End of April 2015 - a bike ride in from Dalwhinnie via Loch Ericht and Culra Bothy, then a hike and skin to the summit of Ben Alder for an overnight camp and some awesome spring gully skiing.
Near Culra on our approach to ski the couloirs off Ben Alder. Laden with boots, skis, overnight gear and provisions, riding the bikes was tough along these unmade tracks, but it still made a much faster approach than walking.
Starting the climb on skis
Approximately 15 miles from Dalwhinnie, we don skis for the climb up Ben Alder.
Ben Alder summit dawn
After a night camping on the summit of Ben Alder, waiting for the sun to warm the snow. Sublime and unforgettable, ski touring moments like this last a lifetime.
Warm dawn light paints the couloirs we'll ski later when the sun has warmed the snow.
After a descent through one of Ben Alder's south eastern coires, we linked snow patches and heather back towards the stalkers path.
etting ready to ride again
The backdrop of our skiing and our overnight camp. Sad to go, but happy it's mostly all downhill from here.