Tuberculosis Repeated Again

Ali Rose making an early repeat of Tuberculosis on Stob Coire nan Lochan in Glen Coe. The first ascensionists graded the route VI,6 but subsequent repeats rate the climb at least a grade harder. (Photo Steve Holmes)

Steve Holmes and Ali Rose made an ascent of Tuberculosis on Stob Coire nan Lochan on December 10. This excellent looking mixed route takes the corner system right of Crest Route on North Buttress. It was first climbed by Dave Hollinger and Guy Willett Feb 2004 and graded VI,6. It was repeated by Dave Almond, Helen Rennard and Blair Fyffe in 2012 who thought it was a great route worthy of Grade VII. Steve and Ali agree…

“Ali and I climbed a line today which I think is Tuberculosis,” Steve told me. ”I note you have it down as VI,7 on, but today under much more wintry conditions we certainly felt it warranted VII,7. We split the main pitch in two so we both got some good climbing and thought it worked really well as there is a large ledge on the right 10m up. Anyway, I am (shamelessly) ticking the crag and we thought it’s another great addition to SCNL.”

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