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).
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.