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It’s all over…

Posted in Hull City, Munros, Snow with tags , , on April 27, 2010 by ayrshiretiger

While we are not mathematically relegated it would need some bizarre results for us to stay up so it’s the Championship next year for the Tigers. At least I don’t need to worry about finding out the score of this weekend’s match against Wigan as I wander around the Wester Ross mountains!

We are going up to Gairloch and will hopefully climb Slioch if the weather is kind. I’ve been keeping an eye on the forecast and it looks like a cold northerly is on the cards. Might even be a dusting of snow so will be packing the ice axe and crampons just in case!

Will also be good to meet up again with Jamie, Nicky and Kate although I doubt we’ll be doing a re-make of last year’s Gruinard Baywatch…!

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Winter Memories…

Posted in Munros, Snow with tags , , , on April 4, 2010 by ayrshiretiger

Just to get myself back into this blogging malarky I thought I’d post a few photos from this fantastic winter we’ve just had (and still having!).

Snow Snakes were here!

Snow Snakes were here!

Buachaille Etive Mor from the Devil's Staircase

Buachaille Etive Mor from the Devil's Staircase

Elaina descending Stob Mhic Mhartuin above the Devil's Staircase

Elaina descending Stob Mhic Mhartuin above the Devil's Staircase

Looking over to Rum and Eigg from Ben Hiant, Ardnamurchan

Looking over to Rum and Eigg from Ben Hiant, Ardnamurchan

Nevis Range and Grey Corries from summit of Meall na Teanga

Nevis Range and Grey Corries from summit of Meall na Teanga

Cobbler - Christmas Day

Cobbler - Christmas Day

Christmas Day Robin

Christmas Day Robin

We did Beinn Ime in the Arrochar Alps today and there’s still plenty of snow above about 800m. Will put some photos up soon.

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

Nearly Stob Binnein…

Posted in Hull City, Munros, Snow, Yorkshire with tags , , , , on January 1, 2010 by ayrshiretiger

With good intentions we planned to do Stob Binnein today. However we didn’t get up to Crianlarich until after 10 o’clock so didn’t set off walking until about 10.10am. It was also also hard going as the snow was fairly deep in places and had a hard crust on top, not really thick enough to support your weight, so we kept having to extract ourselves from the holes we were creating. It was even worse when there were hidden streams below!

Anyway we made it about half way up the hill before realising there was no way we would get to the summit and back before dark. Not really a problem as the weather forecast was good, we had headtorches and there is a full moon but it really was energy sapping work! So we turned back and stopped for a well earned lunch…

Ben Tualaichean from the slopes of Stob Binnein

Ben Tualaichean from the slopes of Stob Binnein

Made it back to the car at about 3.40pm so not a bad day out.

In between Christmas and New Year I took the Tiger Cub back to Yorkshire to watch the Tigers against Man United. Had a cracking day despite losing 3-1 and at least we made a fight of it by equalising in the second half before our defensive frailties let us down again. And at least we’ve now seen them in the Premiership, seems a long time ago since I used to go to Boothferry Park back in the 70s and 80s! Just hope we can do enough to stay up for a third season in the top flight!

KC Stadium

Snow on the way…?

Posted in Hull City, scottishhills.com, Snow, Weather with tags , , , on November 23, 2009 by ayrshiretiger

Yes, it’s that time of year again when hopefully we might get a dusting of snow on the hills. There has already been a dusting on the Cairngorms and the forecast is looking quite promising for the west this weekend. Which would be very well timed as we are heading north to stay at the Corran Bunkhouse with a crowd from scottishhills.com!

Of course that’s if I survive watching the Tigers play Everton on Wednesday night…I’m not sure my heart can cope with another game like Saturday’s 3-3 draw with West Ham! Still that’s us up the fifth from bottom!