Cairngorm Adventure Guides Blog Archive Jan 2015


31st Jan 2015

Due to a cancellation, we have a guide available next weekend for winter climbing or winter walking. We'll also be able to offer a discounted rate. Please get in touch if you are interested.

It was a wild day on the hills today, lots of fresh snow, deep drifts and strong winds for our two winter skills and ski mountaineering groups to contend with! Photos to follow tomorrow.

 

Winter Skills 

29th Jan 2015

Today Calvin and friends were out with us for a days winter skills training ahead of the hill walking they have planned this weekend. Conditions were really good for everything we wanted to have a look at, including navigating to the summit of Cairn Gorm. Good conditions and good company.

There were plenty of teams climbing in the corries which looked good, as well folks enjoying the skiing. The forecast continues to look wintry, helping to shape everything up nicely.

Cairngorm Adventure Guides Winter Skills Course Scotland

Cairngorm Adventure Guides Winter Skills Course Scotland

Winter Skills & Mountaineering

26th Jan 2015

Over the weekend we had two Intro to Winter Mountaineering teams out. They practiced various skills and techniques around the Northern Corries and climbed Alladins Couloir.

Today was day one of winter skills for the University of Bath Mountaineering Club.The winds were not as wild as yesterday but still very, very strong. Lots of snow was being blown about making it a very wintry first time exprience for some of the team.

Ian was climbing on Hell's Lum today, photos of conditions below.

More of the same tomorrow. There are more photos on our facebook page.

Cairngorm Adventure Guides Winter Climbing Course Scotland

Cairngorm Adventure Guides Winter Climbing Course Scotland

Cairngorm Adventure Guides Winter Climbing Course Scotland

Cairngorm Adventure Guides Winter Skills Course Scotland

Cairngorm Adventure Guides Winter Skills Course Scotland

Cairngorm Adventure Guides Winter Skills Course Scotland

Photos on Facebook

22nd Jan 2015

Photos of the last five days of courses are on our facebook page. Thanks to all those who've booked on, it's been lots of fun. Our next Winter Skills and Ski Mountaineering courses are on the 31st January. 

Cairngorm Adventure Guides Winter Skills Course Scotland

Skiing, Climbing & Walking, Cairngorms 

20th Jan 2015

Lots of climbing, walking and skiing going on this week. Wilder conditions today were the price we paid for such cracking weather yesterday! More photos to follow at the end of the courses on Wednesday on our Facebook page.

Conditions at the moment are great with snow down to low levels. Lots of folk out enjoyed themselves. 

Cairngorm Adventure Guides Ski Mountaineering Course Scotland

Cairngorm Adventure Guides Ski Mountaineering Course Scotland

Cairngorm Adventure Guides Ski Mountaineering Course Scotland

Cairngorm Adventure Guides Winter Climbing Course Scotland

Cairngorm Adventure Guides Winter Climbing Course Scotland

Cairngorm Adventure Guides Winter Skills Course Scotland

Cairngorm Adventure Guides Winter Skills Course Scotland

 

 

Stunning Winters Day in the Cairngorms

17th Jan 2014

After a week of stormy weather it cleared today to give a beautiful winters day in the Cairngorms, with lots of sunshine, light winds and plentiful amounts of snow.

Today was also the start of a busy period for us as with a winter skills course, ski mountaineering course, two winter climbing courses and university winter skills weekend all running. 

The climbing teams climbed The Slant on Mess of Pottage and mixed grade 2 ground in Coire an Lochan, the skiers and winter skills teams were in and around Coire Loaigh Mor, and the uni team were practicing skills towards Meall a Buichaille. More of the same tomorrow.

Cairngorm Adventure Guides Winter Skills Course Scotland

cairngorm adventure guides ski mountaineering course scotland

cairngorm adventure guides ski mountaineering course scotland

cairngorm adventure guides winter climbing course scotland

cairngorm adventure guides winter skills course scotland

cairngorm adventure guides winter skills course scotland

More Ski Mountaineering

14th Jan 2015

There are impressive amounts of snow in Aviemore at the moment with about eight inches in our garden! We caught a lift up to the ski area carpark this morning and skied Lurchers Gully and some other nice areas of snow back into the Glenmore Forest. There's more snow forecasted and the weekend weather is looking pretty good at the moment. There's a video of todays skiing on our Facebook page.

Cairngorm Adventure Guides Ski Mountaineering Scotland

Cairngorm Adventure Guides Ski Mountaineering Scotland

Cairngorm Adventure Guides Ski Mountaineering Scotland

Cairngorm Adventure Guides Ski Mountaineering Scotland

 

Ski Mountaineering 

13th Jan 2015

It's been snowing heavily for a couple of days creating some great skiing conditions. Even in Aviemore there's about five inches of snow lying, helping all the XC tracks fill in nicely. We went for a tour into the Monadhliath and up one of the Geal Charn's. We skied from the car and although lower down there isn't a base, there is enough snow that you can easily ski. The weather higher up was a bit windy and snowy with poor viz, but we still managed to find some fresh powder. More of the same tomorrow.

Cairngorm Adventure Guides Ski Mountaineering Course Scotland

Cairngorm Adventure Guides Ski Mountaineering Course Scotland

Cairngorm Adventure Guides Ski Mountaineering Course Scotland

 

Winter Skills & Avalanche Training

12th Jan 2015

It was a pretty wild weekend in the mountains with very strong winds, blizzards and freezing temperatures (at times!). We had an intro to winter walking and avalanche awareness course running, as well as delivering a winter skills course for Pure Outdoor. There is general lack of photos from the weekend, but here are a few taken from when conditions eased.

We've got a winter skills course and introduction to ski mountaineering course both starting this weekend coming. There's only one place left on each, please get in touch if you'd like to attend. Thanks.

Cairngorm Adventure Guides Winter Skills Course Scotland

Cairngorm Adventure Guides Winter Skills Course Scotland

Cairngorm Adventure Guides Winter Skills Course Scotland

 

Winter Skills & Winter Climbing

7th Jan 2015

Yesterday was the final day of our four day winter skills course and we headed over Cairn Gorm polishing our winter skills as we went. It was windy cold day, but nothing like as wild as today!

On Monday and Tuesday Sam was out with Cat from Imperial College London for advanced winter skills. Two of the planned group of three were unable to attend at the last minute which allowed Cat to capitalise and learn lots and lots from Sam. On the first day they moved about steep mountaineering terrain and yesterday they climbed Crotched Gully.

More photos are on our Facebook page.

Cairngorm Adventure Guides Winter Climbing Course Scotland

Cairngorm Adventure Guides Winter Climbing Course Scotland

Cairngorm Adventure Guides Winter Climbing Course Scotland

Cairngorm Adventure Guides Winter Climbing Course Scotland

Winter Skills & Conditions photos

4th Jan 2015

Another very pleasant day in the mountains. It was very windy this morning but that seemed to ease in the early afternoon as well as becoming warmer. We covered lots of winter skills, including lots of cramponing and enjoyed a journey up some steeper ground onto the Fiachall Ridge. 

Photos show how Coire an t'Sneachda is looking today.

Cairngorm Adventure Guides Winter Skills Course Scotland

Cairngorm Adventure Guides Winter Skills Course Scotland

Cairngorm Adventure Guides Winter Skills Course Scotland

Winter Skills 

3rd Jan 2015

Today we headed into Coire Laogh Mor and the Ciste Gully areas for some winter skills with Ian and Denise. The weather was a much better than expected, and there were a few other groups out enjoying the conditions. More of the same tomorrow.

Cairngorm Adventure Guides Winter Skills Scotland Jan3.

Cairngorm Adventure Guides Winter Skills Scotland Jan3.

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