Friday, January 29, 2010

Alpen Glow and Moon Rise

After a great cold day out with the dog on a low level walk around GlenRidding and Grisedale, Nordic and Celtic Names for the valleys, (Get in touch if you want to more about the Nordic names) .
 There was almost an alpenglow on the mountains of Nethermost.

 Then to top it all a beautiful moon rise over, Ullswater, showing a lunar halo and Venus. Somedays the office shouldnt be tided up, it's just right. Have a click on the terms mentioned and come out to experinence them for yourselves.

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Short Break In Scotlad

Here is a short video of Ski Touring that I did this week, in some good winter conditions in the Cairngorms. I stayed on after doing some Winter Training with Patterdale Mountain Rescue Team. The weather at the weekend was great and then during the week deterioated. 85+mph Northerlys today and white out conditions.
If you would like to gain some winter skills whilst the snow is still around get in touch and a course tailored for your needs can be set up. 
Have a great Adventure in Mind ?

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Wednesday, January 20, 2010

Brilliant Mini Hillwalk

Just at the end of the thaw a few of us went climbing in Borrowdale on something that felt like semi solid jelly fishes.
Today I have been on a brilliant mini hill walk that has it all at a low altitude. Steep Climb craggy tops, mixed woodland and a river walk. Even has a historic church to have a look round. If you are interested get in touch. The thaw in the lakes continues but there have been reports of avalanches so please be careful, if in doubt get in touch and I will help with your adventure as much as I can.

Wednesday, January 13, 2010

Winter's Thaw

A Day out with Steve and two dogs Keela and Oscar on Sour Milk Gyhll Borrowdale. There was a definate thaw going on as water cascaded down on the ice. I fell in at one point and held onto my axes to try and keep my feet dry.
I am wearing a new Montane Superfly XT Jacket, more info later.

for more of my winter activities. There is a fantastic snow kayak video. I will also be running some winter skills courses, dates and times to suit you, either in the Lakes or Scotland.


Monday, January 11, 2010

A Winters Tale

First week of a new decade and Winter still has its grip on us. After returning from the Julian Alps in Slovenia, where the snow was washed off after 3 solid days of rain, ensuring flood warnings as rivers rose 15ft!
I came back to do some work with the Army and then had a days playing in the grounds of my house. Have a look at the videos for more fun. I then went out to help with the BBC filming The Lakes Ski Club. This was requested by the BBC through Patterdale Mountain Rescue Team as they have specalist training and vehicles.
Rhona McLeod, the BBC Sport Scotland Presenter walked up for 2 hours in 25mph winds only to find the tow on Raise had just derailed. Therefore only having one ski then back down to the valley. Testing conditions on the hill but still a great day out. If you want to sample the hills safely before the thaw continues in the Lakes don't hesitate to get in touch.


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Tuesday, January 5, 2010

End of an era ?

Here is some news for you. Mike Parsons formerly of Karrimor and KIMM laterly OMM has left the company OMM.
Here is a copy of his statement.

And also a link from another blogger who knew Mike.

May I wish Mike all the best in his retirement and I am sure we wont have seen or heard the last from him.


Saturday, January 2, 2010

A Windy Winter Day on Striding Edge

Welcome to the New Year and after all the bells and fireworks a few of us went for a very windy and snowy walk up Striding Edge on Helvellyn. We then came down Swirral Edge back to the cars after some 50-60 mph gusts on the summit. There were a few people out but not as many as I expected. I hope that 2010 brings you some Adventures.
Click on the picture below for some video.

Cheers Stuart
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