Yesterday was busy of to Aberdeen to see Robyn and have lunch and a chat and the roads were fine but it was a raw cold and the hills are filling up with snow I would imagine. Then back home get sorted for the AGM of Outfitmoray in Elgin. A great meeting and lots of vision and effort by a great Charity and it looks like it will be a busy year ahead. It is great to support a local Charity and the incredible work they do for the local kids and people. It is worth being a look on their website and if you can help in any way it would be appreciated.
After this is was a superb film night held by the Moray Mountaineering Club in the Moray Distillery a great venue and what a night.
I arrived a bit late after my other Meeting but some superb films from extreme Scottish skiers, biking and wingsuit flying with a dog.
“Through pouring rain and misty skies, Scottish skiers and riders Amy Marwick, Aaron Mclean, Robert Kingsland, Joe Simpson and others ticked off steep couloirs that could entice more than just the die-hard adventurer. When asked about the backcountry scene in Scotland, Marwick explains the tradition’s humble origins.
“The ski scene in Scotland is quite deep-rooted in the Highlands,” Marwick says. “It is mostly locals who get up there during the winter and do their thing.”
One local of significance is Philip Rankin, who founded the Glencoe Ski Center in 1956. “I pioneered one ski lift in Scotland, and it was the first. Nobody believed it would work,” Rankin says in Late. Rankin saw potential in the mountains of Scotland early on, and that vision is shared by a growing number of people.”
I marvelled at their efforts and the photography was superb as was the efforts of a 20 day journey by some incredible young people. As a mountaineer who has climbed in most of these wild corries it was impressive and just to see these cliffs and the incredible boldness of those who took part it was wonderful. Another part was the interviews with some of Scotland’s veteran skiers and their comments make this film perfect for me. Another film was also a bike trip by two lassies along the Silk road in all weathers and of course the incredible wing – suit flying of a crazy dude with his dog! In all what a night it was exhausting watching but so good to switch of and watch those talented people and their visions. As an old Mountain Rescuer it was some watching the skiers in such remote places where one mistake could be a disaster and it gives you food for thought watch the film it is amazing. Sadly I have been to a few disasters but the gear and the fitness these days is superb but so was the boldness of these early pioneers.
Thanks to “Dolphin Kate and Brad” for organising a superb evening and the MMC for a wonderful night, it was just what I needed after a busy day. Lots of ideas and enthusiasm from all who watched but take care these Dudes are all talented but go and have fun safely?
Not being a skier but I had an epic in 1996 on Denali (Mount MacKinley) in Alaska on skis attempt and watched one of our team Dave Peel ski the steep Couloir from the ridge. To me it was terrifying as it was bold and scary and watching him miss the huge crevasses at 17000 feet with my eyes shut as I was his safety man?
Keep living the dream, oh to be young again.