I had a hunch that Sestriere in Italy’s Piedmont region may have potential as a good area to run an “Off Piste & Intro Ski Touring” course…so hunches have to be followed up… So Anne and I flew to Grenoble and hired a car for a wee road trip. La Grave, Serre Chevalier, Montgenevre and […]
So here is an admission, but some learning too. Guides should lead by example, and keep their equipment in perfect working order. Being human, however, we sometimes drop a touring skin on dry grass on the last day of an Iceland trip, fly home and don’t remember to take skins out to clean off the […]
Iceland May 2016…to whet the apetite for May 2017!
Iceland Ski to the Sea Mountains falling into wild seas always hold a special fascination. The Troll Peninsula on the northern edge of Iceland has this magic. The terrain pulls at the exploring skier with an irresistible gravity; snow cover from soaring ridge lines to the ocean, shimmering with light cast by a shallow Arctic sun. […]
Andy Nelson is off to Zermatt next week to the BASI Conference. Lots of very good skiers and a chance to share ideas about standards and delivery of BASI Mountain Safety and EMS courses. For the Guides who deliver these courses to ski instructors going through the BASI pathway, it’s important to make sure we […]
A night spent at the Kinlochewe Hotel Bunkhouse gave Donald and I time to dry kit, refuel and plan. An easier day would be appropriate as I was now in full flu mode. Donald hadn’t done any routes on Liathach, so it seemed like an obvious choice. However, unable to shirk a challenge, I had […]
WINTER : MOUNTAINEERING, CLIMBING & SKIING…WE LOVE IT! The judder of a pick solidly biting into chewy ice, the scratch of crampons seeking creases in snow covered rock, the exhileration of finishing a classic gully climb and bathing in winter sun… Skinning to a col and seeing “what’s on the other side” then flowing round […]