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Donald_C


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14th Mar 2016
Re: Lowther Hill Ski Tow!
Date Posted: 19.03hrs on Sun 26 Oct 14
Spent yesterday afternoon on Lowther Hill with LowtherAnjo setting out the proposed tow line and approximate positions of the pylons.

Lots of hard work to do before the snow arrives and all volunteers will be most welcome.

moffatross


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Re: Lowther Hill Ski Tow!
Date Posted: 19.42hrs on Tue 28 Oct 14
Good stuff, Donald. smiling smiley

There was a TV crew up on Friday to put together a report for ITV Border ...

[www.itv.com]

LowtherAnjo


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Re: Lowther Hill Ski Tow!
Date Posted: 23.34hrs on Fri 31 Oct 14
Donald_C Wrote:
Spent yesterday afternoon on Lowther Hill with LowtherAnjo setting out the proposed tow line and approximate positions of the pylons.

Lots of hard work to do before the snow arrives and all volunteers will be most welcome.




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moffatross


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Re: Lowther Hill Ski Tow!
Date Posted: 20.43hrs on Sun 23 Nov 14
Some good progress today, securing some of the towers we've made repairs to onto Lowther Hill ...

Making new friends - New and existing volunteers, enjoying a bit of a blather


Lunch in the gully - Keeping out of the biting cold wind, some of our morning's work on the skyline


Setting up another tower - the Harwood rope tow is about to start a new life


Lowther Hill sunset - collecting downed tools before descending at the end of the day's work


SussexSnow


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18th Apr 2019
Re: Lowther Hill Ski Tow!
Date Posted: 09.08hrs on Mon 24 Nov 14
The gully looks nice and steep? Can you ski out of it to the tow?

alan


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28th Oct 2020
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Re: Lowther Hill Ski Tow!
Date Posted: 10.25hrs on Mon 24 Nov 14
SussexSnow Wrote:
The gully looks nice and steep? Can you ski out of it to the tow?


Would depend on snow lie, you could ski some of the Gully and traverse out to the tow, but the traverse would be over very steep ground. IIRC it would be slightly less steep if snow allowed you to ski down the gully further and come out about where the proposed Club Hut is planned.

moffatross


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Re: Lowther Hill Ski Tow!
Date Posted: 13.04hrs on Tue 25 Nov 14
^
Yep, I agree. It'll be more satisfying to ski/board longer in the gully and bootback up 50 metres of vertical than just 1/3 of distance before 2/3's traversing to the bottom of the tow across a 35 degree bank.

PeterS


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27th Oct 2020
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Re: Lowther Hill Ski Tow!
Date Posted: 12.37hrs on Wed 26 Nov 14
Great potential.

...and if you wondered how snowy this part of the southern uplands is then this is what the Met Office say (presumeably based on the location of their weather stations?).
Perhaps a shame there are no big mountains in Shetland !

[www.metoffice.gov.uk]

moffatross


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Re: Lowther Hill Ski Tow!
Date Posted: 17.09hrs on Sun 7 Dec 14
^ I'd guess the Wanlockheaders would disagree with the Leadhillers on that. Both villages lay claim to the highest pub I think !

We put the ski tow engine in place on Lowther Hill yesterday thanks in large part to Donald, his plant and his driving skills. It was a 3 mile journey that began at dawn (pic below) and finished around 2 PM. Unfortunately for the work party, the rain and strong winds that were expected late afternoon arrived several hours early, but we were still very pleased to get that job done.

Here's some video of us moving the engine on the hill top, late yesterday morning, courtesy of Des Reid ... [www.youtube.com]





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moffatross


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Re: Lowther Hill Ski Tow!
Date Posted: 18.48hrs on Mon 8 Dec 14
Few pics from today on Lowther Hill smiling smiley ...

[www.flickr.com]

Front of hill near Lowther Hills Ski Club's new lift line


Skiing over the back towards the Dalveen Pass


Freeheel


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22nd Dec 2016
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Re: Lowther Hill Ski Tow!
Date Posted: 20.58hrs on Mon 8 Dec 14
Inspiring stuff and hopefully the snow will continue to accumulate and survive the forecast midweek weather onslaught. thumbs up

When are you hoping to get the lift up and running? Would be icing on the cake for December hols if the snow gods are also willing eye popping smiley

moffatross


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Re: Lowther Hill Ski Tow!
Date Posted: 19.24hrs on Wed 17 Dec 14
Four of us on the hill today, and despite the snowdrifts on the road, ferried the last of the repaired towers up the hill, dug in four more, and laid out the return rope. Cold, wet and miserable work but we now only have an engine shed to reassemble, six more towers to dig in, and a rope to splice, and then we're pretty much ready to go.

Despite the thaw, lack of fencing, and the storm that had blown much of the snow over the east of the ridge, the presence of the gully has left us about a km of skiable snow along the lip. smiling smiley

[www.flickr.com]

The rope tow pylons and the upper run - snow fencing would have created a viable uptrack last week


Laying out the return rope behind the quad just as we finish off another tower - The quad is proving invaluable on days like today when the access road is blocked by snowdrifts.



h11lly


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2nd Sep 2019
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Re: Lowther Hill Ski Tow!
Date Posted: 20.17hrs on Wed 17 Dec 14
Fantastic effort by all of you! Can't wait to see photos of you actually on it smiling smiley


Helen

phatstanley


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16th Mar 2019
Re: Lowther Hill Ski Tow!
Date Posted: 21.24hrs on Wed 17 Dec 14
Awesome stuff.
Proper DIY ski ethic!

somnambulant_sasquatch


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31st Jul 2019
Re: Lowther Hill Ski Tow!
Date Posted: 10.27hrs on Thu 18 Dec 14
that looks like a very useful range of gradients.

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