touring & backcountry
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Glencoe - Sun 27th Apr 2008
Posted by: Winterhighland Member at 23.01hrs on Mon 28th Apr 08

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:: Tour Route(s) or Location Skied/Ridden
Down a narrow, and only streak of snow on the south, i.e. back face of Meall a' Bhuiridh. Obvious next step: climb back up. Actual next step, traverse scree and sharp rock to the Bealach and up Creise to do the face so often inspected from the garden of the King's House Hotel. Clath Leathad offered a tempting alternative, but Creise was a better choice. I attempted a long traverse back beneath the ridge but got too low by mistake, regaining the top of Meall a' Bhuiridh via more steep screes and sharp rocks. Strangely, given the fabulous weather and views, it all felt worth it.
:: Weather Conditions
Fabulous. What freezing level?
:: Snow Conditions and Distrubtion
You may not believe this, but the snow was as good as Spring Snow gets, i.e. better than powder. Only 1" of soft over a very firm base.
:: Skiers/Riders
jungle
:: E-Mail Contact
andrew dot napier1 at btinternet dot com

Glencoe - Mon 21st Apr 2008
Posted by: Winterhighland Member at 08.46hrs on Mon 21st Apr 08

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:: Tour Route(s) or Location Skied/Ridden
From the ski area down the col and up to Creise. Skis on from summit down to Sron na Creise. Descent via gulley at Grid Ref 241518 aka 'Bad Boy Gulley' and walk out to the road in Glen Etive.
:: Weather Conditions
High cloud with spells of sunshine
:: Snow Conditions and Distrubtion
Nasty breakable wind slab down to around 1000m then spring like snow on a firm base. Thin conditions in the middle of gulley with rocks, blue ice and grass uncovered. Snow down to around 600m then nasty scrambling in ski boots to 400m.
:: Skiers/Riders
East Ridge Freeride Team

Glencoe - Sat 15th Mar 2008
Posted by: Winterhighland Member at 23.33hrs on Tue 18th Mar 08

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:: Tour Route(s) or Location Skied/Ridden
From the Hidden Valley car park in Glen Coe to the top of the climber's gulley to the North and slightly West of the peak of Stob Coire nan Lochan. Descended the gulley and climbed it again, continuing in a traverse behind the peak to the bealach and climbing Bidean nam Bian. Descended the broad north east face directly, dropping 2,000 feet down into the Hidden Valley. Climbed Lochan again and skied the north face on line to East of peak. Followed the valley until the snow ran out.

Snow was 1 hour walk from car.
:: Weather Conditions
Impeccable. Freezing at 2,500 feet.
:: Snow Conditions and Distrubtion
High up the snow was smoothe and hard with some grip. There was some breakable crust lower down and it became heavier towards the snow line.
:: Skiers/Riders
Jungle
:: E-Mail Contact
andrew dot napier1 at btinternet dot com

Report Edited Once. Last edited by Jungle: 2008-03-18 23:48:59

Glencoe - Sat 24th Mar 2007
Posted by: Winterhighland Member at 21.14hrs on Mon 26th Mar 07

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:: Tour Route(s) or Location Skied/Ridden
Took the rough track to the foot of Sron na Creise, climbed it via the north ridge "it looked easier from below"....

From here traversed over the summit of Creise itself and then managed to board down to the bealach between it and Meall a' Buiridh.

A video of the action here -
http://video.google.co.uk/videoplay?docid=6402449714202536006

Ascended Meall a' Buiridh and then boarded (well fiona trundled) down the main basin.

Fiona linked snow patches down to the access lift on her blades.
I had an adventure in the canyon, lets just say my ice axe came in handy... Then linked a few snow fields to the chair lift.

Then walk down the hill to the carpark. Managed to board around 100m of it (really nice snow)
:: Weather Conditions
Cold & cloudy first thing then gloriously sunny.
:: Snow Conditions and Distrubtion
Lots of snow in Creises corries although its highly corniced with recent avalanche activity.
No snow on the summits themselves.
Boiler plate quality which my edges couldnt grip improving to nice spring snow near the bealach.
:: Skiers/Riders
Mike (on board), Fiona (Attemping to blade in winter boots)
:: E-Mail Contact
mike at prog99 dot com

Report Edited Once. Last edited by Mike_w: 2007-03-26 22:13:15

Glencoe - Sun 21st Jan 2007
Posted by: Winterhighland Member at 21.21hrs on Tue 23rd Jan 07

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:: Tour Route(s) or Location Skied/Ridden
Skin up from Access chair to summit via ma9in basin, Descent down Spring Run to near bottom then drop over east ridge down into eastewrn corrie. A couple of runs down burn line. Skin back to Mugs and then descent to car park.
:: Weather Conditions
mixed day with snow fall later afternoon. Felt dark skinning up from east corrie back to mugs.
:: Snow Conditions and Distrubtion
good snow cover with 20- 30cm soft slab on firm base. Care required on steeper slopes. Descent down burn line to about 550m. good powdery snow in places with some crust.
:: Skiers/Riders
Richard, Brenda, Adam and Gary (starav posse)
:: E-Mail Contact
offpistescotland at tiscali dot co dot uk

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