Mixed emotions as the season draws to an early close :-(

24th March 2020

What great conditons we've seen in the last few weeks!  Not for the first time in recent years, we have enjoyed a great late season as winter draws to a close and we start to feel spring in the air.  Our ski touring, winter mounteering and winter skills teams have enjoyed fantastic bluebird days; of course it wouldn't be Scotland without some really testing weather also being in the mix, but these were great opportunities to practise navigation and test kit!  Incidentally orange was defintiely the jacket colour of choice this year!

Just as we were getting used to blue skies, great snow and daylight well in to the late afternoon, the inescapable impact of COVID-19 became clear here in the Highlands.  It is impossible to responsibly continue to invite you to Aviemore and lead groups in to the hills.  With a heavy heart we have taken the tough decision to cancel all remaining winter courses for this season.  We are really touched by the response as we have managed these bookings with you over the past week or so, thank you so much for your patience and understanding.

The Cairngorms are not going anywhere, and we can't wait to get back to normal once this awful situation is passed, and share them with you.  Please stay safe and enjoy all the great written and online media that exists about our fantastic mountains.

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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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