With all the snow around I've been out on the planks most weekends for a while now. here's some photo's from Sgor Gaoith a few weeks ago. I was out yesterday on Ben Macdui but as is often the case in a white-out.
Dealing with skins in a gale isn't as simple as is made out in the instructions.
Walking back to the car after a good day.
Over the last few year I've spent more time on the water than in the mountains, all of a sudden and for no particular reason I seem to have renewed my love of the hills.
I've not much work on at the moment so I decided to have a day on piste for a change. Skiing in Scotland can all too often be a bit like this Samivel cartoon, yesterday it wasn't quite so bad and there was even some nice soft snow (almost power) in places.
I've not been doing so much kayaking of late, just got my mountain head on at the moment. Last weekend I was out with the Edinburgh ski touring club, we skinned up Lurcher's gully from the car park at Coire Cas. Stonking weather hope it lasts. Most of these photo's are by Fenneke Wolkers-Sinke.
In the past I've walked in the Galloway hills, on the Rhinns of Kells and my own mountain "The Merrick" but I've never paddled there. So at the beginning of the year when I was complying the club calender I bent the arm of Mike B who used to live down that way. He duly organized a trip and last friday seven paddlers from Fife met up with seven paddlers from Dumfries for two days of paddling around the Fleet islands and Brighouse Bay.
Saturday night was spent in the Masonic Arms, and we didn't even have to roll up our trouser leg. An area definitly worth further exploration.
I've known Brad for over 30 years and we've had many climbing adventures over those years. This picture was taken on the summit of the Portjenhorn back in about 1986.
We'd just done the Portjengrat (ridge) which maybe the best rock climb in the Wallis Alps, an area of mainly snow or mixed snow and rubbish rock climbs.
Brad hasn't been too well for a few years so I was delighted when he rang me to say he'd been on a sea kayaking course on Angelsey and has really enjoyed it. He came up to Scotland for a long weekend and we went up to Arisaig for some really laid back paddling.
Sea kayaking is my big thing now, I used to be into climbing in a big way especially alpine style climbing. I like ski touring both alpine and nordic when I can afford it. I had a blog before but kept getting some idiot spamming me, hopefully he's gone away now. This mainly just to show off my photo's and tell about some trips I've done. Hope you like it.