In late 2003 with one short aid climb under our belts, we were keen to try something bigger - 'Ozymandias Direct', a 10 pitch, 271m route on the North Wall of the gorge at Mt Buffalo in Victoria. Chris Fitzgerald also joined us on this climb, having barely done much more aiding than us.

With home-made gear, barely a clue about big-walling, and an epic descent into the gorge, our first attempt was thwarted by rain. However, success came on our second attempt with sunnier and much hotter weather. We climbed the route over a leisurely three days, with an overnight on the route's infamous Big Grassy Ledge.