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Saturday, 9 January 2016

Glenshee intro

Today Ana and I decided to try ski touring together in Glenshee. I had my touring ski's for a bit but Ana bought them at the end of last season. Here is Ana on her way up following the lifts. 
 We skinned following the lifts for orientation but did not reach the summit of Glas Maol. Here the descent...
 ... and here the last ascent. 
A great day out and an even greater surprise that the ski centre is not open. All the pistes have enough snow and the conditions pretty good. 

Wednesday, 6 January 2016

A buttress as a birthday present

With Facebook birthdays cannot be hidden especially at an age where hiding them seems a sensible option. Being in-between jobs I had some time off on my birthday and so Simon and I decided to climb as a sort of birthday present. We drove somewhere, walked up to 900 m and after the early morning gloom a white buttress with frozen turf and some ice appeared. Simon led pitch one which followed turfy steps on an exposed wall. Here he is working his way up...
 ... and here he is closer up. 
 Very enjoyable climbing. I then led a short steep bit to reach the easier angled upper buttress which is some winter scrambling and walking. Some good neve to the top...
We saw nobody all day, and it is this type of adventure that I will miss when I move to Munich.