Ski touring Fionn Bheinn (Achnasheen)

Posted by on Mar 17, 2013 in Northwest Highlands, Ski | No Comments
Ski touring Fionn Bheinn (Achnasheen)

Approaching the summit of Fionn Bheinn Ask a child about their ambitions and they will tell you that they want be an astronaut or a Formula 1 driver. As I age my ambitions become increasingly mundane and attainable. One was achieved on Saturday, the ski descent off the back of Fionn Bheinn. The last time I […]

Winter Highlights Feb – Mar 2013

Posted by on Mar 11, 2013 in Climb, East Highlands, Ski, West Highlands | 2 Comments
Winter Highlights Feb – Mar 2013

Been reasonably busy of late but haven’t managed to find the time for any blogging. Here’s a quick, photo-heavy post to set things straight. Ski Touring: Glen Feshie A quick blast up Sgor Gaoith, following the snowiest lines. Winter Climbing: Golden Oldy, Aonach Mor Readers of this blog might be surprised to learn that I used to […]

Skiing, Social Capital and Scottish Independence

Posted by on May 31, 2012 in Commentary, France, Ski | 16 Comments

The mogulled delights of the Grand Couloir in Courchevel Late March in the French ski resort of Courchevel. We shared a gondola with a group of well-heeled English women. They were discussing their offspring, one of whom had a job interview that day. “How did Timmy get on at his interview?” The proud mother responded. […]

Cairngorms: Overnight ski mountaineering trip

Posted by on May 3, 2012 in East Highlands, Ski | 12 Comments

  Coire an t-Sneachda The fickle nature of Scottish winter conditions has been beautifully illustrated by this season. It got off to a promising start, but a thaw over Christmas took its toll and despite some further snowfall it all ground to a halt at the end of February, the earliest end to a season […]

Ben Wyvis Ski Tour

Posted by on Feb 15, 2012 in Northwest Highlands, Ski | 3 Comments

Ben Wyvis from the Culloden Battlefield Ben Wyvis is prominent in the view northwards from Inverness, but it is nowhere near as close as it looks. Despite being over 30 miles away by road it is still the local Munro for residents of Inverness and one that I have been up on quite a few occasions. […]

Skiing: La Grave and Cairngorm

Posted by on Mar 21, 2011 in France, Ski | No Comments

Just back from a long weekend trip to La Grave, a skiing destination with a fearsome reputation and very sparing uplift; a two-stage bubble lift and a single poma.. Pisting is limited to two short blue runs on the glacier at the very top of the mountain, then you’re on your own. What follows depends […]

What a start to the winter

Posted by on Dec 6, 2010 in Ski | One Comment

Test run of an improvised pulk at the Slochd Nordic Ski Centre Back in 2008 I embarked on a skitour from my front door. My excitement at doing so was tempered by a hint if sadness that in this age of warming temperatures I may be grabbing the last chance to make such a journey. The […]

Back to reality: from one outdoor paradise to another

Posted by on May 3, 2010 in East Highlands, Ski, USA | No Comments

During my visit to the Grand Canyon I was reading John Wesley Powell’s account of the original exploration in 1869 (I think). In his summing up he suggested that, should one be desirous of a full appreciation of the vastness of the canyon and of the variety of its landscapes, it would be necessary to […]

Road Rage in Glen Feshie

Posted by on Apr 2, 2010 in East Highlands, Ski | 3 Comments

A top up of fresh snow meant that we had to dig our way into the car park at the Red Burn, much to the consternation of a couple of innocent motorists who were trapped in the midst of our skitouring convoy. One was on his way to work and the other felt that his […]

A tale of two visits to Creag Meagaidh

Posted by on Jan 12, 2010 in Climb, Ski, West Highlands | 5 Comments

Creag Meagaidh occupies a central position in Scotland both geographically and in terms of mountain sports.  Its cliffs, the view of which unfolds throughout the approach to Coire Ardair like the plot of a good novel, are rivaled in scale only by the likes of Ben Nevis and Ben Lair.  Walking the last few km […]