CARN DEARG MEADHONACH, SCOTLAND - MARCH 29, 2013: Alex Haken and Stas Burek ascending icy snow slopes en route to the east spur of Carn Dearg Meadhonach, a grade II winter climb in the West Highlands of Scotland

Without really meaning to, it appears I'm slowly ticking off the Scottish winter mountaineering routes listed in the excellent Scottish Winter Routes website. On Friday, I joined up with a good friend of mine, Alex Haken, and one of Alex's other friends, Stas Burek, to climb the east spur of Carn Dearg Meadhonach. This winter scramble takes the middle of three ridges that snake down from the Munro, Carn Mor Dearg, into the glen between Carn Mor Dearg and another Munro, Aonach Mor, in the West Highlands of Scotland.

The east spur of Carn Dearg Meadhonach is low in the grade for a winter grade 2 but Alex spiced it up by choosing an icy gully lower down as an alternative way of reaching the ridge. Once we were on the spur proper, it was enjoyable winter scrambling all the way to the top, in superb conditions.