On Wednesday December 15, Ross Hewitt and Sandy Simpson made a rare repeat of Tough Guy on Lochangar. The pair attempted this sought-after mixed line on the Tough-Brown face the previous Sunday, but after a late start they ran out of time.
“Ross was halfway into the crux but there was a bold and committing section coming up so he downclimbed and we abbed off as it was completely dark,” Sandy explained. “We went in on Wednesday for first light and we got up the first two pitches quickly with Ross doing the leading to keep up the speed. It was heavily verglassed, the crux moves are pretty thin with very little for the feet and long stretches on little pieces of turf. Overall it’s a stunning route and a magnificent cliff to climb on!”
For lovers of climbing trivia, Tough Guy took its name from Guy Muhlemann who made the first summer ascent with Rob Archbold in May 1980. The SMC do not allow eponymous route names a rule, but this one somehow slipped past the eagle eyes of the New Routes Editor!