Although I had a great day of early winters work on Ledge route a couple of weeks ago today really felt like winter started for me. The first route of the season and Dave and I decided to gamble on a little-known crag on Carn Dearg Mheadhonach.
We abseiled in to have a look around and although there was some fresh snow about it wasn't of any concern, this changed considerably as the day went on, with some deep pockets of soft windslab forming. The crag looked wintery and the turf is frozen but there is nothing holding it all together at the moment so we decided to play it safe and climb what looked to be the best line for the conditions. Casablanca IV,5 80m, isn't in the guidebook but it is the SMC journals and it gave us two interesting pitches but we thought it was more like IV,4 and the route length is actually only 60m but it is definitely worth looking out if you want to climb on a quiet crag or somewhere a little different.