STUC A'CHROIN, SCOTLAND - JANUARY 11, 2014: Ant Msyer and Davy Hetherington approaching the North East Buttress of Stuc a'Chroin, a Munro in the South-East Highlands of Scotland

A few weeks back, I joined two friends, James Hathway and Ant Msyer, who are practising in Scotland for their Winter Mountain Leader Award. Our plans were to hike up Ben Vorlich, a Munro in the South-East Highlands of Scotland, and then climb its neighbour, Stuc a'Chroin, by the North-East buttress.

We didn't get farther than the summit of Ben Vorlich that day due to 60mph+ winds. So with another friend, David Hetherington, we headed back to Stuc a'Chroin last weekend, for a winter scramble up the North-East buttress and a wander along to the Corbett, Beinn Each. Stuc a'Chroin gives an excellent winter climb, low in the grade but very steep. With no ropes and a long runout to sharp rocks below, plus the fact it was very icy, I didn't hang around to take photos but visit my Facebook page for a few from before and after our ascent.