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Happy New Year!

Posted in Uncategorized on January 1, 2012 by ayrshiretiger

Just a quick post to wish everyone a happy, prosperous and healthy new year for 2012.

I had the kids with us this weekend so had a fairly quiet Hogmanay watching Jools Holland’s show on BBC2. Surprisingly Craig had a bit of a lie in this morning which made a refreshing change! After the obligatory bacon roll we went for a wander along Saltcoats beach making the most of a rare glimpse of sunshine!

Elaina and Craig silhouetted on Saltcoats Beach

Elaina and Craig silhouetted on Saltcoats Beach

After the fresh air we went home for an excellent New Year’s Day dinner of Steak Pie, Mashed Potatoes, Roast Parsnips , Sprouts Cabbage and Carrot & Swede mash. Thanks Elaina!

Looking forward to getting some snow to replace the constant rain we seem to have had for weeks if not months!

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Always look on the bright side of life!

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , on September 13, 2010 by ayrshiretiger

For some inexplicable reason Jennifer decided she’d like to go hillwalking with us this weekend. I suspect it was more to do with the fact that she discovered that the Real Food Cafe, which she has frequented a few times while travelling to and from her Duke of Edinburgh expeditions, isn’t as far away as she thought. However I’m not complaining!

So the task was to find a wee hill near Tyndrum. We did consider Beinn Chuirn but the forecast wasn’t too promising so we settled for the 590m Sron nan Colan. Not the prettiest of hills as it is scarred by old mines but the zigzag path made the climb through the scree bearable.

We had one heavy shower which gave us some good rainbow photos…

Cool Craig!

Cool Craig!

Jumping Jennifer!

Jumping Jennifer!

We were soon at the summit and after we’d taken some photos I realised that we looked like a scene from Monty Python’s Life of Brian so given that Craig likes singing the song anyway it only seemed natural to have a singalong! Apologies in advance for the quality of singing!

Of course regular readers will know where we ended the day…

Jennifer and Craig outside the Real Food Cafe

Jennifer and Craig outside the Real Food Cafe

Dumgoyne

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , on May 12, 2010 by ayrshiretiger

After Saturday’s adventures in Muirshiel Regional Park we headed north on Sunday for a short day up Dumgoyne. We arrived at the distillery at about 11am and only just found a parking space. On our way to the base of the hill we came across an upended tree that Craig had great fun on.

Craig tree climbing

Craig tree climbing

We quickly made progress with a cuckoo for company and were on the summit at about 12.15. Rather than go straight back down we dropped off the north east side and traversed around the northern slopes to return to the car.

Craig disappearing into the distance!

Craig disappearing into the distance!

Of course there has to be an obligatory dug photo…

Obligatory dug photo!

Obligatory dug photo!

We then headed off to the Beech Tree Inn for burgers and pizza!

Frozen Steall Falls

Posted in Snow, Uncategorized with tags , on January 11, 2010 by ayrshiretiger

The cold spell has been great for hillwalking and the temptation is of course to go on to the high tops.  However there are other options and on Sunday rather than do our original plan of Ben Oss near Tyndrum we decided to drive up to Glen Nevis as we had read reports that the Steall waterfall was frozen, something that very rarely happens.  I know it seems like a mad idea for a day trip but the drive up was superb especially the view of Buachaille Etive Mor…

Buachaille Etive Mor, Glencoe

Buachaille Etive Mor, Glencoe

We arrived at the Lower Falls car park at about 12.30.  Any thoughts about getting as far as the higher car park were quickly dispelled…

Ungritted Road Ahead!

Ungritted Road Ahead!

It took us about an hour and a half to walk up the sometimes very icy path up Steall Falls, once again the Kahtoola Microspikes were invaluable!  Eventually we reached the falls and the following sight…

Frozen Steall Falls

Frozen Steall Falls

For comparison this is a photo of the falls taken in September…

Steall Falls September 2009

Steall Falls September 2009

We wandered over to the infamous wire bridge but for once we didn’t have to use it, instead treading carefully across the frozen River Nevis…

Frozen River Nevis

Frozen River Nevis

From there we walked up the foot of the waterfall where several climbers were having fun…

Climbers at Steall Falls

Climbers at Steall Falls

Climbers at Steall Falls

Climbers at Steall Falls

Climbers at Steall Falls

Climbers at Steall Falls

And of course no day would be complete without a pie for lunch (with a view of course, this time the Aonachs!)

The Ultimate Game Pie with the Aonachs in background!

The Ultimate Game Pie with the Aonachs in background!

Absolutely fantastic day and one that will probably not be repeated for a while!

A snowy day on the Luss Hills

Posted in Snow, Uncategorized with tags , , , on January 7, 2010 by ayrshiretiger

Well Monday was the last day of the holidays so before returning to work we decided to have another day on the hills.  Ben Lomond was considered but we weren’t sure what the road to Rowardennan would be like.  So we decided to play safe and stick to the main roads and head for Luss  to do Beinn Dubh and Mid Hill.

It didn’t look to promising first thing but we were soon above the cloud that was shrouding Loch Lomond.

Looking down on clouds above Ben Lomond

Looking down on clouds above Ben Lomond

Eventually we got great views of the Arrochar Alps, particularly the Cobbler where I’d been on Christmas Day.

View over to the Arrochar Alps

View over to the Arrochar Alps

Quite a steep descent and another good test of the Kahtoola Mocrospikes especially on this mini ice rink…

Luss Ice Rink!

Luss Ice Rink!

Finished up getting back to Luss for a shot of Ben Lomond from the pier.  Hmm, the sign says no swimming eh!  Now that would be a brave man!

Ben Lomond from Luss

Ben Lomond from Luss

Just like the good old days…

Posted in Snow, Uncategorized, Weather, Yorkshire with tags , , , , , on January 5, 2010 by ayrshiretiger

The recent wintry weather has brought back memories of those proper winters we used to get in the seventies. Of course 1947 and 1963 were really bad winters but even I am not old enough to remember them! The really memorable one for me was 1979 when I was on a Geography A Level field trip to Newtondale on the North York Moors with about a dozen sixth formers from Hornsea School along with our teachers Mr LeVine and Mr Elmes.

Now my recollection is a little hazy now thirty years on but it was mid February and we were staying at Raper’s Farm (Grid Ref SE 823938) which at that time was run as an outdoor centre. I was up there last year and it now looks like it has been converted back to a residential property.

Raper's Farm, Newtondale as it is now

Raper's Farm, Newtondale as it is now

Anyway, we were there for a week and did various things that A Level Geography students were meant to do. However towards the end of the week it started to snow as we were doing a shopping survey in Pickering. Fortunately we made it back to the field centre and then finished up being unable to get the minibus back out on the forestry roads that were the only access. So we just sat it out and finished up staying there for an extra three or four days during which time we had to get supplies brought out to us via the North York Moors Steam Railway (except it was a diesel they used!).

Picking up supplies

Picking up supplies

We also spent time wandering over to the Hole of Horcum which was a fair hike down into the bottom of Newtondale and back up the other side.

Doing fieldwork in the Hole of Horcum

Doing fieldwork in the Hole of Horcum

And before anyone comments on the photos being in black and white I was doing O Level Photography at the time and doing my own developing and printing!

We also improvised with large empty plastic coke (the fuel, not the drink!) bags to slide down the forestry tracks before we got a bollocking from a local farmer for making the road into a version of the Cresta Run! After that we used the slopes of Levisham Moor.

When I look back I do wonder what the procedure would be if the same thing happened today – for starters I suspect the trip would not be run in February in the first place but if it was we would probably have been confined to the field centre for fear of coming to any harm in the snow!

A weather chart leading up to that snow event and some more photos can be found at:

The Weather Outlook 1979 Part 1
The Weather Outlook 1979 Part 2
The Weather Outlook 1979 Part 3

I know I’m going to regret this but for your amusement I’m also publishing a photo of our sixth form group when we left school in 1980. Now that’s when I had hair! Happy days!

Hornsea School Upper 6th 1980

Hornsea School Upper 6th 1980

Munro: Mountain Man

Posted in Uncategorized on November 21, 2009 by ayrshiretiger

Just a quick heads up for anyone who missed it first time round the documentary “Munro: Mountain Man” is repeated on BBC4 at 7pm tonight. And if you watch very, very carefully you will see yours truly out of focus in the background of the Clachaig Inn! I was en-route up north to Ullapool back in May and stopped off for a bite to eat. As I walked in I saw a camera and asked the barman what they were filming. He wasn’t really sure but then I recognised Nick Crane who was chatting to folk about their Munro adventures. He was really looking for couple or groups to interview on camera so I was spared actually being interviewed! However I did have a quick chat with him and it turned out they’d been up Bidean the day before in a blizzard! And were then heading further north to Skye and An Teallach. As you will see on the programme they got absolutely fantastic weather just as we did.