Sunday, December 27, 2009

Lynwilg to Carrbridge on Skis

Another great day ski touring in the Monadhliath behind Aviemore. I skinned up the track from Lynwilg to the top of the Burma Pass and then up to the summit of Geal charn Mor. From there I returned back to saddle and then on north west, passing east of Geal charn Beag heading for the track leading into the forest to the south west of Beananach Wood.

Conditions gradually deteriorated as I lost height with the last section into, and through the woods being really hard work. What I imagined might have been a 4-5 hour trip turned out to be an 8 hour endurance flog.

No trains on boxing day which gave me an excuse to have a few pints of Red Squirrel + crisps in the excellent Cairn Hotel before getting a taxi back to Aviemore.

View Skiing from Lynwilg to Carrbridge in a larger map

Thursday, December 24, 2009

Carn an Fhreiceadain

I had fantastic day ski touring around the Carn an Fhreiceadain loop behind Kingussie. It was possible to skin from Pitmain Lodge on a good track to the summit of Beinn Bhreac and then across to Carn an Fhreiceadain.

Scandinavian style bothy on the way up Beinn Bhreac

I descended due south to eventually meet the track leading back to Pitmain Lodge. On the return leg it was possible to ski down the road, across the golf course and right back to the car park.

Skiing back past the club house on Kingussie golf course

A bonus of the trip was meeting Di Gilbert and Heather Morning on the summit of Carn an Fhreiceadain. They had broken trail all the way from the road making life a lot easier for me. They were kind enough to offer me some of their mulled wine which was undoubtably the highlight of the day!

Di Gilbert, Heather Morning and Milly on the summit of Carn an Fhreiceadain

Sunday, December 13, 2009

Winter Munro Bagging

I'm not sure how many Munros I have to do but its a fair few. At the rate I have been progressing there's every chance I might be dead before I can complete them all. With this in mind I took the opportunity to bag a few during the fantastic conditions of the last few days.

A' Chailleach, Fannaichs.

On Ben Wyvis.

A' Chailleach, Monadhliath.

Trees near Rogie Falls and the remains of ancient pine forest exposed in the peat hags above Gleann Ballach.