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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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.

w7626YZgXp, Feb 2019
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