Trips, image dump 2

Another trip into Glen Einich 

So this ride was barely a week after the previous posted trip, This time around it was a little more windy, but a lot colder and somewhat dryer. The ground was frozen in places though thawing by the time I got in there. Great light again and some lovely views across Brairiach and the Sgorans flanking the glen.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA Looking back down the trail to Rothiemurchus.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAThen once out into the glen proper the drainage improves and we are back to nice dry double track. the ice is just in the obvious RH bend at the far end of this image.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAThe track saw much improvement last year, some for the good, some not so. From a bikers perspective leastways! The track has lots of drainages running across it like the one in front of the bike, some this size, some a little bigger.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAJust starting to see the Loch now, the small hanging valley on picture left has an old Gillie track going up it that takes you to the summit of Brairiach, allowing some great skiing down the ridges and corries when the conditions are right.

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OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERALooking across the Loch at the western flank of the Sgorans, though hard to find there is another Gillie track that runs along th fear shore and the diagonally up into the small corrie just to the right and above my helmet.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERALoch Einich and the amphitheatre that hems it in on it’s southern end. From left to right is: brairiach, Stob Lochan and the edge of Carn Ban mor. One of my favourite places in the park, great for a quick overnighter, providing you don’t mind the wind or midges. You will usually have one or the other!

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAThe Gillie track roughly crosses into the wide corrie at top left of this image.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAOne of the not so small drainages crossing the track, looking back down the glen as I head home for tea and medals.

 

Beach ride at Findhorn with the Pugs.

Having had very little snow riding this winter on the Pugsley I figured I could kill 2 birds with one stone, I wanted to cover some distance on fat tyres to try and get an idea of what might be realistic to cover in a day on the snow pack ( yeh, I know but I was pretty much out of options eh!) and also thought I would see what this beach riding thing was all about.

Ruining drivetrains is one answer, though not that unsurprising. Basically I rode along the trail along the edge of the beach/woods to Burghead, coffee, then back again along the beach, 20km all in I guess. Lovely ride, and despite the pictures looking a bit grey the weather was fine. Picture wise I do love these kinds of skies so I was fine with overcast.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAAt the far end of the beach at Findhorn.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAThis is what the Pugsley does really well, soft and rough.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAJust behind the Findhorn Community site there are a set of wind turbines that have been “Hippied”, not sure if they belong the the “Findhorn Community” or the Findhorn community, maybe even the airfield? one of the hangars of which can be seen picture right in the image below. Whichever, I quite like ’em.

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OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA Burghead in the background. Riding along the beach here one can almost imagine the war years, apart from the decaying emplacements it can’t have changed massively at the tideline. The old airfield is barely 300mtrs from where I am standing taking this picture.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA Picture slightly out of sync, you can just make out the fortification in the previous image just to the left of the treeline. The trail follows this woodland as far as the fortification there and then heads inland a little, with some lovely trail riding through to Burghead. I followed this trail on the Dava route, appearing later, on the 29er and the difference in riding that and the pugs is quite an eye opener. Somewhat slower but the Pugs was far less “deflected” and stable along this section of loose sand/gravel/pine roots.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERALooking toward Findhorn on the return leg, along ways off yet!                                             The Endomorph tyres were great in the sand, as they are on a firm snow pack. Different story on the trail though, I find if the going is firm and you put some air in the tyre accordingly they self steer quite alarmingly! It’s almost like they have a mind of their own…..

 

A few random winter pics that have nowhere else to be!

And also in no particular order, though they are from the same 2 trips.

IMG_0376 IMG_0373 IMG_0368 IMG_0361These are a ride back from Braemar while I was over there working for a few weeks. I needed to get back and the roads were pretty poor so I “popped back” on the bike. Apart from the small patch of snow at the saddle by Corrie Etchachan there was just a dusting so I chanced the 29er. Lucky guess!!

In reverse order by the way.

IMG_0246 Fords of A’an shelter.

 

IMG_0242From the top of the saddle looking down the Lairig an Laoigh toward the fords of A’an.

IMG_0239Got away with it, fortunately.

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IMG_0324Loch Callater, from just outside the bothy.

 

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