The Secret X,10 Ben Nevis

Last weekend Andy Turner, Steve Ashworth and Viv Scott made an impressive ascent of the often eyed crack on the right wall of Number 3 Gully on Ben Nevis. Initially it seemed that the trio were simple content with dispatching the superb line in perfect style too even offer a grade. However, after a few days reflection and a comparison to Dave Mcleod?s IX,9 in the Southern Highlands they feel happy to offer a grade of X,10.

Andy Turner leading pitch 2 of ´The Secret´, Ben Nevis. Steve Ashworth and Viv Scott belaying. Many thanks to Sam Loveday for use of this photo.

Commenting on the first X,10 Simon Richardson, author of the SMC Ben Nevis guidebook, says “Once in a while in sport, the bar is significantly raised. These events are rare, but this is such a moment.”Check out the YouTube video here Source Rob Javis / Highland Guides and UKClimbing