Tuesday, 27 December 2011
On Christmas day we got blasted and wet on the little hill next to the fort at Laggan, but it was good to be out! Today we went up the Corbett behind Kingussie in pleasant weather. Quite springlike on the walk in as the grouse were very noisy. Cold wind on summit, hardly any snow around. Ptarmigan not well camouflaged. Cairngorms and Feshies looking bare.
Friday, 23 December 2011
Monday, 19 December 2011
Saturday, 17 December 2011
Wednesday, 14 December 2011
Our friend Dave was up for a hillwalk on this very windy day and we thought this would be a good one as he is in training and carrying a heavy pack everywhere he goes to prepare for Winter ML. The wind and snow gave it a real mountaineering feel and we were all blown about a bit. The views were still good even though the cloud was low. The 'friendly ghost' really stood out!
Tuesday, 13 December 2011
Sunday, 11 December 2011
Monday, 7 November 2011
On Saturday we were with Shared Lives at Woodend chalets, Banchory for some Fun with Team Challenges and Archery. Lovely group of folk as usual, keen to work together learning new skills, gaining confidence and becoming addicted to Archery. It was almost dark when we finished!
Sunday was glorious weather and we were on the Indoor Wall at Glenmore with girl Guides in the morning and a few Active Kids in the afternoon. Excellent day, even the youngest who is 4 was tying her own figure of 8!
Saturday, 22 October 2011
Friday, 14 October 2011
Yesterday we took a group of 'Active Kids' exploring by Rafted Canoe on Loch Insh. It was quite windy and they had to work hard, but we did 'take the island' where we made camp with a tent, tarpaulin and built a couple of dens. We set off again when the wind calmed a bit and checked out another excellent camping/den building area before setting sail and having a free ride back.
Wednesday, 12 October 2011
Yesterday we were working for WOW Scotland at Duntelchaig running climbing sessions. Kind weather and good groups meant we have a very pleasant day. Today we had a group of 'Active Kids' biking and Indoor Climbing. Again the weather was very kind and a lot of the children were new to our group and we all had a great time. Tomorrow we are Rafted Canoeing and Den Building on Loch Insh.
Thursday, 6 October 2011
On Tuesday we were both working for Alltnacriche then yesterday Ian was indoor climbing all day whilst I had a great time on the Spey from Lochan Uvie to Newtonmore (near the 10th Hole!) with a group of four unique characters. They are very keen to do a 5 day trip on the Spey with Dave Craig, 'Spirit of the Spey' and this little trip was a taster of what is to come and for them to decide if they might enjoy it having never canoed before. It was very windy which made things a little more entertaining! However, it was at a good level and an excellent introduction for them especially as two were quite nervous. All was going well until their canoes got too close to each other with one team taking an unforeseen swim, ie Alan and slightly nervous Lynn. She didn't even get her hair wet and was eager to get back in and carry on. As Ryan said, it added a bit of drama and proceeded to turn it into an episode of Dallas (don't ask!). We used trolleys to portage back to The Beeches and a warm welcome from Jude.
Following our fun session on the Loch we took off for Poolewe to walk in and meet a group of girls from Millburn Academy camping near Carn Mor and swapping over with Steve who supervised the first day. They were well sorted so we left them to it. In the morning Ian went back out to get our vehicle round to the end point whilst I had a chat to the girls before they set off over to Letterewe. The weather was glorious on Sunday and the mountains looked superb. The next campsite was at the foot of Gleann Bianasdail where they were met by the assessor and Ian. Monday became a very windy, then wet day but it did keep the group moving through the glen to Lochan Fada and out to Incheril via Gleann na Muice. Lovely route for a Dof E Exped.
Saturday morning was a bit drizzly on Loch Morlich but quite calm when we met up with members of the Friendship Fund to have some fun Rafted Canoeing. We have been meeting up with these folk for a few years now and we use the opportunity for a good gossip and catch up with all their news. Most of the time was spent in hysterics even when the heavens opened. A lovely morning for us!
Tuesday, 27 September 2011
Sunday, 25 September 2011
Since the 3 Peaks we have been doing a variety of activities with a variety of groups including walking with a Swedish group, indoor climbing with a great bunch of Caithness Army Cadets, fun activities for Alltnacriche, and then yesterday Ian was guiding on Ben Nevis for Maximum Adventure whilst I took a group canoeing from Loch Insh to Aviemore to celebrate one of the girls 21st birthday. This was fun and the sun shone!
Tuesday, 13 September 2011
It has been a busy couple of weeks one way or another, working with the Falcon Froup, No limits etc. This last weekend we were working for Maximum Adventure on a 3 Peaks challenge for groups from various local radio stations all raising money for 'Cash for Kids'. The weather was not as kind as it could have been and the majority of these folk were not outdoor people but they coped brilliantly and were still smiling at the end. Snowdon was the worst for most as the vicious gusts were pushing them over at times but their tenacity got them there.
Monday, 29 August 2011
On Saturday we had Chris and Katherine with their children Laura and Justin at the climbing wall in the morning and Archery in the afternoon. They got on really well trying these activities for the first time. Were to be canoeing on sunday but rain stopped play. Instead, we had a small group of 'Active Kids' for indoor climbing, much fun had all round.
Friday, 26 August 2011
Wednesday, 24 August 2011
On Saturday we were guiding for MaxAd on Ben Nevis then on Sunday we got our kit together and set off to paddle and camp on Loch Morar. Big sw winds on Sunday, gentler winds on Monday initially which helped on the final paddle to the end but winds became much bigger as we started paddling out, much more entertaining! Decided to camp again just to have another night out leaving only an hour of paddling to get back to the van. Super trip, lots of exploring to do and a wonderful sunset on Monday.