Archive for February, 2010

Journey No 5

Monday, February 15th, 2010

Journey No 5 – 11th to 14th February 2010

11th February 2010

Departed Carrick Castle to go skiing at Nevis Range. Beautiful views driving up.

Driving up to the snow at Tyndrum on A82

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Driving over Rannoch Moor in Harrie

Skied in the afternoon and parked up in Neis Range car park. Went to the Ceilidh at the top station for the evening dancing and having a drink or two of mulled wine. Interesting going up and coming down in the gondola in the dark. Great views of the lights of Fort William, Coal and Corpach. Good evening that was the start of the Mountain Festival.

12th February 2010

Visited Douglas’s parents in Corpach in the morning and took Betty, his mother, shopping. We went skiing in the afternoon and then took Betty and Donald, his father, out to the Lochy in Coal and stayed in their car park overnight after visiting the Corpach Hotel with them to plan their 70th Wedding Anniversary lunch on 3rd April 2010.

Liz with Ben Nevis in the background

Douglas with Ben Nevis in the background

14th February 2010

St Valentine’s Day – We went skiing in the morning. Misty at the bottom station and at the top of the mountain. In between the skiing and the snow was good. Unfortunately it was difficult to see higher up and not so easy. Stopped for an early lunch in Harrie in the Nevis Range car park. Decided to head home arriving around 4pm.

The ignitor to the gas fire had not been working for some reason so we had three nights without heat in the van. Not such a problem as it turned out as we were out every evening and as our duvet is a 13.5 tog we were very warm in bed and slept well. Following the replacement of the alternator belt we have had no screeching noises from the heater. On getting home we discovered that the ignitor to the heater is powered by two AA batteries. No mention of this in the manual! We replaced the batteries andater worked again…

Mileage at start 112399 km & 112794 km on return home, totalling 395 km (247 miles).

Journey No 4

Tuesday, February 2nd, 2010

Journey No 4 – 25th to 26th January 2010

25th January 2010

Took Harrie to our garage (MacKellar & Paterson) in Strachur to check out screeches when changing gear that apparently cause the heater to make that noise – however they diagnosed the alternator belt was worn and needed replacement. This was ordered and will be replaced on 1st February 2010. Air suspension was topped up whilst there.

We then drove up to Fort William and skied at Nevis Range in the afternoon. Very good skiing on the summit – did many runs – a bit icy on the Home Run but the Goose gully was good.

Douglas skiing on the Aonach Mor summit

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Liz on the icy summit of Aonach Mor

We visited Douglas’s parents in Corpach and stayed over night in their car park.

26th January 2010

We went back to Nevis Range to continue skiing – got to the summit however the visibility on the way up was very poor on the four lifts after the gondola. When we reached the summit the fog was so dense we couldn’t see anything and had to ski down very slowly to find our way down to the Goose. At the Goose you could bearly see a metre in front of you so had to try and find our way down on a red run. The snow conditions were alright but the visibility was appalling – Douglas particularly found it very difficult and was relieved to get back to the top station taking the gondola back down to the car park. So we went shopping in Fort William and returned home a day earlier than planned.

Mileage at start 111963 km and on return home 112335 km, totalling 372 km (232 miles).

1st February 2010 – Took Harrie to the garage to have the alternator belt changed in Strachur and returned home later that day- problem fixed. Mileage 64 km – total 112399 km.