Sunday, 30 October 2016

Autumn Gold

Autumn can be a funny time of year. On the one hand there is a tinge of sadness that the long, warm days of summer are drawing to a close. On the other there is the excitement of snow-covered hills and the challenge of the winter mountains. The weather can often be pretty poor at this time of year, but we have just had a lovely October, with lots of dry, bright weather. The colours have been fabulous too. I have been enjoying lots of mountain biking recently, a great choice at this time of year. When will the first winter snow arrive?

Sunday, 2 October 2016

Rain and shine

Two days out recently guiding Chris & Clay from the USA. For our first day we had storm-force winds and torrential rain forecast, so we wisely agreed to go mountain biking rather than hiking, which was a good choice. Although we got very wet everyone was still smiling at the end of the day. A mid-bike trip to the Carrbridge Kitchen cafe helped! The following day could not have been more different, with no rain, lots of sunshine and light winds. We headed up Sgor Gaoith from Glen Feshie, then the wonderful romp along the undulating ridge all the way to the Argyll Stone. We then headed down through beautiful pines and birch-woods (lots of blaeberries to feast on, otherwise know as bilberries to the English or huckleberries to our American guests) to finish with tea and cake at the Potting Shed tea-room at Inshriach! Our friend and trainee Mountain Leader Alex Cowan was along today too to help build up his experience.