Friday, 28 January 2011
Sunday, 23 January 2011
Lorna comtemplating the next run down to the Silla, heated chairlift; the last lift you take before you drop down into Soll through the trees.
Looking over the Igloo's and Ice Bar at Brixen on our way home from touring over to Scheffau.
The church and resteraunt at the top of the Hohe Salve and the Black run down (although it doesn't look it from this angle!).
Martin and the kids on the new automatic, heated, coverd chairlift at Scheffau.
The ski hire shops upgrade their stock every season so you can be gauranteed to get the best equipment without the hassle of lugging it halfway across Europe. Having your own boots is good though, although I must invest in heated boots on day!
Lennon and Lorna under the Hartkaiser Bahn at Ellmau on the day of the Hahnenkamm race at Kitzbuhel, just around the valley. Again the sunshie belies the fact that it was very cold!
Thursday, 13 January 2011
It's also interesting to see how other countries and cultures remember their lost ones from previous conflicts.
As with most things Austrian, they take great pride and respect in their history and traditions. The time and effort they put in to maintaining their places of remembrance is incredible.
Of course it goes without saying that we will be visiting the "Umbrella Bar" on most afternoons!
Friday, 7 January 2011
Click on UKC Forums for some entertaining advice on building winter belays and the various confectionary you may have tucked away in your pockets that you can use!
Tunnocks Caramel waifers seem a popular choice along with the faithful Mars Bar...
Sunday, 2 January 2011
The steep plod up to No 5 Gully is much easier on snow, but on the scree and rock it's a bit of a pain!
The three guys in front were heading across to No 2 Gully (out of shot).
Looking up No 5 Gully from the top of the scree. The overnight freeze made for excellent conditions and there were various ice falls and cascades that teams were using for practicing ice climbing techniques.
Faffing about with knots and stuff before setting off!
The first "ledge" as you turn right out of No 5 Gully was in great nick with some ice and really grippy snow so we didn't bother using any gear although we lugged it along just in case!
Looking back down to Stevie and Mark just exiting No 5 Gully.
An eerire deserted Ben Nevis summit.
A quick cuppa in the observatory ruins before heading back across to No 4 Gully just as the mist came in and the temperature dropped.
Stevie and Mark making their way down a very stepped out No 4 Gully.
No 4 Gully looking a little bare in the middle. Bumsliding out of the question!
Remember folks, it gets dark early in the winter so don't forget your headtorch!