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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5 day intro to winter climbing course We had a great experience with Cairngorm Adventure guides! From the first contact with Liam, we enjoyed his flexible and friendly attitude, and whilst it is not an all-inclusive course like some of the others on offer, he gave us all the information we needed to organize accommodation and gear hire. That said, the only piece of technical gear that wasn't provided were boots, so that made it pretty easy and not too expensive. The course itself is very flexible (especially if you are doing it with a friend/partners, since the client:instructor ratio for this one is 2:1), so can cater to any experience level. Jon, our instructor, was very knowledgeable and friendly and tailored the course to what we wanted to do (remembering that it's Scotland in winter, so the weather is always going to be a factor). We had a physically tough first couple of days, but it was clear Jon was using his knowledge of the area and experience of the weather and forecasts to make the most of the time we had. We got in a decent amount of climbing (although I find I always wish I'd been able to do a little more, whatever climbing situation I'm in!), lots of skills practice and a good amount of theory; as well as experiencing the full range of winter weather, from the crispest of winter days with great snowpack and ice, to horizontal snow and 90mph gusts. For beginning or improving your skills in a variety of outdoor activities, I would 100% recommend these guys. Thanks Jon and Liam!

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