Time To Train

By Phil on 2014.02.03 In General Scotland

Well with only 62 days to go before Fjällräven Polar it’s time to start some serious training. Although spending last week snowboarding in Mayrhofen with my mates Neil and Chris, being surrounded by lots of snow could be seen as a way of acclimatising to colder Polar conditions, I think the over indulgence in the Après ski is not the best way to go. So no more alcohol for me until after the Polar!

For the next 2 months I’m planning on climbing mountains, weekend walks, increasing gym work and camping in my back garden if and and when we get some snow!

So this weekend I will be heading to Scotland for a weekend course of Winter Skills at Glenmore Lodge including:

  • Personal movement skills on snow, including kicking steps and using the ice axe for walking, self-belay, cutting steps, and self-arrest
  • Use of crampons in ascent/descent Emergency procedures
  • Avalanche awareness and safe route choice
  • Core techniques of winter navigation

Though I hope it’s not going to be as extreme as this video!!


The great thing is there is currently lots of snow in the Cairngorms at the moment. Over 250cm over last week or two.

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Welcome to my blog about hiking, trekking, Fjällräven Polar 2014, in fact anything where you require boots and the outdoors.

My name is Phil, and following my outdoor epiphany which started in the summer of 2012 I’m now hooked on everything outdoors. So far my biggest treks have included the 250km Cathar Way, the 170km Tour du Mont Blanc and best of all, winning 1st place to take part in the Fjällräven Polar in April 2014.

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