Autumn vibes

12th November 2020

As is often the case at this time of year, winter comes and goes from the summits. 

Some mornings you open the curtains to snow sprinkled mountains, others it's lashing rain.

A few personal Munro bagging days recently have been a sharp reminder of how unpredictable and variable conditions are in the Scottish Mountains.

On Aonach Beag last week, from 900m we found knee deep snow drifts and unforgiving temperatures. Goggles were sorely missed as we were pelted with spindrift. It felt like a January day. Although crampons were not needed this time, winter boots were essential for warm, dry feet.

It is also now dark by about 5pm. It can be very easy to underestimate how long a hill day will take you so a headtorch is now an essential piece of kit to have in your bag...and make sure you have spare batteries!

Every day the car park outside gets a little frostier. Winter is creeping towards us and here at CAG we are getting really excited to get into the mountains to share experiences, teach and encourage folk to get out there and explore. 

Courses are filling up so please visit our course pages or get in touch to book your adventure.

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We had a really fantastic experience with Cairngorm Adventure Guides! Liam, who helped us organise our trip, was flexible, friendly and answered all our questions. Our guides Rich (3 days) and Gill (1 day) were amazing guides, extremely knowledgeable and just all round lovely people. Pros: All technical gear (except boots) are included in the price making things easy and inexpensive if you don’t own technical equipment. The course itself is very flexible (especially if with friend/partner) as the guiding ratio of 2:1 means the course can cater to you whether you are new to mountaineering or experienced. Have I mentioned how fantastic the guides were!? Both our guides were incredibly knowledgeable and shared their expertise to teach us about reading the conditions, avalanche risk, and kit management, all whilst being out in the mountains! We felt safe at all times and our guides were excellent at finding our comfort levels and making sure we safely pushed our boundaries. Cons: None!!!!! For beginning or improving your climbing/ mountaineering skills, I would 100% recommend these guys. I am actually in the process of trying to get back out with Cairngorms adventure guides and I only returned from my previous trip with them trip 3 days ago! Thanks Rich, Gill and Liam!

HenryT1992 London, United Kingdom, Mar 2018
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