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Ski Touring in Glenshee

Last Tuesday (11th February), we skiied up Glas Maol via the Meall Odhar ski tows then headed down Sron na Gaoithe before dropping into Coire Fionn. Conditions were excellent, with extensive cover above 650m.

Fraser, Janey & Pete on top of the buried ski tow

Fraser, Janey & Pete on top of the buried ski tow

Skinning on the Glas Maol plateau

Skinning on the Glas Maol plateau

Looking up Coire Fionn

Looking up Coire Fionn

 

New Year’s Day Ski Tour

For Hogmanay, we headed up Allemuir in the Pentland Hills, Edinburgh. We had a brilliant view of the fireworks across the city and could even see out to North Berwick and Stirling/Grangemouth!

Edinburgh Castle's Fireworks Display

Edinburgh Castle’s Fireworks Display

It’s Keith’s birthday on New Years day itself, and he wanted to go skiing, so that’s what we did :-)

Weather didn’t look that great but we headed up to Drumochter anyway. We initially planned a loop taking in a few munros and finishing by descending the Boar of Badnoch, but it looked rather bare. We ended up opting for a shorter day up Meallan Buidhe, giving us plenty of time to get back to Edinburgh for Keith’s birthday dinner.

Snow cover was generally pretty good, we only had to walk for 15minutes before we were able to pick a line of snow through the heather. It was slush puppy like, however, progress would have been very slow on foot.

Keith enjoying his first ski of 2014

Keith enjoying his first ski of 2014

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Piste Skiing!

Over the past few weeks we haven’t been up to much, but have spent a number of days piste skiing. Conditions have been awesome, although visibility not so great on a couple of occasions.

Keith sending a park jump at Glencoe Mountain

I have had to dedicate most of my time to finishing writing my dissertation, which has now been submitted! Sadly I came down with the flu straight after handing it in, so we haven’t been able to get out and enjoy the amazing climbing conditions over the past week.

Just 3 more exams to go until I finally finish my degree at the end of April :)

Janey

Carn an Tuirc and Cairn of Claise by Ski

Yesterday, with the good looking weather forecast, we decided to head up to Glenshee area with the skis to get a few more munros ticked off. This time last year we headed up to the same place to do a big hill day including six munros, but with the strong wind, driving snow and bad visibility we only managed two before deciding to give up and head back down to the car.

So our plans were to do the remaining four. Once again the bad visibility came in over the plateau and we quickly lost motivation, so ended up just doing two hills – Carn an Tuirc and Cairn of Claise. It was our first time pacing on skis which was interesting, but good…and awkward trying to walk on a bearing! My paces were overshooting the targets initally, but the practice was good and we both seem to have the numbers sorted for walking on skis now.

Here are some photos from our day, plus another amateur attempt at video editting:

Summit of Carn an Tuirc
K heading off into the whiteout
J plateau bashing
Summit number two – Cairn of Claise
Cloud disappearing for the descent!
Keith enjoying the view
J skiing into the distance
Suddenly its all worth while!

skiing 15.2.13 video from GetOutAdventures on Vimeo.

Janey and Keith

Wind, Ice and Skis

Today was windy…and warm, although it certainly didn’t feel warm in the wind.

We originally headed up to Ben More, but there was near to no snow cover so we drove back down to Killin in hope for some better coverage.

The Ben Lawers road to the visitor centre was icy. After last weeks epic digging experiences and since we no longer have snow chains until the new ones arrive we opted to park about 1.5km before the car park and trek up the road with skis on our packs. This was rather unpleasant in the wind. Everything in the wind is unpleasant.

The snow pack was also not great – a sheet of hard ice on top of powder so quite challenging to ski on, but then not that much cover.

We played around on the westerly slopes of Beinn Ghlas but didn’t head up to the summits as we found mobility with the strong head wind a bit too hard to be worth it. Plus we’ve done the hills before so didn’t need to get the ‘tick’.

Heres a few photos and a video of us playing around roughly between 500m and 700m. Cover was better higher up.

Starting the skin up
Beinn Ghlas in the distance.
Briefly practised a bit of self arresting but it wasnt very successful as the axe just ripped through the snow pack as the layer of ice was too thin and snow underneath too loose. Fun sliding down the slope though :)
Axe finally catching

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