masa-alpin 18/Sep/17 AltLd RP

Hamish lead P1, I did P2, and Simon, P3, who described it as "one of the best pitches I've ever climbed". I have once seconded it 3 or so years ago.

perrys 18/Sep/17 AltLd O/S

Led P1, to do the VS but it looked grassy and pointless when Masa and I got to the top of P1, so we then came down, met Hamish and he led P1. Masa led P2 and I led the amazing 3rd pitch. So I'm claiming alt lead because I led P1 before we started :-)

Hidden 18/Sep/17 AltLd O/S
Lone Rider ?/Sep/17 AltLd rpt

Led crux again. Great route.

with Roger Webb
Hidden 02/Jun/17 AltLd O/S
Amy121 31/May/17 AltLd

1st pitch

quickdrawmcraw 31/May/17 AltLd O/S
with Amy121
John McKenna 25/May/17 AltLd O/S


AliRLee 25/May/17 Lead O/S

had done before but great to go back and do again now feeling more confident of gear.

with SUMC young team, Emily
Mbaillie 25/May/17 AltLd O/S
TomKingston 25/May/17 AltLd O/S
emilyeadie 25/May/17 AltLd O/S
with Ali
ned_85 25/May/17 AltLd
with Tom Kingston
James Thacker ?/May/17 Lead
with Alison Culshaw
salix 17/Sep/16 Lead O/S

What a totally beautiful climb. Can only say I found sound rock, decent gear, lovely exposure, absorbing moves and mind bending views. Don't know where the doubters went :p!

with Neus
manuelabucci 27/Aug/16 AltLd

The description of the route should just say: first pitch of November Groove. From the first anchor of November Groove (it is in the groove at the left of a detached pinnacle) climb the crack on the right of the groove. We got lost, and struggled to climb the crack more on the right. End of the second pitch: plenty of loose rocks, absolutely not nice. Third pitch, the one with so many expectations: poor, very poor rock. Nothing pleasant in climbing this route. Sorry, but we did not recognize 'Jack the ripper' as one of the best climbs in Scotland!

Little AndyH 16/Aug/16 AltLd
Hidden 16/Aug/16 Lead O/S
Hidden 16/Aug/16 AltLd
annep 02/Aug/16 AltLd

Lead second pitch.

Hidden 02/Aug/16 AltLd O/S
scoth 18/Jun/16 AltLd dnf

Not wanting too much beta, relied on SMC guidebook description. Now wish I had read the comments below. We belayed behind the 'detached pinnacle' then 'traversed right' for second pitch. Ended up going into very loose rock, so forced to bail. This description is very misleading. The detached pinnacle must be a lot higher than the 'layback crack'

with Franklin
Alex the Alex 10/Jun/16 Lead O/S

Incredible route! The second and third pitches are some of the best anywhere. A grand day out and brilliant finish to the week.

with Emma
erkdaly12 10/Jun/16 2nd
gaz.marshall 08/Jun/16 Lead O/S
with murdo
Hidden 07/Jun/16 AltLd dnf
Robertgiddy 06/Jun/16 AltLd

Took 2nd pitch, superb!

Hidden 04/Jun/16 AltLd
libby.southgate 03/Jun/16 AltLd
Hidden 03/Jun/16 AltLd O/S
Maddie 02/Jun/16 AltLd O/S

Schweeeet route! I led P2. Found 3 quite difficult

with Ben Westwood, Robinwood People
bwestwood 31/May/16 AltLd
Slyven 28/May/16 AltLd O/S

Lost a coin toss for final pitch :( .... P2 was great though

with Axel
Hidden 28/May/16 AltLd O/S
AxelC 28/May/16 AltLd O/S

Lead Pitch 1 & 3.

with Craig Silvie
Gordon Lacey 28/May/16 AltLd
with Alan Dow, Brian
alex toomey 27/May/16 AltLd

fantastic route, went slightly off route on pitch 2 but managed to find my way back

Roberttaylor 27/May/16 AltLd O/S

Scrambled to the belay after p1 (having climbed that pitch already as part of the VS). I led p3. Go to left arete on p2, not the right arete.

annep11 26/May/16 AltLd O/S

P3. A little bit of everything in a stunning position.

Liam Ingram 26/May/16 AltLd O/S

Led P1 + 2 as one.

AmyG 14/May/16 AltLd O/S

Got lost on pitch two. Climbed something quite steep. Final pitch was amazing.

hamish2016 13/May/16 AltLd O/S

P2 & 3

with Ben C
benclimbing 13/May/16 AltLd

As stated below the description for pitch 2 is very misleading. Climb either straight up or left, traversing right is a bad idea! 3rd pitch is fantastic. Gritstone climbing! Hard for E1 5b

with Hamish Dunn
Gabe Oliver 10/May/16 AltLd O/S

Lead P1 and amazing top pitch. Perfect rock and definitely one of the best in the area!

mzchambers 16/Mar/16 AltLd O/S

Amazing route. Luo lead 1 Karen 2. Lead the top pitch

fweatherall1 08/Oct/15 2nd
SWalls 20/Sep/15 AltLd


Samuel Wainwright 16/Sep/15 AltLd O/S

Well worth the slog up! The abseil down the mid flight crisis face is mega!

UncleMephisto 16/Sep/15 AltLd O/S

So good it's like it was designed. Each pitch prepares you for the next, and each stance is fit for a king. And you top out on a mountain in one of the most beautiful places on earth. Solid gold.

Mhairi G 25/Jul/15 2nd
masa-alpin 25/Jul/15 2nd β

Patrick lead through. My first route in Stac Pollaidh.

Pat-H 25/Jul/15 Lead O/S
with Masa, mhairi
Hidden 14/Jul/15 AltLd O/S
s kennedy 13/May/15 Lead O/S

Lead all but first pitch, brilliant route

with Josh
Hidden 02/May/15 AltLd
malone 02/May/15 AltLd
Anna_wells 10/Apr/15 AltLd
Hidden 18/Mar/15 Lead O/S
CaelanB 18/Mar/15 Lead O/S

lead all 3 pitches barring the first 10 feet of pitch 2 after an interesting rope mixup

with scott G
plain kitten ??/2015 -
Hidden 15/Sep/14 AltLd O/S
Russell Birkett 04/Sep/14 AltLd O/S
with Andy
andyinglis 04/Sep/14 AltLd O/S

Fun route, cool positions.

with Russ Birkett
Richard Abel 24/Aug/14 AltLd
with Hugh
Hugh Simons 24/Aug/14 AltLd O/S

Went astray on the first attempt at the first pitch (traversed too early and ended up on some very chossy terrain) so bailed and did it again once we could see the route clearly from the bottom. I ran the first two pitches together which was nice and easy climbing - Richard led the last pitch which was superb. Brilliant climb.

DavidMcK 24/Aug/14 AltLd O/S

Got the last pitch hard work but it was awesome!

Hidden 24/Aug/14 AltLd O/S
calumhicks 24/Aug/14 AltLd O/S

Lead the top pitch which is amazing, and pretty tough for an E1

with Ali Lee
burto 22/Jul/14 AltLd O/S
with bruce
Hidden 15/Jun/14 AltLd
Hidden 31/May/14 AltLd O/S
Tubs 30/May/14 AltLd O/S

Great situations and climbing, particularly on the bridging pitch at the top.

with Tim C
Hidden 30/May/14 AltLd O/S
simondunf 30/May/14 AltLd O/S

great top pitch

with caspar
Hidden 30/May/14 AltLd
Tim Hamlet 18/Apr/14 AltLd

Brilliant climbing.

Hidden ??/2014 Lead O/S
AliRLee ??/2014 AltLd O/S
cuthill76 25/Aug/13 Lead

Top pitch is superb but nails. Might just be the style of climbing!

GaryK 11/Jul/13 AltLd O/S

Enjoyable climbing. Take lots of cams.

with Roger Webb
Steve Waters, Mynydd 26/May/13 AltLd

Led first pitch. Went off route on second pitch following Gary Latter guide. Top pitch was stupendous.

mtempest 26/May/13 AltLd

Probably ended up going to far right too early on P2. Top pitch excellent

cat22 25/May/13 2nd
with Mike
samwillo 20/Feb/13 AltLd

Chossy lower pitches leads to a great top pitch.

peter.herd 20/Feb/13 AltLd

Pitch two needs a better description.. Stunning top pitch!

with Sam Williams
TaylorMade Climbing 17/Feb/13 Lead O/S
ollie1 17/Feb/13 AltLd
Hidden ??/2013 -
GregC 25/Aug/12 2nd dog
with S Rider
sebrider 25/Aug/12 Lead O/S

Fantastic, pitch 2 perfect not dirty as some say below. Jack be nimble, Jack be quick for the last pitch:)

with Gregor
James Oswald 15/Aug/12 Lead O/S

Sustained and very thought provoking. Great gear always.

with Colin Angus
victim of mathematics 10/Aug/12 AltLd O/S

Led P2 (which was very pleasant and not in the least bit dirty). P3 is brilliant. We had the crag to ourselves on the clearest day I've ever had in Scotland in the summer. Awesome.

DavPk 14/Jul/12 2nd

Only led pitch 1 so can't really count as alt leads. Fantastic route. Good little layback crack on pitch one. Pitch 2 airy and delicate (don't believe comment below about it being dirty). Pitch 3 sustained and strenuous. Route finding not difficult. Don't abseil in do the whole route.

with Simon Hayes
Greg Boswell 26/Jun/12 AltLd O/S
with Tony Stone, James Dunn
Hidden 05/Jun/12 AltLd O/S
Dave Douglas 05/Jun/12 AltLd O/S

2nd and 3rd pitches are awesome

peter.clarkson1 05/Jun/12 AltLd O/S

quality route. Did the direct start on pitch 1 as a party already on November groove - this pitch was awful!

with dave douglas
tebs 04/Jun/12 AltLd O/S

A top class route in the most incredible setting. P2 is quite delicate and P3 is a bit of a beast (but very well protected). Amazing climbing.

with Tim
Hidden 03/Jun/12 AltLd
MDowson 03/Jun/12 Lead O/S
with sam webb
Carol Goodall 31/May/12 AltLd O/S

Led pitch 1 which was straight forward with lovely layback crack for interest. Remaining pitches very fine, particularly the last pitch which had improbably but do-able moves.

jonnie3430 31/May/12 AltLd O/S
with Libby, Carol
libby.southgate 31/May/12 AltLd

Carol did pitch 1, I did pitch 2, Jonnie did pitch 3; lovely.

with Carol Goodall, Jonnie Williams
freudy_love 25/Mar/12 AltLd O/S

Straightforward easy entry pitch, dirty, loose and scary second pitch which actually felt like the hardest technical climbing too (maybe I was too far right, but on reflection I doubt it), then a lovely technical finger crack corner pitch to finish on perfect rough rock. Not worth 3 stars, would recommend abbing in from the top to the 2nd belay ledge to just do the top pitch.

with Luke Ellis
Alasdair Fulton 24/Mar/12 AltLd O/S

Don't follow the description in Gary Latter's giant book of disinformation. If you belay on the detached pinnacle, go LEFT further up the groove. Really nice rock when on route...

Neil Adams 24/Mar/12 AltLd O/S

Really good route, despite a Fulton off-piste variation on the middle pitch

with Ally F
Patzl ??/2012 -
Steven Carter ??/2012 Lead O/S
Chad123 06/Nov/11 AltLd rpt

Still classic, went the right way this time, and ran the first two pitches together which makes a nice, long pitch!

with Emily
Hidden 05/Sep/11 AltLd
AC1 12/Jun/11 AltLd
with gforce
gforce 12/Jun/11 AltLd O/S

With a (new?) variant finish. Step, airily around the arete when halfway up the final pitch to the base of a crack just right of the arete. Climb the crack to the top. Gets a bit close to Felo de Se but is a sustained and well positioned way to finish the route. A bit dirty but not bad. E25b

with Adrian
ali_robb ?/May/11 AltLd O/S
pete87abs 27/Apr/11 AltLd O/S
with marcel, rob
tallthinmonkey 05/Mar/11 2nd O/S
with Ben Wallace
Hidden ??/2011 -
Hidden ??/2011 -
Hidden ??/2011 AltLd
bnewman 04/Sep/10 AltLd O/S

Lead pitch three. Excellent and sustained.

danimal88 04/Sep/10 AltLd O/S

Hard top pitch. perfect rock. Fred west finish looks spicy

with Amilia Hunt, Brad Newman
Hidden ?/Sep/10 Lead O/S
dave o 05/Jun/10 Lead O/S


with Julia H
IceBun 05/Jun/10 AltLd O/S

Great route in a fantastic setting

Sandy Simpson 05/Jun/10 AltLd

Very good route follow the buttress edge most of the way, I'm crap at jam crack climbing so it felt hard in places but you'll still enjoy the route regardless, well protected.

Hidden 05/Jun/10 2nd
Fergus Cuthill ?/Jun/10 AltLd O/S
with Rozzy
bigdrew 31/May/10 AltLd O/S

Steve 1st pitch, me 2nd pitch, Ruben 3rd pitch. Quality climbing all the way up. Started the 2nd pitch in the wrong place which led to a hairy moment..

Andy Moles 31/May/10 AltLd rpt
with Ferdia
Sankey 31/May/10 AltLd

Lead P1, awesome route, a great line

with Andy J, Reuben
ferdia 31/May/10 AltLd O/S
Hidden 16/May/10 AltLd
Hidden 16/May/10 AltLd O/S
crobinson 28/Apr/10 AltLd

Won't forget this route in a hurry. Led second pitch and nearly got blown off by the gusts of wind, chin came in handy as an extra grip.

with Southern Man
Hidden 28/Apr/10 AltLd
Dr Toph 18/Sep/09 AltLd O/S

Think I found a harder (off)route on the 2nd pitch, passing by some bail gear left by some others that made the same mistake :P , top pitch is a cracker!

with Ed
Smelly Fox 11/Jul/09 Lead O/S

A red letter day!

with Heather Fox
jamestheyip 28/Jun/09 AltLd O/S
with Carlos
Andy Moles 30/May/09 AltLd O/S

Led first and third pitches. Stunning.

Hidden 30/May/09 AltLd
AndyL 30/May/09 AltLd O/S


with moleo
decs 30/May/09 AltLd
with Dan
Brian McC 05/Jul/08 AltLd
with Ged Reilly/ Walter taylor
Steve Perry ?/Jul/08 AltLd O/S

One of the best routes I've ever done!

with Barry Middleton
willboydwallis 07/Jun/08 -

A wonderful route. Well protected. Found myself giggling with delight in positions that would normally have me quivering. E1 5b is a reasonable grade for it. Definately not VS 5a!

with John
Hidden ?/Sep/07 AltLd
Hidden ?/Sep/07 AltLd O/S
Captain Solo 16/Sep/06 AltLd

First mountain E1, a brilliant day.

with Mark
Mark Bannan 16/Sep/06 2nd
Chad123 ?/Jun/06 AltLd O/S

Quite tough for E1 but an excellent varied route up to a true summit experience and stunning views.

with Huw
ellis ?/May/06 AltLd O/S
with Alice Brockington
Hidden ??/2006 Lead
Hidden ??/2004 Lead
Hidden 11/Aug/03 Lead
Dave Kerr 16/Aug/02 AltLd
with John Watson, Chris Boutell
Hidden 16/Jul/02 AltLd
mattierd 07/Jun/02 -
Bruce Kerr 16/Jul/01 Lead
with Roger Benton
brianrunner ??/2001 AltLd

tough last pitch

with gordon innes
Lone Rider ??/2000 -
1202alarm ?/Jun/99 AltLd

With Liam Johnston many moons ago

Tarquin ??/1999 -
crossleysm ??/1998 AltLd O/S
AC1 ??/1996 -
Bob Windsor ?/Jul/95 AltLd
with Nigel Holmes
Hidden ?/May/94 AltLd
pingora 08/Sep/93 AltLd O/S
with Stuart J
GordyB ??/1989 2nd

My second "Scottish" VS!!

rogerskews 30/May/88 AltLd O/S
with Bryn Roberts
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