With the road to Lochnagar blocked on Sunday morning it was time for plan b. I suggested we head over to Clach na Beinn. A small hill, that over looks mid-Deeside, it's more popular with hillwalkers than climbers, but provides some short winter routes. We made our way up through the forest and untouched snow (above) then out o to the common path and the open moore were the hill comes in to view (below).
We reached the crag in good time. I quickly pointed out a line to Stuart that might be of interest, a short chimney graded v diff in the summer called Square Chimney. It looked good and Stu was keen to get in to it. Classic chimney moves followed with back and footing, stemming and bridging. Below is Stuart in the chimney.
After this we decided to try one more route then call it a day. I fancied Platform Climb iii/5. A nice looking route with short steep sections led to a slab at the top with some interesting moves to gain the top of the tor. It wasn't what we set out to do but all wasn't lost on Clach na Beinn.