Thursday 10 April 2014

Chose something else....

Choose Scottish Winter, Choose the West Coast, Choose unpredictable weather, Choose darkness, spindrift and crap conditions. Choose snowploughing about in a whitout, Choose gambling on weather and conditions. Choose too much snow, or too little..... Choose dragging yourself out of your bed at death o'clock to spent to early to shiver for hours on some god-forsaken stance. Choose sitting in the snow stuffing malt loaf down your throat wondering which youth is going to repeat and downgrade your routes. Choose raving and shaking your ski poles at the sky as the rain hammers down and the ski runs are reduced to sorry strips of wet snow.  Choose Scottish winter....... but for all that I love it, this year I decided to chose something else for a week. I chose five days touring around the Albula Alps in East Switzerland, and you know what it was not too bad.

The Kesh Hutte with Piz Kesh, the highest mountain in the area, beyond.

Guy and John nearing the summit of Piz Kesh. 

Part of the descent from Piz Kesh involved this cheeky little slope. It was quite exciting as it is steeper than it looks, and all the soft snow had been scraped off by the time I came to descend. 

Some very nice skiing further down the towards the next hut. Photo Jon Orr.

Nearing the top of Piz Pischa with Piz Kesh behind.

Lovely tracks and Guy. 

Running out of snow for the final few hundred metres.

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