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Sunday, 5 January 2014

Spanish Dinner V,6

After a gale and 7 degrees on the 3rd of January, a cooling was forecast for the 4th of January with a freezing level of 500 m. We walked one of the Angus glens hoping that some snow & ice had survived. Here is Tim approaching the crag. 
Where the gales had hit the rock little snow and ice remained and the buttresses looked black. However, there was a surprising amount of snow and ice on the left hand side which was on the lee side and had survived the thaw.  We spotted a line to the left of the left trending gully with a steep finish and thought it might be a III or IV.
 Here is Tim approaching the climb.
 The climb was steeper than it seemed at first with several technical steps.
 The tricky bits were on the upper bit. Here a look down pith 3 after some technical, steep climbing. 
 But the best bit of the route was a steep corner. Here is Tim's attempt of a crux photo with the Nikon (I forgot to introduce how to operate the camera).
Overall it was harder than 'silver threads among the gold' in Corrie Farchal and almost as hard as 'wild cat wall'. So either IV,5 or V,6 and in the end we settled on 'Spanish Dinner', V,6. Overall there are a few bits of good technical climbing but the route is escapable on several terraces that are in-between the technical bits.

Why 'Spanish Dinner'? It took us quite some time and I had to make it for a Spanish dinner at home and so it was a mad rush down the glen to be home in time. In the end I just arrived when the other Spanish guest arrived.


Anonymous said...

Goodness me, what a crap photo I took. In my defence, it was going dark... :-)


Toby - Northern Light Blog said...

Is Tim wearing cotton jogging bottoms?! :)

Anonymous said...

Yeah, though not all my kit is this top-end, these are Reebok poly-cotton mix jogging bottoms.

Want to make me an offer for them, Toby?

Toby - Northern Light Blog said...

No you keep them Tim. And I'm glad to see you're going for the top of range option - no cheap rubbish here. :)

Don't they ever get a bit soggy?