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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Just finished a fantastic intro to ski touring 2 day course with our very knowledgeable instructor Malcolm. There were 6 of us on the course (not inc Malcolm) and all completely new to ski touring and varying levels of ski experience. Malcolm adapted the course when required to suit all and took our course at a speed that was comfortable for everyone. The result being that we all had a fantastic time. The weather took a drastic turn for the worse with the heavy snow on the 2nd day and safety was put first cutting our time on the slope short. However we were probably all quite glad as we were definitely feeling the physical demands ski touring puts on your body by then lol. All in all, a well organised and thoroughly enjoyable course. We'd definitely recommend and would look at trying out the other courses on offer in the future. Thanks to the team, Barry, Ellie, Ant, Peter, our excellent guide Malcolm and event organiser Liam for a brilliant 2 days. Scott and I are properly knackered but loved sharing this experience with you all.Just finished a fantastic intro to ski touring 2 day course with our very knowledgeable instructor Malcolm. There were 6 of us on the course (not inc Malcolm) and all completely new to ski touring and varying levels of ski experience. Malcolm adapted the course when required to suit all and took our course at a speed that was comfortable for everyone. The result being that we all had a fantastic time. The weather took a drastic turn for the worse with the heavy snow on the 2nd day and safety was put first cutting our time on the slope short. However we were probably all quite glad as we were definitely feeling the physical demands ski touring puts on your body by then lol. All in all, a well organised and thoroughly enjoyable course. We'd definitely recommend and would look at trying out the other courses on offer in the future. Thanks to the team, Barry, Ellie, Ant, Peter, our excellent guide Malcolm and event organiser Liam for a brilliant 2 days. Scott and I are properly knackered but loved sharing this experience with you all.

runnerlady100 edinburgh, March 2019
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