Coed Brenin Enduro 2014

Coed Brenin Enduro 2014

Tuesday, 28 April 2015

Last minute bike training = climbing!

Next weekend is the Dyfi Enduro, a 60km mountain bike event in mid Wales. I have neglected all training for this and planned to get out on a last ride this weekend...

Quiet at Stanage

George following up Retrovision
However when I heard that a few people were heading to the Peak District to climb on the grit stone, well I had to go!

George and Shaw on Wuthering a classic Stanage E2

Shaw fighting through the overhangs
A great day at Stanage in the sunshine climbing 8 routes ranging in grade from VD to E1. Lets just hope that my legs carry me round the Enduro next weekend.

Shaw on a very slippy/polished VS

Cath and Suki enjoying the sun

Sunday, 19 April 2015

Glencoe backcountry - Dragon Bowl

I couldn't resist one last ski trip as the conditions and weather on the Scottish West coast looked epic this weekend. I arranged to meet Gav and go and explore some backcountry, so after a night in the car around Loch Lomond I was sitting in the sun waiting for the first uplift at Glencoe mt.

Warming up on spring line

Chris and Gav heading over to Creise
I met up with Gav and Chris a couple of local split boarders and after a few runs on the piste we headed over to Creise the next hill/munro over as there was good snow cover in a few of its bowls.

Gav checking entry points

Gav dropping in

It was a bit of a trek (walk) over, but the Dragon Bowl was full of snow so well worth it. It was pretty warm and the snow sugary higher up, but brilliant skiing/boarding. Gav did a steeper first line whilst Chris and I did a mellow run. The skin out was epic, and due to the 'sugar snow' we had to boot kick our way to freedom so that we could have a second run. 


The 'easy' skin out

Turned into fun (ski's off!)
After 2 great runs we headed back towards the joining ridge hoping to do another line but it was too late, we were wasted and the other bowl was now in the shade. We trudged back over the never ending col/ridge back to the Glencoe 'resort' (which was now deserted/closed), and only just made the last lift down. Phew - I was absolutely wasted. 

Having a rest on the 2nd walk out, scoping endless lines

Looking back at the top of Dragon Bowl

Chris looking cool!

The 'short' walk out - endless ridge!

An amazing day - already excited for next winter :-)

Monday, 6 April 2015

Easter snow hunt

I'm turning into a ski bum..... driving through the night, sleeping in the car in a spooky forest somewhere near Pitlochry so that I can grab another days skiing this winter.....

Walk to the snow.. wasn't too far

Nice angle to skin up

Just before the summit
At the moment there's more snow on the West, but the forecast was for better weather on the East of Scotland so I arranged to meet Des and Cath at the Pass of Drumochter for a ski tour (great idea guys). 

On top of Geal-charn

The next munro along was just too inviting...
The plan was to head up the Munro of Geal-charn (917m) as the snow line looked pretty good/complete, and after a short walk the ski's were on and we were skinning up the easy angled hill. The weather was amazing, and we got to the top with only a short carry of the ski's at the bare rocky top. 

Short carry again to the snow
Sitting in the sun soaking up the views we decided it was too early to stop what with the 'beau temps', so we easily persuaded ourselves to carry on to the next Munro of A' Mharconaich (975m), as the drop to the col wasn't too far and the snow bowl on the opposite hill looked awesome to ski. 

Geal-charn behind Des

Cath heading for the top
It was an interesting trip over to the second hill, spotting a pair of ptarmigan and migrating toads on route (bizarre but true). After the second top we retraced our route to make the most of the snow cover and had a brilliant last descent on soft spring snow. 

At last some downhill...
Spot the skier (Des)?

Skins on again for the climb back up Geal-charn
When we hit the cars we were all pretty tired but smiling as it was well worth it, a fantastic day in the mountains - thanks guys. 

Last bit of uphill

Telemarker in action

Heading home.....