Thursday, 25 January 2018
Exploring North West Glasgow. A Cross Country Ski Tour. Part One.
This is part one of a long cross country- well... across Glasgow at any rate... ski tour on a pair of borrowed cross country skis. As four to six inches of snow has fallen in the last month over the Central Belt- on two separate occasions a couple of weeks apart- I made the most of them by planning ahead.
None of that hassle here though - even the pavements were empty as no-one seems to walk much in Bearsden over car driving age and it's the same as any other upmarket area I've noticed on previous cycling or walking trips around the various city suburbs- which is great from my point of view. The Kilpatrick Hills in the distance here.
The real deal here. I need a lot more practice. Tricky when you only get low level snow so infrequently in Scotland. Some years none at all.
Very few coots on this canal now compared to 20 years ago but bird, insect,and animal numbers have all crashed dramatically world wide overall in that time. Some by 70 percent- some by 30 percent. I like to think of myself as a realist rather than a pessimist but the continuous downward trend of wildlife everywhere is obvious to anyone looking at the numbers.
A different kind of white. The chalk cliffs of the iconic Needles and an incredible climb up a caster sugar looking arete in this amazing video. I've never rock climbed on chalk before so I've no idea how good the protection is in the event of a fall off this thrilling knife edge. Probably best not to fall at all when relying on such crumbing crack lines or old metal pegs with a few hopeful nuts and hexes wedged in as a back up. Well worth a full screen look in this link. Spectacular camerawork and effort. A real and very different adventure. Ah, to be young again.