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The Nevis Range - Sat 5th Mar 2011
Posted by: AlTodd at 23.05hrs on Tue 8th Mar 11

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:: Route(s)
Point Five Gully
:: Route Grade
Grade V
:: Weather Conditions
Blue sky inversion. Freezing between 3000 - 4000 above which roasting hot. Cloud sea around the Ben with only the Northern Highlands visible
:: Climbing Conditions
All main pitches in generally good condition although a bit chopped from high traffic and a touch sugary in the chimney pitch. Top pitches slightly harder than usua.

Elsewhere all the main gullies in condition although Orion looking thin lower down and the Minus face stripped out. Indicator wall area in good but thin condition, Smiths in good nick and Hadrians very fat.
Tower ridge in perfect condition
:: Climbers
Al Todd / Pedro Tavares
:: E-Mail Contact
alistairtodd at tiscali dot co dot uk

Report Edited Once. Last edited by AlTodd: 2011-03-09 08:01:28

The Nevis Range - Thu 15th Apr 2010
Posted by: icespider at 20.25hrs on Thu 15th Apr 10

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:: Route(s)
Hadrians Wall Direct
:: Route Grade
Grade V
:: Weather Conditions
Virtually no wind, occasional cloud. Freezing level around 1200m.
:: Climbing Conditions
Good ice on the first and last pitches, snow covered ice elsewhere except the chimney which was unconsolidated snow.
:: Climbers
Tony Barton & Jason Mitchell

The Nevis Range - Sun 28th Mar 2010
Posted by: AlTodd at 22.48hrs on Mon 29th Mar 10

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:: Route(s)
Orion Direct
:: Route Grade
Grade V
:: Weather Conditions
Overcast and heavy snow on and off. Freezing circa 900m but dropping during the day with new snow lying at the CIC hut when we passed on the way down
:: Climbing Conditions
Lots of ice has survived the thaw and for routes like Orion the conditions are now improving rapidly. Great for climbing but not so good for gear with all the belays on ice gear bar the second slab rib and the exit chimney.
Zero, Point Five, Minus 2 and Minus 1 all looked in good nic especially with the lowering freezing level freezing up what was soft ice lower down.
:: Climbers
Al Todd & Roy Plenderleith
:: E-Mail Contact
alistairtodd at tiscali dot co dot uk

The Nevis Range - Fri 4th Dec 2009
Posted by: AlTodd at 22.02hrs on Sun 6th Dec 09

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:: Route(s)
Tower Ridge
:: Route Grade
Grade III
:: Weather Conditions
Blue sky until 3 pm when the wind rose and some cloude appeared as the next front approached
:: Climbing Conditions
Several inches of fresh windblown powder on top of a reasonable semi consolidated base. Lots of icing filling all the cracks although the main problem was the sheer quantity of new snow which made for exceptionally hard going especially on several normally straigtforward sections. The filled in cave section was particularly interesting !
Several other parties out on various easy lines and Point Five already well filled with ice and almost certainly doable next week assuming things settle down again
:: Climbers
Al Todd & Alan Taylor
:: E-Mail Contact
alistairtodd at tiscali dot co dot uk

The Nevis Range - Sat 3rd Jan 2009
Posted by: AlTodd at 15.58hrs on Sun 4th Jan 09

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:: Route(s)
Jet Stream (Direct)
:: Route Grade
Grade IV
:: Weather Conditions
Clear, windless and freezing from sea level
:: Climbing Conditions
Butttresses dry and clear of snow but brilliant (if slightly brittle in places) ice in all the gullies. Numerous routes in condition, cornices manageable and outflankable.

Climbers gondola now £9.50 rtn

Reports from the Ben confirm similar conditions with Point 5 recevining numerous ascents and a number of the other classic gully lines also in condition
:: Climbers
Al Todd / Dave Mitchell
:: E-Mail Contact
alistairtodd at tiscali dot co dot uk

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