Alpbach

I have just finished a brilliant weeks off piste skiing and ski touring at Alpbach in Austria. As a venue I thought it was outstanding with plenty of skiable summits and a huge amount of terrain. Additionally the mountains were quiet.

I hope to get back sooner rather than later.

Great Skiing in Gressoney

I have just finished a great weeks skiing in Gressoney with Infinity Mountain Guides and Team Bombardinos. We had a variety of conditions concluding with a big dump of powder.

It was great to be back in Gressoney as it is a superb area with a huge variety of terrain. Trees, couloirs, peaks and open slopes.

Gressoney

I am currently out in Gressoney with Infinity Mountain Guides and Team Bombardinos off piste skiing and ski touring.

Due to recent high winds conditions are variable but there is still great fun to be had.

Ski Touring and Mountaineering in the Vanoise

Paul and I have just spent a week in the Vanoise. From Monday to Friday we were ski touring with NOCG (Naval Outdoor Centre Germany) and Infinity Mountain Guides. Some of the highlights were;

  • Rocher du Charvet (2856m) and the Palafour off piste run.
  • Ouille de la Jave (2867m) and Ouille des Tretetes (2948m).
  • Dome de Pramecou (3081m) and the Tour of the Grande Balme off piste run.
  • Ouille Noire (3357m) and the Pays Desert.
  • The Grande Motte (3423m) and the Couloir Petite Balme.

On Saturday, Paul and traversed La Tsanteleina (3601m) by climbing the North Face and descending the South Face and Glacier du Couarts Dessus. We had a great time on what was quite a physically challenging peak that before mid may (when the road opens) involves 1800 metres of ascent and a significant distance.

Lots more photos on the facebook page.

Ski Touring in the Drummochter Pass

The Falkirk High Tops Team and I have been out today ski touring in the Drummochter Pass. We completed The Boar of Badenoch and A’Mharconaich.

We had a thirty minute ski carry to where we started skinning and a twenty five minute carry out. The rest of the time we had skis on our feet. There was excellent snow above 500 metres for downhill skiing on south, south east and easterly aspects.

Significant redistribution of snow was taking place.

Above the clouds.

Off piste and Ski touring in Sestriere

I have just completed an excellent weeks off piste skiing and ski touring with a great team and www.infinitymountainguides.com in Sestriere. The ski area is linked to many other resorts and gives many options for off piste skiing to suit all abilities and ski tours from short outings to long days. Please get in touch if interested in visiting this less well known part of the Alps in 2019.

There are more photos on the facebook page.

On the summit of the Pitre d’Aigle. Our first top of the week.

Ski Touring in the Pentland Hills

Ski Touring in the Pentland Hills today above Flotterstone. Variable conditions but great to be out on such a beautiful day.

Skinning up Turnhouse Hill.

Impressive Performance at Kirriemuir

Today Martin, Ivor and I climbed at Kirriemuir. The condtions were excellent being dry and cold with autumn sunshine making the sandstone perfect to climb on. We climbed a number of routes including; ‘Slim Pickins’, ‘Flyboy’ and ‘By Hook or by Crook’. However, the stand out event of the day was Ivor climbing ‘A Touch too Much’ (F7A).

At the age of 70 Ivor climbed his first F7A at Rob’s Reed.. Last season as a team of four (Graham, Martin, Ivor and I), we concentrated on continental ice and mixed routes. We climbed sensational routes such as La Catterdale (WI5/WI5+) on Ivor’s 71st birthday. The autumn was spent in the USA climbing desert towers.

Ivor below La Cattedrale.

This year Martin, Ivor and I have been back in the gym lots as well as climbing on crags when the weather allows. Ivor, now 72 has climbed F7A again today at Kirriemuir. Very inspirational and all down to very hard work and determination.

Ivor showing great technique today at Kirriemuir.

 

Final Day of the Ski Season

Yesterday was the final day of my ski and winter season. Following about 50cm of fresh snow on Thursday night we had great conditions at Le Grand Montets.

We began the day by skiing many lines off the Tabe chairlift as the visibility was poor and the many trees in the area aid depth perception. In the afternoon the skies cleared and we had a great time skiing the classic runs, La Face and Glacier des Rognons.

I will add more photos from the week to the facebook page.

Off piste on Le Face. Great powder skiing yesterday.

Off piste on Le Face. Great powder skiing yesterday.

Powder Skiing at Le Grand Montets

Following fresh snow overnight down to 1000m and fresh snowfall throughout the day, there was some good skiing to be had at the Grand Montets ski area. The slopes were quiet and the lift queues short allowing a number of good off piste runs to be completed.

The Aiguille d'Argentiere during a brief clearing in the weather.

The Aiguille d’Argentiere during a brief clearing in the weather.