A slightly different theme to this post but couldn’t resist sharing.
I was up by Fort William and came across the warmup for the mountain bike world cup. Pretty blown away by the insanity levels of this very niche tribe of dirt warriors.
A perfect evening to escape the big smoke (Edinburgh) and head 45mins south, to Pease Bay and Coldingham Bay, to capture the post-work routine of locals. Living the freezing cold dream?
Summit, gullies and slopes were a hive of activity on the Ben.
With a cold front bringing in a fresh covering of snow, conditions were perfect for climbers on this incredible, rugged mountain face.
As snow lines creep ever higher and ptarmigans begin to lose their white, winter plumage, you know summer is approaching. This winter has been a beauty, with the mountains looking as magical as ever. Today was the perfect moment for capturing people out and about for an end of season mega day in Britain’s stunning Cairngorm National Park.
There is no doubt that Glencoe is one of the most dramatic valleys in the world and along its north wall lies the iconic Aonach Eagach ridge, described by the UK climbing website as “a formidable array of spines, offering several kilometres of inescapable scrambling above a yawning gulf. In snowy garb Aonach Eagach looks and feels truly Alpine, and rates as one of the best winter mountaineering expeditions in the UK.”
Teaming up with two experienced friends, we enjoyed perfect conditions on this beautiful route.
Apparently it takes some 6,000 steps to reach the top of a Scottish munro. Combine that with floundering around in snow drifts and carrying loads, you definitely get enough exercise!
Here with the week’s highlights:
Glencoe’s Buachaille Etive Mor was the perfect place to warm up as a team and get a feel for the conditions.
With aspiring winter guide, Harry, joining the team, we set our sights on Great Gully on the beautiful Stob Dearg.
Time constraints forced us to turn round. For another day!
With further sunshine forecast, we headed to Craig Meagaidh for some classic Scottish ski touring and steep skiing on Raeburn’s Gully.
With the arrival of a storm, we planned a low valley trek to a bothy in the Cairngorms, but 100mph gusts made progress impossible, quite literally blowing us off our feet!
All in all an incredible week for being in the Highlands. February is a great time of the year there, with the weather mostly clear and crisp.
Another stunning weekend with sunshine and blizzards.