Creag Meagaidh Skitour: traverse from Aberarder to Moy

Posted by on Jan 10, 2010 in Ski, West Highlands | No Comments

What a tremendous sunny Sunday. We tackled one of Scotland’s 4 star classic skitours, the traverse of Creag Meagaigh from Aberarder to Moy, taking in the summits of three Munros. We had the route to ourselves,  fresh tracks all the way. The snow on the descents was some of the best I have experienced in Scotland. […]

Fionn Bheinn Skitour (Achnasheen)

Posted by on Dec 29, 2009 in Northwest Highlands, Ski | 4 Comments

Still very cold; skitouring conditions are excellent but motoring is sometimes challenging. The remote control for unlocking my car met a soggy end some years ago, forcing me to open it with a key like everyone used to in the old days. This old-fashioned ritual becomes problematic when all the locks are choked with ice. […]

Short review of ‘The Wind Farm Scam’ and a bit of skiing

Posted by on Dec 24, 2009 in Books, Climate, Ski | 4 Comments

Welcome to the Christmas edition of my blog. It certainly feels like Christmas round these parts, we’ve had lying snow for well over a week now. The photo below is of  snow-laden pine and willow. I was very pleased that last week’s post elicited a response from David Mackay, the author of the book  ‘Sustainable […]

Ski touring in the Swiss Alps: Bernese Oberland via the Jungfraujoch

Posted by on Sep 19, 2009 in Ski, Switzerland | 2 Comments

The ski mountaineering playground of the Bernese Oberland is hidden from the alpine ski resort of Kleine Scheidegg by the forbidding ramparts of the Eiger, Moench and Jungfrau. The buildings of the Jungfraujoch – Europe’s highest railway station – nestle like turrets or battlements on the ridge that connects the Jungfrau to the Moench. They […]

A local skitour for local people

Posted by on Aug 17, 2009 in East Highlands, Ski | 4 Comments

The middle of August marks a turning point in the year: the days become shorter; the ending of the school holidays congests the roads; people resume their constant droning about football after the summer ceasefire. About this time my mind begins to wander towards the coming winter and the sporting opportunities it may present. Last […]