Sunday, January 27, 2008

Ski Trip - French Alps



SATURDAY, JANUARY 19, 2008 - SATURDAY, JANUARY 26, 2008



Had a weeks skiing in the French Alps with FVO club mates Steve Nicholson and Dave Coustick. Stayed with Steve's parents in Villaroger, near Bourg St Maurice and skied at Les Arcs on the first 2 days, before spending a snowy day skiing at Megeve en route to Argentiere, near Chamonix. Whilst there, we had a day at the Grands Montet, a day at Le Tour and a day (on the other side of Mont Blanc) at Courmayeur in Italy. The weather was generally good - clear and sunny; with new snow mid-week to give some powder skiing. Steve's knowledge of Les Arcs and Dave's of the Chamonix area meant we did a few off piste runs, some requiring skinning; which, given I had a cold for the entire trip, I found hard going.

Links to piste maps:
- Les Arcs
- Megeve
- Grands Montets
- Le Tour
- Courmayeur

Sunday, January 13, 2008

STAG Winter Score Event - Cathkin Braes Country Park





St Andrew's Orienteering Club, Glasgow organised a 60 minute score event at Cathkin Braes Country Park to the south of the city and advertised as "Glasgow's most technical area for orienteering." This was the second of a series of 5 such events taking place during January and February 2008! Controls 31-39 were worth 100 points, controls 41-49 were worth 200 points and controls 51-59 were worth 300 points. I got all controls except number 53 (- which I tried to, but couldn't find!) in 49 minutes.

Results.

Map with course.



Map with my route.

Wednesday, January 09, 2008

FVO Night Event - University of Stirling





Steve Barrett of Stirling Surveys planned a really good 6.0k course with 21 controls, which gave lots of variety and plenty of route choice. Fraser Purves recorded the fastest time - 43 minutes.

Results.

Map with course.



Map with my route.

Tuesday, January 01, 2008

INVOC Festive Frolic Score Event - Ord Hill







Inverness Orienteering Club organised a 60 minute Score Event (- advertised as a "Festive Frolic") at Ord Hill - on the north side of the Kessock Bridge, next to the Beauly Firth.

I have never run on Ord Hill before and greatly enjoyed my visit - save for one or two patches of dense forest. I got 18 of the 21 controls in 65 minutes - had intended to get all the controls and with more time would have visited 16, 18 and 2 after control 17!

Results.

Map with course.



Map with my route.