Broadcaster extraordinaire, Chris Sleight, recording an interview on the summit ridge of Ben Cruachan. A keen winter climber, Chris is responsible for the @ScotWinter Twitter feed, which is an excellent tool for staying bang up to date with the latest posts from Scottish winter climbing blogs – including scottishwinter.com – together with on the spot mountain reports from other Twitter users. (Photo Simon Richardson)

On Friday December 7, Chris Sleight from the BBC and I climbed a new 150m-long III,4 buttress route on Ben Cruachan as part of a programme for Radio Scotland. With heavy snow at the end of last week making approaches difficult, it was a tough call to find an appropriate venue, but with a cliff base at 650m, the north-facing cliffs on Sron na Isean had just the right altitude and aspect.

The Out of Doors Scottish Winter Special goes out on BBC Radio Scotland on Saturday December 22 from 6.30 to 8.00am and will also feature Andy Nisbet, Heather Morning, Di Gilbert and Geoff Monk. It will be repeated on Sunday December 23 at 11am and will be in the iPlayer for a week after broadcast. The programme’s web page is http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b0074hjr