Posts Tagged ‘nevis range’

10 Under the Ben

Well it was another great race and a great day in the sun, rain and mud! Finally I managed to put some of the footage together to make this wee vid. Our group of friends had a total of 6 teams entered! I’m already looking forward to next years race but for now, we’ve got the Tour de Ben Nevis coming up in September…

10 Under the Ben on High 8


10 under the ben – official video

Here’s the official video of the ten under the ben. Superb job as always from Stu Thomson @ mtbcut.

No shots of any of us lot riding but some great shots of us looking like chumps spectating at the end, waiting in vain for Iain Bowies valiant last lap attempt to be a success.

Oh and it’s worth keeping up with mtbcut produce as it’s all high quality. Here’s their channel on mpora.

Aonach Mor – Nevis Range – Red Downhill

The day after the 10 under the ben, myself, Spad and Ed decided we would take the chance to have a blast on the Red DH route at nevis range. Despite being race fatigued and hung over. The price for one trip on the gondola is a bit steep at £12 but keeping these tracks on the hill plus running all the first aid and the gondola must cost a heap. So you cannae complain to much. The trail is superb, rough technically challenging with loads of drops, rock ladders and boardwalk. The first section out over the exposed hillside starts pretty smoothly with obstacles slowly ramping up in severity until you hit the boardwalk. The boardwalk is great fun, heaps of grip loads of wee drops interspersed with rocky outcrops whooping jumps and bermed corners it provides a real rush. Their is a proper drop off to the right hand side if you get it wrong so it gets the adrenalin pumping. Their is a sharp, short uphill before the boardwalk ends. Taking you over the brow of the hill, it then meanders around a relatively flat area with loads of granite rock obstacles which are marked with red arrows to show the best line. There a are a few more uphill sections here but nothing to spoil the flow. After this the real downhill starts in earnest, it is steep rough and speed is easy to accumulate, although some sections have to be treated with respect especially on a hard tail, as a bad line could result in a very nasty face plant. Once of the steeps and into the woods there is a couple of river crossings, the first of which challenges your momentum. You cross the black DH run then down some fire road for a bit before the last few berms into the car park. Is it worth £12 for one shot? I would say yes! we took our time and savoured it. I would definitely go back and get a day ticket for £28 and happily ride over and over again it would undoubtably improve my downhill technique and confidence. Although I would get some knee, elbow pads to do this as a fall at speed on this track would definitely hurt – a lot. Highly recommended, but remember this is a downhill route so you would need to be able to ride some black level xc routes to manage it all, the red tag does not equate to the skill level needed for a red xc. The addition of the downhill tag makes a big difference.

Witches Trail

A wee video of a fine jaunt around the trails at Aonach Mor. Good day, good company and quality trails…

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The Code

The Country Code, which most of us learned in school (and we probably haven't read since!), was updated in 2004 when it became the Countryside Code. Here's the updated version:
  • Be safe - plan ahead and follow any signs
  • Leave gates and property as you find them
  • Protect plants and animals, and take your litter home
  • Keep dogs under close control
  • Consider other people
In Scotland, where there is a more general right of access, there also exists the Scottish Outdoor Access Code:
  • Take responsibility for your own actions
  • Respect people’s privacy and peace of mind
  • Help farmers, landowners and others to work safely and effectively
  • Care for the environment
  • Keep your dog under proper control
  • Take extra care if you are organising a group, an event or running a business.
There's obviously a lot to to be learned from these - it's amazing how many people get out to enjoy the countryside but are still happy to leave it in a mess. Even with the recent updates, the Countryside Codes seem slightly outdated when considering the wider issues involved when lots of people get out into the countryside. Some places just can't handle high volumes of people, no matter how they behave and publicity, no matter how interesting or well-done , has the potential to attract lots of people to an area. Blogs including video, pictures or words, form part the the wider media which could easily contribute to tipping the balance, and so we as bloggers have to consider the implications of what we decide to post. Can the place we're writing about take more people, and if not, it might be wiser to leave maps, place names or grid references out of posts. In Scotland, the Mountain Bothies Association has been careful to protect the location of some Bothies due to mis-treatment and, in some cases, even malicious vandalism. That is not to say they would not advocate people using them - in fact, a well used, maintained and loved network of bothies exist, and the MBA as an organisation is there to encourage this. Some bothies are busier than others but generally it is the less remote places which are more susceptible to abuse - something which might be worth considering when deciding whether to post information. It must be said, in most cases it's obvious what should or shouldn't be publisiced, but it's worth taking these considerations to mind.

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