Cairngorm Adventure Guides Blog Archive Jan 2016

Wild weather in the Cairngorms

31st Jan 2016

There's been some pretty wild weather sweeping the country recently. It's been wild here too, with the summit of Cairn Gorm recording a 144mph gust the other day! It's possible to get into the mountains but good route choice to find sheltered areas is essential. 

We were running an Avalanche Awareness course for Nick and friends on Friday. After a morning indoors looking at theory, we braced ourselves and headed into the Ciste gully to have a look at the snowpack. This was the start of cold, wild weather and we woke to several inches of snow on Saturday morning. It continued to snow during Saturday and it was another day of storm force winds. Unfortunately we had to reschedule a climbing team, but our winter skills group and another avalanche awareness team found practiced skills and looked at the snowpack in and around the Allt Mor.

Today the weather eased which allowed both of our winter skills teams to summit Cairn Gorm and for our climbing team to practice lead climbing on Twin Ribs. With such strong winds, windward areas of the mountain and scoured making for easier progress.

Towards the middle of the week the weather settles and hopefully walking, skiing and climbing conditions are good.

CCairngorm Adventure Guides Winter Climbing Course Scotland

CCairngorm Adventure Guides Winter Climbing Course Scotland

Becci & Hannah enjoying lead winter climbing.

Cairngorm Adventure Guides Winter Skills Course Scotland

Inverness Adventure Club Winter Skills Team

Cairngorm Adventure Guides Winter Skills Course Scotland

Inverness Adventure Club Winter Skills Team

Cairngorm Adventure Guides Winter Skills Course Scotland 

CAG Winter Skills team in wild weather 

Cairngorm Adventure Guides Winter Skills Course Scotland

CAG Winter Skills team enjoying the shelter of the forest!

Cairngorm Adventure Guides Winter Skills Course Scotland

Winter Skills team on the summit of Cairn Gorm

Cairngorm Adventure Guides Winter Skills Course Scotland

Richie and co sheltering from the weather during their avalanche awareness course

Cairngorm Adventure Guides Winter Skills Course Scotland

Nick and friends looking at the snowpack on their Friday avalanche course

Cairngorm Adventure Guides Winter Skills Course Scotland

Murray showing the boys how it's done!

Cairngorm Adventure Guides Winter Skills Course Scotland

It was great seeing the Reindeer today.

Winter skills, Guided Mountains & Ski Touring

24th Jan 2016

Despite the warmer temperatures and strong winds mountains conditions remained pretty good this weekend. There has been an obvious loss of snow but with more winter forecasted next week it won't take much to bring things back into good condition.

It's been a busy weekend for us with a one day Introduction to Winter Walking, Women only Winter Skills weekend, Avalanche Awareness, a guided mountain day and a five day Introduction to Ski Touring course all running. 

All teams made the most of the Northern Corries, Lurchers and Ciste/ Coire Laogh Mor areas. It was ridiculously windy at times but it stayed dry which made it far more pleasant. Here's a few photos of the teams doing their stuff.

We now have limited availability on winter skills and intro ski courses left, so please get in touch if you'd like to join us.

Cairngorm Adventure Guides Ski Touring Scotland

Cairngorm Adventure Guides Ski Touring Scotland

Cairngorm Adventure Guides Winter Skills Course Scotland

Cairngorm Adventure Guides Winter Skills Course Scotland

Cairngorm Adventure Guides Winter Skills Course Scotland

Cairngorm Adventure Guides Winter Skills Course Scotland

Cairngorm Adventure Guides Winter Skills Course Scotland

Cairngorm Adventure Guides Winter Skills Course Scotland

Cairngorm Adventure Guides Winter Skills Course Scotland

Great conditons in the Cairngorms

19th Jan 2016

The weather and conditions in the Cairngorms have been great for the last 10 days or so. We've had a lot of snow falling on light winds and it has remained a few degrees below freezing. As you'd expect, lots of people have been out enjoying themselved on foot, ski and on climbs. It's tough going in places and those with snow shoes or skis have looked happiest!

We've had a lot of courses running and it's been great having such stable weather to deliver them in. Since the last blog we've had the University of East Anglia on four days of winter skills, a five day introduction to ski touring course, three private guided climbing teams, an introduction to winter walking day and, of course, a couple of open winter skills course. There are more photos on our facebook page, but here's a sample of what's been going on and how good the mountains look.

The busy theme continues for us, fingers crossed the good weather does too.....

Cairngorm Adventure Guides Ski Touring Scotland

Cairngorm Adventure Guides Ski Touring Scotland

Cairngorm Adventure Guides Winter Skills Course Scotland

Cairngorm Adventure Guides Winter Skills Course Scotland

Cairngorm Adventure Guides Winter Skills Course Scotland

Cairngorm Adventure Guides Winter Skills Course Scotland

Cairngorm Adventure Guides Winter Skills Course Scotland

Cairngorm Adventure Guides Winter Skills Course Scotland

Cairngorm Adventure Guides Winter Skills Course Scotland

Cairngorm Adventure Guides Winter Climbing Course Scotland

Cairngorm Adventure Guides Winter Climbing Course Scotland

 

Winter Skills, Mountaineering & Wild Weather

6th Jan 2016

It's been a great start to the year for us and we're chuffed so many folk have booked courses with us. A massive thanks to those who have.

On Saturday we had a five day and three day winter skills course starting. Both teams did well to battle tough conditions and still managed to find good locations to use and to build their winter skill sets. Today was the final day of the five day course and it was another wild one, with strong winds, spin drift and generally challeging conditions. However by this point the team are now masters of these condtions!

On Monday and Tuesday Ethan and Martin for Imperial College London Mountaineering Club joined us for some winter skills and mountaineering training. They used the Northern Corries and Twin Ribs to practice skills and, again, hide from the worst of the weather!

Today the University of East Anglia Mountaineering Club have started four days of winter skills training. They journeyed around Coire Laogh Mor looking at personal movement skills and how to look after yourself in Scottish winter conditions.

There's lots of snow forecast tomorrow and it looks like the weather's going to calm down a bit towards the weekend.

Finally, you can enjoy our latest newsletter here!

Cairngorm Adventure Guides Winter Skills Course Scotland

Cairngorm Adventure Guides Winter Skills Course Scotland 6jan2015

Cairngorm Adventure Guides Winter Skills Course Scotland

Cairngorm Adventure Guides Winter Skills Course Scotland

Cairngorm Adventure Guides Winter Skills Course Scotland

Cairngorm Adventure Guides Winter Skills Course Scotland

Cairngorm Adventure Guides Winter Skills Course Scotland

Cairngorm Adventure Guides Winter Skills Course Scotland

 

Happy New Year!

2nd Jan 2016

Happy new year to all, we wish you all the best for 2016.

We had a busy spell inbetween Christmas and New Year and today was the beginning of what's looking like a busy winter.

Before New Year London University Mountaineering Club were out with us for a couple of days of winter skills training. We had a day over in Glenshee where it was pretty wild and day in the Northern Cairngorms.

Cairngorm Adventure Guides Winter Skills Course Scotland

Cairngorm Adventure Guides Winter Skills Course Scotland

Cameron and Elliot joined us for a couple of days in the mountains, sadly the second day was a right off because of storm 'Frank', but we look forward to having them back later in the season.

Jamie and his family joined us again this year for a post Christmas hill walk. With a wild looking forecast it seemed unlikely they'd make many summits, but their determination got them up Buichaille Etive Beag!

Cairngorm Adventure Guides Winter Skills Course Scotland

Today was the start of two winter skills courses, a five day and a weekend course. Both teams made their way into the Northern Corries and had fun, covered lots of skills and made the most of the poor conditions. A lack of photos from today which says more about the weather!

Cairngorm Adventure Guides Winter Skills Course Scotland

Fortunately the weather is looking snowier during the week and the winds will ease a bit too!

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