75m, 2 pitches. The obvious central ice fall on the rock band at the head of Observatory Gully

Andy Hewison 22/Apr AltLd

Nice climb, thin on first pitch today so made it more technical than it usually is. Did before going up gardyloo to do shot in the foot

with Drew Connelly
ModerateMatt 22/Apr AltLd O/S

Lead pitch 2. In good condition over all, with the first pitch being a bit hollow, and pitch 2 quite full and steep. We saw folk on Good Friday Climb and Tower Gully

with James G
Fiona Hughes 16/Apr 2nd
with SP
Hidden 16/Apr Lead
stevelismore 16/Apr Lead O/S

Wasn't really expecting full ice this late in the season but there it was. Wish I'd brought more than 4 ice screws with me but fortunately could find some rock for the belays. The final section getting up the chimney was very thin though so a little scary. Top belay is just a snowy slope so glad I brought a deadman with me. Snow and ice was falling off the routes all around us so didn't fancy chancing the cornice on the top of Tower Gully. Instead just downclimbed back down to Observatory Gully and bum slid most of the way back to CIC hut.

with Simon Lismore
Piers Harley 27/Mar AltLd
with Carl Davies
Mackinclimb 23/Mar AltLd
Mike Hewitt 14/Jan AltLd O/S

3h 45mins walk in lol, powder right down to the rock, exhausting. But the route was enjoyable and a nice introduction to ice climbing.

Hidden 14/Jan AltLd O/S
Andrew Nelson ??/2017 -
papasmurf 30/Apr/16 AltLd

I lead the second ice pitch, scant pro added for a bold move. Great anchor at top with three screws and axe

with Simon Stokes
Nemo9 25/Apr/16 AltLd

In good Nick. Could have done with more than 3 screws ! Had planned to continue on to Good Frday Climb but finished up Tower Gully instead.

with Col
IanMcC 25/Apr/16 Lead

With John Allen

with JohnA
cwhitty 25/Apr/16 AltLd

In good Nick

with Dave Macintyre
Fiona Hughes 24/Apr/16 2nd
with SP
Hidden 24/Apr/16 Lead
Hidden 16/Apr/16 AltLd rpt
Hidden 16/Apr/16 Lead
stratandrew 15/Apr/16 AltLd rpt

Stuart P1 to the cave on the right, i led the shorter P2 to a bucket seat & axe belay above. Not as good ice as last time but protectable. Went off to do Smiths Route afterwards.

Stuart Hurworth 15/Apr/16 AltLd O/S

First pitch a bit buried, just a snow slope with a short ice groove really. Led P1 up to cave, with lots of soft unconsolidated snow before belay. P2 good ice but found hard for a III, felt steep!

andymcronald 13/Apr/16 Lead

Decent ice for initial belay, cruddy snow for the remainder of the route. Not ideal.

Hidden 13/Apr/16 AltLd O/S
67hours 13/Apr/16 AltLd O/S

Led P2. En route between backing off Hadrian's and heading to Indicator.

Michael Morrell 11/Apr/16 AltLd

Lead the two pitches and made an ice screw belay at the top. The route was in good condition as a fresh amount of snow had covered it the previous weekend. Great route with bomber classic Scottish snow ice.

kenneM 07/Apr/16 AltLd
with Carl Davies
Hidden ?/Apr/16 -
dizzyg 31/Mar/16 Lead O/S
HimTiggins 30/Mar/16 AltLd O/S
with Alan, Amanda
Hidden 30/Mar/16 -
Hidden 30/Mar/16 Lead
masa-alpin 28/Mar/16 Lead O/S

Great little route with thick ice overall, but solid IV, 5 in this day's conditions. P2 belayed off with a snow stake, buried shovel and axe, well back from the steep ice section (60m from the belay).

with Suzie, Michelle A
mattnuttall 27/Mar/16 AltLd O/S

Tough for III... Some variable ice, steep regularly... Topped off with a bucket belay in a big sea of powder to gain access to smiths / Kellets

Andrew Wilson 27/Mar/16 AltLd O/S

Pretty sustained for III in current condition.

with Matt Nuttall
joem 25/Mar/16 Lead O/S

First ice route and first grade III

with Felix
nicjbuk 25/Mar/16 Lead

Good ice in places, breakable crust in other areas. Finished up tower gully with a big cornice

with rab middlemiss, rossn
Hidden 25/Mar/16 Solo rpt
FelixL 25/Mar/16 2nd O/S
with joem
david harvey 23/Mar/16 AltLd O/S
with martin
Hidden 23/Mar/16 2nd rpt
Stephen Barrass 23/Mar/16 Lead


with Will
martinbettridge06 23/Mar/16 AltLd O/S
guitarshane 23/Mar/16 AltLd
Hidden 23/Mar/16 Lead
Piers Harley 22/Mar/16 Lead O/S
with Simon Clark
Hidden 22/Mar/16 Lead rpt
Alfie Maun 22/Mar/16 2nd
with Joe Fisher
simrun 22/Mar/16 2nd rpt
Hidden 22/Mar/16 2nd O/S
El_Dave_H 21/Mar/16 2nd O/S

First ice route, thawing, clagged up, hot aches, great fun. With Glenmore Lodge.

nigel_ev 21/Mar/16 2nd
Sam2257 20/Mar/16 2nd O/S

Much more fun than expected! Brilliant ice, just a shame its so short!

with Pete
Oliver Smaje 20/Mar/16 Lead O/S
Misha 20/Mar/16 Solo O/S

Soloed with Nic as a more interesting way to get to Smith's. Really good ice on P1 and top of P2. Took the steeper pillar on the right hand side at the top of P2, which was more like IV 4 or at least felt it soloing with a full pack! Good fun.

with Nic
Conor Nally 20/Mar/16 -
Hidden 20/Mar/16 Solo O/S
Hidden 19/Mar/16 AltLd rpt
Hidden 19/Mar/16 Lead rpt
murray 19/Mar/16 AltLd O/S
with Will
ian_v_climber 18/Mar/16 Lead
with Jordan Jones
Adam Long 17/Mar/16 Lead

Pat's first ice route

with Pat Rainbird
Hidden 15/Mar/16 Lead O/S
danieleaston 15/Mar/16 2nd O/S

Glad I didn't try to lead second pitch.

with Tom
Hidden ?/Mar/16 Lead
Kyrros 14/Feb/16 Solo O/S

On the top of the route I traverse into the Gardyloo Gully

Elastic Jones 18/Jan/16 Lead dnf

May have gone the wrong way and run out of time. Hard to believe on a 60m route...

with Jowsey lad
davkeo 10/Jan/16 Solo rpt

Ok for climbing but prob not taking great screws

Rob N 09/Jan/16 AltLd O/S
with Bruce
Andy England 08/Jan/16 AltLd
Jon_dL 06/Jan/16 Lead O/S

Good one!

with Alasdair Anderson
Col Kingshott 06/Jan/16 Lead O/S

A little lean but takes decent screws where needed. Still III

with Toby
Hidden 06/Jan/16 2nd O/S
SarahA 05/Jan/16 Lead O/S

Really solid ice, great fun.

Martin McKenna - UKC 04/Jan/16 AltLd O/S
Hugh Simons 04/Jan/16 AltLd O/S
with Martin
Mike Roger ??/2016 -
Teappleby 31/Dec/15 AltLd O/S

We had planned to do great chimney, but as we got there it was not even slightly white, so sacked it off and continued up to this as it was one of the few things in. Harry led pitch 1 which was steep but reasonable ice. Second pitch looked desperate on shattered pillars so I climbed a mixed line out to the left. Probably IV, 4 like this in these connies.

harry_lewis 31/Dec/15 AltLd O/S

lead P1 which was in reasonable condition, tom did a variation out right for the second pitch

Roberttaylor 08/Jun/15 Solo O/S

Still there, still acceptably fat. Weird ice, temperature probably just below.

Hidden 30/May/15 AltLd
Robertgiddy 23/May/15 Lead

Was going to finish up Smiths but weather and slushy ice mad us decide against it.

Webster 02/May/15 Solo O/S

great ice conditions still! fat and solid with good placements and screws. nice and steep at the top

picasso 25/Apr/15 AltLd
Hidden 19/Apr/15 AltLd O/S
Andrew Holden 19/Apr/15 Solo
Hidden 19/Apr/15 2nd O/S
Hidden 18/Apr/15 AltLd rpt
Hidden 18/Apr/15 AltLd O/S
Hidden 16/Apr/15 AltLd
colin fagan 12/Apr/15 2nd
Andy Hewison 11/Apr/15 AltLd

Took a right hand variation on 2nd pitch. Ice still fat. Did before Indicator.

with Drew Connelly
1202alarm 06/Apr/15 AltLd O/S

A consolation for Smiths being out of nick

with Jamie Evans
Hidden 03/Apr/15 Lead O/S
Hidden ?/Apr/15 Lead
jamieevans ?/Apr/15 AltLd
Hidden ?/Apr/15 AltLd O/S
Butler! ?/Apr/15 2nd
with K-Bo
stratandrew 27/Mar/15 AltLd O/S

Icefall in amazing condition. steep at top for a III. Slopes above in v poor condition, making exit via Tower Gully a non starter and the traverse to exit up Tower ridge similar. Traversed left 25m and abbed back down from Abalakhov's.

with Matt Harrigan, Jim Symon
MatthewH 27/Mar/15 2nd O/S
with Jim Symon, Andy Stratford
alexm198 25/Mar/15 AltLd O/S

En route to Smiths. Led P1.

Hidden 24/Mar/15 Lead O/S
simrun 24/Mar/15 2nd O/S

Out of body death experience on ledge

with Daniel Zheng, Will Kernick
Hidden 24/Mar/15 Lead O/S
nicjbuk 21/Mar/15 2nd

Old Ross and young Ross climbed together for doe silver evidence. Me and bill followed them up.

with BILL BUTTERWORTH, ross nicol esq
Hidden 21/Mar/15 Lead O/S
David Woods 21/Mar/15 2nd O/S
Hidden 15/Mar/15 Solo O/S
alexmcmillan 15/Mar/15 AltLd O/S

Chris lead the majority, fun all the way.

JackM92 15/Mar/15 Solo O/S

Quick solo on route to summit. Good ice all the way.

cacheson 15/Mar/15 AltLd O/S

I led first pitch, ran out of ice screws about 7 meters from the top so Alex led through

Anna_wells 15/Mar/15 -
Hidden 14/Mar/15 Solo
calumhicks 14/Mar/15 Solo O/S
with Adam Harris
Harry Holmes 13/Mar/15 Solo rpt
gripped01 10/Mar/15 Lead

Fat and easy

with Dan Graves
alastairbegley 08/Mar/15 AltLd O/S

En route to Smith's Route. Felt more like canyoning due to the amount of water around.

with Jason
Butler! ?/Mar/15 2nd
joe.91 21/Feb/15 AltLd O/S
with Rob Reglinski, Andy Harrison
Little AndyH 21/Feb/15 AltLd O/S
Hidden 15/Feb/15 Lead O/S
JHiley 14/Feb/15 2nd
with PCC
sjbrook 14/Feb/15 AltLd O/S

First full on ice route. Nothing but ice from bottom to top. Climbed as a three. I lead top pitch. First ever snow belay, buried axes, deadman and bucket seat just in case. Excellent condition and route

with Julian Sorrell, Joe PCC, PCC
joe hallam 12/Feb/15 AltLd O/S

Brilliant little route definitely worth waiting for. Spanish party of 6 infront of us. Thick ice all the way, taking 22cm screws in places. Lead p2 with BS belay at the top.

davkeo 11/Feb/15 Solo O/S

Fat ice. Continued up gully and up ice wall on right. Traversed right under cornice to top out.

rob16 07/Feb/15 AltLd
with Matt Brook
mike_w18 03/Feb/15 Lead rpt

Slightly dubious ice in places, but generally good.

with Neil
Liam Watson ?/Feb/15 Solo
Hidden ?/Feb/15 2nd rpt
Hidden 26/Jan/15 Lead
mjsmith1973 18/Jan/15 AltLd

Lead 1st pitch, first ever lead thanks to Chris, who shadowed me.

with S.Ritson, C.Marlow
FionaNicholson 17/Jan/15 2nd
Hidden 17/Jan/15 Lead
plain kitten ??/2015 -
jamesh 28/Mar/14 2nd
with Jim Unwin
Brucemacrosson 05/Apr/13 Solo
mzchambers 29/Mar/13 2nd O/S
with Ben G
Ben Sharp 11/Mar/13 Solo
scottie390 06/Mar/13 -

B1 - insitu bulldog backed up by a good wired nut. P1 - 20m ish up the left hand of the main bulge and across to B2 good insitu rock belay on the right of the easier ground again back it up, P2 - 35/40m up a steepening groove til top out, B3 - snow anchor = job done

with Peter Khambatta
al jackson ?/Mar/13 Lead
Hidden ?/Mar/13 AltLd
Hidden 18/Feb/13 AltLd rpt
David Kay 18/Feb/13 AltLd O/S
with Paul Scott, Mel Michon
Hidden 17/Feb/13 AltLd O/S
Hidden 17/Feb/13 2nd O/S
jaggy bunnet 16/Feb/13 AltLd
with frazzy4
Jones_88 21/Jan/13 2nd
James_L88 21/Jan/13 Lead dog

Led both pitches. Very thin. Rested on a screw at the top of the final vertical ice section.

mwatson 01/Jan/13 AltLd O/S
ewen75 ??/2013 Solo O/S
captain ??/2013 -
Andrew Holden ??/2013 Solo
JRae 31/Dec/12 2nd

On the way to check if Smiths was in. It wasn't.

with Ben Silvestre, M Watson
ross brinson 21/Dec/12 Solo
with Chris Clifford, Thomas Moore
Northern Mountain Monkey 04/Apr/12 -

Sporting! Thin new ice with some new neve, mixed with old slightly detached ice and good old neve with a helping of fresh crud!

John Holden 24/Mar/12 2nd

Backed off the mixed bit at the end of P1.

with Pete Sowerby, Martin Smith
Oceanic 24/Mar/12 -

Started up the first pitch at 7am in the morning. Was glad of the early start as everything started to fall down later that day.

Blue Straggler 24/Mar/12 2nd O/S

Climbed in a three. Oceanic led both pitches, I was "bottom-feeder". Very soft and thin, plenty of icefall even though we made a very early start (finishing the route about 10am). Good for practicing "delicate" techniques!

Sally Hudson 23/Mar/12 2nd
with Alan Halewood
Ken Applegate 21/Mar/12 Lead

Large hole at top of first pitch.

with Phil, John
Ken Applegate 19/Mar/12 Lead

Great ice, continued up Upper Tower Cascade Left

with Simon, Tim
luckyjim 18/Mar/12 Solo
HIGHTOWER 18/Mar/12 AltLd O/S
with Ben Turton, Nicky Hey
Andy Hewison 18/Mar/12 2nd O/S
Hidden 18/Mar/12 2nd O/S
Tim Rodgers 17/Mar/12 Lead
with Brendan Lavery
climberuk 17/Mar/12 AltLd β

Led 1st pitch again in better style than the last time. Led up to just below top ice pitch with ice screw belay. Top pitch quite featured. Busy day.

with Drew, Nina
Hidden 14/Mar/12 Lead O/S
nicjbuk 10/Mar/12 Lead dnf

did first pitch. held up by another team. weather horrible so abbed off and walked out.

with ross nicol esq
Hidden 10/Mar/12 AltLd O/S
Hidden 09/Mar/12 2nd O/S
Hidden 06/Mar/12 AltLd O/S
joeydurkin 06/Mar/12 Lead
Blurgy319 06/Mar/12 2nd rpt
Simonfarfaraway 05/Mar/12 AltLd O/S
with Huw
machars 04/Mar/12 Lead

One 60m pitch on way to smith's. Good ice and nice wee steep bit to finish.

Hidden 04/Mar/12 2nd O/S
Steve Woollard 02/Mar/12 AltLd
with Tom Blight, Joe Bellows
thomb 02/Mar/12 AltLd
alifin 01/Mar/12 2nd
rossn ?/Mar/12 AltLd O/S
with Nick Bryan
mishtu 29/Feb/12 2nd
mjsmith1973 26/Feb/12 2nd
with Mike Pescod
Cardi 25/Feb/12 2nd O/S

Good ice. Got to base of Smith's route, but bailed in order to get back in time to watch Wales beat England

with Mike Wild
Owain 25/Feb/12 AltLd

Crackin wee route

with Paul Reilly
Freddie 1 25/Feb/12 AltLd O/S

Andy led P1. I led P2. Just above freezing so v wet. Plenty of ice in the scoop but going sugary on the surface. Several V threads left in at the belays was a huge help. Great fun on a day when not much was in and everyone else seemed to be giving up!

with Andyh83
Hidden 25/Feb/12 AltLd O/S
Tom Campbell 24/Feb/12 AltLd O/S

lead p2

peter fetlar 18/Feb/12 AltLd O/S
with luke kenny, stewart
mark88 18/Feb/12 Lead
with Rona McIntosh
Hidden 18/Feb/12 AltLd O/S
gordon henderson 18/Feb/12 Lead
with MRT
texuspete 14/Feb/12 AltLd O/S
with Ben Robotham
TeeBee 13/Feb/12 AltLd
Hidden 13/Feb/12 Lead O/S
williamsd79 11/Feb/12 2nd
JS1346 ?/Feb/12 Lead
Hidden ?/Feb/12 AltLd
Hidden 31/Jan/12 AltLd
luckyjim 29/Jan/12 AltLd
with D Helm
jimhall 28/Jan/12 AltLd O/S

Great climb. I lead the first pitch and paddy the second. my legs refused to work after the first pitch. which wasnt ideal!

with Paddy
pclark 28/Jan/12 AltLd O/S

Jim led the first pitch and I had an unexpected first ice lead for the second pitch, good route felt hard for the grade

with jimhall
mike.moss 26/Jan/12 AltLd O/S
James S 17/Jan/12 Lead O/S

climbed on the way to smith's. led one big 60m pitch then moved together till i reached the top and belayed off a couple of buried axes. good fun route at the grade.

with sam
Hidden 16/Jan/12 2nd
Pat-H 16/Jan/12 Lead
with eve
sophiecb 14/Jan/12 2nd
with Chad
Zoomer 14/Jan/12 AltLd O/S

Good ice all the way and belayed off a buried axe on the snow slope above, which was starting to pile up with snow. Be careful.

Chad123 14/Jan/12 AltLd O/S

Great warm up for indicator wall (though involved quite a traverse to link them up! Smith's would be more logical link) Tough for grade III today, more like IV at the top, good though, two distinct pitches. Hard to find a belay on the snow-slope above, be warned.....

guy757 14/Jan/12 -
david100 13/Jan/12 2nd
Hidden 12/Jan/12 AltLd
Blurgy319 ?/Jan/12 2nd O/S
mishtu ??/2012 2nd
Hidden ??/2012 2nd
Hidden ??/2012 AltLd O/S
Guy Wilson ??/2012 -
JimH ??/2012 2nd
centurion05 ??/2012 -
PAJames ??/2012 -
MJLangley 19/Apr/11 AltLd O/S
with Mark haigh
mark88 03/Apr/11 2nd
with Alex Vaughan
vaughany 03/Apr/11 Lead
with mark patterson
Hidden 29/Mar/11 Solo
jamestheyip 27/Mar/11 AltLd rpt

Pretty good condition. Amy's first lead on ice.

with Amy Goodill
Timo Austino 26/Mar/11 -

hey went right at the top which was good fun and way way way steeper than left which is for sissy's - word

with Nats
Hidden 26/Mar/11 AltLd
John Holden 26/Mar/11 AltLd O/S

Me P1 and Martin the harder P2. Excellent plastic ice, good screws.

with Martin Smith
jcurley 26/Mar/11 2nd O/S
with Chris Drinkwater, Malcolm rr
MartF 25/Mar/11 AltLd O/S

With Chris Pope. CIC Hut weekend.

Tarquin 07/Mar/11 Lead
bob johnson 07/Mar/11 AltLd
with Al Borrett
nickhoward 06/Mar/11 AltLd O/S
with Gary Caswell
Hidden 06/Mar/11 Lead
Hidden 06/Mar/11 AltLd O/S
ruggystunts 06/Mar/11 AltLd
with Nick
Sally Hudson 06/Mar/11 2nd
Hidden 05/Mar/11 AltLd
ksneds 05/Mar/11 AltLd

In great nic on beautiful sunny day.

with stevo
CurlyStevo 05/Mar/11 AltLd

nice fat ice, dinner plating a bit, couldn't find any tech 4 though, but definately sustained

with Kenny
Martin Haworth 05/Mar/11 AltLd O/S

As approach route to Smith's. Good value for the grade

rob1 05/Mar/11 AltLd O/S
tim newton 05/Mar/11 AltLd O/S
rcammack 04/Mar/11 Solo O/S
Harry Holmes 04/Mar/11 Solo O/S
steven 04/Mar/11 AltLd O/S
with Dave Ryder
Piglet69 03/Mar/11 AltLd
with alifin
alifin 03/Mar/11 2nd
with Guide (Donald King) + Aidan Roe
Hidden 03/Mar/11 Lead rpt
AB1965 ?/Mar/11 -
gripped01 ?/Mar/11 AltLd
with Dave Tait
Hidden 28/Feb/11 Solo O/S
Hidden 27/Feb/11 AltLd O/S
Mr Fuller 27/Feb/11 AltLd O/S

Mmmm... spindrift. Fat ice though.

with Crazy Tom, Lisa Witty
Conan 26/Feb/11 2nd O/S

Still not refrozen after the thaw but good climbing still throughout

with Philippa Reader, Loz
climberuk 05/Feb/11 AltLd O/S

Done in 3 pitches (middle pitch just a snow plod). I led pitch 1 through an awkward corner on water ice. Difficult but enjoyed it. Drew led top pitch.

with Drew
Shaw Brown 29/Jan/11 AltLd
Peter Metcalfe 29/Jan/11 AltLd
carl_123 28/Jan/11 2nd rpt
robinsi197 22/Jan/11 AltLd

Plan B after bauiling off Observatory Ridge

with Bryn
Spence22 21/Jan/11 Lead O/S
with Carl
yellow 21/Jan/11 2nd
gee-whizz 14/Jan/11 2nd O/S
with Tel-goatman, spike sellers
buzby78 01/Jan/11 Solo

Toe bail popped off at the top which was a little scary...

Hidden ??/2011 -
Tenko ??/2011 -
adie84 ??/2011 -
Hidden ??/2011 Lead O/S
mwatson ??/2011 -
Hidden ??/2011 -
jamestheyip 02/May/10 Solo O/S

In very good nick!

with Peter
Harry Ellis 02/May/10 Lead

Felt like III 4, Superb day very quiet on the N face for a bank holiday.

with Martin Lugg
Hidden 15/Apr/10 Lead
Simon Caldwell 10/Apr/10 AltLd

Excellent ice, which came as a surprise given the mild conditions. I led the first pitch as it looked harder, C led the second which turned out to be the crux - that'll learn her!

with Carmen
Hidden 10/Apr/10 AltLd O/S
Hidden 07/Apr/10 AltLd
MPSBunny 07/Apr/10 AltLd

Did it in two pitchs (plus a little cheeky middle one by Stu) before abseiling back down the route with a pair who did the same route.

ckmoffat 28/Mar/10 2nd O/S

Good ice, bit thin in places. Final pitch was more like IV. Cracking route.

with Sam, Graeme
NatD 27/Mar/10 2nd O/S

Climbed with Dan. Scarey and tres cold.

Hidden 16/Mar/10 AltLd O/S
suess 07/Mar/10 AltLd
Bobby Pearson 05/Mar/10 2nd
with Guy Buckingham
carl_123 05/Mar/10 2nd O/S
Rick Ashton ?/Mar/10 Lead
with James King
yellow ?/Mar/10 2nd
Hidden 14/Jan/10 Solo O/S
benrh09 12/Jan/10 AltLd O/S

First climb climbing on the Ben! Inspiring place!

with Rob Lay
colinthrelfall ??/2010 -
Hidden ??/2010 -
kingjam ??/2010 2nd
with Rich Ashton, Craig Higgins, Matt Naylor
alancash100 ??/2010 AltLd
Hidden 13/Dec/09 Lead O/S
Hidden 13/Dec/09 2nd O/S
The Mountain Goat 17/Apr/09 AltLd O/S

First pitch, second pitch hard for grade three

Somerset swede basher 17/Apr/09 AltLd O/S
with Jon Miles
Captain Solo 15/Apr/09 2nd rpt

Including an incident!

with Ewan
lithos 12/Apr/09 AltLd

Will led first pitch. I led and brought Will up to belay under top pitch, then led through. Pretty good ice, bit wet. Matt did it in 2 pitches

with matt hobby
Will Smith 12/Apr/09 AltLd O/S

Very nice route on thick, chewy (but wet) ice. I led the first pitch which was on easy angled and very amenable ice. Rob led the second which finished up a steep short step - certainly felt steep for grade III.

with Matt and Rob
Tim Sparrow ?/Apr/09 Solo
nathan_kelly 28/Mar/09 Lead

First winter lead. Excellent Ice all the way up the route. Not very nice conditions at top of route. Finished up Tower Gully after a plod up a scary snow slope!

with Jimmy Coates.
Hidden 20/Mar/09 AltLd
Hidden 17/Mar/09 2nd O/S
suess 05/Mar/09 AltLd
gripped01 ?/Mar/09 Lead rpt
with Colin Macalinden, Trail Magazine, Stu Quinn, Si Moore, Alex Tomczynski
Hidden 25/Feb/09 Lead
Billy Walker - Bad Seller 24/Feb/09 Lead O/S

first proper winter lead,steep 2nd pitch great wee route

with David pillok
tebs 19/Feb/09 AltLd O/S

Good fun, great ice, steep(er) variation at the top, finished up Tower Gully, a really good day out

with Sam H, Katie
stuaart 15/Feb/09 2nd O/S

Hard water ice all the way with very little soft stuff generally. Top section near vertical, presume not banked out very much / lean. Felt hard for III.

with Thomas Smith, Neil Redgrave
thomasaneurinsmith 15/Feb/09 2nd

Neil lead

with Neil Redgrave, Stuart Reeves
Hidden 05/Jan/09 2nd
Becky E 03/Jan/09 2nd
stevepotter 02/Jan/09 Lead
with steve taylor
mgeek 01/Jan/09 Solo O/S
with Neill Busby
jimbobimbo ?/Jan/09 AltLd O/S
with Al
Ross McGibbon ??/2009 -
Greg Boswell 30/Dec/08 AltLd O/S
hamish2016 29/Dec/08 AltLd O/S
with chris burn
Mike Parker 28/Dec/08 AltLd
with Dan Parker & James Ayre
Hidden 28/Dec/08 AltLd O/S
Hidden 25/Apr/08 AltLd
Hidden 23/Apr/08 AltLd O/S
Hidden 22/Apr/08 Solo
mgg 20/Apr/08 -
with SD
Neil Mackenzie 19/Apr/08 AltLd O/S
with Andy
9fingerjon 19/Apr/08 AltLd O/S
with Matt G
Hidden 19/Apr/08 AltLd
andymoin 19/Apr/08 AltLd

Two pitches of nice ice, pretty easy going.

Hidden 06/Apr/08 AltLd
RobScotland 06/Apr/08 AltLd O/S

A good route. Think it gets a grade III for it's short length relative to other routes on the Ben rather than the steepness of the ground. Spindrift and fresh snowfall moving in with strong winds later on in the day was a shame. Reckon ascending this route then descending down into the gully isn't suitable for beginners since the descent - a traverse then descent - is down a fairly steep snow slope - think if I did it again I'd continue to the top by one of the routes above. No bomb-proof belay at the top of the route either - just doing the best you can on a snow slope - icefall further up though. Looked at point 5 but reckoned it looked climbable but not easily protectable. Big avalanche risk building on Sunday night!

with Dan
Stuart Macfarlane 22/Mar/08 Lead O/S
with Jeanie
Captain Solo 14/Mar/08 2nd rpt
with Gary
GaryK 14/Mar/08 Lead
Howard J 02/Mar/08 -

Also with Dan Callaghan. The ice was in good condition but we were worried about the descent, with a high avalanche risk in the gullies, so we backed off. Looks good, must go back another time.

with Dan Callaghan, Robin Illingworth
Hidden ?/Mar/08 -
luckyjim ?/Mar/08 AltLd
with C Hossack
Gman 20/Feb/08 AltLd O/S

Conditions were quite lean meaning the 2nd pitch was pretty steep towards the top. Can't remember the last time I used an ice-axe, bucket seat and waist belay in anger!

with Carl
Hidden 20/Feb/08 Lead O/S
Karlos 18/Feb/08 AltLd
with Mark B
Hidden 18/Feb/08 AltLd
Lawrie Brand 17/Feb/08 2nd O/S
with David Lowell
Captain Solo 17/Feb/08 Solo
newvena 17/Feb/08 Lead O/S
with macker, dean & andy
Hidden 15/Feb/08 AltLd O/S
Alasdair Fulton 15/Feb/08 AltLd O/S
with Burnsie
Hannah Evans 14/Feb/08 2nd
Ken Applegate 14/Feb/08 Lead
geoff b 13/Feb/08 AltLd

Lovely climbing, well protected by screws.

with Dr. Nick
al99 ?/Feb/08 AltLd
martinazando ?/Feb/08 2nd O/S
Charlie wp Hill ??/2008 AltLd
John Pickles ??/2008 AltLd O/S
with Tim Blakemore
smac ??/2008 -
steev 07/Apr/07 AltLd O/S

1st pitch felt quite exciting at grade III (still right a the grade though).

with Fran
Hidden 03/Apr/07 AltLd
BallsOfSteel 03/Apr/07 AltLd O/S

hard water ice for the first 20 yards, leading to softer ice, more yielding to blunt picks!

suess 01/Apr/07 AltLd
JDSwain 19/Feb/07 -

Decided it was nearer IV under conditions we experienced, no build up just ice.

with Andy Nisbet
Hidden 05/Feb/07 AltLd O/S
gripped01 ?/Feb/07 Lead O/S
with Ru Capleton
Rob Pitt ??/2007 -
with Helen Pitt
mike.moss ??/2007 AltLd O/S
with Andy Buckley
Hidden ??/2007 -
alan wilson ??/2007 -
Hidden ??/2007 AltLd O/S
Hidden 07/Mar/06 AltLd
reg_measures ?/Jan/06 Lead O/S
with beth, claire
Hidden ??/2006 -
frost ?/Mar/05 Solo
with D Garry N Griffiths
Hidden ?/Feb/05 Lead O/S
Yourlead 30/Jan/05 2nd
with Graham Penny
George Ormerod 10/Mar/04 Lead O/S

Felt hard for a III

with Roger
icescrew ?/Mar/04 AltLd
with The Fox
michaelb1 ?/Feb/04 Lead
tom.e ?/Feb/04 2nd dnf
with Charlie Everett
niall_mac ?/Apr/03 AltLd
crowberry gully 13/Apr/02 -
with Ross McGibbon
Jamie B ?/Apr/02 Lead
with Charlie Stanniforth
Mark Stevenson 25/Mar/02 AltLd rpt
with Kev Edwards
MarkDavies36 ?/Feb/02 AltLd O/S
with Richard Bentley
NeilGriffiths 15/Apr/00 Solo
with James, Dave, Simon
cem 13/Mar/00 2nd


with Andy M, Bruce G
David Horwood ?/Mar/00 -
akhughes ??/2000 -
Marq ?/Dec/99 AltLd O/S

Backed off second pitch

with Rich Cole, Martin P
Hidden 20/Mar/99 Solo
Dave Almond ??/1999 Solo
Hidden 01/Mar/98 -
Mark Stevenson 25/Jan/98 AltLd O/S
with Rowland Barker
Louis Hume ??/1998 Lead
with Mustillos
MarkDavies36 ??/1998 AltLd O/S

Avalanche city!

with Richard Bentley
Hidden 10/Mar/97 Lead O/S
Pete Nugent 04/Mar/97 Lead
Hidden 04/Mar/97 2nd
Hidden ??/1997 -
Hidden ?/Feb/96 Solo
JiveWeasel ?/May/95 2nd
with Al H and TP
Sime64 18/Apr/95 Lead rpt
with Gill
charlesmfrench 14/Apr/95 Solo O/S

On the way up to Smiths Route.

with Julian Fisher
Hidden ?/Feb/95 -
Sime64 17/Apr/91 2nd
with Alan Kimber Guide
Hidden ?/Jan/89 Lead
uphillnow ?/Feb/87 Lead

wild day.

with Andy Bennett, Brian barker
Mark Kemball 29/Mar/84 Solo
Martin Bennett 02/Jan/82 -
with Bob Thomson
Nigel Bond 17/Mar/81 AltLd
with Tony Cuddy, Martin Crosby
Sean Kelly ?/Feb/77 AltLd

White-out and much spindrift. Retreated down Tower Gully afterwards.

with Ian Roberts
Derek Ryden 06/Jan/77 AltLd O/S
with Glynne Andrew
Paul Clarke ??/1975 -
with FMC
Hidden 27/Mar/71 Lead
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High IV
Mid IV
Low IV
High III
Votes cast 83
Votes cast 85
Style of ascent
Alt Leads
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