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Ticklists: In the footsteps of the Cairngorm Tigers.

James Gordon ??/2018 -
smollett 03/Jan/17 AltLd dnf

Very thin. Backed off after first pitch

with Andrew
QuicNic 19/Mar/16 AltLd rpt

Beautiful day. Started above the clouds. First pitch was broken so avoided by left wall and a line of frozen turf. Rest was in mainly good condition with occasional soft patches and the sound of running water beneath. Traverse was a little unconsolidated...... topped out into sun and warmth!

Hidden 13/Mar/15 2nd O/S
adw07 13/Mar/15 AltLd O/S

Pleasant climbing. Clubby's first winter route.

with Clubby
Marcus McLernon 01/Mar/15 AltLd

Made our own slight variation to the book, started in the right chimney as it had ice, then further up the book had said to avoid constriction but we went straight up. Whole route was quite snow filled and it was fairly consolidated apart from the final section. We did it in 4 pitches but the last pitch was a simil-climb due to lack of placement opportunities. Weather was amazing with just a little snow and wind until we topped out into white out and high winds.

with Darius Roman
HarryNewmark 14/Feb/15 Lead
with Abigail Robinson
David Stevens 07/Feb/15 AltLd O/S
Plungeman 07/Feb/15 AltLd O/S

Led pitches 2 (up the ice), 4 (to the bifurcation) & 6 (final stint over the cornice). Beautiful day when we started, 40-50mph winds by the time it came to topping out. Very enjoyable apart from the spindrift!

with Dave S
Hidden ?/Feb/15 AltLd
Hidden ?/Feb/15 -
Hidden 04/Jan/15 Solo O/S
Hidden 11/Jan/14 AltLd O/S
forcan 11/Jan/14 AltLd O/S

Conditions and lack of belays jump this one a grade... Appeared to be the first ascent this winter, no apparent sign of any one else having been on the route

with Rob Steer, Sam
outdoorrob999 11/Jan/14 2nd O/S
timday 02/Mar/13 AltLd O/S

Did this some years ago and had a horrific time in soft snow at the "corner". Conditions there (a bit) better this time. All the real fun in the ice of the first pitch or so of course. Tagged on the route in the SAIS patrol's blog:

with Martin
martinh13 02/Mar/13 AltLd

Ice still good but melting fast.

with Tim Day
kenneM 02/Jan/13 Lead

Thawing rapidly but managed to be in ok conditions. Climbed with Davey and KY.

with James Kelly, Davey Luke
AC1 ??/2013 -
alasdair19 ??/2013 -
Gavin L 19/Feb/12 AltLd O/S
with Bob Allan, Rew Ferguson
Bob.allan 19/Feb/12 AltLd
with Gavin L, Rew ferguson
marcushorgan 11/Feb/12 AltLd O/S

First two pitches excellent sport with good ice, direct line up 2nd pitch offers sections of vertical ice, better to do right fork variation for the finish rather than easy gully at top of left fork. Great day out

with Russell Gill, Dan Currie
Hidden 11/Feb/12 AltLd O/S
Hidden ??/2012 -
abbeywall 06/Mar/11 AltLd

led first pitch. Then went up the chimney to the right which had a desparate thrutchy couple of moves to get over the chockstone. Bomber placements all the way and great exit

with K
Hidden 05/Mar/11 AltLd O/S
LogieNick 27/Feb/11 AltLd

After backing off Giant's Head Chimney (Scott deciding 75 degree mush a little unsafe!) followed a party of 3 up Parallel A. 2 decent ice / neve pitches. Led 1,3,5. 5 hours climb topping out in the dark at 18:00. Enjoyable first day out with Scott.

with Scott Muir
Hidden 12/Feb/11 AltLd O/S
Tomek S 06/Feb/11 AltLd O/S

Good ice condition on the bottom and middle section of the gully. Snow on the last pitch well unconsolidated. It was fantastic climb.

Wojttek 06/Feb/11 AltLd O/S
with Tomek S
Jon_dL ?/Feb/11 AltLd O/S
with Chris Filo G.
Hidden 30/Jan/11 Lead O/S
Colin Mcgregor 27/Jan/11 AltLd

Fantastic ice with 1st time placements! Wee bit hollow at the narrowing on 1st pitch but only for a couple of moves.

Chris L Hill 23/Jan/11 AltLd O/S
with Gwilym
climberuk 22/Jan/11 AltLd O/S

Felt quite easy. Chris got to lead the best bits (1st and 2nd last pitches). Some bits were unconsolidated with poor protection, other bits had good ice. Took us just over 4hrs.

with Chris P
crispy 22/Jan/11 AltLd O/S
with Steven
Hidden ??/2011 AltLd
PAJames ??/2011 -
Lamb 27/Mar/10 AltLd O/S

Lead ice pitch and exit.

with Robert Manby
Hidden 14/Mar/10 AltLd
Hidden 20/Feb/10 Lead dnf
shugsan 14/Feb/10 AltLd
Hoyes 14/Feb/10 AltLd O/S
with Simon C
Batt 14/Feb/10 Lead

Lead all. Bottom pitches fun ice, top run out sugar but still good fun in all.

Liam Ingram 13/Feb/10 Lead dnf
JasonK 13/Feb/10 AltLd
Hidden 13/Feb/10 2nd
Hidden 13/Feb/10 2nd dnf
Skinny Kin 21/Mar/09 Solo O/S

Soloing up it. Found a helmet tumbling down. Then, an Alien ice axe. It was Richard's. Snow and ice was rotten. Not that pleasant. Cloud rolled in the afternoon but cleared by late afternoon. Nice view.

t_stork 02/Jan/09 Lead O/S

Petes first grade III

with Pete
windy100 ??/2009 -
Hidden 29/Dec/08 AltLd
Hidden 26/Dec/08 AltLd rpt
michael83 26/Dec/08 AltLd O/S

the ice was a bit thin and rotten in places which made belaying interesting with tv sized blocks winging past!

with Mark, Aly
Hidden ?/Dec/08 AltLd
Hidden 09/Mar/08 Lead
jonnie3430 19/Jan/08 Lead
with Anna and Sarah Beth
TrollJester ??/2008 AltLd O/S
with VARIOUS Throughout 80's+90's
Neil Adams 09/Mar/07 AltLd O/S
andyinglis 09/Mar/07 AltLd O/S
with neil adams
Hidden ?/Mar/07 AltLd
AndyP 18/Feb/07 AltLd O/S

The route was not fuly formed. The first 20-ish metres was very thin and Tech. 4. The party behind us appeared to have a leader fall, we noticed they were in difficulty at the base of the route when we were on the third pitch. the casualty was moving so hopefuly it was not too serious (found out later the leader had broken his leg in two places). A chopper took them away. The first pitch was serious and by the time Joe had climbed it there probably was not much of it left. The third pitch was a 65m grade II snow romp.There was a steep ice section at the end of the fourth pitch which Joe led. Thankfully the cornice was a doddle but we had come to do Polyphemus so we had a rack of rock pro and some screws - no snow protection. Not clever. Polyphemus was not in condition at all; more black than white. The overall grade for Parallel A in this condition was probably IV,4.

with Joe
DavPk 17/Dec/06 Lead
with Roel Van Den Ham
Peter Metcalfe 09/Apr/06 AltLd

Seems to need a lot of icing to be at its best. We ignored the SMC guide's advice to: "go for gullies when icing is good, go for buttreses when there's powder" and paid the price, finding this route pretty hard going at times. Bad weather moved in at around pitch 4 (the traverse left out of the gully), leaving Shaw waist deep in spindrift when he finally left the stance!

Shaw Brown 08/Apr/06 AltLd

First pitch a bit unconsolidated but enough good stuff to be OK. The guide recommends to avoid the chimney on the third pitch but we found it good. Spindrift city when the wind picks up, lucky for us that it waited until we were near the top.

Hidden ?/Mar/06 AltLd O/S
s kennedy ?/Mar/06 AltLd O/S
with mark mosgrove
Hidden ?/Jan/05 AltLd
Dangerous Dave ??/2004 Lead O/S
Dirk Wallis ??/2003 AltLd
with Grrr
dunx55 ??/2003 AltLd O/S
Sandy P ??/2003 AltLd
with Guy Couper-Marsh
Andy Clarke 09/Mar/02 AltLd

Excellent first pitch. Tried right fork alternative, but out of condition. Eventually aborted, but then got stuck behind a very slow team. Dark by the time we got to the top. Mates on another route had got tired of waiting and gone to pub. They had a map. We didn't. After a couple of hours decided we'd have to spend the night out. Chris got his full 8 hours, I shivered. Finally got to sleep around 5.00am. Woken half an hour later by snow falling on survival bag. For first time started to get worried. More shivering till dawn revealed we'd bivvied about 500m from the track! Had to poke Chris with ice axe to stop him having Sunday morning lie-in. Greeted on walk out by land rover full of big blokes. Turned out mates had called out MRT! Got in very sheepishly for lift back to car. A proper mini epic. (Led Ps 1,3,5)

with ChrisB
niall_mac ?/Feb/00 AltLd
bandersnatch ??/1999 Lead
oor wullie ??/1998 -

Climbed 3 times

with Ian Bromley
Smith42 ?/Apr/97 -
Hidden 14/Feb/95 AltLd
FrankW ?/Feb/92 AltLd O/S
with Roland K
Neil McA 04/Jan/85 AltLd O/S

First pitch IV in poor powdery conditions

with Andy Perkins
Hidden ??/1985 AltLd
Hidden 27/Jan/79 AltLd
Sean Kelly ?/Jan/76 AltLd

Started up the initial icefall.

with Ken Burton
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