It looked quite thin at the start though better higher up. Another team of two John's were starting up the route so we set up our belay opposite to get a good view and photos as we chatted to them and Al Halewood and Charlotte above on Milky Way.
It was then my turn and after feeling very chilled in just my VR smock the coldness quickly evaporated as I dealt with the technicalities of the thin start. Ten metres higher and a few good ice screw runners and the world was a better place as I then headed up on good ice to join Anne and her partner on the Milky Way belay on 50 metres of rope stretch. Another young lady and her partner later joined us on the cosy hanging stance! Fi climbed up and lead onto the plateau where I joined her for lunch in the welcome warmth of the sun. YouTube video at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rPxsm3QGio4
We headed back via the Goat-track chatting to Al and Charlotte finishing the Vent and their third climb of the day including Ewen Buttress (good nick)! On descent we met Smiler and his client who'd had a good day on Red Gully (bottom looked thin) and Fiacaill Couloir (still OK) In all a nice rest and very sociable day...!
More details and photos of me on Fi's blog here