonner
jimmysdead 04/Feb AltLd O/S

Loved this route winding our way up the ridge. Mix of soloing, moving together and pitches. Topped out and then summited Ben Nevis on a calm, clear day with stunning views. Descent via Coire Leis. Best Mountain Day out of 2018 so far = )

Paul Baller 03/Feb Lead O/S
with matt stevens
Powell ?/Feb 2nd

Perfect winter conditions with Stu McInnes leading

catrin289 ?/Feb AltLd O/S

Simuled most of the way. Topped out into brilliant midday sunshine. Descended down cmd arete

Iain_L_32 07/Jan AltLd
rod757 04/Jan Solo

fun route. brilliant day for it, despite the unconsolidated snow making it tough going.

Jones_88 ?/Jan AltLd

Iain led the crux pitch.

clanger ??/2018 -
MusicalMountaineer 28/Dec/17 AltLd O/S

Wild day. 15 hours car to car. Great fun (some type 2).

fuzzysheep01 28/Dec/17 Lead O/S

Tricky conditions at the moment - fresh powder on dry rock with plenty of only partially frozen scree / turf. Managed to lose an axe when it unclipped itself and topped out in the dark. Quality day on the Ben.

with MusicalMountaineer, Jen Adair, Rachel Botterill
bradleyrichards93 17/Dec/17 -
Connorh 16/Dec/17 AltLd

Snow not very consolidated , but turf well frozen.

btiller87 16/Dec/17 AltLd O/S
with Connorh
Hidden 12/Jul/17 -
sarahrowlands 06/May/17 Solo O/S
with Louise K, Chris M
Charlie Fraser 30/Mar/17 AltLd
Deezel65 29/Mar/17 Solo O/S

Moved together and just pitched the steep central pitch. In big boots without crampons or axes, more like summer conditions.

Hidden 29/Mar/17 AltLd
Hidden 29/Mar/17 -
CameronH 29/Mar/17 AltLd O/S
Liam Watson 25/Mar/17 Lead O/S
with Miina
pipmccarthy 23/Mar/17 Lead

Just enough ice/neve in first chimney. fine route

with owen
Harrison_Connie 09/Mar/17 Lead

Awesome route, tricky crux chimney but its all there, very very exposed! Not much was frozen on the route but had hero hooks!

with Ian Proudfoot
lusonavigator 05/Mar/17 2nd
Hidden 05/Mar/17 Lead O/S
sacdenouilles 05/Mar/17 AltLd
with J F Philippe
Stuart Hurworth 03/Mar/17 AltLd O/S

Amazing route and beautiful weather! Chimney is pretty spicy steep and exposed for a three! But actually pretty easy to climb, loads of holds etc. Great views.

mim tiller 03/Mar/17 Solo O/S

hard wee crux section

calumhicks 03/Mar/17 Solo O/S

Hard when lean, maybe tech 4

MaccMark 03/Mar/17 AltLd
Tom Last 02/Mar/17 AltLd

Backed off, poor psyche. Lots of powder.

with Lachlan Bucknall
Hidden 28/Feb/17 AltLd
Hidden 26/Feb/17 Lead
Hidden 15/Feb/17 2nd
Hidden 15/Feb/17 Lead O/S
10029759 14/Feb/17 AltLd
with hairy51
ben__day 14/Feb/17 Lead O/S
hairy51 14/Feb/17 AltLd O/S
andybuckley 11/Feb/17 AltLd
HimTiggins 11/Feb/17 AltLd O/S
HannahFrancis 11/Feb/17 2nd
with Matt Rowbottom, Caspar McKeever
Hidden 11/Feb/17 Lead O/S
Garry_C 09/Feb/17 2nd

A couple short pitches over the crux

with Nick Richardson
DaveThexton 05/Feb/17 AltLd
pcurt 05/Feb/17 AltLd
with Ryan, Pina
Pina 05/Feb/17 AltLd O/S

Good fun and probably a good choice given the conditions. Roped up for three short pitches, rest of the route was a scramble.

with Ryan, pcurt
Jenn_Stretton 05/Feb/17 AltLd
Peter Goulding ?/Feb/17 2nd

Seconded with Mike

with Mike Surtees
beckycoles 29/Jan/17 AltLd
with Si
Si 29/Jan/17 AltLd
Hidden 14/Jan/17 Lead
antonymcphillips 14/Jan/17 AltLd O/S

Great route. Climbed a 20m corner to the right of the main route lower down, really nice pitch.

Hidden ??/2017 -
Andrew Nelson ??/2017 -
Hidden 21/Dec/16 AltLd
Hidden 21/Dec/16 Lead O/S
Francescaparratt 12/Dec/16 -
rossjgibson 02/Oct/16 Solo O/S

down Ledge route

with Nathan
michaelb1 31/Mar/16 AltLd

Very very good climb. Exposed chimney

with M Tighe
Hidden 29/Mar/16 AltLd
dizzyg 29/Mar/16 2nd
alexmcmillan 19/Mar/16 Solo O/S

Boiling. Climbed most sans axes and crampons.

Tim Davies 15/Mar/16 -

Alpine conditions. Flakey corner sounding a bit loose.....

Keith Lambley 14/Mar/16 AltLd

Rock dry interspersed with sugary wet snow, superb blue sky day but too warm !

with Kate R, Jeff H
Will Jerram 11/Mar/16 2nd O/S

A great ridge for when the Avalanche risk is high. Be careful crossing South Castle gully in these conditions. We had good ice on the first pitch making for fun climbing. The corrie is very atmospheric and great for poor weather.

with Jon Jerram, Mike Pescod
lu 06/Mar/16 Lead
with Clémence, Adz
clemschd 06/Mar/16 2nd
with Lucie and Adam
Hidden 06/Mar/16 -
GeorgiePorgie1 06/Mar/16 2nd O/S

My first ever outdoor climb. Got my adrenaline well high on that exposed chimney scraping up a naked rock with crampons and ice axes. Amazing experience and one that I will never forget!

Matt Harmon 05/Mar/16 Lead O/S

Moved together for most of route apart from two pitches. Flaky chimney felt hard with lots of soft snow. Route seemed to be longer than guidebook length

Sarah Roscoe 05/Mar/16 2nd

moved together for most of route - unexpected 'interesting' middle section

Hidden 05/Mar/16 AltLd O/S
nickdonohue 05/Mar/16 AltLd

Mostly moving together, with 2 pitches. (Tom did the crux which is a great pitch, technical, feels exposed but all there). A really nice route on a beautifully clear day, great views.

with Tom Lawfield
tedburt 28/Feb/16 AltLd O/S

Moved together most of route. Just roped for crux sections.

with Aaron Burdett
Davesmith1981 25/Feb/16 AltLd

Solo'd mot of it, with rope out for two pitches

with Liam Flemming
alan barnes 17/Feb/16 AltLd
with chris baum
Scott Anderson 17/Feb/16 AltLd O/S

Good route, thin ice conditions, with some good consolidation in parts

doc_h 14/Feb/16 Lead O/S

Did it with partner moving together. Straight forward, ice a bit thin, snow deep and soft especially on descent back to Lochan Meall an t-Suidhe. Descent slopes rather avalanche prone. Group of three French guys in front on ascent who went ahead. Father and son pitching it directly in front of us.

Hidden 13/Feb/16 AltLd
Stefan_Morris 13/Feb/16 Solo O/S

Bit blowy high up

will6459 13/Feb/16 AltLd
with partz
Hidden 13/Feb/16 AltLd
lcullum7 13/Feb/16 AltLd O/S
with Rowan Chesmer
partz 13/Feb/16 AltLd O/S

After the flakey chimney, we headed right and traversed a snowy field before making a dodgy, teetering, mega exposed step across a ledge in 50mph gusts. Very cold, but a good deviation in calmer conditions. Was an experience for the both of us!

Kyrros 13/Feb/16 Solo O/S

Busy and a bit windy at places

Lumbering Oaf 12/Feb/16 AltLd
Chimnastics 12/Feb/16 AltLd O/S

First Scottish winter climb! Good route. Chimney was tricky, but everything else ok. Conditions ok, powder snow with no ice at all.

Trace 10/Feb/16 AltLd

Route finding on the lower ledges was a bit tricky but got there in the end.,Brilliant day out, chimney was a bit spicey!

Max Streeton 10/Feb/16 AltLd
with Trace
Colin Scotchford 06/Feb/16 AltLd
Dave Payne 06/Feb/16 AltLd O/S

Steep but protected mixed climbing on up to three pitches. Steady scrambling in between. Pretty windy on the day. Solid climbing partner this time.

george sewell 31/Jan/16 -

moved roped together at start, then Adam lead the crux then moved roped together at finish. conditions were ok for mixed climbing , rock under powder snow mainly. no ice or real neve to be seen.

with adam simpson
Hidden 31/Jan/16 Lead O/S
Hidden 31/Jan/16 AltLd
joermann 21/Jan/16 AltLd
Hidden 16/Jan/16 AltLd
mBob8 14/Jan/16 AltLd
Hidden 14/Jan/16 AltLd dnf
sam_owen41 12/Jan/16 Lead O/S
damondavies 10/Jan/16 -
with Too many people!
Oliver Smaje 10/Jan/16 2nd O/S
with nick, damian, daniel, kitty, josh, stephen
nickb1 10/Jan/16 AltLd O/S
with everybody
Just Will 08/Jan/16 Lead O/S
with Joe Young
Tom Draude 01/Jan/16 Solo
chris cockbain 01/Jan/16 Solo O/S

Very little ice and lots of snow, lots of dry tooling involved!

ChrisMarden ?/Jan/16 AltLd

Bottomless snow. This and Ledge Route probably the only routes seeing any action today.

with Simon
Mike Roger ??/2016 -
Hidden ??/2016 -
shaunhumphreys 31/Dec/15 AltLd O/S

Ace route, seemed to go on forever ended up being about 8 pitches all around 50m! got dark on us with about 3 pitches left then the walk out was in a bit of a blizzard, back at the hut in time for new year!

franhammond92 31/Dec/15 AltLd O/S

Could have been better conditions but still good. Pretty epic route with great positions. Very long day on 2 hours sleep but all good fun until the descent

benkelsey 30/Dec/15 AltLd O/S

Much longer than the guide suggests? Night time and blizzard for team slow but back in plenty of time for nye

BPaske 12/Dec/15 AltLd rpt
with Calum Ross, James Heath
Hidden 12/Dec/15 -
luckyjim 12/Dec/15 Solo
tomdude 03/Dec/15 Lead

Fun but a little challenging with unconsolidated snow over everything

with mike beddington
Hidden 30/Nov/15 AltLd
Dougbart 30/Nov/15 AltLd
with easers
Hidden 22/Nov/15 AltLd
Hidden 21/Nov/15 2nd O/S
Robertgiddy 21/Nov/15 Lead

Not much snow on it but well frozen turf, thought it was quite technical for the grade.

with Paul, liamando
catherine.e.moss 12/Jun/15 2nd β

3rd time lucky, having got lost to the right of the ridge twice. We climbed in dry conditions, except for snow on the top out. Walked up to summit Ben Nevis, and then bum-sled home.

with Tom Lewis, Katie Baker, jon shaw, Basil Moss
paulh.0776 09/Apr/15 2nd

Not really a winter climb today, we only had to put the crampons on for the descent....

with Ken Applegate
Karlos 06/Apr/15 Lead

Ridge looked black from beneath, but lots of sopping wet snow on all of the ledges. Some of the corners were more difficult, since no longer banked out but not dry either, and ice remnants on some of the slabs. Watched The Shroud fall apart, with large avalanche causing some ice blocks to bounce all of the way into the approach gully - TAKE CARE. Mostly clear skies, but did clag over towards the end, and we made of mistake of trying to descend too early. Retreated, and headed up and over to the zig zags - much faster even with detour.

Harriet Stewart 06/Apr/15 2nd
with Karlos
bazilikiukas 29/Mar/15 Solo dnf

Woof, one of the most extreme days of our lives so far. Mary and me thought the route was easier than it actually was. We managed to solo 2/5 of the route probably. At one point we got stuck, cos the route got too steep and I tried to lead it, but didn't manage to pas one move, so we decided to just sit and wait for the boys to appear at the top and throw us the rope. An hour later, nothing.. I then decided to try and lead it again, this time I took a crampon off to help me pass the move. It was very scary as a lot of rock and its features were covered with snow or thin ice. I managed to get up that pitch and Mary came after me. On top we realised that the climbs ahead were too hard for us. We called the boys to ask when they are coming and turned out that they were having trouble on the Castle Ridge and they had started retreating. Our hopes shattered. We told them we were stuck and we'd try to abseil down. We did that and at the bottom of that pitch the rope got stuck. So I climbed back up again to untangle it and by then the Mountain rescue were trying to contact us. We communicated back and forth for a bit less than an hour and just before 8pm a helicopter came to pick us up. It was boys that called them as they were extremely worried about us. So after a 14 hour day, me and Maria were safe and warm in Lochaber mountain rescue place in Fort William. So many different emotions that day :)

sambosanquet101 21/Feb/15 Lead O/S
with Ian Goldsborough, Chris Rushe
Karlos 20/Feb/15 Solo dnf

Much more fresh snow than I had appreciated. Waded to the bottom of the ridge. Waded up the lower slabs. Had hoped conditions would improve as ridge became more defined, but even easy sections were time consuming under powder. Route still do-able, but opted for sensible retreat rather than all day struggle.

with Random
Stuart Wildman 19/Feb/15 AltLd
with Gooders
Lumbering Oaf 19/Feb/15 AltLd O/S

A good route with minor difficulties. Traverse off towards Red Burn mildly unpleasant with strong SW wind firing ice in to face. Conditions on route good with enough ice/snow, despite recent thaw.

with Hoyes
Hoyes 19/Feb/15 AltLd O/S

Good conditions. Led the crux pitch. Not difficult.

JHiley 17/Feb/15 Lead
with PCC
Hidden 16/Feb/15 2nd
Durkules 16/Feb/15 2nd
Hidden 14/Feb/15 AltLd O/S
BPaske 07/Feb/15 Lead
Hidden 07/Feb/15 AltLd
Hidden 07/Feb/15 AltLd
The Bad Cough 05/Feb/15 Lead O/S
with Tom Simpson, Karl Stewart
Karlos 05/Feb/15 Solo

Moved together, except for exposed corner, which made for excellent mixed moves. Fantastic route, complete in quick time.

with Husky Tom, Paul Cubbins
onlyfoddington 03/Jan/15 Lead O/S

A long day, just about started the walk in before it got light and climbed the final hour or two at night. Not sure why it took so long, mostly I thought we were making good progress. I wonder if I went off route a bit as I found an early crux of a short leaning crack. Most things were covered in powder. A lovely day for it.

with Chrissy
Hidden 29/Dec/14 Lead
Hidden 29/Dec/14 2nd
laurence_falconer 28/Dec/14 Lead

Not in great condition, lots of loose powder and nothing consolidated. Felt a lot harder than grade III

with Ben Caley
bencaley 28/Dec/14 2nd O/S
Hidden 13/Dec/14 -
Hidden ?/Dec/14 Lead
kbow265 ?/Dec/14 -

With Stu Picken.

Dizz 29/Mar/14 AltLd O/S
with rob p
LJKing 29/Mar/14 Lead O/S

Great little climb done in a couple of hours.

with Paul Clarkson
Marq 29/Mar/14 AltLd O/S
with Skinny
Hidden 29/Mar/14 AltLd
Harry Holmes 26/Mar/14 Solo O/S
LogieNick 17/Mar/14 2nd

Ridge chosen as introductory route of week-long guided climbing at ICI Hut, Thawing conditions and huge cornices meant gully climbs at risk. Avalanche debris evident in all gullies. Topped out on Carn Dearg and returned to CIC Hut via Red Burn and Halfway Lochan. Poor visibility in low cloud and gusting high winds.

with Glenmore Lodge Ice & Mixed Climbing Ben Nevis
phil64 11/Mar/14 Lead O/S

lovely climb and alpine conditions

johnrich 10/Mar/14 2nd
with quirky
Tarquin 10/Mar/14 -


Hidden 02/Mar/14 AltLd O/S
Hidden 01/Mar/14 AltLd
Hidden 01/Mar/14 AltLd O/S
connor 27/Feb/14 Solo O/S

in around an hour, felt easy. nav'ed off

with willey
Ronan O Keeffe 27/Feb/14 -

Quite blowy and spindrifty. Gully to the left avalanched twice. Went left at the crux for a more awkward pitch. Near whiteout at the top. Difficult descent.

with Damien Hawkins, Sean Martin
wilkinscl 26/Feb/14 -
with Ned
bob johnson 18/Feb/14 AltLd
with Rich Ball
SUColdo 16/Feb/14 -

moved together for most of it. climbed the corner left of flaky chimney. maybe at grade 4? was good fun.

DStrawbridge 16/Feb/14 AltLd

nice climb really good day

with SUColdo
hoppojoe7 13/Feb/14 AltLd O/S

great fun. seen 4 big avalanches to the left very glad we chose to do the ridge rather than the gully...

A Reid 08/Feb/14 Lead


ian.ross.bnc ?/Feb/14 2nd

on Plas y Brenin "Scottish Winter Climbing" course

Hidden ?/Feb/14 -
Hidden 27/Jan/14 -
Hidden 25/Jan/14 Lead dnf
Hidden 13/Jan/14 Lead O/S
ryan_d ?/Jan/14 AltLd O/S

Poor conditions.

Hidden ??/2014 -
Hidden ??/2014 -
Hidden ??/2014 -
arose 30/Dec/13 AltLd

Deep wet snow. Icy higher up

with gi
gi 30/Dec/13 AltLd
with arose
Hidden 24/Nov/13 AltLd O/S
Hidden 24/Nov/13 AltLd
Hidden 24/Nov/13 AltLd O/S
Hidden 23/Nov/13 AltLd
Zoe Cockburn 23/Nov/13 Lead

Nice variety of difficulty. Harder pitches are short, with easy scrambling in between. Thin conditions, especially on the flaky chimney! Awesome day out, finished with a wander to the top of Nevis.

Carol Goodall 23/Nov/13 2nd O/S

Brilliant route on a lovely day on the Ben despite forecast for freezing level at 1100m. Soloed most of this but let Matt lead the hard sections. Good start to the season.

with Matt Dooner
bryan p 12/Jul/13 -
with kate, James
Matthew Martin Wsm 18/May/13 Lead

my first multi pitch lead in high winds and on wet rock, moved alpine style mainly and pitched wettest parts, was epic day done the climb in 3 hours 30 mins

Jenny Hall 03/Apr/13 2nd O/S

dry tooling not my thing

with Louis
Louis Hume 03/Apr/13 Lead

Mostly dry tooling.

Ken Applegate 21/Mar/13 Lead

Another great day at work. Route was good fun, the two trickier sections didn't really require axes today.

with Justin
Lawrie Brand 20/Mar/13 Lead O/S
with Sarah Laing
Hidden 20/Mar/13 2nd O/S
J25 23/Feb/13 -
danny269 23/Feb/13 AltLd

2nd grade III of the week.. long 10 hr day (to the top out) with initial poor/foggy visibility which cleared by the time we had got on the route proper. lead both chimney pitches.

with Louise
thedatastream 23/Feb/13 AltLd O/S

Splendid route, felt more like III,4 with the steep flaky chimney being the crux. Route finding straightforward, fun mixed climbing throughout.

with J25
nich0las 17/Feb/13 AltLd
with Kate (AC), Martin (AC)
5eamuz 17/Feb/13 2nd O/S

With JH, MG, GC and AD

with GOS
Hidden 17/Feb/13 Lead
GOS 17/Feb/13 Lead O/S
with 5eamuz
Hidden 17/Feb/13 2nd O/S
RM199 16/Feb/13 Lead O/S
with Hannah Moulton
ThomasO'Hagan ?/Feb/13 AltLd
Climbslikeaduck ?/Feb/13 AltLd O/S

Moved together, pitched the crux.

stuart90 24/Jan/13 Lead
ThomasO'Hagan ?/Jan/13 AltLd rpt

Moving together with two pitches

chrisicles ?/Jan/13 -

Moved together for most, pitched the crux.

with Stuart
gateaublaster ??/2013 Solo O/S
Hidden 08/Dec/12 AltLd
El Plunge 08/Dec/12 AltLd O/S

No ice after strong thaw, just wet snow on ledges and bare rock on rock step sections.

Mr Fuller 07/Dec/12 AltLd O/S

Shedloads of unconsolidated snow. Hard work.

with riven
riven 07/Dec/12 AltLd
bigredsquirrel 07/Dec/12 2nd
with Paul Gibbison
Nigel Coe 05/Dec/12 AltLd
with Amnon
Hidden 01/Dec/12 AltLd O/S
Hidden 01/Dec/12 AltLd O/S
Hannah Evans 01/Dec/12 AltLd
with Dave Buckett
monkeyme2 30/Nov/12 2nd

Found it stupidly hard work!

with ben sharp
Ben Sharp 30/Nov/12 Lead
with robbie
Hidden 19/Aug/12 AltLd O/S
Hidden 02/Mar/12 Solo O/S
rossn ?/Mar/12 AltLd O/S
with Nick Bryan
Tim_Gomersall ?/Mar/12 AltLd
Anna_wells ?/Mar/12 -
franksnb 19/Feb/12 AltLd O/S

a fair bit of powder snow, no frozen turf made for slowish going. the crux is like a punch in the gut after mainly II terrain!

with euan, rury
Ly-Cilph 12/Feb/12 AltLd O/S

Very lean, and lots of scratching around on rock, but very nice. Moved together for the first and last few pitches.

with David P (CMC)
abercolin 11/Feb/12 AltLd O/S

Warm weather and soft snow but still an enjoyable day out and a cracking route. I lead 3 pitches including the crux.

with James Heptenstall, Simon Palmer
deklan 07/Feb/12 AltLd
with sam, julie
SteveHolmes 06/Feb/12 Lead
son of thor 05/Feb/12 2nd
glaramara 29/Jan/12 Lead

Snow conditions not too helpful but a good day. Last pitch proved to be the crux and was hard. Justified a IV grade. Maybe off route but whatever, IV.

with james
ThomasO'Hagan ?/Jan/12 2nd
with Jonny Parr
Hidden ?/Jan/12 Lead
Narked4fun ??/2012 -
tomshanti 30/Dec/11 2nd O/S

fantastic!great day out(thin lower down,good neve further up,turf soft!)

with spike sellers
Clay C 30/Dec/11 AltLd O/S

Great route, but a bit harder than expected. More difficult than Tower Ridge when I climbed it last year in good conditions.

R_W_M 30/Dec/11 Lead O/S

Really great day out, conditions a bit thin in places, some really nice climbing to be had on the second crux in particular

with Steve C
JamesRoddie 15/Dec/11 Solo

In pretty good and fat condition, although the snow was less consolidated on the second half of the route. Crux chimney quite rimed up.

Simonfarfaraway 14/May/11 AltLd

bottom half rock scramble, top half full winter conditions

with Paul
Tom Campbell 03/Apr/11 -

started as a scramble. Forced to put crampons on higher mup due to fresh falling snow. Not properly in condition. Good higher up on the ridge.

Daniel Wrightson 20/Mar/11 -
with Paul Winder, Jason Shuttleworth
Hidden 19/Mar/11 2nd
carl_123 18/Mar/11 Lead O/S

first real mixed route, lead all, move together aprt from on the two crux pitches which seemed a big step up from the grade 2 the previous day, snow was unconsolidated.

liamo333 17/Mar/11 AltLd


with colenn
colenn 17/Mar/11 AltLd
robgixer ?/Mar/11 AltLd
Captain Solo 22/Feb/11 Solo

A tad warm, snow a bit soft lower down but some useful ice left, improved with height.

Hidden 21/Feb/11 AltLd
tobydunford 20/Feb/11 Lead O/S
Hidden 17/Feb/11 Lead O/S
Hidden 10/Feb/11 AltLd
Hidden ?/Feb/11 Lead
tomdude 21/Jan/11 -

brilliant! awesome outlook down the valley from the upper section

with joe dowsett
Hidden 20/Jan/11 AltLd O/S
A Reid 02/Jan/11 AltLd
with Darren Axe
darcan ??/2011 AltLd
mr rob ??/2011 AltLd O/S
with Jordan
Hidden ??/2011 -
PAJames ??/2011 -
Hidden ??/2011 Solo
Hidden 18/Dec/10 AltLd O/S
John Workman 21/Nov/10 2nd

Good nick for November

with Apprentice
AMarchant 20/Nov/10 Solo
with Frank Palmer, allyhurst
JasRY 20/Nov/10 Lead O/S
with Malcom Jessop
Hidden 20/Nov/10 Solo O/S
Hidden 20/Nov/10 Solo O/S
Hidden 14/Nov/10 Solo dnf
BobbyMotherwell ?/Aug/10 Lead O/S
kenneM ?/Apr/10 AltLd
with Davey Luke
Phil Jennings 13/Mar/10 AltLd O/S

not great conditions

with Fergus Cuthill, Calum Cuthill
carpguru 12/Mar/10 2nd
Alexandre Buisse 06/Mar/10 AltLd O/S

Slushy snow, almost no ice and very, very warm. A great day out and a super fun ridge with two well defined cruxes.

with Ben Coe
Hidden 03/Mar/10 AltLd
viking ?/Mar/10 AltLd O/S

moved together, pitched the two chimneys and the narrows. Thought this was hard for grade III, it may have been the conditions though - unconsolidated powder, little ice and dry tooling through both cruxes

with rick
Hidden 22/Feb/10 Lead O/S
Hidden 21/Feb/10 AltLd O/S
gareth scott borthwick 21/Feb/10 AltLd
scorpia97 16/Feb/10 Lead
with Caspar
Hidden 16/Feb/10 2nd
andybroadway 06/Feb/10 AltLd O/S
Hidden 04/Feb/10 AltLd
mgg 04/Feb/10 -

Deep powder.

with KW
Hidden 30/Jan/10 AltLd dnf
Hidden 23/Jan/10 2nd O/S
Spence22 17/Jan/10 AltLd O/S
with Ed
centurion05 ??/2010 -
Hidden ??/2010 AltLd
pratty25 ??/2010 -
KKilroy ??/2010 AltLd
Dougie Harvey 26/Dec/09 AltLd O/S
with Finlay Wild
Hidden 22/Dec/09 Lead dnf
Merlin 06/Dec/09 AltLd O/S

Thin with sketchy ice patches. Topped out as it got dark and the wind picked up. Descent via Red Burn.

with Alex Kelly
graeme gatherer ?/Nov/09 -
Malcolm Auchie 29/Jun/09 Solo

Gorgeous sunny calm day. had the factor 25 on! An excellent ridge scramble, well worth the trip up. We camped near the cic hut so we could grab another route next day.

with Adele Martin
Hidden 08/Apr/09 AltLd
Karlos 08/Apr/09 AltLd O/S

Made a right pigs ear of this climbed. Wore/didn't wear crampons at the wrong time, pitched bits we didn't need to. Total epic, went dark on route, longest day out. Ever!

alifin 08/Mar/09 2nd

Full on winter conditions; heavy winds, deep powder and spindrift made for an exciting day! Great route, really enjoyed the exposed chimney pitch - great torquing moves, certainly would be easier in better nick, might have warranted technical grade 4 as climbed.

with Guide + Aidan Roe
NeilGriffiths ?/Mar/09 -
with frost
frost 21/Feb/09 AltLd
with N Griffiths
Poco Loco 19/Feb/09 Lead dnf

Ridge completely bare after thaw. Wet slippery rock not much fun, bailed off the route into north castle gully.

with Richard Roberts
oliverthomp 17/Feb/09 AltLd
Hidden 16/Feb/09 AltLd
tommytuffa 08/Feb/09 -

Climbed 60m ice pitch to gain the ledge leading to the ridge. Grade IIIish. Good way to start route.

with Miles
Harry Ellis ?/Jan/09 AltLd
with Dave Kirby
mickd ??/2009 AltLd
Ross McGibbon ??/2009 -
morsy 14/Dec/08 AltLd
with gerhard mors
Piaras Kerry ?/Dec/08 Lead
Hidden 23/Mar/08 AltLd
Only a hill 19/Mar/08 Lead O/S

Fantastic. A brilliant route.

with James Roddie
Tom Stoddart 18/Mar/08 -
with Tom Slade, Iain Leverett, David Battley, James Wright
RobScotland 16/Mar/08 AltLd O/S

Most of the route was very straightforward and enjoyable. Climbed in the conditions we had on Saturday though the crux pitch was difficult and demanding - don't have a lot of experience with mixed grades but think around technical 4 - requiring determined use of dry tooling on vertical rock. With one or two exceptions ice axe placements were in good, solid cracks. Much of the snow too soft to be of any use. Crampon marks testify to ascents in much fatter conditions!

with Gary Kinsey
Hidden 16/Mar/08 Lead
Piglet69 08/Mar/08 2nd
with alifin
JamesRoddie ?/Mar/08 -
with Alex Roddie
brockers ?/Mar/08 Lead O/S
AndrewJenkins ??/2008 -
mike.moss ??/2008 AltLd O/S
with Kane Chandler
Hidden ??/2008 -
smac ??/2008 -
ed woods 09/Dec/07 AltLd dnf

Snow down to 500m but the ridge was soggy and unfrozen. Bailed after the first 100m.

KevB 27/Jul/07 AltLd dnf

Rainy, greasy.

RiPomc 26/May/07 Lead

A fine team effort with Nick Gardiner & Abby White following as a second rope. Great views from the top.

with JCookie
JCookie 26/May/07 -

My 1st mountaineering route! Used some Alpine skills acquired in the Sierra Nevada. What fun (the ascent, NOT the descent!)

with Richard Plater
Hidden 29/Mar/07 -
Hidden 29/Mar/07 2nd O/S
Hidden ?/Mar/07 AltLd O/S
Hidden ?/Feb/07 AltLd
Hidden ?/Feb/07 -
Hidden 29/Jan/07 AltLd O/S
timmy-ts ??/2007 -
peteetheridge 09/Nov/06 2nd O/S
with Mark Blackwell
mjwilson85 16/Aug/06 Solo O/S

Quite narrow a points - great day out!

with Matt Willliams
Hidden 21/Jul/06 AltLd O/S
Hidden ?/Apr/06 AltLd O/S
Hidden 12/Mar/06 2nd O/S
Hidden 11/Mar/06 AltLd
tom.e 02/Mar/06 AltLd O/S

Unconsolidated snow, started at 1:00, finished at 4:30.

with Charlie Everett
Hidden 01/Mar/06 AltLd
CJE 24/Feb/06 AltLd
with Chris Haynes
geoff b 20/Feb/06 AltLd

A great day out on the easiest of the ridges.

with The other Tim O'Neal!
manmike 19/Feb/06 AltLd O/S
with jason
NickJH ?/Feb/06 AltLd O/S
with SLambert
Johannes Petersen ?/Feb/06 Lead
with Maggie Roche
Hidden 21/Jan/06 AltLd
Colin Mcgregor 21/Jan/06 AltLd
Hidden ??/2006 Lead O/S
DaleB ??/2006 -
with JS
DaleB ??/2006 -
with DG
beardy mike ??/2006 Lead O/S
with Doug Oppenheim
Hidden ??/2006 AltLd O/S
Hidden ?/Nov/05 2nd
Alan Taylor ?/Apr/05 Solo
with Brambles/Baby Dragon/Keith Harper
Chris L Hill ?/Mar/05 AltLd O/S
with Ed Cheadle
Hidden ?/Mar/05 -
icescrew ?/Mar/05 AltLd
with The Badger
niall_mac ?/Feb/05 Lead
with Paul R
cliffy ?/Feb/05 AltLd
Hidden 01/Jan/05 AltLd O/S
climbingfoetus 11/Dec/04 Solo O/S

Group scramble in winter, not a lot of snow

AJM ?/Mar/04 AltLd O/S
with Alec Corio
John Andrew Simpson ?/Mar/04 AltLd O/S
with Yan
John Kettle ??/2004 AltLd
dan cowley ??/2004 Solo O/S
with Angus Murray
Robbie H 10/Mar/03 2nd

JP guiding - another wet day out

with Jonathan Preston, Kevin O'Rourke
Hidden 18/Jan/03 -
Hidden 07/Dec/02 AltLd
Mark Stevenson 24/Mar/02 AltLd O/S
crowberry gully 14/Mar/02 -
with Ross McGibbon
Hidden 30/Jan/02 2nd
DerwentDiluted ?/Jan/02 AltLd
with J. Ellson
Tarquin ??/2002 -
steveb2006 07/Apr/01 Lead

Pleasant ascent mostly moving together, apart from 2 pitches. Failed on Boomers Requiem (and Reaburns Buttress) earlier in day (poor thin ice). Enough daylight now to allow a late start of the ridge. Good day, prolonged clear spells on plateau in afternoon

with Ian Cartwright
Hidden ??/2001 Lead
seanyt ?/Mar/00 Lead
Hidden ??/2000 AltLd
Hidden ??/2000 AltLd
Jacob Ram 29/Nov/99 Lead
with mike taylor
Jacob Ram 31/Dec/98 Lead O/S
with anthony aylett
Dave Kerr 19/Jul/98 Solo
Hidden ?/Mar/98 -
Tarquin ??/1998 -
Hidden ?/Feb/97 Lead
cem ?/Feb/97 2nd

As part of course

with Pieter, Maarten, Alan Kimber
iskra2000 22/Jan/97 Solo

Summer line. No snow on route until top of ridge. Scrambling in plastics, cracking route.

with Mark Smith
AB1965 14/Mar/96 AltLd
Marti999 ?/Mar/95 Lead
Hidden ?/Feb/95 -
Hidden 15/Feb/94 AltLd
Hidden ?/Feb/94 Solo O/S
jonewilson ?/Feb/93 -
Hidden ?/Jan/93 Lead
jlury 15/Nov/91 2nd

powder. one hard pitch in a kind of flakey corner. soloed the rest.

with Wolfgang Klein
Iain Thow 24/Mar/91 Lead

Soloed except for one pitch. Chris's first "proper" winter route.

with Liz Jolley, Chris Dodd
Hidden ??/1991 -
pauldrew ??/1990 AltLd
Hidden 22/Nov/89 -
Hidden 20/Nov/88 Solo
Pete Pozman 24/Feb/88 AltLd O/S
with Dave
Hidden 01/Dec/87 Solo
Hidden ??/1987 Solo O/S
Campbell42 31/Dec/85 AltLd
with Adam Wainwright, David Stott, Kim Wainwright
Mark Kemball 26/Mar/84 Lead
with Dave Hall
Hidden ?/Mar/84 Solo
Richard Weller ?/Jan/84 -
with Tom
steveb2006 01/Mar/83 AltLd

First route on Ben Nevis. Started from lowest rocks, climbing the lower wall to the ridge. Crux felt quite

with Mick Brown
nigehughes ?/Jan/83 AltLd
with Pete Kay
Neil McA 23/Feb/82 Solo

First time on the Ben, 2 classics, great day, steep learning curve.

Jonathan Lagoe - UKC ?/Mar/79 AltLd
with Roger Wilson
Steve Woollard ?/Feb/76 Lead
with Norman Hoskins
auldscotal ?/Apr/75 Lead O/S
with Paul Murton
Hidden ??/1975 -
Hidden 14/Mar/71 Solo
uphillnow ?/Mar/64 Solo

Done on many occasions including another solo day on 11/3/91 when I continued around the C.M.D Arete and back to the hut

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