We spent quite a lot of time skiing this spring after buying new touring skis in January- with varying degrees of success. We had a snowy week in the van in February where we attempted to follow the best conditions.
A quick wander up towards Coire Ardair on Creag Meagaidh. We were on our way to an OMC meet at Milehouse. On Friday we climbed Bynack Mor, on Saturday visited Ruigh Aitcheachan bothy, and on Sunday I climbed Hidden Chimney in Coire an-t Sneachda with Colin B. I was more than a little pleased at my recovery from the skiing injury.
Skiing at Glenshee with Mhairi and Nigel. I was getting on really well with my new touring boots. Unfortunately, in a reversal of roles, Mhairi took a tumble. The injury was later diagnosed as a hairline fracture of the sternum. Ouch. Mhairi rested in the van, Nigel went off touring, and I too this photo of empty midweek pistes while doing some laps.
After our trekking and kayak adventures, it was time to leave Puerto Natales and make the five hour bus journey eastwards across the border to El Calafate in Argentina. Whilst there we took the opportunity to visit the Perito Merino Glacier and watch it calving into the Brasso Nord of Lago Argentino- a remarkable sight, but very much a controlled “tourist” experience. For our next outdoor adventures we had to take another three hour journey northeast to El Chalten, the trekking centre for the Fitz Roy Range The first sight of Fitz Roy as you approach across the “esteppa” or semi-desert is unforgettable.
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