Saturday, 23 February 2008

Kayaking the Findhorn Gorge

Today felt like a warm spring day. Lots of sun and lots of water, much more pleasant than yesterday. Mat and I paddled down the Findhorn Gorge this afternoon, running all the rapids. This section is grade 4/5, and was at a good level.
Any snow that fell yesterday appears to have melted today, leaving just the old firm neve.

Friday, 22 February 2008

Ice Climbing to Kayaking

On Wednesday Sally and I found beautiful ice on Indicator Wall on Ben Nevis, a little cloudy and snowy but good fun.

The weather on the West turned the next day to windy and very wet, perfect for white water kayaking. The rivers have been huge the last two days and I paddled the upper and lower Roy yesterday and the upper and gorge section of the Spean today (releasing on 4 pipes while also spilling over the top). This was with a friend Sally and Ron and Simon today.

I don't really have any images of the main rapids as there was never any eddies to stop in! I tried a few while paddling, but as you can imagine they were a little blurred. So just a picture of the dam and the flat section at the end of the upper Spean

Intro to Winter Climbing

Monday and Tuesday proved to be glorious and sunny in Scotland, a perfect two days for Steve who was up to learn about winter climbing. The first day we did a route on Anoach Mor then onto the Ben to climb Raeburns route, finding lots of good ice and hard neve. The only drawback was all the other groups also enjoying the conditions.

Winter Mountaineering & Skiing

Unfortunatly with the lack of internet access in my homes away from Wales I haven't kept the blog as up to date as I would like.

I have however been active providing many winter mountaineering courses and even finding the time to go skiing in Italy.