Lean conditions but a good forecast

6th January 2019

Happy new year!

The warm festive weather stripped away a lot of snow and although it's been colder recently it's also been dry. We've had lots of winter skills teams out who had to eek out the snowy patches but have had fun doing so and learned lots along the way.

At present there's no ski touring to be had and only a few broken mountaineering/ climbing lines are being climbed in the Northern Corries at the moment. Fortunately it's turning cold and snowy this week and things look much, much better from the middle of the month.

Let's hope that's the start of things.

We have limited availability on our courses now, but please get in touch if you're interested and we'll do our best to squeeze you in.

Some photos of the last few days and a snap of recent 90km mountain bike trip from Aviemore to Pitlochry on Hogmanny. 

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Excellent couple days of private guiding (saved our trip) Chris and I spent to days with Rory from Cairngorm Adventure Guides. Rory was fantastic. He manage to maximize the amount we learned, tailored his instruction to our levels of expertise, and adapted the whole trip on the fly to the weather conditions. Without the help the trip would have been a total write-off. We'd come up to Aviemore the previous year and been blown off the mountain by 80 MPH winds. This year, we had 100 mph winds (AGAIN!) with the added obstacle warm weather melting almost all the climbable gullies. Fortunately... we had a guide! Rory completely saved the trip. One the first day - with winds making the mountains unclimbable - we went to sheltered crag nearby and got in a full day of climbing and instruction. The second day we only had the warm weather to contend with, but Rory plan a great day - up the one gully that was still climbable, down into another valley and then a multi-pitch climb back up to Cairngorm Mt. So in essence - (1) Rory was great, and (2) you can't rely on Scottish weather, so hiring a local guide company like Cairngorm Adventure Guides is a very good idea. Without the local expertise our trip would have been a total waste; instead we had a great weekend a learned a huge amount about efficiently and safe climbing.

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