150m, 3 pitches. No description has been contributed for this climb.

Ticklists: 3 star Scottish winter, Winter Aspirations, Harrison's Winter Ticklist 2017/18.

Webster 14/Apr Lead O/S

on good Friday! had to be done, still complete and more interesting in its lean state

furbrow 08/Apr AltLd

A last winter route? (The forecast is for snow next week ....)

with Stewart B
jamieevans 04/Apr AltLd

INTACT! Top two pitches in good nick, could place screws if needed. passed smiths route on way down, icicle variation wouldn't take much to come back in.

Hidden 04/Jan AltLd O/S
Andrew Nelson ??/2017 -
Fiona Hughes 23/Apr/16 2nd
with SP
Hidden 23/Apr/16 Lead
axelgrease 14/Apr/16 Lead

About a foot of soft snow on top of more solid snow ice. Pitched from corner of buttress below the traverse to make six runouts to the small soft cornice.

with Kate
puppythedog 31/Mar/16 AltLd O/S
Mark Collins 31/Mar/16 AltLd O/S
James Beaumont 26/Mar/16 AltLd O/S

Got our asses saved from spindrift and an avalanchie approach by Irish heroes Sean and Rob, on almost the 100th anniversary of the Easter uprising (they made sure to remind us) ;), interesting first time on the Ben!

with Rob, Sean, Louis
BenedictIEP 25/Mar/16 2nd O/S

On Good Friday! Descending down CMD to finish, Perfect conditions, great efficiency, and a perfect day out.

davemccrave666 25/Mar/16 AltLd O/S

Fun wee climb. Still in good nick as were a lot of the climbs nearby. Still life in the Ben yet!

with john perry
thedatastream 25/Mar/16 Lead O/S

On Good Friday. Where was everyone else? ;) Felt much easier than The White Line. If this was a III then that TWL was a IV

with Ben
Hidden 23/Mar/16 AltLd
drsdave 23/Mar/16 AltLd G/U

Really good with fat frozen ice, the 3rd pitch far right wall side is less direct than the middle line. Doable with a single 60 metre rope.

with Mat
Stephen Barrass 20/Mar/16 AltLd
with DHHZ
DHHZ 20/Mar/16 AltLd
with Stephen
Hidden 19/Mar/16 AltLd
Iain_L_32 17/Mar/16 AltLd
hamish2016 06/Mar/16 AltLd O/S
with Ben C
MSchobitz 06/Feb/16 AltLd rpt
shaunhumphreys 06/Feb/16 AltLd O/S

In 2 pitches powdery mess at the top

with Micki
davkeo 10/Jan/16 Solo O/S

Nice. Not too banked out.

Hidden 05/Jan/16 AltLd
liamando 05/Jan/16 AltLd O/S

Moved freely up the gulley then Katie lead across to the cavey thing without any gear or belay gear so good thing she likes a traverse! I lead second pitch up the steep-ish ice was really nice route felt uber confident; didn't manage trig belay sadly...

with K-Bo
Hidden 05/Jan/16 AltLd
ecromwell 05/Jan/16 AltLd

First and Third Pitches banked out - only 1 real pitch. Pretty sweet belaying from next to the summit though!

Hidden 02/Jan/16 Lead O/S
Jake Young 01/Jan/16 AltLd O/S

Alt Lead with Jem on friday 1st January, good way to start the new year, pretty wild spindrift etc but bomber axe placements all the way.

with Jem
JemG 01/Jan/16 AltLd β

Relatively good ice. First grade 3 lead for me! exciting and terrifying stuff! Accidentally sent Jake up the final pitch of Indicator right wall, which he absolutely smashed. However, Rope ran out as he was going through the cornice at the top despite trying to notify him that rope was running short. After quickly deconstructing belay scarpered over to the first placement of gear and set up another belay. When I was finally ready to climb and had heard 'on belay, climb when ready' I started climbing to find that the rope was not been taken in. After shouting take until my voice ran horse, eventually I see the rope rising. When i got to the top I understood the problem! About 3 metres of rope was under snow, plenty of friction to make taking in that much harder. Moral, work on communication and read the guidebook.

Mike Roger ??/2016 Lead
Dawn_K_B 31/Dec/15 AltLd O/S

Bloody terrifying, glad we did it though, type 2 fun..! Led top pitch whilst praying I wouldn't die, topped out into high winds and no vis, long hard day to round off 2015!!

amccann 31/Dec/15 AltLd O/S

Ali led the first pitch, I led the second and Ciaran the 3rd. Enough ice to feel secure, but not enough to move up swiftly without much thought.

Matt Harmon 31/Dec/15 AltLd rpt

Led P1 and P2 then dawn smashed out the top pitch with one small wobble to belay on the trig point. Good ice and more fun then when i did it in march

KDSclimber 31/Dec/15 AltLd

Conditions were too warm with little ice. Middle pitch was harder. Thanks to Harry for leading this section. A great day on the hill. Kieran (14).

with Harry Lewis
dan-8990 08/Jun/15 Lead O/S
with WE, TH
paulh.0776 10/Apr/15 2nd

A great day out,

with Ken Applegate
Hoyes 04/Apr/15 AltLd O/S

Also with Matt and David. Still lots of ice but melting fast.

David Kay 04/Apr/15 AltLd O/S
Batt 04/Apr/15 AltLd O/S

P2 and P4 (the cornice again). Matt and David K ahead. Verging on vertical slush puppy. Ice melting back from screws in belays, not good!! Great otherwise.

Lumbering Oaf 04/Apr/15 AltLd O/S

P1, P3. Like climbing a massive slush puppy :/.

with David
oliverk 04/Apr/15 AltLd O/S

Everything was melting, this was plan D. Quite fun though

with Tim E
BPaske 03/Apr/15 AltLd
tomowen13 03/Apr/15 AltLd
Hidden 25/Mar/15 AltLd
Scott Rankin 20/Mar/15 AltLd
alex toomey 15/Mar/15 Lead
HarryNewmark 15/Mar/15 2nd
with Alex Toomey
MSchobitz 14/Mar/15 AltLd O/S

Chose a more direct and fun line. Felt more like tech 4.

Sam Parker 14/Mar/15 Solo O/S
Hidden 14/Mar/15 2nd
Matt Harmon 14/Mar/15 AltLd O/S

There were two teams already on good friday so we climbed just next to it and more direct then the actual route. great finish to the day

with Micki
Butler! ?/Mar/15 2nd
Hidden ??/2015 -
RDE 29/Dec/14 -

Excellent interesting conditions, mostly ice screw belays. Brilliant weather. With Dee.

R_W_M 28/Dec/14 Lead O/S

Got in there just before everything got warm around new years. Route was lean enough to provide interest throughout, but mostly on decent ice, some of the less steep sections seemed a bit hollow. Broke trail from the approach to point 5/observatory ridge area onwards to indicator wall and then up the route. Beautiful atmospheric day - light cloud around the crag a lot of the time but occasionally affording glimpses down onto Tower Ridge and out over the Great Glen.

with Rebs
Rebs 28/Dec/14 2nd O/S
with Rob
Hidden 19/Apr/14 Lead
Hidden 19/Apr/14 2nd
DAYWAC 19/Apr/14 2nd O/S

Amazing conditions, with occasional bits of flying ice, and a nice ski off at the end

DAYWAC 19/Apr/14 2nd O/S

Amazing conditions, with occasional bits of flying ice, and a nice ski off at the end

cottoneye ??/2014 -
Hidden 20/Apr/13 AltLd O/S
mhamiltonj 30/Mar/13 Lead O/S
with Johanna
Hidden 30/Mar/13 2nd
Hidden 30/Mar/13 2nd
gordon henderson 28/Mar/13 AltLd O/S
with Paul Rochford, rob slack
Roch 28/Mar/13 AltLd O/S

A lot of snow on pitch 1. With a very step and icy approach.

with Gordon Henderson, Rob Slack
picasso 17/Mar/13 2nd
joesmith 12/Mar/13 AltLd O/S
Hidden 08/Mar/13 AltLd O/S
brad_tait 03/Mar/13 2nd
Ross Young 03/Mar/13 AltLd O/S
Hidden 23/Feb/13 AltLd O/S
Hidden 09/Feb/13 2nd O/S
Hidden 09/Feb/13 Lead O/S
Harry Ellis 01/Feb/13 AltLd

With top pitch of Indicator Walll

Steven Andrews 01/Feb/13 AltLd O/S

Cut on to the last pitch of Indicator Wall as the start was too thin but this provided a great route anyway.

with Harry
matt.budge 20/Jan/13 2nd O/S


riven 19/Jan/13 AltLd O/S
Mr Fuller 19/Jan/13 AltLd O/S

Brilliant. Pitch one a little banked out with inconsistent snow, but after that brilliant ice and snow-ice. Led P1, P3 (crux) and the 'cornice' (barely there).

mattking_109 12/Jan/13 AltLd

Great weather, cloudy at first but cleared up for the summit. Lead P2 which was great fun

with Jon DL
mrbird 12/Jan/13 -
Hidden 12/Jan/13 AltLd
Dougbart 12/Jan/13 AltLd
Ken Applegate 12/Jan/13 Lead

In good nick. Crux is in good condition. Finished up Indicator Wall Right-hand, which was very good, and meant using the highest belay in the UK!

with Gary, Wes
Jon_dL 12/Jan/13 AltLd O/S

In really good nick. Approach felt grand! Fantastic middle ice pitch and the first and third are intersting and atmospheric. Belayed last pitch on the trig point. Completely still and clear summit. Majestic day! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=L0bEGhnfjnU

Wesley Orvis 12/Jan/13 2nd
piersnewton 11/Jan/13 2nd O/S
ollyroberts 11/Jan/13 Lead O/S

All pitches!

dav_713 10/Jan/13 -

Nice conditions, solid neve, ice pitch a bit thin but still great fun

scottie390 10/Jan/13 AltLd O/S

crux a bit thin but very good neve pretty much everywhere in observatory gully and throught the route today, crux although thin, did take shortish screws pretty well, good condition.

Ewan Russell 09/Jan/13 Solo O/S

In fine condition small ice screws would help protect crux.

with Myself!
Hidden ??/2013 -
Studge 28/Apr/12 -

Traversed right after the ice pitch of GF and finished by the upper groove of Indicator Wall, Right Hand, on good ice.

Hidden 14/Apr/12 2nd
Ken Applegate 07/Apr/12 AltLd

In reasonable nick. There was a thin section before the crux ice, but it was ok. Finished up Indicator Wall Right-hand, which was very good, and meant using the highest belay in the UK!

with Jon, Roo
nickdonohue 06/Apr/12 Lead

Just in nick, last ice climb of the season - on Good Friday!

with Ashley Hold
Nevis_Ben 03/Apr/12 AltLd O/S
with Olly Giles
Hannah Evans 19/Mar/12 -

Still complete with good ice on the second pitch.

with Martyn Stott, Lena Brune
Hidden 18/Mar/12 2nd O/S
timday 17/Mar/12 Lead O/S

Plenty of solid ice for climbing, but sometimes had to hunt to find enough of it for a full length ice screw to go in without hitting rock.

with Martin
martinh13 17/Mar/12 2nd
pete.hutchings 15/Mar/12 2nd

Great route

Hidden 13/Mar/12 Lead O/S
Hidden 12/Mar/12 Lead
Ken Applegate 12/Mar/12 AltLd

Great route, still in good condition.

with Rusty
rufus.duits 10/Mar/12 Solo

Good conditions. Will survive the warmer temperatures tomorrow.

Tarquin 07/Mar/12 -
GaryK 05/Mar/12 AltLd O/S
with Dan Bailey
Jimmy1976 04/Mar/12 2nd O/S

Finished up the last pitch of indicator wall. Great day

with Kenny
Scott Dunkley 25/Feb/12 -
with Dom S, Scott A
Pete23 19/Feb/12 AltLd

4 pitches including the traverse into the start. Take a deadmean/stake or 2 for anchors as gear was sparse due to conditions. Nice route to the summit.

with Davie
scottie390 19/Feb/12 AltLd O/S

Crux was relatively straight forward, not a lot of rock protection, used mostly screws and a dead man and a snow stake. BEWARE OF THE APPROACH! this is not mentioned in any guide book, however, the approach traverse needs to be pitched from the earliest rock belay as it would be extremely unwise to solo this given the seriousness of the situation.

with Peter Berwick
Hidden 13/Feb/12 AltLd
JonBrown 11/Feb/12 AltLd

After Floris backed off Indicator wall, I lead the ice, very cool, a bit of an awkward step, ran out of screws, but good times. Not bad for Becky's first time on ice

with Becky, Floris
David Stevens 11/Feb/12 AltLd O/S
with Albert Palomer, Matt Craig
radioshed 11/Feb/12 AltLd O/S

Very good ice conditions, soloed to bottom of crux, then did in 2 pitches from there, great fun, nice to top out at the top!

with Albert P, dave s
peter neden ?/Feb/12 AltLd
vincentvega 28/Jan/12 AltLd

Deep powder initialy on 1st pitch. Ice on the whole was poor, good neve in places. Hardly any gear to be had, think we placed 6 pieces on whole route.Placements were chocked full and also burried. Double whamy!

with danny robb
Matt_L_Robinson 21/Jan/12 AltLd
APRS 21/Jan/12 AltLd
Hidden 15/Jan/12 AltLd O/S
Jonny Fart-Pants 15/Jan/12 AltLd
with Matt Harris
andy dunn 14/Jan/12 AltLd O/S

good snow ice on the way up the gully. I got the ice pitch which was plenty thick enough to take screws. Struggled to find a belay after though. Topped out as light was fading. All in all a great 1st day on the big hill.

with J
R0bbie 12/Jan/12 AltLd O/S
with Taba
Guy Wilson ??/2012 -
centurion05 ??/2012 -
Phil Emerson 10/Dec/11 Lead

Cold. Good early season conditions

Hidden 27/Mar/11 AltLd
jamestheyip 27/Mar/11 AltLd O/S

First pitch was steep. Very enjoyable route in a comfortable day.

with Amy Goodill
Ann S 27/Mar/11 2nd

Headed for indicator wall which was very busy so had to move on to gfc which was in superb nick.

with Scott Kirkhope-MIC aspirant
crispy 26/Mar/11 AltLd dnf

Had to retreat because Steven got hit by ice on the arm.

with Steven
John Holden 26/Mar/11 AltLd O/S

A long and exciting traverse round from Tower Scoop, I led the easy first pitch and Martin again the superb second pitch on brilliant ice, he also topped out...I didn't fancy a tussle with the ever so small cornice. Superb day out on The Big Hill.

with Martin Smith
Dave Latimer 06/Mar/11 AltLd O/S
nickhoward 05/Mar/11 AltLd O/S
with Gary Caswell
Pat-H 05/Mar/11 Lead

very busy

with mhairi
DannyK 05/Mar/11 AltLd O/S

Fantastic day out, perfect weather, snow and ice in good condition.

with pep
Hidden 05/Mar/11 AltLd
Timo Austino 05/Mar/11 Lead

after gettin' smashed by a footie sized lump of ice on the approach we figured we'd head over over here instead of spend anymore time in death alley.. great climbin' n awesome blue skys on top The first tan of 2011 :)

with Nats
ruggystunts 05/Mar/11 AltLd
with Nick
Mhairi G 05/Mar/11 2nd
with Patrick
manwithacam 28/Feb/11 AltLd

First time up into Observatory coire, awesome place, a little intimidating. Climb was excellent. Topped out just as light fading, so good value day!

with Mike M
Conan 26/Feb/11 AltLd O/S

Nice route. More frozen than Tower Scoop. Shame it only had one main pitch.

with Philippa Reader, Loz
guyscott 29/Jan/11 AltLd O/S

Good conditions and we climbed through the cloud line to a breathtaking view from the summit. One to remember.

with Klas, Josh
ojp 29/Jan/11 2nd O/S

Our 3 route just to get off after not wanting to que for routes today. Nice climb though

with Andy
Hidden 22/Jan/11 AltLd O/S
MattKnox 14/Jan/11 2nd

Brilliant day out with Jon and Darren

Hidden ??/2011 -
adie84 ??/2011 -
31770 ??/2011 Lead O/S
Hidden ??/2011 -
gripped01 14/Dec/10 AltLd
with Dave Tait
Hidden 22/Nov/10 2nd
GraMc 21/Nov/10 Solo O/S
Euan Strachan 21/Nov/10 2nd O/S
with Emily Tickle, Thom Smith
Hidden 21/Nov/10 Lead
thomasaneurinsmith 21/Nov/10 Lead O/S

Did this in very lean condition - no ice! probably a bit harder than III for the mixed moves over a little chock stone maybe?

with Euan Strachan, Emily Tickle Edwards
Ice Spider 02/May/10 AltLd
Simon Caldwell 10/Apr/10 AltLd

I 'led' the initial snow plod. Then Carmen got the nice ice pitch (steeper and more exposed than it looked). I then led to the top, with an exciting dig to get through the cornice, my last runner about 40m below me! Not sure if this was the normal line, as I emerged about 40m left of the trig point.

with Carmen
Hidden 04/Apr/10 AltLd
MPSBunny 04/Apr/10 AltLd

Two screws is never a good idea for an ice route. Finished a but too far to the left and missed out on the heightest belay in the UK.

Hidden 01/Feb/10 -
rockstott ?/Feb/10 AltLd
colinthrelfall ??/2010 -
paulmck ??/2010 -
Hidden ??/2010 -
ashpreston ??/2010 -
Hidden ??/2010 Lead
Gibson27 ??/2010 AltLd
Somerset swede basher 17/Apr/09 AltLd O/S
with Jon Miles
The Mountain Goat 17/Apr/09 AltLd O/S

First and third pitches. SMC guidebook appears to give different last pitches in text and diagram form.

Hidden 14/Apr/09 AltLd O/S
Hidden 14/Apr/09 2nd
abbeywall 12/Apr/09 AltLd
gb83 10/Apr/09 Lead O/S

solo to traverse then roped up. used summit trig point as belay.highest belay in britain. superb!!!

with masa
Col Kingshott ?/Apr/09 Lead O/S
Blurgy319 19/Mar/09 2nd

First summit of Ben Nevis and a really enjoyable climb (the 'Ping Piton')

with Ali Beer
Harry Ellis 17/Mar/09 Lead
with John Jenkins
benclimbing ?/Mar/09 Solo O/S
Billy Walker - Bad Seller 24/Feb/09 2nd O/S

cracking route good ice!

with Manimal
Danny Crump 19/Feb/09 2nd
Hidden 02/Jan/09 Lead O/S
Ross McGibbon ??/2009 -
cragmanuk ??/2009 -
with Ian Lamb, John Elliott,Fergal Corrigan
Hidden 28/Dec/08 AltLd O/S
suess 05/Apr/08 AltLd
Hidden 05/Apr/08 Lead
wykealpha 04/Apr/08 2nd
with Andy Jukes, Mike Lates
Mike Lates 04/Apr/08 Lead

Approach serious

masa-alpin 23/Mar/08 Lead O/S

The ice pitch of P3 was great. After topping out at 7pm (-8degC) in white-out, we descended via Pony Track then to the CIC hut, where we had left out tent, arriving at 1:30am.

with Claudia
johnjb 22/Mar/08 2nd O/S

SOC meet. Also with Mark Ireland. Andy P led up trish and Alan. Classic conditions but a ery long day (12h).

with Mike Shields
Hidden 22/Mar/08 2nd O/S
Hidden ?/Mar/08 Lead O/S
BruceG 19/Feb/08 2nd
with Alii
Hidden 18/Feb/08 2nd O/S
icescrew 16/Feb/08 AltLd O/S

Excellent 2nd Pitch of ice shame about its popularity but not a lot of routes were in this weekend. 1st climb for over two years!!

with The Fox
jonnie3430 16/Feb/08 AltLd
with Ewan
Richard Weller 16/Feb/08 -
with Ruth Love
morsy 16/Feb/08 AltLd
with gerhard mors
John Kettle 16/Feb/08 Lead
geoff b 14/Feb/08 AltLd

Wimped out of Indicator Wall & headed up this instead. The approach under the wall scared the willies out of me! A very enjoyable route nonetheless.

with Dr. Nick
jimbobimbo 03/Feb/08 AltLd
with John
nmoysey ?/Feb/08 AltLd
al99 ?/Feb/08 Lead O/S
gregor ?/Feb/08 -
martinazando ?/Feb/08 2nd O/S
Charlie wp Hill ??/2008 AltLd
innes ??/2008 -
mattdown 01/Apr/07 AltLd
with James Osborn
Jimmy O 01/Apr/07 AltLd O/S
with Matt Down
Hidden 27/Mar/07 Lead
dan gibson 23/Mar/07 AltLd O/S
with brian
nakedave ?/Mar/07 AltLd
tomhull ?/Mar/07 AltLd
sadams 23/Feb/07 Lead
with Eric Hildrew
dthomson 10/Feb/07 Lead
with paul robinson, chris
Hidden 06/Feb/07 AltLd
Hidden 05/Feb/07 AltLd O/S
andyinglis 04/Feb/07 AltLd

With direct finish ..... ~IV

with neil adams
gaz.marshall 04/Feb/07 AltLd O/S
with Matt
SWalls 03/Feb/07 AltLd
Hidden ??/2007 2nd
CurlyStevo ??/2007 AltLd
Captain Solo 28/Dec/06 AltLd
with Mark
Mark Bannan 28/Dec/06 AltLd
Simon Palmer ?/Mar/06 AltLd O/S

Also climbed with Bart. Topped out in dark and storm - nice intro to scottish climbing !

with Katy Steen
maybe_si 04/Feb/06 AltLd O/S
with jez
easers ?/Feb/06 AltLd
with Doug Aitken
maybe_si ?/Feb/06 AltLd O/S
Jez 28/Jan/06 AltLd O/S
maybe_si 28/Jan/06 AltLd
with Jez
Dave Kerr 19/Feb/05 AltLd
with Stevie Ireland
Hidden 05/Feb/05 AltLd
Colin Mcgregor 05/Feb/05 AltLd
NickJH ?/Feb/05 AltLd O/S
with LiamG
decs ?/Feb/05 AltLd
with Tom
tebs ?/Feb/05 2nd
with Sci, Katie
steveP ?/Apr/04 AltLd O/S
with Simon Ringrose
bms 20/Feb/04 AltLd
with BCS
Hidden 20/Feb/04 Lead
Ed Saint ?/Feb/04 -
five ?/Apr/03 AltLd O/S
with JT
niall_mac ?/Apr/03 AltLd
Jamie B 08/May/02 Solo

Very early start but still a bit dodgy...

crowberry gully 13/Apr/02 -
with Ross McGibbon
Hidden ??/2002 -
EllieWoods 07/Apr/01 AltLd O/S
with Si
cem 13/Mar/00 2nd


with Andy M, Bruce G
Hidden ??/1999 AltLd
frost ?/Apr/98 AltLd
Hidden 25/Jan/98 Lead O/S
jl ?/Jan/98 2nd O/S
with CCMC
roncaves 18/Apr/95 AltLd
with James Thomas
charlesmfrench 20/Feb/93 Lead O/S

Seconded last pitch.

Hidden 08/Feb/86 Solo
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