Monthly Archives: January 2011

Catch up at the Nags on Thursday 20 January 2011

Dear friends, we are planning on coming back down to the Midlands on the week commencing the 17 January for a few days and will be heading to the Nags Head in Malvern on Thursday 20 January from around 17:30. … Continue reading

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We’ve used our new Michelin snow-chains at last!

This morning we aimed to leave the Glenmore campsite quite early. The first time that we’ve moved the ‘van since our Cairngorm trip a few days ago. However, over the last few days the weather has been bitterly cold: -8°C … Continue reading

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A trip to RSPB Inch Marshes and historic Ruthven Barracks

Today we left Glenmore site for a night or two wild camping. The issue for us remains that all of the water system on the ‘van has frozen up and I’ve had to drain our boiler, which was full of … Continue reading

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Loch an Eilein to Aviemore

The weather at low level turned out to be decent with some sunshine by late morning though it was still bitterly cold. We decided to cycle around Loch an Eilein today (loch of the island) going via the Loggers’ Route … Continue reading

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Biking the Loggers’ Route – in snow and ice

The mountain weather forecast for the Cairngorm region for today and tomorrow did not sound too inspiring – icy winds and blizzards. Also, in order to allow Cameron’s blister on his heel to recover we decided to catch up on … Continue reading

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A school-boy error

Some of you may be wondering why we’re not out Munro bashing again today after our excellent climb on Cairngorm yesterday. Well, the truth of the matter is that I committed a “school-boy” error during our last climb.

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Ski mountaineering really appeals

Cairngorm (1245m); Pronunciation:           Cairn Gorm Translation:                Blue Cairn Total distance:           13.8km Total time:                  3hrs 45mins … Continue reading

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Review of YakTrax Pro anti-slip walking aid

After spending the last few days slipping and sliding our way around the snow and ice of the Glenmore Campsite we finally succumbed and bought a couple of pairs of “YakTrax Pros”. The blurb describes them as “Heavy duty traction … Continue reading

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Walking the “Loggers Route” to Aviemore

Today we tested out our new YakTrax Pros on a walk around Loch Morlich (and so that Elaine could feed the ducks), and then down the Loggers Route to Aviemore. It ended up being about 8 miles one-way … so … Continue reading

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Cycle to Aviemore

Today we cycled into Aviemore (about 14 miles round trip). It was freezing cold on the bikes with the added wind chill – especially on ours hands. Elaine was out in front and I could see her shaking her hands … Continue reading

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