Hi Jim, I was just glad to get any kind of ski trip in this year, as I never even made it up to Scotland otherwise. This week was my first and only time on skis since the brilliant return trip to Tafjordfjell last April (I never got as far as writing that one up but we had a week of superb, bright, cold weather and summited Hogtunga, Karitinden (with a view down to the fjord) and Helleggi). This trip turned out to be more about journeying through the conditions and enjoying the refuge of the huts than great views and great skiing, but the deep snow meant I did manage half a dozen linked teles on the way down from Sulebu... which isn't bad for me when I'm touring
Thanks Gix. I don't know a lot about the vehicle. I know it's commonly refered to as a weasel and I think they date back to the 50s, although I think this particular one might have been 70s. And it was made by Bombardier, who are Canadian. I did a bit of googling just now and discovered that it's a Bombardier B12 - once you've got that you can find quite a lot of photos and videos and wiki entires etc.
I found a link to a short Youtube clip of some of Tyneside Loipers leaving Fondsbu in that same weasel a few years ago. In case the embedding doesn't work, the link is
I'm not usually a fan of Osprey but for mountain biking I got an Osprey Escapist 25 and I do really like it. It carries very stably. Access to the bladder pouch is pretty easy even when it's full. It's got some of Osprey's over-fussy design features, lots of pockets, compartments, tool slots etc., but somehow they're a lot less irritating in an mtb setting. They probably add a bit of weight too, not that it's stupidly heavy by any means. Oh, and the helmet carrier is a stroke of simple genius.
The 25 is a two compartment design with a zip-out divider, but there's a 20 litre version too which I think is single compartment. (There's also a 30 litre which is probably better targeted at bike-packing use)
I think Jon did a review of the Escapist on OM... yes, here